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The Black Squirrel, Philadelphia, PA

The Black Squirrel

4.6
4.6
235 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • 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

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

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

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What 235 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
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia

    Neighborhood gem

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  1. GR

    GRP1953

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu, food and cocktails. We highly recommend The Black Squirrel.
  2. N

    Nettiecat

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for brunch! Drinks are fab as is everything!
  3. J

    Jackie

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fun dinner out and great local spot
  4. PM

    PaulM

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice little "faux" British Pub in East Falls. Food is outstanding and all freshly-made. Great service. A true gem. We will be back again soon.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Love this place. Awesome atmosphere and the food is even better.
  6. A

    Anna

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience5
    Overpriced pub food. Food was not prepared well. Fish and chips were average. Gnocchi dish was way too salty. Cocktails were overpriced and too sweet.
  7. DL

    DanielL

    Philadelphia

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food! Wings are a must have!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Great good. Service could have been better but was okay as far as post-Covid expectations go.
  9. D

    Dawn2529

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is amazing! We highly recommend the duck meatballs! Our waiter, Ray, was attentive and super helpful with drink and food recommendations. The venue is very comfortable and convenient. We go into the city a lot from Bucks. This is our new “go to” spot on the way home. Loved every aspect of our experience at the Black Squirrel! Can’t wait to go back.😋
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my boyfriend and I’s second time here and we love it! This time our server Ivy definitely contributed to the experience, she gave super helpful cocktail recommendations and was overall personable and great! Loved the cocktails and food and will definitely be back
  11. M

    Muffin

    Philadelphia

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    English pub Vibe, very serious about Cocktails + Food. Caringly crafted homemade cocktails + amazing beer selection, served + prepared by real professionals who want you to enjoy your experience. All the food was freshly prepared + delicious. fish + chips, as good as in England with fresh moist, cod. Chicken portions was huge + delicious. Hor's were all excellent! Portions are large ! John +WAIT STAFF WERE REAL pros!! We will return!!
  12. r

    robertm

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks are outstanding. Lovely interior and comfy. Service is personal but a tad slow - must be ready to relax and enjoy the food, people and surroundings. Look forward to our next visit!
  13. HM

    HeatherM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great spot, great food. Service was a bit immature. Unfortunately, we did not stay for dessert as the servers started polishing silverware right next to our table. It was only 9:30 pm but this sent a clear message to me that they were ready to close down.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time with friends!
  15. RB

    RegularinBlueBell

    Philadelphia

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Will go back - food was very good and reasonably priced. Will say the web pictures were more impressive than actual appearances but all was fine and we had a good time.
  16. C

    lorettaC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    Onion soup is excellent. Skip the mussels very odd seasoning, almost an anise taste.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This English style restaurant is a beautiful place to dine for both the food and the atmosphere. I am very impressed with the creative and well balanced menu. Most items feature at least one or two interesting or delicate ingredients that allow the dish to shine. The cocktails and carefully curated mocktails are as lovely as the velveted interior. I also appreciated the informed and professional service from both the bartenders and the waitstaff. Even without mods, there are a lot of gluten free options (the fries are cooked in a dedicated fryer). Try the Forest Mushroom Salad; it's the perfect combination of fresh bright flavors, balanced textures, and savory umami. The Black Squirrel is an elevated gastro pub with a dedicated following for a reason.
  18. k

    kathyd

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and eclectic surroundings. The servers were knowledgeable and attentive. Awesome local spot for dinner!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food was excellent and tasty. Not sure that French Onion Soup and Schnitzel are true British classics, but they.were outstanding nonetheless. The playlist upstairs was LOUD for dinner and... eclectic.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time there. Absolutely delightful service. Food was delicious!! Definitely worth the visit! Will be making this a new favorite date night spot!
  21. A

    Alexandra

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Black Squirrel was a perfect place to stop in before a concert at the Mann music center. Both the chicken schnitzel and the cottage pie were awesome. Waiter was super friendly and the decor fun. No desserts, but that's ok.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Totally recommend this spot. Split two brunch items, both were excellent and triple cooked chips, requested malt vinegar for them. Black squirrel Manhattan and Irish coffee both delicious cocktails. Nice outdoor space and indoor charming. Great service from Ivy. No problem finding street parking. Look forward to visiting again to explore dinner menu.
  23. KG

