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Picasso Restaurant & Bar

3.6
193 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
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Picasso Restaurant & Bar specializes in Spanish-style tapas and offers a wide selection of beer and cocktails. Inside the restaurant, a Picasso painting has come to life. The tables are decorated with a design reminiscent of the great painter's geometric designs, while prints of his work hang on the wall. The colors are a wonderful mash of bright reds, blues and yellows, giving Picasso Restaurant & Bar a look that is unlike any other. Guests can also enjoy live entertainment on select evenings.

The menu's tapas are meant to be ordered a few at a time and shared amongst friends. Picasso Restaurant & Bar has many seafood options, like the grilled calamari, crab cakes, PEI mussels and shrimp skewers. If guests want something heartier and more satisfying, there is also a menu section of larger grilled entrees, like the hangar steak and Pablo burger.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, International, Latin / Spanish
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 - 10:00, Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
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Phone number
(610) 891-9600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Loic Barnieu
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Catering
Catering for private parties and special events is available.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Olive street
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Parking details
Metered street and public lots are available. All parking is free after 6pm and on Sundays.
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Public transit
Bus, Trolley and Septa R3 Regional Rail are all available.
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Entertainment
Tuesdays: Live Acoustic 7pm
Wednesdays May-September: Dining Under the Stars
Thursdays: Open Mic 9pm
Fridays & Saturdays: Live Bands 10pm
Second Sundays: Jazz Dinner 5pm
Third Tuesdays: Bro-lesque Show 10pm
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Special events & promotions
Media loves live music, theater, arts and festivals. Like us on Facebook to see all of our upcoming events such as the Blues Stroll & Jazz by Night.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.6  based on all time ratings
3.7
food
3.6
service
3.5
ambience
Noise · Moderate
79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on May 16, 2015

We had been there a while back; still a really enjoyable night!! Great tapas; great wine list and really terrific desserts! We took my sister out with us and were really happy we had shown her the great experience that is Media, PA.

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vipPeterM (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on May 9, 2015

The menu had changed since last we were there and everything was terrific!

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vipAljam (New England)
4.0  Dined on April 19, 2015

I was delighted on finding this small gem in downtown Media. It was a delicious light fare meal and will go back next time I visit Pennsylvania Philadelphia area.

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Foodie (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 25, 2015

I enjoy dining at Picasso as the service is great and sangria is delicious! However, some of the tapas items are not really tapas. I believe it could be more authentic or take those items off the menu. For example the papas fritas are french fries with ketchup and a couple of other dipping sauces. A bit sad. It should be papas bravas!

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Pattimac (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

First time here. The food was very good, menu is on the small size. Prices are average. $40.00 for 4 drinks, which I thought was high. But I will go back.

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Foodie (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 16, 2015

Excellent happy hour menu. Shrimp skewers and crab cakes were really tasty!

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vipConboyp (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2014

Wanted a place to taste several small plates, they did not disappoint. The decor could be updated, a couple of prints of Picasso works would make sense in a place named Picasso's.

This of course is not the reason you go to eat at this place, the food was good, the menu provided a good sample of many flavors. It was New Years and they also had a price fixed multi course meal which sounded great, but I really wanted to sample more of their dishes and small plates are great that way.

What I was most impressed with was the beer selection, with 13 taps rotating, they seemed to have a least 2-3 items on tap that would meet your expectations.

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vipyummy (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 18, 2014

Open Mic night started at 9pm so if you're looking for quiet conversation, which we were, go a little earlier in the evening. Other than that everything was terrific. My friend and I shared a few small plates and one entree. papa frittes with three dips, lamb skewers, calamari and fish special and we enjoyed everything! Calamari was slightly over cooked as Calamari often is but the flavor was delicious.

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MaryRose (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on November 11, 2014

This was not my first time at Picasso; all have been great. Food choices not extensive but soooo good. The chicken entrée was interesting & delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on October 15, 2014

We took advantage of the Restaurant Week $30 prix fixe dinner and it was very, very good. Excellent selections, very well prepared. We highly recommend this restaurant

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bh123 (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on October 7, 2014

Had an 8 PM reservation and there was not a single other table of diners, yet one uncleaned table. Three people at the bar, loud music, and how it is possible, I don't know, but cigarette smoke. The hostess greeted me by saying "no you don't" when I said I had a reservation and then said "Oh, you must have made this today" When my guests arrived, we decided not to stay. I'd eaten here in years past and it had been a really nice spot. Not sure if it was a bad night or that time hasn't been kind to the restaurant. (I clicked "fair" for food though we didn't eat; can't submit form without. Menu was fair looking, best guess.)

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Jdub (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on September 27, 2014

Enjoyed our dinner here last Saturday evening. The front of the restaurant opens to the outside and we sat at the in the restaurant but felt like we were outside. The food was very good and we enjoyed sharing several small plates. Nice selection of craft beers on tap.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on September 26, 2014

Not impressed at all. If you're looking for authentic tapas, do not come here. The grilled calamari was tough and drowned with pepper flakes. The PEI mussels were tiny and flavorless. The sangria tasted like straight cranberry juice. Wait staff knew nothing about the cheeses. Would not go back!

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vipAnon (Naples)
4.0  Dined on September 3, 2014

We had a confirmed OpenTable reservation for Wed nite (DUTS) with outside requested. There was no table reserved, telling us that they didn't reserve tables during DUTS. If not, then take them off availability on OpenTable!! We only got a table because 2 nice women switched tables for us. Our server was wonderful, calmly and efficiently serving too many tables.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on May 17, 2014

We enjoyed the option of small plates or full sized entrees. The food was very good and the service was very attentive,

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JLSW (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on May 9, 2014

Our waitress was very inattentive. One couple that was seated about 10 minutes after us was served, finished their meal & left just as we finally got our entrées. I had to go find our waitress 3 times to ask for a glass of wine, etc. Very nice lady, but we just felt like she forgot us. Noise level (music) was loud, but they did turn it down when we asked.

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ToxicZombi (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on April 16, 2014

The menu is fairly simple and the food is very good. My wife ordered house salad and mussels, I went for the swordfish special and my daughter had the burger. Their salads are always fresh and refreshing, the mussels were tasty though small (that time of the season), and the swordfish was perfectly cooked (moist and very flavorful). My daughter enjoyed the purger with caramelized onions. The martini with kaffir lime was tasty! Reviewers often complain about the noise level then note that they were there during a jazz festival. Duh! We have never found it too noisy whether on weeknights or a weekend. BTW, in the summer the front of the restaurant is open to State Street. You can say hello to friends who wander by while you dine.

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Shirtgirl (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on April 12, 2014

Our group shared the tapas at our table and had a wonderful experience. Try the arugula flatbread and the calamari
Appetizer. Actually, everything we ordered was good. The waitstaff were working hard and were extremely nice inI helping with selections.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on March 14, 2014

The prices are similar to a nice restaurant in Philly but the good quality is nowhere close. However good mixed drinks!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on March 14, 2014

There was nothing exotic or phenomenal about our meal at Picasso. However, it was reasonably priced, good and a bit different for a place that has a more "pub like" feel. We had two small plates and two flatbreads and several beers. We content and pleased with all. It was a pleasant night out, not overpriced, and in a place where similar casual places are BYO, a place to grab a drink and nice dinner without wearing more than jeans!

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