Fork and Bottle at the Desmond Hotel

4.2
493 reviews
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Saturday: 7:00 am - 11:00 am, Sunday: 7:00 am - 8:30 am, Brunch 8:30 am - 2:00 pm. Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Saturday: 12:00 - 4:00pm Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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(610) 296-9800
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chris Calhoun
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Cross street
Rte 202 & Rte 29
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet
11:30am - 5:30pm
$41 adult $19 children

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 493 People Are Saying
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J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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
18 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
4 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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p
Philadelphia
2 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
2 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
66 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
11 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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BD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a last minute decision to go to brunch on Sunday morning. Couldn’t have picked a better place. The service, food & professionalism was top notch. This will be our to go to place from now on!

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SP
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Server (Devan) was friendly and professional. Good food at a good price.

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NA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

we came to the Desmond for the Sunday brunch which we found quite satisfying the price was right and the food was good. I would have liked to see some more gluten free products. Maybe some pasta and I did not notice gluten free desserts. It seems more and more people are eating gluten free

the atmosphere was pleasant and the waitress was attentive

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OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael is always fantastic as a server. Food was excellent as usual. For those that don't think you can get a nice meal at a reasonable price at a venue inside a hotel, I recommend that you stop in here. You won't be disappointed.

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K
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to the Sunday Brunch. There was a good variety of foods and a few served entrees to choose from. The omelet station was really good with fast service. There was a decent selection of breakfast options, some salads and lunch entrees w/ a carved meat. Since we ate at 10:00 am, most of us did not try the lunch food. The french toast was a hard and dry, would be better to almost make that a served dish like the pancake. Another suggestion is to label the cakes on the dessert station. There was no way to know what was what. Overall, a very positive experience and would recommend.

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FH
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Went for dinner with my wife. The Entrees are fairly priced, the appetizers are priced a bit high. Glasses of wine a little on the expensive side. It is definitely better than when it was the hunt room.

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I
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Brunch was good and we enjoyed it. Our server was not as good as what we normally have. My husband wanted to order a cheeseburger, but after 10-15 minutes, she came back and said there are no cheeseburgers, sorry, and walked away. No other suggestions, etc. Kind of strange!

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I
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met up with some friends for brunch and could not have been more pleased. The restaurant looks beautiful (with it being newly decorated) , were greeted by the hostess as well as our waiter (Collin) and received great service. The food was delicious, atmosphere was pleasant and relaxing, and service was great. We will be going back soon to try everything we missed the first time around. Thank you!

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SN
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Fork and Bottle was a very nice place to eat for our date. We used a Groupon and they were very accepting in receiving it. Our waitress was very nice and attentive to us. The food was very good.

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A
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

Nobody at the stand when we arrived. After being seated we figured out why. Place was a morgue. Thought we would try it but being in a hotel in he middle of nowhere we weren’t surprised. Food was pretty good although scallops were undercooked. Either pancetta was too thin or scallops were too big. That’s a beginners mistake. Probably won’t try this place again

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s
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Very nice surprise. My Halibit was the so tasty and very fresh. Portions were perfect and loved the Caesar salad. Menu was varied with delicious choices. Menu is more upscale then the previous Hunt Room restaurant. Sorry to say I prefer the decor of the Hunt room. New decor is too modern and cold feeling. But food was good, service was very good and a quiet place for a business meeting. Will go back👍

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M
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to brunch for Father’s Day. The food was good and there was a wide variety. The service was good as well. We will go again for a special occasion.

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JH
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous brunch on Father's Day! In spite of the special occasion, though busy, the restaurant was not over-crowded. The staff was extremely efficient and friendly, greeting each group of patrons with a warm and cordial greeting. The food was delicious; the selection was vast and varied! Servers were organized and attentive. Overall, Brunch at the Fork and Bottle at the Desmond was a delight!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Anniversary

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Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Waitstaff was excellent - they all made sure our table was tended to but were not overbearing. We would have liked to have seen a bit more items on the menu, especially some summer salads, but our meal was delicious and the portions were perfect - not obscene amounts nor small tastes.

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b
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite places to go for lunch! The staff is absolutely phenomenal and always make me feel welcome! I have a food allergy and every person who works there makes sure my food is made correctly and the manager usually brings it out to me herself. The food is great, and making it an even better experience are the people who work there. I can't say enough good things about them (especially Michael and Jackie)!!

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G
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the improvement of the hotel are very nice. The quality of the management, wait staff and chef are always very good. Great place to take a client

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S
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good service. Food was good. The highlight was the flank steak. Very good. This brunch is a good value.

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B
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was just okay.

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N
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was wonderful. The food gets better every time. They’ve been doing a lot of changes with the hotel, restaurant and the menu. My only complaint is that the portions were smaller than they used to be.

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L
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

Service was great. One dish (duck) was exceptional. The halibut was okay, nothing special. There was a huge, loud party when we were there so that kind of ruined it for our romantic night out. They were distracting and very drunk. They've redone the interior and it's tasteful. Okay for a hotel I guess but I wouldn't make a special effort to return.

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KL
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had Sunday brunch on April 29, 2018. While most of the food (eggs Benedict, sausage, bacon, smoked salmon, etc.) tasted decently comparable to other nice brunch places, the desserts (donuts, chocolate cakes, bread pudding) were above average. The service was also above average in smiles and attentiveness and the brunch layout is also quite nice. We would probably return in the future.

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PD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First outing with our newborn!

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d
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good; service was excellent. My only complaint is that the menu is vey limited. Their liquor choices, even on the dessert menu, far outnumber the food choices.

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AT
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fork and Bottle has a great atmosphere, and there were a ton of great brunch options to choose from.

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AK
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

The new decor is nice. The menu is small. I ordered steak tips medium rare. They came well done and were chewy. The ginger carrot soup would have been okay but it was not very hot. They were out of apple cake so I took the chocolate mouse cake. That was a mistake (for me) because it was way too rich. The server was very nice. My friends ordered the swordfish (liked it very much) and the filet mignon (sauce was spicy but quality was good). At $65 per person it was not a good value.

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the brunch buffet! ❤️

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KP
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch with girlfriends in this newly redesigned space was delicious.

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