    KevinG

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Only disappointment was that they don’t offer dessert.
  24. f

    foxchasefoodies

    Philadelphia

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I like the rotating seasonal menu and drinks. Service was quick and enjoy outdoor dining.
  25. MV

    MVSMRS

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great beer selection, especially Boddington’s on tap. Cocktails looked great too, will try them next time. Burger was awesome, and homemade HP sauce was great. All around great. Wish they served sticky toffee pudding for dessert!!!
  26. NC

    NChen

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've been waiting for a neighborhood go-to brunch spot. This is it. Delicious food, terrific brunch cocktails, and attentive service. We can't wait to go back!
  27. IB

    IleneB

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding, as was the service and the cocktails.
  28. W

    Wolfie

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cute pub, warm ambiance, great food! We enjoyed the Roast Beef sandwich, side salad, and a Pimm’s Cup for brunch. Plenty of on-street parking.
  29. JK

    JulieK

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch experience; everything was delicious (highly recommend the mushroom omelet!)! Also: love the outdoor patio setup.
  30. DJ

    DoctorJ

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Fun menu- drinks and apps mostly. Will be back to try others.
  31. RB

    RyleeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The decor and tableware were charming. The food was excellent and well thought out. My family and I sampled many offerings including: East Coast Oysters, Onion Soup, Mushroom Barley, Fish & Chips, Gnocchi, a Burger, and the Staffordshire Chicken Schnitzel. Servings were generous and everyone was very pleased. The cocktail “Pimm’s Cup” was a refreshing start to the meal. Our server was attentive and kind. We hope to be back soon.
  32. MK

    MichaelK

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    How lucky I am to have an English pub in my neighborhood! Great atmosphere. Great service. Great food and bevvies.
  33. JK

    JimK

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    The moment we sat down in the upstairs dining room and discovered that the plates on our table were covered with grit and dust, we should have foreseen that our dining experience was not going to go well. An aging window air conditioner hummed in our ears. While a bedraggled waitperson greeted us warmly, during our meal, one of us had to venture to the first floor on several occasions to wrangle some service for us and other second floor diners. The food we ordered was tasty, but we both suffered mightily afterward throughout the night with stomach cramps. We learned that that there were only two waitstaff for the entire first floor, outdoor seating area and upstairs dining room. We shall never return.
  34. JM

    JohnM

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food in a great atmosphere. The staff is excellent and make you feel relaxed and welcome.
  35. A

    Allison

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Part of our party was practically seated on the floor on a aged settee resting on blocks. I realize they're trying to create a British pub bit the atmosphere upstairs and down dark, tired and dirty. The table was sticky everywhere. The hamburger was greasy and fish platter average. The menu is limited and no dessert is available. The server was good but slow due to being understaffed. For the price, we expected better value. Our party agreed there won't be a 2nd visit.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone’s food was excellent and our server John killed it!
  37. N

    Neil

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    A couple of issues let this place down. They brought out our entrees when we were still eating our starters. That made us feel really rushed and having worked as a server in restaurants and hotels myself I know this is a real no no. It wasn’t as if they were packed so there’s no real excuse for the kitchen sending out our entrees while we were still eating out appetizers. The other major factor that let’s this place down is that British cuisine is known for its hot desserts: think sticky toffee pudding with custard, or rhubarb crumble. There is no dessert menu here at all, which is a major missed opportunity for the business and the customers alike. It also contributes to the feeling of being rushed - here’s your apps, here’s your entree, here’s your check. Thanks folks!
  38. C

    Cljj

    Philadelphia

    72 reviews

    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service, creative delicious food, reasonably priced.
  39. GR

    GaryR

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A must stop for ye fans of all Anglo food and drink
  40. v

    veggilover

    Philadelphia

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was very good, salmon and gnocchi.

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

FAQs

The Black Squirrel is rated 4.6 stars by 235 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for The Black Squirrel

3749 Midvale Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19129

Additional information

  • 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

  • Parking details

    None

  • 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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