Walnut Street Cafe

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470 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
A cafe and restaurant in University City.
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DH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The service of the wait staff was out of this world. Amber was awesome, friendly and very professional.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful brunch! Everything was delicious and we’re definitely thinking of making it our regular meet-up for brunch once a month.

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OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

No table service

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IM
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am coming here almost every day for over a few month, and so far I did not get tired of the food, service, ambiance, etc.

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KD
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent atmosphere. Food and wine list are excellent as well. One of my favorite restaurants in Philly!

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DA
Montreal
12 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Even here several times and always had good experience. This time not so much. We had a reservation for brunch and arrived on time but they kept us waiting in front of the hostess station for about ten minutes which was odd. They did not direct us to a more comfortable spot out of the way or offer us drinks while we waited. Oatmeal was served lukewarm but they reheated upon request. Then at end of meal server asked if anything else and said another parry needed to be seated st our table in three minutes which was odd. We felt unwelcome and rushed. Very odd and disappointed with the experience.

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NK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We were there for over an hour before food came out. Three people took our drink orders before anyone bought it out. Then food was just okay—not worth the price.

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AJ
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All four of us enjoyed our Sunday breakfast at Walnut Street Cafe. The blended fruit juices were delicious, and the waiter brought our two pastries right away to help with the wait for the main dishes. We loved the chocolate and banana croissant and the cinnamon roll! My eggs over easy were prepared perfectly. The coffee was excellent too, though larger cups or even mugs would be even better! This is a super choice for a festive brunch.

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PH
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Center City eat!

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MG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It seems I go here more often than any other place in Philly. Brilliant food. Superb service. Top notch and innovative bar / wine program. Can be dressed up or dressed down. Plus, easy convenient parking for those coming from the suburbs to meet their city friends!

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d
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great evening. Sat at the bat first ( a little crowded) but excellent service and wine. Then sat at the kitchen counter and were a little pressed for time. They served us a great meal in a reasonable amount of time.

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LW
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Overall a nice experience but could they possibly do something about the cold air that blasts the bar and dining area when the front door opens. On a cold night it really detracted from the experience.

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CC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went there for Sunday Brunch and it was a great experience! The Apple Cider Donut Tree was awesome and the breakfast was really tasty. They serve La Colombe coffee, which is another bonus. Definitely going back!

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K
Philadelphia
155 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Had a reservation for Saturday evening. Arrived and they tried to seat us at a table for 4 with two people already sitting in the other two seats (read: 2 tables too close). We opted to sit at a table in the bar area. Ordered a crown royal and a Bombay sapphire - they had neither of those. Chose other drinks. Twenty minutes later, no drinks arrived. We decided to cut our losses and got up and left. Really bad experience. Too many good places in the city to ever try this place again.

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T
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Third time. Food as usual was good but service was exceptionally slow. Servers were excellent so it must have been the kitchen

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FR
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Service was very slow, but food was good, perhaps a wee bit overpriced. Don't go if you are in a hurry.

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A
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I joined 7 friends for brunch on Sunday. Service was attentive and friendly. The food was great. Highly recommend for a casual but tasty meal. Everyone in our group agreed it was a great find.

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f
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Beautiful, open, warm space with a bright open kitchen that has potential to become home to a superb dining experience. Unfortunately it's not there yet. One word - uninspired. From the menu to the execution to the service to the drinks to watching the seemingly unfocused kitchen staff.

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M
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A nice " find" in University City. Nice variety of brunch items and we shared an amazing dessert!
we saw another table with a donut tree!!!

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D
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A truly great brunch experience. Outstanding breakfast and lunch dishes from a diverse menu selection.
Attentive service. Sophisticated yet casual ambiance. Excellent alternative to White Dog when looking for a place near Penn / Drexel.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Really below average food at above average prices.

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B
Philadelphia
222 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Nice selection for work related lunch. While not extensive, menu has just enough choices to keep a larger table happy. Real vegans should be careful about the dairy cheese on the veggie sandwich. Service a bit off as it appeared they were understaffed during lunch hour, while every table was taken. I had been here once before and much better experience when they were not so busy.

