Spice Finch

4.6
1005 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipBrianM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spice Finch exceeded expectations and provided us with a wonderful experience from beginning to end. We did the tasting menu and were taken on a fantastic culinary adventure. The creative and modern adaptation of Mediterranean cuisine at Spice Finch is well worth a visit and we'll be back again for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience2

While the food was great, the wait service was inattentive, forgetful and oblivious to how we were doing. They forgot drinks, serving utensils, and even to check on the food in a timely manner. It was a special occasion (Mother’s Day & separate persons birthday) and due the poor service it made for a very awkward & uncomfortable meal. My advice, if you are short staffed with wait people (which I honestly didn’t see that to be the case) , the managers and bus people standing around should jump in and help out. Overall, very disappointing!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and a good size for small plates (not too small, not too large.) The servers were attentive and the cocktails were really good too.

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CelesteM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time eating at Spice Finch. The first was shortly after it opened. This was a difference experience since it was just me and 1 friend, as opposed to a large group, and because of the pandemic. We were seated in one of the outdoor sheds, which gave us privacy and was pretty quiet. We could hear the people next to us, but it was not as noisy as inside a restaurant. The service was good and the food delicious. I'm not an authority on Mediterranean cuisine so I ordered the tomatoes with harissa as an appetizer and the rubbed chicken entree. My friend ordered asparagus and the chicken kabob. We shared the warm olives. The spices were done well in my opinion, with everything very tasty. (I can't speak on the authenticity). I ordered a glass of white wine and decaf after dinner, and my friend drank a cocktail, which she said was very good. It's not a cheap restaurant, it was about $65 per person including tip, but the food is artfully prepared and delicious.

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vipSilverQueen
Philadelphia
577 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding - lots of small plates, many options esp veg. I made a mistake on my reservation and Mark, the manager, found seating for us outdoors anyway. He saved the day. Very enjoyable meal. Will return and recommend it to others.

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vipPauser
Philadelphia
85 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Spice Finch! Wonderful staff, great cocktails & food, attentive service. Did the tasting menu. So much food, but so good! Would happily return. Thanks for a great evening!

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LucyF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and friendly staff. Highly recommend their cocktails too!

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vipNancyEi
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Actually wonderful any time Date, special and business.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Daddy daughter night at 41. Love that there was inside seating as my Dad was getting cold at all the outdoor stops. We opted for the chef’s tasting and were amazed at the amount of food we got. (Might just want to slow down the procession of plates as it became a game of Tetris trying to make everything fit on those cute round tables). Every. Single. Thing. Delicious. Our server recommended a good cocktail and picked out a wine that went with everything. No small feat since there were so many different flavors going on. My Dad and I are very hard to impress food wise. We left a bit awe struck at the fabulousness. I was happy to have picked a place that gave him such a good experience in a city he has rarely visited. Recommended by a friend and I intend to return with others.

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vipCindyB
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good for everyday or special—food is outstanding—equally matched service— one of my favorite places in the city— Berbere crisps and shishoto peppers pare my favorites!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best food in area

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vipJuliaT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Services was great, but we were brought out an incorrect app twice. Everyone was very apologetic though and we appreciated that a lot! That aside every single dish was so flavorful, and perfectly prepared! Will be returning without a doubt!

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Lizz
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very authentic food and atmosphere. Outdoor seating is basically in the street and on a very small sidewalk so its not very personal.

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vipLeeagolf6
Philadelphia
110 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Not what it used to be.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience. The Fruit & Feta and Steak Kabob were the highlights. Cool as a Cucumber was delicious if you’re a gin fan like me! Great all around. Thanks to Phil for the great service and recommendations! We’ll be back soon.

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vipdining
Philadelphia
138 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Small, service, seasoning. We had a good dinner but that was it. Portion size was VERY SMALL ( except lamb shank), service was GREAT and seasoning was PERFECT BUT....lamb kebab was over rolled and the meat was a bit tough, shrimp was way overcooked to the point of being mushy, and the Steak kebab was served very well done. Carrot and cheese appetizers were yummy and drinks were good. Would have felt like we had gotten our bang for the buck if they did not give us ONE piece of bread with my shrimp dish and if there had been rice or a simple accompaniment. We have a gift card we have not used and will give it one more try. It felt like a very expensive meal for the portion size having just gone to Parc, Saraya, and Noord. We suspect the main chef was not present in the kitchen given the fact that all three entrees were overcooked or tough. Service once again was spot on and it was comfortable during a cool night. It just felt a bit like a broken bat single.

