Spice Finch

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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean

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Named after the bird that populates nearly every port along the ancient maritime spice routes, Spice Finch pays homage to a passerine that does not sing, yet is known to vocalize or chirp in recognition of good eats. We are inspired by the distinctive flavors of the nations bordering the Mediterranean Sea, and heavily influenced by the cultures and culinary traditions of Morocco and Greece. Chefs Jennifer Carroll and Billy Riddle have created a bold seasonally accurate menu featuring an array of small plates, vegetables, grilled meats and fish.
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AW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Server was top notch, but food was disappointing. Waited a very long time for half of our dishes. Salads came out right away and were good. Ordered the tortilla appetizer which didn’t come out for a very long time, and when it finally did it was ice cold. Server took care of it and brought out complementary shishito peppers instead, which was nice. My main dish (pasta) came out, but my husbands steak was delayed. It didn’t come out until after I was done eating my meal. He also ordered shrimp which didn’t come out until after he was done eating his steak. I understand small plates being delivered at different times, but the spacing of our meal was all off so we were never eating together. The server was very nice and took care of us, but I expected a manager or someone to stop by given the multiple delays in our dishes and no one did. Kudos to the server for salvaging the meal for us, but was still disappointing.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went during restaurant week! Their meal options were great! The only complaint is that some of the food was salty.

MG
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Spice Finch for Philadelphia’s Restaurant Week. What a delight! Mediterranean cuisine which was a complete (and lovely!) surprise to me. A great, comprehensive menu with no shortcuts for Restaurant Week. The desserts were delicious, too. Will definitely return to Spice Finch.

R
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was fantastic! It was a bit hectic wit restaurant week but great value and dining’s experience. Will definitely be back!

PA
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was our first time to Spike Finch, but it will not be our last. We chose the Restaurant Week special meal, but the regular menu also looked interesting. Food was well prepared, interesting in concept and served at appropriate temperatures. We were told by the waiter about how the restaurant managed getting food out at its optimum -- by serving when ready rather than making sure we got all our appetizers at the same time, etc.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I went here for restaurant week with a friend! The waitress was fantastic and checked up on us often. The vibe of the restaurant was also warm and welcoming and not too loud. And the food was good for the price, although I will say the portions were a little small. Still it was an awesome experience and I would recommend this place!

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Went for a group lunch on a weekday and was very disappointed. They have a great menu and some good deals, like their Express lunch, which comes with an appetizer of flatbread with various dips. The dips were good. But all my friends got served their meals and I waited and waited. Finally, someone came out and said that my chicken flatbread had been burned and they were re-making it. It didn't come out until everyone else was almost done eating, and then it was terrible. Completely tasteless and gross, fatty pieces of chicken. As an apology, the restaurant gave us some complimentary desserts that weren't very good. I will say, though, that my side salad was good and my friend's merquez flatbread was delicious.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Overall ambience is good but would not recommend for restaurant week. The dessert there in general is just a disappointment but entrees are amazing!

LR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was fresh, delicious and served with great attention to detail by a professional waitstaff. I would highly recommend it!

OT
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The dips (beet hummus, tahini, and labneh) were so good! As was the broccoli tabbouleh and the shishito peppers. The shakshuka was a bit lacking as was the chocolate cake but the date truffles were amazing. Overall, some very tasty items on the menu alongside some mediocre ones.

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent in all respects!

TG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for restaurant week. We had never heard of this restaurant and just took a shot. It was fabulous. From start to finish our waiter was very attentive but not intrusive. The food was both gorgeous and very tasty.

RL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderfully inspired menu, with new ways of offering food with a Mediterranean flair.

EW
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As always, a delightful experience. The flavors are unique and a nice break from the usual food in other restaurants.

A
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The kitchen took forever to get our food. Both the lunch and the wait for the dessert was excruciatingly long.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great restaurant! Would love to go again! Service was a bit slow and sparce but it appeared like a heavy flow of unexpected reservations came in. Menu was great for Restaurant Week!!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! They have a great restaurant week menu and wine pairing

CM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

This is the second time I've tried Spice Finch. The first time I went, they had recently opened and it seemed like they had a few kinks to figure out, so I cut them some slack. It was just a friend and I, and it took forever to get food and drinks. In addition to that, our waiter was incredibly rude. I decided to give them another chance for my birthday brunch - and it seems like they just can't get it together. Granted, we were a large group. But to wait nearly an hour for our first course (which was dip and crisps/vegetables)... unacceptable. Our group was extremely confused why we weren't being updated on our food order, and it seems like we weren't the only ones. Looking around the restaurant, other patrons seemed irritated. I wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt after my first visit there, but I will not be returning after this second visit.

F
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An excellent dining experience! My friend and I decided late to go there, and while wanted an 8:00 reservation they only had an 8:45. We grabbed it and met at the bar at 8:00, where we were able to get seats pretty quickly, and happily dined there.

Although it was restaurant week, neither of us get dessert often and we opted for a la carte. We shared the amazing flatbread (Suraya, should take note!) with garlic yogurt and lemon yogurt, the succulent pork belly, and perfectly cooked dry rubbed chicken with muhamarra (red pepper and walnut spread), potato, and zucchini. Everything was wonderful. We both said we need to go more often.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service

D
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I really wanted to like this place since I love Mediterranean food and it's a convenient location. The restaurant has a nice ambiance and service was decent, but the food was mediocre at best. Most of the food was rather bland and overpriced, and the desserts were TINY.

