Fork and Bottle at the Desmond Hotel

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523 reviews
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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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BK
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff was more than accommodating - wonderful food will def be back!!!

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T
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Had Valentine's dinner there. Very good menu and the food did not disappoint. Everything was prepared perfectly and looked very good. Excellent value. Very good service.

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G
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't say enough great things about the Fork and Bottle. From the hostess and waitstaff always make you feel special and welcome. The manager always checks in to see that all your needs are being met. I highly recommend for business lunches .

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T
Salt Lake City
17 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is quiet most of the time and the food is quite good.

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B
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We celebrated my birthday. Had a 12:00 reservation - food at the stations was dried out. Took 20 minutes to get 1/2 a Belgium Waffle - it was cold and dry. Not worth the calories. The smoked salmon was perfect.

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JL
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was mediocre at best. Many of the buffet items were the same as frozen food items I could have bought at the grocery store for less money. The service was fine.

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L
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a great place for a lunch get together. The salmon was moist and flavorful. Our waiter was excellent. We had 8 people in our party and it was hard to hear each other. The next time, I will request a round table or a small room if available.

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KL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for Sunday brunch. It was delicious and a great atmosphere. Had to wait a bit for more water, and unsure if they had a brunch cocktail menu- but it was very good overall.

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I
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our birthday celebration lunch at The Fork and Bottle. The restaurant re-model is gorgeous! The staff was very friendly and helpful. We were not at all rushed and our food was delicious!

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JC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very courteous & accommodating. The updated dinning room is very refreshing & serene.
The menu was varied & Prie Fixe had very good choices & combinations.
Overall a very enjoyable & delicious leisurely dinner

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Was nice. The waitress serving table next to us had a small hole in the back of her pants and smelled like cigarette mixed with Kitty litter and needed to put a brush in her hair. I wanted to say something for the younger adults she was serving, but my husband told me not to speak up.

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h
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My husband and I dined on New Year's Eve for dinner. I started with the pear & beet salad which I had to send back because it was not what I expected. I ordered the salmon, which I thought was ok and the presentation could have been better. The salmon was partially black and placed on the side of the plates with a large amount of rice placed in the center of the plate with the toppings thrown around the rest of the plate. We have dined at the restaurant before and the food I thought was better. The only good thing was the flourless chocolate cake.

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JM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good and everyone is friendly :) I am looking forward to our next time there)

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KR
Vancouver
20 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Fine for brunch but definitely not my first choice. Bacon was soggy but omelet was perfect.

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JD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Loved the new decor. A much needed update looked great and comfortable atmosphere. We had lunch on this visit. The food was good and the service was outstanding.

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L
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all enjoyed the excellent food. The miso salmon was so moist and tender, it melt in your mouth!!
Some were disappointed that there was no sweet potatoes fries, just regular fries.
Our waiter was very accommodating and friendly. Great place to eat!

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was a great time at the Christmas brunch today! We look forward to it every year! Good luck to all the gingerbread creators!

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P
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a special person 100 birthday
Service was excellent

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L
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was very bland. Service was ok. Noisy without many people there. Disappointed with new menu and rebrand. Probably won't come back

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing (OMG the crab cakes... the root vegetables... the TURKEYYYY... ) The service was very nice and attentive, and we never had a glass go empty. Even the two disabled people with us were very well accomodated, with plenty of space for mobility equipment and ramps into every room. This may become a Thanksgiving tradition to eat at the Desmond, especially given the excellent value.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

2nd year we have attended the the Thanksgiving Day Buffet. Food was very good and selection was plenty. My only criticism is they again had no sugar free dessert. My family member is a diabetic and there was nothing available.
More than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or prediabetes, according to a new report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report finds that as of 2015, 30.3 million Americans – 9.4 percent of the U.S. population –have diabetes. Jul 18, 2017
Please consider adding to your menu sugar free options.

Thank You

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Accommodating seating in bar area for Thanksgiving Brunch. Turkey and side dishes were tasty and plentiful. Beef was very rare not suitable for composition. Wait staff was excellent, pleasant, and professional.

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TB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We have had Thanksgiving dinner at The Desmond for two years in a row. The buffet is spectacular, including a delicious array of fresh meats, vegetarian dishes, local foods, soups, and desserts. We particularly like the "little" table, where kids can get their own mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, and curly fries.

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B
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and we were able to have a family brunch in a quiet, peaceful setting.

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JA
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great experience - the food was outstanding - Jackie our waitress was terrific and very attentive. We have every intention of coming again and inviting our family.

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6
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Have enjoyed brunch in the past. First time for dinner. Pleasantly surprised. Nice date night.

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SM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice experience as we wound up our 25th Anniversary weekend with Brunch here on Sunday before heading home. We enjoyed it !

