P.J. Clarke's at the Curtis

4.4
526 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
SINCE 1884, We've been serving up the same things: fresh food, frosty drinks and good, old-fashioned conversation.

We could talk for hours about our history, our star-studded cast of diners, blah blah blah. But, for now, that's beside the point. Grab yourself a stool at the bar and order a cold one.

Come in once, we'll know your name.
Twice, we'll know your order.
Three times, and you're family.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 526 people are saying
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vipnone
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My friend and I shared a turkey club sandwich - it was hearty and tasty. We also shared the beet and bean hummus, though my friend thought it needed a little salt, it was delicious.

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vipReservedGlutton
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasantly surprised that it had good food. Initially we thought it might just be another bar type thing. Quality ingredient. Good drinks. Strategic location. Great service. The only downside is that the price is a little high compared to similar establishments.

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vipBreifne
New Orleans
73 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

High quality beautifully presented food. Fairly priced for the quality. Attentive and friendly staff. Always reliable... Been to the PJC in DC many times.

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viplieb923
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Drinks were small and expensive ($15 martini). Entree Salmon was tasty but the portion was small. Only 1 vege with it no Bread. Nice atmosphere but there are better places to spend your money.

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Eric
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love PJs. The food, the atmosphere, the service - it's all second to none. It's a tough time for all of us - especially for the food service/restaurant industry - as we try to regain our footing with COVID concerns reemerging, but dining at PJs the other evening was a psychological shot in the arm (and that lobster roll I ate made my belly smile).

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WalkerB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Simply put the service was poor.
Also noticed that the restaurant was half empty, which is rare on a Friday evening.

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Sarah
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a last minute reservation for a larger party (10 people) on a Saturday evening and we’re surprisingly accommodated in our own separate room! The staff was very attentive, friendly, and kind. Our food was excellent and drinks were great! Part of the group even stayed after dinner to sit at the bar for some chocolate martinis!

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vipLaura
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really cool atmosphere and great service.

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vipsparta802
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for happy hour on a Wednesday(great food and drink specials!). It was crowded at the bar, but cleared out once happy hour ended. We had a bacon cheeseburger, salad and beers for dinner. Everything was delicious! Our bartender, Dan was great - very personable and efficient. The managers Megan and Chris were also really friendly and stopped to check on us. Everything was nice and clean - highly recommended!

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SusanM
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Despite sitting outside, the food was very hot when delivered and exactly as ordered.

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MeganP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got an amazing table on the terrace balcony with a view of the park! Service was great and food was amazing!

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JS10
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server DJ was wonderful. Our experience overall could not be beat!

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vipsparta802
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time meeting friends at the bar for dinner! We had salmon, macaroni and cheese , hummus, deviled eggs, beer, wine. Everything was delicious! Service by the bartender Dan was great and he was very friendly. Bathrooms were nice and clean! Looking forward to coming back soon!

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vipDebbc
New York Area
376 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I am so glad we went back to PJ Clark’s
A whole new wonderful menu
Everything went exactly right and the food was yummy
They have a lot of new things
To try
Definitely worth the visit

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vipJimmydelSol1
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

All was good except that first two preferences from the menu were not available and it was early in the evening.

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DanielK
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The new pricing structure is unsustainable.
Good luck with your corporate accounts - because you have just priced-out a local family lunch. Too bad, because it had become one of our regular choices.

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vipwstmark
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience4

We were a party of four for lunch. When the entrees arrived for only two of us we came to learn the orders had not properly been placed by the waiter for the other two. We waited 15 minutes for the missing entrees and were offered no real acknowledgment other than "my bad" from the waiter. This was not handled as you would expect from such an establishment. Upon leaving the host apologized for the mistake that had been made. This was a business lunch and put a damper on an important meeting. While mistakes do happen, the way it was handled was unacceptable.

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vipstaceyk
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

The service was great. Very attentive and friendly. The presentation /food lacked luster.

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vinny
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Martinis were perfect, food was excellent, very clean, server was great, and staff was super friendly. I will definitely be back!

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Vermonner
Montana
12 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server and very pleasant experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

I went to treat myself out for dinner and left feeling like I was being pranked. I’ve been a fan of P.J. Clarke’s for a long time since living in NYC and this experience was certainly not like anyone I’ve had in NYC. My entree was treated like a joke and the effort to remedy the issues were treated as such too.

