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About Seafood Unlimited

We are Philadelphia' oldest seafood restaurant serving our neighbors as well as out of town guests for over 40 years in a casual setting. We specialize in the freshest fish, seafood and live lobsters purchased and shipped in on a daily basis. Daily offerings include wild salmon, day boat scallops, sea bass, jumbo shrimp, tuna, catfish, crabcakes and the aforementioned live lobsters to name just a few of the items on our menu. Be sure to save room for our homemade desserts like key lime pie, chocolate mousse, bread pudding and more.

270 S. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, American, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday:5:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
20th and Spruce

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Cash Only

Phone Number:
(215) 732-3663

Website:
http://www.seafoodunlimited.com/

Catering:
Our entire menu, as well as other selections are available for delivery, setup and service in the Center City area.

Parking Details:
On street parking is available as well as a lot and garage at 20th & Walnut 1 1/2 blocks away.

Public Transit:
#12 bus lets off 1 block away at 20th & Locust. #17 bus lets off at 20th & Spruce across the street and #7 bus lets off at 22nd & Spruce 2 blocks away.

Executive Chef:
Judi Einhorn

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine

Seafood Unlimited Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

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4.0

value

4.3

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Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Local Ingredients (6)
Fun (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Unlimited Mussels every Monday with three sauces!
Always delicious and best value in town but they have so much more on extensive menu and everything is fresh and well prepared. Great family run business and owners are friendly and always around to insure all goes well.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 1, 2017

entree was very good but skip the carrot cake - absolutely no taste.

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

This weekend was my second visit to your restaurant. I enjoyed your little cosy restaurant along with the beautifully garnish dishes. Each time the meal was tasty and well prepared. Although the portions could have been a little larger ( i am a big guy ). The only complaint I have is on my last visit I had the lobster and it was served split down the middle with the guts still on the lobster in sight. I didn't care for the visional. I looked past it. But if my girlfriend have been there it would have gross her out. She was supposed to be there but couldn't make it at the last minute. Maybe you should warned people about how it's served. Maybe I might be ignorant to serving a lobster but that just my opinion. Other wise everything else who excellent .

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Cozy, Afternoon Tea
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Our server was excellent . . .wish that I had her name . . . it was Monday, the 13th @6:15 pm . . . she was attentive, helpful and there was no rush . . . really nice menu options - love the Mermaid Menu

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great food and service as always

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was delicious, and the recommendations of the server were helpful. We were thrilled to be able to secure a reservation at the last minute. The only downside was that our table was located at the back of the restaurant next to the kitchen. I imagine that being seated near the front window would have slightly improved the experience. Overall, we enjoyed the meal and would definitely return the next time we are in town.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food was excellent and reasonably priced, and the service was outstanding. We sat for quite a while chatting before looking at the menu, and the server never once rushed us. Everything was excellent, except for the very noisy table behind me that arrived (fortunately) when we were up to dessert. Restaurants should have a nice way to tell people not to yell while in a restaurant!

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Fresh and innovative food. Comfortable ambience. I would highly recommend. BYOB if you choose. Cash Only

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

The food was good and innovative. The staff very welcoming. Our evening enjoyment was marred by an extremely exuberant table of women who were loud. Quite loud. And unfortunately the sound echoed
Our server apologized as the other 3 tables made a hasty retreat.
I would go back. And if I had similar encounter ask for take out!!!

Tags: People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Friendly staff and delicious food. We were given time to enjoy a glass of fine, no pressure ordering and timely service of all three courses.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Our third time here and the food was as good as ever. We were a group of 6. Service lagged a few times, but was not bad. We were seated near the servers station outside the kitchen and there was a bit of distraction from the conversations between wait staff and the kitchen. This issue would not stop me from returning.

Tags: Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Small, quiet restaurant near Rittenhouse Square. Difficult parking, as with all downtown places, but the seafood was prepared very well. Cash only is the only real negative. Will definitely go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

All four Seafood dishes were delicious.

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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Food was pretty good and fast service. As soon as I fin

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Everything was delightful and well serviced except for the rolls they served prior to the meal being disturbed. I don’t know if they were sitting all day or what but the pre-meal rolls were hard as a rock. Besides that everything was great.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

I look my girlfriend here and she loved it.
Big thanks to the owner David for everything that he does.
You are truly appraciated

Cheers

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Late-night Find, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Spicy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Dinner was really good. The other half is still talking about it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We went for restaurant week and enjoyed the menu. Waiter was entertaining and friendly. Sat outside and people watched. Wonderful dinner experience! Highly recommend.

