"There are three possible parts to a date, of which at least two must be offered: entertainment, food, and affection. It is customary to begin a series of dates with a great deal of entertainment, a moderate amount of food, and the merest suggestion of affection. As the amount of affection increases, the entertainment can be reduced proportionately. When the affection IS the entertainment, we no longer call it dating. Under no circumstances can the food be omitted" Judith Martin.
It reminds me of when Joe and I began dating. Going place to place, until one day we had a meal at a restaurant offering a suckling pig roast Chefs Dinner. We enjoyed the story telling from the chef as much as the food. It became our go to place. One of those special places we didn't share with anyone else. Romantic, whimsical, and all the things that a date night should be was neatly wrapped in this wonderful place.
I loved it so much that I would recommend it to passengers on the daily trains I worked, family, friends or anyone who would listen. Encouraging all who asked where to eat other than the touristy type places. The answer to what was new in the city. Some listened and would seek me out to thank me, they too fell in love with the overall charm, amazing service and the not to be forgotten the tasting menus that left you feeling like you needed to be rolled down the street.
I attended two pasta making classes, one I was joined by my best friend and the final with my Son. Ever late to the party, he too, learned how special it was. Weaseling his way to our final reservation. (Kids)
So tonight, we say goodbye to a wonderful place full of memories. This is thier final service.
From the Ciesielczuk-Campbell family to yours thank you for the wonderful dining experience. Thank you for always catering to our difficult allergy needs. Best wishes to the Wonderful Russet family.
Dining on the final Saturday before Russet closes. Simply the best restaurant I've dined in since moving here from the West Coast. The service? Beyond measure. The culinary arts? Just that...the most artistic and delicious fare. The setting? Romantic...always. Will most sincerely be missed.
This was our first time to Russet. We read about it in the May Food and Wine Magazine. We were sorry to learn that we were dining on the last night of the restaurant after 7 years of operation. Experience was worthy of coming back and food was innovative, delicious---staff excellent. Small, friendly, focused. Good luck to all the staff as they are hopefully absorbed in other food venues.
It was very sad to enjoy our last meal at this gem. The preparation, the people, the homelike ambiance were all special.
Thank you Andrew and the Russett crew.
We had a wonderful meal. Sorry you will close your doors.
We consider it the best restaurant in Philadelphia. Our experience at Russet topped eating at Zahov a week earlier. Excellent food. Russet is a gem.
Russet always provides a top notch dining experience. Food was great, servers among the best you will find, plus a BYOB!
This was our last dinner at Russet - which will close this week. Having dined there often & well, we'll miss it.
I have been to Russet many times over the years. I was sorry to hear that they are closing. I made a special trip from New York and my cousin came up from North Carolina to have one last meal at this wonderful restaurant. We will miss their innovative dishes. It was a great run.
Restaurant IS CLOSING SOON FOREVER SO YOU BETTER HURRY.
Remains a very good BYOB with a good seasonal menu. Convenient for shows at Meriam and Kimmel. Well crafted food. Menu can be a little limited as expected for fresh preparation at a small to medium size restaurant.
The atmosphere is small serene and intimate. The pasta dushes are sublime as are the desserts. The fact that it is BYOB is even better. Great restaurant in an awesome city.
I am a huge fan of Russet and will be sorry to see this neighborhood gem close. Decided to take advantage of Chef/Owner Andrew's talents as a culinary master by taking his pasta making class which was great fun. Andrew was informative and entertaining, my only criticism was: too much pasta for the meal. The pasta and sauces were all delicious, but three pasta helpings for the entree was too much (could have used a protein dish or more salad). Well worth taking this class to learn from the master, to enjoy the camaraderie of the family table setting in the courtyard and of course good food. Thanks to the whole team at Russet for many great meals and experiences.
This was a Father's Day gift for Tony. He loved it. The ambiance, the food and the service were absolutely fabulous. He said that the blend of the ingredients and the sauces was so well balanced that it was beyond compare. He shared that we will be returning. Imagine my reaction when we received the check and saw the farewell event card. We were so disappointed. It is unfortunate that such a wonderful establishment will be closing this month. Well, I guess we have to get back there ASAP.
Sorry to see such a good restaurant closing. Hope they open again after taking time off.
