About Russet

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.

1521 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Organic

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm;

Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday beginning at 5:30 PM

Cross Street:
Between 15th and 16th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 546-1521

Website:
http://russetphilly.com/

Executive Chef:
Andrew Wood

Additional:
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Ring in the New Year at Russet with a very special menu. Toast to 2018 with a complimentary glass of champagne, followed by a five course menu (with choices) for $95 per person! Please reach out for more information.

Russet Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (34)
Creative Cuisine (33)
Local Ingredients (33)
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Fit for Foodies (32)
Cozy (29)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Pre/post Theatre (27)
Special Occasion (25)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Seasonal (21)
Romantic (19)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Authentic (14)
Healthy (14)
Worth the Drive (11)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Fun (9)
Organic (9)
Casual (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Tasting Menu (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Business Meals (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (New Mexico)·Dined 2 days ago

We enjoyed our meals at this small Philadelphia charmer. Menu is on the short side but there were good options on the evening we were there: 2 fish offerings, three meats, one pasta. We split the pasta as an appetizer and it was very good. I had the lamb loin (a bit overcooked/tough) and my husband had the veal chop, which he said was quite good. I had apple cake for dessert. It was very tasty but also small. Note: no liquor license so BYO.

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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·Dined 3 days ago

Enjoyed another excellent dining experience celebrating with friends to initiate an early start to the holiday season.

The menu options, preparation, execution pacing and service were outstanding.

Highly recommend Russet.

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Russet is a perfect restaurant and the food is spectacular. It's always different each visit and I'm never disappointed. This is a BYOB restaurant which is a plus but it is the food which has you returning. Amazing.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Seasonal, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Great BYOB in an old brownstone. The menu is very simple and limited, but the selections were sufficiently varied to appeal to most tastes. My wife and I shared a 3 cheese plate as an appetizer which was presented with cherry compote, dried apricots and honey. For entrees we had a vegetarian pot au feu Provençal style and a fluke on a bed of vegetables. The fluke was rolled into an attractive round cake shape for a creative presentation. Everything was delicious and we topped it all off with an apple sauce cake and coffee. Would definitely go back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Unfortunately we were disappointed. The staff was pleasant, the menu promising and the decor warm and inviting. The food was pretty bad. The vegetarian entree was a few root vegetables swimming in broth, the chicken was over cooked, though the mushrooms were good. The dessert was skimpy but OK. For $23 plus per entree it was way overpriced! even the bread slices were tiny.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

Always a fine evening at “Russett”— never disappointing

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (London)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Quaint, neighborly restaurant in residential are of Philadelphia makes it feel like home.
Great service from friendly and competent staff.
Food is from local farmers and prepared well.
Dishes were only interesting however, not amazing and some didn’t make sense at all in terms of blending things that didn’t work like salami and vinegar. Vegetarian option for main course was bland and portion skimpy.
Worth a try however as the menu changes daily.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Absolutely amazing service. They accidentally broke our bottle of wine and instead of just comping some food, they went to the local liquor store and picked up an identical bottle for us! It was our first visit and will def not be our last!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 29, 2017

As always, the quality of the food is exceptional, the product fresh and high quality, service is excellent, polite and knowledgeable staff, and atmosphere is quiet and reminds me of a quaint hidden restaurant in the Parisian Latin Quarter. Highly recommended

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Great relaxing vibes in a pleasant atmosphere with great service and wonderful rustic dishes! A wonderful evening was had by all! Thank team Russet!

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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Bit pricy, but honestly every time it's worth it. If you want to treat yourself to some beautiful food, quiet rustic atmosphere, and quality service, this is the place to go.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Casual, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This meal was a real disappointment. Having read other's review's, I expected much more. Nothing we ate was remarkable, and some of it was downright bad, like the semolina gnocchi, which was a pile of mush covered in cheese. The vegetables accompanying our fish were raw Our appetizers left us with low expectations about what was to come, and sadly we were correct. We did not consider dessert based on the other 2 courses. Nobody came over to our table after we were served either course to check on how things were. This apathy could have been because we were a large party and they knew that 20% would be included automatically. I would not consider a return visit.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Fantastic experience
Great farm to table great use of local ingredients. Simple and elegant

Tags: Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We had a wonderful experience from the hostess greeting us to scooping up the last morsel of our dessert off the plate. Lovely restaurant. So happy to patronize a restaurant that knows where their food comes from.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Awesome, creative and delicious as always.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

This was our second time here and both times have been fabulous. Food is superb and service is very attentive and knowledgeable. It is also very convenient if going to The Kimmel Center or any of the arts venues on the Avenue of the Arts.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Healthy
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

We had the sea bass and it was as delicious. Only recommendation is to have cream on site for coffee. Best that could be offered was whole milk. Otherwise all was excellent.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Disappointing experience. The dining room is excessively loud, which we knew from before so we tried a Sunday evening. The menu is limited and does not necessarily correspond to the website. The crepelle was mediocre enough so that I did not finish it. The fluke was too spicy and for good reason, the fish had almost no taste. The portions are on the small side and the pricing on the high end.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Wonderful menu with delicious, creative food. It's limited to choice of 4 appetisers, 4 mains and 4 desserts plus cheese, but we all had something different. Great Sunday night 3 course supper menu too for $38! Lovely 'homey' feel to restaurant and friendly staff. BYOB so even better.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Went here to celebrate a birthday and it was fantastic. Found was excellent and our waitress was top notch. The kitchen is very flexible with requests as well.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Organic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

