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Rittenhouse Grill

4.4
4196 Reviews
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Gargantuan cuts of prime beef, extra thick chops, and simply prepared fresh seafood are the straightforward offerings of this steakhouse that evokes the supper clubs of Manhattan in the 1940's. Leopard print carpeting, black lacquered walls trimmed in brass and tuxedoed waiters complete the elegant atmosphere, featuring live piano and bass nightly. Dress code is business casual.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always this place is a winner for a special occasion. Loved it when it was Prime Rib, and it is still excellent choice for dinner. Everything was perfectly prepared. Made for a great evening.

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vipAndy
London
85 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Surprised they would automatically add a 20% tip for a party of 2....we had to request larger and more appropriate glasses for the bottle of wine we ordered.

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vipJeresoph
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

After I was taken to the table (I was on my own) after quite a while of waiting I finally had to ask someone for a menu. And then a drink. And it took me 3 attempts to ask for a waiter so I could place my order. Each time I was told that he was coming. (So is Xmas I thought.)
I ordered what I was told was the house speciality which is Prine Rib but if this was their speciality I can't imagine how awful their regular choices must be. I specified medium rare and it came very rare and tepid in temperature. I had a couple of mouthfuls and meantime this was not cooked appropriately. To be fair, they took it back and cooked it some more. But when they brought it back it was 'very well done.' As in, completely dark and overcooked. Not well done!
I gave up that point. I don't like to give negative reviews but this is an expensive restaurant typical of many up0scale steak houses and nobody asked me if I had a good meal, even though the bill was well over $100. Shabby service, poor food and lacking in any atmosphere.

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vipRomancingTheMeatScene
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was my "go-to" restaurant for Prime Rib in Philly when is was The Prime Rib. This restaurant then tried using the name 1701 Locust and then 1701 Steaks and Seafood. I did try it our post "The Prime Rib" and was extremely disappointed in the meat quality. (okay so let's chalk that up to COVID).
They have again changed their name to Rittenhouse Grill. So, in the mood for a great piece of Prime Rib, we went downtown to give it a try. Finding a great piece of Prime Rib (on the bone of course) is not an easy task. So downtown we went. I was not disappointed. The prime rib was excellent.

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vipMichaelB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Steak was not good

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pianist TOM LAWTON'S playing must have had something to do with making this one of the best meals our group of four has ever experienced!

Potato skins appetizer, so delicioso, with a tart and tantalizing horseradish sauce and a sour cream dip. Tuna Tartare was subtle and splendid with the tastiest marinade. Mashed Potatoes, full-bodied with an excellent gravy. Lobster bisque was thick and flavorful. Roast chicken cooked to perfection. Grilled artichoke was a true highlight, oooooeeeeeeee!! String beans were okay, not fantastic. Potatoes au gratin so cheesily yummy.

Desserts were scrumptios:
Creme brulee was the pinnacle, followed by an unforgettably peefect ice cream fudge sundae and raspberry sorbet that hit the spot.

And all this plus Great service.
Exorbitant prices, but that wasn't a surprise.

A truly wonderful meal and music!

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ChristinaD
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

I felt judged the entire time I was there. The waiter was really condescending to us the whole time because we are a young couple. We just wanted an entree and drinks and he went on about most people order this and that and constantly trying to upsell. When we said no twice to dessert, he brought it out anyway and said it was "restaurant policy" to eat dessert on your birthday. Which would have been really nice if it was complimentary, but he charged us for it. So we paid for a dessert we didn’t ask for. He ruined the mood which was a shame because we were looking forward to that dinner. Judgy waiters aside, I’m surprised this place is so highly rated; the food was good (my dish was definitely not worth what I paid), but definitely not the best steak in Philly.

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vipChubbyBubby
Philadelphia
74 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the outstanding Chilean sea bass and the escargot was also amazing

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vipsimone
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Derrick our server was amazing. Food was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad to be dining at the now Rittenhouse Grill. Name change aside, all was perfect with dinner and service.

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AndrewG
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I throwback food, throwback look, makes you feel like you are in the 1940s. The service was amazing the food was excellent and a selection of drinks was great! My favorite part is the space between tables, it feels private while still being around others My only mild criticism is the price, which is a little high compared to all the great restaurants on Rittenhouse Square.

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vipSouthStreetMike
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Comfortable seating, there were only four tables of guests during our time there.
We were a party of two and thought that we clearly ordered our 3 courses. I asked for oysters rockefeller, "then" a wedge salad, and prime rib with creamed spinach. My companion asked to start with lobster bisque, then ceasar salad, then prime rib with baked potato. The server brought the bisque, oysters and both salads at the same time. When questioned, he said that they always bring all of the appetizers together. He offered to take something back to hold in the kitchen, but we declined, fortunately the table was large enough for everything. I don't recall ever having a wedge salad anywhere without crumbled bacon on top, but the server said they don't do that! The prime rib was good as was key lime pie for dessert.
Lastly, when the server brought the check he told us that the tip (20%) had already been added, no explanation why for a party of 2, also no mention of this anywhere beforehand. When he returned after processing the credit card, he again made a point of reminding us that the tip had been included so he crossed that section off on the card receipt. I think the added tip issue alone would be a reason not to return.

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RobinP
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love dining here. The experience is always perfect, the meats prepared exactly as requested. Great side dishes, attention to detail on old-school lovely service. Best of all with a partner who has hearing issues, it is always possible to have a conversation and enjoy being able to hear each other! Another perfect birthday celebration ... so glad the quality is maintained from previous ownership!

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vipOpti99
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. The dessert choices could be a little more interesting.

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Maria
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

First time and last time

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

The roasted chicken was dry…The sides are small and not tasty at all…We paid $388 for nasty food….Never again

JB
JaniceB
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

My husband enjoyed his Father's Day surprise dinner!