Finally got to try this great restaurant only to find out they are closing in a couple weeks!!!
My favorite in Philly. I’ll miss you much.
Very nice BYOB for pre-theater dinner. We enjoyed the zucchini ravioli, halibut, and snapper. The chèvre cheesecake was outstanding (if a bit petite).
Glad to have a few more chances to enjoy Russet. The guest/alumni chef provided a delicious five course meal with wonderful treats. Particularly liked the pasta dish and the halibut, but all good. Service was excellent. Russet is finishing with a flourish--thank you!
We had one night to visit when on a vacation in Philly and we made a great choice. Pity we heard the place is closing down soon, we don't know why.
Food and drinks were carefully created and presented, we enjoyed our evening.
Inventive, fresh cuisine. Unfortunately, it's closing end of this month!
Always a fantastic experience at Russet. From the food to the service, it was a great time out.
Russet was really wonderful. The food was delicious and our server was really sweet. The ambiance was very romantic and made for a great night. We ordered the spaghetti alla chitarra to start and it was very good. I ordered the sea bass and my boyfriend got the pork chop.
Everything was beyond perfect but then my boyfriend's pork chop came out and when he cut into it, it was completely raw. Inedible. A gentleman at the table next to us also had a raw pork chop. We quietly let them know, and the waitress was very gracious about it. About 15 minutes later a new piece came out and it was lovely.
We were a little surprised to see there was no offer of a discount or complimentary dessert or anything like that given being served raw meat is a big of a shock, but it didn't ruin the experience. We still loved Russet and are sad that it is closing, but wish the owners the best on their next chapter! If you can go before it closes at the end of June, I highly recommend it!
Lovely and delicious!
Terrific food. And a very friendly staff. The salmon was excellent as a main course, and we sampled a couple of the pastas as a first course. All excellent.
Sorry that this was our last visit to Russet before it closes at the end of June. But it was an excellent meal and I hope the owners and chef will relocate somewhere else in the not too distant future
Possibly my favorite dining room in Philly, among my favorites anywhere.
Russet has been one of my favorite dining spots since they opened. I find an excuse to travel to the city just to dine there. My choice for special occasions. I am going to miss Russet!!!!
Excellent as always. Stunning pork chop, delicious bass...
Outstanding farm-to-table restaurant, close to Kimmel and Performing Arts area. Very fresh food, prepared exceptionally well. Best pork chop!! Scallops, Sea Bass were also excellent. No wine uncorking fee. Server was also very attentive and helpful. Would Certainly go back again.
I met a friend here for dinner. I'm so surprised that this restaurant is on the Philly Mag top 50. It's not that great. The food was good enough, but there wasn't anything outstanding about it. We ordered the lasagnette (sp?), beet soup with arctic char crudo, tile fish, and scallops. They were all good. But I wouldn't come back here again. Oh and we ordered the brown butter tart (I think it was), and I didn't care for that.
One of the most excellent meals I've ever had. Mushroom lasagnette was beyond heavenly and the scallops over fennel/onion slaw was orgasmic. I heard they're closing and that's a shame as I'd want to return many times. Go now before that happens!
A delightful evening with wonderful food and impeccable service! Thank you!
Always our favorite dining establishment in Philly and, for that matter, anywhere that we've dined on this planet. To be greeted by Rory at the door is quire enough to guarantee a delightful evening or, in this case, exquisite brunch. Our server, Bethany, so skilled, professional, delightful,outgoing, and engaging in conversation, made us feel so much at home. The food, the artistry in preparation, always the best anywhere in our estimation. We always return with our taste buds prepared.
The meal was wonderful. The food was delicious. Three in the party had the tilefish and were very happy. I had the lamb and it was terrific. We shared apps and desserts. All excellent.
Although the menu is not huge, the diverse menu and use of in season ingredients resulted in a fantastic meal!
Excellent food and service. Even though farm to table they were creative with preparations
We love Russet and so sorry to see it closing in June. It has been our long time favorite place to dine when in the city for the Philly Pops shows, of which we are season ticket holders. All the best to the owners and their employees.
Delicious food and great service. This place will be missed.
I shall miss this wonderful restaurant. Food, service and ambiance are always first-rate.