Walnut Street Cafe

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$30 and under
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American
A cafe and restaurant in the University City area of Philadelphia.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

On the 14th and 15th, we'll be featuring a $75/person prix fixe romantic 4 course feast featuring an oyster amuse-bouche, a decadent crab and raclette fondue paired with an endive salad, pasta course, an entree choice of Lancaster Chicken, NY Strip, or Red Snapper, and dessert with a sweet takeaway.

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Sun 10:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:15PM
Mon - Wed 1:15PM - 2:45PM
Thu 1:15PM - 2:45PM 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Fri 1:15PM - 2:45PM 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 10:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:15PM 5:00PM - 10:00PM

What 586 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
4.4
ambience
3.9
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72% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very nice restaurant in university city. Great food, service and decor. However, the menu was a bit limiting

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded 3 days ago

Dear DanT, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such kind feedback. We strive to accommodate our guests, keep our atmosphere fresh, and our menu lively, offering a variety of options throughout the week and the day's services. Depending on when you dined, you may not have had a chance to experience all that Walnut Street Cafe has to offer. Please join us again, perhaps for dinner, when are menu is at its fullest and most appetizing. Thanks again. Cheers! Matt S Office Admin

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Veggie sandwich was not good. No description provided.

JP
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

What a pleasant surprise. Food was great as was the service. Will definitely go back and recommend. The Cod was fantastic!

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on January 14, 2020

Dear Jillyeats, Thank you for the kind words you left following your dining experience at Walnut Street Cafe. In addition to excellent and consistent service, we strive also to maintain a fun, lively atmosphere and menu, and we're always thrilled to hear it all well-received. Once more, thank you for dining with us; we look forward to serving you again in the future. Cheers! Matt S Office Admin

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I was planning on ordering a very large amount of items from the full menu, however I was told that I was only limited to whatever was available on their fixed New Years menu and it was quite disappointing. You guys could’ve made much more if your menu wasn’t limited to a bunch of rather average dishes but I’m sure you had your reasons for doing so.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The server “Dee” was the best part 😁

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on December 31, 2019

Dear Anon, Thank you for taking time to leave us some kind words. We're very pleased you enjoyed Dee's service and your dining experience overall, and I have already shared your review with our entire staff. Please dine with us again in the future; we look forward to serving you. Cheers! Best, Matt S Office Admin

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GA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic all around. Great food and amazing service from server and management team!

W
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We let our waitress know we were in a time crunch trying to get dinner in before a show at nearby World Cafe Live. They did a great job getting us in and out in time for the show, serving us great food in the process. Will definitely be back!

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on December 31, 2019

Dear Wino64, Thank you for taking the time to leave us some kind words and a nice rating. We strive for excellence and total accommodation at every step of service, so we are always pleased to read a review such as yours. We look forward to serving you again in the future. Cheers! Best, Matt S Office Admin

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mom’s 60th birthday celebration.

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on December 16, 2019

Hello Anon, Thank you for the kind rating! We hope you found our service and atmosphere accommodating and cozy. I also hope the rating reflects Mom's stellar 60th Birthday celebration! Come see us again in the future. We look forward to serving you. Cheers, Matt S Office Admin

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OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, tad on the pricey side but good nonetheless.

P
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was lacking, food and drinks took way too long to come out. Waiter forgot my drink order and it never came out. By the time the waiter came back it was when the food was dropped off.

Food was delicious though.

OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dinner out with my son and girlfriend before we went to a show at the world cafe live. Great choice! Waiter was very nice, polite, very knowledgeable about the menu and helpful with suggestions. Cocktails were delightful and the wine list was extensive. The hangar steak was delicious, my son’s chicken roulade was exquisite (a special) and his girlfriend’s lobster ravioli was “fire” (her words). Happy we went and not overly expensive. Would definitely recommend.

d
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the menu and the attentive service! Food was fabulous and everyone enjoyed themselves!

KB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

We were very disappointed. The food was no more than diner quality at a much inflated price. Our server was not attentive and we felt like we were doing him a favor by being there. We won’t return.

