Royal Boucherie

4.6
489 reviews
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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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Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Maybe I'm getting too old and cranky, but lately when I walk out of a new restaurant that looks beautiful with fine people offering good hospitality and the food was good, but not particularly revelatory, I ask myself (particularly the next day), how on earth did I spend $247 on one supper for 3 people? If you've got it, Royal Boucherie is as good as anywhere else to flaunt it.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every was exceptional. Cocktails were perfectly made from a very knowledgeable bartender. The atmosphere reminded me of home, New Orleans. The food was outstanding. Get the lobster pasta!

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j
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was superior, service excellent- highly recommended.

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GG
Atlanta
68 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our flight was delayed getting into Philadelphia, so we didn’t get to the restaurant till about 9:15. We were still welcomed and given great service even though we were probably the last table for this Sunday evening. We had been to this restaurant previously. The food is reliably good if not inspiring. I can recommend it for most casual dining out occasions.

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MD
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been there many times. Really good food in a vibrant room

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NJ
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, attentive, friendly service. Nice ambiance. One quibble was wine seemed to be expensive

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OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly incredible. The food was exquisite. Our server was attentive and helpful. The setting was perfect for our romantic dinner. I can’t wait to go back.

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U
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was well prepared and drinks had a good pour. Enjoyed the ambiance and staff is friendly and knowledgeable

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CG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic bread, escargot, pork cheek entree. Tasty whiskey cocktail, French Chardonnay was good. We loved the atmosphere: dark, tables were close together, but with background noise you didn’t feel like you were listening to your neighbor’s conversation.

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New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We came in for happy hour and had the stuffed fried olives (AMAZING), the escargot, the lamb merguez, and the fried portobello mushrooms. The mushrooms were much too salty but everything else was delicious, service was attentive without being annoying, and we had a great time hanging out at the bar. Would love to go back for dinner.

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CJ
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply a great setting and experience. Busy vibe on a Friday night, even at 5:00pm. Hey; it was Happy Hour. Impeccably restored revealing its early 18th century pine flooring and brick walls. Outstanding raw bar offerings of west and east coast oysters, clams, shrimp, etc. If you desire caviar, there's a git of that too. Our particular favorites include East Coast Oysters, the signature escargot, the foie gras, and either crudo they serve for small plate selections. We enjoyed Happy Hour snack; Fried Pork Stuffed Olives ($3.50), Happy Hour Cocktail; bartender's choice ($7.00), and wine ($7.00). Rave reviews from out party of three for the halibut entrée, the Boucherie Burger, and the Conchilglie (pasta shells) with Lobster. Service: just a wonderful experience with respect to service staff. Not in your face but always there when you need something. Truly a great dining experience here.

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JK
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very loud, but food was fantastic. Great foodie-type vibe

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FB
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 2

The service was excellent, the food was good, and the selection of wine and spirits is excellent. The prices are high, but no higher than most other restaurants in that area. The major drawback is that the noise level was so high that we could hardly talk. The place was full and no other patrons were boisterous or particular loud. Just the sum total of everyone talking raised the noise level to the point where is was difficult to converse. The problem is that all surfaces except patron's clothing are hard, and there's no sound deadening at all, which we think is sorely needed. It's really too bad, because other than the sound level, the environment is cozy and charming. Going to a restaurant is a social event, but a social event involves talking -- apparently the owner is unaware of this fact.
So no, we won't be back, nor will we recommend this place to anyone else.

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RA
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent charcuterie! Probably the best in the city. And the drinks are great, too— innovative ‘old time’ cocktails and a wonderful, nicely edited wine list. I’ve been to Royal Boucherie 3 times and already looking forward to my next visit!

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JO
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great for pre-theater.

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JR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch - we were the first diners at 10:00 a.m. Nice choices. Coffee was great - liked getting to see the entire place while very few people were there. Will go back again to try dinner.

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BR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

While the cocktails were tasty, we had to wait too long for them — both at the bar and while seated. We were seated upstairs and the room was too bright and the volume too loud for our table of 6 to be able to hear each other. The downstairs was more cozy and we would have preferred to be sat there. Overall, the food was also tasty but just too expensive.

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a
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and drinks. Excellent service. We loved it and will be back.

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OT
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic. Charcuterie board was excellent. Good place to great food and drinks. Will go back.

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RH
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about this restaurant! The ambience is wonderful for those of us who like cozy bars, and the food is excellent if you are a lover of good meats. It is definitely not the place for vegetarians!

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PF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was delicious. I especially loved the halibut. Our server was knowledgeable and helped us find the perfect bottle of wine to compliment our meal. This was my first visit, but it won’t be my last.

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n
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 1

This is the second restaurant I've visited in the last three months where we needed to use our flashlights to read the menus and the tab. It too was deafeningly noisy We could barely carry on a conversation. The food was outstanding, and our server was wonderful, but we won't be going back any time soon.

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BR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

While the ambiance was nice, the food was nothing special and made me ill.

I would never come here again

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KS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine's day dinner. We were seated in a booth at the back of the restaurant. The lighting is very soft and the noise level less, away from the front bar which is the good kind of lively. The music was a great mix...not intrusive but every once in awhile we ended up singing along. The staff is friendly, efficient and made us feel very valued. Valerie at the front was a stand out and our server whose name I am blanking on, was really great as well...and they were all hustling on a very busy Saturday. Our food was timed wonderfully in stages, everything served at perfect temperature and solid portion sizes...we were totally satisfied. The skate and the lobster pasta are excellent. The lobster poutine, on special that night, was ridiculous. The drinks are killer and I love that the menu credits who originally concocted them. Dessert was so good as well. Looking forward to returning for dinner and also coming to just hang at the bar and have some oysters. Excellent experience all around.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Royal Boucherie was a lively and engaging spot for a Valentine's Day (observed) dinner. We had the lobster poutine and the steak for two, along with a pair of delightful, well-balanced cocktails. The steak was perfectly medium-rare and was of exceptional quality. I feel that I got my money's worth and then some. I am eager to return to explore more of the menu and will recommend the experience to all of my friends.

