Spice Finch

4.6
1163 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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FunGirl2
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We requested an outside table due to Covid concerns snd discomfort with eating inside. We wanted to sit in the covered area due to a baby being with us but we’re assigned a table against the window. They kindly accommodated us and we were thrilled. Food was outstanding and plentiful, served as ready. Wait staff was friendly, personable, accommodating and the entire experience was fun for all!! Thanks for a great night!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best server I have had in a long time

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Expected better flavor profiles and the service was off. Could have been better.

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vipCJDT
Philadelphia
77 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Our first visit to SpiceFinch. We were seated at a window table, which was cool, except that the ac vent dripped on my husband all evening. Mentioned it to the server, but no attempt to move us... mb there were no other tables. We were headed to a concert, so just ordered small plates, but if there were more time we would definitely try the chef's tasting - the couple at the next table was enjoying it and it looked great! As for our food, it was pretty good except the kabob was cold upon arrival. Service was slow - would have ordered another drink, but never had the chance. Coffee took forever to arrive and didn't have time to finish it. I understand however, that restaurants are understaffed. The server was friendly and helpful, though she was super-busy.

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vipSilverQueen
Philadelphia
608 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Our group dined in the booth and shared many small veg plates. All the food was delicious! The service was very slow, probably because there are not enough servers. The booth holds 3 tables and had a noisy group in it.

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vipLynda
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my daughter here for dinner. She did the ordering, all was delicious. But ask what is spicy and not. Server was lovely, explained everything and offered suggestions. I appreciated the feeling of not being rushed, as my daughter and I lingered a long time after dessert. Nice decor, dishes you most likely would not make at home. We would return.

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Chris
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a lovely night and my family and I had a great time. Wonderful food, great service and delicious cocktails.

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vipBrianC
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great night at the Spice Finch. Our first time to have Belen as a server and she did well!! Fun to see Mgr. Nate again and to try one of their new creative cocktails. Also new for this visit was the mushroom pasta. Highly recommend!!

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Yuuuuuum
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the outdoor seating was just what we were looking for.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Awful all the way around. Avoid this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! That was amazing!

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TyffanieA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to Spice Finch for a late lunch to celebrate 2 birthdays. We got the Chef’s Tasting Menu. Everything we got was absolutely amazing! It came with several mezzo, small plates, kebabs, entrees & desserts. Well worth the price. We all got drinks that were amazing too. Highlights recommend & would definitely return!

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CindyG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous! So was our waiter Nick who made recommendations about the menu that were spot on. Altogether, it was an excellent dining experience.

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vipatay
Minneapolis
24 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was good but hastily delivered. Appetizers and small plates were good; main courses were mediocre at best. Whole fish was sitting in a pool of oil; lamb shank was good but mixed roasted vegetables were a mix of cooked and uncooked. Server never checked after delivering food.

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Washsqgrl
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Outdoor seating was nicely arranged. Cocktails were good but took a long time to arrive on a busy Friday. Servers and bussers were attentive. Food was tasty, a bit over-sauced, temperature was right but portions were on the small side (even for “small plates”). One diner thought the chicken kabob was undercooked. Best food of the meal was the brownie dessert.

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C3157P
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food is very, very good, but overpriced. We were seating outside, which was very nice, but unfortunately we had a VERY LOUD group of young people next to us...

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MorganS
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super flavorful food, every choice was fantastic. Staff was highly attentive and friendly. Ambiance A+

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CityLover
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service was A1. Will be returning again, soon...

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vipmadelinek
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique and delicious food. Nick was excellent server

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spice Finch is a top 3 restaurant for me in the country. It exceeded all expectations. I cannot come up with one hiccup in this food experience. Simply outstanding

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week and wow!!! Everything was absolutely incredible, outside there was tons of space. Each dish perfectly complimented the others. Cannot wait to go back.

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DavidT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Great food, but service could be improved. Waited ~10 mins once we got seated before they even brought over water, and it wasn't a particularly packed evening. Servers didn't introduce themselves and didn't check up on how everything went like most other restaurants. Although the food was pretty good, the customer service experience was quite lacking.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and cocktails were incredible, and service was fantastic. We were at Spice Finch for brunch, but ended up ordering from the all day menu. We loved sitting outside and enjoying Philly for our anniversary - the seating and ambiance was great. We will be highly recommending to our friends who live in/visit the area.

