Sidney

4.6
944 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
If you treasure Fine Dining, Restaurant Sidney is fast becoming considered the most unique restaurant experience in the area. Featuring Modern American cuisine, an historic tavern, fresh seafood, top quality steaks, homemade desserts, outdoor seating and a full bar.
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ME
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food and the service has improved immensely since I first started going there

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H
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Sirloin was poor quality

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MC
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Treats from the Chef were outstanding!

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B
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always everything was wonderful!! My favorite place to eat.

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MS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sydney is our go-to place for special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries. They are consistently one of the best restaurants in the area!

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MO
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely space. Quiet. Nice spot for a special evening out. Food was uniquely presented, very flavorful& enjoyable. Server was more formal & more present than I appreciate but that’s a matter of taste. Would recommend it. May go back to experience tha patio sometime.

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KB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great menu, with a few new items. Both the salmon and skate dishes included homemade gnocchi potatoes which were wonderful.

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GD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Very noisy. Wish we had been in smaller room where bar noise was not so bad. Too bad no doors between bar and dining area.
Food was beautifully presented. Fiance’s steak was over cooked. Other food was wonderful!

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PB
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was very good as was the service. I would definitely recommend to a friend and go again myself.

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DP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was a little disappointing. The service was great. It was not very busy for s Friday night, and that was an indication that it was not very popular with the locals. The prime rib was fatty and grainy. The chicken was very good and recommended.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal. It was our second time there and it was just as delicious as the first. This is a great restaurant and one of our new favorites.

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JE
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was great and our server truly knew the menu and was very friendly. Would return.

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KB
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food nice atmosphere, easy to find, friendly staff

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F
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful place. Charming, old building with an old floor. Very good food. Expensive by local standards, but inexpensive by New York City standards. The chef is creative. The steak and the pork loin we're good, but I loved the food gras appetizer the best. Sydney's is one of the best restaurants in the area. I highly recommend it.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time there and it definitely lived up to the reviews. An amazing restaurant in East Berlin.

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t
Adelaide / SA
12 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful: service, atmosphere and food. The pate was delicious, and the chef makes great so ups.

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BM
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Was deeply disappointed with the meal. Had asked to substitute the nochi with blue crab instead of lentils which I can’t have. Wanted the sea bass. Waitress was accommodating. Got food and nochi was not appealing at all. Asked to have something else. I was given 4 small floweretts of brocholli . Totally not worth the money paid. We spent 186.00 total and was extremely dissapointed.
Hope you all can strive to do better

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GB
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as was the service. Looking forward to our next visit!

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W
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us celebrated our mutual birthdays at a special meal at Sidney. It was delightful. The food was delicious and beautiful. The service was attentive and helpful but never overbearing. We had a memorable, lovely time. Worth going back to again and again.

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I
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We've had a number of excellent meals at Sidney, so I know they're capable of great things. Saturday night's dinner wasn't quite up to par with our previous experiences. We were seated alone in a cold dining room (why we were segregated wasn't clear, since there were empty tables in the livelier other room). Our server was ok, but rather impersonal. The food was fine, but the sea bass was somewhat over cooked and served on a bed of barely lukewarm cauliflower puree. On the other hand, the prime rib (according to my table mates) was excellent. We'll go back to Sidney -- again, because we know it can be great - but Saturday seemed to be a bit of an off night.

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GR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great find! Food was excellent and my wife claims the dessert was one of the best she's ever had!

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S
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sidney is my favorite restaurant. Everyone there is wonderful. Especially like it when we can sit outside on the patio. It is a real treat to dine there.

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JB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The mushroom soup was amazing and the meal was very nice. Our server always showed up just at the right time and the experience was delightful. Thank you!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite food... delightful and creative drinks! Just enjoyed the whole dinning experience!

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CH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The atmosphere at this restaurant was very cozy and nice. We ordered the calamari appetizer, and the flavor was a bit overwhelming for our liking. I did overhear another table comment on how much they enjoyed it, so I’m sure it depends on your own preference and taste. My husband ordered a chicken dish that was very good. My dish, which was a braised short rib special, was just ok. The service was good. Although, it did take a very long time to receive our dessert. We weren’t in a hurry and didn’t mention it, but the staff apologized regardless. I’d be willing to give this restaurant another try.

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PA
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our meals, server and the ambience. Sidney is a gem of Adams County! We will dine there again!

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MW
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal! Specialty drinks were outstanding, dessert was yummy. Have never had a bad meal here!

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VD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I was very happy to see that Sidney had put heavy drapes in their main dining room. It reduced the noise level significantly. It allowed the people at each table to carry on a comfortable conversation.
The food and service were always good. I was glad to see that they had corrected the one item which had tended to reduce their ratings for ambiance.

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K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day

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ME
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very comfortable, friendly dinning experience. Only disappointment was the Apple Strudel dessert but they graciously atoned.

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LN
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed our dinner, just wish they would have had a lamb dish and espresso-style drinks! Everything else was perfect!!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food. Great atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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TH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

"I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. Great and friendly service. Highly recommend

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WV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our first time at Sidney.
Overall, everything was very good. Our server was very busy.
We had to ask for more water (we drank a lot!) several times.
I could not finish my dinner, so I had the rest put in a container which she forgot to give us.
When I opened it at home, it was the wrong one.

This experience will not stop us from coming back.
Food was excellent, service was good, and atmosphere was good.
We did not feel rushed at all.
We look forward to our next visit!

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D
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not a huge menu but certainly a very nice selection. Food was excellent. If it’s very cold outside get a table as far away from the door as possible.

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BW
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect from every perspective. Fantastic food, inventive, flavorful, unique. One of the best meals I’ve had since moving to PA from NJ 10 years ago. And I worked my whole career in NYC, so I am fussy!

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OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quaint atmosphere
Delicious food
Awesome service

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J
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been there 2X since the wife's Bday in December. Both love everything about Sidney.
Highly recommend for lunch and/or dinner.
Just made valentines reservations - our first Sidney event!!

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E
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always! Never disappointed, always amazing cuisine!

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EG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

This was my fourth time dining at Sidney’s, the first two times I was with my parents and it was decent. The last two times I went with my husband, both times I felt like the servers treated us poorly because we were younger( not even that young anymore I’m 29!) saw other tables getting bread baskets and the chiefs complimentary samples.. yet we did not. I had to ask for them. I just went in again with my husband for New Year’s Eve to give it another go. We had a very young waitress, not even old enough to drink she couldn’t recommend any of the drinks, again no bread basket and none of the chefs complmentary samples. Yet she brought them out for the table beside us! As if my money doesn’t spend the same as everyone else’s. For a place that is suppose to be higher end, the service is far past poor. Especially comparable to restaurants such as left bank where the service is always impeccable.
The food was decent. Oysters are always above par, the divers scallops we got were cooked nicely but lacked in flavor and appearance.
I ordered the skate which was cooked pretty well but again, the dish lacked in overall flavor. My husband got the steak which was over cooked. The tiramisu was pretty well done and the lady fingers weren’t soggy so I felt it was pretty fresh.
The drinks are always decent, strong, but I have no complaints with them.
Over all.. I wouldn’t go back. For two people we paid 166, so over 200 with tip and everything and for well below average service, okay food... that is way too much money. Will keep left bank as my go to place.

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