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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

ambience

4.0

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 7, 2014

I have never been to this restaurant and saw the menu for Restaurant Week 2014. I would highly recommend it, we went on a Sunday afternoon and it wasn't too crowded and all of the staff were great!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 7, 2014

We had a great experience at U.S, and the food was very good. I had the shrimp pasta, and wished the sauce was had some salt in it since it was a little bland to me. Other than that, it was very good.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 30, 2014

Lobster terrific..service fun and efficient..warm and welcoming..accomading when we added to our reservation..
lobsters were great..
Monday mussells are terrific
Can walk there and do...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 29, 2014

This is a great neighborhood restaurant with very fair prices, nice portions, and fresh and delicious seafood. They have specials and promos if you join on line. Seafood unlimited is a place we will go back to many times.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 21, 2014

Excellent fish at a reasonable price; small, but not too tight

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 15, 2014

Went for the $18.50 lobster special and it did not dissapoint.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 11, 2014

my husband and i loved it and the deal for the mussels was great.
the creme brulee was amazing

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 8, 2014

Our seafood was fresh tasting, nice size portion, and simply prepared. No fancy or very imaginative preparations here. This is a nice, reasonable priced neighborhood seafood restaurant- a welcome change from some of the very 'upscale" overpriced restaurants in Center City Philly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 1, 2014

This is the 1st time I have had a bad meal with a rest. I have found via Open Table.When we arrived it smelled like old mop water was used to clean the floors. I was tempted to leave but decided to give it a shot. It took forever for someone to wait on us.When we did get service it was not with any enthusiasm. I had white wine which was room temperature my friend,a diet coke and even that was flat. We had the calamari app., that was average but edible.The talapia was dry and certainly not fresh. My friend had crab cakes and said they were "fine". Not a raving review. She had a dessert despite my suggestion that we go. The chocolate tart was dry & lacking in flavor.It was bad diner food at high end restaurant prices. Would NEVER go back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 28, 2014

I've been here with friends three times now for the Monday ""all-you-can-eat" mussels platter. The food's good, the service--particularly most recently--was exceptionally attentive. And the prices were reasonable. Win-win all round.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 27, 2014

This was my first time at Seafood Unlimited, and I will come back as a regular customer. I had the lobster special. The food was fresh, done simply yet tastefully. The food was fresh, and the service was great. I will definitely come back to try other dishes...and do the lobster special again. Only thing that was surprising, was that the Jersey tomatoes (for July) were tasteless. Don't know if they were refrigerated, or simply not vine ripened.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 26, 2014

I had been a previous fan many years ago. This time I managed to bring a family member to a new experience; it was fabulous meal with wonder ambience and service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 26, 2014

This visit was disappointing. We've been to Seafood Unlimited and had a pleasant enough experience that we decided to go back. I don't know if it was an off night or a new chef, but the meal was mediocre at best. We started with soups-the Manhattan clam chowder my husband ordered had little flavor, and my gazpacho was as thick as a tomato sauce. We ordered the chilled 1/2 lobster, shrimp and salmon dish which was the special. The lobster half was barely a tail and a claw, all over cooked, as was the salmon. The cole slaw was good. Because our previous experience was more positive, and because the menu is promising, we'll probably give Seafood Unlimited another chance.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2014

Good food, good service, nice atmosphere. an all around great find in Rittenhouse Square area.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 25, 2014

Have been coming here for about 30 years with a 27 year hiatus. Didn't disappoint then or now.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 25, 2014

Lovely oysters buck a shuck and very tender small lobsters

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 13, 2014

Good food and service - many egg and fish and seafood options on the menu. I particularly like the crab benedict. Quiet - a great place to sit and chat with friends. No loud music. It's never crowded.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 11, 2014

This is our 2nd visit, and we were not disappointed. The food was fresh our waiter was attentive to our needs and the desert was to die for. Definitely worth a visit !