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J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has been totally redone recently and the result is very nice. Very nice ambiance, service was very good and the menu is varied with some unique choices and some old standbys. I was there for a business lunch and it was a nice setting for that type of a meeting. It's a little pricey for lunch, but in line with what you'd expect for a hotel restaurant. All in all, we were all very pleased with the experience.

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PE
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the evening. Our waiter was very gracious, and friendly, and on the ball. The grouper was a little overcooked, but still fine, and the children loved their meals. I would have preferred brussels sprouts, not shredded, but whole, and the lamb was excellent. I think the starters could have had more choices.

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B
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We we're given a gift certificate for this Sunday Brunch, so we had nothing to lose.
Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised.
There's something for everyone at this classy brunch buffet in the Desmond Hotel's Fork and Bottle restaurant.
For the breakfast purist there are the traditional eggs made to order, thick French Toast, Belgian waffles, bacon, sausage, cream chipped beef, Danish and doughnuts.
If you haven't had enough sugar, the dessert buffet is decadent with chocolate- covered strawberries and other delicacies.
And for those smartly watching their "bad" carbs, there are vegetable crudites, a beautiful salad bar, fresh- cut fruit, omelets with egg substitutes (egg whites etc), a carving station, V8 and tomato juice.
The dining room is beautifully appointed and the service friendly and attentive.
We'll be back.

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T
Denver
107 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I do a training session every year in the area and stay at The Desmond - where the restaurant is located. So, for 4 days, I eat 3 meals/day at the Fork and Bottle. The food and service is always exceptional. The staff greets everyone warmly. Highly recommend the duck entree for dinner.

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j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food wasn’t amazing. I wouldn’t recommend the chicken with noodles. Tasteless noodles, weird combination. Chicken was good tho. My mom had the special which was flounder stuffed with lobster and she loved it. My husband liked the filet mignon. The place is nice, quiet. Good for dates or a group.

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GV
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall good experience. The Chef seems to be trying a bit too hard to be innovative. I had the rice pasta as part of my meal and it was both tasteless and impossible to eat with one hand. Recommend avoiding this.

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OT
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic service and food!

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p
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

My complaint is simple and to some may seem trivial. Its about water. I drink a lot of water at dinner and so if I have to request a refill every single time it is awkward. No matter how discreet I try to be it is always disruptive to the conversation. The gentlemen at the table try to intercede for me. They start looking around the room for service. They stop eating, talking. All over a simple glass of water. This happened twice during our visit. I didn't dare go for a third round. At the Kimberton Inn I never have to signal or ask. My glass is never less than 2/3 full. I can relax and enjoy my friends and food.
Regarding food - I had the octopus appetizer which was excellent. The swordfish was good but very small.

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T
Philadelphia
111 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Fork & Bottle Restaurant of the Desmond is an elegant venue. The tables are far enough apart to provide privacy of conversation. The atmosphere is quiet. The décor is formal with subdued tones of grayish blue and orange offset by the complimenting blue-gray napkins. The chandeliers and artwork add to the touch of class. Instead of waiters and waitresses, you expect a butler to attend to you. The comfortable chairs are the old-fashioned type I associate with my grandparents’ and aunts’ formal dining rooms when I was a child. See the picture on their website. The entire room experience makes you sit back and relax, knowing something good is coming. We ordered our wine and bread was served with a trio of gourmet cheese spreads. My wife ordered the Seared Albacore Tuna appetizer, served with guava-cranberry sauce. I chose the Summer Lettuce Salad with strawberry balsamic vinaigrette, almond, strawberry and buttermilk blue cheese. Both were delicious. For entrees, my wife ordered the Miso Glazed Grouper. I opted for the Moulard Duck Breast. You can check the preparations on the menu. They are too long to enter here. Both entrees were outstanding! My wife had to take half of hers home. The duck breast was perfectly cooked (I asked for medium). It was tasty, served hot and visually appealing. It was a meal to savor! Although tempting, we skipped dessert and ended with coffee. The Fork & Bottle is one of the few truly “fine dining” offerings in the area.

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N
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to Fork and bottle several times. Every time the food is amazing. Our waitress Karen was over the top! She was cheery and gave us good recommendations. We will of course be going back again soon.

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J
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Went for lunch this past Friday. I was looking forward to trying the Peach and Arugula salad. Unfortunately the salad was very disappointing. It was really just argula with a few tiny slivers of extremely thin sliced peaches, of which did not have any flavor. The dressing did not have any wasabi flavoring and there were gobs of it through out the salad. I have always enjoyed my meals at the Desmond but was very disappointed in this one.

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Philadelphia
73 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We met our granddaughter there, as she was staying at the Desmond Hotel for an interview the next day. We had a lovely meal with great service. The steak dinner was delicious.

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VS
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Despite the updated decor at the Desmond, the quatity of the food has not changed. The food is basically hotel food. I did enjoy the scallops which was a starter but my fillet came with asparagus which were old and over cooked. I ordered the fillet since nothing else appealed to me. Very ordinary menu.

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