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

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (29)
Romantic (27)
Seasonal (22)
Authentic (20)
Healthy (18)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Casual (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Fun (10)
Organic (7)
Great for Brunch (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

Outstanding farm-to-table BYOB.
Portion sizes are perfect. Our meal was delicious; we'll be back!

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 (Portland)·Dined 2 days ago

We drove from Lancaster, PA just to have Saturday brunch at Russett. It was our anniversary and we wanted a special place to celebrate. And Rissett was special indeed .... very cozy, quiet, atmospheric, fantastic service and wonderful, tasty, delicious food! Their BYOB policy also allowed us to bring along a favorite Pinot Noir, so our celebration was quite a success! We’ll definitely visit again, as well as recommend it to others.....

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

Great food! Scallops were delicious! Ravioli app was very tasty but small. Bread was just ok, nothing special.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

We went to this restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. The hostess was very inappropriately dressed, I was under the impression it was a fine dining establishment, not a night club. The server was there to turn and burn. He dropped the bread on the table without a word and turned to another table. It was good bread, I would have liked to know what kind it was. Overall I was hoping for more hospitality. The food was rustic and different. The sauces were the best part of each dish. My entrees first discriptor was Brussels sprouts, I found 2 leaves, no more.. very disappointed.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

We always enjoy dinner at Russet.
Freshly prepared food. Interesting choices.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Our second time there and just as great as the first!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

The atmosphere was perfect for a date night. The dining room was in the first floor of a converted brownstone and was lovely. The appetizers were very good. My husband had gnocchi and I had homemade spaghetti with chicken and mushrooms. Both were excellent and had great flavors. The apps were much better than the entrees. I had lamb chops and my husband had roast chicken which looked like fancy feast cat food. The lambs chops were cooked perfectly but the flavor was pretty plain. They came with some kind of potato cake which I did not like and mushy, flavorless brussel sprouts. It was more expensive than other BYOBs in the city as well.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

It was a rainy day. Our timing was post brunch rush. Other than a loudly screaming child, all was really excellent! After telling is the brunch special cheddar scones were sold out, our server returned to say freshly-baked ones were just pulled from the oven! YUM! When I started with a salad, the server offered that I could switch out my now superfluous side-salad on my entree for potatoes or cheesy grits! YUM! All the right moves!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We just had one of the best meals we've ever had. We started with the cheese plate, with three local cheeses, all fantastic. Then we had gnocchi with a mushroom sauce and a salad next; the gnocchi were amazing and the salad was deliciously dressed. For entrees we had wild striped bass with jerusalem artichokes, and arctic char with some kind of greens, beets, and some citrus. Both were perfectly cooked and spectacular. Finally we had a little chocolate cake of some kind--it was excellent.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Ordered appetizers, entrees and desserts and everything was lukewarm and portions were too small for the price. Even seemed like a ripoff compared to New York pricing. Disappointed.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 8, 2018

I loved the atmosphere. The food was creative and delicious. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Delightful find serving gourmet food. Set in a row house converted into a restaurant. Well worth returning.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

In the past I’ve had a wonderful experiences at Russet, the atmosphere is usually perfect for an intimate date night. However on this evening the restaurant booked 3 large groups simultaneously and the noise levels were extremely uncomfortable in the small space.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Grilled rouget, winter greens, veal shoulder, coffee turtle sundae. All perfectly prepared and beautifully served. As always, a warm and wonderful experience.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Food was very good and very unusual (we had to have a glossary lesson before we could order). We sat in back room which was fine but not charming in any way. Waiter was very good but prices seemed high. BYOB helped a lot.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2018

A delicious surprise as a 1st time at Russet's since they took over the space that used to be
Ernesto's years ago, a past favorite of mine. Russet will be at the top of my list of Center City restaurant choices pre/post- theater rather than the newer 'notable chef' additions that are noisy and have not so interesting menu choices. The stuffed Artic Char was a winner for me, fresh as can be from inside out and very tasty. My friend enjoyed her selection of 1st course apple and lettuce salad that I can attest to having sampled some, featuring a deliciously
tart sweet dressing. Her other 1st course choice calves liver, she enjoyed as a main course.
The service was pleasantly attentive from beginning to end. The small apple tart we shared
and good hot decaf coffee was a perfect end. It was nice to be so close to the Kimmel Center,
too, on a very cold night.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 1, 2018

