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Vernick Fish, Philadelphia, PA

Vernick Fish

4.9
4.9
1283 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.

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 22 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 419-5055

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Greg Vernick & Drew Parassio

  • Private party facilities

    Privates are available for groups ranging from size 15 to 150. Please contact us at vernickfish.philadelphia@fourseasons.com for additional information.

  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • Cross street

    19th St & Arch St

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is available via the main entrance of the Four Seasons Hotel located at 1 N. 19th St, for $25 after validation from Vernick Fish Host Team.

  • Public transit

    Market Frankford Line: 15th Street StopBroad Street Line: City Hall StopSEPTA Regional Rail: Suburban Station

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,283 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Seafood

  • Philadelphia

    Best Overall

  • Philadelphia

    Special Occasion

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  1. A

    Angel

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came here for an anniversary dinner. Everything was perfect! The service was on top of everything. The food was brought out with enough time in between courses. The food was outstanding! Thank you for spacing out the tables so you’re not right on top of strangers. I will definitely be coming back.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Weak link was rather lackadaisical service. Food was very good
  3. CJ

    CJConn

    Philadelphia

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect, almost, in every way! The only negative: prices are steep. But, for a special occasion, worth it. Erica was OUTSTANDING!
  4. S

    Schatz64

    Philadelphia

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was fantastic. The hostess our server and whole waitstaff are friendly and accommodating. Could not ask for nicer people. The raw fish especially the scallops and tuna carpaccio are next level great dishes. Squid ink pasta was very good as recommended by our server. A+ on all of the above. 4 stars instead of 5 for two dishes - the oysters rock and the prawns. Both tasted of too much salt. That can happen with oysters that are briny as may have been the case. The prawns are blackened and maybe that added to the saltiness. We were really looking forward to those and were bit disappointed. Otherwise a wonderful restaurant. Worthy of a special evening.
  5. DB

    DanielB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Oysters, raw selections, small plates and mains were all fantastic. The desserts that incorporated pastry left a little to be desired, but the ice creams and that little dark chocolate sea salt cookie that comes with the espresso was delicious. The service was also spot on.
  6. MG

    MG22

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Incredible dining experience!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible meal - every dish was an absolute delight. The service was knowledgeable and friendly. New favorite restaurant!
  8. SN

    SpurnedinNOLA

    Tallahassee

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. Excellent all around. Will definitely go back!
  9. e

    eateroftheroom

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went to Vernick Fish for my birthday celebration and I couldn't have asked for better. The food was superb-- the seafood was clearly the star, but every ingredient of the dish felt like it held its own (the braised chanterelles under the branzino for example), and contributed something flavorful and interesting to the dish as a whole. Every dish my table and I tried was balanced. The oysters were fresh (we got 1/2 dozen of the special and another 1/d dozen of the Maine oyster...brilliant) and the accompaniments each had a nice little twist (pink peppercorn mignonette, yuzu horseradish, gochujang cocktail sauce). A few folks at my table who don't usually love oysters really enjoyed these. The snapper ceviche was an immediate hit. I think the plantain chips could've been slightly larger (so you could scoop the ceviche more easily) and slightly thicker (so the weight of the fish and the moisture from the ceviche doesn't break through the tiny circle of fried plantain). But that's pretty insignificant compared to the flavor, and presentation of each dish. The servers were incredibly polite, knowledgeable, and friendly. For me, it's a spot for a special occasion or a generous treat to yourself or somebody you love who enjoys seafood (or who you want to experience really good seafood).
  10. ES

    ElijahS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service atmosphere was great my wife and I enjoyed her birthday dinner ! Our server was A1
  11. KB

    KBerg77

    Minneapolis

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Special date night w my wife, we stole away from our two young kids to go to this lovely restaurant. Service was superb, timing of plates coming to the table was perfect, and the food was excellent, especially the grilled branzino w saffron sauce! One of the best fish and sauces I have tasted for a very long time!
  12. DJ

    DJ1234

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    Overall experience was not good, the ambience was nice but the service from the waitress was poor, from the beginning her energy was off to us. Felt she took an extremely long time to come back and get our order, she handled our utensils in an unsanitary matter by placing the straw and spoon directly on the table which threw us off because we assumed that if we asked for a straw that should indicate we value sanitation. The waitress did a horrible job at explaining the menu, I asked what is the difference between the small and large and her explanation was “small is like a medium and is shareable” and so that left me with the impression that large would be a lot of food. Therefore I followed up for some clarity and asked “is the difference between small and large like the size of the fish/seafood itself (for example shrimp is small, bass is large) ” and she replied yes, so that made us more confused but we left it only. The waitress wasn’t rude or anything but her overall service to us was poor. The sea bass meal was not good at all, no flavor and it was a small portion which goes back to why we were confused about the waitress explanation. The sardine and sourdough bread was better, the flavor was better but it was not shareable as the waitress explained. For the total price of dinner, the food was not worth it, lacked flavor overall, the portion size was small (basing that on the explanation giving by the waitress). And honestly speaking We felt like the Waitress treated us different because we were black, her energy was off and I conclude that because the energy from the other waiters was completely different, more positive and inviting. Another waiter came and asked us how was everything and was said fine, although it wasn’t because we just wanted to leave.

