Oloroso

4.6
571 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
A dark, fragrant style of Sherry, Oloroso is a perfect accompaniment to our wood oven tapas at Philadelphia's newest Spanish restaurant!
Join us Saturdays and Sundays for Tapas Brunch Buffet from 10:30 AM-2:20 PM!
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1 review
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went here for our anniversary and it was a wonderful experience! We even got a complementary cake!

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f
Philadelphia
84 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the first time I’ve been there and everyone was nice friendly knowledgeable attentive and the food was delicious
We shared the paella it was cooked just right.full of flavor and I can’t wait to get again

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Z
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic seafoods are the star here with the mixed cheese and charcuterie plate a bit slim for a large group.

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JB
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 3

I used to love dinner here. Brunch was not great. Buffet ONLY. Their website is wrong. Our server appeared to be on meds; he was relaxed to the point of careless. No iced coffee. Had to order coffee and a glass of ice separately. Had to tackle the catatonic server for the bill.
Upshot: won’t be back. I live in Old City and Fork NEVER disappoints.

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IM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The ambiance and food was great, a bit disappointed about service and prices. We had to remind our waitress about our ‘porro’ of cider after already finishing two tapas dishes. Also hard to rate pric point, some dishes were extremely overpriced, for example $10 for eggplant dish that was probably $1-2 of product, $25 for a few slices of Serrano ham. Tapas are not supposed to be expensive... at time of checkout, we got charged for a difference bill than ours, much higher thank goodness we checked!

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JR
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely wonderful evening! The window table was perfect. The service (thank you Allison!) was caring and gracious. The food could not have been better. We were four people and each of us concurs with this review. We shall return soon.

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U
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is beautiful from the bar to the back dining room. We ordered the chef’s tasting menu and they accommodated our no tentacles or pigs head fear although Tod explained that it is absolutely delicious and now my husband wants to try( it did smell really delicious!) Each course was unique and beautifully done! The flavors were incredible some really fresh and light while others were so savory! I can’t really pick a favorite dish because they were all outstanding. We will definitely be back!

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MT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We could not have asked for a better experience! Each dish was carefully and beautifully prepared, and we were fortunate enough to sit in the back room to be able to observe the kitchen in action. Our waiter was attentive and calibrated his service to our tastes very well, including wine recommendations each course.
Chef Wentz deserves his celebrity, and each of his restaurants is well worth every visit!

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j
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed the tapas brunch for Mother’s Day brunch. The food was great. The service was great.

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CC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The food isn't really traditional Spanish, but it's hella good. I went for the Mother's Day brunch buffet and me and my friend both loved it - especially the olive oil cake and the mushroom pintxo.

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch at Oloroso is one of the most exciting dining experiences in Philadelphia right now.

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CM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was just okay...wrong wine was presented. One that was much more expensive than what was ordered. Wine ordered was not available and the more expensive was pushed versus giving me an option to look at the list.

Odd to me that a tapas restaurant does not offer coffee solo! 😂

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R
Philadelphia
94 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the various tapas along with the paella. A bit noisy but recommended

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W
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Loved the food, brought back fond memories of days in Madrid. Ended up with a close up view of the kitchen at one of the back tables. Very entertaining to see the food prep and process up close, with some added oven heat and staff chatter as ambiance (if you enjoy that). Had issues with slow service, may just have been the single waiter though most the staff was hustling around (added ~30 minutes to our stay). The maitre d' did make sure to whet us with some Amaro as an apology. Would still recommend wholeheartedly, pretty unique place.

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MW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm, welcoming atmosphere and the food is amazing... but a bit overpriced

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DM
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Choose this restaurant based upon Townsend's reputation with his other restaurants. It did NOT disappoint. This was our first visit to Oloroso, but it will not be the last! Since this was our first visit we wanted to try as many things as possible. Everything was delicious! We had the Gambas, Avocado Toast, Pork Belly, Octopus, Escargot, Steak and the Endive Salad. Each Tapas plate was creatively presented and beat our expectations. I thought the prices were a little high for the small portions, but you get what you pay for.

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CM
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Well prepared food and reasonable prices. Service was impeccable. Our group of 6 had a great time. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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TB
Philadelphia
213 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This buffet was absolutely memorable. Everything was great. I will surely go back.

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B
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I had reserved a table of 3 and called to add one more; the one who answered the phone wasn’t sure it can be done. I went there earlier and the hostess made it happened for me. I was so glad that they made an effort to do that!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent variety, shared several different small plates. Seated next to the open kitchen. All food was delicious and well cooked. A little on the expensive side but the quality of food made it worth the price.

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c
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Of course the brunch buffet is amazing, abundant and flavorful; of course the sangria was balanced and refreshing; of course the space is beautiful. The real surprise and delight here was the service, which feels genuinely caring and authentically attentive. What a treat!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the weekend buffet is AMAZING

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TS
Philadelphia
122 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oloroso's $25.00 AYCE brunch is terrific! Pretty 2-level space, friendly and helpful staff, and terrific food! Very much appreciated the tapas style, so we could try a little of everything, and that the tapas was put out on small platters, so you knew it was freshly made--kitchen is open, so you can see and chat with the chefs.

