Permanently Closed - The Spicy Belly

4.2
203 Reviews
$30 and under
Caribbean
This restaurant is permanently closed. *CLOSED PERMANENTLY*


BEST OF PHILLY 2018 Award Winner. Best Unexpected Fusion
The Spicy Belly Is an experience in Caribbean and Asian Fusion for your taste buds. With Jamaican and Korean influences the Spicy Belly opened in January of 2017 And is located inside The Philadelphia Neighborhood Of Wissahickon, Next To Manayunk. The Spicy Belly Is A Cultural Fusion Between Traditional And Contemporary Jamaican And Korean Dishes.
Watch our feature on EATER:
https://www.eater.com/2017/3/30/15124874/korean-jamaican-spicy-belly-philly-video

Children of Korean and Jamaican Immigrants, Owner Jason And Chef Jimmy Mills Offer A Fresh And Focused Look Into The Delicious Marriage Of Jamaican And Korean Flavors. The Creative Food And Vibrant Atmosphere Hopes To Add To The Growing Food Culture In Its Historic Wissahickon And Manayunk Neighborhoods Of Philadelphia.

Catering and Delivery Also Available.
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Dannistar
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You have to get the jerk chicken rolls they're delicious and the plantains are sweet and yummy to my tummy 😋

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AndrewM
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I was intrigued by the fusion style they offered. Out of Jamaican beer, drinks were fine, jerk chicken And rice and beans were unfortunately very dry. I was actually waiting for the service staff to ask the question “how is everything,” so I could honestly report to them about the poor dry conditions of my food but was left alone.

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CharlesJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

My wife and I were shocked by how bad our second, and probably final, experience was at Spicy Belly. Our server was disengaged and the service was slow in the intense summer heat. The waiter indicated that the restaurant was out of ingredients for three of the food items we wanted. The food was bland and overpriced. We could not believe how much we paid for five measly chicken wings.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience1

Proper wear of masks for servers would be perfected. The servers mask kept falling down and it made us a bit uncomfortable.

Wonderful food - great flavors we got the beef and red snapper.

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vipJuliaM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Overpriced!!! Servers were rude and inattentive - not a comfortable atmosphere at all. It took over an hour for us to get our food, with no apology. Food itself was very disappointing and bland.

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vipJennieM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time eating there. We ate outside just wished there was an umbrella over the table. It was scorching hot out there.

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DoloresS
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience5

The food was wonderful however, they ran out of sides. They took one drink of the bill. I will go back again.

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allenl
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The jerk chicken egg rolls were so good and the staff was friendly

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Sooo disappointed because I was very excited to try this place out. We sat down at a reasonable time after we made reservations which was a plus. Our waiter was kind of all over the place he took our drinks and didn’t come back to us until about a half hour later to take our order. I requested for the Korean beef, which he then told me they were out of it, okay...told him to come back. He later comes back and I ask for the Mahi mahi platter. “We’re out of mahi mahi too.” At this point I’m thinking, why hasn’t he just went down the list of what was actually available, but ok...he said they had swordfish instead. Ok fine, swordfish it is. My date decided on the seitan wings and asked for two different sauces on the side. He follows with we’re also out of rice. At this point I was ready to leave because how are you a Korean Jamaican spot...with no rice?! We get our food, probably the driest swordfish I’ve ever tasted. My date’s wings came out with no sauce, he had to call to put it on. It was just a mess, I was extremely disappointed in the service and the food. I understand quarantine has everything chaotic right now, but they could’ve done much more for us. Don’t think I’ll go back.

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MICHAEL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good, flavorful and filling. The drinks were great... looking forward to experience the entire menu when restaurant fully opens.

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DanettaN
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this place!!! Food is amazing..thanks Chef Jimmy!!

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KarenB
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We decided to try the spicy belly because we love Manayunk and there was a 1000 point bonus. The menu looked interesting and prices reasonable. We were warmly greeted and promptly seated. It's a small casual setting that has a fun vibe. The music was a little loud but when we mentioned it to our waiter Dorian, he quickly addressed our concern. Dorian was friendly and knowledgeable. The beer selection was good. We shared wings with the spicy Korean sauce. There were 7 wings perfectly done (crispy per our request)and not overly sauced. A highlight. We both ordered the bimbop, which had good flavor. I expected more vegetables and wished there was less rice, but that has more to do with my taste then there be anything wrong with dish. We were bimbop novices. It was a fun experience overall.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

It was a very busy day and almost every menu item had sold out, lol. We were compensated for the inconvenience with a free round of drinks though!!

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AlfredD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Interesting mix of styles, very good food. Knowledgeable server, good value

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MonicaY
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always unique and delicious with excellent presentation. The servers are friendly and attentive. Value is excellent. We always bring food home because the portions are large.

