The Boiling Pot - Old City

4.2
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Welcome to The Boiling Pot - Old City! Here we are passionate in providing the freshest seafood alongside our friendly service. With a welcoming and aesthetically pleasing atmosphere there is no other place that can compare. From our Infamous Sea Fest to building your own seafood dream bucket everything is possible here. We use the classic Louisiana style boil with our own secret blend of seasoning and spices, then top it off with one of our mouth watering sauces;
The Boiling Pot Sauce, Garlic Butter, Lemon Pepper, Cajun, or Old Bay. Come in today and explore the goodies under the sea!
What 57 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.3
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4.0
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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time. Would definitely try again

DM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I already recommend it to all my friends. I will be a frequent customer!!

PF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I had the boil which included potatoe, andouille sausage, corn and my choice of: shrimp, crawfish, mussels and the boiling pot seasoning. Food was seasoned well and tasty. The sausage was kind of cold but didn’t take away from it. Server was attentive. I would definitely go back and recommend.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience1

The wait was crazy even though we had a reservation we still had to wait a hour on top of sitting us next to an open window even though it was below 30 degrees we had to eat with our coats on

EH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The music was the best part of this dining experience. The restaurant only offered a prix fixe menu on this night, a fact that was not indicated when we made the reservation. There were several other customers sitting near us who were disgruntled to have had the same experience. There were two dinners from which to choose: one for $100 per couple and one for $130 per couple. Each came with lemonade as the only drink option. Each came with a choice of salad and a choice of two entrees from a list of five. No sides. Dessert was one slice of cake to be shared. No coffee available. The wait staff spent most of the time on the side talking to each other and never checked on us after the mediocre, heavily-sauced, too salty food was served. Would never return.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Pre fix menu not good over priced

ST
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Too much noise and food was not all that good at all this was my first time going there and last to be honest

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience2

No clean wine glasses !! Service was poor. Food was good doubt we’ll go back.

C
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The restaurant was recently opened but the food and service was good.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and was accompanied with great service from the staff. Our server Rob valued our time and experience. I’m from Baltimore therefore I love seafood. This was the best seafood I’ve tasted in Philly.

e
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I expected the food to taste better. Was bland at best.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was great !

MJ
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We didn’t know that it was BYOB. The server who sat was not helpful. Our glasses was dirty. The food was not to be expected. It wasn’t hot when they brought it out, it was like warm.

T
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I told all my friends about this place and they said, they will be visiting this place real soon. The server was polite and told us everything about the menu. We will be returning soon. Thank you.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Please have Rob serve you. We waited forever for service , once he came to our table everything changed. The food was wonderful!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I loved it just wish they had a variety of music

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Must love garlic. The seafood was really good. The calamari was great. We ordered the mid side pot for four and added an extra appetizer. My husband loves crabs legs and was not disappointed. They are still a BYO but the liquor license may come in any day. Until then, they are giving out complimentary wine and beer. Also loved the Motown soundtrack. A fun night out.

LS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Annual Pollyanna it was great music quick service pricing was OK atmosphere was nice for the occasion. Love the byob.

AL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Server was outstanding, funny and personable and on point. Food was incredible, this place is gonna be a huge hit once more people know about it! Get there before the masses.

AW
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

They were out of a few items we wanted to order, but the food and service were excellent.

KG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Had a great dining experience. Will definitely go back again

i
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

If I could put 0 stars I could. The food was so bad it was inedible and server expected us to pay for food we could not eat. DO NOT GO HERE- save your time and money. Awful experience and wish we didn’t waste our vacation time.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Restaurant was pretty empty when we arrived, server who sat us was nice, and gave us the option to sit anywhere we liked. The menu was ok, there were a few items that peeked my interest but I ended up going with AYCE Crab Legs. They were fair, not a lot of meat Inside so I went for a refill. They also come with 2 small ears of corn and 2 red potatoes. They do not have a liquor license yet. The server offered beer and wine however they were out of wine. I suggested that he go to the store less than 500 feet away or ask someone who was not doing anything. He declined, this is where he lost with me. Why wouldn’t you go above and beyond to make the customer happy as you are a new restaurant who relies on customer reviews. Overall, it was average, I may go back but I doubt it.

YB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Over priced, limited sides

CM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great but needs there liquor license asap lol

MB
New England
20 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Seafood is fresh and cooked perfectly. Different spices and heat are options. The Menu is prefixed with pot sizes be ready to share. They do have alternate dishes but only cooked by the pound.

It’s a great place to sit and get casual over mostly finger and fork eating.

Nice and unique neighborhood gem.

p
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time at this establishment. We saw it driving by one day and wanted to try it out. We had no idea what to expect but it exceeded any expectations we had. Food was succulent and seasoned to perfection. Rob, our waiter was very pleasant and accommodating. My husband is usually very particular and kept commenting on how great the seafood was. We ordered the large bowl for $160.00 and it did not disappoint. We enjoyed our meal and the entire experience immensely. We are already planning to return with friends.

MO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The place was good, the environment was nice. The food was good, very fresh, but the only issue for me was the level of spicy. Despite I requested the food not spicy, the food itseft was too spicy and I couldn't enjoy it. The lava cake was delicious.

R
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food2service5ambience4

Excellent new place. Service was outstanding. Soup was incredible. Price was reasonable. You get a lot of food in the boils. Bring your own wine. The liquor license is in limbo.

CB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The shrimp boil was great!! Wings were crispy delicious, good service. They are still waiting on their liquor license, served us complimentary wine. Would definitely recommend!

RT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating at The Boiling Pot is a must in Philly!! The food was great and Rob made the experience even better!! Definitely ask for Rob if you are there, he made some excellent suggestions.

MT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic spot!!. Fresh seafood-including crab, shirimp, clams and more—-Ask for Rob. Great server and great guy. Very knowledgeable and attentive. We will be back for sure!!!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It was good

PH
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The location is easily accessible and the BYOB was awesome. We loved the wine with the seafood but the shrimp was over cooked. Everything had a delicious flavor but I definitely wish there were freshly steamed veggies available or something to break it all up. Service was slow and awkward but the flavor of everything was well worth the night out. Will be back!

LL
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was good, but no liquor license. No one was there because of that. The service wasn’t that good. The waitress was not paying much attention to us even we were the only one there

a
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience4

Out of blue crab, dregs of King crab, out of only dessert on the menu. Had to get up & ask for everything we wanted.... Meh.

U
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food was good, but the service was horrible!

P
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful seafood assortment prepares beautifully. Thoroughly enjoyed the meal and evening! Already have recommended this place to friends!

g
Philadelphia
80 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The boiling pot was a great spot located in the heart of old city. Very convenient to transportion via uber, train or bus.
I love the fact it was BYOB and I found a great wine spot a block away. Food was excellent if you are a seafood lover. I received excellent service from a very special server named Darius. From the moment I walk in greeting us and every guest with a genuine smile to helping out my server who was extremely busy. Even when he wasn’t our server he went above and beyond his duty: open our wine bottle to the whole dining experience. I was saddened he wasn’t our permanent server. I want to let the owner and others know if you come to the Boiling Pot there is great food and service from Darius who needs to be commended with 10 plus rating.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

I was very disappointed with my experience here. The sauce was too oily, had a bad smell and after taste as though it was on the verge of going bad. wanted to have a good time with friends but we were not impressed. We had to walk couple blocks to get drinks afterward.