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Royal Boucherie a half dozen times now. It’s easily my favorite bar and restaurant in Philadelphia. Obviously the drinks are delicious, the food is incredible and the service is attentive without being overbearing, but there’s something about the entire experience that’s more than all of those well done parts. Maybe it’s that the cured meats keep getting better. Maybe it’s that each new cocktail is even more delightful than the previous one. Maybe it’s that whenever I bring someone here for the first time that they also love it as much as I do. Simple, fun, excellent. I cannot recommend it enough.

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DR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Royal Boucherie is not for you if you don’t like vibrant, loud, busy places. It’s not for you if you can’t recognize well executed French cooking techniques. It’s not for you if you need quiet stuffy service. But... if you love food that is well prepared using only the finest ingredients, then it’s for you. If you enjoy dining in a casual atmosphere with excellent friendly service, then it’s for you. The foie gras and the chicken liver mousse are the best Philly has to offer. In fact the entire charcuterie board is possibly the best I’ve had, anywhere, ever. Truly an exceptional experience.

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AC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about this place. The raw bar is fantastic too. Wine list good. Atmosphere is perfect.

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RK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I came on Valentine's Day; it was our first time there. We both agreed that the food is very good, and I liked our server and host - they were friendly without being cloying, and everything was very professional and efficient. The space is really beautiful. It's a little on the loud side because of the acoustics, I think, but we stopped noticing. Great cocktails. I would go back.

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PG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Decent place, but too expensive for what you get. I don't mind spending a lot for a great dining experience, but this ain't quite it.

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Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

We rarely go out on Valentine's Day (or any holiday or Restaurant Week) due to past experiences with bad food and service but we took a chance on Royal Boucherie on Valentine's Day. We had an early reservation, 5:15, so we ordered a drink at the bar before being seated. The interior is beautiful, dark, moody and the strains of Francoise Hardy's 1962 hit "Le temps de l'amour" created a great ambiance.

There is a great selection of interesting cocktails and after dinner aperitifs. The Philadelphia Fish House Punch (The State of Schuykill, 1731) was a heady mix of rums, cognac, peach vignette, lemon and sugar.

We started with the Country Pate, Pork Stuffed Olives and the Merguez en croute (in crispy feuille de brik) and all were delicious, the merguez was sublime and the pate was perfection. Delicious.

I chose to have 2 small plates as my entrée and chose the Salad Lyonnaise and the Steak Tartare. The salad was also great with a perfectly made poached egg and vinaigrette. The brunoises of potato sprinkled throughout in every bite was great. The steak tartare was delicious, wonderfully seasoned and is my second favorite steak tartare in a Philadelphia restaurant.

My dining partner had the Armagnac-braise pork cheek and that was just sublime, unctuous deliciousness. He literally declared that he could return the very next day to order the exact same dish of Armagnac-braised pork cheek.

I ended my dinner with a pot of Earl Grey tea and the Meyer Lemon Tart. The tart was truly fantastic. Creamy, light, tart-sweet but not overly so and so flavorful. Perfect with my tea.

He finished with another vintage cocktail, the Bamboo from 1880, Japan - a mix of amontillado sherry, blanc vermouth and bitters. It tasted (to me) as exotic as its name. Superb.

Dinner was 5 star and we will definitely return for the food and the ambiance.

As great as the food was, the service that we had was terrible.

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LJ
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and interesting concept--like a French country inn off Second Street. Great cocktails too. We had clam app, cheese board, small plates of veal/pork belly and beets and large plates of lobster pasta and lamb and all were excellent! Service was friendly and attentive.

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E
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was good, for extra savings go during happy hour!

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l
Indiana
17 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent French brasserie food. The cassoulet had great flavors, and the halibut was perfectly cooked with great flavors as well. The wine list was very unique, and the recommended wine for my dinner was a perfect match. We experienced very warm service. Casual atmosphere with excellent food!

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JD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. The foie gras with cocoa powder between the layers was gorgeous and the steak au poivre was phenomenal. Not only was the steak done perfectly- the peppercorns were perfect as well.
Tens across the boards.

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RM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant and I would recommend to try. The friend olives are a must!

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S
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We really like Royal Boucherie. The cozy but bustling atmosphere makes for a pleasant dining experience.

We only went 4 stars this time because the lobster pasta wasn't quite as good as last time (which was incredible); this time had less lobster, less interesting pasta and a touch too much chili flakes for my dining companion's taste. The country pate (especially with the extra bread brought straight from the grill) was great and the skate with mushrooms and nuts stood out.

We'll be bak again.

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RG
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Non traditional French fare that will not disappoint! The menu is full of tasty surprises, the scallop small plate was my personal favorite. The drink menu and wine list was very good. Service was good overall, but I did have one course that was delayed. The waiter made up for the delay by providing a complimentary dish of escargot (which was amazing). This is a can't miss restaurant in the heart of Old City Philadelphia.

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BF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Meat tough, far from authentic steak au poivre; chicken liver mousse too sweet; unbearable noise level in 2nd floor even with only one other table filled; has to beg for service

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JW
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was not full at all. We ordered fish and lobster with pasta and were told it would take at least a half hour to prepare. Seemed longer but when it arrived, the fish was dry. Pasta was however good.

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