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Vernick Fish

4.7
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676 Reviews
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$50 and over
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Seafood
Vernick Fish presents James Beard Award winning Chef Greg Vernick’s version of an American Oyster Bar. His ingredient-driven cooking style, paired with a love for global flavors, results in an inventive menu of fish and shellfish dishes, well-selected meats, and a range of vegetable preparations. Taking a detailed, seasonal, and sustainable approach in small and large plate offerings, the kitchen also brings new life to the favorite hallmarks of 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. To finish, a dessert menu entirely comprised of cakes and pies, by the slice.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 676 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
service
4.7
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4.3
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JohnM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always excellent! we live nearby and go frequently

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vipJamesA
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was very good as well as the service. Unfortunately it was quite empty due to cancellations from the coronavirus. We felt badly for the staff.

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viplj12
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very delicious meal. Well paced and attentive service. Expensive but high quality ingredients presented in a special way.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were recommended to try the Dover Sole, by our Uncle. It was phenomenal!! We split the fish. It was an expensive meal but we expected that and don’t splurge like this very often. We also had oysters, king crab, tuna tartar and the cauliflower. We loved everything!! The only thing that I wouldn’t get again was the king crab, for the price you barely get a leg of crabmeat. We look forward to going back there. We went for a late lunch, perfect time to go there, service was amazing!!!

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vipSDragone
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply great food, great service, and all-around great experience. I would not expect anything less from Vernick. The food was so well prepared and delicious. Thank you!

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MildredR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding by every measure. Totally enjoyable. I look forward to visiting again.

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Maureen
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous dinner. I think we ate all the cold small plates! The oysters were terrific and presented so well. The halibut ceviche was the best I have ever eaten. The bread and flavored butter was delicious. Apple tart for dessert was wonderful too!

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Joanie
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal and excellent service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect, as always!

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tjb1
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Server had difficulty answering basic questions about style of service in a way that surprised us--we asked if ordering a variety of small plates to share as at Vernick Food and Drink was how Vernick Fish worked and he didn't answer directly nor even seem to understand what we were asking. But the food came plated in a way where it was very clearly designed for sharing.

The food was uneven, also. All the Pristinely Raw selections we ordered were absolutely terrific. The rest varied significantly, some to the point of being unmemorable.

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vipJudiG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wedding anniversary - servers were very attentive. Bartenders were terrific. Manager was hands-on as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Not many options for brunch

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vipmb2019
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful space where the food is the star. Perfectly executed seafood. We loved every bite. Also, the cocktails are fantastic.

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GQ11
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner at Vernick Fish. Food, service, and atmosphere were all excellent. Loved the variety and styles of seafood, definitely offered some very unique dishes.

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vipShaneN
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Was a great restaurant, food was good, service was spectacular

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vipStan
New York Area
231 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful restaurant.Everthing was perfect.Cannot wait to return.

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PaulG
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around great food, interesting and inventive menu, comfortable environment and topnotch service from a friendly and well informed team who clearly love what they do and have a passion for food. I would definitely go back.

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vipSkippie13
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful seafood restaurant for a special occasion.

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ElizabethK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, perfect service, absolutely delicious meal. Our every need was attended to, cannot wait to return.

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vipLaurenS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience1

Food was fantastic. Everything else was sub-par. My friend has celiac and is gluten free. Our server originally said most everything can be prepared gluten-free. We ordered drinks, crudos, and entrees. Our server came back 3 separate times to relay that our selections couldn’t be prepared GF. There was not one entree that could be GF. She ended up getting a piece of steamed fish and rice. After saying she really was looking forward to one dish because of the mushrooms, the server (our 2nd for some reason), said they do a small side of trumpet mushrooms. The bill comes, nothing is adjusted, and shockingly there was a charge for the side of mushrooms. We would have left before ordering had we known the menu would be so limiting. My GF-friend has eaten at Vernick Fish for lunch atleast 3 times and had zero trouble. Again, my non-GF food was great. I expect MUCH more on the service side when prices are slightly higher than most seafood restaurants in Philly and it’s location in a service-first Mecca of Four Seasons. Tons of medium and higher-end restaurants have plenty of options for GF. We were stunned that Vernick Fish has such a hard time. The bill was slightly reduced after we asked for it to be. Go elsewhere if you want excellent service or are GF.

