Royal Boucherie

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$31 to $50
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French
Royal Boucherie is a lively American brasserie, from award winning chef Nicholas Elmi, serving a French-inspired menu with snacks like Smoked Trout Croquettes and Champagne-Braised Escargot and heartier plates like Steak Au Poivre with green peppercorn jus and Maine scallops. Like the classic oyster bars of Old City, Royal Boucherie features raw bar favorites and an extensive housemade charcuterie program.
The beverage program offers a selection of classic cocktails & signature libations, an international wine list with unique small production bottles and a broad mix of American and European craft beers and ciders.
The bi-level space delights the eye with restored finishes such as original pine floors from the 1830's, tin ceilings, antique light fixtures and exposed brick walls. Royal Boucherie boasts a jovial and sophisticated atmosphere, outfitted throughout with dark woods and stone accents.
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c
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our server was very poor. She got 2 meals wrong. She didn’t know they were out of hamburgers & it was a downward spiral from there. Only one meal out of 5 came out & we waited a long time when the second meal came out wrong & was taken back to the kitchen. We still waited for the other 3 meals a long time & when they came out they still brought the same meal that was wrong back to the table. No one was able to explain the issue. The manager did make good on the errors , but it was a horrible experience between the kitchen errors & server.

EC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Birthday Brunch for my husband. Service was surprisingly sub-par, and they brought out a single candle on a plate for our celebration. Super weird.

r
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A most comfortable place to eat and drink, and not just eat but eat some truly delicious food.
The staff was engaged, friendly and quite knowledgable. Would certainly return, and if I lived nearby would certainly make it a go to place to spend time.

AU
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was incredibly slow. None of the drinks in the fall menu were very good. Food was delicious. Salmon crudo and chicken liver mousse were the best.

Z
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

AC
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Been here a number of times, always excellent.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great charcuterie and raw bar. Duck/Steak/Scallops all fantastic. Bev list smaller but well done.

M
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional! Best foie gras I've ever had! And I lived in the South West of France. I love their partnership with Arden theater. The service was top notch. And everyone was so welcoming and caring. One of a kind.

l
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Took friends from the UK here. Food was fine though menu limited with no specials. Scallops and pork cutlet were tasty. Good side dishes and excellent service.

KB
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Nice atmosphere. Did not love our food.

n
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience4

Was visiting from Canada. I understood this to be a French Restaurant but it seemed more like an Irish Pub. Thoroughly enjoyed myself--cuisine was good but there was little in the way of selection. Staff was friendly and helpful. Again, the name is misleading. Definitely not a French Restaurant.

JD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Waitress was in a rush to get out and was quite pushy.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience1

we had high expectations being a “top chef” restaurant, but we left without ordering because both tables on either side of us sent entire meals back for being “cold” and “fatty”. very disappointed.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We ordered the special which was described as a shareable entree for 2-3 people consisting of pork loin, steak, and 2 pork chops “surrounded by vegetables”. It was COLD pork loin on a bed of red slaw, sliced steak where 2 of the 5 slices were ALL fat, and lamb (not pork) chops. Sadly 2 of us didn’t eat lamb. They said they would reheat our pork and replace the lamb with duck. The two that didn’t like lamb also didn’t like duck. We were told that we could have the lamb or the pork. Apparently ordering new entrees per person wasn’t an option! Extremely disappointing as we had very high hopes. As we were finishing dinner we were asked if we wanted a second drink (our first drinks were long empty.). We asked for a wine list. It took so long for our server to come back for our wine order that we just got the check and left. Our server was very sweet but couldn’t, and shouldn’t be expected to, make up for problems in the kitchen.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience3

I ordered lobster , not fresh ! The ambience is so so

B
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing service. I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and couldn't have been happier! It's so nice to go somewhere where the staff is knowledgable and friendly

WJ
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant in a great area of town.
The food could not have been better; the service was great and the ambiance was cozy and lovely.
Highly recommend.

r
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was attentive but relaxed. The server was friendly but not intrusive. The cocktails were excellent. The food was divine. Escargot. Squash soup. Salmon. Duck. No complaints, only praise.

KL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and ambiance!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time celebrating our anniversary. Service was great - our table was in a corner upstairs near the window, very lovely! And of course the food and drinks didn’t disappoint too. We will definitely be back!

ET
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here. Always bustling a great vibe. Scallops entree was fantastic, we also enjoyed the mushroom toast, escargot and shrimp cocktail, all fantastic! The server was very patient with my myriad of questions about the wine. Settled on a nice Bordeaux, perfect for the weather and buttery companions.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Escargot and scallops were amazing!

PF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, place was bustling. Service very nice, happy to return again! We had a great time. Thank you!

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maybe the best meal I had in Philadelphia. The escargot and charcuterie are world class. I thoroughly enjoyed the steak as well. The service was attentive without being overbearing. The meal was surprisingly leisurely given how busy the restaurant was. I’m looking forward to a return visit.

OT
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Felt ignored under sold and thirsty.

JM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and hospitality where perfect and it was a wonderful evening.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Soup came in cold, we had to send back. Then, pasta came in cold, had to send back again.

C
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I was extremely disappointed with the experience I had here. We waited nearly 10 minutes before even ordering a drink, and then had to wait nearly 20 minutes for our raw oysters. RAW. I understand that places get busy, but for the premium you pay here for pay for such small portions, you'd think they would be able to hire adequate service. Not worth the wait, not worth the price. Our cocktails were also a bit strong. I will say that the food was delicious, but outside of that there were not many other positive aspects of my experience at the Royal Boucherie.

If you are looking for a high quality meal at this price, I would revert to the Rittenhouse Sq. area.

BT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic! Service was great - friendly and informative. The hamburger was unbelievable! Everything from drinks, soup, fried olives, charcuterie board, salad and dessert was great. A fantastic experience.

KV
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The food was really just mediocre. We didn’t even finish any of it. Disappointed... as we love French food. Our least favorite meal of the vacation. Real bummer

B
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The pork schnitzel was inedible. I couldn’t even cut it with a sharp knife.

NM
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Best burger in town. Tuna crudo appetizer terrific.

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my husband here for his birthday. We had a bunch of apps and shared the pasta. Everything was great!!

d
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Good place to have a few drinks and some paté. Food is decent.

HK
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I had brunch on a Sunday. Lighting is very dim. Service was attentive. French toast was too sweet and not a good value. Two friends had quiche and salad which was a better choice. A better place for nighttime dinner and drinks.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Terrible service. Server required us to order our entrees while sitting for drinks and a cheese plate. Since I did not order entrees, we never saw him again until I asked for the check. Cheese plate came out before cocktails. Ended up still spending close to $60 for this experience.

C
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super busy and loud at our first table i. The bar area.They were great about moving us to the much quieter back room.
Our waitress was knowledgeable about the menu helpful and did not rush us.
We shared a charcuterie board,foie gras, escargots,sourdough boule and the wonderful frites. Everything was perfect!
We also tried the steak,duck and scallops.This was a totally enjoyable meal and I would highly recommend the restaurant.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating moms 70th birthday with brunch at boucherie. Our server was rad, he knew the menu really well and guided us through the charcuterie board. There was something for everyone, down to cocktails, NA drinks & savory and sweet dishes. Only thing is, I wish there was something special for the birthday lady or dessert offered which may not be part of brunch service. Thanks for a great time! We will definitely return.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicioso, comi la pechuga de pato

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OT
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Fell below my level of expectation. Usually much better. Waiter was not attentive as if we were bothersome. I had the pesto pasta - ate it but did not really enjoy it.