Tags: People Watching, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2017

My food was good and my waiter was very attentive up until the point my water needed a refill. Still gave an 20% tip.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 14, 2017

This is one of my favorite Rittenhouse square Restaurants.When I don't bring my own wine I enjoy one of their excellent cocktails.
The food is great. Especially the Shrimp Cocktail(get it with spicy remoulade sauce) raw oysters and clams.The other night I had Sea Bass with a Falafel crust.Very good with the Middle Eastern touch. Save the best for last.Hard choice. the chocolate mousse or the carrot cake. BYOB also makes for a good buy

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 13, 2017

My family wasn't at all impressed.
We had a 7 o'clock reservation, we arrived almost 10 minutes late (parking was horrific) and the table still wasn't ready, so we waited outside a few minutes. When the hostess did say our table was ready, we all (seven of us) came in, but no one said anything else. My grandmother ended up asking "Well where should we go?" A waiter said "oh you can go straight back to the left." That was a little off putting but ok... We have a seat, we are given menus, we place our orders. The waiters were pretty cool. But I (along with my family) wasn't at all thrilled about the food. The. Lam chowder that three of them got was prettt thin a little flavorless. The quesadilla came out super burnt on the bottom, with very little meat & cheese inside. My sister ordered calamari that came out as mostly scraps, and also lacking flavor. I had a shrimp & tortilla appetizer that was really good. My moms entree ended up being taken off the bill because the scallops were super rubbery. My sister (who normally eats anything!) barely ate her crab cake dinner. My boyfriend overall enjoyed his meal but was a little upset that what was supposed to be a "bourbon glazed salmon" really just tasted like salmon with a little maple syrup. I enjoyed my meal of chicken & risotto. But over all we really weren't impressed with the quality and flavor of the food.. Mot really worth the hassle of center city traffic and parking..

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Delicious!

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 (Poconos)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Our waiter was very inexperienced. We sat for a while before he greeted us and he was just standing around before that. We had to ask him to pick up our drinks from the bar as they were waiting there. The raw oysters and clams were good. We ordered the scallops and they were very overcooked- to the point of being tough. The waiter didn't ask if we wanted desert. He just brought the check. Also, it's cash only so be prepared.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 12, 2017

The waiter was a moron. His own coworker did not know where he was. We ordered house margarita/ he said we can only that at the bar/ then we ordered the flavored/ and he brought the house margarita to the table saying we could have this instead. Then we literally sat for 30 mins waiting for him to take the order for the table. Then another 30mins for a glass of wine. BIGGEST ISSUE was halfway through my glass of water, I found scum inside the glass with floaters!!!! OH WAIT, forgot to mention the waiter kept rubbing his nose with his hands, never washed them and when I asked for a straw he grasped it with his entire hand and inserted it in my glass!!! OMG- I Called the manager over, she apologized but never brought a new glass of water, I saw her frantically washing the other glasses by hand. Our food came came out like train cars... back to back to back and was room temperature. No offer to take anything off the bill. No apology from the waiter. The waiter lied said he couldn't split our bill because the machine was broken, I called the manager and she did it with no problem. LIAR LIAR. Overall, not a place I would recommend nor would I return under any circumstance. Mind you I like dining out, this place was subpar to say the least.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The food was overcooked.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 2, 2017

This restaurant is one of our regular go-tos. Comfortable, friendly owners and staff, and great other customers. Healthy - and interesting - food! Pleasant at the bar or at a table. Great neighborhood restaurant.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Healthy, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Never disappointed at the quality of seafood. Clams on the half..chilled and briny and so reasonably priced. Soft shell crabs were simply the best!!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Good food, sizable portions, varied seafood and fish options, very cordial and attentive service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Fun, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Seafood Unlimited never disappoints - eating in or taking out. Management and service people are outstanding.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 26, 2017

What is most telling is that we were the only customers in the restaurant on a Saturday night when all of the other restaurants were hopping. The food was mediocre and the service abysmal. The staff sat around complaining about their jobs and lives. Won't be going back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Can't say enough about this place. The food was incredible and the staff are super friendly and helpful. I had the best New England clam chowder I have ever had. And I've had a lot of clam chowder. My waitress suggested the soft shell crab since they are in season; and I am beyond happy that I took her reco. They had run out of the risotto, so they subbed in this amazing garlicky rice. Everything was amazing. Everyone come here!!!!

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Buffalo shrimp and mussels both excellent. Friendly servers.

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Wonderful food, fine server, excellent value. Will return soon.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Very good food and service.

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 (Little Rock)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Dined alone at the bar. Chatted with another guest. A half dozen raw oysters, 6 fried Buffalo Shrimp, and a Lobster- washed down with 2 Then going drafts. What's not to like? Delicious, as always.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Their swordfish is always perfectly cooked and tasty. This time it had a miso glaze. I didn't think it could be improved but this version was outstanding. I dine here frequently and usual order the specials which are consistently excellent. Even the vegetables are delicious.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Seafood unlimited has specials every night that makes it best bargain in the city. Had the lobster dinner, 1 1/4 lb, plus sides for $20.00.
Warm atmosphere, neighborhood crowd.

Tags: Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 25, 2017

First time here...food and drinks were good!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 20, 2017

One of my favs. I go here at least 3-5 a year. love the byob allows you to order more food and not spend a fortune on drinks

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Romantic, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 19, 2017

This is an odd restaurant for the 20th & Spruce area. It specializes in seafood (the building was once a fish store) but either the ingredients or the chef results in dishes that do not make one think of fresh fish but rather the cooking style of Margate 1963. The servers are friendly enough but dispatch plates on the table as if they are in a neighborhood diner. No wonder this place was only half full on an evening when nearby restaurants had their tables full. It needs to up its game for the Ritt-Fit area.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite
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