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

Russet Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Local Ingredients (37)
Fit for Foodies (35)
Good for a Date (35)
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Neighborhood Gem (32)
Creative Cuisine (31)
Cozy (27)
Pre/post Theatre (25)
Special Occasion (21)
Seasonal (20)
Romantic (19)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Authentic (14)
Healthy (14)
Organic (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Casual (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Fun (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Business Meals (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
People Watching (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The occasion was for my mother's birthday, and a pre-theater brunch. She is a vegan, so I always need to see the menu to make sure she has choices . We were so happy with the food and the fresh ingredients - everything that we had was delicious and we will be back again!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Russet specializes in food sourced locally. I think that this is a strength of the restaurant.
The menu was innovative without being unfamiliar to the ordinary diner. Our waiter was attentive and filled us in on some local Philadelphia history while taking our order. The BYOB policy was great for us, as I have a wine collection and was spared the expense of a corkage fee when I arrived with one of my wines. And that wine would have cost much more on a wine list than the retail price that I had paid. I noticed that most diners did come with a bottle of wine.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

My fiancé and I went to russet after reading reviews. We went to celebrate the 1 year countdown to our wedding. Not only was the food amazing but the service was also spectacular.

Tags: Organic, Healthy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 1, 2017

You can definitely do better than Russet for brunch. I hope they are better equipped to handle dinner service. They only had one cook when my friends and I went for brunch which would have been fine if we didn't have to beg for coffee refills. Then beg for milk for the coffee. The food was fine but nothing special. Shockingly the server started clearing the table while one of my friend's was mid-bite. It was embarrassing especially since the place was only half full. If the place was packed and they were trying to turn the table I would've understood that. What was the rush otherwise? I could excuse the bad service if the food was exceptional but it isn't.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

loved the atmosphere, food, and service. Local ingredients, warm environment, attentive staff, and creative menu options. tasty and fresh.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Wonderful changing menu. Considerate service. For farm to table afficiandos

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Generous portions, very tasty, great flavors. Appropriately attentive service. I love the intimate space of this house-converted-to-restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Very high quality and excellently prepared food by a husband and wife team. The homemade pasta and the desserts were fantastic!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Russett was totally perfect for my girlfriend's birthday dinner. We arrived on the earlier side of the dinner rush and enjoyed the majority of our meal as a private dining experience! The staff were friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Everything we ate was incredible! Highly recommended!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Lovely converted brownstone, but disappointing food. Our party ordered frittata, lamb, red snapper & pork shoulder ... only the snapper was worth the money. Lamb was very fatty & chewy; frittata was strange combination of flavors & pork was over cooked. The desserts were underwhelming, the three peach sorbet was tasteless :( we won't be back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Visited Russet as part of Restaurant Week. While the food was delicious, I felt the menu was somewhat limited in that there were only 3 choices for the restaurant week pricing.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The food was OK, nothing special. For restaurant week, OK but despite living across the street I wouldn't go again. Also the noise level was way too high. A top of the line restaurant should do better.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2017

It was Phil restaurant week. Selection was excellent. The choices selected were excellent. Russet is now a favorite spot.

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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