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Went for a pre theater, fixed menu. We were 30 minutes late for our reservation, Host cheerfully seated us anyway. Menu was varied. Milk an Cereal was terrific, wonderful creativity. Entrees were solid, but not spectacular. Same with dessert. Server was very good. Food delivered in a professional manner, never felt rushed. Price was steep, but fair. Would certainly go back.
Great to have Volver back. The guest chef idea is well executed. We miss some of the old Volver standbys, but there was plenty here to enjoy. It remains a premium-priced place, so be prepared for the check.
Some of the dishes just didn’t have the depth of flavor that was expected from the two chefs.
We really enjoyed our meal, although there were a couple service glitches. First, our drinks didn't arrive until we were halfway through our salads. Then, our fish entrees were ready before we had finished our salads. The kitchen held our dishes, but by the time we were ready for our entrees, they were lukewarm. I don't want to feel rushed when dining out. On the plus side, our server and the rest of the staff were very friendly and welcoming.
From the pre-theater menu, we selected from the seasonal greens salad, which was served with thinly sliced apples, tiny chunks of cheese and pistachios. The menu didn't mention the nuts, which I think is really important for people who have allergy issues. I'm not allergic to nuts, but I dislike them, so I would've asked for the pistachios to be left off the plate.
For our second course, we had trout meuniere, which was nicely cooked, although not hot enough. For dessert, we choose andagi, Okinawan donuts -- donut holes really -- with a small scoop of dulce de leche ice cream. The donuts were really crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside -- a nice, not-too-filling way to end the meal.
This was our first experience at Volver, and we will return, especially before or after an event at the Kimmel Center.
I think they reopened without being ready. There were a number of items that we ordered that could not be fulfilled. That's odd for such a small menu and limited wine by the glass offerings.
The staff all seemed to be new and were still feeling their way.
Some of the food did not seem to be fresh and was rather dull tasting.
Portions were small considering the pricing.
The pre-or post-concert or show destination.
Ambiance, service, and food all very good. Wine availability limited. Very convenient for patrons of the Kimmel Center.
Not what I expected given the price. My server Omar was very nice and the cocktail was good. I had the chicken, and it was okay, but honestly it was more suited to a food cart than a fine dining restaurant. I do support helping chefs that have had to close down due to COVID, but the menu pricing was at least twice as expensive as it was worth based on the entrees. I guess the extra $$$ was due to the location. Have a drink at the bar, but go to Federal Donuts for chicken!
The food at Volver is wildly overpriced. The quality of the food isn’t awful, it’s simply not very good either. And, judging by our portions, the restaurant may be suffering from problems with their produce supply chain. Over $30 for 2 lamb chops, accompanied by 2 small pieces of eggplant, about the size of zucchini slices, and another hard-to-identify vegetable, perhaps roasted onion.
On the other hand, our waitress was excellent and did everything she could to help us get to our concert on time.
This is the second time we’ve eaten there, after a long interval. Went for a pre-theater prix fixe menu, which seemed nice. Service was terrible and we had to wait so long for food and even longer for drinks. Literally waited 45 min for one of the drinks and had to ask for it 4-5 times. Repeatedly had to ask for items we ordered. They brought the bottle of wine for the table after most in our party had finished their entree. Steak was so overdone but had to eat it as to send it back would mean missing the concert. Overall quite a miserable dining experience.
Volver used to be an amazing fine dining spot - in the back - where you could watch talented chefs plate amazing dishes from a tasting menu. They are now doing an a la crate menu for guests rushing through a meal to get to a show at Kimmel Center. If you just want to eat and go fast before a show, this is your spot. If you want a fine dining, date night worthy spot, try another restaurant. Hopefully they go back to their fine dining roots before they burn through their poor staff running around like crazy people providing adequate service to too many guests in a short time window.
Volver offers a lovely setting the Kimmel Center. Busy fun atmosphere.
Food very good. Unfortunately, I assume because of limited staffing, (which is plaguing many restaurants) the service was very inefficient. Not the fault of the servers who tried their best.
Hopefully things will improve.
The Volver is located inside the performing arts center. The ambience is very nice. Staff was friendly and attentive. Food was delicious and very reasonably priced!
