Fork and Bottle at the Desmond Hotel

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$31 to $50
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American
Seasonal Menus using only the Freshest Ingredients, from the Finest Farms and Wild Fisheries in North America.

Our Executive Chef, Christopher Calhoun, through his extensive work experience with very high quality restaurants, has built relationships with many different farmers, who offer high quality, seasonally appropriate ingredients. These farmers are personally committed to their products of excellence.

Chris has a personal trust in the farms and fisheries from which he purchases and he has a keen sense for seasonal quality, therefore, our menus will change with the season.

Pairing this quality product with his culinary experience, knowledge and talent, blossoms a memorable meal that will keep you coming back again and again to the Fork & Bottle.
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MarshaP
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meghan our server was super!! We really enjoyed our meals. My family and I had a great time there.

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SueM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even during a Sunday brunch we were able to order from a lunch menu and everyone got excellent service from our waiter and from the hostess.

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PaulB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the Sunday brunch at the Desmond leaves all others behind. There's a wide selection of cuisines to satisfy almost any taste. Everything is fresh (fruit, baked goods) and in some cases, is refreshed (eggs) during the course of brunch. Service is friendly and prompt. Highly recommended!

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vipStumo65
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Visited for Valentines Day. Nice atmosphere in older hotel that had been renovated. Menu had numerous dishes that made it tough to decide. I had swordfish which was well cooked. Wife had lobster and scallops, the lobster was overcooked (very tough) but this dish had good flavor.

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vipJoeWitt
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for brunch. The food selection, service and ambiance were all great and I wish I would have found this place sooner. I will be back very soon!

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tommy
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we enjoy coming to the desmond for brunch, service is always perfect, and the prices are affordable.
its also a pleasant drive from lancaster county (manheim twp). one item that i was a bit sad over, all the Chirstmas decorations where gone in the lobby, the one thing my wife always enjoys seeing is how tasteful the lobby is decorated, this year all gone (too soon).

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday
Excellent Food
Nice ambiance

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vipbolith0
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was New Year Eve. Maybe because we sat at 6:30, the good stuff came out later. Nothing special; no tablecloths, surprisingly informal staff. My lamb Loin was over cooked, dry and dredged in excess salt and spices. My companion felt that warm sauce was laid over cold pasta.

Oh, and the bench seats are the wrong height for the height of the banquette table.

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vipmichelel
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent brunch. Fabulous service. Highly recommend

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5131
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it, love it, love it
Food is exceptional, the ambiance is excellent, omelette's excellent, service excellent.
Love it if grits were added as a to order item.

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vipTravel1
Miami
36 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal. Our server Colin whom I known for many years was his usual spectacular self.

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vipAliciaK
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Great Brunch. Beautiful set up and the selection of food is large. My family loves this . We always take our parents and grandparents as part of their Christmas gift from our family.

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MelanieK
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a large group with a few vegetarians and gluten free diets so decided on the buffet. It proved to be a very good choice . Selections for all and the service was spot on. Location was also a factor, it is just down the street. Overall a great dining experience! Thank you

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KathyK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience1

When we made our reservation I wish we knew it was photos with Santa. While they were in the lobby, the noise cascaded into the dining area. My party of 3 was seated in a room with a party of 22 which made conversation impossible. The food was absolutely delicious but the service was just okay. We had to ask for additional coffee and ask for the check when we were completed. Most servers were dealing with the big party.

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AnthonyB
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The brunch was very well done and delicious. A lot of options for everyone. My daughter's favorite thing was the made to order pancakes. My son loved the endless dessert and pastry table. The service was great and our server was pleasant. If I had to be disappointed in one thing, it would be that the omelet and kids station was very far from the rest of the buffet that was crowded in one small room. If the moved the buffet to the fox and hound area where the omelet station was located, it would feel much better...and my omelet wouldn't get cold while Iserved myself the rest of the plate (or, vice versa). All around a solid brunch

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FeliciaM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Everything was good but your eggs were horrible. Santa should have walked around and interacted with the children.

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vipJoelle
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The food was very good but most importantly they were PERFECT with our sons numerous and severe food allergies. They did not miss a beat and made a safe, wonderful and healthy meal for him without any issues!!
THANK YOU!

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Irish
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a very nice time at The Desmond. Their buffet is always delicious, servers are always friendly, responsive and very accommodating. It was very busy and hectic and that was to be expected as it was a holiday. I would make a suggestion to the restaurant manager and that would be to make the plates in the buffet available in the front of the room so there is less congestion in getting your food.
Would recommend The Desmond any day of the week. You will not be disappointed.

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RachelF
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We enjoyed our Thanksgiving dinner, the food was outstanding!!!

JD
JohnD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This event bought a couple of additional people together and it was I feel a memorable experience for them and hope to bring them together again for another WOW experience. This will remain engrained in their memories and will have something different to talk about.

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BethM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here, we were sat on time and waited on immediately. The room where the buffet was small and plates were in the back but the food was excellent and they trays stayed full.

