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Seafood Unlimited, Philadelphia, PA

Seafood Unlimited

4.1
4.1
854 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
We are Philadelphia' oldest seafood restaurant serving our neighbors as well as out of town guests for over 40 years in a casual setting. We specialize in the freshest fish, seafood and live lobsters purchased and shipped in on a daily basis. Daily offerings include wild salmon, day boat scallops, sea bass, jumbo shrimp, tuna, catfish, crabcakes and the aforementioned live lobsters to name just a few of the items on our menu. Be sure to save room for our homemade desserts like key lime pie, chocolate mousse, bread pudding and more. CASH ONLY

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (215) 732-3663
  • Payment options
    Cash Only
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Judi Einhorn
  • Catering
    Our entire menu, as well as other selections are available for delivery, setup and service in the Center City area.
  • Neighborhood
    Center City
  • Cross street
    20th and Spruce
  • Parking details
    On street parking is available as well as a lot and garage at 20th & Walnut 1 1/2 blocks away.
  • Public transit
    #12 bus lets off 1 block away at 20th & Locust. #17 bus lets off at 20th & Spruce across the street and #7 bus lets off at 22nd & Spruce 2 blocks away.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

What 854 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 2.4Value

NoiseModerate

854 Reviews
  1. Black

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent for the price! Couldn't believe the quality of the food or the quality of the service for the price excellent everything would recommended as well as it's a BYOB

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  2. SueS

    San Antonio

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious and the staff were outstanding and friendly. Would highly recommend.

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  3. peggy

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tell all your friends! A very enjoyable dining experience all around. Will be returning.

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  4. GeorgeG

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was wonderful and as always great food! A great place!

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  5. WilliamL

    Philadelphia

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great place for seafood. One of my "go to" places.

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  6. Philly4Food

    Philadelphia

    167 reviews

    4.0

    167 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My husband and I each ordered the one and a quarter pound lobster for $25, a well prepared dinner and a real bargain. Our friends ordered fish dishes from the the very large and varied menu. All dinners included two sides which were also very good. We will definitely return but will not order desserts which were not as pleasing as the delicious lobster and fish.

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  7. HollyM

    Philadelphia

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was above average but not excellent. Service was outstanding. It's a very small place and only has one bathroom. I loved my Chilean sea bass, his bronzino was "OK".

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was such a cute scene in here. It felt like you were in the middle of the ocean because of the cute tile art on the walls. The food was on point! I like my seating as well, the wall seats have an excess of cords to charge your phone 🙌🏼. Not crowded on Valentine’s Day which is a plus. Recommend the crab and shrimp egg rolls and the Crab cakes and shrimp risotto! It was so good. 😻

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  9. HonestReview

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Seafood Unlimited was very good. The only issue i have is with the seating. The restaurant is a lot smaller than I anticipated. Because of its size and the way the seats are arranged made me feel like people were sitting on top of one another

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  10. benjaminf

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    not a good experience overall . Will not go back! My waiter was terrible not helpful in answering questions on the menu. Other waitresses seamed nice.

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  11. HakeemH

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Small and quiet atmosphere with great service and food.

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  12. SKM047

    Philadelphia

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Always fresh food, well prepared and nicely served.

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  13. LoveKellari

    New York City

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A friend recommended a seafood restaurant but I found Seafood Unlimited and loved the story. So I asked my friend which one she preferred. She loved the story too so we went to Seafood Unlimited. What a charming, local treasure! From the time we walked in to the time we left, it was terrific. We had a friendly waitress who knew the menu and helped us select the best options. The food was fresh and delicious. We started with a lovely salad (I think it was the Seasonal Salad-Mixed Greens, Bibb Lettuce, Farro, Roasted Beets). For the entree we selected the Seafood Quintet – Salmon, Tilapia & Sea Bass with Shrimp & Scallops. OMG - one of the best seafood dinners I've had! We ended with a fabulous carrot cake. We got to thank Judi personally. How often do you get to do that???

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Horrible, this is one of the worst restaurants I have ever been to. The tilapia I ordered was grey and was spoiled. This is a bar with French fries.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Drink cherry mango was great.. just missing the alcohol. Over all food was good. Tiny spot.

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  16. WilliamL

    Philadelphia

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful little place for fresh seafood. The owners and staff are great people.

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  17. richyj

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Promptly seated ; serving folks extremely courteous ,knowledgeable , & unobtrusive. Food was delicious ; none of our party of 6 , each of whom had different entrees , was disappointed. One of the very few restaurants in center city Philly where the noise level is low enough to have a normal conversation ; no background music, no tvs blaring sports results ,etc

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  18. SilverQueen

    Philadelphia

    709 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    709 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best swordfish ever! Excellent service. Cozy and friendly atmosphere.

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  19. psssss

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Oysters were NOT good. I would not go to oyster night again. Other food ok.

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  20. TonyaB

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the seafood trio, it was perfectly prepared. Beautiful golden brown, not heavily breaded.

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  21. FrankJ

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great fresh seafood in an unpretentious but still lovely atmosphere.

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  22. diner

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All three courses during restaurant week were very good. The intimate restaurant was fairly crowded but still quiet. If you want to have a real conversation with a group of people this is the perfect spot.