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vipsparta802
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, as usual. We sat at the bar. All of the staff were really nice- hostess, Manager. Food runners, bartender Dan. Our food was phenomenal- deviled eggs, sea bass, lobster salad as lad. It was all SO delicious and we finished everything. Beer and wine were good too. We’ve back soon!

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vipATW2LRL
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Unfortunately the staff was completely maskless -- masks on the staff would have been appreciated and reassuring that customer safety was being respected by the restaurant. This staffing approach was jarring after encountering fully masked staff at the Philadelphia Four Seasons earlier this week.

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JCBEJ
New England
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time sitting outside AND dog friendly, huge plus.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very relaxing and easy. Excellent food and service.

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WendyW
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good variety of food choices.
Empty in restaurant, full & noisy in the bar (which carried over to restaurant).

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vipsparta802
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dinner, seated at the bar with large TVs to watch sports. All employees were really nice, service by our bartender, Dan, was perfect! The food(deviled eggs, salmon, fish and chips)was delicious. We’ll definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great atmosphere, friendly staff…highly recommended!!

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vipDebbc
New York Area
376 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Things would have been better if our waiter had more experience
He was congenial but the timing of arrival of food and the delay of cocktail dampened experience
We really want the restaurant to succeed but they need consistency
My martini had to be sent back because it was almost all water
So I exchanged it for wine which was forgotten for 20 minutes
The food was fine
I hope the management turns the restaurant around
He tried

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vipLisa
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Brunch! We ended up siting inside because of the heat--the wait staff was super accommodating!

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YolandaR
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Overpriced and food was nasty …………………………..,……… xxx

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
126 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was excellent with the exception of the broccolini
Which wasn’t swimming in oil
The tomato soup and the black bass was especially good. The service was prompt but we waited an extraordinarily long time for our credit cards with bill.
The only criticism was that when my friend ordered a burger, the waiter asked if he wanted the fries. He asked if there was a substitution for the fries to which the waiter pointed to the other sides. So my friend ordered the broccolini and we were charged 8.00$ for that. This was a miscommunication. Apparently the burger does not come with fries. They are extra

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vipsparta802
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar with Dan as our bartender for a birthday dinner. Everything was great, as usual. Food(deviled eggs, salmon, burger), drinks(wine, beer) were delicious. All of the employees were nice seemed to work well together- very nice managers as well! Will definitely be back!!

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vipLPTJ
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Outdoor seating is superior with great view of the National Park. Food was very good and very good variety of choices on the menu given the varying preferences of our group. Service was outstanding.

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Sybil
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Delightful to eat outdoors, good service. Manager was accommodating, turned down volume of music at our request. I had shrimp cocktail, expensive. It was tough and dry, overcooked. Prices have gone way up since pandemic. Still, glad this place has survived.

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eajb
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fish and chips and the roast chicken were delicious!

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EMem
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great with food allergies. Beautiful setting. Good brunch /lunch. choices

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vipsparta802
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic dinner on Saturday night at the bar with friends. Dan, the bartender was friendly, fun and took care of our group well! Other staff(manager, food runners) were also really friendly. Our food( deviled eggs, salmon, burgers, pork) was all fresh and delicious. Great beer and wine list too.

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vipRebeccaL
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Overpriced on most everything on menu but food is good. The service was strange, appetizer brought with the main meal and had to ask for water and ketchup and splenda for something that should have been offered as part of the service. I sat outside but there was road construction so not very pleasant but that doesn't happen every day...

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vipJackPhilly
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time here. Went to PJClarke in NYC in the early 80's nearly every week--great memories of a different world.

We ordered from the cocktail list: a Paloma (grapefruit & tequila) and a Japanese gin & tonic. Both delicious and not ordinary.

We shared 3 courses like we always do:
Started with baked clams--delicious but not really enough to share.

Then chopped salad which was fantastic--almost gazpacho before the blender. Very flavorful vegetables.

Then the swordfish which was prepared perfectly with a sauce (we think mango) that was super light,

Great food, good service, nice Chardonnay by the glass but no wine list (the only negative).

FAQs

P.J. Clarke's at the Curtis does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. P.J. Clarke's at the Curtis also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 999-2000.

P.J. Clarke's at the Curtis is rated 4.4 stars by 526 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.