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The Black Squirrel

4.6
4.6
71 Reviews
$31 to $50
British

The newest creation from Chef Arthur Cavaliere and developer Mark Sherman takes the old English Pub and elevates it to a new, decadent level. Discover our array of indulgent dishes and eclectic cocktails in the heart of East Falls, Philadelphia.

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Booked 30 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British, Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Fri 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (267) 323-2611

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Rocio Castro Hernandez

  • Neighborhood

    East Falls

  • Cross street

    Ridge Avenue

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Menu

Appetizers

  • East Coast Oysters$17.00

    Pickle juice mignonette, spicy cocktail, lemon

    • Onion Soup$11.00

      Rarebit, Quicke's cheddar, sherry

      • King Crab Cake$21.00

        Dill hollandaise, pickled onion

        • Forest Mushroom Salad$13.00

          Barley, aged balsamic, chevre, almond

          • Scrumpets$14.00

            Lamb confit, salsa verde

            • British Cheese Board$16.00

              Seasonal offerings, spiced walnuts, black pepper honey

              • Roasted Asparagus$15.00

                Fried egg, black truffle, gartic breadcrumb

                • Tandoori Chicken Wings$15.00

                  Sumac yogurt, cilantro

                  • Spiced Duck Meatballs$15.00

                    Sage, cherry, goat cheese

                    • Green Green Green$13.00

                      Cucumber, green apple, fennel ranch, spiced walnut

                      Entrees

                      • Pub Steak$28.00

                        Hanger, triple cooked chips, house-made HP sauce

                        • Fish & Chips$23.00

                          Fuller's batter, creamy shallot sauce, malt vinaigrette

                          • Chicken Tikka Masala$22.00

                            Saffron rice, cilantro, almond

                            • Burger$19.00

                              Cooper Sharp, rashers, piccalilli mayo, triple cooked chips

                              • Gnocchi$18.00

                                Mushroom veloute, pine nut, parmigiano

                                • Across the Pond$22.00

                                  Mussels and clams, garlic sausage, leek

                                  • Crispy Bronzino$27.00

                                    Eggplant Bharta, garlic yogurt, mint

                                    • Cottage Pie$24.00

                                      Short rib, mashed potato, Quicke's cheddar

                                      • Roast Chicken$22.00

                                        Brussels sprouts, chicken sausage, ginger jus

                                        • Sunday Roast Beef Sandwich$19.00

                                          Peppercorn gravy, caramelized onion, swiss

                                          Sides

                                          • Triple Cooked Chips$7.00

                                            • Bubble & Squeak$7.00

                                              • Mushroom Barley$7.00

                                                • Peas & Carrots$7.00

                                                  Last updated: August 7, 2021

                                                  What 71 people are saying

                                                  Overall ratings and reviews

                                                  Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                  4.6
                                                  4.6 based on recent ratings
                                                  • 4.6Food
                                                  • 4.7Service
                                                  • 4.6Ambience
                                                  • 4.3Value

                                                  NoiseModerate

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                                                    eastcounty

                                                    Denver

                                                    10 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    10 reviews

                                                    Dined 3 days ago

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Really good experience. Well Done

                                                  2. D

                                                    Doug

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    6 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    6 reviews

                                                    Dined 4 days ago

                                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                    I’ve never been a fan of British “cuisine.” But a good review by Craig LaBan of the Inquirer, and seeing oysters at the top of the menu, and we gave it a try. The brine for the dirty vodka martini is infused with herbs, which created a neat flavor. The pickle mignonette for the oysters is a nice touch but could use a little more liquid. And I’m not a fan of fish and chips, but when in Rome? The fish was tasty and not heavily battered. And the fries are worth the calories. All in all, I’ll go back and try the dinner menu, which doesn’t seem much different from the lunch menu. And we’ll get a table upstairs for a cozier setting.

                                                  3. TC

                                                    TerryC

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    9 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    9 reviews

                                                    Dined 7 days ago

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Great soups! Authentic British pub. KItschy. Fun. Good staff

                                                  4. RA

                                                    RuthA

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on November 18, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                    Food and drinks were delicious. Service was outstanding even though it was a busy night, prompt and very pleasant. Even though we were outside there was a very noisy table next to us but that seemed like an unavoidable fluke. Definitely plan to return

                                                  5. N

                                                    Nancella

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    17 reviews

                                                    3.0

                                                    17 reviews

                                                    Dined on November 17, 2021

                                                    overall3food2service3ambience4

                                                    Thought we would try something new but it wasn't great. The room were seated in was very cold and we were told the heat was turned up to 75. The food was average, I had fish and chips, and expensive for what is was, $23. I would not recommended this restaurant.

                                                  6. PM

                                                    PatrickM

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    Dined on November 14, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Always great food and service here.

                                                  7. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    Dined on November 14, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                    Excellent service and food!

