The Black Squirrel

4.6
31 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 31 people are saying
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vipVertEats
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined a day ago
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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vipMere
Philadelphia
102 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! The food, atmosphere & staff members are amazing! Can't wait to go back!

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stevef
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was a pleasant surprise, we will be coming back!

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vipNeil
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktails were amazing, as was the food. They need to add desserts though - all Brit pubs should have desserts

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AlyssaA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new spot in East Falls, the food was delicious!

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Jtdt
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service ,we had a pork pot pie that was delicious and asparagus in a truffle sauce that was amazing . We also got an order of fries and they give you ketchup Mayo and vinager to dip. Ambience of an English pub was spot on. Can’t wait to dine here again

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely public haunt, the food and drinks were delicious. Our server was terrific and we will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience1

It smelled musty and like mold and mildue. I had to leave

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MichaelO
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and servers were awesome, couldn't ask for a better staff. The drinks were so delicious- we love going to English Pubs. The Food was so delicious and I thought I would only eat 1/2 and ate the whole thing.

We brought our Shitzuh puppy, who is well behaved because we take her everywhere and staff gave us water bowl and a bowl for her food I brought. Highly recommend.!!!!!

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BMLOVESFOOD
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing! On our list for repeat brunches for sure! A+++

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dawne
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Didn't quite know what to expect, but we were very favorably impressed with our first visit here. Very good drinks menu, surprisingly broad; I highly recommend the Black Squirrel Manhattan. Not a huge food menu, but both our appetizers and entrees were delicious. Very nice atmosphere and not too noisy, even though the room was mostly full. We will be returning!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The food was great but I was disappointed in the cost. $50 a person easily. I would probably go to a nicer restaurant in center city for less instead of black squirrel. I will say that the atmosphere was very nice, and I’m excited for the community to have this restaurant to boost up the east falls community.

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LaurenR
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect and I can’t wait to come back. The oysters were to die for. Can’t wait to try more things!

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viprachels
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drinks. Great addition to the restaurant scene. Have been many times since it opened.

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JenniferW
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went there for our anniversary, and had an excellent meal. We especially enjoyed the roasted asparagus appetizer.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and cocktails! Awesome atmosphere. Would love if they expanded their wine list to match the awesome cocktails and beer list they have.

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BarbaraH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Black Squirrel is one of my very favorite restaurants! We are so lucky to have it East Falls! My friend and I have been there twice, and we intend to keep going back. Now that they've expanded their hours, we'll be able to go for lunch too. We've tried many of the cocktails and plan to try them all! They are so inventive and tasty, who knew that turmeric would make such a delicious drink. And that's just one example. We love oysters and we'll order them every time, just great. Where else outside of town could we eat oysters?? Last night we also had the cheese board, and was that special. They were all so tasty, we'll be having that again for sure. Wish we'd known what each one was. Maybe it was on the menu, not sure. Didn't interfere with our dining pleasure! In case you didn't get the message, we LOVE the Black Squirrel!!!

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vipjmiller06
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delicious fish and chips and good English beer. Everything you need in a pub

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Fries were definitely frozen and then cooked. Fish and chips was very expensive for an over cooked piece of cod. The service was great however. The food simply isn’t there and at the price, they better change this quick or they won’t be around long.

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Felipe
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place. Definitely worth the trip if you are outside of East falls. The oysters were one of the best we had in a while

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vipKathy
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

The food was good but the service was a bit slow. Didn’t get our drinks until after the appetizer. I under that they are short staffed. The most disappointing aspect was that it was so noisy you could not hear the people at your own table. The noise was so loud it was vibrating.

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TomE
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ambience. The food was some of the best food I've ever tasted. Everything we got was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unparalleled service, atmosphere, cocktails, and spectacular dishes.

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EMHNM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Hot damn what a cheeseburger! The mignonette and the oysters were delicious.

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MelissaH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family of 4 (2 adults/2 teens) are big fans of In Riva and wanted to try their new restaurant. Even though the menu and feel are completely different, we all enjoyed it! We sat outside, our server was excellent and the cocktails are AMAZING! Each of us could find something we enjoyed on the menu too (no small feat). We will be back!

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vipEricR
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great dinner, have loved In Riva for years, so this was a natural place to check out. cozy and dark, friendly staff, excellent food, shout out to Ray, who walked us through the menu with great energy.
Thanks we will be back!

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tommypickels
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Black Squirrel was clean and service was impeccable. We mainly got apps to split and everything made us say "wow". The staff was more than happy to help us with a few diet/allergy related modifications and the cocktails were on point. So happy to have this place in our neighborhood.

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WayneG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Very good food and excellent service. We had a midweek reservation and were a little sad that we could only sit downstairs and not experience the upstairs seating area. Blame it on Covid and it is to be accepted.

Unfortunately, the air conditioner above our heads was dripping on us the entire time. It didn't make for the best experience, but that aside and given the times that we are in, I want to be more forgiving than normal as is the case with this minor inconvenience and we are definitely going back to the Black Squirrel.

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Geri
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Every dish is bursting with multiple flavors that are distinct but mutually enhancing. Yes everything is a little salty so save up your sodium allocation for the day. Cocktails are delicious! My fave is the turmeric-laden Faith Healer! Excited to try different things off the menu.
I like the new policy. Alll staff are vaxxed and all indoor diners must be vaxxed. People not vaxxed or not wishing to show proof of vax can sit outdoors.
A bit puzzling, the idea is that all people indoors are vaxxed but they actually let someone bring a tiny infant indoors. Obviously an infant or young child can not be vaxxed. Which makes the situation that Most people indoors are vaxxed, but not All. Doesn’t that make the indoor vaxxed-only policy moot?

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vipAnneP
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food; great beer and wine choices. Ate outside under an awning; even on a hot humid day there was a great breeze. The noise level is high, given the proximity to a busy intersection. More expensive than our typical Saturday lunch spots, but the food and service were excellent.

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DaveC
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

New restaurant so it will be interesting to see what it becomes longer term. Drinks were very good, some food was good some was just fine. Price value was not that good, sort of expensive.

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The Black Squirrel is rated 4.6 stars by 31 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.