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The Black Squirrel

4.6
4.6
37 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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  • 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

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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 37 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
                                                  • 4.7Food
                                                  • 4.7Service
                                                  • 4.6Ambience
                                                  • 4.2Value

                                                  NoiseModerate

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                                                  • Philadelphia

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                                                  1. F

                                                    Foodfan

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    14 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    14 reviews

                                                    Dined 1 day ago

                                                    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.

                                                  2. AL

                                                    AnitaL

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    12 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    12 reviews

                                                    Dined 1 day ago

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                  3. MH

                                                    MargaretH

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined 2 days ago

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                  4. B

                                                    Bobo

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    40 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    2.0

                                                    40 reviews

                                                    Dined 2 days ago

                                                    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.

                                                  5. L

                                                    Lovetoeat

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    3.0

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    Dined 3 days ago

                                                    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.

                                                  6. VE

                                                    VertEats

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    20 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    4.0

                                                    20 reviews

                                                    Dined 4 days 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.

                                                  7. KW

                                                    KarenW

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined 5 days ago

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Really loved the ambiance, plus the burger was one of the best I’ve ever had. Get the triple cooked chips (fries). Delish! And the Brambly Hedge cocktail.

                                                  8. M

                                                    Mere

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    102 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    102 reviews

                                                    Dined 6 days ago

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                  9. s

                                                    stevef

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on October 10, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                  10. N

                                                    Neil

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    8 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    8 reviews

                                                    Dined on October 9, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                  11. AA

                                                    AlyssaA

                                                    New York Area

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on October 9, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                  12. J

                                                    Jtdt

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    10 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    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

                                                  13. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    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!

                                                  14. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    1 review

                                                    1.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on October 5, 2021

                                                    overall1food2service3ambience1

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

                                                  15. MO

                                                    MichaelO

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    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.!!!!!

                                                  16. BM

                                                    BMLOVESFOOD

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    19 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    19 reviews

                                                    Dined on October 3, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                  17. d

                                                    dawne

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    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!

                                                  18. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Columbus

                                                    1 review

                                                    3.0

                                                    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.

                                                  19. LR

                                                    LaurenR

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    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!

                                                  20. r

                                                    rachels

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    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.

                                                  21. JW

                                                    JenniferW

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    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.

                                                  22. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    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.

                                                  23. BH

                                                    BarbaraH

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    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!!!

                                                  24. j

                                                    jmiller06

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    14 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    14 reviews

                                                    Dined on September 15, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                  25. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    1 review

                                                    2.0

                                                    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.

                                                  26. F

                                                    Felipe

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    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

                                                  27. K

                                                    Kathy

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    70 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    3.0

                                                    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.

                                                  28. TE

                                                    TomE

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    6 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    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!

                                                  29. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    New York Area

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    Dined on August 25, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Unparalleled service, atmosphere, cocktails, and spectacular dishes.

                                                  30. EM

                                                    EMHNM

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    Dined on August 21, 2021

                                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

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

                                                  31. MH

                                                    MelissaH

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    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!

                                                  32. ER

                                                    EricR

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    37 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    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!

                                                  33. t

                                                    tommypickels

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    Dined on August 21, 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.

                                                  34. WG

                                                    WayneG

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    3.0

                                                    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.

                                                  35. G

                                                    Geri

                                                    1 review

                                                    4.0

                                                    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?

                                                  36. AP

                                                    AnneP

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    6 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    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.

                                                  37. DC

                                                    DaveC

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    8 reviews

                                                    3.0

                                                    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 37 OpenTable diners

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                                                  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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