Russet

4.6
1626 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
An ingredient-driven BYOB restaurant dedicated to serving seasonally available local products with a focused, but constantly evolving menu reflecting the best meats and produce from our region.
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent- everyone loved their meal.

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Pittsburgh
59 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our meal. Spaghetti Chittarra was excellent as was the parsnip soup. Ambiance is perfect and noise level allows for conversation!

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H
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flawless. I LOVE this restaurant. Local food in season, imaginative menu.

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i
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I went to Russet with my gf for Valentine's day. It was my second time there. I had a good experience when I went there for the first time, but if my most recent experience is any indication, quality has dropped significantly.

The Valentine's day menu sounded really good, but it was uninspired. Five dishes were served. I had a scallop tartate, guinea hen galantine, spaghetti alla chitarra, veal leg and a chevre cheesecake. The dessert was by far the best dish - it was very good, in fact. The spaghetti was also satisfying, but the other three dishes were subpar. The meal was certainly not worth the $85 pp it cost us.

I don't plan on coming back.

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D
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

All the food was good but we got the hen for our second course and it was one of the worst plates I have ever had. It tasted like cold spam and was confusing on how that was passed as an option

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s
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Preshow dinner

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g
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Russet is consistently good--very interesting, fresh, menu offerings that change virtually every day. Always enjoy the Sunday supper and the friendly and professional staff moved things along so that an early concert time could be accommodated.

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LC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We drove in from out of town and found this restaurant in philly magazine's top 50 restaurants. It was a quaint and lovely experience. It's BYOB and there is a state store just down the street.

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n
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Creative and healthy cuisine convenient to the Kimmel Center.

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S
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Fresh ingredients and great combinations of flavors. Pasta dishes were amazing and vibrant. Main dishes were excellent as well. Small place which was very nice for conversation. Our waiter Tony was so kind and sweet. We stayed for about 3 hours and had a fantastic time.

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l
Philadelphia
84 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Russet never fails to disappoint. Warm inviting atmosphere, attentive staff and excellent food.

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BF
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very good dinner, can't wait to go back for a second meal

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JB
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the sweet potato soup and fluke. Pasta dishes were excellent. Was a very cold night and every time the door opened we got a big blast of cold air. Concrete floors didn’t help. Service was informative and attentive. Dessert were just average nothing special. Will try again.

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TM
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner at Russet before going to see the Philly Pops at the Kimmel Center. Awesome food and service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, delicious food

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G
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A joy as always. Unlike some places the restaurant week menu is not dumbed down. No skimping on portion size. While selections were limited the size and quality was equal to regular menu.
Fish (char) and beef mains were lovely. Soup delicious. Dessert tart wonderful with very crisp crust. Good robust coffee
Love this place

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P
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful gourmet restaurant that has an elegant but homey atmosphere. The staff was very friend. The food was delicious. We appreciated the restaurant weak value, and we will return sometime.

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u
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Noise level for table were at was fine. But elsewhere in restaurant it would be a problem

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NH
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delicious meal. The artic char was cooked to perfection. Everything else was seasonally inspired and well seasoned. Service was professional, gracious and warm. Thank you for such a great dining experience!

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P
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We visited here for the first time during restaurant week. The food was unique and delicious. Great space and not too loud. The service was mostly ok. We had a weird experience as a server (not our server) took our unfinished bottle of wine only to realize minutes later to return and apologize. Instead of clearing the table at once, that same random server would stop and take one or two things at a time. Only to return and do it again minutes later. The weird lingering just made us uncomfortable, which is unfortunate as everything else was a good experience. I would still consider returning in hopes that that server wouldn't be around.

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s
Philadelphia
56 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Can be chilly on Tuesday night if it's been cold on Monday (when it's closed). Nice food, though portions were small for Restaurant Week. Friendly service.

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DS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely restaurant. It’s warm and inviting and the staff is pleasant and professional. A Restaurant Week deal if ever there was one. There were three of us, so we shared the 3 appetizers and 3 entrees on the special menu. All the food was thoughtful and delicious. I especially liked the velvety Celery Root Soup w/House Smoked Salmon and the perfectly cooked Seared Arctic Char w/Parsnip Purée.

There were 5 dessert selections and we could only have 3, but based on what we did have I can’t imagine there were any bad choices. My favorite was the Double Ginger Cake w/Eggnog Sabayon, it tasted like Christmas. From the provenance of their ingredients to a hot pot of quality loose leaf tea at the end of our meal, Russet is a thoughtful restaurant from beginning to end. We can’t wait to come back.

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g
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had an excellent Restaurant Week meal. Beef shoulder and the cheese tart dessert were sublime. Will go back.

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MK
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the BEST restaurant experience we’ve had in a LONG time!!!

