Perla

4.7
262 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Filipino
Perla is a BYOB in East Passyunk that serves modern Filipino cuisine using local, seasonal ingredients. A la carte menu is available Thursday to Saturday.

On Wednesdays and Sundays, Kamayan (eat-with-your-hands) dinner is served family style featuring traditional Filipino dishes at $40pp. For large parties, please contact us at info@perlaphilly.com.
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Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Prix fixe Kamayan family style menu is a fun experience best suited towards those who aren’t too self conscious. Everything was pretty delicious including the starter pan de sel little bun. Other favourites included the garlic rice, the crispy fried pork belly, the sauce on the vegetables (so good, no idea what was in it!), also the chocolate coconut panna cotta dessert. Consider getting at least one set of silverware to filet the fish. Service was helpful and attentive, and we appreciated that the chef came out to drop off the food.

k
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 1ambience 5

Amazing food. Slow service...so just sit back and enjoy!

ES
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wednesday & Sundays Kamayan are my favorite! Thank you again for an incredible meal.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My second time doing the family style dinner, and it was every bit as amazing as the first time!

AH
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very good food at a reasonable price. Beautiful atmosphere and exceptional service! Place is quite small so it can be very loud.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time going and even better then the first. And our first visit was amazing. Love the food and family style experience. Chef was table side just the right amount, which added to the experience. Highly recommend!

m
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A lovely meal with the chef serving us... simply wonderful and an a mazing experience

UP
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Overall a great experience. Well prepared dishes and thoughtful, elevated Filipino menu. Friendly staff provided the direction needed to select a few dishes and ensured we were taken care of throughout our dinner.

JS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

It was just ok: nothing that great. Actually disappointed as we heard it was great. My meal: Mussels had no flavor at all and fish was definitely over cooked and, though served w nice presentation, didn’t taste flavorful. My husband had the Sisig which was like a runny hash (egg yolk) and the short rib which was good but not awesome.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always. Easily one of the best restaurants in the city.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the front of the house never disappoints. Carlo was amazing as always. I definitely recommend if you want to try something a little different and delicious!!

K
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food looked beautiful but nothing spectacular taste-wise. Portions very small. $17 for rice was ridiculous--tasted like the sticky rice I make at home. Octopus was fantastic but nothing else wowed our group.

D
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

The food was bland and overpriced - being that it was Filipino food, we were expecting it to be flavorful and tasty. My veggie dish tasted boiled with a watery sauce around it. My husband’s meat wasn’t seasoned. The $17 “garlic fried rice” tasted like plain white rice with oil poured over it. The best part about the meal was the bread, which was carefully rationed out lest we enjoyed our meal too much. Service and ambience was excellent, but I would have rather gone to a hole in the wall with crappy service and plastic table clothes but with amazing food for a good price. I was so disappointed, and if I were Filipino, I would have been downright ashamed. #bitternotsorry

M
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Food, experience, and service all exceeded our expectations!

SI
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a gift card so wanted to give it a try. Food was good and very flavorful however expensive and small portions. My mother in law is Filipino and I guess I'm spoiled with her cooking and having an abundance of food . Everything was a la cart, including rice which I found odd especially since this is a must have with Filipino meals. Staff very friendly and I liked the chef coming out to talk to customers. Not sure if I would go back, but would recommend for someone else to experience.

JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perla is our favorite restaurant in Philadelphia... and maybe our favorite restaurant of all time. Do yourself a favor and enjoy Kamayan or their regular menu! You won’t be disappointed.

AS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good experience, very different and there was a lot of food, just a little greasy. Be prepared to eat and enjoy.

MS
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really creative modern Filipino food, that was delicious.

LW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for date night - our first time. Best meal we have had in a long time!! Loved the Brussels, pork belly, bone marrow rice, and pinakbet. The rice coconut cake with salted duck egg was amazing!!! Service was great. Our server was very sweet and attentive. The chef/ owner greeted us when we first arrived. It was pretty loud, but not the restaurants fault. Just some loud guests who don't know how to behave.

