Saloon Restaurant

4.8
885 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Entering the Saloon, a family owned restaurant since it opened in 1967 is a bit like stepping into Philadelphia's past. Dark oak paneling, shiny brass and authentic local antiques create a warm congenial and casual atmosphere. The choice of two comfortable dining rooms each with its own vintage bars make dining and conversation a relaxed and enjoyable experience. Both bars feature a delicious and moderately priced food menu. The menu is Italian with seafood specials such as grilled octopus and dover sole. Saloon steaks and veal chops are legendary. Many prefer a plate of fried long hot peppers to compliment the steaks. All desserts and gelatos are made on the premises daily. The Saloon is a Philadelphia neighborhood bar and restaurant with a national reputation. And the parking is FREE!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Thursday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 627-1811
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Oscar Reyes/Jerome Palumbo
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Fitzwater Street
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Parking details
FREE PARKING in our private lots. we have 2 parking lots with an attendant on each lot.
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Special events & promotions
On this monday, August 12 we will have a special guest chef, Stacy Diplaccido. She is the head chef at Fitzwater Cafe and an instructor at COOK! She will be offering a special menu for that night from 5pm to 10pm. Regular menu will still be available.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 885 People Are Saying
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Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Other than the fact we arrived a few minutes before our reservation and the request we made for a table required us to wait about 25 minutes as our table had just been given to someone else the food and service was marvelous.

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Baltimore
43 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old country Italian cooking, the way it is supposed to be, excellent!

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Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

ok but boring- same tied menu
If you want to eat the food of 1980 this is your place. Service with this steak and lobster spot should be brilliant but was only acceptible

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l
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent!!!! Be coming here since i grew up blocks away. It even better now.

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JA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just moved into my number one slot. Food was unbelievable. Calamari and peas with the Italiano for apps and the risotto for entre !!

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our experience at Saloon so much! The atmosphere is an experience in itself...walking through the door is like stepping back in time. The service was outstanding. Our server, Angie (I believe) was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful in assisting us with menu options...so many great choices that we were having a hard time making decisions! There are also parking options, which is fantastic for those of us that don't do much city driving! If you are looking for a place for a romantic dinner or special occasion, you should absolutely consider Saloon.

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EH
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was just mediocre. The room was brightly lit and service was fair.

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L
Philadelphia
247 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

In days gone-bye, we ate almost weekly at the Saloon. Then, over the years, we would try again, only to be disappointed. This occasion proved to be good with the famous Saloon salad and pasta. We will start visiting, once more.

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S
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was right!

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t
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Was looking for a steakhouse that wasn't a chain. A neighborhood spot that the locals love. We found it. A great blend of chop house and italian dishes that made choosing entrees very difficult!

The clam appetizers were amazing. Clams steamed in white wine as well as clams casino. The grilled octopus salad was also fantastic. Octopus was perfectly cooked.

Two of us went with the surf and turf -- a filet and lobster tail. Outstanding. Even the drawn butter was tremendous.

Service was impeccable. Attentive and quick without being intrusive or hovering.

Can't wait to go back.

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BK
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian experience in Philadelphia. Service and food are impeccable every time.

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TF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic atmosphere. First two floors with decor and lightning look like an authentic saloon . Third floor not special . Excellent service. Delicious food. Expect to spend some money. Free parking with validated card ! A plus !!

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Boise
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great overall experience!

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ES
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was absolutely delicious. It was authentic Italian. The service was good! The host at the front was friendly and funny. The young ladies telling specials and desserts were friendly and willing to help. The actual waitress could have been more friendly, though. I will be back for more authentic Italian someday!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful antique looking place with delicious food and nice quiet atmosphere:)

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CR
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The last time I ate here was with my grandmother 35 years ago. In town for a couple of days and friends lived about two blocks away so we had to go. The food - outstanding. Service - welcoming and pleasant; everyone, the bartender, host and wait staff treated us like old friends. Desserts were equally good. Will definitely return next time we visit.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service

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WE
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible meal and service. Went for my friends birthday Monday night and everything was incredible but especially the service. Everyone was attentive and our server was hilarious. Overall great experience. Would definitely recommend and consider this place a hidden gem.

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S
New England
20 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Saloon never disappoints. Excellent food and service. Great atmosphere. My wife and I drive over an hour to get there and it's always more than worth it!

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DD
Philadelphia
173 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing dinner loved the new veal carpaccio appetizer and the Dover sole as well great cocktails too. Fabulous service as well always a wonderful dinner

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E
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal in an old time established restaurant with great service. Beware when ordering a special though, the prices are exhorbitant.

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k
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's been years since we've dined at the Saloon and it is still one of my favorite restaurants. The atmosphere is great especially in the second floor where we were seated. The service was fantastic, very friendly staff and the food was outstanding as always. I highly recommend it for a any occasion but especially for a special occasion.

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DF
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Saloon is a classic. Great ambiance and the decor is really cool. The wait staff is top notch and the food authentic and great. Saloon Parking lots are a major plus. Check it out.

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DN
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think it was my favorite thing about Philly. So wish we had a gem like this in Katy, TX. Food was outstanding. Loved the history of the place.

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DK
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved every thing about still one of the best restaurants in Philadelphia.
Great Live music on the weekends probably makes it the best.

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KL
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service ! and the meal was fantastic

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. Consistent excellent food, great atmosphere, tremendous service.

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C
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites whether for lunch or dinner. It is consistently high quality in every way. Amazing specials. Deciding what to order is always difficult because everything is delicious.

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EM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great meals, and if you have a fascination for antiques-this is your place!

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WC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has been one of the best in Philadelphia as long as I have been going there which has been 30+ years.

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j
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Saloon is a Philadelphia tradition. It is as excellent today as it was 25 years ago.

There is something to satisfy even your pickiest eater. And they are always creating innovative spins on the classics. Lemon water ice martini, anyone?

The bar is a friendly place and I always feel at home as I wait for my party or stay there for dinner.

The service is from a byegone era. Accommodating is the best word to describe it. They asked if the music volume AND the temperature were okay. Who does that today?

The waitstaff are fantastic and knowledgeable. Incredibly professional.

There is no place like the Saloon.

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RS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have not been to the Saloon since the late 70’s early 80’s it was everything I remember and more. I will not wait this long to return. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

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Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food for the money.

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Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Great waitress delicious food. !!!!!!

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DD
Philadelphia
173 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food cocktails and service wonderful desserts too. Try the Dover sole and the bronzino and don’t miss the cheesecake it’s outstanding! You can’t miss at this restaurant

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t
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal. Never disappoints.

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j
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at the Saloon is always nothing but impeccable. The service from the second you walk is friendly and professional. Drinks are large and the food is amazing! I ordered the lobster franchise, it was perfect, as was everyone else's meal. Make sure to leave room for dessert.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seating location was in a one table sun room setting on the second floor overlooking the alley..... BEAUTIFUL!!! thank you for a perfect night.

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R
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic in every way! I recommend Saloon for any occasion. Service is excellent as is the food. Tables are spread apart enough for private conversations. Loved it!

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