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s
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, and fabulous service. Highly recommend! We can't wait to go back.

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BW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Went for restaurant week with expectations in check but looking forward to trying one of the places on my bucket list. Our food was pretty good overall, but both of us who ordered the Arctic char were disappointed to find that it was riddled with bones. Each bite had 1-3 bones which had to be picked out. No one came to check on us as we were eating, so we didn’t get the opportunity to say anything until right before dessert was served. We shared that the fish was delicious and cooked well, but not acceptable due to the bones. After we shared the issue with the server, she said she’d mention something to the chef, seeing the pile of bones on our plates and agreeing that should not have happened. The next time we saw her she brought the check and mentioned nothing further. After checking the bill and confirming the whole amount had been charged, I asked the server what the chef said about the issue. She basically brushed it off, saying he was surprised and that it shouldn’t have happened. I mentioned that in similar scenarios it’s customary to address the issue in some way and, nearly cutting me off, she said “well let me go talk to a manager”. She returned a few minutes later with a curt “We took one entree off the bill, how’s that?” with zero apology. Ultimately, it was a fair way to make up for the issue, but we were very disappointed in the apathetic approach taken by our server and the staff.

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g
New England
24 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for restaurant week. Great food overall. The lemon verbena panna cotta was the highlight for me. Really enjoyed the entrees, as well.

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l
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Server was amazing! I wish I had gotten his name. Ambience was great for a BYOB. I felt like I was i a NYC brownstone having dinner It was too dark but I managed. The food was average at best. The potatoes were so undercooked in my beef dish. The salmon in my celery soup was too large a piece to swallow. The blue cheese Tarte was very lovely.

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J
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner! Amazing service! All in all a great evening.

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RC
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We tried Russet for restaurant week because we had heard rave reviews about the food. Although I made my reservation well in advance we were seated in the back where they host larger parties. There was a table of six grown women who behaved like teenagers, frequently screaming and squealing like they were the only ones in the room. Our party of four could barely hear each other over the noise. I am of the opinion that if a restaurant wants to have a space for larger parties, they shouldn’t subject others to the discomfort. We should have been told that there was no other seating available thus giving us the opportunity to make other arrangements.
About the food, it was mediocre at best. I had the beef shoulder and it tasted like over cooked, reheated beef. My husband shared my sentiments as he ordered the same entree due to the limited RW menu.

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P
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently above average. Servers are knowledgeable and professional. Excellent use of local food.

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L
Philadelphia
99 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have now been there 3 times. BYOB. Top 5 BYOB's in the City. Generally a short menu, with small selections. Can be a good idea to call ahead to scope out the menu.
That being said, preparation is top shelf.
Outstanding.

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DN
Philadelphia
106 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful New Years Eve meal! Typically a night that is tough for restaurateurs - they met and exceeded all of our expectations. First of all, they provided a lovely prix fixe menu with five courses and so many nice choices in each category. Between the four of us we tried many of them. All hits and no misses as far as we were concerned. The place was busy - it is cozy and charming yet elegant in a subtle way. Staff is great. Shout-out to our waiter Tony - he helped us to enjoy the evening and was wonderful. Thank you. We will return. FYI - It is BYO so no trendy cocktails etc. here - but bring your own!!

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

New Years Eve

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SA
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I went with a party of 4. We were happy with the space, the service, and the food overall. The vegetarian option, which was delicious and creative, was disappointingly small, however.

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NM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazingly delicious and our server was lovely. We went there for our nine year wedding anniversary and loved the whole concept.
The building was beautiful and window installations unique and artsy. The restaurant is very romantic and chic. I recommend it to anyone who likes fresh food and a relaxing environment.

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RS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Honestly it was just okay but I really wanted it to be great. Appetizers were very small for the price and lacking in punch-packing flavor. I got the red snapper which was delicious. The people I was dining with got the lamb and salmon and those were just okay - not particularly memorable or “the best I ever had”. For dessert we ordered the ginger cake which was okay and the butterscotch fondue. After ordering our waitress told us they were out of the fondue (even though the restaurant was half full) and asked if we wanted the mousse instead. The mousse was bland definitely not worth the price. Would have been a nice customer service gesture to comp it since our first choice was not available. Overall I can tell why on a Friday night it was half full. Service was great but food was not. Glad I tried it but don’t need to go back.

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TK
Portland
25 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having traveled to Philadelphia on 16 occasion in the past several years, we have dined at Russet each time. Our evenings at Russet now feel more like a renewal of a friendship with each member of Russet's family and we vow to return to 1521 Spruce on our next visit, and the next, and the next.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood byob with creative cuisine (ex: a hearty beet soup with braised tongue or saffron pasta with calamari lardo cauliflower)

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