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Kyle
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience5

The food was decent, the service wasn’t great, but the ambiance and drinks were lovely :)

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Phillyfoodie
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

To start, there was several spider webs with dead insect on the walls just above where I was dining. It was gross to look at during my meal. Next, it was COLD inside the restaurant and not really comfortable to sit and eat.
The service was mediocre, me and the person I was dining with wanted additional drinks and water but we rarely seen our waiter. And when the server did check on us, we barely had a chance to get a word in to ask for anything else before he walked away.
The food was great tasting, especially because I prefer my dishes to be fill with veggies and grains instead of meats. It would be wonderful if they had a vegan large plate option. But most of the dishes are vegetarian, which is amazing. All of the dishes we ordered tasted great, no complaints on flavors at all.
However, the prices are outrageous for the food. Now I know prices needs to cover many things from workers and supplies. But sheesh….I don’t think this place is worth the price. The prices is not worth the amount of food given on each plate. Because of this, I can not wholeheartedly recommend this place to anyone.
Lastly, the desert was complete trash..to be blunt about it. We got the brownie with icecream. I wasn’t expecting much anyway and I definitely don’t think that brownie was made in-house. But the brownie was cold and it was topped with cold icecream. It was not pleasant to eat at all.
Ehh… this place wasn’t amazing nor was it horrible. I just won’t go back….

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Poor, sloppy restaurant week menu

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Goud
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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ClaudineR
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The offered Spreads were their usual delicious and thoroughly enjoyed. The disappointment came with my main dish of the merguez kabab which looked like an elongated cigarillo. There were smears of veggies but surrounding with couscous, rice or some other grain or roasted veggies would have made a tremendous difference in appearance and presentation. It was suggested we share so my companions whole roasted fish was an added plus, for me. The tahini brownie dessert was the redemption!!!!

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ChloeE
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Small portions. Poor service. Food was average. Wouldn’t recommend.

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CharlesB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Everything great except kept us waiting 1/2 hour even though we had a reservation.

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CarolK
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful service. Creative Mediterranean cuisine. We sat outside in a covered area that sheltered us from the wind. Lots of street and pedestrian noise, but what do you expect on the streets of a big city?

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Restaurant Week menu!

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vipTomS
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always! We will definitely be returning, ASAP!

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AnnaK
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

beautiful environment, pleasant service and delicious food (the lamb cebab was dry), the fish was fresh, beautifully served, the appetizers and salads were extraordinary, the dessert was delicious. we really liked it, we will definitely come back.Thank you very much for your work, you have given us real pleasure

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FoodChronicles
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Celebrated Promos's here it was a good time; wish they had more veg. options for main course.

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vipPGXXY
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal all around!!! We sat outside and had a lovely, long meal and hours of quiet conversation. Wonderful, gracious service, fabulous food (we had the chefs tasting) and just a excellent evening all around. Highly recommended for any occasion!!

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TheGrun
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

This evening was in stark contrast to prior visits to the establishment. On this occasion, the food was off (just not as delicious as usual), the service was abysmal, and our small plate style dining was so rushed we received all eight platters within 10 minutes each other. Even the waiter could tell this evening was going sideways and did attempt to make it better with a free glass of wine. However, a glass of wine just doesn’t make up for terrible service on a birthday dinner.

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ItMe
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

We were five people seated around 3 little round tables and there was never enough room to put down new plates. That set up is never ideal... little round tables are for two people a piece, not for groups.

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MarkB
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

When I travel I enjoy visiting restaurants associated with past Top Chef contestants. I always seem to get a fantastic, creative meal following this path. Spice Finch (Jen Carroll, Mediterranean-themed cuisine) was my most recent such success. My daughter and I had an appetizer (get the "trio of spreads" - nice variety), some small plates (in particular the baked cheese was amazing, be sure to get some freshly baked flat bread with it), and a few kabobs to share. The quality was very high and the flavors were fantastic; I have no idea how to replicate these tastes at home, but I guess that is sort of the point. Service was quick and attentive. Decor was pleasant but not noteworthy. Cost was moderate/high, appropriate for the food quality and creativity. We both are anxious to return for more!

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vipBrianC
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great time at the Spice Finch. It was the first time we had David as a server and he did well. New for this visit was the chicken entree. Wow, really great. It takes a little longer as they cook the chicken upon receiving the order. David did well to let us know and properly set expectations so we enjoyed the small plates and chatted and dug into the chicken when it arrived as advertised. Really nice!

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Spice Finch is rated 4.6 stars by 1163 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.