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The Pickled Heron BYOB

358 reviews
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$31 to $50
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The Pickled Heron is a well-known French restaurant in Philadelphia. This intimate and romantic eatery is decorated with crisp white linens, rich drapery, classic furniture and dim lighting. The walls are lined with colorful artwork, which is accented by contemporary pendant lighting.

The authentic French menu served at The Pickled Heron provides guests with a wide array of choices, all of which are made in-house and with only the freshest ingredients. Menu items include short rib, lemon tarts, pan seared duck, strawberry shortcake, duck breast, duck egg crème brûlée, lobster cavatelli, shirred eggs with bechamel and seared sea scallops.

Unlike most other restaurants, The Pickled Heron is a BYOB style venue. Customers are invited to bring their own wine to accompany dinner, but no wine or alcohol is sold on the premises.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Farm-to-table, French, Bistro
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Hours of operation

Dinner: Wednesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,

Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm,

Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Todd Braley and Daniela D'Ambrosio
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Private party facilities
We have a small semi-private dining space that can accommodate up to 15 guests.
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Private party contact
Daniela: (215) 634-5666
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Cross street
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Public transit
We are located 3 blocks from the Market/Frankford stop on the Blue Line.
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Farm to Table, Private Room
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vipdfink (New England)
Dined on August 28, 2016

what a wonderful ricotta and wine pairing dinner! as usual, fabulous.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
Dined on August 28, 2016

Foodies will delight in this fine dining experience. This is a must eat if you come to Philadelphia.

Fishfood (Philadelphia)
Dined on August 27, 2016

I have been here several times and have never been disappointed. Well considered and creative dishes. The atmosphere is comfortable and generally fairly quiet ( a novelty in Philly!) since it is a BYOB it ends up being a reasonably priced evening out.

vipPhillyFoodLover (Philadelphia)
Dined on August 26, 2016

We always love the Pickled Heron. Been there many times, most recently during Restaurant Week which didn't disappoint. All I want say is "Justdon't et them get too popular."

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
Dined on August 26, 2016

Went there with my wife to celebrate her birthday. It was our first time at this place, and I've chosen it based on reviews from OpenTable and Yelp. First, lets talk about ambience. There is none. The place looks more like industrial loft, and having art display of the local artist on the walls didn't make it look any better. Service - nothing bad, but nothing exceptional either. We had a bottle of white wine with us, but they had no individual ice buckets to chill it table-side (the had a large/communal bucket, similar to the one your Mom used to do hand laundry in, but who wants to ask for a bottle every time you want to refill your glass?). Food - again nothing spectacular. We had a foie gras, which was not bad, but the portion was very small for the price of $18. The muscles were just fine, but the fries was soggy and tasted like it was either baked or pan-fired. There is nothing wrong with either of those methods if potato is crispy, but it wasn't. My wife had fillet of sol and I had duck confit. Her dish, according to her, was just an OK - nothing special. My leg of duck wasn't that great - some pieces tasted like old/stale fat, which is a no-no when it comes to confit. It was served with what was called corn ravioli in the menu. Sorry, but to me it tasted as a store both frozen ravioli, which were stuffed with the sweet cheese. It might have been chief's attempt to play on salty and sweet taste contrast, but if failed - the combination didn't work for me at all. We didn't have desert, since nothing on the menu "talked" to us. In general, this restaurant's imitation of either Bibou or Will BYOB didn't work. The only common they have with those two is a fairly high priced menu. But it wasn't justified in this case. I should have known to keep my expectations low, since the sheer fact of being able to reserve a table on the short notice should have told me about this restaurant's quality, but I was fooled by the mostly positive online reviews.

vipMike (Philadelphia)
Dined on August 25, 2016

Loved my return to this neighborhood gem. The food was as wonderful as always. My friends and I decided to catch up over a great meal here and we left beyond sated.
Love this place.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
Dined on August 24, 2016

Wonderful food, service and vibe...
i cant say enough about how welcoming the staff was.
It was

Rallen (New York Area)
Dined on August 13, 2016

Fun , great food, friendly greeting at the door , knowledgable wait staff , open kitchen , go and support this wonderful restaurant serving great interesting food.

vipCrustyCurmudgeon (Philadelphia)
Dined on July 9, 2016

Ho-hum........just another amazing meal. 4 of us feasted on house made duck prosciutto, duck rillette & pate, outstanding mussels, cold corn soup, (much more than just a) green salad, and assorted fishes. Each dish was truly excellent - fine, fresh ingredients for creative recipes that were perfectly executed and artfully presented at a relaxed & appropriate pace. Everyone who works at PH from the waitstaff to the chef/owners is highly skilled, truly concerned that you have the best possible experience, and a pleasure to be with. It's been one of our favorites since they opened!

LauraH (Philadelphia)
Dined on July 2, 2016

I think I must just have had bad luck with the dishes that I ordered. Everyone else loved their food! The squid ink pasta needs Pecorino Romano or lemon or some contrasting taste. The strawberry shortcake was dry. However, my Mom said the steak was fantastic and my husband loved his vegan melange.