About Rouge

For fifteen 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.

205 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Continental

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm;
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 - 4:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Tuesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm;
Wednesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm;
Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am

Cross Street:
Walnut Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 732-6622

Website:
http://www.rouge98.com/

Executive Chef:
Sam Noh

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Rouge Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (10)
Cozy (9)
People Watching (8)
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Good for a Date (7)
Casual (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Romantic (6)
Business Meals (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Scenic View (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Authentic (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

We always look forward to our lunch date at Rouge. We are never disappointed. Great food wine and service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

I am usually charmed by Rouge, but I think they were having an off day. The food was just fair and it seemed gloomy somehow. Probably because of the weather. Our waitress was very nice, though, and I would still recommend it. Everybody has an off day now and then.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Good food at a reasonable price for the area; very low key and easy to have a business lunch

Tags: Casual, Business Meals
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 1, 2018

great dinner great service with wonderful wine pairing selections. the only issue was we were first seated by the bar which was packed and spilling over into our dining area. the restaurant was essentially empty, yet when we asked to be reseated there was some push back in sitting in the back of the restaurant, away from the front door with a draft from the 20 degree weather outside.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The food is consistently good at Rouge, and it is great sitting at a table by the window facing Rittenhouse Square or outside in warmer weather enjoying the street view.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Went here for lunch the week before Christmas -- it is a very small place so difficult to get reservations. The menu is varied, but doesn't have a lot of options for someone that doesn't like out of the ordinary. Opted for the grill cheese special with soup; the girl cheese had provolone and horseradish cheese with tomato/spinach and the soup was minestrone. The sandwich was great, however the soup was basically a tomato chunk with bits of carrots and very few other vegetables. The waitress was very nice, although service was a bit slow. Not sure if we would try this restaurant again, need to see the menu ahead of time.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The lunch menu has a wide variety of choices from soups salads sandwiches to platters. Everything is always interesting and attractively presented. Service is friendly and efficient. The setting is attractive and comfortable with most seating on banquette. Prices average less than $20 and are excellent value

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Loved the food selections and specials — it was hard to decide what to get. The pho was soothing to my cold, and the squash soup was hearty and flavorful. I had hoped for more from the fish tacos, but the romantic ambiance made up for it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Couldn’t get a seat next door at Parc so decided on Rouge. Rouge was empty! Asked in reservation to be seated at window. That didn’t happen. Dining partner ordered seared tuna salad. Inedible. Tuna had so much gristle it was gross. Sent back for soup which was good but not hot. My veggie burger was good buf nothing special. Won’t be back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 20, 2017

The day boat scallops were delicious and prepared perfectly. My husband had the roasted chicken which was flavorful and tender. The drinks were wonderful and the service was terrific- professional and friendly. I highly recommend Rouge!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The chopped salad was delicious and the bread pudding was amazing! Our server was great too!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Good food, good service, pleasant atmosphere. I recommend it.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Food and wine were excellent . . . service a little slow but the waiter and staff were very pleasant.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Everything was good from the hostess, waiter, food, drinks, and bartender

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Cozy, Casual, Romantic, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 5, 2017

We ate dinner early because of a 7:30 show. As the restaurant was not yet full, service was quick and noise was low; and because of the warm weather, the windows onto the street were open. All of this was very pleasant. The food was excellent (the scallops with pork belly were unusual and delicious).

Tags: People Watching, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Beautiful fall day and a table outside at Rouge, it doesn't get any better! Lunch was good. You can always count on Rouge for a quality meal and fun atmosphere.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Great evening.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 25, 2017

I love having lunch at Rouge. It is the closest thing in Philadelphia to the café culture of say - Rome or Paris. Once a seriously hip joint, it has matured into a very pleasant restaurant. I have frequently extolled people of its past and then said the food is good enough to have survived on its own. Rouge is a great place for a business lunch. But even better as a spot to grab a table on the street overlooking the park - get a drink or two - and not go back to work.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Scenic View, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Food was very good, service was excellent, but did not appreciate the bar scene. Might be best for those 30 and under.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Always great. Good. Drinks. Buzz. Very approachable environment.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 11, 2017

As always this restaurant does not disappoint . Great atmosphere, great service and good food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Gluten Free Options, Tapas, Sunday Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Heirloom salad was everything. Mule was delicious.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Lunch food was not very good. Must have been an off day

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 12, 2017

The food was poor quality and expensive. I was unpleasantly surprised when I walked in and the hostess was wearing a crop top. Not impressed with this restaurant.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Dark and cozy, but sophisticated. Frank gives a whopping two thumbs up.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 5, 2017

WE had outdoor seating....it was great weather !!! WE had calamari and a burger. Split both and portions were huge. Our waitress Jill was fabulous!!! Thank you JILL!!!! It's always delicious and the service was the best!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Food was delicious - especially the salmon (entree)and brussel sprouts (appetizer)! Our waiter was awesome - attentive and personable and also let us have lots of time at the table just to chat. It was lovely having the windows to the street open. The restaurant did get a little too warm towards the end of the evening but other than that it was great!

Tags: People Watching
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 13, 2017

I heard a lot about Rouge but after finally having dinner here with a friend, I was a little disappointed. The mussels were not seasoned well, but my entree was better. My dinner partner did like her meal, but our overall experience wasn't what we thought it would be. I guess we should have had a burger.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Food quality and service is not what it use to be.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Cozy and pretty space, with good sidewalk tables, very good food, really nice service. I'm in town for business, didn't want to eat at the hotel and this was a near by Open Table recommendation. I'm glad I went. BTW, the tuna tartare was as good as the waitress suggested.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Finally tried the Rouge burger! Definitely surpassed expectations.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Never fails to disappoint. Great service, food and wine 🍷

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Delicious meal! Will definitely return in the future

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Wasn't in love with our server and the burger was over cooked. Salmon dish was amazing. Probably Would go back but I would sit at the bar and not get table service.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 1, 2017

We enjoyed an evening together outside on rittenhouse square viewing the park

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 1, 2017

A Philly favorite! First-class.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 10, 2017

Salad was fresh and tasty. Loved the ambiance. The waitress was knowledgeable of menu and made recommendation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Scenic View, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Great burger. Pasta was undercooked with big clumps of pasta clinging together. Sauce and shrimp were good. Wine was expensive, one glass just a little less than my pasta. Good fries. When bar cleared out a bit the noise level decreased significantly. We ate inside, no room outside but looked like a better choice.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Quick Bite
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 3, 2017

We hadn't eaten at Rouge for at least 2 years (for accesssibilty reasons), and wow, the food was not anywhere close to what it used to be. We shared a number of appetizers and small plates - everything was lukewarm and bland. That being said, we didn't have the burger, which always was tried and true in the past. Hopefully that is still good. The atmosphere was still lovely , and the service was friendly and prompt - but the other 2 restaurants on the same block of 18th Street are head and shoulders above foodwise...

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 (New England)·Dined on March 16, 2017

A little too small (cozy?), and we felt rushed. Otherwise, a very nice dinner.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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