                                                  8. RV

                                                    RyanV

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    1 review

                                                    3.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on November 13, 2021

                                                    overall3food5service4ambience4

                                                    Website says provide vaccine card for indoor dining but no one had to show proof. This is a deal breaker for some people in pandemic times. Otherwise the place was good

                                                  9. n

                                                    natasab

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on November 13, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Never disappoints. Craft cocktails, Well executed menu keeps coming back

                                                  10. G

                                                    Gaga

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on November 7, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    The food was incredible, none of our party could easily decide between all the items. Drinks were creative and delicious. Thanks!

                                                  11. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on November 6, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    We were pleasantly surprised at how good the food was! My husband had the roast beef sandwich. His mother’s roast beef is pretty popular. The Black Squirrel’s is better! The horseradish aioli on the side was *chef’s kiss*. I had the Benedict Arnold, which is basically Egg’s Benedict but with bubble & squeak (think potato pancake-ish) instead of your usual English muffin. The ambiance was great, our server was sweet, all in all we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, and definitely plan to return.

                                                  12. MB

                                                    MichaelB

                                                    New York Area

                                                    20 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    4.0

                                                    20 reviews

                                                    Dined on November 6, 2021

                                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                    Brunch on a chilly Saturday on the porch, so I can’t really comment on the noise level. But the inside decor is quite charming, especially a sitting room on the 2nd floor. The wait staff was super friendly and attentive.

                                                  13. FM

                                                    aFantasticMeal

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    34 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    34 reviews

                                                    Dined on November 3, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Love the decor/ambiance. Well described as upscale pub. Staff super friendly and helpful. Portions very generous, served piping hot. Mussels and shepherds pie great. Pet peeve- why aren’t appetizer plates cleared before the entree is brought? Why am I expected to move plates around? Many establishments have this issue. Thanks for listening. I’ll be back!

                                                  14. P

                                                    Purp

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on November 2, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    The drinks were great, the food was delicious and the decor was beautiful.

                                                  15. M

                                                    Mere

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    103 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    4.0

                                                    103 reviews

                                                    Dined on October 30, 2021

                                                    overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                    Very good food, eclectic ambiance. Wonderful staff and service! Third time here, consistent! I miss the branzino, but, the trout is almost as good! My husband got the toast beef sandwich & my son got the cottage pie. Both enjoyed their meals...yep, we'll be back!

                                                  16. F

                                                    Fairmountdiner

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    25 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    4.0

                                                    25 reviews

                                                    Dined on October 30, 2021

                                                    overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                    This was our second dinner at Black Squirrel, and both times the food was excellent, and the service was fine without being obtrusive. A relatively small but very creative and tasty menu. We ate outside, and the porch was comfortable, with very effective propane heaters . I was surprised that the wait staff was not masked, but the restaurant requires proof of vaccination for diners who wish to eat inside, so I guess the masks are not really necessary -- except for the many stories of bogus vaccination certificates, which led us to eat outside anyway.

                                                  17. A

                                                    Angie

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    Dined on October 30, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Great setting, good food and service. A bit overpriced. My first time there . I would go back for sure. Nice addition to the casual dining scene.

                                                  18. S

                                                    Steaklover

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on October 30, 2021

                                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                    Very tasty option ms but slightly over salted appetizer and entree

                                                  19. JS

                                                    JasonS

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on October 29, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Amazing food, drinks and service. Wonderful atmosphere.

                                                  20. J

                                                    Jennifer

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on October 28, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Great food, great service! Definitely will be going back!

                                                  21. DP

                                                    DavidP

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on October 28, 2021

                                                    overall4food3service5ambience4

                                                    This is really a charming new place in East Falls. It is not large, and seats maybe 50 people, including the porch tables. The small bar puts out very good cocktails and the employees are charming and efficient. The menu is very interesting offering items not often seen at restaurants, as it tries to effuse the place with an aire of Brittish charm and food items. To some extent, I think the kitchen is trying to achieve a goal somewhat beyond its reach, as the food was always good, but often somewhat disappointing, having flavors that often masked the ingredients' essential flavors. (But this is often a complaint about food served in England. I will return to explore the future offerings, as I really like what the owners are trying to do.

                                                  22. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on October 27, 2021

                                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                    Awesome time. Food drinks and service was phenomenal.

                                                  23. TH

                                                    TeresaH

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on October 27, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Wonderful atmosphere and delicious food. Waitress was attentive. We had a great time!!

                                                  24. GF

                                                    GregF

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    1 review

                                                    4.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on October 24, 2021

                                                    overall4food3service4ambience4

                                                    Great beer and excellent service. I will return to the Black Squirrel...

                                                  25. s

                                                    susanc

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on October 24, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    What a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Food, service, atmosphere was wonderful.

