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Spice Finch, Philadelphia, PA

Spice Finch

4.6
4.6
1237 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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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 309-2238

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jennifer Carroll & Billy Riddle

  • Private party facilities

    We offer private events of all types and sizes. For more information, please contact info@spicefinchphilly.com

  • Neighborhood

    Rittenhouse Square

  • Cross street

    17th and Locust

  • Parking details

    Valet parking will be offered through the Warwick hotel.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,237 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. d

    dining

    Philadelphia

    153 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    153 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    We had a really terrific meal during Restaurant Week. There were enough choices minus the " date dessert" and it there were sizeable portions, great size pours for the wine pairing and very flavorful entrees. The Lamb Kabob was flavorful and the whole fish a hit! We ate there this past summer and had an ok meal but this was a winner in every regard!!!!!!! We will return

  2. l

    llmom

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience3

    We were so excited to try this restaurant! Unfortunately the service was less than satisfactory. We waited 20-30 minutes put in our food order. We heard people complaining about the slow service all around us. The food was amazing! I absolutely loved the whole snapper fish and the brownie. We then waited 30 minutes for our check. We were at the restaurant for a total of over 2 hours. The service was inattentive and did not make much of an effort. The service did not match the quality of food. We definitely won’t be returning, even though we absolutely loved the food. The service didn’t match the quality of the food.

  3. JM

    JerseyMike

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Fresh flavors in all of the dishes. The Whole Fish entree for the evening was Red Snapper which was cooked to perfection! You will enjoy your meal here!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Amazing restaurant week portions!

  5. f

    fynejules40

    Baltimore

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Went for restaurant week in January on a Thursday evening. It was sort of in the middle of surge so we went outside. With the outdoor setup we managed to stay warm most of dinner. Food was amazing. Ordered their version of tabouleh salad made with broccoli (the seasoning was perfect), ordered whole fish as main and that too was also well cooked and finished off with their date truffles. Service was good and ambience was quiet. We were one of very few diners outside. Most were sitting inside. Overall definitely worth the trip. Brunch is great and their happy hour is pretty good. They have sophisticated cocktails.

  6. TS

    TomS

    Philadelphia

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent, as always! We will be returning in a few weeks!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delish and the service was great. We will definitely come back.

  8. L

    Lala13

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience3

    Overpriced for the meals/drinks you are getting. Waiter spoke with the table next to us all night and paid no mind to us. Not as busy as what I remember it being in the summer, but I guess I found out why. For prices being moderately high, there should be better service and food.

  9. LM

    LeahM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and drinks were delicious.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Came in for NYE and our red was for 9:30 and we were still able to do the tasting menu despite them closing at 10! Which was so amazing… seated right away… good ambiance, food was well explained, food temp was perfect, drinks were made well, staff was attentive and acknowledged us throughout the night! The only two (maybe) dealbreakers were that or was a bit bright inside & that the restrooms were across the hotel lobby and a bit far for a girl in heels lol. Overall will go again great for dates.. casual dining or special occasions :)

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Warwickshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We originally booked at Del Frisco but it horrifyingly failed. We were so lucky and got last minute reservation at the Spice Finch. It was wonderful! The food was very yummy. We did tasting menu for everyone and got to taste everyone on the menu. The server was experienced and very smooth.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Spiced Finch never disappoints. The staff, food, and wine were all in chorus together with each other. This is a too 5 restaurant in Pholadelohia

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great meal. Large portions. Delicious food.

  14. M

    Marcus

    Philadelphia

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience2

    First time at Spice Finch. Our friends highly recommended and reviews are very high. It did not disappoint. What an amazing array of flavors. We had several starters to share: trio of spreads, lamb ribs - OMG!, roasted cauliflower- delicious, then dry rubbed chicken - so tender and full of flavor, and shakshuka. This was plenty of food for four. At about $100 per couple incl drinks was a great value! Only down side is we ate outside and several heaters ran out of propane so heat was intermittent - a significant distraction. But would definitely come back!

  15. f

    foodfan5

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious flavorful food and attentive service. We will be back!

  16. j

    jpd1

    Philadelphia

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was great, from the service to the heat in the streetery to the food and beyond!!!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall2food5service1ambience5

    Food was rich and tasty, portions small but filling. The service was very slow and the restaurant was not even remotely full. From the time we ordered a kebab and dessert, nearly an hour passed. Having brunch with a two year old from 12:30-3pm is less than ideal. We could have avoided a tired tantrum had the service been at a normal speed.

  18. c

    cbcb

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Tapas style food in a cute setting. Everything was delicious. Restrooms are in the adjacent hotel. Entrance has a flight of stairs, but there is a lift for the hotel that could provide accessible access.