For a Sunday evening, we expected maybe a B-Crew...but what we got was really a D-Crew! We asked whether they still do a Tasting menu; after asking the chef our waiter said yes. We, 3 people, needed to pick 5 Appetizer, 2 Main courses and 1 Desert from the regular menu (?). We ordered some drinks and were ask whether we want bread for the table. We said yes.
There it started: the bread was old, just warmed up, meaning after some cooling down, just plain hard! Then the 1. course arrived...only two plates! After asking our waiter where the third one is, she explained that these are just regular menu items and we would have to experience this throughout the menu!!! Sometimes 3 dishes but also sometimes just two! Well, veeeery unusual! So, yes, we got sometimes 3, sometimes, 2 and sometimes just 1 plate (with little plates on the side). For example one little round Tarte Flambe, cut in FOUR pieces!
Next time please don't offer a Tasting Menu when you can't do it. Although, it shouldn't be too hard to divide maybe some cold Tuna Tartare onto 3 crackers instead of just 2. Or divide a Tart Flambe into 3 pieces instead of 4.
Overall, the food was good, don't get me wrong. But the concept totally disappointing and unnecessary complicated. At least, we weren't charged the tasting menu prize. It will be a while before we go back and certainly not for the Tasting Menu.
It is always fabulously delicious! Having so much fun we almost missed the concert :)
Celebrated our anniversary. Food was amazing. Service was fantastic.
The food is terrific, but the service is almost too quick to get through the prix fixe menu
I enjoyed the pre-fixe menu and it was lovely. Reasonably priced for the quality (had the trout - delicious) and my waiter brought each course at a nice pace. Never felt rushed. Service was outstanding. Already booked my next reservation.
Lovely spot for fine fare : exotic but tasteful dishes, beautiful lounge, bar very inviting and street view makes it feel like your dining outside while in. Great urban design - NYC style, very elegant.
Food items were all cooked to perfection and the staff was very attentive to my every need without being obsequious.
A place to nestle in pre show or just because it’s a cool spot to be and meet a friend for a drink and a delish bite!!
Came for the pre-theatre dinner on a Friday evening. Food was great, and service was perfectly-timed given my time limits.
Very nice, chill atmosphere. Great service, food was very good. A little pricey, but good food/service
I don't understand the choice of music in a restaurant in the Kimmel center.
This is a lovely little restaurant within the Kimmel Center. We were looking for a place to eat near the Bellevue Hotel before going to an art exhibit and needed to dine on the early side on a Sunday afternoon. Although Google maps said it was temporarily closed, OpenTable had it listed as open, fortunately! The food was delicious and quite imaginatively prepared, service was excellent, and ambience subdued and comfortable but quietly elegant. I would especially recommend the trout, the shrimp toast, and the red pepper hummus. The restaurant offers a prix fixe three course pre-theatre menu for $56 as well as small plates. The only problem was that the place was empty, which may have been due, in part, to the faulty listing on Google. I encourage you to support this restaurant if you are in the theatre area in Philly.
The food was excellent. Atmosphere was great. Get a window table and watch the world go by on spruce street. Great presentation and flavor. Please note portions are smallish so if you are very hungry and want a large plate you may need to consider your choice of entree. However we felt the portions were perfect allowing us to try an appetizer and entree without feeling stuffed. It was their second day open post covid. So they were still working out some small kinks with new staff but the service and effort went above and beyond to make sure we were happy and attended to.
For a post kimmel center dinner it was a winning choice. Would definitely come back again.
Food was excellent. Service was extremely slow and disjointed
We had 8:00 seats for the Pops and usually allow an hour for dinner. We were on time for 6:30 reservations. With some cajoling it took an hour and 15 minutes and our seats were on the opposite side of the Kimmel Center. Suggest the server inquire if customers are attending the evening program and communicate that with the kitchen. We ordered from the “Pre-theater menu.”
The “First” Milk & Cereal and Fall Greens Salad were excellent. The flavors were outstanding. The rainbow trout “Second” was well prepared and delicious. The filet was overdone but was “saved” because it was still tender and flavorful. There was a relatively long wait between First and Second courses.
Because of the time, desserts were rushed but delicious.
Since this was their first night, we assume the timing issues will be resolved and we expect to return.
Drink portions extremely small. Pours should be increased based on the price.
The experience was far less than expected. We were seated next to a very busy bar, service was slow and spotty. Before we finished our entrees, the staff cleared the bar area for a later gathering; moving chairs and tables as we ate. The food was good, but not 'Iron Chef Worthy'. The menu choices were very small and one entree was not available.
