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The Little Lion

4.2
4.2
738 Reviews
$30 and under
Comfort Food

The Little Lion is an upscale, yet casual American comfort food restaurant in the heart of Philadelphia's historic Old City district. Our team focuses on local, fresh, and sustainable products to ensure only the highest level of quality in everything we do. The bar features seasonal cocktails, 16 rotating drafts, and locally roasted coffee.

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What 738 people are saying

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4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.0Value

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84% of people would recommend it to a friend

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  1. B

    Bird

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Closed due to water damage from neighborhood fire. Will try another time

  2. KB

    KarenB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2018

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Unfortunately Little Lion recently suffered a fire along with other buildings on the same block. Very tragic. Wish we had known that before we made a reservation. I rated the restaurant so I could leave this note. Please don't use the ratings.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love this place!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2018

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    Food was good. Appetizers were great - oysters, jumbo shrimp and Brussel sprouts. Disappointed that they ran out of fried chicken plates and only half of our table could get what they wanted. Server was fantastic.

  5. C

    Cityfoodie

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2018

    overall4food3service1ambience5

    Really trendy cute place. Cocktail menu reads beautifully but all of the cocktails we ordered tasted terrible. However they do have a great craft beer list to choose from instead. The oysters were good but small, the cheese plate was not even close to being worth $25, basic cheeses, a few jams, and very basic sliced baguette. My shrimp & grits were actually really really good- loved the smoked sausage in it. Cheesesteak was lame considering we’re in philly. Overall it’s a cute trendy place but obviously very new and definitely overpriced.

  6. MG

    MG520

    Miami

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2018

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    First time eating here. Loved the space, but the experience went downhill after that. Host station was messy. Service (servers and barstaff) were very casual and not professional. Space seemed dirty, cluttered. Food took more than 30 minutes, and was tasty, but my pork chop was very overcooked. Seems the restaurant is poorly managed. Will not be returning unfortunately.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very accommodating and considerate. Our party had to wait about 15 minutes past our reservation to be seated due to a large party that was being hosted. The team apologized and comped a round of drinks for us. The food was great and the wait was definitely worth it. We would definitely recommend and will be back!

  8. MK

    MayK

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Todd was an amazing server! He knew the menu and gave great advice on food options!

  9. J

    Jean

    New England

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely fabulous. The food was excellent and the service was exceptional. We had the corn bread pancake as an appetizer to share with our children. I then had the roasted carrot salad and my husband had fried goat cheese for our appetizers. We shared a cheese omelette. Our children had Mac and cheese and pancakes. Everything was good. Our server was very friendly and gave us info on where to visit. I wish we had time to go back again before we left Philly.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2018

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    Huge portions! Great atmosphere.

  11. EB

    EricaB

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We went with the kids after going to the Museum Of the American Revolution. We ended up there for the happy hour deals. The food was delicious, prices were excellent and service was great. Three of us had great salads and we really loved the smoked chicken wings. The kids meals offered great choices. So sad about the fire at the building next door. Hope you can rebuild soon.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2018

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    The food is delicious even if it tends toward heavy. Portions are generous which helps soften the sting of the prices. Tends to be a bit noisy even when it is not busy due to the open plan and many hard surfaces. Lunch can be good for conversation as the wait staff is often willing to lower the music volume. Dinner time it is hard to have a conversation without leaning in. Service tends to be par - not bad but not extraordinary. For tasty, heavy comfort food in a moderately upscale setting, definitely visit Little Lion.

  13. L

    Lynne

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fast service Unique Menu Fresh Food Great Ambiance

  14. a

    ashleybrielle

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect little Valentine’s Day brunch date here. Cutest little spot. Cannot wait for them to reopen!

  15. KH

    KaylaH

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service from our server. She was patient, kind, and had great menu knowledge. I'm excited to send other hotel guests to Little Lion after having a great experience. Kudos!

  16. AP

    AnaPaula

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    One of the best Mac&Cheese I've ever tasted! Decided to have some drinks and share some appetizers, all worth ordering.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Adelaide

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2018

    overall2food3service3ambience1

    Came here for a family brunch and even though we had a reservation our table wasn’t ready and the hostess looked like she had no idea where to sit us. The place was packed and we had to wait for a table to be cleared and cleaned. The waiter eventually came over and took our orders. He seemed overwhelmed. Food was just ok & coffee no good. Place was packed and EXTREMELY noisy. I would not recommend it for families with young kids. My three yr old was overwhelmed with the noise.

  19. MP

    MrsP

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2018

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    They ran out of fried chicken at 7:45!

  20. PC

    PaulC

    Philadelphia

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2018

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Nice setting. Just enough noise to feel some energy in the room but not too loud.

  21. B

    Bert

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Stopped here for Brunch after visiting the American revolution museum right across the street. Food was great for everyone, try the pimento cheese and ham. Raspberry Sangria gets high marks as well.

