Bud & Marilyn's

4.7
2329 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Bud & Marilyn's is a retro American restaurant from Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran. The menu features updated American comfort food utilizing fresh and local ingredients. Our bar features local craft beers, handmade American classic cocktails and an affordable wine list. Our focus is simple - good old American cooking, great drinks and warm hospitality.

The comfortable dining room seats up to 100. The Mid-century modern design evokes the feeling of an updated rec room from the 1970's and features vintage American flea market finds from all over the country. Table seating, bar seating and chef's counter seating are available.

Bud & Marilyn's is located in the heart of center city at the corner of 13th & Locust Street in the bustling Midtown Village neighborhood.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Brunch:
Sat & Sun 10am-3pm
Lunch:
Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm
Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm,
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(215) 546-2220
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Marcie Turney
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Private party facilities
Please contact us for private dining options. We offer our full menu in our 2nd floor private dining space.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
S. 13th Street
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Parking details
Parking Lot located across the street at the corner of 13th & Locust.
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Public transit
Take the Broad Street Line to Walnut Locust Station
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 2329 People Are Saying
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4.6
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

“Shakshuka” was delicious, good service and close to the Kimmel Center/Academy of Music.

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Savannah
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We went for brunch and it was great! Cocktails were good (highly recommend the grapefruit mimosa!), food was delicious, and the restaurant is great looking. Saturday brunch was jam packed- definitely make a reservation! Well worth the crowd in my opinion. We will be back!

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DD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty. Fun environment & eclectic food choices. Espresso is very overpriced for serving size

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SB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I took my husband for his birthday and he loved it! There was a cool 60's vibe and the menu was full of comfort food elevated to the next level. My husband said it was the best fried chicken he'd ever eaten.

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H
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is fantastic. The meat loaf, duck and short rib were awesome. The pierogis were also wonderful

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M
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always love my experience here! The food and cocktails are incredibly awesome! Everyone I’ve ever brought here raves about the food! The only downside period is the noise level. Acoustics suck! But, get over it because the food, service, and value make it one of the best spots in the city!

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The service was outstanding, David was our server and we couldn’t have been more pleased.

The pickles and coleslaw served with the fried chicken were our least favorite, in addition to the fries. The heirloom carrot dish was delicious!!

We loved the hot sauce, so much, we decided to bring a bottle home!

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C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

A very busy, and LOUD, restaurant on a Thursday night. We could hardly hear ourselves and had to speak loudly to each other. The service was OK.

The food disappointed. One dish - a short rib stroganoff - was good. The other dish - brick chicken - was overly herbed and had way too much garlic. Nearly inedible. One dessert was ordered - a salted caramel ice cream - was flavorless. To be fair, we weren't charged for it.

The lighting in the restaurant is very dim. So much so that we had to use our cell phone flashlight to read the menu. Nor could we easily see what we were eating.

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K
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, but extremely noisy and crowded. Do not plan on a conversation while dining.

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AB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good service & food. There are some options that can be "veganized" and our server understood what vegan means. The restaurant gets loud, but it's manageable. Thank you!

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NK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Waitress was a little rough, but other servers were nice.
Food was very good.

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G
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great, but restaurant is crowded and noisy. Service could have been more professional for a high end restaurant.

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JS
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent bites! Amazing ambience! This place is a gem. I had their fennel crusted cauliflower and Nashville hot bites ( fried chicken sliders — their claim to fame is the fried chicken so I got a small taste!) I was staying down the street and came for a late dinner solo. Would definitely come again!! I hear their cinnamon rolls are WORTH IT for sat/sun brunch :) :)

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KR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In Philly for the first time and a couple of gals in a boutique recommended this place when I asked about American fare. It was absolutely delicious. Great retro dining atmosphere.

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FB
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate here twice in a 3 day span. First time I ate the Ohio Truck Stop the second, the pretzel rolls, he Nashville Hot Buns and the vegan Almond Joy ice cream. The Ohio Truck Stop was decent, the side of scrapple was very underwhelming and not anything like I expected. Not worth the price at all.

The Pretzel rolls were ok... supposed to be warm but the center was ice cold, again, not worth the money.

The vegan Almond Joy ice cream was divine, kudos to the pastry chef on that one!

The Nashville Hot Buns however, worth every penny. If I have known how good it would be, I would have ordered two of them since they are small.

Overall, noisy, but decent atmosphere.

Service is good. Take forever to get refills and the check, the kitchen was quick with the food.

I’d definitely visit again.

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SG
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!!! Went here for brunch and it was everything we expected it to be. First, time in the city and having brunch. Found this place through OpenTable. And it was everything the website and reviews said it would be. Come here ready to eat. I had the French Toast, and it was definitely one of the best I have ever had.