C
Philadelphia
106 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible kamayan dinner. So unique. Amazing value. Perfectly executed food and service

KM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Generous chef, great food, good fun

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family style dinner is a must have!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The food was okay, our service was terrible. Spent most of the date waiting, asking for basic necessities such as a spoon. Wouldn’t go back, was nothing worth talking about.

RZ
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a fun time here celebrating an anniversary. The food was amazing, from the garlicky rice to the roast chicken to the brussel sprouts and eggplant in coconut. I enjoyed eating with my hands, and got a wet napkin at the end. The chef chatted with us the whole time and is a really funny, down to earth dude, who seemed genuinely psyched to see everyone enjoying their meals. It was a TON of food - so prepare accordingly!

R
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I really wanted to love this place, but it didn't happen. It was good, but I wasn't blown away. Interesting selection of dishes. A few dishes were outstanding, most were OK. Expected more flavors.
It's a small place, it wasn't full when we were there, but I can see how it can get loud. Not the place for a romantic meal.
My suggestion is to improve the service. Nothing really bad happened. But it was a bit dry. Almost as if she didn't want to be there. No sense of humor. Oh, and our bill was big. So I guess I expected more.

RB
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

This is 2nd time that We had their kamayan and the first time We really like the food especially for me a Filipino and their big portion that enough for 2. But last Sunday so disappointed that they downsize their portion. For paying $42.00 p/p I just gave the fish to my husband because it’s so small for 2 people and I had the BBQ chicken.

JS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic experience. It was a special dinner for Mother’s Day and it did not disappoint! The food was delicious. Even though they were full with reservations, we did not feel rushed!!

n
Charleston
28 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This place. Man, I love it. I take people for the kamayan frequently, and it's worth it, every time. This visit had a boisterous birthday party who were pretty loud for such a small space, but once they left, it was just lovely. The food is just killer. And the chef is warm, welcoming-he makes the place feel like you've been invited into his home. A gem. Truly.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perla is magic.

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an incredible time at one of the Sunday family-style dinners. All the food was amazing and the portions were generous. It was a really fun meal.

M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the bass collar and the short rib and they were both amazing! Also don’t forget the bone marrow rice 🤤

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

Tasty and cute!

L
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cuisine unlike anything I've ever had before. The staff was friendly and extremely knowledgeable about the menu. In short, it was amazing. Chef Carlo came out to talk to us and that was very nice of him. I highly recommend Perla.

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

Did not know what to expect as this was a totally new cuisine for our party of 3. We eat out a good bit in Philly, eager to try new & different things. Can I give 10 stars? We allowed our server to guide us on courses & sharing. Her only mandate was “you must get the marrow.” Holy cow. Every dish💯❤️.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in after wedding cake tasting. We were looking to do a rehearsal dinner with Perla... trying to get our guest count down!! We had a great experience for date night! Thank you!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family from out of town. Wanted to show them a memorable time. Very authentic and so much fun! Staff was very personable and pleasant to have around. Food was perfect and service was great.

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

I give Perla my highest recommendation in your ever in the South Philly area.l They easily accommodated our party of 9 on a busy Easter Sunday. The foods was plentiful and flavorful. A great combination of Filipino staples. Their Kamayan feast is a must do. I was apprehensive to eat with my hands but my family and I decided to fully go for it. One of the best restaurant I've been to in a while!

EW
New England
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu is good for people who are willing to be adventurous! We took the waitress recommendations and were not disappointed! The chef came out to check on us and the staff took pride in the dishes. We had one of our best meals in Philly and would definitely go back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Food was excellent.

A
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

High quality and tasty food that really gives you a look into true filipino cuisine from my own experience eating home cooked filipino food. Really cute atmosphere, Chef was a delight to talk to and staff was pleasant and helpful.

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