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 11, 2014

Terrific little neighborhood gem. Lots of repeat customers. Owners greet guests by name. Nice bar but can BYOB. Will definitely go back. Good specials.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 26, 2014

Another visit to our neighborhood gem. This visit I enjoyed the 1 1/4 lb lobster special for $17.50 with two sides.Delicious! Started off with the "buck a shuck" bluepoint oysters. Fresh and delicious, and a "happy hour" priced drink. This time, I was facing the mosaic wall and had a chance to notice what a real work of art it is. It alone is worth a visit.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 24, 2014

I do not live near Seafood Unlimited, so I make a special effort to get there, as when someone special is in town, as last night--an old friend who is moving to Philly to live. Dave and Judy have owned the place for 20 years or so, and they know the kind of table I like, and Alison the waitress (and Christian the server and Jennifer the bartender) all know what I like to drink. I like the choice between the front room, which looks out onto Philly's night scene crowd passing by, and the inner room, which is like being under water (good for a seafood place)!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 22, 2014

5 of us enjoyed the lobster special. I love many things on the menu and go there frequently. I recommend it.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 21, 2014

Best for quiet bar scene with great food! Always enjoy the scallops

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 19, 2014

Recently refurbished. Attractive decor. Good seafood, reasonably priced. Nice early bird specials. Friendly environment. Will go back again soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 14, 2014

My girlfriend ordered the soft shell crab which came already shelled and pan fried. It was definetly a little different but tasty. I had the seafood cobb salad which was very good

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 14, 2014

We enjoyed delicious lobster and swordfish dinners. I dine here regularly and love it. I highly recommend it.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 9, 2014

I had unbelievably good soft shells which the waiter recommended when I was between two items. They were cooked perfectly and came with mashed potatoes and asparagus which were also cooked perfectly. The Seafood Quintet had fantastic shrimp and scallops. I thought the sea bass, salmon and tilapia were good, but nothing extraordinary. Our server was attentive and friendly. The dinner was a wonderful experience and I can't wait to go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 8, 2014

Resturant itself was nice food was not what I expected at all... fish tasted frozen and instead of being crusted it was soggy like they cooked it in broth... I would not go back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 8, 2014

This is a good place for brunch, not crowded, and you can make a reservation. I enjoyed the crab eggs benedict and my friend loved her fish and chips. There are many good options on the menu. I would recommend it.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 6, 2014

Philly needs seafood restaurants. 30 years ago we used to go to Seafood Unlimited for fresh, unfancy meals. I've been there twice in their new version and I won't go again. My husband had bluefish that wasn't fresh. He didn't finish it but was still up all night feeling lousy. My "panko-crusted" seabass was an odd-tasting oily fish, didn't taste like seabass to me, made with breadcrumbs and then splashed with so much liquid, not crusted in panko which promises a crunch. My son's salmon and potato was fine, so i guess you'd be safe with that. The creamed spinach was good, the waiter was very nice. The prices, even if the food had been good, were pretty high.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 4, 2014

We went for the lobster tail special on Wednesday nights. The lobster tail was succulent. Served with melted butter, Brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes. Everything was delicious. We were early enough for happy hour and had the half priced mussels. A generous portion and also very good. The service was friendly and the ambiance interesting and pleasant. We will be back.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 23, 2014

Great service, romantic, cozy and great tasting food!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 17, 2014

We brought friends from out of town. All of us enjoyed the service (not particularly friendly, distant, but ok with that as it was "professional"). The food was quite good. Interesting wall decorated in "found pieces" of glass and tile collage.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 17, 2014

was somewhat disappointed. Restaurant is not what it looks like in pictures. We were given a brunch menu on a Saturday afternoon (2:30) lunch. No what I expected. Was looking for broader menu. Plates did not come out looking like they do on the website. Website makes this place look much more upscale.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 11, 2014

We had a large party and we received good service from our waitress. Everyone's order was correct and all the food came out at the same time. The food was tasty. I had the shrimp and grits. I would have preferred a stronger flavor of cheese in my grits, but the consistency of the grits was on point. The shrimp were large and grilled to perfection. I didn't care for the tomato based sauce on top, but overall the dish was very tasty. My fiancee's omelette was overcooked and the turkey bacon was undercooked, but I told him that he should have ordered seafood from a seafood restaurant not diner food :) We split a crab cake appetizer and that was delicious.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 10, 2014

This was my second time dining at Seafood Unlimited. Great place, however, they were short staffed the Saturday before Mother's Day. Therefore, the service had taken longer than expected. Other than this, my mother and I enjoyed our brunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 26, 2014

Now i understand why the place was so empty on a saturday night. The place is cute but the food was awful.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 5, 2014

We enjoyed the fresh steamed lobster on special that evening. What a treat! Server was friendly and helpful. I eat dinner here frequently and would recommend it to others.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 4, 2014

The food was excellent and we treated very well by the staff. Very attentive service!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 4, 2014

Tables were close, so if the people next to your table were loud it was hard to have conversation with the people at your own table. I had the crab cakes and was disappointed. The crab meat was shredded and watery inside. The vegetables had no flavor nor did the crab cakes.

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