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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KM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience4

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

B
Philadelphia
81 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience3

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

K
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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.

A
1 review
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
39 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
48 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.

J
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for NYE at 8pm. Very busy but the staff was hustling. The food was amazing (and was on our previous visit), and the service was great considering how busy it was. Was a very enjoyable NYE dinner.

JB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing!! Our service and food was outstanding. Will absolutely be returning soon! All of your staff especially Valerie, Skylar, all the other wait staff and your hostess were helpful and lovely. Thank you again for our memorable experience for our New Year’s Eve dinner 🙂

OT
Philadelphia
78 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect dinner for New Year’s Eve any night . Definitely coming back

T
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The large charcuterie board was outstanding but the wife and I agreed that the duck frites entree was forgettable. Oh, and the Hemingway cocktail was so bad I sent it back.

OT
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food was amazing. Scallops and cassoulet were to die for. The Tripe A drink was phenomenal. Will definitely be back.

E
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time dining at Royal Boucherie and it was a treat! We had enjoyed an afternoon at the nearby Liberty Museum and decided to celebrate our anniversary with an early dinner. The food was truly outstanding--creative and authentic. Our server most attentive (but not obsequious at all!) and engaging. The ambience is pleasing--lots of interesting architectural elements--and the options are varied. We look forward to returning soon!

L
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best burger in Philadelphia!!!! OMG!

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JP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time in the restaurant; great food and overall atmosphere. Will definitely be back.

Nice work; continued success!

D
Philadelphia
84 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, great atmosphere the oysters were amazing!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing service, food was cooked and presented amazingly. Overall great experience.

KS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, welcoming staff, great atmosphere

CS
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our brunch was delicious! My husband kept raving about his hamburger. Sooo juicy and flavorful. Service was friendly and attentive. The space was warm and cozy. Will definitely be back. 👍👍

DC
Philadelphia
68 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent wine list and loved the steak. Perfectly prepared and so tender

KW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boucherie is the perfect combination of tasty and comfortable—a neighborhood feel with wonderful food, enveloping ambiance and good food!

RP
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in the city! Food and staff are always above and beyond expectations. Amazing menu, drinks, and ambiance. Whether you want finer dining or the best burger in the city, you won't be disappointed at Royal. Chef Elmi knocked this one out of the park!

RS
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food in a nice setting. Our service was quick, knowledgeable and friendly. All of our courses were cooked perfectly and left us quite full. My only gripe was how tightly the tables were packed together. It felt a little cramped when the restaurant filled up.

DS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Loved the vibe and the food was delicious! Great bar. The decor is warm, rustic, inviting and true to the theme of the restaurant. My duck frites were perfect! Will go back again soon!

KM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience, the food, and our server were all excellent.

PO
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reliably great French food, cocktails and service. Thank you!

K
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere. Nice menu. Fun to try different things.

CS
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal before attending a show. The ambiance was warm and welcoming with flickering candles and twinkling lights reflecting off of the rich mahogany. The host, bartender, and server were all so inviting with their warm greetings. Our server knew every in an out of the menu, was genuinely enthusiastic in delivering her descriptions, and knew what drinks would pair well with our choices. The sloe gin fizz with the egg white was such a creamy treat, and the chicken liver mousse was the best I’ve ever had! We are looking forward to our next visit, and can’t wait to bring friends. Cheers!

TG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Meal and service. Beautiful and comfy. Great Lunch!

JD
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Sky was personable and helpful, and that's part of getting a great experience.

MD
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never had a bad meal here, and this week was no exception. Everything was delicious, looking forward to coming back!

c
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
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.

DN
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

We waited a while for our server to acknowledge us and even longer to take our order after bringing drinks. We waited well over an hour from coming in to our food arriving. The wait time was only addressed by who seemed to be a manager, with no explaination, other than an apology. When the food did come out, it was not cooked thoroughly and not to order. The toast was basically crust because there was so many large holes in the dough. The only recourse was we were offered was free dessert. When the dessert came, it had a topping (which was not mentioned in the description from the server) that I was alergic to. The food was barely mediocre and extremely over priced. We were so very disappointed in the overall experience, unfortunately we will most likely not return or recommend.