Rouge

4.5
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$30 and under
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For twenty-one years, Rouge has been Rittenhouse Square's original dining destination with a commitment to impeccable service, quality food, and ingredients. Rouge remains a favorite among locals as well as visitors for atmosphere and park-side seating.


Come sit, eat, drink, relax and watch the city of Philadelphia go by.
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New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming staff, cozy atmosphere, delicious brunch - fantastic smashed potatoes, coffee like Paris, sensational avocado toast. Yum!

DB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great deal for restaurant week. Excellent service. We will be back.

M
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Louder than I remembered, but stellar service, food and ambience. A gem

B
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My only complaint was that it was very cold.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They acknowledged our anniversary and gave us champagne with a candle which was very much appreciated!

M
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Too noisy for us. Even before the fire alarm went off and they couldn't fix it.

I
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Food and service were excellent.

P
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Restaurant week occasion. Server was very friendly. I gif the crispy chicken sandwich which was cooked perfectly but the sauce on it was barely edible. Not needed! The app was a pretty crudités with whipped feta and it was good. The dessert was a trio of small pastries: caramel filling cream puff (ok), key lime tart (lovely) and flourless chocolate torte (tasty). The restaurant is lovely and I would probably go back.

CA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nicely done

PF
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down one of the best tasting lunches I have had. We went for Philly Restaurant week. The Brussel Sprouts were amazing! My Cobb salad was fresh and on point with the dressing. Props to the Manager and Sous Chef Matt because the service and food were A++. They took great care of us! Highly recommend this little gem!

BK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Service was horrible. Very undercooked entree. Didn’t refill water glass. Waiter nowhere to be found. Stuck older people at worse tables. Age discrimination.

A
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

I recently went to Rouge for dinner for restaurant week. The interior of the restaurant is quite small. There’s minimal seating and the bar takes up about 50% of the floor space. It was rather cold because the windows facing Rittenhouse Square were open and it had become rather windy outside.
As for the food, it was disappointing. We had a salad and the salmon with mushrooms; not particularly tasty. Desert was skimpy.
The wait staff was pleasant; no complaints there.
Overall, between the food, the super small space and the cold air, I wouldn’t go back.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Enjoyable service and excellent food!

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not a very extensive menu. It was ok

JW
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience4

The waitress was fabulous, but the hamburger was tasteless.

OT
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We had a very ok meal at Rouge. Everything we had was good but we’d had better. We split the French onion soup and had the fried chicken sandwich and the scallops. Drinks were amazing but NYC prices. For what we paid, it should have been incredible. Not sure if I’d return for food but will come back for drinks because the decor and ambiance are lovely!

JC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful! The food was so good and the service was excellent!

M
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Birthday celebration hostess and waitress did a great job to make it a great celebration

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went out with my parents for lunch as part of our Christmas tradition. The service was prompt, the food was excellent (I had the farro and kale with poached egg and my parents had the smoked salmon Benedict) and while the waitress had definitely mastered talking loud and clear, I might not have chosen to eat here had I realized how loud it was just because my dad has trouble hearing with that amount of background noise. I think it’s something about the space in the restaurant. Just something to think about if you have someone who is hard of hearing in your party.

DJ
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Food is very good, we have been there before and with the change of owneership, it is still very good.

BA
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Please turn down the volume on your music.

FM
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time visit. Great space and menu. Server super nice and had suggestions. Did have to ask 4 times for a soda. Only flaw.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Dined for Sunday brunch. Service was very slow and the restaurant was crowded and noisy. Salmon benedict and lobster scramble were good but not worth the wait.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch and drinks!!!

JP
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

I was disappointed at Rouge. At first, it looked like a really cool spot. We ordered the cheese plate appetizer. It took a while for the plate to come out and when it did, it was underwhelming. The waitress didn’t even tell us what kind of cheeses we had (they are not listed on the menu). After she left, we realized they had forgotten the bread to put the cheese on. We informed the waitress who brought it over soon after. Then about 45 minutes later, our entrees finally came out. I had the spaghetti with clams and my gf had the burger (two meals that should not take more than 20 minutes to prepare). My dish was excellent. She had ordered her burger medium well and it came out very rare. We sent it back and it came out a few minutes later appearing to be ok, until she bit into it. It was still extremely rare all the way through, and it was clear the cook had just microwaved it until the outside looked cooked. Additionally, the burger was kind of boring. It was HUGE, which is likely why it was undercooked, but there was nothing special about it. I thought people cane there for the burger. If the cheese plate was cheaper, if the food had come out at a reasonable time, and if the burger was cooked it would’ve been a great dinner.