                                                  26. K

                                                    Kait

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on October 24, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                    The food was delicious and the cocktails were amazing.

                                                  27. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    New York Area

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    Dined on October 23, 2021

                                                    overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                    Great little place. Inventive drinks and beers on tap and very good english and english/indian food. Really friendly wait staff. Highly recommend.

                                                  28. YF

                                                    YumFood

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    32 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    32 reviews

                                                    Dined on October 23, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                    Black squirrel was a seriously elevated take on a British pub with a fantastic cocktail offering to back it up. This is among one of the best restaurants I've been to in the East Falls/Manayunk area.

                                                  29. P

                                                    Promoman

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    93 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    4.0

                                                    93 reviews

                                                    Dined on October 23, 2021

                                                    overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                    I highly recommend the grilled ham & cheese that is accompanied by the best tomato bisque I’ve ever had! There was another phenomenal item that I had which is listed on the menu as a Breakfast Cup but I substituted Stateside Vodka for gin.

                                                  30. DR

                                                    DyannR

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on October 21, 2021

                                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                    The warm shrimp salad was lovely, but a bit overdressed.

                                                  31. AT

                                                    AnnaT

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on October 20, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    the cocktails are amazing- the atmosphere is so cool.

                                                  32. ED

                                                    EmilyD

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on October 19, 2021

                                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                    First time and will be back. Cocktails were thoughtfully crafted, we paired with each course we ordered. The duck meatballs were delectable. If you like garlic, onions caramelized for what tastes like hours to perfection and dashes of horseradish, this menu will be your happy place.

                                                  33. JB

                                                    JennaB

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on October 19, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Love love this place! Good food, amazing drinks and great service

                                                  34. F

                                                    Foodfan

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    14 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    14 reviews

                                                    Dined on October 17, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                    First time and so glad we went. Sunday brunch was delicious. Loved the Benedict Arnold and the blood orange mimosa! We all thought the food was excellent as were the cocktails and the beer list. The decor is different, real English Tea Room but tastefully done. Am anxious to go back for a dinner very soon! I highly recommend the Black Squirrel Pub.

                                                  35. AL

                                                    AnitaL

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    14 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    14 reviews

                                                    Dined on October 17, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    The food was great! Tasty and fresh! Our server was friendly and attentive.

                                                  36. MH

                                                    MargaretH

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on October 16, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Delicious food great service and yummy cocktails! Will be back :)

                                                  37. B

                                                    Bobo

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    40 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    2.0

                                                    40 reviews

                                                    Dined on October 16, 2021

                                                    overall2food3service4ambience3

                                                    We specifically chose this restaurant because they said they were following the Phila. Health Dept. Requirements and were checking to ensure all indoor patrons were fully vaccinated. When we arrived, they were not checking and said all we needed to do was say we were vaccinated. We were quickly dismissed when we expressed dissatisfaction with this lack of security, especially since it went against their own published policy. The whole situation made us and our guests feel very uncomfortable, but being a Saturday night, we felt we had little freedom to change plans when they showed disregard for their and the city’s Covid protocols upon our arrival. Other than this, the menu was interesting, the food of mixed quality (2 people were not so happy with the tenderness of their meat), the seating quirky, cute but not comfortable. Service was quite good, but overall experience was mixed.

                                                  38. L

                                                    Lovetoeat

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    3.0

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    Dined on October 16, 2021

                                                    overall3food3service5ambience4

                                                    Drinks are amazing, service was good. Waitstaff was very friendly and helpful. Food was ok except for the shrimp appetizer, which was disliked by all at our table. Unfortunately, a loud drunk (?) person came in and sat next to us and refused to leave…so we had to. $150 was a steep bill for just an average experience.

                                                  39. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on October 15, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Super fun atmosphere with energetic wait staff. The cocktails are great.

                                                  40. VE

                                                    VertEats

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    20 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    4.0

                                                    20 reviews

                                                    Dined on October 14, 2021

                                                    overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                    Great, very professional service. The food was good. The drinks were ok. The ambiance was quirky. I'll go back, but not in a rush to do so.

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                                                  The Black Squirrel is rated 4.6 stars by 71 OpenTable diners

                                                  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.

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                                                  Booked 30 times today
                                                  Google Map for The Black Squirrel

                                                  3749 Midvale Ave Philadelphia, PA 19129

                                                  • Cross street

                                                    Ridge Avenue

                                                  • Neighborhood

                                                    East Falls

                                                  • Hours of operation

                                                    Wed–Fri 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
                                                    Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

                                                  • Cuisines

                                                    British, Pub

                                                  • Dining style

                                                    Casual Dining

                                                  • Dress code

                                                    Casual Dress

                                                  • Payment options

                                                    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                  • Executive chef

                                                    Rocio Castro Hernandez

                                                  • Additional

                                                    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

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