  22. TH

    TinaH

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2018

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Came for an early dinner. Our table of 4 was seated upstairs. Loved the ambiance of the restaurant and the decor. The view on the second floor is great! The good: beer flights, delicious Lion Tea cocktail, and the fried oysters were to die for! The cheesy grits were great as well. The not so good: our waitress informed us after we had already ordered drinks and appetizers that they actually had a happy hour menu -- we would have ordered from it from the get go. She had all of the tables upstairs and was also bar tending, so she was running around. She felt stressed and rushed, and created an uncomfortable environment in an otherwise relaxed and chill restaurant.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server was great, food was great - Brussels, cocktail shrimp, Kale salad were all delicious. We’ll definitely be back!

  24. V

    Valerie

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We were a party of 9 people at 3:00 pm Sunday, hours before the Super Bowl. The restaurant staff was busy getting ready for a big crowd at 5:00 pm. The young lady who waited on us was friendly, helpful and extremely efficient. I wish I remembered her name! The food was very good, too. We never felt rushed. I'd highly recommend as a nice place to go with a few friends.

  25. p

    phillyphilly

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2018

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Dinner is good, brunch is awesome. Great neighborhood gem.

  26. EC

    ElizabethC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Exceptional service, awesome brunch menu, great food and beverages

  27. LW

    LaurelW

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    The food and drinks here are fantastic! Our table of 4 had a variety of dishes and drinks for a Saturday brunch and everything came quickly and was full of fresh flavor. Our server was very attentive and helpful, especially when listing the vegan options for brunch. For any vegans looking for a brunch spot: this was delicious! Although Little Lion doesn't have a wide variety of vegan dishes, they are very accommodating and the food was fantastic (I had the Brussels Sprouts and a dairy-free chai latte). I was the only vegan at the table and truly appreciated the server's menu suggestions for vegan-friendly dishes. I will definitely be coming back soon.

  28. F

    Foodie

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We went to Little Lion for a team lunch and had a great time. Their lunch menu was delicious and the portions were very big. Next time we go, I'll probably split a meal with someone.... there was plenty to go around. We'll definitely be back!

  29. DM

    DavineM

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    I came here on a Sunday with my family for my brother-in-law's birthday. There was a total of 7 adults and a toddler. Due to its location and day of the week, it was very busy and loud. Even with our reservation we still had to wait to be seated, which is not a problem because the staff is very friendly. It took a while for our server to come and greet us because again it was very busy. However, I still give the restaurant 4 stars because the food was good and staff is very friendly.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love Little Lion. Food is always delicious, wait staff kind and very kid friendly. Highly recommend!

  31. v

    vinochic

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a wonderful brunch with old friends there this past Sunday and was as always pleased with the atmosphere, food, and service. They not only were able to easily accommodate our 9 month old son, but were also able to make one of their dishes in a Whole30 compliant manner for my husband and I as we are in the middle of that strict diet. Everything was delicious, quick, and beautifully presented. d

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great place to meet up with friends. Pleasant atmosphere. Fried green tomatoes were excellent!!

  33. D

    bernadetteD

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2018

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    Although we were the only ones in line it took the hostess about 10 minutes to figure out where to Seat us. The fried green tomatoes were very good. The fried chicken was served alone no garnishes no sides. The tomato soup tasted like spaghetti sauce.The beef patty on the hamburger was small and the pickle was very large. The grits and shrimp were so salty they were almost in edible. The noise level was such that we could not hear the waitress talking. Large windows make for a nice setting but I would not return to this restaurant

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    One of my favorite places in Philly! Great food and great prices. You have to get the Mac and Cheese

  35. A

    Apoorva

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Brunch was amazing. Our waiter, Ian, didn’t rush us and made us feel welcome.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    There were no mud hard left it was ridiculous!!!!!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Came for restaurant week and had a great time. Wish that some of the menu items on the restaurant week website were included on the menu. Really enjoyed the toasts drizzled with honey and served with the ricotta spread. Also the gnocchi dish was great but felt that the pasta got lost in the sauce and there weren't any enough gnocchi. Our server was great despite being very busy. Also the chocolate mousse jar was awesome. Will be back!

  38. DM

    DanaM

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2018

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Went during restuarant week. It was a nice 4 course meal. The menu varied slightly from what was posted online. But that wasn't a bad thing. The portions were good. I had the sweet potato gnocchi which wasn't on the online menu which was a pleasant surprise. The fried green tomatoes were good also. I would go back to try the fried chicken which looked really good among other items. Good and attentive service.

  39. D

    Didelc

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2018

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    Went for restaurant week. Four-course menu for $35 was a great deal and portions very generous, but the food was ordinary, except for the fried green tomatoes and kale salad. My husband ordered the house wine which wasn't good and my cocktail was too sweet. The restaurant is in a great location and the ambiance at the bar is fun. The bartender was very attentive, so we'll probably go back for drinks.

  40. D

    Disappointed

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    They could use a bigger bar especially at happy hour. Salad was just ok, the wings were excellent and so was the steak.

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