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JG Domestic

4.0
4
726 Reviews
$30 and under
American
JG Domestic is an American-style restaurant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that specializes in serving artisanal cuisine. The restaurant utilizes fresh ingredients sourced from local farmers so the menu changes seasonally. JG Domestic serves lunch daily and offers a bar only evening service. Lunch at the restaurant consists of snacks, soup and salad, burgers and fries and sandwiches. Blue plate specials at the restaurant include crab cake sandwich, BBQ pork sandwich with whiskey BBQ sauce, shrimp and grits and fish and chips. JG Domestic offers bar snacks and a full range of alcoholic products in the evenings, including a variety of domestic whiskeys and craft beers.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Tapas / Small Plates, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:45pm Bar Menu: Monday-Friday: 3:00pm-7:00pm Happy Hour: 3:00pm - 7:00pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 222-2363

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jose Garces

  • Catering

    JG Domestic, Chef Garces’ beautiful restaurant located in the Cira Centre, can host large social or corporate events The ultra chic space boasts a stunning panoramic view of the city skyline. Enclosed by glass windows with a scenic view of Center City, the Cira Centre lobby can be swiftly transformed into an elegant venue for any memorable occasion such as a seated brunch, dinner, wedding or cocktail reception for up to 400 guests. For more information and to schedule a tour, please call our private events team at 267-284-7979 or email events@garcesgroup.com

  • Private party facilities

    With the rustic meets modern décor and locally sourced cuisine, JG Domestic's unassuming event spaces are ideal for gatherings of business or the business of socializing. Indulge in the vast beverage list with a whiskey flight or beer tasting in the private room or bar area.

  • Private party contact

    Private Events: (888) 989-4030

  • Neighborhood

    University City

  • Cross street

    29th St at the Cira Center, adjacent to 30th Street Station

  • Parking details

    $12 Self-Parking after 5pm is available with validation in restaurant.

  • Public transit

    Adjacent to 30th Street Station and easily accessible via all Septa Regional Rail lines, as well as Amtrak.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 726 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.3Value

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  1. s

    smallportionsbigattitude

    New York Area

    56 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2016

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Great burger Waiter forgot our starter Pretty much forgot our table
  2. RF

    RFP123

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I don't get out of the office much however when I do get a chance to meet with a business colleague or client it is always a pleasant experience when dining at JG Domestic. I actually work in the Cira Centre therefore, I find it to be an extremely convenient location to host a business meeting, Happy Hour or and evening out to dinner with a friend. They have a great menu selection with some unique but super tasty choices. They have a nice selection of alcoholic beverages to choose from such as well as coffee/cappuccino, smoothies {when you are wanting something a little healthier} and the normal non-alcoholic beverages. The service is always wonderful! The food is always served fresh and at a good temperature. This restaurant has a nice vibe to it and most importantly it is in a great location when commuting home by train!!!
  4. j

    juliek

    Chicago

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered 2 different apps. Hummus and flatbread. Both were equally delicious. The hummus had edamame in it and topped with a very light and fluffy cheese. The flatbreads were simple, not greasy and wonderfully flavored. I had a butternut squash soup with quinoa...really good. Everyone enjoyed their salads and sandwiches!! We also ordered duck fat fries which were fantastically flavored! I'd go back in a minute!!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2016

    overall3food1service1ambience3
    The daily crab cake special arrived burned. The crab cake was actually black with the black side facing up. The burned surface could not be disputed. When we pointed it out to our server, he just looked at us and then after a few seconds said, "Why don't you taste it and let me know after you taste it." Since some of the members of our party were on their lunch hour, we did not have time for a replacement. The server did not offer to have us speak to the manager, or even to bring something that did not require cooking. I have never experienced anything as disappointing as this - both in the quality of the food, or the lack of responsiveness from the staff.
  6. c

    carolngeorge

    Philadelphia

    130 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    130 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We enjoyed the "special" lunch. Price is a bit higher than we'd wish, but the manager kindly removed a $3 charge for a bit of cheddar on a burger. Cora Center lobby is a good spot to wait for a dining companion due in on a train, but not in a good walkable area.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2016