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10Babs
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have an excellent meal with great service at this restaurant!

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vipBrianC
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John was a great server. He was engaging, told jokes, and enhanced our evening!! Thank you! The martinis, oysters, dinners, sides and desserts were great. The Oregon Pinot Noir went with everything. A perfect Fathers Day Eve dinner. Just exceptional!!

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vipjackthetraveller
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Veal chop was below standards and tasteless. Small quantities of several side dishes despite high prices. Bread not very sophisticated

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cmcharles
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was amazing, I really enjoyed the piano player as well. The food was amazing, our server was light-hearted and dealt with all our demands with ease!

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Gigi
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! I recommend: potato skins, shrimp cocktail, and lobster bisque for appetizers. Prime rib and filet mignon for steak. Cheesecake and raspberry sorbet for dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Surprised when waiter said he added tip to our bill, especially without asking and / or telling us why, and how much he tipped himself.

KL
vipKatieL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Avoid. The style and music is the only thing this restaurant has going for it. Food wasn't awful, but definitely not a high end restaurant that you would have expected. Add in terrible, slow service that involved us having to ask them to remove dirty plates multiple times and I never need to go back here again.

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vipLarryinSD
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful service and food … truly excellent. The room itself was a bit underwhelming… stark, easy way too over lighted…. Like a classroom not evening dining room, old cheap suspended ceiling tiles…. This place could use some monetary investment and a dimmer switch and it would be lovely.
The piano player was good technically and artistically he just needed to slow his tempo by 20% to make it more of an evening dining experience vs a race to the finish
Having critiqued the surroundings … you come for the food and service experience primarily and that was excellent I would certainly return.

MF
MarcyF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant dining ambiance, gourmet food, excellent wine and service and great jazz music at an appropriate background volume level

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tremendous meal and we’ll served. Everything that I expected and more. Will definitely return as soon as the opportunity presents itself!

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Shae
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service from start to finish. Our server, Djordge was excellent and definitely an asset to this company/restaurant.

GA
vipGregoryA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Horrible server. Built in tip.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and ambience and fantastic service

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vipGeorgeK
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect. Everything.

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vipDean
New York Area
246 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely “over-the-top” experience. Our DE dinner guests were totally blown away with the venue, food quality and service. It was an evening to remember. It felt so good to return to our top favorite Philly restaurant after 18 long months… It was really great seeing Garth, as always. Joe, our server, did an amazing job with his food suggestions and attention to detail. Can’t wait to return on Sat, June 19th with our party of eight !

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vipCraig
Washington DC
826 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice as always. Great food, excellent service.

Fernando was great, the hosts were as well.

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vipBetsymom
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We were celebrating my son and daughter-in-law’s anniversary and expected something quite different from what we received. Although we were there almost 3 hours, it wasn’t a very enjoyable experience. We were expecting the very high prices, but we anticipated we would get quality and service for the money. Not so! The food was mostly average. My husband and I had the prime rib. His (cooked rare) was unbelievably tough; we took the leftovers home, but it didn’t get any more tender and it was thrown out. Mine (medium rare) was at least able to be cut but had little taste. Both were small. My son had the steak, which he said was tasty but also tough. The same toughness pervaded the veal chop my daughter-in law had. The sides were minuscule. The service was so slow that at one point we waited over half an hour for a glass of wine that the waiter eventually admitted he had forgotten about. Another wait was just as long. He was covering all the tables in our section, yet was rarely there. The fact that he took the desserts off the bill (his idea) “because of the anniversary.” At that point it seemed more of a bribe to try to make up for the poor service. The table had one forlorn fake candle for decoration. The piano playing was the best part of the evening. And, to add insult to injury, having the tip added on automatically not only is an insult to our intelligence but discourages the waiter from making a decent effort to actually do his job. If he treated all his customers the same way, he must still have made thousands of dollars that night without putting forth the effort to earn those tips. And to top it all off, we had to pay more than we were told we would owe in the garage because the meal service took so long.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall it was great!

CB
vipChubbyBubby
Philadelphia
74 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Chilean sea bass was divine.

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TonyN
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food Experience nice waiter
Didn’t like gratuity was Included 😡

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vipCheunger
New York Area
207 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They auto added 20 percent tips to the tab despite my party of just being 3. Never seen this before. A little weird imo.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Terrible from the beginning. Long time for a waiting in a line to be seated when we didn’t have to but the hostess didn’t acknowledge us. Long time sitting waiting for a waiter to even bring us menus. Seated next to a couple with small children with loud iPads who were out too late and crying. Husbands appetizer was good, my salad was good. We were given an extra appetizer because we waited so long to have a waiter. Forgot lemons we asked for 3x. My Lobster was good. Husbands steak was over cooked. Brought us 2 mashed potatoes when we ordered a mashed and a mushroom. Got us our mushrooms when we asked. Mushrooms turned out super bland. Waiter asked if we wanted dessert. We said no. Then asked if we wanted dessert on the house since we waited so long in the beginning. We still said no. Got our bill. We were charged for the appetizer “on the house” we were charged for the extra potatoes that the waiter messed up. The waiter said oh my bad. And took the bill back and gave us a $37 discount. While the appetizer and potatoes were still left on the check. That covered our drinks. But due to “covid” gratuity was included. Except the waiter drove up the price giving himself a better tip. The “discount” came off after the tip. The waiter gave himself a 44% tip somehow due to “covid”. And he was terrible. Will not be going back.

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vipWalterS
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around excellent place to dine! Very high standard for customer service ! Food is great!

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Rittenhouse Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 772-1701.

Rittenhouse Grill is rated 4.4 stars by 4196 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.