Volver

4.0
222 reviews
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Contemporary American
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.
Please indicate in your reservation if you are interested in the Chef’s tasting menu. Our Chef’s tasting menu can range anywhere from 2 hours to 3 contingent upon your comfortable dining pace. If you have time restrictions of any kind but are interested in the tasting menu, please contact the restaurant so we can properly accommodate you.
Our Chef’s tasting menu of $95 per person is offered daily. Our Pre-Theater menu is offered daily from 5:00pm-6:30pm for $35 per person.
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TM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and atmosphere were amazing. The only disappointing thing was you get very little food, I’m a small person and left very hungry.

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DS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre- theatre menu is a must do experience. Wonderful food. Great value. Terrific service. Beautiful and convenient.

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MB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I are at Volver for the first time on 2/15/19. We ordered from the Pre-Theater menu and it was amazing. The Hamachi Tar-Tar and the Ricotta Gnudi were phenomenal. We will definitely be returning!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

Food was incredible.....But service and experience was beyond horrible! I’m an easy person to please and I’ve never been more disappointed in my life. I believe in over tipping, I grew up in the hospitality industry and even graduated with a degree in hospitality management from penn state. I’ve never tipped under 20 percent in my life but this experience I choose to give under 15 percent. I wanted a top food experience in Philadelphia and I ended up with the most disappointing night of my night solely due to service and experience. We waited 30 minutes for our first drink, and 30 minutes for every drink we asked for after that........The place was empty......... No excuses when you are paying over 300 for two people. I would never recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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JF
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

You'll pay a premium to dine so close to Verizon Hall. Cocktails and entrees are small and expensive. Atmosphere and service very good, and it's a pleasure to go directly to your seat for the orchestra.

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FG
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pre-concert experience. Excellent food and service.

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k
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came an hour before a concert which was unfair to the restaurant but they were incredibly gracious and served us a terrific meal whilst still getting us to our concert on time!

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SJ
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We went with another couple pre-concert on a Thursday. We all shared 2 orders of shrimp toast which was good but skimpy for the price. I had the barbecued shrimp and my friend had the lamb chops. We both enjoyed our dishes. The ladies each ordered the Vela dish but both complained the meet was very tough. When they complained to the waitress she told the manager who immediately offered to replace both dinners and expedite the preparation so we could still make our curtain. My wife ordered the barbecued shrimp and enjoyed it. Our friend ordered the sea bass and described it as on off best fish dishes she has had.

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SS
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lots of interesting choices. Food delicious. We were not hurried and throughly enjoyed the ambience and the meal

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Don.t waste your time or money eating at this restaurant.

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OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Recommend -- with reservations:
The food was excellent, but - the portions were small
The ambience was good (quiet
The location can't be beat - if you have an event at the Kimmel (or the Wilma - just across Broad Street).
In sum: It's an occasion place if the occasion is at the Kimmel & if you avoid the bar seating (unless your there for just drinks & snacks.

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BH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night for Mr + Mrs semi-rural, off to the "Big City". There to see the "Geater", and the VOLVER was suggested, why not. Def upscale with lots see, colorful drinks, unique food and plenty of buzz, quite a difference from the family diner (w/ no offence). It was like being in the middle of a subdued fireworks display.
It all started at the bar where we ordered a blue drink for the Mrs and my Black Russian, ample enough to enjoy the bar, lights, sounds and beyond.
Table ready, we were escorted toward our table by way of the kitchen and arrived at the table (over looking the buzz on the street) at the same time our drinks arrived, that timing couldn't have been more perfect.
It seemed a bit strange walking past the kitchen, but reflecting we were able to see the heart beat buzzing through it's paces in a clean environment, cool.
From the menu we ordered different items from each of the courses to take in as many different tastes as possible. All different from our normal fare and all presented, tasted and received as a most unique and pleasant experience orchestrated by our waitress, taking care of our every need.
My wife ordered the chicken dish and I ordered the Pastrami Sea Trout. While we waited for our orders, we enjoyed a conversation sipping on our first ordered drinks and watching our food selections being prepared in the kitchen.
Both dishes were tender and prepared with the perfect amount of spicing.
We had a terrific experience we will duplicate, and recommend the VOLVER to be a part of your night out also.
Enjoyed,

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M
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

awesome food, went there for restaurant week and it was completely worth it. food was amazing. everything tasted spectacular. one of my favorite restaurants.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Did not enjoy the food for the money. Service was awesome!

