The Shelby

4.5
657 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
We are serving food we love to cook, and food we love to eat, and elevating each dish to a whole new experience by sourcing the best ingredients and carefully crafting each recipe. The result is something that’s delicious, irresistible and wholly satisfying. We’ve coupled our passion and commitment to quality and taste with our unique, fun and inviting dining room, bar and patio to create a refreshingly different experience, one that makes you feel like you are meant to be here. Because you are. We can't wait to show you!
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CB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal, service and ambience were excellent. Being handicapped, iappreciated being seeated near the exit .

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service for our anniversary!

a
Key West
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

While I usually love this place, my last meal was a disappointment. The usual Avacado toast has been replaced by a substantially more salty, less delicious recipe. The usually thick and moist gravlax type salmon was shredded, very salty smoked fish and I had maybe a teaspoon of Avacado. Disappointing as this was a real favorite.

PD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I like when a restaurant does not have a million items. They concentrate on a few items making them well. The desserts are too big for me. The mixed drinks are delicious. Appetizers menu is right up my alley! Did not get entrees so can’t vouch for them. Overall nice! A tad noisy though.

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 1

Food Was very good. Service was great.

LK
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was good but I do think it was a bit overpriced for what we got. We each got the paella and there was not enough seafood in it.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out of town family visiting great place they easily accommodated our party of 11.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great great great

BW
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere was relaxing and inviting. Food was delicious. Was served hot and in a timely manner. The server was nice. She did speak a little to low/soft. We could barely hear her. But otherwise she was good. Will definitely be back.

BR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been there twice now and each time has been a very good experience.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a birthday - the service and food was excellent. Server was friendly and attentive. Kids meals and appetizers cake first and spaced well between main course. I’ve been to the Shelby several times and it never disappoints. It’s one my favorite local restaurants.

JP
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

This was my 2nd time having dinner at the Shelby. My first experience was better but this visit was not bad. Our server was very cordial and the atmosphere was nice. I just found out I was hired at a new workplace and chose the Shelby as a place for my hubby & I to celebrate. I checked out the menu online, saw it had the vegetarian Impossible Burger (I don’t eat meat), and made dinner reservations. When I ordered the Impossible Burger I was informed they didn’t have it. I am allergic to mushrooms and 2 of the other meatless entree choices have them in it. The only thing left for me was the pizza. I love pizza & eat it often. However, I really wasn’t in the mood for it. I ordered it anyways. It was good but nothing special. The Caesar salad was delicious and my favorite part of the meal. Was the Shelby worth the 30 minute drive from Nazareth? No. Maybe if you are an omnivore, but not if you are a vegetarian. I think I’ll celebrate the next important milestones in my life by just ordering takeout.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service good food

Q
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My mom and I found this lovely place last year, by accident, while on a trip from Michigan. We loved it so much that, this year, on another trip back, we made it our first stop after checking in at our hotel. The Shelby has everything: the perfect ambience, friendly staff, amazing cocktails and exquisite food... We can’t say enough about it and can’t wait to visit again. Absolutely top-notch all the way. - thank you!!

JS
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I would recommend for the drinks and atmosphere. Server forgot our appetizers and the food takes very long to come out and everyone was ok with their entrees.

CM
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never disappointed. Excellent food and service. Drinks are always spot on. Brought a friend from out of town, and she was so impressed.

OT
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoy the open atmosphere and a good menu.

M
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant itself was awesome. Great bar area and dining area. The food menu was amazing. It was so hard to choose 1 thing. Had the nachos and bacalao frites as starters. They were amazing. Then had the rice bowls which were also great. I got the beef my husband got pork. I’d have to say the pork was just a bit better but both were good. Will definitely be back with friends to try more on the menu.

EH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming modern restaurant with great atmosphere and delicious food!

G
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two visits to the Shelby in the past month did not disappoint. The food was yummy!! The portion size is quite large. The staff is superb! From the time we walked in until the time we left the staff was friendly and attentive to all our requests. BTW this was a Saturday evening! Love love love the outdoor seating! Definitely on top of my list for a return visit in the near future.

ME
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I really enjoyed my food but 2 things to look out for: 1. the malanga chips have some VERY lime-y seasoning on them that will make you pucker. (I would suggest asking to have them make the chips without the seasoning) 2. The kimchie rice bowl is literally a whole bowl of rice. Delicious but a lot of rice.

BH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent as always. My only disappoint was the menu change. Always enjoyed the Beef Stew, which was the reason I wanted to go on Saturday Nite.
Hopefully it will be on the menu in the fall, as our server mentioned.
The Shelby still remains one of our favorite places to eat and meet up with friends.
The artichoke/spinach dip was amazing. Never had it there before and will definitely be ordering it again.

KA
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had wonderful service. Very accommodating and helpful throughout.

4
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

A little noisy but good food! They did a good job getting our food out quickly so we could get to our show.

B
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

OUR WAITRESS WAS NOT VERY ATTENTIVE - HAD LITTLE KNOWLEDGE TAKING OUR DRINK ORDERS. THE CHICKEN COBB SALAD WAS SUPERB! BEAUTIFUL, BRIGHT PLACE.

MB
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a very nice time at the restaurant. The food was excellent and the service was wonderful The server couldn't do enough to make the evening wonderful. I will recommend the restaurant to my friends!

E
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was decent, but not worth the price tag for their food. I am glad I tried it, but likely won’t be going back as a regular customer.

GT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding and friendly service ... wonderful food in a bright and happy atmosphere with expert cocktails.

OT
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was slow. The food, however, was very good. I would return there for brunch.

BH
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We've eaten at The Shelby many times and have never been disappointed. One observation on seating is that they seem to send the families with kids and the senior citizens to the back of the restaurant, perhaps leaving the front areas for the more "hip" crowd. Maybe that's not a bad thing but all of the kids that I saw were well-behaved. So were the seniors. :-)

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

Wait staff great. Waited 40 min for table despite having reservation. 😞

LA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We dined on a very hot & humid Friday evening so there was not really a choice but to be seated indoors. The tables are very close together. We were fortunate that we had lovely people sitting on either side of us however, I could not imagine if we were seated next to diners who were loud or in other ways not respectful of their surroundings. The service was excellent. We appreciated our waitstaff especially Andrew as he really tried to personalize our dining experience. Andrew obviously enjoyed his job & his positive nature extended to all those he was in contact with. Our food was delicious & served hot which is important to us. We would return to this restaurant again now knowing better what to expect. We were asked on our online reservation if we were celebrating a special occasion. We are curious why. We had hoped that we would be given a more private table since it was our wedding anniversary although we did not specifically ask for that.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My dinner was delicious, the service was excellent and our server extremely accommodating. It was a very pleasant experience except that the conversation from all the tables around us was very loud. As the restaurant emptied, the noise level became much more comfortable.

SH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our waitress, Taylor L, was one of the best we have ever had.

N
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hostess was very friendly and welcoming! Our server, Andrew, was fantastic! He was also friendly and welcoming. His service was outstanding in every way. We love The Shelby and plan to return soon.
Thanks!

P
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Shelby does a great job all the time. Sinead was very personable and helpful.

HJ
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great brunch menu; a little pricey for what it was but overall great experience!

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was perfect. We sat outside with a nice summer breeze which I was surprised more people did not do. The food was fresh and tasty. Will definitely go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and delicious cocktails!

JS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is very well decorated and the staff is overly nice and attentive. There is a large drink menu and an active bar scene. The food was very good, I recommend the spicy Thai chicken!

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