The Buck Hotel

4.3
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112 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American

The Buck Hotel is a converted restaurant that is extremely versatile in the options it offers patrons. Here, there are three distinct dining areas guests can choose from. The first is a spacious covered deck that is ideal for when the weather is nice. The second is the tavern, which fits the ideal sports bar atmosphere. This is where guests should go if they want to grab a quick bite, drink a cold beer and listen to a live band. The main dining area at The Buck Hotel is known as Fireside, and is the main dining area that significantly more elegant and is best for a intimate date night.

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DD
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had the broiled shrimp stuffed with crab Imperial. It was very good but the sides (asparagus and fried eggplant) were not cooked properly, almost raw. Snapper soup was excellent and clams on the half shell were good. Oysters on the half shell were small. Overall price was rather hefty.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Nothing special. Kinda disappointed

PH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful, from our seating to our food.

Thank you.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Drinks were somewhat overpriced for a lunch menu.

M
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good. Large menu.

DM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent Food. The Clams Casino are top notch! The Bowls are new to the menu so I had the tuna bowl with peanut sauce which was really good. Clams in white sauce was also A+.

BR
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Very good seafood. Reasonably priced in a nice atmosphere. Lively bar with entertainment.

MJ
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall a very good meal.

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

We ordered the chicken parm and it was tough, and the vodka rigatoni was just alright as well

NV
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Food bad and expensive. Decor old and smelled like it. Wine out of a jug for 11.00 a glass . You can do better

SM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazingggggg service! Delicious food! My favorite place!!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Service was ok, but food had no taste and the seafood was some of the worst I’ve ever had. The waffles and ice cream was good.

BR
Philadelphia
118 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great Father’s Day brunch! Good variety of items to choose from.

BS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time trying the Buck Hotel for Sunday Brunch. Our buffet was excellent, offering a wide selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts. All of the food was fresh, well-prepared and delicious. The price per person may seem a bit high, but we definitely got our money's worth so we considered it very reasonable. The dining room was lovely, welcoming and well appointed.

We will definitely be going back again, as brunch is one of our favorite dining out experiences. The Buck Hotel is now one of our favorites!

JS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food was perfect! Would recommend to anyone!

TC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful server. She made our visit great.

GK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always

S
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was excellent. I'm sorry, I forgot her name.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Made the reservation expecting the Sunday brunch buffet, was informed by the staff the buffet is only served during holidays. Still the food was very good and the staff very attentive.

m
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

yes best waitress in the world
best waitress in the world
best waitress in the world

LB
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wish they had more specials to choose from and a low sodium meal options. Everything was a lacartel. Nice if my salad was included in my meal.

CM
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We have been patrons of Ruhling’s way back when they were located on Rising Sun Avenue and have dined at The Buck many times since the original Ruhling’s closed. The food at The Buck is good but some items are way too expensive. The broiled seafood combination was $54.00 so we stuck with Crab cakes and flounder. The crab cakes were not as good as previously. It seems like there is more filler and less lump crab. The noise from the adjacent bar creates a less than pleasant experience in the dining area.

RP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We went to celebrate my wife’s birthday. I had the Manhattan Calm Chowder and the tuna, blackened. The chowder was kind of sweet and the main flavor was tomato rather than clam broth. It was better after adding some salt and cayenne I got from the kitchen to bring out some of the flavors that were hidden by the tomato. The blackening was a seasoning I have never tasted before. It had no spice to it at all, and had a strange aftertaste. I both prepare blackened fish and chicken frequently and order it in restaurants, and this was unusual (and I didn’t care for it). My wife had the twin lobster tails with sautéed spinach on the side. She enjoyed the tails, but left all but one bite of the spinach.

The service was very good and attentive at the start, but only average toward the end of the meal.

Decor is very kitchy, with stag heads made into wall sconces and very dark carpet, furnishings and wall coverings. It was a Thursday night and practically empty for our 7pm seating.

MT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food is poor if you are looking for a good meal. Ordered the $55 seafood platter. Stick with simple food like sandwiches.

SP
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our dining experience was great. We used to frequently go to Ruhling’s Seafood when it was on Rising Sun Ave. It was very good then and still is. No one was disappointed with their choice. The crab imperial in broiled flounder was delicious. The fish and chips was a great selection for my picky eater. We enjoyed the Snapper and shrimp bisque soups.
The only thing I noticed was an odor in the dining room, not sure if they recently had some kind of varnishing of floor or woodwork.

MJ
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Friendly atmosphere and the food was very good. We all enjoyed our meals.

CM
New England
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Good and service were good. Good live music

JZ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was great. The food was terrible. The fried scallops were blah, rice pilaf overcooked & potato wedges too salty. The drink from the bar was terrible but the dessert was delicious. The coffee tasted like the pot needed cleaning. We will not dine here again.

GG
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the Corned Beef Hash Special. It was excellent and the eggs laid over top were perfect!

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The service was very slow. Waitress forgot things. Food was over cooked and over priced. Disappointing..

KR
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I don’t know my boyfriend for really sick after eating the Parmesan crusted steak.

MK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Sunday Brunch Buffet was not available and still advertised online

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden gem.
Food is always good with great service. Also a good draft beer selection.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place for Valentine’s Day. Sitting right next to the fireplace. Making great memories.

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Denise was the best server! My halibut was a little dry, but otherwise tasty. Will definitely return!

TO
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Seafood is fresh and tasty. Our waitress was very pleasant and knowledgable about what was on the menu. Not bad for our first time visiting there.

BB
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was ok. But you don't go out for ok.

W
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a very nice Valentines Day night out w my wife of 30 years. Bartender was great, server was outstanding and the food was spectacular. We usually dine out at local restaraunts every Thursday night and will now put The Buck in the rotation.

K
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This was the first time my husband and I ate dinner here, and it was Valentine’s Day. I am on a Keto diet and the only side dishes available were potatoes and a green beans/carrots medley. Potatoes were out for me, I dislike green beans, and carrots are not good for a keto diet. So I asked our very nice server if there were any other vegetables I could have instead, such as broccoli, spinach, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, anything. She said no, that is all that was being offered because “ it’s Valentine’s Day and we are very busy.” I heard two other tables also ask for other vegetables as well, and they were told the same thing. For a fine-dining establishment, this is pretty much unheard of in the restaurant industry, which I was told by several people I know who work in kitchens as sous chefs or servers. There are always plenty of different vegetables available in nearly every restaurant kitchen. And to be told that “we are very busy“ as the excuse for the kitchen not having any other vegetable choices, is very surprising to me, and it will prevent my husband and me from returning to what is supposed to be a fine-dining restaurant. My prime rib was delicious albeit too salty, and a full 1/3 of it was solid fat. My husband’s “8 ounce“ filet mignon looked more like 5-6 ounces. All in all, a huge disappointment.

OT
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good bit went on valentines day last minute. Limited menu and seemed rushed and prepared.

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