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JT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 1

Lights turned all the way up at dinner.
Menu very limited.
Food expensive and extremely ordinary.

Geared to people working in the building as it is open breakfast lunch dinner.

Desolate location.
Boring

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KM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice place, great locale near 30th St Station. We went for brunch and were told that a lot of the brunch items were already sold out - including pastries and select cocktails. It put a damper on the experience. Overall, nice place with tasty food. Just need to be better prepared for brunch.

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NH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Avoid Sunday brunch, despite reservations we waited 15+ minutes after checking in, then we were was seated in bar area where we waited again for over 10 minutes before server approached. Food took 40 minutes (our neighbors table took 1 hour). Either they are under staffed or poorly managed but given the price point we expected more. Food was fine- $24 lobster roll is terrific but expensive.

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MC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

The food was ok but the service was terrible. The service was completely unacceptable and it wasn’t crowded. We waited 40 minutes to order drinks and then it took another 40 for them to appear. Our dinner took 3 hours because we sat around waiting for our server to appear. I would never recommend this place when there are so many wonderful places to eat in Philly that value service.

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J
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This is my 2nd visit to Walnut St Cafe and both times the food has been excellent. The thing that troubles me about both experiences is the service. The servers on both occasions have been friendly and attentive when I first sit down, knowledgeable about the menu and eager to take my order. After that they are difficult to flag down, slow to clear plates between courses, almost non-existent when hoping for another glass of wine and oddly casual in their communication style despite the lovely aesthetic and moderate price tag. I assume this casual, not rushing you vibe is intentional since my visits are 1 year apart...but it makes me feel a bit neglected and for the price of my dinner I would rather go somewhere else that will be more consistently attentive. Again, the food was wonderful....the mushroom tortellini and flatbread were both outstanding and the beef tartare was beautiful in its presentation and execution.

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M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent, and the food was amazing. I had the ricotta toast, hanger steak and a side salad dressed perfectly. teh steak was one of the best I've ever had. A little pricey, but totally worth it!

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DB
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time there and went for brunch with my wife. The food was really good and so were the drinks. I had the shashuka and she had the burger. Both were really good and so was the side or bacon. The Bloody Mary (Maria in her case) were great, spicy but not overly with most of the spice from the horseradish, which I prefer. We finished with a couple of Irish coffees (highly recommend) and a pastry. Service was great and loved the decor. Will definitely be back.

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AB
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

This place has begun to disappoint. After going regularly for 10am brunch, bimonthly since it opened, the last 3 trips have convinced us not to return. Items on the menu, bakery items, are not ready anymore at 10am. Croissants, reviewed understandably well, are not available until almost 11am. Oatmeal was not even warm in the past two visits. For a restaurant that opens later in the day, it’s suddenly unprepared to serve what’s on the menu. Service continues to be good, to give credit where due.

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i
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lobster rolls were priced at $24 and it was majority all roll and 80% of the plate was chips. Other than that we had a nice meal.

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DM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good bar drinks, excellent Sommelier, Capri and Brandon were both very attentive servers. Dishes were cleared promptly and order delivered correctly and hot! Sous Chef has a very good report.

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OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with friendly service. Perfect for good food and enjoyable conversation

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D
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Walnut Street Café and would highly recommend.
The food was prepared to perfection and the service was attentive and friendly.

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AK
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Dinner menu was limited as well as dessert menu on a Thursday night.

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l
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Soggy french fries, cold entree, weak coffee. Service was nice, but restaurant was crowded beyond capacity of waitstaff.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was great but I was not impressed with the service that day. The manager had to take our orders after we waited a good amount of time. He did realize it and offered us several desserts on the house which was very nice. I would go there again because the food was great.

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LZ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service great food!!
Can’t wait to go back again to try lunch and dinner!!

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AH
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We went for brunch. I prefer the lunch menu, but we all found something we enjoyed. The shakshuka is very tasty.

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IW
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were meeting folks from NYC and this was the perfect place to go - short walk from the train station and everyone thought the everything was great! I have been prior and know that locals are big fans as well. I would definitely come back and would recommend it.

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