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vipRich
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Totally awful experience. My cousin was visiting from out of town (he lived in DC) and wanted to try some Jamaican food. This place (can’t even call it a restaurant because the service was horrible) popped up on Open Table. So we decided to try it. What an unpleasant experience, our server was grumpy and slow. We ordered a beer flight and he forgot to tell the bar two (2) times. The beer flight arrived with the bill. Our food arrived in five minute intervals… Mine (wait 5-min) my wife’s (wait 5-min) my cousins.

Would not recommend this place to anyone!!!

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Tine
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Took forever to find parking, was little pricey, but good food and good service. Would definitely go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal, however, I felt rushed by the waiter to finish my meal so he could clean up. The entree I ordered, Mo-bay bimbap, did not have enough chicken compared to the rice and peas. My friend loved your Japchae. And we both could not stop raving about the Jerk Mondu, delicious!

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vipphillygreat
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Definitely would recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoy spending my birthday at spicy belly. The food portions were plentiful and very tasty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun! The food and customer service was spectacular!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good! Had a great time with family. Will visit again!

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MaryM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was a very cute place with lots of vegan options. The food was very good.

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VernittaT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Only one server and drinks were not up to normal taste level to prior visits.

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DejaC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Only sad thing was their was no seitan !! That is what was suggested the most as a recommendation for vegetarians/vegans and you were out:( Also my fiancé said the Rasta punch was weak alcohol wise. (Mine was great!!) lol. That’s all, it was still fantastic! The bartender made me a special drink and it was to dieeee for

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SLS6
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great little local restaurant that had interesting combinations of food. Some in our party didn’t think it was spicy enough but others felt the flavor was great. Good sized portions. Wine is an issue here - very expensive for a carafe as opposed to a full bottle

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vipPhillyGirl
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Unique setting and wonderful service! A bit funky - not as spotless as I would have wished and it took awhile to get our food but it was delicious and we will go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Six of us celebrated a birthday at the Spicy Belly on a Thursday night. The service was excellent and the food was diverse, inventive and full of flavor. From the Vegans to the Carnivores at the table, all were satisfied. The bar selection was great too.

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CarrieG
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Ok, so I've been wanting to go here for about a yr but because of work and me no longer living in Philly; I've been unable to do so. Let me just say that the best part of this location was the bartender Dorian, he was GREAT! The food was hot and came out in a decent time. It was a little pricey but that doesn't matter if the food and are both great. In this case the food was lacking flavor, nothing tasted good. I was highly disappointed!

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vip1NewZagatsGuide
Philadelphia
344 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Truly enjoyed Caribbean style vegan choices! Loved the Jamaican style beyond burger, sweet potato fries, plantains, starting with the trio medley of chickpeas, Asian marinated bean sprouts, and cabbage kimchi... my friend loved the very hot spicy cucumber kimchi, and the Jamaican jerk style seitan, and Rice and beans... also really enjoyed the peach purée and cranberry splash!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Such a good idea but so-so overall. Foods were decent but not great, and a bit overpriced. Very tasty apps/sides. Watery cocktails with minimal alcohol. Waitress was friendly but not really knowledgeable. Desserts were grainy, icy, and had clearly melted at some point, only to be refrozen instead of tossed. If a bunch of friends were going I’d tag along but probably wouldn’t go on my own again for a while.

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Average
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really cool little space.. The food is great. Service to

The Spicy Belly
Responded on September 10, 2019

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JimW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best new food experience in a long time. Very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good was great, bartender was awesome, will definitely be back

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SLaney
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience2

I feel like the menu was smoke and mirrors.. Great idea, but the food was not at all impressive.

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ILIKEFOOD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We will definitely be back - most dishes were a hit (we especially liked the fried rice Banchan).

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TiffanyB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great fusion cuisine! We started with their Soeul wings which were some of the best I ever had. They were crispy in just the right way and had a deep flavorful sauce. Next we split the Curry Shrimp and the Bimbap with chicken. Both were a unique mix of flavors that were absolutely new to me and very tasty. There are so many things on the menu that we would like to try. We also had our 2 year old with us and even he enjoyed it. He loved the music. The server also suggested a mocktail for him which he loved. The owner/chef came over to check on us which was so nice. We really enjoyed our time and will definitely be back!

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KurtH
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Small joint in Manayunk. Food is excellent overall. Bulgogi Beef was a little “meh” but the Pineapple Bowl was excellent as was the KimChi. Friendly staff, and good specialty drinks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

The curry shrimp was excellent.

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Permanently Closed - The Spicy Belly offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 482-2095.

Permanently Closed - The Spicy Belly is rated 4.2 stars by 203 OpenTable diners.