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Good location when you are traveling and the food and beer are always good. Unfortunately every time I go the service is disappointing
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    This is a solid place for a business lunch or lunch for pleasure. The menu is limited but everything is good. The only "negative" - which could be perceived by some as a positive is the location in an open area of the Cira Centre. At times the volume / background can be a little noisy.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    My husband and I loved the food here - especially the eggplant hummus we ordered as an appetizer. He enjoyed the JG Domestic burger with the duck fat fries and I had the zucchini sandwhcih - both were delicious. We also really enjoyed the blended juices on the menu. We had a relaxed lunch and were grateful for a kind and helpful server. We will definitely be returning!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    63 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2016

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    The Shrimp and Grits isn't a bad choice. It's just irritating to have to behead it and remove the tail before I can eat. Isn't that what food prep us for? And its only 3 shrimp, so really we discard more than we can eat. The service was awful. We sat for close to 10 minutes before Melissa wandered over to see if we wanted drinks. She took our order then disappeared until we'd been waiting another 10 minutes to have the plates removed. The floor manager had stopped by, so maybe Melissa figured that was enough. The only reason we went was for convenience. Next time, I'll inconvenience myself and go somewhere else.
  11. a

    awesone

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2015

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    I chose JG Domestic because it was a convenient place to meet my mom between a Bolt Bus ride and a SEPTA train ride, but it has gone way downhill since I ate there a year ago. My pork sandwich was a pale imitation or one you could get a Dinicks or Tony Lukes. The turkey on my mom's salad was too smokey and dry around the edges as if it had been cut way earlier. The hosts, Sierra was awesome, but our waitress was sour and curt. If Jose Garces wants to keep making money in Philly, he better come back from Arizona and wright the ship.
  12. GL

    GreatLakesGirls

    Denver

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've eaten lunch here several times when visiting my employers Philly office and the food is always delicious and fresh.
  13. WA

    WAHDinner

    Philadelphia

    113 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They take us on time, food is great and service is first class.
  14. Z

    Zora

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2015

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    I made reservations for lunch last Thursday. We were seated right away, but had to wait a while for our server. Once he came, he took our drink orders which came right out. We then ordered because we knew going in what we wanted (Thursday's special). The food was delicious, but it took forever and I had to run back to my office for my 2:00 meeting. (we arrived at 12:30).
  15. AF

    AmyF

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2015

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    JG Domestic is a convenient spot for the business lunch crowd due to its location in the Cira Centre lobby. Usually loud and fairly crowded. Food is decent, but not what I would associate with Jose Garces and the Iron Chef crowd. Quality of preparation is a bit inconsistent, especially for this price point.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    63 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2015

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The menu has changed since my last visit. The hoagie of the month featured mortadella. When asked what that was, our server described it as "just a bunch of meats, sort of like bologna." Which didn't inspire a lot of interest. One member of our party opted for it, in spite of the description.
  17. BB

    BobbyBoy

    Philadelphia

    66 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2015

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Recent business lunch had the longest wait I have ever experienced. Chicken panini and a cobb salad is that complicated? Although waitress was apologetic for the incredible delays, she was absent for long periods of time. When the food finally appeared, it was the wrong order. When the correct order showed up, the food was just ok, and the serving size of the cobb salad was meager at best. The manager did appear and comp the lunch (we didn't complain or ask for that), so service recovery was appropriate given the situation. My lunch partner, who works in the area, remarked that "it's always something" when he has lunch here. My first time, so I have no basis to judge. But absent a compelling reason to go back, unlikely I would elect to dine here again. Disappointing given the many fine experiences I have had at other Jose Garces restaurants (love Amada and Tinto). Very poor reflection on the Garces brand.
  18. b

    belle

    Philadelphia

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2015

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The food was complex and delicious. The smoked carrots were revelatory! The heads-on shrimp and grits were full of flavor, though the portion was rather small. The burger was bit and juicy and everything you hope for in a burger. However, the service was spotty and slow--interesting in a place that you would think caters to business people who need to get back to work in a timely way. The coffee was lukewarm, and refills on drinks were hard to come by. But overall, a great restaurant. For us, it's all about the food.
  19. MA