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  23. Suzanne

    Philadelphia

    37 reviews

    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We were looking for a good seafood dinner but unfortunately, this was not the place to get it. My shrimp was overcooked and tough. My husband's salmon was OK but the portion was very small and there was such a small amount of the green curry sauce he ordered that he could barely taste it. The rolls were of the soft white-bread type and also stale. On the positive side, our server was pleasant and efficient.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I always enjoy Seafood Unlimited. Been a customer for years. I always make sure to attend restaurant week. The steak and grilled shrimp were phenomenal. I’ve never had a bad meal or experience here.

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  25. JavaughnS

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was in small portions and it wasn’t very hot. The bathroom broke that night so I wasn’t able to use it. The restaurant was small and it was hard to get around other people seated at tables.

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  26. Tequilas

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went to Seafood Unlimited for restaurant week. The food was very good. I had the buffalo shrimp, jumbo shrimp stuffed with crab imperial and the chocolate mousse. My only complaint was that the chocolate mousse taste slightly of almond extract. I am not a fan of almond extract so it was a bit off putting for me. Other than that I was very satisfied.

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  27. RachaelP

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The food was awful. Friends and I decided to check out this restaurant for restaurant week. I asked to see the regular menu as I did not care of the restaurant week menu selections. I was told the only menu available was the "restaurant week" menu. So, I chose from that menu. Our appetizers were the equivalent to eating at McDonalds, small portion, precooked and did not settle well in our stomachs. Our main course was cold, salty, super small portion, and undesirable, and last but not least the dessert. The dessert portion was child sized and not tasty at all. My friends and I left hungry and 50 bucks lighter. Unfortunately, the women at the table seated inches from us shared the same feelings and we all (8 women) agreed we would not return. To say I was disappointed is an understatement.

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  28. EvelynR

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was very fresh and the portion sizes were perfect. Good cocktails as well. The staff is very accommodating.

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  29. nikkir

    Philadelphia

    44 reviews

    3.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    So I read the reviews before I met my husband at Seaford Unlimited for dinner. My husband picked this restaurant solely based on its name. I'm the research Gal. So the reviews i read were hit or miss. I read that they only take cash which is weird in this day & age but ok, I stopped & got money out of my banks ATM so that I didn't get hit with a surcharge at SU's ATM. One review said the restaurant was BYOB but another review said it is not...so I asked the waiter when we got there & he said its BYOW (Bring your own WINE) My husband loved his food but I didn't like the stuffed shrimp that the waiter informed me was their based seller. It wasn't for me. I ate one shrimp & past my plate to my husband. Those cajun fries were an awful mistake! He said the crab mixture had No seasoning. I liked the buffalo shrimp appetizer, I just wished that they used the same jumbo shrimp for.the appetizer as they used for the entree. Although I would not recommend this restaurant to family or friends. The service (best service we received in any of the restaurant week restaurants that we tried during the total 2 weeks. For this reason we'd return because now I know what to expect. I think we'll at the bar & just get appetizers.

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  30. Jess

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was mediocre but the restaurant itself was very cute.

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  31. Nurse10

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent, service was great, environment was great. Overall all loved it.

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  32. TracyG

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful time at Seafood Unlimited wonderful conversations with other customers that were there as well we all bonded good my only issue was when it was time for dessert a lot of desserts were not available and I had to settle for something that I did not eat

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  33. MartinaH

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was phenomenal. Small portions but great taste. The size of the place was very small to talk or eat privately. We were so bunched up next to strangers at the little tables that we had to ask to have dinner at the bar instead for more space and privacy.

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  34. Sueh

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been going to Philadelphia restaurant week for years. This was by far the best restaurant we've been to. The portions were perfect size. The courses came out quickly. The fig manhattan was absolutely wonderful. Everyone in our party of 4 enjoyed their selections We will definitely be back!

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  35. KatrinaH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place! Becomes a bit tight during prime hours. Highly recommend trying!

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  36. Upsetandhungry

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I left there I was still hungry it was shells in my crab meat I would not go here again

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good but not hot. Just warm

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  38. TheresaW

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Over all I would recommend this restaurant. The one thing I didn’t like was our reservation. Our reservation was at 5pm, the restaurant didn’t open until 5pm (there is a sign on the door). We got there at 4:45pm and had to wait outside until they open at 5pm. Maybe reservations shouldn’t start until 5:15pm.

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  39. Thomas

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Isaac, our server, explained our dining options with a pleasant and knowledgeable demeanor. Our service, food, and time at Devon were excellent!!!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was horrible

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Seafood Unlimited is rated 4.1 stars by 854 OpenTable diners.

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270 S. 20th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103

Additional information

  • Cross street
    20th and Spruce
  • Neighborhood
    Center City
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    On street parking is available as well as a lot and garage at 20th & Walnut 1 1/2 blocks away.
  • Public transit
    #12 bus lets off 1 block away at 20th & Locust. #17 bus lets off at 20th & Spruce across the street and #7 bus lets off at 22nd & Spruce 2 blocks away.
  • Payment options
    Cash Only
  • Executive chef
    Judi Einhorn
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
  • Phone number
    (215) 732-3663
  • Catering
    Our entire menu, as well as other selections are available for delivery, setup and service in the Center City area.
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