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About Volver - Dinner
Volvér's à la carte dinner menu is perfect for a more casual culinary experience or for pre-theater dining and often offers a sneak peek at past and present tasting menu dishes.
Volvér means ‘to return,’ and the restaurant is a ‘return’ for Chef Jose Garces, one of the country’s leading chefs and restaurateurs. Chef Garces brings his more than 15 years of global culinary exploration to Volvér, ‘returning’ fondly to some of his favorite meals and re-imagining them with his signature flair.
The ever-evolving menus highlight seasonal ingredients prepared with modern techniques that capture and amplify their inherent flavors, all inspired by Chef Garces’ travels around the world. Regional specialties, including locally raised meat, poultry, seafood and produce feature prominently on the inventive menu.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Volvér's à la carte dinner menu is available:
Tuesday and Wednesday from 5 pm until 9 pm
Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5 pm until 10 pm
Our Pre-Theater menu is available Tuesday - Saturday from 5 pm until 7 pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking lot available as well.
Volvér is located in The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, at Broad and Spruce Streets. We are two blocks south of the Walnut-Locust stop on the Broad Street Line, and one block each south and east from the 15th-16th Street PATCO stop.
Bar/Lounge, Full Bar
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Volver - Dinner Ratings and Reviews
Food was superb. We opted for the regular dinner instead of the tasting which we had previously. I liked selecting our own choices.
The tuna tartar was amazing as was the salad and the cobia. Every dish was so delicate with perfect accompanying flavors.
Th pistachio vanilla cream caramel desert with citrus foam was delicious. We will definitely return.
Food was good, our waiter was awesome, everything was going well until we watched a mouse crawl across the dining room floor. We were only ones in restaurant at the time and were a bit shocked by the response from management and hostess. Been to many restaurants across this world. Never saw that one before!
Ate in Volver Bar on a weeknight. Overall just OK. Other than nice corner table for 2, nothing was outstanding. Wine prices were high considering. Ordered glass of CA cabernet, which they said they were out of (it was 6 pm). Told me to find something else! Why couldn't they offer me a different CA Cab--open a bottle of something comparable. So ordered a French bordeaux that was the same price. No concession at all from the restaurant (btw really small pours). Food was just OK. The best thing about this place is location and ambience. Great table,maybe worth everything else that was meh.
Service was terrible. The food is not worth it. Although the taste was good, it was cold and not worth the money. It was tapas portions for entree prices. The servers were discombobulated, when we called to make a reservation they told me they were professionals (in regards of having only 1hr before a show). We changed our reservation (after making five calls and getting a message with the wrong information) we showed up two hours before the show and barely made it. It took three people over 35min just to serve us a glass of wine. We will not "VOLVER".
This was a last minute decision. We ate ate a window table at the bar and ordered from the al a carte menu. We thought this might give us an idea of what the food was like. We found the food to be acceptable but not especially noteworthy. The dishes were not incredibly pricey but potions were on the small side. We shared a chocolate dessert because we were still hungry and it was mediocre. Nice ambiance and convenient location but this meal did not motivate us to return to the bar for dinner much less try the full dinner.
A very small menu on a Thursday evening, but excellent fare to be had. It was so unpopulated, we figured its early reputation as a very expensive fixed-price-only spot may not have evaporated yet. The prices were no more than most high-end restaurants in town, and the food ranks among the most creative.
I would not r commend this restaurant to anyone. The menu is extremely limited & there are too many additional ingredients on the food. There are no vegetable alternatives on the menu. The dessert was very mediocre and much too fussy. All n all this was ne of the worst meals I have had in a long time. I think that Jose is trying ove too fancy.
The food was tasty. The tables were very small. The menu had fewer choices than we are used to and some of the menu titles were not clear-for example- menu item listed as milk and cereal was cream of asparagus soup. The cheese plate was one of the best I have ever had.
Went here for my husband's birthday. When we got there, the restaurant had our reservation in the "after theater" section instead of the 12-course section in the kitchen, but we were quickly accommodated. Kain was our waiter and he was generally good and attentive. The food was "ok" - I think I was expecting something more spectacular because of the rave reviews, but everything was simply ok. The chicken was a bit undercooked and the 12 courses were not very impressionable. Overall, good experience but a bit overpriced for what we got.