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LoriG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food , great indoor and outdoor dining .Always make the best Cosmo’s , am never disappointed here .

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SamanthaG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner - so many interesting takes on middle eastern cuisine. Lovely generous service.

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vipTeddyz
Philadelphia
135 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Totally screwed up order and forgot birthday celebration. Reminded three times and wait staff still forgot.

Very disappointed after visiting here several times pre Covid.

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Danny
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Loved the place! The tasting menu is a must if you want to have a perfect experience.

The only complain would be the time the waitresses took for the full service and they were a bit disorganized, it was not terrible, but could be improved

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ScottH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Very nice atmosphere. Attentive staff, would absolutely recommend.

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vipKMeri
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food is excellent. Fresh ingredients thoughtfully and creatively prepared. The service was poor though which really distracted from the dining experience. We were seated outside in a heated booth; it was chilly though and it would have been nice to offer lap blankets. The waiter did not come to take our drink order for 20 minutes after we were seated. We had to go inside and ask the hostess to send him out. No excuse for that in an upscale restaurant on a Wednesday night.

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vipNurika
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve always liked this place and used to eat outdoors. Since they are opening inside u decided to give it a try and I wasn’t disappointed. The dining area is beautiful, tables were socially distant, our server was impeccable, cocktails to die for, try the cucumber one and we order the chef selection for 3. We were able to enjoy and try so many dishes that I think is the best kept secret in Philly. Extremely satisfied and will be back!

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DaleB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

the food is so good! Super flavorful, fresh and fairly healthy depending on how you order.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

This is a shame to write. This place is so close to being a great restaurant. Food was good but portions were strange. The trio dips were so small and the chips they came with were over seasoned and killed the flavors of the dips. Fries were good but they seemed like frozen fries with spice on them. Service was below average. The entire time we did not have an actual waiter instead a group of people taking care of us with no one particular knowing what we ordered. Very disorganized. Peri peri shrimp were too mushy. Vegetables for the lamb shank were very bland. Will not be coming back

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vipOTIS
New England
31 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Chef Jen Caroll has put together a very creative menu drawing influences from Northern Africa and the Mediterranean.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
8 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Excellent food- great outdoor space. Service was super slow. We ended up cancelling our last round of drinks bc it was taking forever to get to us.

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MichaelS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food with unexpected little flourishes of flavor and terrific service. Highly reccomend. We had the baked cheese, trio of dips, shrimp kebab and the lamb entree — loved them all. And the kids felt extra fancy having the hibiscus lemonade.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Some of the best food in the city and it’s super low key and a great date spot

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MatthewS
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is one of the best in Philadelphia. Dishes are absolutely delicious and presentation is gorgeous. We did the chef's tasting and were amazed by how much food we kept receiving. They never remembered serving spoons and sometimes had to wait 15-20 minutes to get drink refills, but all in all, this restaurant is one of my favorites in Philly.

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vipOlengaA
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Did the tasting menu, and we really enjoyed it. The pacing was good, so we weren’t overwhelmed, nor did we feel rushed to keep it moving. I look forward to going back.

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vipStephS
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The outdoor dining at Spice Finch was great! We did the tasting menu.

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Traveler
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Outside dining in the cabanas was surprisingly good temperature- with coats on we were quite comfortable despite a VERY cold and windy evening.

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DorothyB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great choice of fresh flavorful dishes. Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Lovely surroundings. What's not to like?

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JYDELANN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The outdoor dining experience is not good. The table we got assigned was far from the restaurant, kind of isolated. For the first 40 minutes we had no heater. The waiter took our order after 45 minutes....
Then the food came fast and the person in charge of bringing the food was both extremely professional and efficient.
But the food was not worth the price. We have been coming to this restaurant many times. I even organized a group work dinner there. But today the food was just average. Not bad at all. But not what we experienced in the past.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was so yummy

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chefs tasting was superb... almost a steal for all the food and the price. The tahini brownie is a show stopper, prob the best brownie I ever had!

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vipTomS
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent, as always. Glad that they're back open..

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vipGreg
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef’s tasting menu is out of this world! Thank you all for a lovely meal. Cheers!

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vipEmily
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Spice Finch’s meals are consistently our favorite. The food is always fresh and delicious.

FAQs

Spice Finch is rated 4.6 stars by 1005 OpenTable diners.

Spice Finch does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://spicefinch.bigcartel.com/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.