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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)
4.0  Dined on August 28, 2016

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

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  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)
4.0  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)
5.0  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)
3.0  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)
4.0  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)
5.0  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)
5.0  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)
5.0  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)
4.0  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.

vipDanaluv (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on June 18, 2016

So glad when I checked for availability on a Friday for Saturday nite. We had a very nice table for four. Delicious appetizers were moules frites, pea and mint ravioli, and fois gras. Entrees were black bass with risotto ( unexpectedly had hot sauce on plate), bream with calamari, and two orders of some type of steak( similar to flank steaks) which were a little tough. Dessert of Nutella ice cream and strawberries, very good. Service was good , but she took off with the white wine on arrival to chill and we had to ask for it.

Tomato (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on June 11, 2016

All four of us thought that the food was excellent and creative. Try the duck breast and duck sausage!

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on June 8, 2016

It was quiet and romantic and the food was otstanding

Nick (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on May 13, 2016

A delightful dinner, from the house-made charcuterie and spring pea soup, to the soft shell crabs and the braised veal breast, and finished with a lime meringue. Great job once again!

AndyinOldCity (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 7, 2016

I'd been to the restaurant once before with my wife and needed a place to go with a real foodie. They didn't let me down. Serious gastronomie without any pretense.

Chuchichastli (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on May 4, 2016

the mussels were disappointing, its sauce flavorless

vipGery (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on May 1, 2016

This is a relaxed casual little restaurant that serves great creative dishes with a French flavor. The decor is interesting and relaxed. Tables are spaced well and not jammed near others like so many other Philly restaurants. Service was professional and attentive. It's romantic and special. Feels a bit like a very nice European bistro. The entrees are beautifully and expertly prepared. The portions, especially the salads and appetizers, were generous and super tasty. The Creme Brûlée was really exceptional. I have had many in great places but this one was maybe the best ever. Prices are moderate and its BYOB. Give it a try soon; it's a special place with great food and a great vibe.

vipSteve (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on April 29, 2016

This is the second time I have eaten at the PH, this time with 3 friends who were there for the first time. They congratulated me on my choice of restaurant. Food was outstanding; we had the grilled sardines - where can you get sardines these days- and moules and frites as shared starters - delicious. Three of us ordered the lamb osso buco - melt in your mouth good and one had the venison - also wonderful. Food wise you can't go wrong here. We will be back!
And because of traffic and other circumstances two of the party were late one 20 min one 45 min yet the restaurant was very understanding and made us very comfortable about waiting for all to arrive before ordering.

vipCapitalGrilleFan (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on April 24, 2016

I enjoyed dinner at the Pickled Heron on Sunday night. We were actually the only table being served that evening- which was shocking considering how delicious the meal was!! Our favorite dish was the duck breast served with a special cashew spinach. Also, their appetizer special, a homemade mushroom ravioli, was super light and completely delicious- loved it. We also enjoyed the cod as a second entree. There were lots of flavors within the dishes- all of the sides were unique- nothing mundane or to be expected. Really a lovely experience. The sardines were the only thing we didn't love, as they were a bit bony and not enjoyed as a result. We splurged on the chocolate cake with peanut butter ice cream- so yummy! Our waiter was very attentive and we had a very relaxing and enjoyable dining experience.

Matt (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on April 14, 2016

My wife and I had wanted to try the Pickled Heron for a long time, as any place recommeded by Greg Moore is bound to be good. We were happy to get to go to one of the special Moore Brothers' wine dinners here, and it was great. The food was very tasty and shined even more when paired with great wines by Greg Moore. The restaurant is cozy, and all of the staff were friendly and very good. We are looking forward to going back and trying the regular menu.