Favorite savories: mushroom toast, shakshuka, pickled beets, brisket pork, milk toast (a/k/a grilled cheese!), spicy potatoes, deviled eggs, olives, charcuterie, melon.

Favorite sweets: chocolate pudding, burnt cheesecake, homemade yogurt and granola with fresh strawberries and blueberries.

Will definitely be brunching here again!

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F
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommended, great food, reasonable price and good service.

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N
Philadelphia
108 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food and good service. A very good tapas experience

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OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Although we had reservations and it was noted it was a bday celebration, it felt like they didn’t know what to do w us. They sat us at a bar hi top, and it was only when I pointed out my broken foot that we were moved into the restaurant proper at a table. From that point on it felt like we were an after thought. We are no strangers to team wait staff, but our entire service felt like an after thought w virtually every worker stepping in at some point. The food was good, but less memorable than a recent meal at Spice Finch that also included engaging service.

While it was not our first visit, we left saying, “Eh, won’t go back.” Why bother when there are so many better options?

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The waitstaff was inattentive. It doesn't matter if it's a buffet, they should ask if you need more drinks or when you're ready for the check. Ours basically checked out and I had to go to the bar to ask someone to come and pay attention to us.
Half of the buffet food was lukewarm or cold, which made them less enjoyable. The things that were hot were decent. There aren't enough selections to justify $25/pp. $20 max.

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AG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for their Sunday Bruch, delicious! Definitely will go again.

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m
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Another home run for Tod Wentz. Have been a number of times for dinner and each time was amazing. Was there this Sunday for their new Spanish tapas buffet brunch. Hands down the best and most unique brunch in Philadelphia. In fact, in my opinion, one of the best in the country. Don’t miss the 3 types of paella or chickpea salad with grilled octopus.

Equally amazing is the price -- $25 person before drinks. I don’t see how he can make money at this price. I’d gladly pay 3 times as much.

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JD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time at this little gem. Food and service were excellent. We had the flatbread, shrimp, steak and patatas bravas. Hope to return soon.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Food was great, service was okay. The gentlemen that was our waiter did not have the friendliest demeanor. On the website it states they close at 12am, but by 11:15pm the bartenders were already cleaning up the bar, so I asked one of the staff if they were done serving drinks for the night, and she said “yeah I think so” that wouldn’t be an issue if our waiter had given us a heads up that it was last call, my friends and I would’ve ordered another round of drinks. I’m use to going to restaurants and waiters checking back in to see if I would like anything else before the kitchen/bar closes, and with that said the check was given to us without being asked.

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PL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Brunch was not all set up when I arrived at 11 a.m. but I was provided with a drink menu so I sat and waited for my co-conspirator in consumption, who bailed on me by text (too hung over) as I sat waiting for him. My drink arrived (The Tuxedo) and I asked my server how one went about procuring brunch. He was very kind, walked me to the set up and talked me through all the dishes. It's quite a spread with a little something for most folks (can't address vegan/vegetarian as I am neither). A few versions of "toasts"-avo and something else, a shakshuka type egg dish, deviled eggs, octopus, shrimp salad, beets (splendid!), spuds in various configurations and so on. Most dishes had a label next to them so no one new to tapas (or fuddled from Friday debauchery) had to play guess the ingredients. In addition, the guys behind the counter were extremely cheery, gracious and helpful.

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LW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great location for Pre-Opera dinner.

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ZH
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Small plates do note mean small price.

I and a friend shared four different tapas, all in the mid-price range, and it costs us $77. The food was excellent, just priced too high for what you get.

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PS
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place is fabulous. The food is amazing have to try the eggplant- and staff is friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable. We worked with the bartender to modify a drink, using scotch instead of the, and he then gave us the recipe. Unusual Spanish wine list, and over 100 sherries. Highly recommend

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KC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Spanish ham was generous and very tasty! Cheese platter was less so. Staff was accommodating and helpful.

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EA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Superb food, amazing service. Had the Sangria and Sunday brunch buffet. Would absolutely visit again!

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GW
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The only downside to our Saturday Brunch at Oloroso was that some of the food on the Buffet was not hot by the time we loaded it up. As this was their first non-test run of the tapas plates this did not really upset us. Al of the food was, however, delicious and well made and presented.

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DR
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have lived in Spain, and Oloroso is as close as I’ve come in Philadelphia to truly Spanish tapas, as opposed to Latin American or American-influenced tapas. The food is well prepared and consistently delicious. Also noteworthy is the lovely selection of sherries. I was surprised to see even a Palo Cortado, which is sometimes hard to find in Spain.

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent Brunch buffet in Center City. Food was outstanding. Mixture of Basque, Catalan, and Madrid style dishes served with a bit of a new Philly flair. Given the quality and selection, the $25 price tag was a bargain. Will be back.

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