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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F
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is amazing. I got the burger....which I have gotten before. It is one of the best burgers in the city. The charcuterie board was also outstanding. Highly recommend. 👍🏻👍🏻

j
New England
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service is wonderful; the restaurant cozy and interesting--and there's great potential there. I'd try it again. The escargot was delicious but my duck was overcooked. I left thinking this is a respectable 8 on a scale of 10. Not quite a 10. But it may have been me. Worth trying.

S
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Server was very sweet and ambiance was exactly what I was looking for! Duck was a little over cooked for my presence but all else was very delicious as well as appetizers! Dessert was also scrumptious!

AC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was good --just not great. Typical French fare. The only deviation was an Indian take on the broth for the mussels. Not sure why this restaurant makes the top lists fir Philly.

AB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

the scallops were fabulous. the duck & frites was nice. great portions.

B
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Shrimp cocktail, escargot, trout. Very good; not exceptional. Very good cocktails and wine. Liked the ambience very much. Will go back.

l
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of the best brunches we have had in Philadelphia. Drinks and food were excellent. We will definitely be going back soon. Highly recommend!

f
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot. Wonderful service and creative fare. Will definitely return

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RB was excellent. This was our third time dining with them, this time for my wife’s birthday. We went during brunch and had a great one feasting on the seafood tower, charcuterie board, and many cocktails. It was a great way to start the day and the wait staff were very attentive and nice. Never felt rushed and food order was well spaced.

JW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great spot , food and service. Loved it.

JJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Brunch!

b
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

EXCELLENT FRENCH BISTRO FOOD AND ENVIRONMENT LOCATED IN HISTORIC OLD CITY SECTION OF PHILADELPHIA

CJ
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love dining at Royal because it's the space that first sets the tone. Exposed original brick and flooring, dating back to the building's origin. Earlier is quieter for dinner before the after work crowd starts coming in and the bar gets filled up. There is a dining room upstairs and a patio in season. All of the dishes we sampled this night were outstanding. From Pork stuffed olives, to PEI oysters, to escargot, to the Steelhead Trout, and the 72 hour Short Rib. Cocktails, both the Happy Hour offering, and one of Royal's current staples on the cocktail menu, did not disappoint. We sat at one of the two tables at the window, so before darkness set in, there was people watching too. Great place in Old City.

ES
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Overall, nice restaurant. Possibly the best burger I've had in my life. Great drink list as well.

JY
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great spot for a night out with friends or a date.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic lunch. The shrimp salad sandwich was excellent.

D
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food....I felt like I was back in Paris! Cocktails are fab as well👍🏻

h
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friday nights are busy in Philadelphia and we had a five person table so the experience was different from previous visits. For the most part the food was excellent--the oysters were fabulous--but one dish did arrive lukewarm and it was a dinner special so it should have been automatic that steak and potatoes are eaten warm if not hot. Service was a little off but for a Friday it was still professional.

D
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I had high hopes but we went for a business lunch and service was slow. Took 40 minutes to get us lunch. Sandwiches came we all got the Jamon, my bread was burnt and overall just not a good sandwich. I did think fries were the bonus but ultimately not great experience for what was a positive business meeting.

L
Philadelphia
85 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & friendly service

OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Diner with a friend Saturday night, first we loved the wine selection and cocktail menu. Server was very helpful with menu selection so we ordered a pretty decent amount of food. Everything was OK, and over priced with small portions. Front of house rocked this restaurant for sure, might give dining here another shot down the road.

DC
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience2

As is common in French restaurants the tables were very close together. Also the restaurant was very loud, so we had to shout to each other to be heard. Our cocktails were very good, as were our glasses of wine. The food overall was extremely salty, across the board. We ended up drinking a lot of water to wash the food down. Through it all our waitress was very good. In the end the salty food and noise will likely keep us from returning

SK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place!! Very happy I chose this place to take some friends from out of town too

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch. Cool atmosphere.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

All great, just did not realize that the menu was not that expansive.

ZB
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in the Old City. Great French bistro ambience.

I had the cassoulet. My friend had the mussels. Both were excellent Our server was awesome.

KM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Food was horrible. The short rib was tougher than a cheap piece of steak.

