Saloon Restaurant

4.8
927 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 927 People Are Saying
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DD
Philadelphia
183 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always incredible food drinks and service completely amazing dinners every time we celebrate a special occasion at the Saloon. Thanks for always making our dinners memorable

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AV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always a great experience. Good food, good wine and friendly service.

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JS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Have never had a bad meal at The Saloon. It's a bit pricey, but the food is excellent.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great for the special occasion... anniversary or birthday

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T
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Saloon never disappoints. It is managed and run with all of its staff committed to it's excellence. They use only the finest ingredients and take no shortcuts. I highly recommend anyone interested in going out to lunch or dinner that wants an outstanding dining experience to try the Saloon. Philadelphia's finest Italian restaurant.

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c
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family was there to celebrate my husband’s birthday. We all enjoyed the food , the service and the staff.

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w
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is consistently one of the best restaurants in Philly

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a
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time back at the Saloon since we moved away. Nothing has really changed. Sat at the bar for a cocktail before dinner. Bartender was terrific. Had a smile on his face the whole time we were there, and made a point to small talk with not just the locals, but out-of-towners like us. Great time.

Our server Alyssa was beyond awesome. She made our dining experience one to remember. Charming and helpful with some advise: attentive but yet not intruding. Big smile.


Overall experience was beyond fantastic. Highly recommend this stop.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Everything was wonderful - the ambience, the service, the food. Thank you!

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BJ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service in an old Philly setting. We had a most attentive server who offered an extraordinary list of specials. The old wood panelling could have come from England. Very unique spot with excellent food and service. We had the large filet, crabmeat over angel hair and great french martinis. Lots of fun in a unique setting!

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was very good, except I had a lot of bone and fat in my veal chop. Also, we had a after dinner drink at the bar and it tasted very watered down. We did enjoy the vibe of the place and the atmosphere, service as well

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m
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never had a bad time or a bad meal here!! Love their food, and they have amazing specials!!
Also make a great Old Fashioned!!

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K
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Wide variety. Terrific service. Sooo much food! An old stand-by but as good or better than ever.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

We found long hair in two dishes. Restaurant handled it well but certainly will not go back.

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G
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, and food. Definitely going back.

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CL
Philadelphia
98 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is awesome and sooooo delicious. Highest quality and well prepared. So many options and specials it’s hard to decide. Our table had delicious mushroom risotto and burrata apps. Bone in veal chop snd the most delicious double Bronzino filets done with egg wash delicate coating and white wine. Dessert tray to die for. With four cocktails four glasses of wine and two desserts cane to about two hundred per couple so not cheap. Beautiful wood panel restaurant that has been in business for many decades. Two bars. Nice for special occasion. Old school traditional fine dining.

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OT
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never had a bad meal at the Saloon. Best place in town

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OT
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We are regulars. We had a very noisy group in our room and the room was cold. We dine early because the noise and migraines don‘t mix well.
The food is so good and the service is excellent and so we make this one of our ‘go to’ Philadelphia restaurants.

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FG
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, ambiance is nice and enjoyable. Fun place

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T
New England
17 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent from the moment we walked in. My husband and I have been here quite a few times and it is always consistent. This time we brought some out of town family and their comment was “if we lived here in Philly, we would eat here every night”. We started with the baratta and the clams. Both excellent. 3 of them ordered the veal park on the bone pounded thin, they loved it. I had the bronzini francaise with lump crab meat, excellent! All 3 desserts we ordered were also excellent but the chocolate chip cheesecake melted in your mouth. Highly recommend and look forward to the next time we go back

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LE
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall Excellent . Food amazing . Service very friendly and attentive . Room has awesome vintage feel . A bit pricy but worth it ! Only thing that was a bit odd was that they reservation asks if it is a special occasion , and I answered 'Aniversary' . Upon being seated we were pleasantly greeted as such "So I understand its your Anniversary' and that was it , no follow up . It is the first time in 38 years of dining that I ever had a restaurant make note of an special occasion and not offer a glass of wine or something (and I don't drink so I would have politely declined , and it would have cost them nothing ) . I truly think it was an oversight ! Still 5-Star ! And will return soon ! Highly Recommend !

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JR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best eggplant parm ever, a must visit for all occasions, great place before a game or show at Wells Fargo

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JO
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and unbelievable food! This is still one of the best restaurants in Philly

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B
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took out of town guests here for dinner on a Friday night. Everything was perfect. Our guests were duly impressed by the food, ambiance, and service. The only suggestion I have is that the restaurant print a menu with the daily specials. The server in our area of the restaurant had a booming voice and we had to listen to her repeat the specials several times during the course of our dinner to the surrounding tables. It was rather amusing to the point that we had the specials memorized by the end of our meal. But, all in all, the restaurant is a real winner.

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DM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our waitresses were very nice we were sat upstairs the waiters were obnoxious and cursing the entire time we were up there! I get it downstairs is loud but upstairs was extremely quiet at this time!! I’m the furthest from a complainer or to get upset @ cursing but they were extremely unprofessional!!

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DP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant had been recommended by an acquaintance. Had six in attendance - great atmosphere- excellent service by Sarah and outstanding food.

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A
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great time for the 5 of us before seeing the play, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The appetizers and soup were so delicious. Everyone’s entree was amazing and the wait staff were very attentive. The entire meal was good even the bread and desserts. Always recommend this gem!

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B
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous meal; the ambiance was terrific, and the service was outstanding.

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P
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous restaurant. Beautiful people working there. Fun. classy, vibrant atmosphere. Phenomenal authentic high-end Italian fare. If you have never been to saloon you are definitely missing out on a quintessential Philadelphia landmark. Worth the wait. Worth the money. Go.

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OT
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st floor is very loud! We were seated on 2nd floor, thankfully. Food, drinks and service outstanding.

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P
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice evening with the family. Ordered many appetizers, meals, wine and cocktails. Service was great, food was very good, ambiance was comfortable.

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KW
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing at Saloon. We had the Radicchio appetizer and Veal Parm meal. Both were so delicious. Also loved the old style atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is great. Nice vintage decor makes it warm and charming. The host was a seasoned gentleman who was very kind.

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

Everything was awesome!!! Complimentary desert for our anniversary was a nice touch thank you!

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MW
New England
16 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven't been here in years and I don't know why! It's easily one of the best meals I've had in the city in a long time. All of my out of town friends loved it too. The homemade ravioli were hands down the best I've ever had, including my own. Great wine, great food, great atmosphere!

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G
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always have a wonderful dining experience here. The service is impeccable and the food is so delicious. The lobster francaise is my favorite! Can’t wait for our next visit.

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VV
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An classic steak house . Great vibe , excellent food , and attentive service.

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P
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

Absolutely love this place. It is our go to for any special occassion

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MS
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find! I know this restaurant has been there for years yet this was the first time I visited there. A totally wonderful night. The staff and food were spectacular. Parking too!

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TR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Haven’t been to the restaurant in over 30 years...kind of forgot about it... but. Went to see and hear Andrea Carlson and rediscovered great food and wonderful atmosphere and entertainment.

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