    MattA

    Philadelphia

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice spot for a quick lunch meeting if you happen to be passing through the train station.
  20. p

    patty

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    NEVER DISSAPOINTED FOOD IS ALWAYS GOOD AND FRESH. My guests always enjoy it as well. The menu changes monthly and the specials are always fun. Favorite is the Cobb sald and Beet salad.
  21. l

    lanasmom

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service is always impeccable. BBQ Cobb salad is OUTRAGEOUS. Not dipping in BBQ sauce, but come with a tender, smoked chicken that's out of this world. Hummus to start always a fav. Veggie Burger is also one of my standbys. Always enjoy.
  22. FD

    FamilyDiner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2015

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Had a late lunch here with my wife. Despite the fact the restaurant is in the lobby of the Ciro center, it was quiet and pleasant place to dine. We noted that there plenty of other more private dining areas as well. We had excellent tuna melt and turkey club sandwiches which were well executed and unique. The tuna salad was quite tasty with white meat and capers. The turkey club had a locally sourced jalapeno bacon that put it over the top. The chips and duck fat fries were also quite lovely, the latter with a malt vinegar mayo.
  23. RC

    RedsCoverly

    Philadelphia

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2015

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    This restaurant continues to get worse and worse with each visit. I have clients in the Cira Center who sometimes have time constraints so JG Domestics is the best choice - and that is the only reason it is the best choice. The service is always hit or miss as well as the quality and preparation of the food. I enjoy several other JG restaurants, but this one needs a little help.
  24. TC

    TC2017

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2015

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Service was slow and inattentive. Our order was apparently misplaced / not handed to the kitchen - not just once, but twice. Which might have been tended to sooner, but we were ignored by the wait staff, completely. One of those things where you wonder whether it would be better to just walk out without eating. When food came - an hour late - it was wrong. But we dared not say anything for fear we would go without lunch. In compensation, one soda and one iced tea were deducted from the tab. And a life-time customer lost for good.
  25. BD

    BobDC

    Washington DC

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2015

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Was meeting someone and then taking a train south. Have been here before and pleased I came back. innovative and tasty menu with adequate choices. It is a bit noisy but could still easily hear my lunch partner. Very light and airy. good choice for us.
  26. e

    esilverb

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2015

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Just like at Rosa Blanca, the food, service and ambiance are all nice. The people are friendly. But the presentation lacks finesse. Sandwiches come on a white plate. No garnish, no color. Once there was a pickle spear. It all looks so uninteresting. I miss Chifa.
  27. ST

    SeasThoughts

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2015

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    We had a business lunch on Thursday, and while the ambiance of the restaurant was much the same -(we hadn't been in the place for nearly a year) the April specialty 'Poor Boy' shrimp sandwich was over done, the roll was sub-par and the flavor was terrible. Almost everything seemed overdone -- the drinks, the bourbon desert -- it felt like a novice chef was running the place. We happen to be fans of Mr.Garces and wish him well, but things have tumbled since we were there last. I won't even mention what our business guest said.
  28. WA

    WAHDinner

    Philadelphia

    113 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always perfect for a simple business lunch. Food and service are great
  29. E

    Ellen

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We walked through the train station to get there, and it felt like we had gone to another city for lunch. Well off the beaten track, JG Domestic is located in the lobby of the Cira Center, one of my favorite buildings in the Philadelphia skyline.. My husband had a burger and I had the beet salad, which at first looked small but every mouthful was so delicious and, in the end, I couldn't finish the last two beets, so my husband came to the rescue. The food was great and the ambiance was bright and cozy. We will be back next time we need a stay at home lunch that feels like a mini vacation!
  30. UF

