The Plough and the Stars

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At the Plough & the Stars the owners are determined to bring the true taste of Ireland to Philadelphia, our food is described as Western European with a strong Irish influence. We were awarded by Citysearch as Philadelphia's Best Brunch. We have been featured numerous times on the Food Network and have cooked at the James Beard House in New York. Enjoy our famous Mussels Veloute, Lamb Chops with Irish Mint Sauce, Chicken Curry or Guinness Casserole. Or if you prefer you can dine on our casual bar fare.

We have installed the most sophisticated beer system in the US, imported directly from Ireland and installed by Guinness technicians. Each pint of the 12 beers on tap is perfect.

The atmosphere created by the simple, yet powerful decor and fills a visitor to the Plough & the Stars, with an overwhelming feeling of awe and inspiration. The stage is set for an enjoyable and memorable dining experience.

Weekend nights turn the Plough into one of Old City's favorite bar scenes!

Specials

Happy Hour

$3.50 Bottles of Miller Lite & Bud Light $4.50 Select Craft Beers $4 Mixed Drinks of our House Pours $5.50 House Wines

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 19, 2019

Ends: July 20, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 5:00PM-7:00PM

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Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Went for vegan restaurant week and the the main entrees weren’t that good.

JC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Philly Vegan Restaurant Week. Everything on the pre fix menu was delicious. Great service at the table and the bar before eating. Thanks!

TW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

I had high expectations for this place judging by the reviews, but this completely missed the mark.
1. Food was terrible. Bread tasted stale. I love soda bread and brown bread and these tasted nothing like it. I got the ny strip which may actually be the worst steak I’ve ever had. It was unbelievably chewy and difficult to eat. Multiple people in our party got steaks and they were all this bad.
2. I purchased an alcoholic beverage and the server, while clearing plates (and I was in the bathroom) took my half full beverage and threw it out. He didn’t notice when he picked it up??
3. Very loud. Not authentic: music, ambiance, decor, nothing.
4. A member of our party asked if there were different side options included with his meal. He gave him options then later we saw that he charged extra without mentioning it.

I guess if you’re usually used to a bunch of drunk patrons you stop caring about the food and actual service?

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Even though it was crazy loud downstairs (to be expected on a Saturday night), our dinner upstairs was great. Our server was THE best. She was so attentive & friendly. Also, when my son’s salad came out incorrectly, other staff members jumped in and switched it. There was no...”let me get your server”. They just jumped in to help. Our food was excellent. Thank you for a great dinner.

OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went during Restuarant week. Food was outstanding. Our server was great. We had 645 reservations and the music was really loud.

SD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and they validate parking? Does it get any better? Yes it does! Cocktails and brew selections are amazing. Can’t say enough good things.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took advantage of Restaurant Week. Most places that participate limit you to 2 or 3 choices on the restaurant menu for each course The Plough and the Star has 6 choices for both the first and second courses and dessert each person received a sampler dish.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a fun place and the food was delicious.

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food superb

GM
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I came in for restaurant week -- We were so impressed! The food was fantastic, drinks were reasonably priced, and the service was outstanding. Our waitress was always checking in with a friendly smile and warm personality. Made for a wonderful night all together. Would definitely recommend and we look forward to coming in again soon!

HM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great selection of Whiskey and Bourbon. Had the lamb was great, my wife had the filet medallions she was also extremely impressed.

R
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Considering we were sitting near a group of excited Eagles fans watching the first game of the season, they were cheering loudly, however, our group had no problem conversing with each other because our table was situated in a nice, acoustic-friendly corner. We had a great time!

H
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place for a bite to eat. Highly recommend the cheese plate. It is a fantastic selection of meat and cheeses. Very nice job!!

PP
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Plough & the Stars offers a superb menu where each dish is better than the last. This coupled with attentive and friendly service ensures a great meal with each visit. They also had excellent entertainment at the venue which added to the experience. 5/5 will go back.

RL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time

o
Philadelphia
181 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

We have been there several times it's always a good basic comfort Irish food venue. There was evidently a bachelor party going on last night which made conversation difficult otherwise it's very good

PO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around!! Great food. Great service. Traditional music and overall atmosphere were top notch. We will return many times. ☘️

OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Was in town to meet up with friends. Loved the live music!

LL
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bachelorette party

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with great food. The quail and duck fricassee was awesome!

PO
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, and often run into friends there - what more is there?

CC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Irish food and lovely service.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch, no one left unsatisfied!

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was fresh and flavorful. The decor was a combination of old world with touches of contemporary. It being a bar made the music and crowd noise a bit loud when trying to dine.

OT
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed an after wedding brunch with close friends. This restaurant was a short walk from the Kimpton Hotel in historic area. The food was great! Fresh Irish breads, classic brunch offerings and the server couldn’t have been nicer. Ill definitely return again.

Z
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great feiendly service... Food was delicious.

l
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to visit our son and my husband got to have an Irish meal for Father's Day.

RK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service. Next time I'm in Philly I wiil be back.

LS
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend’s bday!

DS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything went well. My drink was served in a chipped glass but my husband went to the bar (server was not around) and they made me another quickly. Nice place with moderate prices and food is good.

KO
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My absolute favorite spot in Old City. The food is on point, the service is lovely (special shout out to Sara!), and I’ve been lucky enough to pop in during love music and special events. The beer selection could be better, but that is truly my only critique. Great place!

NM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Irish atmosphere, food is great and the service was great as well.

m
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was hit or miss, service was not good. Waitress kept walking by and ignoring us when we tried getting her attention, she kept forgetting our packaged leftovers, was slow, beer was warm. When I went to the bathroom the waitstaff could be heard from outside gossiping about each other ( I get it but dont let customers hear that junk), I could go on but bottom line up front, why waste my time?...much better places especially in philly to spend my time, money and ESPECIALLY Mother's day. Overall, not impressed and would not reccomend.

s
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shane was attentive and energetic! Food was perfect for all who wanted different things. Will come back again!

MW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside for lunch, great service from Jen. Food was good. Chairs are comfortable and well made, easy to sit in for a long lunch break.

DL
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great soda bread. The food is solid. There’s something for everyone. Nice vibe and comfortable neighborhood place.

S
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great setting with awesome food and service! Our dinner event was with colleagues from out of town who were very pleased with the experience!

k
New England
46 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu selections and excellent preparation of salmon with crabmeat and pork tenderloin. Service was efficient and professional. Prices are at a price point that makes me want to return.
Thank you for a pleasant evening!

BM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

The food was acceptable, but nothing special. We were most disturbed by the poor service. Seemed like our server couldn't be bothered to do his job. Since the food was just OK, we may not return because of our waiter. Unbelievably forgetful and didn't seem to want to even take our order.

MB
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience on St. Patrick's Day! Our waitress, Sarah, was EXCELLENT! The service, drinks, food and music were fantastic. This was a very busy day and the Plough and there staff did a wonderful job.

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