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The Black Squirrel, Philadelphia, PA

The Black Squirrel

4.6
4.6
219 Reviews
$31 to $50
British
The newest creation from Chef Arthur Cavaliere and developer Mark Sherman takes the old English Pub and elevates it to a new, decadent level. Discover our array of indulgent dishes and eclectic cocktails in the heart of East Falls, Philadelphia.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British, Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Fri 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (267) 323-2611

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Rocio Castro Hernandez

  • Neighborhood

    East Falls

  • Cross street

    Ridge Avenue

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

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What 219 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Philadelphia

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This English style restaurant is a beautiful place to dine for both the food and the atmosphere. I am very impressed with the creative and well balanced menu. Most items feature at least one or two interesting or delicate ingredients that allow the dish to shine. The cocktails and carefully curated mocktails are as lovely as the velveted interior. I also appreciated the informed and professional service from both the bartenders and the waitstaff. Even without mods, there are a lot of gluten free options (the fries are cooked in a dedicated fryer). Try the Forest Mushroom Salad; it's the perfect combination of fresh bright flavors, balanced textures, and savory umami. The Black Squirrel is an elevated gastro pub with a dedicated following for a reason.
  2. k

    kathyd

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and eclectic surroundings. The servers were knowledgeable and attentive. Awesome local spot for dinner!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food was excellent and tasty. Not sure that French Onion Soup and Schnitzel are true British classics, but they.were outstanding nonetheless. The playlist upstairs was LOUD for dinner and... eclectic.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time there. Absolutely delightful service. Food was delicious!! Definitely worth the visit! Will be making this a new favorite date night spot!
  5. A

    Alexandra

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Black Squirrel was a perfect place to stop in before a concert at the Mann music center. Both the chicken schnitzel and the cottage pie were awesome. Waiter was super friendly and the decor fun. No desserts, but that's ok.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Totally recommend this spot. Split two brunch items, both were excellent and triple cooked chips, requested malt vinegar for them. Black squirrel Manhattan and Irish coffee both delicious cocktails. Nice outdoor space and indoor charming. Great service from Ivy. No problem finding street parking. Look forward to visiting again to explore dinner menu.
  7. KG

    KevinG

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Only disappointment was that they don’t offer dessert.
  8. f

    foxchasefoodies

    Philadelphia

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I like the rotating seasonal menu and drinks. Service was quick and enjoy outdoor dining.
  9. MV

    MVSMRS

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great beer selection, especially Boddington’s on tap. Cocktails looked great too, will try them next time. Burger was awesome, and homemade HP sauce was great. All around great. Wish they served sticky toffee pudding for dessert!!!
  10. NC

    NChen

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've been waiting for a neighborhood go-to brunch spot. This is it. Delicious food, terrific brunch cocktails, and attentive service. We can't wait to go back!
  11. IB

    IleneB

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding, as was the service and the cocktails.
  12. W

    Wolfie

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cute pub, warm ambiance, great food! We enjoyed the Roast Beef sandwich, side salad, and a Pimm’s Cup for brunch. Plenty of on-street parking.
  13. JK

    JulieK

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch experience; everything was delicious (highly recommend the mushroom omelet!)! Also: love the outdoor patio setup.
  14. DJ

    DoctorJ

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Fun menu- drinks and apps mostly. Will be back to try others.
  15. RB

    RyleeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The decor and tableware were charming. The food was excellent and well thought out. My family and I sampled many offerings including: East Coast Oysters, Onion Soup, Mushroom Barley, Fish & Chips, Gnocchi, a Burger, and the Staffordshire Chicken Schnitzel. Servings were generous and everyone was very pleased. The cocktail “Pimm’s Cup” was a refreshing start to the meal. Our server was attentive and kind. We hope to be back soon.
  16. MK

    MichaelK

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    How lucky I am to have an English pub in my neighborhood! Great atmosphere. Great service. Great food and bevvies.
  17. JK

    JimK

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    The moment we sat down in the upstairs dining room and discovered that the plates on our table were covered with grit and dust, we should have foreseen that our dining experience was not going to go well. An aging window air conditioner hummed in our ears. While a bedraggled waitperson greeted us warmly, during our meal, one of us had to venture to the first floor on several occasions to wrangle some service for us and other second floor diners. The food we ordered was tasty, but we both suffered mightily afterward throughout the night with stomach cramps. We learned that that there were only two waitstaff for the entire first floor, outdoor seating area and upstairs dining room. We shall never return.
  18. JM

    JohnM

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food in a great atmosphere. The staff is excellent and make you feel relaxed and welcome.
  19. A