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vipDJK1
Philadelphia
479 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing! Enough said.

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vipJenniferL
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Food and drinks were innovative and delicious - from beginning to end.

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vipDebbc
New York Area
332 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My basic issue with restaurants is where we are seated
We were four
When we were to be seated there were many options
Instead of asking if we had a preference
We were to be seated in the black in an isolated area separated by a glass wall
When we asked for the other options the hostess had to go back and get permission

Otherwise all was satisfactory

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vipDavid4Advice
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Very corporate and sterile. Food is fine, but so I’d 100 other restaurants in Philly. Service was ok, distant not friendly. Great place if you’re on an expense account and don’t care about money or atmosphere

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vipReneK
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is definitely a new favorite restaurant. The food was amazing and the menu was so interesting! Wish they had a chef's special so that we didn't have to make decisions, too many great choices. The food came out a little fast and we felt a little rushed. The overall price is high but in my opinion worth it. I will be back many times, can't wait to try the rest of the menu!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal was superb and interesting. Wait staff provided plenty of breathing room to peruse the menu and visit. Ambiance was uplifting.

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vipSherz
Philadelphia
118 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you love fish I wish we had room to sample more. I love oysters, and their selection is outstanding, but I decided not to blow my appetite that, although I did try two of the most-recommended varieties (and they were great!). Our waitperson was a fount of good advice on what to order - the most outstanding dish (IMHO) was a square of smoked salmon, topped with a panko-encrusted poached quail's egg - you have to put it in your mouth in one "go" and then crunch down. It's heaven. The dish comes with 3 of these, but we're glad we added the 4th. The ceviche was out-of-this-world; also the smoked trout rillettes with sourdough bread. We ate about as much as we could manage, and left a tiny bit of room for the shared dessert of chocolate ganache cake. Surprisingly for such a great variety and quantity of totally amazing food, including a glass of wine apiece, the dinner came to under $100 each. I know that's not a cheap meal, but we had budgeted more than that, considering the praise we'd heard about the excellence of the experience. By the way, we chose counter seating, and watch the food being prepared -- lots of fun; but if you want a more intimate experience, there are normal tables.

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vipPaulA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good! Love the place our server was excellent. Desserts need a bit of work did not impress me as much as the food. Will go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, great service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I always enjoy dining at Vernick Fish when I am in Philadelphia. Great food and good people watching.

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RichardG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat out a great deal in Center City and around the world. This was truly an exceptional meal.

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vipmichou
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent and creative food in a perfect setting. Service friendly and knowledgeable

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PatrickB
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well exacted food: clean, bright, and flavorful.
Great wine list with great prices (especially for PA).

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vipOutoftowner
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Vernick Fish was outstanding. The food was cooked exactly as requested, uniquely seasoned with complimentary sides, the server could not have been better with pacing our meal, anticipating our needs, and providing the best service possible. The overall experience could not have been better. We cannot wait to return.

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vipMartinat
Philadelphia
100 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of the seafood is outstanding. The chef must put a lot of effort into sourcing the freshest ingredients. The food is delicious! And the service was excellent!

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RobinP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our new favorites in Philadelphia. Food is delicious, drinks are well-crafted and service is wonderful (especially Corinne!). We already have reservations for our next dinner at Vernick Fish.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic !

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vipSLRfromPA
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You may not be at the top of the building (but DEFINITELY go to the JG Sky High Bar before or after dinner), but everything about this place was perfect. Service was excellent and warm and friendly and even if you’re not a big fish person, there are excellent options for you, too (Excellent Pork Milanese). Oysters were so delicious, as was my Dorade. And the Tartares! Spicy Tuna was sooo good. We’ll definitely be back!

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vipBNCH
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!

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vipANFO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a group of 8 for dinner. The meals were excellent, the atmosphere great, and it was a wonderful evening!!

FAQs

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

Vernick Fish is rated 4.7 stars by 676 OpenTable diners.

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