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f
Philadelphia
81 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for restaurant week, interesting choices. Really enjoyed 1/2 of our dishes and thought the others were just ok. The himachi was delicious. Portions were small but I felt satisfied when we were done.

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K
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for Restaurant Week and very impressed with the ambiance, service and food. It's a dimly lit and cozy environment but modern and chic. Quiet enough to have a conversation but not a library. The service was outstanding, and this even being RW! The food we had were definitely small portions but we expected this being RW, and everything was thoughtfully plated and tasted wonderful. We asked to see the regular menu and plan to be back. They have a special tasting menu for pre-theater and also a regular menu.

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p
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant week and enjoyed our whole dinner and quite a few selections made it difficult to choose which meal to have. Was not too crowded, so it wasn't noisy. Possibly a good place to go at 7 or later, so theater crowd has eaten and gone. Delectable meal. Appetizer - Habachi Tartare. Entree: I had Cannelloni Chicken and my friend had Grasslands - Veal Hanger Steak. I had the chocolate mousse for dessert. Both meals were top notch. Fingers crossed that Garces and partner will be able to keep this restaurant open.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was artfully plated and delicious. Atmosphere was trendy and hip yet sophisticated. I really enjoyed my experience here.

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PN
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It used to be to be great; now it’s just mediocre. Although we went during restaurant week, we thought the food was just okay. We went previously for the the 7 course tasting menu and that was expensive, but worth every penny. What was also disappointing was that we sat in the bar area for the dining.... definitely not the same; the dining area you can watch in splendor as the chefs used their tings to get each piece perfectly placed.

There are still certain things that that can’t be replaced. Experience is one of them...

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VG
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I will not come back to Volver (a misspelled rendering of "return" in Spanish). We tried it on restaurant week and left the restaurant hungry and disappointed. While the hamachi was quite good (but not fantastic) the rest of the meal was so minimal that I felt like wewere offered just tiny bites at a mean cocktail party. It was more like the food samples at Trader Jo than a real meal. They should warn customers that in restaurant week the promised 3 course meal is just a few tiny samples.

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FM
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and service.

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JG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We went here for restaurant week after hearing so many wonderful things about the food. It is a nice quiet restaurant located in the Kimmel center and it offered great people watching out the window. The food presentation was very good and the food tasted very good.

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RK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful experience, dined during reaturant week and the menu was excellent. Cocktails were good and service very good

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n
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious restaurant week menu, highly recommend.
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RS
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Arrived a few minutes early - saw as we walked up Spruce past dining room that several tables were available - yet we were kept at coat check for 10 minutes while they “prepared the table”. Seated at table and were given food menus after a few minutes - had to request drinks menu after waiting for 10 minutes or so. Ordered 2 cocktails and 2 glasses of wine - and waited...server finally came by to say bar was backed up ... several minutes later came by and said that they had broken a lot of wine glasses the previous week and were short of glasses hence the delay. Asked if we wanted to order food while waiting for drinks ....so we ordered first course - Manhattans arrived but not on the rocks as requested. At this point it was clear that this crew did not have their act together. Thankfully we hadn’t ordered our bottle of wine or complete dinner. We got check and left - incredibly disappointing

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LL
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my 50th birthday I wanted to have dinner and a show! And I wasn't disappointed. Creative menu, flavors, presentation, service all made for a top 10 meal experience and kicked off my next chapter with a huge bang! Cocktails were just as amazing and the ambiance perfection. I will return with my additional culinary children until then keep up the brilliant work and passion. The #rosegold cocktail that donates $2 for every drink to the Garces foundation is sublime!

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L
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Volver is one of the more expensive restaurants in the city, and as such I would have expected the dining experience to be top notch. We went for the NYE tasting menu, and it was disappointing. The "snacks" included an empanada that was greasy and overfilled with cheese as well as some uninspired potato chips. The "milk and cereal" soup was just odd, with chicken, bacon, chocolate, marshmallows, and a broth that was overly buttery made from asparagus milk. The steak had a sauce that had an unusual sweetness to it, and the dessert felt uninspired. The real problem was the service. They spilled my coffee all over the saucer when they brought it, and when I pointed it out to them, instead of bringing a new cup and saucer, they brought paper cocktail napkins and put them between the cup and the saucer to soak up the liquid. At a fine dining establishment? Really? They need to up their game- not sure if the quality has gone down since Garces partnered with the coffee people in Louisiana or what?