    Allison

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Part of our party was practically seated on the floor on a aged settee resting on blocks. I realize they're trying to create a British pub bit the atmosphere upstairs and down dark, tired and dirty. The table was sticky everywhere. The hamburger was greasy and fish platter average. The menu is limited and no dessert is available. The server was good but slow due to being understaffed. For the price, we expected better value. Our party agreed there won't be a 2nd visit.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone’s food was excellent and our server John killed it!
  21. N

    Neil

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    A couple of issues let this place down. They brought out our entrees when we were still eating our starters. That made us feel really rushed and having worked as a server in restaurants and hotels myself I know this is a real no no. It wasn’t as if they were packed so there’s no real excuse for the kitchen sending out our entrees while we were still eating out appetizers. The other major factor that let’s this place down is that British cuisine is known for its hot desserts: think sticky toffee pudding with custard, or rhubarb crumble. There is no dessert menu here at all, which is a major missed opportunity for the business and the customers alike. It also contributes to the feeling of being rushed - here’s your apps, here’s your entree, here’s your check. Thanks folks!
  22. C

    Cljj

    Philadelphia

    72 reviews

    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service, creative delicious food, reasonably priced.
  23. GR

    GaryR

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A must stop for ye fans of all Anglo food and drink
  24. v

    veggilover

    Philadelphia

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was very good, salmon and gnocchi.
  25. f

    foxchasefoodies

    Philadelphia

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the salmon and barley salad-delicious and heart healthy. However, I wish you’d bring back the asparagus with egg app you had last summer. We loved it and keep hoping it would reappear for on menu at some point.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went with some friends it was good, the only complaint I have is we had to sit outside and it was hot. Definitely should invest in outdoor fans.
  27. BC

    BrianC

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Oysters were fantastic, Across the Pond and warm shrimp salad entrees equally delicious. Fair prices, very happy with our visit!
  28. MF

    MarciaF

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The friendliest staffers and the food is so unusual but phenomenal!
  29. B

    Brooke

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, interesting menu, friendly staff, easy relaxed environment.
  30. KS

    KimS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Cute spot offering eclectic flavors! Enjoyed some dishes more than others, but overall a fantastic spot to try out.
  31. K

    Kimberly

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a gem. Delicious food and friendly staff. Awesome interior. Took our family from out-of-town here and they loved it! Thanks for the delicious meal :) We'll be back!
  32. PF

    PhillyFoodie

    Philadelphia

    36 reviews

    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The food is key to any restaurant experience and for the Black Squirrel, it was mixed. The onion soup was quite good with a nice rarebit. The tomato bisque was way too salty. The saltiness was cut a little by the sour cream. The mushroom salD had to much dressing which detracted from the bite. The gnocci was exceptional and a nice distinction from the standard Italian dish. The ambiance was good with nice low energy rock piped in. The service was quite good with the waitstaff being attentive and helpful. Allin all a good but not exceptional dining experience.
  33. BF

    BariF

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful meal last night. The mushroom salad is so yummy. Then we had burgers for dinner which were amazing. Aidan was a wonderful and attentive waiter. Can’t wait to come back again.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    The food was very good, just a little too much salt in the duck meatballs which took away from the taste. The roasted chicken and sides was delightful. Wonderful service from my server and the bartender made drinks to perfection.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the BEST meal, service and overall dining experience at the black squirrel! First time there and we sat outside for brunch on Saturday. Our server, John, was very kind and attentive and gave us the best recommendations on cocktails and menu items! The drinks were phenomenal- so many options! I loved the gin grapefruit mimosa! The ambiance was amazing and it was so fun and relaxing. The scrumpets appetizer is to die for, as well as the eggy bread on the brunch menu! Afterward we went inside to the bar and Sean made us the best oyster back shots and lemon drop shots! I cannot recommend this restaurant enough! Cannot wait to go back soon!! 10/10!!
  36. NS

    NS123

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Love coming here, great service, wish there were a few more vegetarian options (like the whipped ricotta they used to have)
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the vibe, the cocktails and especially the staff. The hostess was extremely helpful and very kind. Would highly recommend!
  38. LC

    LizC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing time! Our server was a total sweetheart, the food was awesome, the drinks were incredible (try the Faith Healer!).
  39. CW

    CriticalWhiners

    Philadelphia

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Second time here and we love it. Innovative and delicious food. Love the staff too!
  40. K

    Kxr215

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Drinks and food were just ok. Not many options as far as entrees and portions were a bit small for the amount of money you’re paying.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Black Squirrel is rated 4.6 stars by 219 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for The Black Squirrel

3749 Midvale Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19129

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Ridge Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    East Falls

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Fri 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    British, Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Rocio Castro Hernandez

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

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