Volver

4.2
414 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

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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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4.1
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4.3
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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.

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vipKateM
Philadelphia
5 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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vipAPDC
Washington DC
29 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.

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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
11 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
43 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
282 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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ChaddGirls
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful restaurant and great service! The food was delicious and very rich (read very salty and very buttery). It's a great place to go before the theater at the Kimmel.

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MarkA
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's worth the splurge. Chef's tasting menu with the wine pairings! Just perfect.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I travel the world for food. We are local in philly and stumbled upon this place. The food is absolutely amazing! It impressed us so much, I’m already planning my next visit!
The GM is extremely friendly, and the drinks are delicious! I highly recommend this for a date night or special occasion! The restaurant is cute, and the kitchen high top seating looks like a fun experience!

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JohnB
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere, the food, the staff were all excellent. The staff was attentive and not in the way. They wanted to be sure we had a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Unfortunately the “General manager” ruined what would have been a perfect dining experience by entertaining his own guest next to our table. He stood over us the entire meal entertaining his guest. If you’re going to do that you should seat your guest in an area that doesn’t affect other guest or pull up a chair and sit with your guest.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Before symphony dining. What a pleasure. Food is delicious and it is perfectly located at the Kimmel

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vipAJ215
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We came to Volver on Valentine's Day and were excited to try their tasting menu. It started strong with delicious cocktails and the first course, but went down hill from there. The second drink took incredibly long to be delivered. They said they needed to get an egg from somewhere, but only one of the drinks needed the egg. The egg drink then arrived before the other drink, both of which took at least 10, maybe 15 minutes to be made. We asked for sparkling water at the start of dinner which was then watered down with still at each subsequent refill. The courses were initially spaced out well and then it really dragged. We were exhausted and so ready to get out of there. They forgot our dessert and left us sitting there for about 20 minutes before the server asked us if everything was ok and we reminded her. What an expensive meal for mediocre food and below average service. Disappointed.

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vipScott
Atlantic City
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Pre-concert (Valentine’s Day) fixed price menu for 6 pm reservation. Regular menu started at 7 pm (which we did not know). Liked it enough that we’ll go back to check out the regular menu.

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VEEC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Certainly has the best chef's tasting menu we have ever had. Our server, Allison, was very sweet and attentive and the General Manager, Dae, made the experience even better with his hospitality. Truly a restaurant that cares about the guests and provides such phenomenal food. Will return!

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VWilson
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Nice that it is next to the theater, able to have dinner and walk.

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SimoneT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose Volvér for our 2 year anniversary. It was wonderful- Ashley was sweet, efficient and helpful when making our dining selections. I had the rainbow trout and it was amazing- nothing that I ever experienced. My husband had the chicken dish- we both enjoyed dessert. I had pistachio cake and my husband enjoyed a peanut butter torte. Everything was perfect. I decided to try an nonalcoholic drink which was also delicious (rosemary and lemon). We were so impressed that we found several Jose Garces restaurants in Atlantic City that we are going to try!!! Can’t wait to return to Volvér for our next anniversary dinner. Worth the trip!

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vipNancyS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Volver was a great choice and excellent value for a prix fixe dinner on a rainy night before a concert at the Kimmel. The atmosphere was calm and relaxing, the service was outstanding and the food was very good - though quite rich, in a French style. Highlights of our meal included the winter lettuce salad, french onion soup and trout. Though we just had wine, the cocktails looked inventive and were well priced.

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vipKennyS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Pleasant setting, modest food quality, modest value

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NidaHaque
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Restaurant was empty on a Friday night at 8 pm. We should have walked out but decided to give it a chance - ordered 3 small plates and each one was horrendous. Food was tasteless and felt like it was stale. Upon telling the manager how disappointed we were with the food, all he said was “not everything is for everyone” and handed our card back and said good night. We were hoping he’d ask to see how he could make the experience better (Like any other manager would) but guess not. Probably the worst dining experience in philly.

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vipFlourtownG
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious pre theatre menu. Don't miss it.

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vipEdward
Philadelphia
74 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Among the very best restaurants we've been to during our many decades of going to the Phila. Orchestra concerts.

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vipLilly
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was surprisingly good and the service was excellent. I think our server’s name was Anna and she was attentive. The flat bread was absolutely delicious, as was the chicken and onion soup. The only recommendations I have is to improve the dessert selection and also offer decaf cappuccino. Otherwise, quite enjoyable.

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vipHesh
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very convenient to activities at the Kimmel Center.
Good menu, good food and reasonably priced.
Overall . deserves a visit.

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M4REEL
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Trout, chicken entrees; mixed lettuces salad; tempranillo; luscious dessert in pleasant atmosphere with VG service. What's to complain? First time experience here and happily rewarded. Will definitely return and definitely recommend without reservation [or with :)].

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved the experience!

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vipPatriciaC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is remarkable. It is understated elegance. I love the combination of warmth and extraordinary food. You need to order the onion soup — the presentation is like none other. Needless to say, it is also excellent! Rainbow trout: mouth watering. I can’t wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was outstanding !!!
Will definetly be back !

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vipXFVS
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Truly awful service. We went to Volver around 10 times last 2018/2019 orchestra season at the Kimmel center and we were always very happy. But this 2019/2020, it has been a disaster after another in terms of service.

Two weeks ago, we nearly missed our concert (despite having told the waitress when we seated at 6.30 about the 7.30 concert start and asked for the pre-theater menu; even in normal dinners I can usually can get my courses in 55 minutes without much problems).

But last Thursday was just plain shameful.

TJ
vipTonyJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience1

This was the poorest service ever experienced in any restaurant I have dined in. We ordered the prefix menu as we were headed to the orchestra. We had allowed 1hour and 30 minutes to dine and never even had the dessert which was part of the prefix. Please do not recommend this restaurant.

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KimH
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Super location for Kimmel Centre and good pre theatre menu

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vipSusanH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner! Staff was very attentive! . wonderful experience for pr-theater!

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vipAmber
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Sad to see the downward slide of this once trailblazing restaurant.
Food: The food was mediocre. Nothing creative or imaginative. Just basic.
Ambiance :Lights so bright it felt like 12 noon

No interest in returning.

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Volver is rated 4.2 stars by 414 OpenTable diners.

Volver does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://garces.americommerce.com/.

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.

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