    UrbanFarmer

    Philadelphia

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2015

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food here is great but you are in the base of a business tower. With that said, being in a business tower and so close to 30th street station, JG Domestic is the perfect place for a great lunch and drink in that area if you are meeting with friends or colleagues. Our service was amazing and I would definitely go back there when in the area.
  31. S

    Sleuth

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2015

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    The nicely crunchy and juicy the fried chicken was overwhelmed by the sweet coating under the crust. The open-face tuna salad sandwich was a bit sad.
  32. WA

    WAHDinner

    Philadelphia

    113 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The location of JGs is perfect. Add in great food and outstanding service and you have a winner.
  33. m

    melvin1summers

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2015

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Service was slow. Asked for more coffee and it didn't come until we got the bill. They rarely filled up our water glasses. We both got the veggie burger, which was delicious. For the price, it should really come with a side though -- like a small side salad.
  34. L

    Lisa

    Philadelphia

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2015

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I've been to a few Jose Garces restaurants and I've always been very pleased. From food to cocktails to service, J.G. Domestic is a five-star experience. I especially enjoyed the fresh farm-to-table local fair.
  35. s

    schwinn140

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2015

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Everything you are looking for when selecting a solid restaurant for work related functions.
  36. WV

    WVnon

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    1.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2015

    overall1food2service3ambience1
    however the soup temperature - not as hot as i like it on a cold day. but the flavor - quite wonderful.
  37. B

    Bob1258

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2014

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Staff could've been a little more friendly, but burger was unbelievable.
  38. DR

    DeRisbrook

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2014

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    I guess when you hear whispers about great food at a restaurant, one would expect a great experience. With only one lunch experience, I may not revisit. Would I recommend? Probably not. I live in NYC with great restaurants, and I thought JG was in line with an average lunch spot, not a superior lunch spot. Perhaps the food tried too hard to be great but I felt it missed the mark. Trying too hard is a wannabe move, not an established & respected chefs' move. Disappointed.
  39. l

    lulubelle

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Steps away from 30th St. Station, charming rustic pergola creates an intimate atmosphere within the sweeping lobby of the Cira complex. Glad we had a reservation for a busy Wednesday lunch hour, as the place was packed. Beet salad with the grilled chicken breast was excellent; interesting mix of flavors in the salad topped by perfectly juicy chicken. Tuna melt tasty, chicken and broccoli rabe pesto panini savory and fresh. Coffee here is excellent. I would recommend this place, and would go there again.
  40. F

    Foodsnob

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I always have the same difficult decision - burger or salad?? I know, silly. Both are delicious. This visit I went with the chopped salad with shrimp. The shrimp was grilled to perfection! This salad was filling and Delish. Of course I had to have fries too!!

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JG Domestic offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 222-2363.

JG Domestic is rated 4 stars by 726 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    29th St at the Cira Center, adjacent to 30th Street Station

  • Neighborhood

    University City

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:45pm Bar Menu: Monday-Friday: 3:00pm-7:00pm Happy Hour: 3:00pm - 7:00pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Tapas / Small Plates, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    $12 Self-Parking after 5pm is available with validation in restaurant.

  • Public transit

    Adjacent to 30th Street Station and easily accessible via all Septa Regional Rail lines, as well as Amtrak.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jose Garces

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (215) 222-2363

  • Catering

    JG Domestic, Chef Garces’ beautiful restaurant located in the Cira Centre, can host large social or corporate events The ultra chic space boasts a stunning panoramic view of the city skyline. Enclosed by glass windows with a scenic view of Center City, the Cira Centre lobby can be swiftly transformed into an elegant venue for any memorable occasion such as a seated brunch, dinner, wedding or cocktail reception for up to 400 guests. For more information and to schedule a tour, please call our private events team at 267-284-7979 or email events@garcesgroup.com

  • Private party facilities

    With the rustic meets modern décor and locally sourced cuisine, JG Domestic's unassuming event spaces are ideal for gatherings of business or the business of socializing. Indulge in the vast beverage list with a whiskey flight or beer tasting in the private room or bar area.

  • Private party contact

    Private Events: (888) 989-4030

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