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DonnaD
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Very disappointing, food was dry and over cooked, will not return and that's so sad for us.

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JaniceL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thanksgiving Buffet was excellent. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy tasted homemade. The desserts were good, yet needed more variety of types of desserts.

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CynthiaD
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at the Fork and Bottle. The Thanksgiving buffet had plenty of different dishes to choice from. Every thing that we tried was great. The service was exceptional. We are going to make this a yearly tradition.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We thoroughly enjoyed our Thanksgiving dinner at Fork and Bottle. Looking forward to doing Thanksgiving there next year.

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vipDocjo
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only reason I gave this rating a moderate was due to the Thanksgiving crowd for the outstanding buffet. We have enjoyed at least 10 years of holiday buffets at the Desmond when it was still known at the Hunt Room (before Fork and Bottle). The service is excellent due to a group of very professional, friendly, knowledgeable and efficient wait staff. My favorites are Jackie Fong and Colin. Carmen who oversees them is always out on the floor making everyone feel at home. Chef Chris never disappoints with his new creations and superb quality.

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michaelh
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Wife & I decided to treat our Sons, who usually pick up the check, to a typically superb experience in Ambience, Service, a true Breakfast/Lunch (i.e Brunch) buffet at a most reasonable price. Based on their comments at the conclusion of our very relaxed time spent in a room dedicated to conversation with no ambient noise......mission accomplished.
How often do you see a F & B manager assisting in clearing a table to accommodate your seating convenience? Yep, Gordon was on the ball. Although the Mistress of the Egg skillet, Alli, was taking good care of a wedding party in a separate area she assured us that her stand in Eric would fill her role very professionally....and though we missed her, she was absolutely correct.
The wait staff are not only professional in their responsibilities but also long term employees which means that Collin & his occasional back up Anne Mary have, like Cheers, gotten to know our names. From the outset, featuring fresh squeezed OJ through the conclusion featuring Bread Pudding in warm Vanilla sauce the (burp) carefully crafted meal was an A+.

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ROBV
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we visit here fairly regularly for Sunday brunch and can say we are rarely disappointed.

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vipToddS
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter was visiting from CA.

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RobertMx
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Radnor Hotel’s Sunday brunch includes two Mimosas and a much broader variety of food for $5-8 more.

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PatriciaB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a pre holiday brunch with 9 friends which we haven't seen for sometime. The food was good, service was perfect (Ann Marie was our server). We were not rushed out of there, we will definitely be going back.

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vipAnnieB
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time for the Sunday buffet at the Desmond, and we really enjoyed it! Food was very good, service was excellent. It's 25 minutes away, but we'll be back because it was worth the drive.

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vipAndrewO
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This was the fourth time I have had brunch at the Desmond in the last year. I usually bring out of town guests. The previous times were very good. This past weekend, I was very disappointed with the food quality. The beef was very tough. Our server gave me one refill of coffee, but then never refilled again. Previously, the Desmond was outstanding. I would consider this past weekend to be slightly below average, and certainly not worth the price charged. I will probably not return.

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vipBobK
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great meal, crab cakes were terrific. Service was pleasant and professional.

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vipEBinBB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We have been coming to the Desmond restaurant long before it was Fork and Bottle. Since the management and name change the prices have increased dramatically (the least expensive bottle of wine was $58), the service fairly inattentive and the food presentation very boring. A shrimp cocktail was 4 average sized shrimp lying on a bit of cocktail sauce without a single piece of garnish. Ditto the miso salmon. And let's not forget that one of our party ordered rare filet that was served well done so we ate in shifts. All in all a very disappointing meal.
We can only assume that the new target audience of the restaurant is business guests on big expense accounts who don't mind paying a lot for mediocrity. We are looking for a new place for our get-togethers!

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vipAllen
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch with huge and delicious selections or by menu

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michaelh
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delight to spend a late Sunday morning browsing/selecting from the wide variety of food choices whether deciding on a Breakfast and/or Lunch combo. Whether it's the Egg Station, featuring the magical Ms. Alli and her ability to turn a simple yolk into a sumptuous omelet or the carving station which featured a Turkey Breast/Roast beef option...or both if you wish. We have enjoyed the attentive service from three different staff members who keep the table cleared of empty dishes and provide instant deliveries of Juices/coffee and My Wife's favorite...Nova Lox. If you want ambience, service, selection and a very reasonable price point we recommend you give this a try.....you won't be disappointed.

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maryw
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Buffet brunch. Some buffet items not labeled, resulting in mouthful of peach cheesecake which I thought was going to be creamer caramel. Most desserts were a mystery. Main buffet was very good... roast pork delicious. Always a good experience here so far. Nice people too.

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PaulB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food, as always, was tasty at Fork & Bottle. Freshness can be difficult for a brunc h, but the staff frequently replenished the food. Also, as always, the selection and variety was outstanding. Finally, the wait and bus staff were very helpful and friendly. Five stars for them as well.

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