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For 2
Date
Thu, 4/26
Time
10:30 PM
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Saloon Restaurant

4.8
770 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 770 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Outstanding. Authentic old world Italian cooking, wonderful wine selection, excellent service.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Another wonderful meal at the Saloon! Food was great!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

did a girls night at the Saloon food was amazing and so were the drinks!!! Had a great the!!!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

We hadn't been to the Saloon in several years and returned Saturday night with a last minute reservation. The food and service were better than we remembered, and we plan to return again.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Tried this place for our anniversary dinner and we were very pleased. I had surf and turf which was a hefty 11oz filet and a lobster that was generously stuffed with crab. Wifey had salmon that also was “stuffed” with crab and sat in a creamy white sauce that I could’ve bathed myself in. It was so good that if I was left alone I think I would’ve licked the plate. Dessert was a cannoli cake that blew us both away.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Always treated very well when I bring my family here.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

The service was impeccable and the food was excellent!

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

This hidden gem is a great place to get a drink and light meal or to celebrate a special occasion. The staff were all extremely knowledgeable and very attentive. The food was delicious and beautifully prepared. We love this place and will be back!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The Lobster Francaise was amazung

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We were excited to go to Saloon last Friday night and were surprised that there were multiple times available, not a great sign for a top choice restaurant. We were seated immediately. The waitperson was friendly and recited tons of specials. Unfortunately no prices were included so we fell for the $50 appetizer sample. It was just ok and the stuff peppers were not hot. The bisque and salad were very good. The desert billed as made in house seemed like it was not too fresh. The biggest reason I would not return was felling we were rushed. We felt that being constantly services by a variety of waitpersons was a signal that turning the tables was the primary objective even though the restaurant was only 1/2 full. I hope the food gets better and the emphasis changes for table turning to responsive service because the ambiance is very nice.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

I haven't been to the Saloon in many years. I'm so glad we went. It's still very old school there. We were greeted my the maitre d' and shown to our table. The wait staff were great. We weren't rushed. The drinks and food all came at a nice pace. And that food was delicious. We'll be back.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Outstanding food and exceptional service . Great atmosphere. Truly authentic northern Italian food.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Birthday meal— phenomenal

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Would recommend highly! Very good meal with excellent service.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

It's been a long time since my last visit. It was truly amazing. Food was excellent! I would come back for any number of occasions. We over did it because it was a special occasion. However I'm sure we could find meals that would be great and not as much as we spent. I was not disappointed at all. Thanks for a great meal

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Awesome birthday dinner. The saloon is one of my favorite restaurants

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Excellent with the best waitresses and waiters anywhere. Their menu presentation is worth the visit.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Just love going to the Saloon! The restaurant has valet parking in addition to a great food. The Saloon is really unique in it's decor. The restaurant has delicious food and a perfect menu for everyone in your party. It's a lovely place to dine for all occasions . Once you dine here you will go back again. It's one of my favorite restaurants in Philly!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The Saloon is an upscale (but fairly traditional) Italian restaurant with many menu choices, with a staggering number of "specials", so there's pretty much something for everyone. This restaurant has been there for decades, so it's a bit of a Philadelphia institution. The interior is wood-paneled and ornamented in traditional "saloon" decor, so it's a nice ambiance. It's on the pricey side, but the portions are large enough, in general, to carry half of your dinner home. We went to hear the jazz group Hot Club Philly, and unfortunately, were seated behind a wall so we couldn't see them, although the sound was pretty fine. We could also have taken a better seat at the bar, but there was a large crowd of people at the upstairs bar waiting for seats, and also we wanted dinner, since the food is really good. On Saturday nights, you need reservations, and still, there are always crowds waiting for tables. Upstairs is where you'd want to be.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

I treated my son for his birthday as we both really enjoy good food. This restaurant is nearby and I have been there several times over the years. We really enjoyed our meal and would recommend it in a minute. Only problem for me is the expense!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We had a party of 8 and the food was amazing! Everyone raved about their individual dishes. Service was great with no complaints at all. We will definitely be going back. We wished we came earlier to spend time at 2nd floor bar. Highly recommended!!!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Loved the ambiance, great service, and delicious food!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The service was exceptional. The food was great.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great food and service!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Went with friends. Potato leek soup was delicious. Veal picante was ok sauce was a little heavy. My friend had the Filet and mashers and she said it was excellent as was her salad.
Would definitely go again. Waitstaff was excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Mark was fantastic at having our requested table avaliable. Gabriella was a phenomenal server, very friendly and attentive. Frank had our drinks spot on. Thanks for another great night at the saloon

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1.0Dined on March 11, 2018

I'm really not sure how this place received so many high votes. The food was mediocre, wine list was sad, and the service staff dressed like tramps. Everything was extremely dated. I was hoping to find a gem based on the reviews but the whole thing was an embarrassing amateurish hack of an experience. Very disappointed.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Excellent from beginning to end!!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Awesome food. Delish. And Christa was a great server.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

A South Philadelphia classic. My favorite “go to” restaurant. Richie, Mark, and Tommy are outstanding hosts in every way. I just love this place!

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

After not having been to the Saloon for many years, enjoyed lunch for a friend's birthday and we couldn't have made a better choice! Food was delicious and high quality, just as it has been for many, many years. Portions were generous. Our service was better than top notch thanks to the helpful and attentive, Anthony. And, the dessert selection was extensive for a lunch offering. If, like me, you have not been to the Saloon in a while, get there soon and go back often. I plan too!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Saloon is a excellent resturant from back in the day. The decor downstairs reminds me of where I grew up in neighborhood. From beginning til end was amazing

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

This place is always amazing. Quickly becoming our go to spot for date night and special occasions. The food is amazing. The stuffed poblano peppers are TO DIE FOR. They always have an extensive list of specials that does not disappoint and the service is top notch.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

This was the first time back to the Saloon in about 20 years and it is still terrific. I will return soon.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Dinner was awesome as usual! After all of these years the Saloon is still on of the best restaurants in Philadelphia.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

the veal was excellent (as usual) but the branzino was fantastic... better than restaurants specializing in seafood...

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Outstanding!
Service was perfect! Food spectacular!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Awesome food and service in a very cozy atmosphere. Free valet parking is a huge bonus. The desserts are out of this world!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Food is always fantastic. I expect nothing less from the Saloon. Filet Moda is by far the best steak I've ever eaten. Quality meats and ingredients really shows. Decor is always amazing to look at and the waitstaff went above and beyond. Can't wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Best Italian food in South philly

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