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on December 5, 2019

Dear KimB, We're sorry to read you had a poor dining experience with us, but we do appreciate you leaving feedback. What you've described above I can assure you are not the standards to which we hold ourselves, and I hope you can see the experience as an anomaly, and give us another try. I've gone over the details of your review with our staff and we all must, and will, work more diligently in the future to avoid further missteps like these. Best, Matt S Office Administrator

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LR
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect blend of delicious food and outstanding ambience

KW
New England
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The portions were small for the prices. Service was slow. The egg in my eggs benedict were one step shy of raw. We were warned upon entering that they were having a fruit fly issue, but we chose to stay. Fruit flies were not an issue until about 3/4 of the way through our meal. Fortunately I had finished my meal (since there wasn’t much to it). We were promised a $50 GC in return for the issues, but we will see if we ever get that. I will not go back when I am back in town visiting my college son, but hopefully he and his girlfriend can enjoy a nice dinner with the $50 GC.

TL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Had brunch here with some friends and was quite disappointed with the entire experience. They were "sold out" of many things including the burger and eggs benedict. Not sure how that even happens one hour into brunch service. Our drinks came at least 20 minutes after we ordered them and we were never offered refills on our coffee during the two hours we were at the table. Our food took an amazingly long time to arrive and and was room temperature when we did finally get it. I was offered hot sauce which never materialized and on top of all of this, there were fruit flies everywhere, jumping into coffee cups and landing on our water glasses. I expected a lot more from this place. The decor and live music were lovely, but those things don't make up for the major problems they have.

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on November 19, 2019

Dear TraceyL, We'd first like to thank you for reaching out, for its feedback like yours that keeps our operation at its best. Secondly, we'd like to sincerely apologize for the fruit flies. We isolated the cause as a result of new plants we installed in the restaurant and have since removed. We've been battling them for over a week and are now fully confident the issue has been resolved. If you'd like to give us another chance, we'll ensure we exceed your expectations. Sincerely, Matt S

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Service for Sunday brunch was truly horrible. Long wait time to place our order. Long wait time to receive cream for the coffee sitting on my table. Server brought out two entrees, and the third entree at least five minutes later.

Also the amount of gnats flying around and landing in food and beverages was quite offputting.

f
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had the fixed price dinner option. Very good quality and pricing. My cod was perfectly cooked. Would return.

S
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was spectacular!
Music was at a level that we could have a conversation without having to loud ourselves.
Food as always delicious.

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on November 18, 2019

Dear Sibyl, Thank you for the kind words you left following your dining experience at Walnut Street Cafe. We strive for excellence in all aspects of service and are always thrilled to hear it well-received. Thank you as well for your continued patronage and support of Walnut Street Cafe, and we look forward to serving you again in the future. Cheers! Best, Matt S Office Administrator

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LE
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I love this place. Can’t say my salad was amazing but my house made soda and pastry were great for lunch. It’s a great, swanky ambiance with great service, so I’ll definitely be back. Every other meal I’ve had has been wonderful.

AF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere for brunch with any group and for any occasion.

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on November 12, 2019

Hello AlannaF, Thank you for the kind review you left following your experience at Walnut Street Cafe. We strive to maintain a fun, lively atmosphere and menu and are always thrilled to hear it well received. We look forward to serving you again in the future. Cheers! Best, Matt Office Administrator

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DM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We were seated at a table by the front door that had a terrible draft from the first day of freezing weather. we had to asked to be reseated - at these prices, no one should be sat there. We barely saw our waiter and had to ask other passing-by staff to order both dinner and dessert. When we saw the waiter, he smelled from cigarettes. one entree was delicious and perfect but the other wasn't cooked as ordered and potatoes were cold. Again, we have much higher expectations for a restaurant at this price point.

VY
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This is a really beautiful, modern, but cozy place with floor to ceiling windows so it’s nice and bright. Even the bathrooms are clean and welcoming. Hostess and server were both attentive and warm, and the food came out pretty quickly. I’d say my meal was okay to good. Eggs Benedict was alright, the cinnamon roll was okay, too. Wasn’t blown away but will try again, as overall I had a really nice time. :)

e
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

First time in the Walnut St Café. Food was good and so was the service. We were there for lunch. I thought it was a bit pricey for lunch. Overall, it was a good experience and I would return.