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S
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to Bud & Marilyn's for a third time, this time around noon. It can get pretty busy in there on Sunday Brunch, so definitely reserve a table. The food and service was excellent. We were closer to a window and able to talk without it being too loud. In the past, I've been next to a pretty loud table there and it can be noisy if you're trying to talk with the rest of your table. It's busy though for a reason, it is a great brunch spot and one people go back to.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was good, but the restaurant was so loud it was difficult to have any conversation.

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SK
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st time there. Was wonderful. We were headed to the theater and need something before hand. Food was fabulous. I had sea scallops and my friend had the stroganoff. Drinks were good. Would have like a few flavor vodka options but would not stop me from coming back. Our waiter was very attentive. Thank you for a good dinner!

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were pleasantly surprised but how delightful our Brunch at Bud and Marilyn's was! We hadn't heard much about it but I was dying for brunch and specifically Shakshuka and I saw they had it on their menu and it was close to the wedding we were going to that afternoon so we figured we'd give it a shot and it was fantastic! I had read in the reviews that the place was loud but it didn't seem overwhelmingly loud to me but we were seated right next to the window so had a great spot. But I feel like when you're dining out in Philly if you are expecting some place quiet go to a 12 table BYO not a bustling restaurant. We loved it here though and are happy to recommend and excited to go back!

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KD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place, great food! Will definitely go again! We ate stuffed meatloaf, salmon & scallops. The Nashville rolls were outrageous!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Nice menu. A little tight on dining space

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CS
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first meal at Bud & Marilyn ' s was wonderful. The seasonal salad with butternut squash was such a treat. The salmon dinner was perfectly prepared. Great experience and excellent service.

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EM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for dinner. Good service and good desserts. Great place to go before a show.

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LR
Philadelphia
99 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Old fashioned was good. Cheese plate was rather small but tasty. I wouldn’t order it again. The Nashville hot buns are delightful as always. I tried the beef stroganoff this time. It was fine. Meatloaf was better if you’re looking for a beef option. My husband loved his fried chicken. It’s his favorite. The banana cream pie was really good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We only had drinks and appetizers and they were good. Waiter was helpful. Great restaurant.

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K
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Swanky retro look and feel. Food took a little longer to arrive than we had hoped but it was good and worth the wait. They could use bigger glasses for iced tea and water though to keep you from constantly running out.

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Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The waiter was not accommodating when seated and it went downhill from there. Waiter dropped an onion ring on floor as he delivered the food. No very apologetic nor did he replace it. The lamb steak was delivered undercooked and the ordered salad came after the entree. The cheese curds were very greasy and not hot. The hot chickens buns were very good as usual but not enough for a return visit. Off the list.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 3ambience 3

We love Bud and Marilyn but this time around we were rushed. We had food that we wanted to take home. Asked the waiter and she threw it away. Took a family member from South Africa with us and was not a good experience this time. Not sure if we will come back.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleased.

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S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A bit loud but food was very good. Only knock was the fact that our espresso came way before the dessert. So we ended up canceling the dessert (never actually got to our table).

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b
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Delicious food and cocktails

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NY
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere was great as was the food. Down home American comfort food with individual touches by the chef.
The service was great as well; waiter knew the details on the various dishes and made nice recommendations.

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G
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going here since the place opened several years ago. The place just keeps getting better and always evolving

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JH
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my first visit to Bud and Marilyn's, but it is now one of my top three restaurants in Philly for a great meal at a decent price - the other two being Parc and The Dandelion. I had lemon ricotta pancakes with fresh berries and some of best bacon I have had in years. My lunch date was equally enamored with the chicken biscuit w/ coleslaw. We split an order of cheese curds, also a first, and so much more flavorful and lighter than the usual mozz. sticks. The restaurant was very loud, as befits a bustling lunch scene, but the tables and columns were arranged to create some nice separation between parties. As soon as I got home, I texted several other people to recommend it - simply delicious!!

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D
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch/breakfast. The salmon board, cinnamon roll, chicken biscuit—all amazing!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

At least one of the bathrooms should have a changing table

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L
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of these days I'll have to order something other than the scallops. I've been here three times, and they are so delicious I can't seem to resist ordering them. I had the cauliflower appetizer, too, which was terrific.

Staff are friendly and attentive.

I'm usually there when attending a show at the Academy of Music (only a block away). Great for before the show--service is very fast, even when the place is busy.

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Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoy dining here before our show many times. Everything we order, from fried chicken & yummy biscuits to salmon & the beef stroganoff is delicious.

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b
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The restaurant is very dark, making reading menus and the bill difficult. Noise level verging on annoying. Tables very close together. Had to ask server to bring glass of wine ten minutes after food received. Salmon entree very good. Short rib stroganoff flavorless. Peanut butter-chocolate cake enormous and very good. We had been at Barbuzzo, another restaurant under same ownership. That place all hype, no value. Excellent food there, microscopic portions, overpriced.

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