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JL
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

After some 12 meals or so at Volver, always a pleasure, this was my first bad experience. The main course on the prix fixe was the $10. supplement for two large lamb chops, totally without flavor of any kind, and the accompanying vegetables were equally bland and unappealing. Unattractive as a presentation and a disappointment The room however was as attractive aw always and that helped.

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J
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my boyfriend to Volvér for his birthday as a surprise. He's a Chef and a fan of Jose Garces so he was ecstatic. We had the Tasting Menu and it did not disappoint. The server was very knowledgeable about the food and the Chef sent an extra dish out for us. We felt very well taken care of and enjoyed every minute of our meal. The ambiance in the dining room is very calm and relaxed, we could've stayed there all night. Thank you again for making his night special, next time we're in Philly we'll be back to see what's new on the menu!

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b
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was very good. Unusual variations on some common items. Do no come here if you want attentive service. We ate prior to an orchestra performance. Can't beat the location for that !

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L
Philadelphia
91 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We go to Volver whenever we have tickets for the Philadelphia Orchestra. It is convenient and usually excellent food. Due to extremely heavy traffic, we were 15 minutes late for our reservation. Therefore we were limited to ordering only one course or wouldn't have been able to eat without rushing and been seated late. I had the special of the evening, the lobster and my husband ordered the lamb chops. This was a departure for us. We usually order several small plates and share. The lobster was delicious. My husband enjoyed his chops. Service was annoyingly slow, especially since our waiter was aware that we had tickets for the concert. Other than the issue with the no show waiter, the experience was as expected. The prices for the quality food and the location are quite high. We know that when we reserve, but are willing to pay for the convenience and the quality. I would like to have better service for the price.

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h
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a pre-theatre dinner. Eclectic food selections. Delicious cocktails. Melt in your mouth cocoa choux. Service was very friendly, prompt, and knowledgeable.

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p
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The ambiance and food were outstanding however the service was not so friendly and extremely rushed.

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p
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new Theatre Menu was a nice change. I chose the BB shrimp and it was delicious.

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HR
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Lamb chops very fatty; service erratic.

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JC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Portions were small and drinks watered down - barely a shot. Bar service was slow. Server asked if we wanted bread and brought only 1 small roll with no butter. My wife did not order the pre show meal special but we were charged for it instead of the ala cart menu price.

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PF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

I was a member of a group of four women who dined at Volver before a concert on December 1, 2019, an occasion to which we were all looking forward as it was a reunion of sorts, and the restaurant is so convenient for concert goers. it did not bode well when we were conducted to a table alongside the kitchen bar, where is was cold and perhaps we should have requested another location then. There followed a rather confusing sequence of events, with lukewarm soup (in my case) arriving before drinks and a request for bread acknowledged reluctantly ( and arriving with no butter, for which we had to ask.) Then there was the question of how to consume the soup, since there were no spoons, and as the wait staff had completely disappeared I finally went to forage for them (soup by now cold.) My own dish, the chicken, was tasty but once again merely warm (not helped by the coldness in the room); another member of our group was mystified by the identity of the fish she had ordered; the dessert was tired and disappointing, and while my cappuccino was frothy and pleasant (and actually hot) there was no decaffeinated version, which one would expect to find in a highly rated restaurant.
And here's what really baffled us: we faced more or less exactly the same issues in previous visits! Deja vu.
We may wait a while before returning --------

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SM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Since we were going to an event in the building where the restaurant was located, we were very excited to try it. Unfortunately, our experience was not good. They could not keep up with the group of people who all arrived pretty much at the same time and so the service was poor. The food items were not explained properly on the menu so that when we ordered various things we were told only after we ordered that they could only be served with the meat being served relatively rare -which we could not eat. They could not bring the coffee as the coffee machine was broken etc. etc. I would not recommend it, unfortunately.

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HA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Volver! The menu items are creative without being cutesy -- just really well thought out. Every course is a treat, and we have fun every time we go there. Nice serving sizes, too -- which isn't always the case at higher-end eateries. Can't wait to go back!

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Worst experience we have had in many years. Restaurant had no heat when we arrived and we would have left if friends were not joining us. Drinks were not served until after we finished our appetizers. Appetizer portions were very small. After waiting 45 more minutes and making several inquiries of our waiter, who had told us 10 minutes before that our entrees were being plated, someone came out from the kitchen and told us our order had been misplaced. When the entrees finally were served, the fish which two people ordered was raw in the center and had to be sent back.
We are spreading the word about this and strongly advising people to go elsewhere.

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