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Royal Boucherie

4.6
4.6
1236 Reviews
$31 to $50
French American
Royal Boucherie is a lively neighborhood bistro, serving a French-inspired menu with snacks like Champagne-Braised Escargot and heartier plates like Steak frites and our award winning burger. 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French American, American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (267) 606-6313

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Matt Buehler

  • Neighborhood

    Old City

  • Cross street

    Between Market & Chestnut Sts.

  • Parking details

    Parkway | 38 South 2nd Street<br />Sky Parking Corporation | 37 South 2nd Street<br />Autopark at Olde City | 125 South 2nd Street<br />Front & Chestnut | 36 South Front Street

  • Public transit

    Market Frankford Line | 2nd & Market Streets<br />Buses | 21 & 42 @ 2nd & Chestnut Streets<br />17, 33, 48, and MFO @ 2nd & Market Streets<br />Indigo Bike Share | 215 Market Street

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Experiences

  • BOXING DAY BRUNCH

    Dec 26, 2022 only
    Join Royal Boucherie for an extension of your Holiday celebration! Enjoy brunch favorites in our decked halls, and leave the cooking to us!
  • New Years Eve 5 Course Tasting Menu

    $90.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    Celebrate the New Year with an exquisite French Bistro experience at Royal Boucherie. We are offering a 5-course tasting featuring exciting French fare including lobster, scallops, filets, and more, as well as optional wine pairings. We will offer extras as well to upgrade your experience. We can't wait to host you for the new year!
  • New Years Eve 8 Course Tasting Menu

    $125.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    Celebrate the New Year with an exquisite French Bistro experience at Royal Boucherie. We are offering an 8-course tasting featuring exciting French fare including foie gras, lobster, scallops, filets, and more, as well as optional wine pairings. We will offer extras as well to upgrade your experience. We can't wait to host you for the new year!

What 1,236 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Philadelphia

    Innovative

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  1. KM

    KellyM

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The restaurant was beautifully decorated for the holidays and felt warm and inviting on a drizzly December night. The drinks and food were great. Service was fine - nothing outstanding. A little pricey but we had a great time.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best spots in Philly!
  3. CG

    CaraG

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place —reliable and top quality. Wonderful ambience, especially two beautiful old style bars, one upstairs and one down, and cozy wooden booths and banquettes. Tasty, well prepared mussels and terrific branzino. Out of this world dessert. Server knowledgeable and kind. The only thing missing from the cocktail menu, to my mind: a couple of hot cocktails or toddies for the winter months.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Service was slow, and food was okay, could’ve been better given the price. The drinks were probably the best thing.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Had booked an outside table and they were kind enough to reserve an indoor table in case we wanted to switch given the weather. Wine was lovely.
  6. G

    Griff

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another excellent meal. Oysters are consistently fresh and delicious. The duck confit is phenomenal - crisp skin, tender duck, cherry sauce a perfect pairing. Sarah provided attentive and personable service. This is a new “go to” restaurant for me in Old City. Welcoming staff and atmosphere and delicious food.
  7. P

    Phillygirl

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best burgers in town!
  8. AC

    AnthonyC1

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and cocktails, lovely bistro atmosphere, great service. We love it here and find ourselves coming back all the time as it is so cozy.
  9. FI

    FlatIroner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service, food and drinks were fantastic. I had an excellent time here.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    We expected French bistro fare such as French onion soup, fish prepared in delicious sauces, crispy baguette, etc. I looked at a menu online the afternoon we went and chose the mushroom tarte, but it wasn’t on the menu that evening.The steak in the steak frites was chewy and disappointing and the branding was undercooked. No flexibility in ordering. On the other hand, the menu did contain a good selection of shellfish, oysters, etc, although we weren’t interested in those items. The ambiance is busy and bistro like which is pleasant. If the menu were improved we might return, otherwise, we would not.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner and the service was outstanding. We will definitely be going back!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Uncomplicated, beautifully cooked and presented. Cosy ambience. Loved it.
  13. j

    jenniferg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was outstanding and the food was delicious! Highly recommend
  14. S

    Sunnyphillygirl

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Royal Boucherie really delivers on a quintessential French bistro experience. The food was excellent, service was prompt and on point, and the drink menu was extensive and delicious. Highly recommend!
  15. d

    dalto

    Philadelphia

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Lively neighborhood bistro serving small and large plates. Custom craft cocktail was well-made and portions were generous. Service was attentive but not intrusive. Noise level was high at first, impeding conversation, but soon quieted down to a more comfortable level.
  16. L

    Lacee

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great drinks. Perfect Friday date night. Honestly, exceeded expectations!
  17. JV

    JaynaeV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, service was great. Will definitely be returning.
  18. G

    Griff

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tonight was my second night of two nights in a row. Two outstanding meals. Oysters both nights - among the best I’ve had. Marrow, steak tartare, duck confit, mussels - not a bad dish on either night. In fact, all excellent dishes. Staff are warm and welcoming. Frankie is a great server. Attentive, but not hovering. Genuine, informative. She is a gem. I had never been here previously - taking 7 years of time in Philly to discover. Based on my experience this week, it’s now a go-to.
  19. G