We had a lovely dinner at Russet. We particularly appreciated the fact that there are always vegetarian options. Although the restaurant was almost full, it was quiet and our courses arrived well spaced. We were served both still and sparkling water (gratis) and brought our own wine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Service was efficient but not in our faces; food was lovely, unusual and so tasty. The room is beautiful, not too noisy, but not so quiet you can hear the conversation at the next table. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 1, 2018

This place never disappoints. Superb waitstaff, great food in a pleasant atmosphere. I really enjoy dinner here and I plan to return often

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on February 1, 2018

After a long absence overseas, I returned for a few recent visits and was delighted to see it still ranks as one of my favourite restaurants in Philadelphia. The daily-changing menu never fails to provide a wonderful selection and the ambiance is very comfortable.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Great food service and atmosphere

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent use of veggies, seasonal foods. Noise level tolerable. Don't forget to bring good wine with excellent pairing

Tags: Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great service. Friendly with good suggestions. Leisurely dinner with no rushing. Food choices and portions appropriate. Enjoyable, especially as BYOB

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Make your appetizer Sweet Potato Lasagna a main course entree. It was wonderful and would make a perfect main dish.

Ginger Bread desert serve slight warmer.

Maybe a little more lighting at some tables. We noticed some people using smart phone flash light to read the menu.

Wonderful restaurant.

Tags: Great Beer, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

My friends and I have a great experience with Russet during Restaurant Week. The restaurant itself is lovely and we felt comfortable. Right away we noticed that there was an ample amount of wait staff. Our server was very responsive, knowledgeable and friendly. We were all pleased with our food choices. Our meals were expertly prepared, fresh and delicious. We especially loved our desserts. The only possible drawback could have been that the menu was limited; however, we had no problem with the choices available. We found it to be an excellent value for the money and it's a BYOB!

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

First course was fine. Nothing to write about. Then it went downhill. Server brought entrees to the table while my date was absent..seems weird to leave hot food at an empty seat or with only one person there. My entree was actually cold. Sent it back and it came back out less than 5mins later..still cold on a hot plate. Service was spotty, had to waive people down, servers came to the table with other table's dirty dishes in hands, never removed empty bottle or bread basket. Overall underwhelming. Restaurant was very cute, loved the vibe but probably won't be back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2018

The service was great,look where nice, food needs work for better taste.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 23, 2018

I wish I could give this place 3.5 stars. I enjoyed everything I ate. It does however taste like a dinner I could get by a very good home cook, not someone professionally trained. This might be a positive for some and a negative for others. It can get a little loud because there aren't enough soft surfaces to absorb sound.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Superb! Always a great evening!
First class

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great environment and food. Sustainable and delicious.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Healthy, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Love it!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Russet was very cozy. The food was delicious. First course and main course were very impressive. Desert was a let down. Overall I would return. I hope they bring the last course up to par with the first and second courses. Restaurant has tons of potential. We will definitely return. Waitress was efficient and very cool. The vibe was eclectic and fun. It is a great place for dinner pre-theater. Choices on menu showed real thought and desire to be different. Execution of first and second courses was excellent. Bold and rich flavors, thoughtful presentation.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Most of our food was great. However we dined during restaurant week and 2 of our party of 4 got the trout for dinner. Both fish had a lot of fish bones and were not properly filleted. When we informed the waiter, he just responded asking if we want it boxed to take home. Was a little odd of a response. Otherwise the meal was nice.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The food was absolutely delicious. I cannot wait to go back.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

whoa, this food was delicious and the service was impeccable. We went here for restaurant week and highly recommend the lamb.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Russet was an awesome dining experience. Everything was excellent from the service, food, and atmosphere. Farm-to-table dining is becoming more popular and this restaurant is a perfect example of why. The food was inventive and delicious. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Healthy, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Great food, very rich and buttery. It's a small space, but has a nice romantic ambiance. And the service is excellent.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 17, 2018

I always love eating at this beautiful restaurant. And I always order the fish, no matter what. Delicious and cooked to perfection. Although my friend got the vegetable gratin which was perfect. The cheese plate was yummy. We liked all of the desserts but the citrus pana cotta was amazing!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Per usual, Russet provided us with an enjoyable atmosphere, kind and attentive service, and delicious food! Their restaurant menu was lovely, with ample option. Claire, our server, was pleasant and attentive- she gave us a generous serving of butter because we had said how much we like it! Great place, great meal, very happy, per usual.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Great food, locally sourced and fairly priced. It can be noisy on a busy night, but it's not too distracting. Menu often features dishes you rarely see which speaks to the drive and creativity of the chef and staff.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Organic, Seasonal
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