The Dandelion

4.8
4608 reviews
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$30 and under
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Gastro Pub
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London's culinary revolution comes to Philadelphia with this unique gastropub. Cozy rooms and intimate bars create a storied, Old World aura, while updated seasonal takes on British food make up the menu. In keeping with tradition, our casks and tap craft beers are always rotating, a proper afternoon tea service has a sweet and savory menu and classic family-style roasts are served on Sundays.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, English, British
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 558-2500
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Liam Geoghegan
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Private party contact
Marjorie DiGiulio: (267) 886-1401
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
18th and Sansom
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.7
food
4.6
service
4.7
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4.3
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

I’m sad it took me so long to come to The Dandelion. Staff is very attentive without being intrusive or overwhelming. The food was delicious (I’d really swim in the bangers and mash onion gravy) and thank you, especially, for portion size. It was satisfying without feeling too full. And our server Michael was simply a wonderful young man—and so were people who bussed tables and the manager who came to check on us. It was the most wonderful experience and I can’t wait to come back. Thank you for a wonderful meal and welcoming environment.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Tea at the Dandelion wasn’t as good as expected. I’ve enjoyed many great meals there, but this was the first I ordered tea. The scones were disappointing as they were dry and dotted with chocolate chips - not a usual truly English scone - plus they were served with peach jam, not the raspberry that was listed in the menu. The other miniature desserts were ok, but nothing to rave about. The tea sandwiches were also, good but not great. Next visit I will stick with the roast beef or fish and chips that are delicious.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Excellent! We’ve been to The Dandelion more than 20 times. Fantastic place!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Absolutely fabulous as usual! Great spot for brunch

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food and ambiance! Great spot for a special occasion or date.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

I took my dad here for his birthday brunch and we loved it! The decor was adorable and fun drinks. Wead the special appetizer, pull-apart cinnamon bread. It was amazing!!! The Mac and cheese had big strips of pulled pork in it that melted in your mouth with delicious cheese. We highly recommend the petite sweets for dessert. Getting an assortment of delicious bite sized desserts is perfect. While I felt the need for an extra long run after, it's an indulgence well worth it.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Brought two Brits to Dandelion to sample the food and judge the authenticity. They thoroughly enjoyed every aspect...from the warm olives, to the cold soup, and especially the Pork Belly entree. Everything was delicious and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great for every day or special occasions. Fabulous!’n

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Have eaten here several times and have never been disappointed. Food was great and indulged for wonderful deserts. Service is always impeccable.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Terrific choic e for six of us visiting Philadelphia. Service was exceptional as was the food. We were all pleased!

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

They were amazing for our anniversary lunch. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Had a delicious meal with excellent service and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the experience.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Great food and wonderful service. The tandoori chicken was the best I have ever eaten!

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

We went for afternoon tea. We both love high tea and looking for a go to place. Couple of the sandwiches were done very well but others were really poor. The bread was dry and hard on more than half of our sandwiches and somehow the flavor was also off. This place is good for dinner but will go elsewhere for high tea.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

The ambience and food were wonderful, and although our server was very nice… She seemed a tad confused at times and had to be asked for items that were missing that we ordered. Otherwise, fabulous.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

The bread and ricotta and seasonal risottos are always to die for!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Dandelion never disappoints! Truly one of the BEST restaurants in Philadelphia. The chicken, duck liver parfait is out of this world. A must every time we dine here.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

The waitress is not as patient as what she should be. I asked her for suggestion and daily recommendation. She gave me three dishes with no other description. For the foods, they are traditional British course with new American style. The Lamb shepherd pie is creamy and flavored. The oyster is fresh and salty but a little bit small.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

This place was absolutely beautiful! We went for brunch and I ordered the french toast, which was exquisite!!! Our waiter Christopher was super nice and attentive. He was from Wales so his accent gave our over all dining experience such as authentic vibe. I love this spot and would recommend it to any and everyone!!!

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

It was date night, on a Thursday, with tickets to a show mid-evening, so we were there on the early side (5:15). The lower bar area looked lively, but not over-crowded nor raucous. We were seated upstairs and were one of the few occupied tables at that early hour, so it was quite quiet. Even as the meal progressed and more tables were seated, the atmosphere was still nice.

Our server, the food runner(s), and the obligatory check-in by the manager were all polite, professional, and friendly. The server helped us pick a bottle of wine, with a recommendation that was spot on for what we wanted. He also helped us pick between a few appetizers. While I obviously don't know about the path not taken, the homemade ricotta was excellent and we ended up using a 2nd batch of toast to eat every bit of it.