B
Philadelphia
83 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Four of us met at Royal Boucherie for a catch-up lunch. It is located in the part of the city is surrounded by many other eating and drinking establishments. One of our party was previously here for lunch and recommended it for our get-together. It was not busy when we arrived with a few people at the bar and some seated in the banquettes. The setting is quite comfortable in a brasserie like atmosphere with wood paneling, tin ceiling, and dim lighting. Our friend reported that during good weather there is outdoor seating on the second level. The pleasant hostess greeted us and guided us to a banquette for seating. Our server brought our menus and left us time to look over the lunch menu. The choices were somewhat limited yet with several innovative and interesting items. I would rather have a smaller menu with fresh ingredients than a tome that makes one wonder how fresh the ingredients could be. I noticed on the menu that they offered a few $2 cocktails paired with an entrée...…..can't beat that! So, instead of asking for my same ol' same ol' Makers Manhattan, I requested their French Martini. It was superb, not too sweet and not tart, wanting me to go back for another. Bloody Marys and Malbec were enjoyed by the others at the table. When we ordered fresh oysters our server saw to it that we received a few extra to be shared. She was professional yet appropriately friendly throughout our visit, readily available when we needed her. Three of us liked the description of the house 'burger served on a brioche bun. Our outsider, sticking to his New Year's diet, went for the shrimp cocktail (and a second Bloody Mary). The burger was prepared as requested, with the ingredients blending together for delightful flavor, accompanied by a plentiful portion of potatoes. No room for dessert, coffee only. We left totally satisfied with our meal and the camaraderie.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Enjoyed the experience. Everything was fine.
Still, app was forgotten and attempt to serve dinner was made instead. Once dinner was served, it seemed it had been waiting for us; cassoulet, burger, and rib dishes were a bit dry. Dessert was good, and coffee was gratis and appreciated, to you make up for the app gaff. But while service was pleasant, it might better be less frazzled. Drinks were slow and never did recieve one round. - I’ll go back once more.

A
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The ambiance is somewhat charming. The food is decent, but overpriced.

K
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Food overview: overly salty! I had to ask for a second cocktail; while my husband wasn’t even asked if he wanted a 2nd. The bench seating was beyond uncomfortable.

OT
Philadelphia
72 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The restaurant was decent. You definitely won't walk away saying it was the best meal you ever had. Service was ok. The waitress cleared away drinks and plates prior to us finishing. I won't be rushing back any time soon.

RM
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Innovative and tasty takes on classics. I'll be back.

GB
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

This was an amazing restaurant for celebrating a special occasion! The ambiance was perfect, low lighting but not too low, and we got a perfect seat! Not too crowded. Food was delicious!!! The charcuterie board is a MUST!! Everything was amazing, expect there was a lot of disconnect with the staff. We had two separate waitresses waiting on us and it was really confusing and even after we told each of them that we were being helped by a different waitress, it continued. But overall an amazing restaurant! Definitely recommend!

A
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

lovely birthday experience for my boyfriend. our entrees were superb and I hope to come back soon!

V
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love this place! best charcuterie and burger in Philadelphia

ZB
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorites in the Old City. The oysters are superb, the bar is excellent, and the menu always reliably good. Tried the snails for the first time, and they were fantastic. We’ll be back soon.

d
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was our 2nd time back at Royal Boucherie. The food is delicious and the service is outstanding. Our only complaint is with portion size. First of all, I had the burger, which was outstanding and came with perfectly cooked fries. No complaint whatsoever with the burger. My wife had salmon, which she said was delicious but on the small side. My wife is not a big eater, so her complaining about portion size is unusual. She ate half my fries after consuming her salmon! Finally, we ordered the cheese plate as a shared appetizer amongst 4 of us. This was tiny and initially served w/ 4 small pieces of sourdough toast. For $18! C'mon, now you're just taking advantage of your customers. It's cheese, we shouldn't have to cut tiny slivers to share. You can do better, RB!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an overall great experience. The food, atmosphere, and service were all outstanding. Our server made great suggestions and the food runner accidentally grazed my fork, but replaced it before I even realized.

J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The brunch food was delicious! Our server was very friendly and the atmosphere was great. Would definitely like to return for dinner or drinks.