K
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

My boyfriend and I dined at Spice Finch for restaurant week and we loved for the most part every dish that was put on our table. For the first course we ordered the shishito peppers and broccoli tabbouleh which i highly recommend. The tabbouleh was so light and refreshing despite having quite a large serving of it. This was followed by the whole roasted fish (black bass) as well as the chili chicken kebab. Both were also outstanding. The only parts of my meal which were lackluster were the desserts. We got both options to split and I would pass on them if I dined there in the future. In addition the service was so-so. Our waiter was nice enough but brought our wine pairings over to our table after we were pretty much done with our second course which was disappointing and we waited over 20 minutes for our bill because he had taken our card and forgot about it during that time. I understand that things get crazy though during this time so I would still rate it an overall good experience despite the few hiccups and would return again.

BG
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there as first timers during restaurant week. Can't say we were surprised bec we've heard so much about Spice Finch. The meal, the service and the ambiance exceeded our expectations. We asked for a (relatively) quiet space and we were rewarded with being in the back room which delighted us. Don't miss the tortilla, the fish, and plan a trip with as many people as there are desserts on the menu so you can order one of each! You won't be sorry.

b
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Restaurant week menu was a great value. The two of us were seated in the very back, which was pretty tight spacing, but much quieter than the room in front. The food and drinks were delicious, especially the whole fish and the chocolate tahini cake. The wine pairing pours were quite generous.

H
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice meal. Excellent service

DG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Seating was a little tight but did not detract from the excellent wait staff or meal.

O
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time trying Spice Finch was during restaurant week and they did not disappoint! I loved the plating of everything and how colorful it was. Everything was as expected and resembled the imagery/presence on social media.

Highly recommend the sea bass (it’s comes with rice and sumac butter over it. It will blow your mind) the chilli Kebabs and any of the salads or drinks🙌🏾

CM
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food! Our server Rich was great and always had a smile on his face! After dinner we sat at the bar for another drink. All the bartenders were friendly and offered a great selection of specialty cocktails. Will definitely be returning.

SQ
Philadelphia
553 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent lunch. Love the merguez sausage and I don't usually eat meat.

RR
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting menu with emphasis on vegetarian dishes, but not exclusively. Great space and decor, service was excellent.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We went for dinner during Restaurant Week and were thoroughly disappointed. The food was just okay, small portions, and service was horrible. It took about 45 minutes for the second course to come out after the first course. Really thought this place would have better food from what I’ve heard from friends. Maybe restaurant week just isn’t their thing and their full menu is better, but I don’t know if I will be retiring to try it out.

Spice Finch
Responded 4 days ago

We really appreciate you joining us for Restaurant Week and leaving a review! We understand your disappointment in the long wait for your food, and can assure you that your feedback is taken seriously in helping us better the way we provide service to guests, especially during times of high volume like Restaurant Week. Hopefully you might reconsider exploring the rest of the menu once we switch back over to normal a la carte service this weekend! Thanks again for your review.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxed atmosphere. Service friendly and timely. Food delicious..

S
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with a lot of flavor! Great service and atmosphere.

d
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for lunch during Restaurant Week and it was a steal, as was the wine pairing. We both loved our entrees - I had the burger and my wife had a salad. Everything was wonderful.

Spice Finch
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for leaving a review! We are so glad you enjoyed your meal, and took advantage of the wine pairing. We hope to see you back again for dinner sometime!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. One of the best Mediterranean in the city hands down.

P
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved my dinner at Spice Finch. I thoroughly enjoyed all of my food, our server was fantastic and the atmosphere was great. I will definitely be going back again.

PM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We waited over an hour for appetizers. We felt neglected by the server. The food was not good. Shrimp had a foul smell.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place exceeded my expectations, the food and drinks were amazing!

Spice Finch
Responded on January 13, 2020

Thank you so much for leaving a review! We look forward to your next visit!

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OT
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We were here during Restaurant Week and chose that menu. Dishes were all very good, nicely spiced, and good mixes of ingredients. Portion sizes for the shrimp dish and date dessert were small. Time between first and second courses was a bit excessive (over 30 minutes), with the fish arriving about 10 minutes after the other dishes. We were not rushed, and enjoyed the quiet atmosphere. Prices on the drinks were pretty high, but prices for food were very reasonable. Overall, a very enjoyable experience. We will definitely go again.

Spice Finch
Responded on January 15, 2020

Thank you for joining us for Restaurant Week, and leaving a detailed review! We are glad you enjoyed the food, but apologize if the pace of the meal was not what you expected. We encourage guests to order food family-style so that everything can come to the center of the table as it's ready and guests can enjoy a little bit of everything. We always take feedback like yours seriously in order to improve how we present food to the table in a way that suits our style of service and pleases guests.

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DL
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food here is unique. It’s kind of like Mediterranean meets Middle Eastern. The combinations like pan fried cheese with sauteed cherry tomatoes and spices, chickpeas with mint are interesting and on the healthy side too. The restaurant also has a chic, well heeled vibe. It’s located in the recently renovated Warwick Hotel whose foyer with its lounge and crackling fire is perfect for a nightcap.

Spice Finch
Responded on January 14, 2020

Thank you for leaving a review, Dewey! We're glad to hear our Mediterranean and lighter fare-inspired menu resonated with you, as the goal of the restaurant is to offer unique foods that our chefs like to eat and share them with our guests. We couldn't agree more that the ambiance in the hotel compliments the vibe in the restaurant!

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