So-so food from top to bottom. Not the care in cooking I’d expect from a place so highly rated. Service was fine. Dozens of better restaurants throughout Philadelphia. Wouldn’t recommend.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We were disappointed in our meals at Russett. The appetizer portions were small (especially the pasta) and the mackerel on our salad was still raw in the middle (the server agreed it was undercooked and took it back to the kitchen to have it cooked longer). The entrees were all underwhelming- kind of bland and not balanced between proteins and accompaniments. The desserts were the best part.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

My second or third time at Russet. Wonderful food and service each time I have visited. I love this gem of a restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Fun, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 25, 2017

This restaurant shows up on a lot of “best of” lists so I expected a lot and it fell short. It wasn’t very busy which I guess also says a lot. The beef shoulder was a bit fatty but the swordfish was delicious.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Delightful

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Lovely and cozy spot with fresh and innovative food and wonderful service - one significant problem is the noise level and lack of background music to help shield - if not crowded and people speaking very quietly and respectful of others, it can be managed . On our most recent evening there we heard an entire conversation of a couple at least 10 feet away and soon Before we left, a group of friends were annoying the whole restaurant.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Romantic, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 24, 2017

We were very disappointed with the food at Russet. We have eaten there several times in the past and always had very good experiences. This time, the greens in the salad were tired. My husband's pork chop was so raw, he had to send it back to the kitchen. When returned, it was better done, but still very tough - he spent as much time cutting away fat and gristle as he did eating. My thick swordfish steak was also undercooked in the center, so much so that I could not cut or eat that part of it. None of the food was particularly tasty or attractively presented. We expected much more of a highly-rated restaurant, especially in light of a BYOB check of over $100 for dinner for two. Doubt we will give it another try.

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 (London)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The sunday supper was completely on point. Each course was amazing. Our favorite was a fall salad.

Tags: Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I expected great things given Russet is on Philadelphia Magazine's top 50 list. We were disappointed. Our server opened our wine and didn't even pour it into our glasses. Food was average at best. Super close tables, very warm and extremely loud.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food, terrible service. It was my first time there so hopefully we just got a grumpy waiter and usually the service is better, but he seemed actively annoyed with us every time we had to interact.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

This place is definitely not worth the hype. The menu is very small. Our waiter was pretty rude and gave us attitude throughout the night. The meal was very expensive and not worth the food. Only benefit is that it's a BYOB, but you're definitely not saving yourself any money due to that. Restaurant is in a good location and the ambience is nice.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Dissaponting meal. Server made us feel like we were asking stupid questions. Swordfish entree was just okay - a bit salty and not that warm. The pumpkin dish our friends ordered was mediocre and had more mushrooms than pumpkins, and not a lot of flavor. I regretted taking our friends to this restaurant given all of the great options in Philly.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Experience was excellent! Definitely worth a visit or two or threew

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We were about 20 min late for our reservation due to multiple road closures for some type of regatta. We alerted the restaurant and they said we needed to be done within an hour or so. But when we got there we were treated warmly by the staff and not rushed at all. Menu is on the small side, but choices were well rounded enough that we each found something. All dishes were very good. And for us “salt fiends” there was actually salt on the table. Small thing but important for some of us. BYOB really helped with overall cost. Definitely will return,

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

I have to admit I was disappointed in Russet. I brought some guests from the UK and though the food was good, overall, one of the dishes (fish) was over-salted and found to be unpalatable by one of our guests. The service was really mediocre - waiter had the personality of a cinder block and was not really attentive or all that nice. The decor was actually kind of embarrassing and peculiar. Sigh. With all the fab dining options in the Rittenhouse area, I have to say that I won't be back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 12, 2017

My food was delicious. I had the lamb with white beans. Since it is BYO, the price was very reasonable.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 11, 2017

I finally made it to Russet! It’s been on my “to try” list for years but just keep forgetting about it. Not on anyone’s hot list anymore, but clearly there is a reason it has survived. Now I know why and glad I finally made it! Cozy room (if it’s busy you want to be seated in the front room), loved my autumn lettuce starter and wonderful local hake with generous serving of deliciously charred broccoli rabe. Fresh baked artisan bread and byob with mellow, friendly staff and it was a winner of a Tuesday night. I’ll be back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 11, 2017

As usual the food, service and atmosphere were excellent. Fresh and quality ingredients in every dish.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Restaurant has an intimate, old home feel. Wait staff had excellent teamwork. Fresh, eclectic menu with limited choices, not a bad thing. Had scallop tartar, which was creamy and refreshing. Fluke main course came in a delicious, rich cream sauce complimented by root vegetables, broccoli and cauliflower. Peach sorbet for dessert had a great texture and fresh peach flavor. Prices are quite reasonable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Charming ambiance, skillful, unpretentious service, and beautiful, seasonal, locally sourced menu. Food was unfussy and deceptively simple, but with great depth of flavor and complexity. Every aspect of the presentation was restrained and perfectly judged. Just a wonderful experience from front to back. We will be back!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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