Volver

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441 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

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Pre/post Theatre
Volvér’s cuisine highlights Chef Garces’ culinary travels around the world. The ever-evolving menu emphasizes seasonal ingredients prepared with modern techniques that capture and amplify their inherent flavors.
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
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Reagan1
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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vipJohnC
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Some of the dishes just didn’t have the depth of flavor that was expected from the two chefs.

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living2eat
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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.

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vipJunquer
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

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.

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Andy
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pre-or post-concert or show destination.

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DonB
Philadelphia
56 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ambiance, service, and food all very good. Wine availability limited. Very convenient for patrons of the Kimmel Center.

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Pastelle
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

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!

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DanC
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

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.

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vipMichelleB
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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.

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vipcommamomma
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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.

MB
MartinB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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!

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viphelneub
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

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.

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KathleenH
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always fabulously delicious! Having so much fun we almost missed the concert :)

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TomG
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our anniversary. Food was amazing. Service was fantastic.

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KimH
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is terrific, but the service is almost too quick to get through the prix fixe menu

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AmyK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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SiddneyAugust
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

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ZekeT
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Came for the pre-theatre dinner on a Friday evening. Food was great, and service was perfectly-timed given my time limits.

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PHil
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice, chill atmosphere. Great service, food was very good. A little pricey, but good food/service

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4eating
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I don't understand the choice of music in a restaurant in the Kimmel center.

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vipFoodie
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Prissymoore
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was excellent. Service was extremely slow and disjointed

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damages
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

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.

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SteveP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drink portions extremely small. Pours should be increased based on the price.

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anniemouse
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

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.

KM
vipKateM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipMaureenS
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre-theater menu is quite delicious and a great value. Food is outstanding!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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LisaL
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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APDC
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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stan
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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DianaW
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

JB
JeffB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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pshaM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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CantorLisa
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

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.

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vipJeff
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipLongtimeOTVIP
Tampa
289 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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