She went with the fish and chips. The fish (a cod, I think), was light and tasty, with the right amount of batter, and the perfect golden color to it. It was a single piece of fish (which was enough for her), so those used to the giant basket from their local pub might be disappointed with the amount, but it was roughly what we expected. The chips (fries) were seasoned great, but the "triple cooked" part of it might have made them tougher than she was hoping for, as they weren't quite what she had hoped. She loves crispy fries and these were just... a little off. Probably accurate representation of what triple cooked chips should be, however, so YMMV on enjoyment. I liked them well enough to help her finish them. I had the tandoori chicken and it was fantastic. The chicken was quite flavorful, reasonably tender, and the coconut rice with almond and pistachio slivers plus cilantro yogurt were great accompaniments.

Due to our plans for the evening, we skipped the dessert course, but I'm sure if dinner was the primary activity for the evening, we'd have happily tried the Toffee Pudding and/or Knickerbocker Glory, as both caught our eye while reviewing the menu.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Charming interior decoration is true to its Victorian roots. People were smaller back then. If you can wedge yourself into a seat at the small tables, you will be in for some great dining in a fun, boisterous place.

The house salad is rarely one of the memorable dishes on a menu, but we would return just for this crunchy-fresh mixture of sweet and bitter greens with it's lemony, not-too-salty dressing. "Pint of shrimp" appetizer had seven large, perfectly cooked pieces with an interesting marinade flavor. The lemon mayonnaise was a surprisingly good dip for the shrimp; better than the bland cocktail sauce also served.

Rabbit pie was full of large pieces of meat in a bacony veloutè. Fish and chips featured a large, moist, delicate chunk of cod in a very crispy batter. We haven't tasted better English-style fried fish. Potatoes - thrice cooked, according to the menu - maybe should have been stopped at two. Though flavorful, they were soggy. Here is where the French still rule in landing a crispy fry.

From greeting to bar to dinner, service was friendly and efficient. This a very busy place with a mixture of locals and visitors who seemed to be enjoying themselves. Good choice for unpretentious food in a casual atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Outstanding spot in a truly unique setting
A mansion converted with original fixtures and furniture 7 years ago is now a destination spot

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Everything was awesome. My new favorite restaurant!

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Great food and service for a large party. Server was really well versed in the food and heritage of the location. Made great recommendations and was very flexible

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Delicious food and drinks. The macaroni was great. Great service as well!

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4.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Other than the side salad being too salty, it was a delicious and enjoyable business lunch

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Fabulous restaurant! We will be back. Afternoon tea was awesome! Great fish and chips!!

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Nice place , very crowded. Prices are good. Service was a little rushed

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Delious!!! Brunch was perfect. Service was friendly.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

The food was absolutely delicious. I would have considered ordering more, had my stomach allowed! We simply love the cheese board and the steak tartar as appetizers, highly recommend. I haven't eaten a main course I haven't loved either. The temperature can vary based on which part of the restaurant you are in, so if you have issues with it being too cold or too hot, I'd ask the hostess to accommodate you.

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Service was slow. Must have been 15 minutes after seating that waiter showed his face. service from bar was even slower. Our reservation was at 4 PM, so they gave us the lunch/brunch menu- dinner menu which is definitely more extensive was given to those that arrived at 5 pm. I guess that is their rule.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Everything was very pleasant. The music was loud and intrusive however. Not conducive to relaxed conversation.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Dandelion doesn’t disappoint. Food & service were excellent. Great server. Made reservation for 6th & at last minute had another join. They were very accommodating.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

WE LOVE IT HERE AND COME WHENEVER WE ARE IN THE CITY! MY ALL TIME FAVORITE DISH IS THE CHICKEN TANDOORI!!

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

A perfect last-night-in-Philly dinner! As tourists, we hit a lot of great places to eat, and this experience was our favorite. The bread! The ricotta! The mussels! The cocktails! All so memorable.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

This place is utterly charming, and it has a great menu. The bar olives are surprisingly good, as is the rabbit pie, the shepherd's pie, the branzino, and a whole lot else.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Risotto was absolutely amazing!

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Very attentive staff and delicious meals all round. Great environment for multiple occasions. Beer menu needs a facelift, though, with only one rotating seasonal beer.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

A good place to visit when in Philadelphia. Pleasant staff, comfortable environment, comfortable dress code.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Lovely historic building and charming restaurant. Food and service were both great. Server was attentive but didn’t rush us.

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