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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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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M
Philadelphia
88 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

As usual everything was very good. Service was excellent. Christine was great.

SM
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Most amazing burger and love their fries. Got the mussels this time - really great flavors. The actual mussels were extremely large so some were too big a mouthful for me, but that with the fries were a great meal!

l
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a delicious well paced lunch and a very charming restaurant.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was very timely and everyone we spoke to was very polite. The food was outstanding and was exactly what we were in the mood for today. 12 out of 10, would recommend.

A
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience2

We were there on a very busy Saturday night. Our server seemed overwhelmed, and was snippy and inattentive at times. I ordered the duck frites. The meat was tougher than I liked. However, the seafood is outstanding, and the wine menu is sure to please everyone. I will certainly be back for happy hour.

JW
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the raw bar . Oysters were delicious. Food was excellent. My duck and hand cut french fries, was excellent. Set up the bar had great cocktails the bartenders were upbeat and knowledgeable. They have a very nice menu

CC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience2

Service was slow, drinks were not great and the food was underwhelming.

OT
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Incredible house-made charcuterie. The best mortadella I've had outside of Italy. Our waiter was attentive and congenial, and surprised us with a lovely salad because "you're the nicest customers in the house!" Very sweet. Wine list could have a little more depth, but overall serviceable. We tasted from every part of the menu except desserts and were really happy with every dish. Highly recommended!

F
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food and drinks were excellent. Our server was very nice and the food came out quickly. My only complaint was the hostess did not greet us when we arrived, but stared at us waiting for me to say something. It’s only a small complaint, but it was not the warm reception we’ve had in the past.

P
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb sauce on trout cooked to perfection!

I
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful space with excellent food (and simply amazing bread, by the way) . . . My wife and I sat at the bar for dinner, and it was great! . . . excellent wine selections and delicious cassoulet . . . and we particularly enjoyed Rebecca's friendliness and delightful energy.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food!

d
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When you walk in the place seems to have been there for 50 years, the dark wood and all the settings, the mood lighting and the easy flow of service.
The food is superb - a relaxed casual version of Laurel - all the quality is there!
Service was impeccable.
Drinks fascinating, wines very thoughtful and unusual.
I can't wait to go back and bring other friends and family who I know will love it!!

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was good! The food was tasty and well prepared but the flavors didn’t wow us. However, it was a solid meal and the service was very professional and tentative. I wouldn’t go out of my way to go back but I wouldn’t say no to an invite to eat there 🥰

i
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great burger. Soso Bloody Mary. Will be back for the burger again. We wish the Champaign selection was a little wider and better quality.

CK
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was good but the service added to the experience greatly. The ambiance was wonderful and although there was a lively group nearby at the bar, we could hear ourselves and our waiter.

JD
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Value, Great Food. Waiter was knowledgeable and friendly.

MR
Philadelphia
126 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great drinks...fabulous experience

MG
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We waited quite awhile to be served a cocktail at the bar, but once we were served it was great. When we weee seated for dinner, I found the service to be very attentive without being obnoxious. The manager (or hostess?) was particularly on point. Her customer service skills are exemplary. I would definitely return for another French 52 and delicious burger. The space is casual and very loud, but that’s what a bistro should be! We will be back!

P
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Excellent food, but too dark, too noisy, tables crammed too close together.

F
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
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 on February 19, 2020
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 on February 17, 2020
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 on February 16, 2020
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 on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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

B
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

l
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
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
3 reviews
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
6 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.