    Vernick FishResponded on August 2, 2022"Thank you for sharing your experience with us. While we are happy to hear you enjoyed the ambiance of Vernick Fish, we apologize for where we fell short of your expectations. We'd like to learn more about your experience to help improve our service for the future, and a member of our management team will be reaching out directly.”

  13. BB

    BrittanyB

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food2service4ambience3
    Very limiting menu. Wasn’t really into anything on the menu but our waitress was great and the drinks we very good. I love vernick in rittenhouse never been to this one and was surprised by how uninspired the menu seemed. Great atmosphere and cool bar. But I didn’t want anything on the menu. Trite.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Family birthday
  15. LS

    LaurenS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal I think I’ve ever had. Food was absolutely amazing, and the team was so friendly and overall just fantastic. Great ambience. Obviously pricey, but great experience
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent meal, service, and atmosphere.
  17. JD

    JoeD

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent in every aspect. Food was spectacular and the service matched. Highly recommend.
  18. r

    rachels

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. Drinks are always excellent and a fantastic wine list.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic experience. Lots of fun to sit at the counter and see everything on the menu as it went out.
  20. SW

    SteveW

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Beautiful space, food and service! Very special restaurant in Philadelphia.
  21. CB

    ChristineB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect meal!
  22. MG

    MarkG

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    tuna carpaccio was maybe the best thing i have ever eaten. everything was great, staff, specifically kitchen was super clean and professional. service was slightly slow but nothing to complain about. overall amazing experience that rivals the original Vernick.
  23. KT

    KevinT

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Fantastic food in a modern, but underwhelming atmosphere. Open kitchen is nice, but the decor is blah and not very special. The food is the star, and it’s carefully crafted on every plate. Expect to pay a premium price!
  24. DB

    DalilaB

    Philadelphia

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and exceptional food. The squid ink pasta is a must. We will be back and hope Vernick Fish explores some outdoor seating this year!
  25. J

    Jordan

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Best to go with small plates and raw bar and sharing. Dessert was disappointing.
  26. HS

    HowieS

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First class experience.
  27. D

    Docinphila

    Philadelphia

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    A fabulous evening. The food was outstanding, with inventive preparations. We particularly loved the tuna appetizer and the crabmeat pasta appetizer, and the bronzino was delicious. The dessert, peach pie a la mode, was to die for. The service was a bit off, but the food made up for it. Interestingly, 3 well known food writers were in the restaurant a few tables down from us. They received great service. They were clearly recognized.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service outstanding. If you like seafood and don’t mind paying, a awesome place.
  29. a

    andyh

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Drew and his kitchen executed some amazing new dishes and Nick and his team continue to deliver exceptional service in the dining rooms cannot wait to dine there again
  30. DD

    DeeDee

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had an excellent meal. The table near us was very loud and disturbing until they had food and later left, but we had an overall excellent experience,
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service!!
  32. LZ

    LeeZee

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was one of the best restaurant experiences I have had in a long time. Everything was spot on from the wonderful server to every delicious dish, to the perfect cocktails and beautiful atmosphere. We had a wonderful evening!!!
  33. KR

    KendraR

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleased, accommodating from start to finish. Will definitely return.
  34. J

    Junquer

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service were outstanding. The imagination and creativity are coupled with perfect preparation to make for a memorable experience. The service was flawless and professional in every aspect.
  35. RD

    RussD

    Philadelphia

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience. Service is too notch. I kove the raw seafood selections. The large entrees good tasting and well-executed.
  36. RC

    RoxyC

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! Great place to go for special occasions or just to treat yourself to a great meal!
  37. T

    Toots

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding in every way!
  38. WF

    WFChang

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    During my dinner reservation at Vernick Fish I tried to discreetly take a 15 second video of the restaurant interior, upon which I was instantly accosted by an older gentleman of the floor staff telling me I need to obtain permission from restaurant PR to take video for safety reasons, even though I was completely out of flow of traffic and only using my iPhone without any flash or lighting. Not sure if this is an actual restaurant policy or if the staff in question was just making this up for amusement, but anyone living in 2022 should take note if they decide to dine at this place. I live in NYC and go out to restaurants all the time, and have never encountered hospitality this absurd.
  39. CC

    CCla

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There’s not a single bad thing on the menu! The witch way cocktail and prawns are DIVINE.
  40. MP

    MParis

    Washington DC

    83 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was good but portion is some dishes considering the price was not a good value. The seabass was small. Amazing sorbet and ice cream. Service was good but could be more warm.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

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

Vernick Fish is rated 4.9 stars by 1283 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 22 times today
Google Map for Vernick Fish

1876 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Additional information

  • Cross street

    19th St & Arch St

  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is available via the main entrance of the Four Seasons Hotel located at 1 N. 19th St, for $25 after validation from Vernick Fish Host Team.

  • Public transit

    Market Frankford Line: 15th Street StopBroad Street Line: City Hall StopSEPTA Regional Rail: Suburban Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Greg Vernick & Drew Parassio

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (215) 419-5055

  • Private party facilities

    Privates are available for groups ranging from size 15 to 150. Please contact us at vernickfish.philadelphia@fourseasons.com for additional information.

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