Service was excellent. Kellen was very tentative. He deserves a big raise. We ordered the wagyu sirloin medium rare. It was unevenly cooked and under seasoned. The meat was very tough and difficult to chew. We didn't have time to tell Kellen since we were trying to catch a show. Just wanted to let you know for other customers.
We all had the pre-Theatre menu. Portions were perfect - you were not over-stuffed which is especially nice when you are going to a show later. Food was presented beautifully, was very tasty, and the service was impeccable. Wine by the glass is very pricey, but the value was still pretty good because the $35 menu was very reasonable.
Went for restaurant week to sample the food. Portions were on the small side, tasty beef dish, bland fish dish, and an OK salad. Over-hyped. Service was lacking - while the server was very nice, we had to ask for knives and additional water for the table. It was nice to try the place, but we won't be going back.
Food was fantastic. Unique and delicious, even though it was restaurant week! Service was full of "with pleasures", but rarely followed through. We asked for separate checks. "With pleasure!" Got one check. Asked for knives. "With great pleasure". Had to ask two more times for knives. And so on.
Volver cuisine is superb, the flavours tegined, the dishes creative: the "milk & cereal" was really asparagus soup with tasty added morcels. The lightly-breaded steak in the Gyu Katsu was tender and tasty. The fish of the day was also delicious, as were the tiny salmon cannoli. The chocolate mousse and orange parlays wee also scrumptious. The presentation was beautiful in all cases.
The decor is spare modern, nice but not my taste in elegance. The service was not good, friendly, but forgetful and inattentive. Our drinks did not arrive before our appetizers and arrived at all only because I waved to the waiter to get them. No one came by to replenish our water. The waiter tried to make amends over the undelivered drinks by offering coffee, then forgot to serve it and delivered it cold only after I asked after it. Another waiter was much more effective and knowledgeable.
Prices are high but not for this special Restaurant Week menu, whose portions were fairly small.
Volver is like all of the other iron chef restaurants in Philadelphia; you go in with high expectations because the namesake/owner was an iron chef, and you leave feeling that the price wasn't worth the meal you received. For this price point, you're much better off going to Lou Bird's or, if you can get a reservation, Vedge.
TL;DR, bring a date here for drinks at the bar, go elsewhere for the food.
Kimmel Center restaurant, which could e excellent but just misses. Four calls to check my reservation. Our server was polite but just not with it. Our order arrived and was incorrect. The Sake ordered was not available and the 4 or 5 brands listed on the menu, none were available. It took quite a while to find this out. Napkin that fell on the floor was not replaced. The food was nice. Shrimp toast was good. Cod was very nice. My husband said the beef was fabulous. Maybe some better training would help?
Volver translates to "return" (in Spanish), and that is what we did! Return for a third visit, during restaurant night last night!
It is no secret Volver's prices are some of the priciest in the city, so when restaurant week approached I quickly grabbed a table for four. I had been a few times before for drinks and small bites after a show, so I was really excited to have dinner..
The meal did not disappoint, salmon cannoli, shrimp toast (a favorite), asparagus terrine, and milk and cereal!! The milk & cereal was WOW, they brought out a glass bowl with fungi, bacon and other yumminess then using a baby milk carton shaped flask poured a thick milky liquid over it in front of us at the table. It was delish and definitely my favorite appetizer, loved the fun spectacle!
Mains were great too, white fish, Kobe beef.. the chocolate desert puffs and caramelized orange cream finished off the evening nicely! Almost forgot to mention they are hot cocktail competitors in the secret center city cocktail competition!
The decor is beautiful too, I've only ever been seated in the large bar lounge room adorned with artistic textured felt walls and blue velvet chairs.
Oh and LOL I used the restroom during desert at 10pm (Kimmel center restroom) and when I went to get back into the restaurant the doors were all locked so I had to walk to the outside window and wave my hands around to get the attention of my friends to have a waiter open the door. I was crying I was laughing so hard ha ha ha ha
I met a friend for restaurant week who has been there before and loved there tasting menu with several courses for special occasions. So I knew it was great before I've even gone. The food was fantastic. The reisling was good and a good pour. And our server was nice and the guy who brought out our meal was sweet and extremely helpful in explaining exactly what we were getting and made it sound so sophisticated that it made the whole meal that much more enjoyable. I' can't wait to take my mother here for her birthday dinner. She lives in nj and already knew about volver when I told her. Maybe one day I'll be lucky enough to try their 12 course meal It sounds like an experience on its own.
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