Excellent service and food—really cool unique cocktails. The manager Dave was particularly warm and helpful to us with excellent pairings. The space itself is hip and beautiful. We are looking forward to returning.
Pre-theater menu is quite delicious and a great value. Food is outstanding!
We did the pre-theatre dinner and the food completely exceeded my expectations. We had the rainbow trout and beef tournedos and they were both fantastic dishes. Service was attentive and on point. Not intrusive nor ever rushed but always timely.
everything about this place was amazing! The food was phenomenal, the service was excellent and the whole atmosphere was energetic but not loud and obnoxious. The manager stopped by several times to check in and bring us parts of our order. He was super pleasant and he told us about the chef's 8 course tasting menu that starts after 7pm which we will definitely be going back to try. We will definitely be dining here again!
It was quite crowded when we got there at 7 pm, since there were a lot of pre-theater diners. But it quieted down and was more enjoyable after they left. The food was interesting and very good. For me the highlight was the Manager who was happy to discuss each of the dishes and the wines with us, and who was actually quite funny.
Making the reservation on Open Table was a challenge for a non-computer-friendly 88 year old. It was reassuring to finally talk to a real person.
The rainbow trout was perfect -- crispy skin, cooked to perfection, nice chimichurri-ish
sauce. Not crazy about the milk solids garnish. They substituted potatoes for the menu-listed
lentils, with no problem. Salad was exceptional -- lots of fresh greens and little surprises like very thin apples, tiny bits of cheese, and slim ?jicama? Tasty champagne vinaigrette. Dessert was disappointing -- pistachio marjolaine was too much work for what resulted; did not taste pistachio. Brulee was overdone, so it was charcoal rather than melted sugar. Roquefort cream was a weird dessert choice and didn't like it. Sam was very accommodating, and offered to substitute dessert. Service was good and ambiance was lovely. I will definitely recommend this to my friends and plan to return.
Delicious food, attentive service. High tables with low chairs made me feel a bit like a kid at the grown-up's table, but otherwise, everything was perfect. The raspberry marjolaine, and especially the blue cheese mousse served with it, were to die for. Very conveniently located INSIDE the Kimmel Center, it's a perfect place for pre-theatre dining. I don't get to Philadelphia all that often, but will definitely be back here when I'm in Philly again.
Eating at Volver was one of the most enjoyable dining experiences i have had in a very long time. My husband and I had tickets for that evening's performance at the Kimmel Center and so we partook of the pre-theater menu. There wasn't too much of a choice but the food was just out of this world. My husband had the French Onion soup and he said that it was more delicious than any he has had even in Europe. The entree was great too and the dessert was ravishing! I was most impressed by how moderate the price was and how filling the portions! Last but not least, the cocktails we had were to die for!
We booked far enough in advance and drive up from DC for a special date night. We arrived quite early and were escorted to the bar where we enjoyed a few drinks. Our reservation time came and went. After 15 minutes I checked back into the front desk and was met with a blank look. She said they were bussing our table and it would be a few minutes. We expected to be seated in the main dining room instead were seated right in the bar near where we had been seated for more than an hour! We were disappointed and pretty upset. We would have just eaten at the bar. The manager tried to make things right with a free wine and appetizer but the damage had already been done. Then we discovered that the only vegetarian dish which appeared in the online menu had been changed to pasta which my husband will not eat. All in all it a great experience. My advice is to just have drinks and appetizers and move on to another place for dinner. I know that special food preferences must be requested ahead of time. I also know if you want to sit at a table near the kitchen we
Must request that. I understand that now.
Pre-dinner for show at Academy. All was wonderfully prepared and presentation was excellent. The glass wall fronts on Spruce Street puts you right in the evening’s excitement.
We dined pre-theater (off the regular menu) and really enjoyed our experience. Our server, Stephanie, was friendly and helpful in making our selections. The rose gold was a nice cocktail for my wife to start our evening. Each of the dishes we tried was delicious including the lobster quenelles, crudo, lamb chops and the trout. The two desserts we tried, the St. Honore and the pistachio Marjolaine, were good choices. All the years we've been to the Academy, this was our first visit to Volver. It won't be our last.
Volver is rated 4 stars by 441 OpenTable diners.
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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.