  19. N

    Nick

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall2food4service2ambience2

    My wife and I live in center city Philadelphia and have been to Spice Finch three times - once during the week and twice on the weekend. Our experience during the week was excellent. The food was wonderful and the service was as well. Both experiences on the weekend have been extremely disappointing. The restaurant is quite large, and it seems like the kitchen isn't able to keep up with the number of tables that are seated. Again, the food is always great, albeit priced more like a Zahav or a Suraya, but the service just hasn't been up to par. The first experience we arrived at the time of our reservation and waited by the door to be seated for 30 minutes before we decided to just go somewhere else. The second experience, we sat at 7:45 and our entrees still hadn't been served by 9:45. Unfortunately the first communication we had with our waiter about the issue was when we were finally able to flag him down and ask for our check and our food to go. In sum, there are lots of phenomenal Mediterranean restaurants in Philly, and while Spice Finch has outstanding food, we will be going elsewhere instead of gambling on the overall experience again.

  20. M

    Mike

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Food was good, did the chefs tasting. Thought the portions for the shishito peppers, baked cheese, and broccoli tabouleh we're rather large portions. The ribs were excellent! (Not part of tasting). Whole fish was good, leek vinaigrette was a bit strong for the fish but overall enjoyable. Service was great!

  21. BC

    BrianC

    New York Area

    100 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a great night!! Many thanks to our server Monica!!! Professional, attentive, and fun!! They have an expanded wine list. Highly recommend the Gruner Veltliner. Yum!! Nice to meet Manager Ryan. Everything went great! Looking forward to next time!!

  22. R

    Randy

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2021

    overall3food5service1ambience2

    Very good food—nice seasoning palates, nice sized portions, fresh. Server utterly disappeared thru the meal—had to find her to get water, got order wrong, got bill wrong, had to hunt her down for all that too….plus for her to run card to finish the evening. We titled the evening, The Case of the Missing Waitress. Wont go back given those issues.

  23. JS

    JSinShermanOaks

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceptional food & service. The imaginative menu is very well executed.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Overall, service was good. The food came out quickly and our server was always checking in. The food was good but definitely pricy based on portion size.

  25. K

    Kerry

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Spice Finch is one of my favorite restaurants in Philly! We took my parents when they were visiting and everyone loved it. Nick our server was great and helped us make some decisions on food to share. I love how spacious it is for a city restaurant.

  26. EC

    EvanC

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of my favorite restaurants in Philly. Great cocktails and amazing food. The lamb shank is to die for. Our sever Kevin really made the experience by being personal and attentive. Would highly recommend!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Simon, our server, was knowledgeable, attentive, and charming. Simon made our meal a five-star experience. We also really appreciated the fact that the outside booth structure is extremely sturdy and well-designed, with optimum air flow and temperature control. The food was delicious. Thank you, Spice Finch, for making this experience special. See you soon!

  28. n

    niad

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Oh my gosh the food was so yummy. Will be again and again going. The lambs ribs and lamb kebabs are amazing but chili chicken was disappointing. Also the ambiance was so good.

  29. A

    Audrey

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall2food4service2ambience5

    Service was terrible - they forgot half of the dishes we ordered. and tried to make up for it with a $4 dish we had already eaten. not returning

  30. PK

    PhillyKeith

    Philadelphia

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Overall great experience. The service was fantastic. The food was really really good. I’ll definitely be back.

  31. RC

    RosemaryC

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Pre-holiday dinner with the Girls before Andrea Bocelli concert! Perfect evening!

  32. MW

    MichelleW

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always an amazing meal- we eat here eveey time were in Philly as its hands down one of the best restaurants in Philly. I am not a spicy food eater by any means and its perfect.

  33. LL

    LiamL

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved everything. Great service great food

  34. AR

    AlisonR

    Atlantic City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Interesting flavors and overall delicious!

  35. j

    joannamarie

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and great cocktails

  36. DR

    DavidR

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome food and amazing flavors in every dish! We will be back soon!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Cool place to meet with friends. Food was good but you just don’t get a lot of food for what you pay for, specifically the meat. Have to be comfortable sharing stuff here.

  38. S

    Stephan

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely amazing food.

  39. ST

    SusanT

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Really enjoy the Spice Finch cuisine. Very consistent.

  40. C

    Celmat

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excelent food, we shared the fish, tabouleh and carrots. Very efficient service. Spice Finch does not disappoint!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Spice Finch is rated 4.6 stars by 1237 OpenTable diners.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    17th and Locust

  • Neighborhood

    Rittenhouse Square

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet parking will be offered through the Warwick hotel.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jennifer Carroll & Billy Riddle

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (215) 309-2238

  • Private party facilities

    We offer private events of all types and sizes. For more information, please contact info@spicefinchphilly.com

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