    Griff

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious food. Attentive service. Heading back soon. Thoroughly enjoyed everything about the restaurant.
  20. CP

    CherylP

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ran out of 2 things we wanted to order. Other than that was terrific.
  21. a

    alwayshungry

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Aggressively mediocre food and poor service. Nothing special, unfortunately. Great wine.
  22. FD

    FrankyDukes

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had a fantastic dining experience celebrating our two year anniversary. The service was wonderful and all the staff were all very friendly. The cocktails and food were right on par with the service. The steak entree and duck were both absolutely delicious. We also really enjoyed the 2nd floor “patio” seating, lovely atmosphere and cool building.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Girls brunch - so great to sit outside on the upstairs patio, everything was spectacular!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, people the vibe was amazing. Definitely will be back!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service! My date and I had a wonderful time. We plan to come back for one of their brunches.
  26. HS

    HotScotBooks

    Miami

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    This was my 40th birthday celebration and it was addressed in the reservation. If you’re going to ask customers on a reservation if it’s a special occasion and why then the customer kind of expects that will be acknowledged or add to the dining experience. Birthday was not acknowledged and then after we paid and left the restaurant my sister called to ask how dinner went. Told her so-so but was bummed no birthday acknowledgment. Sister then was stunned as she told me she had called ahead to pay for our dinner and asked for mock tails etc. as a surprise birthday gift to me. So she was charged and I was charged. Restaurant did cancel the payment on my card and did apologize to my sister for the inconvenience.
  27. ZZ

    ZeeZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great food and wonderful service staff. Perfect for a birthday dinner
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Nul nul nul Repas désastreux ce n'est pas de la cuisine Salade lyonnaise pas de sauce pas de lardons 1 œuf perdu au milieu de nulle part Steack frites noyé d'avis de la sauce pour camoufler une mauvaise qualité de viande Poulet rôti soit disant noyé dans de la sauce tte prête Une honte 200 dollars A éviter
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful meal. I had the boucherie burger which was cooked perfectly! Service was exceptional.
  30. N

    Nalphilly

    Philadelphia

    78 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Not what it used to be. Needs to pay more attention to details and food.
  31. GA

    GreerA

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    The food quality has declined. My steak was underdone and extremely tough. Our order was messed up and they brought our appetizer after dinner. I’m disappointed with this restaurant. I probably wont go back. Post Script: I received a call from the general manager to personally address my concerns. She was very professional and accommodating and offered to do what she could to make up for our experience, which was very much appreciated. I will probably give them another shot based on their prompt response and sincere concern.
  32. D

    Dtowndiner

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Food was burnt and inedible. Prices were too high for the quality. We left feeling robbed.
  33. NN

    NormallyNotCritical

    Raleigh

    50 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    I was looking forward to dining here and must admit I was disappointed.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I visited to have a meal before the theatre. Everything was wonderful and we plan to visit regularly!
  35. M

    Miam5

    Philadelphia

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for the pork and cider day and everything was delicious. The service was excellent. A great experience
  36. B

    Bubba

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So great! What a place! The meat plate was amazing!
  37. A

    Allison

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    royal boucherie is one of my favorite staples in philly. we go at least once a month because it never disappoints!! the duck is insanely flavorful and tender.
  38. EM

    ElizabethM

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the wait staff extermely attentive and helpful. Got there right before happy hour ended and was able to take advantge even while seated at a table. I've wanetd to eat here for quite some time, it didn't disappoint
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Had not been here for approx 4 yrs (prepandemic) to start with menu very limited from what I recall we had mussels and a burger. The burger was tasteless. The mussels were ok , but did not come with toast which is always enjoyable with the broth. As they were taking the plate away they asked if we wanted bread. Too late. Finally had a glass of Pinot Noir that was very acidic and almost undrinkable . Disappointed
  40. SE

    SEWCIE

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The ambiance was great- like a pub, calm because we ate early. Started to fill up as we left. The food was okay- had a small cheese board that was light on the cheese- a tired morsel of fontina, but DELICIOUS pickled grapes. Moules et frites also delicious. Mushroom tart yummy, would have liked more of the beautifully short crust. Dessert: wonderful creme brûlée, rich chocolate mousse, with (maybe unnecessary?) sugary meringue top. Generally tasty meal in a very pleasant setting.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Royal Boucherie offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (267) 606-6313.

Royal Boucherie is rated 4.6 stars by 1236 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Royal Boucherie

52 South 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Market & Chestnut Sts.

  • Neighborhood

    Old City

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    French American, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Parkway | 38 South 2nd Street<br />Sky Parking Corporation | 37 South 2nd Street<br />Autopark at Olde City | 125 South 2nd Street<br />Front & Chestnut | 36 South Front Street

  • Public transit

    Market Frankford Line | 2nd & Market StreetsBuses | 21 & 42 @ 2nd & Chestnut Streets17, 33, 48, and MFO @ 2nd & Market StreetsIndigo Bike Share | 215 Market Street

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Matt Buehler

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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