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.

300 South Broad Street
Kimmel Center
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Spruce Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 670-2302

Website:
http://www.volverrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Parking lot available as well.

Public Transit:
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.

Executive Chef:
Jose Garces

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Full Bar

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Volver - Dinner Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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4.4

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4.5

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3.9

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81% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (26)
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Good for Anniversaries (13)
Romantic (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Cozy (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Happy Hour (5)
People Watching (5)
Business Meals (4)
Casual (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Authentic (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Tapas (3)
Fun (3)
Good for Groups (2)
Healthy (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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Seasonal (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Service was very slow.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

Extremely convenient for Kimmel center concert-goers. Food good and outstanding latest visit. Service great at times, AWOL occasionally.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Pre show with wifey.. Kellin our waiter was attentive, courteous.. food was outstanding..
a fav of ours

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 7, 2017

About the best meal I've had in a long time. Very pricey wine. We'll be back.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Good food, good service and wonderfully convenient for pre-concert meal.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Casual, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

A good choice for pre concert. Food is good uncomplicated with a good choice of wines.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We always enjoy our visits to Bar Volver. We usually eat there before attending orchestra performances. Our server Jarrod was very pleasant and knowledgeable.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

First time we were there looking forward to going again

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 7, 2017

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".

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 26, 2017

the food was very disappointing. Fatty lamb chops, soggy french fries and all served in a rimless bowl. Woof Woof!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Came here for the pre-theater menu before the Orchestra concert. Food and service were wonderful. The Milk and Cereal and Gnudi were especially excellent!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

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.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

I went to this lovely spot for dinner before a concert at the Phila. Orchestra, and enjoyed one the best meals I have ever had anywhere! I will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, People Watching, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 5, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Food was delicious. Just enough to wet your appetite so you can come back again. The service was very good also. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 3, 2017

The restaurant was very nice to look at. The food was just OK. Portions were extremely small and very expensive for what they were. We were going to a show. And I think we could have done much better elsewhere.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

They made an effort to deliver fine cuisine in a way that wasn't stuffy and too formal.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Great place and food

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 19, 2017

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 18, 2017

We enjoyed delicious dinners last night. The choices on the restaurant week menu were creative and had outstanding flavors. Our servers were friendly and knowledgeable about each dish. The atmosphere was prefect for a quiet dinner.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 18, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 18, 2017

We had another wonderful Restaurant Week meal at Volver. Instead of three courses included two items with the first course so it was like getting four courses. All of it was wonderfully prepared and had amazing flavors. Highly recommended

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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.

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The food was exquisite. Thoroughly enjoyed asparagus tartine and shrimp toast for appetizers, fish of the day beautifully prepared, and dessert was luscious but not overly rich.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great cocktail menu, original menu items and everything was delicious. Our servers were on top of everything and we plan to be back.

Tags: Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

It was wonderful very nice waitress and delicious food

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great food and decor. Poor service - our server, Sarah, was downright rude.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2017

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?

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2017

I expect excellent, creative food at a Jose Garces restaurant and that's what we got. The servers were exceptional - friendly, knowledgeable, attentive and accessible.

Tags: People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Romantic, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Bar Seating, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Vegan, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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