Vernick Food & Drink

4.9
1632 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Located at 2031 Walnut Street in the Rittenhouse Square area of Philadelphia, Vernick Food & Drink is an inviting neighborhood bistro. Chef-owner Gregory Vernick, a Cherry Hill, NJ native, focuses on using extraordinary regional products to create a menu of approachable, globally-inspired dishes. The "Drink" side of Vernick Food & Drink features homemade sodas, as well as a carefully crafted selection of domestic and imported wines and beers and perfectly poured cocktails.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday-Sunday 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Bar: Tuesday-Sunday 4:30pm - 1:00am

Monday: CLOSED
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Phone number
(267) 639-6644
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Gregory Vernick
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
20th
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Parking details
Street parking is available. We do not have valet parking at this time. The closest parking garages include:
- Parkway: corner of 20th and Walnut St (outdoor lot)
- Rittenhouse Garage: entrance on 20th between Walnut St & Chancellor St
- Central Parking: 2027 Sansom St.
- Patriot Parking: 2102 Sansom St.
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Public transit
Broad Street Line: Walnut-Locust station
Market-Frankford Line: 15th Street station
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wine
What 1632 People Are Saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing. Food was delicious although I felt a few of the dishes were on the salty side (the mushroom soup amuse bouche, sea urchin with scrambled eggs, gratin that came with the sea bass)

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EC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was excellent, as always!

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JL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything!!! Omg the best!!
Can’t wait to go back.

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NY
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our favorite restaurants anywhere! We dine here whenever we come to Philadelphia (we live in NYC) and have even talked about hopping on the train just to dine here!

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AB
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was very good admittedly a bit pricey for what it was. I did find the food was extremely rich.

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B
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous menu, beautiful presentation, great wait staff, noisy but worth it! We’ll go again!

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

Fantastic service and incredible food. I can’t wait to go back!

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Z
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable experience, food was exceptional and service was too. I've been trying to get in here on previous trips to Philly and it did not disappoint. One of the better meal experiences ive had in awhile

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OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an AMAZING restaurant. If you consider yourself a foodie then you MUST go here. Everything we ordered and everything that was complementary was absolutely delicious and wonderful. I wanted to keep eating and ordering dish after dish. I went to philly for a few days and was doing research to find the best place to dine and Vernick is the place! I live in NJ and eat in NYC all the time and I would definitely go back to Philly just to eat at Vernick (I revisited yesterday and it was delicious). I ate at the chef counter a second time and would recommend eating there just to see the chefs work like a well oiled machine with everyone moving with precision and dedicated passion.

I went a second time and this place is AMAZING. The chefs are rock stars and had another amazing enjoyable dinner.

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OT
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome all around experience! My wife and I are huge foodies and haven’t been so satisfied since dining at California Grill, Victoria and Alberts, and Flying Fish. Everything was spot on and perfect. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

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PG
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

First time visit - enjoyed ourselves very much. Highly recommend.

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C
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and wonderful tastes! Entrees lacked the luster that I had hoped to continue after our toasts and small plates.

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GS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One would be hard pressed to find a more delicious meal, it was superb! There is always room for improvement so if I could improve anything... well... the service could be a tad warmer.

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g
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been here many times amd have never been disappointed. Looking forward to our next visit.

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GW
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic. The service,the food and the atmosphere.A true 5 star experience

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, we really enjoyed the Maryland crab on toast!

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b
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I haven't been here in awhile and I'm glad we came back. The food and service was excellent. The noise level upstairs where we sat was rather loud but we could hear our conversation.

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DM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing! And the service was great. Went for my 40th with friends; we had an awesome time.

I'd definitely go back to try more of the menu!

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M
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Vernick lived up to the expectations. The food is inventive and delicious. The wait staff is knowledgeable and friendly. The atmosphere is comfortable and classy yet not stuffy.

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JF
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal from start to finish. My wife enjoyed the crab last (a personal favorite of hers), steamed mussels with couscous (only wished there had been more mussels in the couscous), beef culotte steak, and sorbet. Mine included scallop toast, fettuccini with tuna bolognese, a perfectly cooked black bass and banana cream tart. Only complaint is the noise level (what ever happened to speaking softly in public?)

