Vernick Fish

4.8
888 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood
Vernick Fish presents Philadelphia’s own, Chef Greg Vernick’s exploration beyond the boundaries of a seafood restaurant. His ingredient-driven cooking style, paired with a love for global flavors, results in an inventive menu of fish and shellfish dishes, and a range of vegetable preparations. Taking a detailed, seasonal, and sustainable approach with small and large plate offerings, the kitchen brings new life to the favorite hallmarks of American oyster bar fare. Complementing the experience are well-crafted cocktails, and a focused wine list of seafood-friendly white and sparkling offerings, as well as light, fresh reds.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 888 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KatelynM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you're a fish lover, then this is the place for you. Everything we ate was delicious! Staff was very attentive and friendly.

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vipMaddieS
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a lovely time at Vernick Fish. It was our anniversary and they started us with complimentary champagne. The service throughout was great - attentive but not overbearing. The food was great, though it is a small menu. Cannot recommend enough!

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VincentM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Start to finish, one of the best dining experiences. Service was amazing. Each course we ordered was better than the one before - and they started out absolutely spectacularly. We even ordered the special app, which was a deviled egg with uni and caviar, a second time. It was that good. Friendly and attentive service. We ordered the hamachi crudo (spectacular), the jerk shrimp (beautiful), the deviled egg (brilliant, even the second time around) and then various main courses that were thoughtfully prepared. Oh, and the potato with truffle shavings was a nice addition. A bit extravagant, but when you are enjoying a meal with friends and everything comes together perfectly, you just have to go for it. Recommend 100%.

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vipnwandoe
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service ! I can’t recommend enough

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vipRittSqWest
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful - particularly the hamachi and the branzino. Tables are well spaced and service was great. Overall a lovely dinner and experience as always at Vernick Fish

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner. Best restaurant I’ve been to in years. If you like seafood check out Vernick Fish.

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Edisurgeon
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deliciously fresh sea food, very fine dinning experience, very knowledgeable waitress,
wine list is great. We'll definitely dine there again.

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viplizp
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful dinner! Amazing food, impeccable service, relaxing and sophisticated at the same time.

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LisaS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is outstanding, the service is impeccable without being stuffy and Neil runs the establishment like a fine tuned instrument! It is our favorite place to eat in Philadelphia. If your like seafood it is an absolute must.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing experience!!! The food was absolutely

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vipJohnG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply fantastic.
The deviled eggs with uni and caviar are incredible!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific all around.

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Ellie
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The waiter was arrogant short forgot who the customer was!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was incredible

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience from start to finish. Everyone made us feel comfortable. The food was excellent down to the dishware. Whatever you order, make sure to include the scallops crudo.
We can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Super good shout out Faye!

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vipEatoutking
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Service and ambiance were nice but appetizers were very underwhelming. Main course was up to usual expectation of Vernick and it was really good.

CJ
CeeJay
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t miss out on one of the best meals in the city.

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vipsmcLeer
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most items on the menu were new when compared to pre-pandemic. All were exciting, innovative, and so delicious!
The Grilled Black Pepper Octopus with Cherries and Ginger was positively addictive. The Grilled Black Sea Bass "al pastor" was a wonderful play on Tacos al pastor. It came with charred corn, Napa cabbage, and pineapple hot sauce. Tuna Tartar is always a winner at Vernick Fish, snd the Jerk Shrimp with Jicama snd Nectarine Salad was filled with lots of surprise, all pleasant, for the taste buds.

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CollinB
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and the service wa just as amazing. I’ll definitely be back here again when I come back to Philidelphia. This is the best restaurant that I have eaten at in Philadelphia and I’ve been to some very good places.

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vipfiji
Philadelphia
283 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The place is cold and sort of unfriendly. Totally unlike our favorite for years Vernick.
The food was ok, the service was good, and our guest seemed to like what he had. So all was not lost. But that was not what we had hoped for. We probably won't be going again. We'll return to Vernick instead.

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VictorP
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Everything we ate for dinner was delicious. Good Price/Value ratio.
The cutlery looks worn off and out of place.

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vipSandraC
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hamachi and octopus were incredible! Yum!

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Lin1
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening for a date night with my husband. The cocktails were superb and the food was amazing. We plan to go back and visit again very soon!

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jeffreyc
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night. Everything was quite pleasant. Food was delicious, well presented and served with a smile.

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vipAndyk
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely time. Food and service were excellent. Enjoyed the Lemongrass Collins cocktail and blackened fluke was delicious. Very friendly and efficient staff. Highly recommend.

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Hotelmike
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed the creative and fresh food presentations. Every course popped in your mouth with a bend of fresh and a touch of spice. Shared both small and large plates. Halibut, octopus and sea-bass enjoyed. A creative watermelon and cucumbers with harissa was enjoyed by the side. Ended with a blueberry eclair. Stenneka our server was totally poised and professional.

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vipZackC
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food drinks and service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No need for improvement- superb on every level!

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vipFoodDoc
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vernick Fish is arguably the best restaurant in the Greater Delaware Valley. The menu is limited, but I do not like to be overwhelmed by too many choices. The appetizers and main were outstanding. Desserts (only one plus ice cream) were very good. I have eaten tuna tartar hundreds of times in my many years, ranging from poor to excellent. VF has the best!

Kudos to Kristen for her attentive table service with a bubbly, sweet personality. I will be back to VF soon and will ask for her.

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KeiraS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!!! Delicious food and great experience.

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keithr
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was simply divine. You can really taste all food. Michael was exceptionally great providing the best quality customer service. The young ladies at the front greeted us with smiles and you can tell they are very much into providing great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and the food to die for! We enjoyed every dish and will definitely be coming back! 10 out of 10 experience.

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LauraL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely go to Vernick Fish. You will not be disappointed and you will easily enjoy a delicious meal, maybe even the best meal you've had all year. We always try something new, and it 's super hard to pick a favorite. You can't go wrong with any of the options, but if you have a chance to try the octopus with the peppercorn and cherry reduction, do it.

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vipFood4ThoughtNJ
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply divine. The charred octopus small plate was a life changing experience.

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Domino
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely, our waiter was good, host checked in on us, manager stopped by, we liked the oysters and halibut ceviche, the other raw plates like crudo and other ceviche were more on the sweet/salty/savory side as its ingredients are mentioned on the menu while we are more citrus/sourness seeking people - so the change in what we normally would eat was a good push of elements. Vernick Fish is worth going to.

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vipStanM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was absolutely stupendous!!! We're going back again next weekend.

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HaneenM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Will definitely be back! Service was great, food and drinks were very good. My husband liked the hamachi appetizer and I loved the sea bass entree, it was summer on a plate. I love it when you walk into a fish restaurant and there is absolutely no scent of fish! We will be back to try the fried oyster dish. They have branzino on the kids menu, which my 4 year old loved. They provided coloring books and crayons for the little ones and we had a great experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Overpriced! Nothing special other than the prices. Service was great. Food was just very average.

FAQs

Vernick Fish offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 419-5055.

Vernick Fish is rated 4.8 stars by 888 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.