J
Philadelphia
72 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

had a very good lunch with my grandson to be. The lobster roll was filled with lobster meat and was delicious and Fran loved his hamburger.

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on November 12, 2019

Dear Judie, Thank you for the kind feedback! We strive to keep our menu and atmosphere fresh and fun and are thrilled to read that you and your grandson enjoyed your dining experience with us. We look forward to serving you again in the future. Best, Matt Office Administrator

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D
New York Area
115 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great brunch menu - standards and a few non-typical options. Bright and sunny interior with modern and simple decor. Live Jazz on Sundays. Attentive service.

P
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Mediocre food, indifferent service, out of several menu items. Nice location and decor, though.

F
Tampa
44 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent as always! Top quality meats, pasta, and salads. Try the Porterhouse for 2 with shallots and bordelaise! Great drinks, service and food. Dined many times and keep coming back.

CP
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The dining room is lovely and filled with natural light. The staff is friendly and attentive. I really enjoyed the butternut squash soup and appreciate that the kitchen accommodated our small request. However, I was disappointed that their online menu didn’t reflect their current selections and that they did not offer any hot sandwiches to replace their seasonal paninis. Overalls, it was a lovely lunch.

MN
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent brunch menu and atmosphere. I especially loved the live jazz music for Sunday brunch.

N
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always!

OR
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Live music was good, but too loud for daytime dining.

GK
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. Very nice dinner with terrific service. Fun night. Great food !!

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on October 21, 2019

Dear GeorgeK, We appreciate the lovely feedback and are happy to read that you had terrific service! We strive for excellence in every aspect of the restaurant and our always thrilled when we meet and exceed our guests' expectations. Thank you again for the kind words, and we look forward to serving you in the future. Best, Matt Office Administrator

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Probably not. The restaurant is very pretty and a jazz combo was playing making for a nice atmosphere. Our food arrived promptly (my eggs benedict with ham was room temperature) , but we waited 10 minutes, yes 10 minutes, for our coffee. Then we NEVER saw our waiter again until he dropped the check. I did manage to get another cup of coffee from the very nice hostess who was cleaning tables, pouring water, etc. It seemed like the wait staff was overworked. But still, we paid $50 for two breakfasts and a few cups of coffee and espresso. No alcohol.

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on October 15, 2019

Dear sphillyfoodie, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback following your recent visit with us. We apologize that service fell short of your expectations and our standards, and we will address this issue with the entire team. We take your dissatisfaction very seriously and understand we must work more determinedly toward excellence. We're glad you enjoyed the atmosphere, and we hope you'll be back so we may meet and exceed your expectations. Best, Matt Office Administrator

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p
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just love this place. It's airy, I've never had a bad meal or cocktail and the service friendly and efficient. I also love that I can go to the rooftop bar before or after.
The farro salad was perfect, I devoured the cheese plate and tasted a delicious mushroom tortellini off my partner's plate. My friends got engaged that night and the restaurant gave us complimentary drinks and dessert. Very considerate. I don't dine out often since I always think I can cook whatever they've made better. But I do back to this place. It's reliably a worthwhile experience each time.

TP
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The service was very slow, no sense of urgency in the staff.

AF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great environment and great food. Loved the live music

l
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice service and pleasant environment

M
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

The food was good but the place just felt quiet and empty.

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on October 11, 2019

Dear Michael, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I'm delighted you enjoyed the service but sorry to read that you felt the restaurant to be too quiet and empty. Certain days of the week and times can dictate the volume of business we do and may make the dining room seem underpopulated. Please join us for Saturday or Sunday brunch, which is accompanied by a live jazz band and plenty of guests. Again, thank you for your feedback. We hope you'll give us another try. Best, Matt

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LF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I live in DC and I was there with my niece (who lives in NYC) on a Thursday night because we both happened to be on business trips in Philadelphia. The place was not even half full. Service was absolutely great. My niece had some food restrictions and the kitchen was extremely accommodating. I had been there on a previous trip about two years ago and this was my first opportunity to go back. I'll go back again.