SH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed Rouge! Great ambiance. Staff excellent and attentive. Menu great. And view in to Rittenhouse with holiday lights beautiful. Highly recommend.

E
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

For the reputation it has, I thought the food was poor and the menu options not great. The pomme frites came to the table lukewarm and with no salt. The salmon had absolutely no taste. It must really be more of a bar than a restaurant. I will not return.

M
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’d always seen Rouge’s outside tables next to those of Parc, and thought they would be somewhat the same, side by side competitors, dealing with the popularity of Parc. Not so! Outside dining days were over and I decided to book a table for Saturday lunch. A delight! Great menu, really friendly, intimate ambience (versus the hubbub of its neighbor) and I am eager to get back for dinner. Lovely, smaller place with great food, decor and situation!

AL
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rouge is always a wonderfully indulgent experience. Love it!

RW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rouge is simply the best restaurant on Philly if you feel like having a little bit Paris in your life.
The cocktails are always inventive and the food is absolutely wonderful.
I treated myself for my birthday and loved it!

DT
Atlantic City
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner!

MB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was great. The food was amazing. We got the herb chicken, ribs, and crab cake. Plan on going back.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

We hadn't been to Rouge in a while. We were seated right away, and our waiter was fantastic. Friendly, attentive, had good suggestions, but also wasn't in our face or trying to rush us out (it was crowded). He was possibly the highlight. The food was very good. It was a bit pricier than I remembered -- we each had one glass of wine; we split crudites; we each had an entree; we each had dessert. It was $150 with gratuity, which was a bit steep. But, again, food was great. They cram as many tables as they can, so we were a bit on top of other diners -- thankfully we were against the wall, so we only had folks to one side of us. They turned that table of four next to us into two tables of two, and it got really cramped. We'd always eaten outside, which is always super fun, right on the Square, so being inside was a new experience. The music was very loud. So, the ambience was not ideal, with the cramped quarters and loud music; food was very good, even if pricy; service was incredible. We'd go back, but likely in nice weather so we can eat outside; and we'd likely only go for a special occasion, as it was a bit steep.

SR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was so incredibly attentive and kind. It was a very busy day and I barely got reservations yet when I was running late they managed to hold the reservations for half an hour. I made the reservations on Urban Spoon and mentioned that it was a first date and the hostess was very aware of that and found a nice little intimate table off to a corner. I have rarely found this kind of extra mile effort attentiveness. Well done and the food was of course excellent

MA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent. Ambiance was a bit old world, but we really liked it and felt very comfortable. Only issue was on second round of wine they brought a cheaper wine. Not sure if it was intentional but when we pointed it out they corrected it and offered us the miss-pour as well.

LO
Philadelphia
274 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

This was our first visit since 2010; time does fly and the city has SO many great restaurants to try! All of our dishes were good but nothing was a wow factor. Our server was adequate and pleasant, unobtrusive and did help us make one decision - tuna tartare over the octopus. Even though it was a fairly cold early evening, we were dining pre-theater, we were able to be seated inside with the doors open to the Park with the assistance of an overhead heat lamp. The tartare, more like a poke, was very flavorful as was the beet salad for our starters. The clam pasta and crab cake were good but nothing extraordinary. We passed on dessert. Maybe next time we go for the famed burger and keep it a little more simple.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It is a great restaurant at a great location. The Rouge burger is to die for, however, the french onion soup was the worst I've ever had. The broth had no flavor and tasted like water. I will go back, but will not order that soup.

BO
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Our seats at brunch had a generator vibration under them. The lights dimmed at one point and we were told it was an electrical problem. One order came out wrong but was very quickly corrected. Place is very small & we were sitting almost on top of the next table. Overall not good. Will not return.

PK
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not enough things to say about how awesome this place is. The location by the park is amazing, food and drinks were outstanding and the service was top notch!

c
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect all around