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We loved the foie gras and beef tartar toasts. They are definitely your signature dishes!

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JL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious food with unique flavors. Had a lovely time and would highly recommend to others

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent meal. All of the dishes exceeded our expectations. Wine was very good selection and quality. Overall service from our server and support staff was great. Overall quality of our experience was exceptional, and cost was well matched to quality.

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r
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What can I say, the entire experience was exceptional. A must for food lovers. The flavors were well balanced and exciting. Every dish was excellent.

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RB
Philadelphia
78 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal! Food was great! Service was outstanding. Wonderful evening.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful!

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S
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The mini soup and bread in the start was delicious! A little heavy on the salt, but still yummy. The mushroom toast was delicious! I wish they had more vegetarian options, there really wasn't and the waitress could care less to share some ideas, just pointing to the menu and saying this is it, was disappointing.

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EL
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had dined at Vernick shortly after it had opened six years ago, and this was our first return since then. We were delighted that this experience was as good as our initial one! Our server was excellent, clearly describing several complex menu items. We started with a toast (mushrooms and manchego cheese) which was exception. My wife then had the halibut and I had the sea bass. We shared our main courses with each other and both were so good we couldn't name a winner. This place is certainly worth a return!

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SN
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here to christen our move from nyc to philly. This is an upscale place that’s not pretentious with a humble, down to earth vibe. Love this place and will be coming back again.

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C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vernick was hands down one of the best meals I've had this year. Each and every item we ordered was a 10/10 both conceptually and in execution. The team even got us in almost an hour early for our business dinner. Run, don't walk, to Vernick Food & Drink.

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

WOW. This was amazing.

(In case you want more details - we had apple chutney and fromage blanc on toast; mussels and couscous, a mushroom tart, branzino, and a salted carmel panna cotta. A nice white from Alsace. Everything was phenomenal. I will dream about those mussels for many nights to come - briney, meaty, hints of sweetness from snap peas - delicious. The service was everything you want in fine dining - attentive, kind, knowledgeable).

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Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing! My husband and I went for our anniversary and we were so impressed that we could not stop talking about it. We are in the food and beverage industry and love going out to eat, but we are so often disappointed or underimpressed, but we were blown away by the creativity and inspiration behind each dish. Service and atmosphere were exceptional without being stuffy. Loved it!

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m
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly, I’m a foodie. I don’t even write reviews but it needs to be known, Vernick is the best restaurant in Philly. So many good places in Philly but the V takes the spot. Date, friends, social whatever. Get 2 toasts, the Uni, any pasta and the halibut (small but so incredible). 🔥

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SH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So happy to have spent our anniversary at Vernick! The food and service are top-notch, perfect for a special occasion. The menu is a little pricey, but absolutely worth it for a special night.

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M
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service. Creative cuisine. The roast chicken for 2 is fantastic

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p
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Despite our reservation, which was made several weeks in advance, we were seated next to the kitchen in the back of the restaurant. A limited menu was offered. The food was adequate as was the service. It was very pricey given the kind of good we ate and also the portions. We will not return nor do I recommend this restaurant to other diners. There are too many other fine Di I g establishments to choose from. Don’t waste your time or money here.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was incredible. From the service, to the drinks and especially the food. You MUST get the scallop appetizer!!

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M
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant was highly recommended so we made a reservation well in advance of our visit from Florida. The service was as outstanding as the food.

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LG
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second time for us, my brother was in town with his boyfriend and we wanted to show them how special Philly restaurants can be. Vernick did not disappoint! !!! We had mussels, clams the uni, oysters, beef toast for starters . My brother had the pork chop, 2 of us had the beef coulot steak, and my boyfriend had a shrimp dish. Everything was wonderful! We had early reservation so it worked out great, not too crowded, therefore not too loud at first. And then we could walk a bit afterwards.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding as was the food. I never get chicken out but it was excellent. We also loved beef tartar. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. The cocktails were not point too.

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