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The Plough and the Stars

447 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
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 Mussells Veloute, Striped Bass with Potato Crusted Scales 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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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International, Irish, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:30am - 3:30pm
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Phone number
(215) 733-0300
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
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Parking details
There is a garage right next door to the Plough on 2nd Street.
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Public transit
Septa Buses 5,17,21, 33, 42,48, 57 New Jersey Transit Patco
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Join us everyone Friday and Saturday from 6-9pm for LIVE music with Tyrone's own, Raymond Coleman! Sunday evenings feature our traditional Irish Session! Our session is open to the public and If you play an instrument,please join us from 5-9pm!
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Special events & promotions
Open and serving a special menu Thanksgiving day! Call 215.733.0300 for more details! -- Open 'til 2am 365 days a year! -- Join us every weekend for LIVE music! Fridays & Saturdays Irishman Raymond Coleman sings everyone's favorite ballads and Sunday from 5-9 we have our Traditional Irish Session -- all musicians welcome! -- Open Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day! Live Music on the Holidays!
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 447 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Anon (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Our waiter was really great, I am only placing this review because we had a really uncomfortable experience with the other wait staff and bussers. We were eating and felt very rushed by people constantly asking us to take our plates, I started to count and got to about 7 different occasions that this happened. Sometimes it was rather aggressive as well, off of plates we were still eating off of. Normally this wouldn't bother me but it was clear they were trying to just flip the table and the restaurant was empty, they weren't anywhere near closing time. We sat at the table for max 45 minutes. On top of this, one of my friends tripped getting up from the table, and accidentally broke her glass. We offered to help clean it up, and on the way to the bathroom we heard several waitresses (that were not our waiter who again was excellent) saying we should pay for the glass. We also heard them say they were going to purposely leave it there because they didn't want to have to clean it up, so we sat with glass on our table for a few minutes before our waiter (again great) finally came and helped us. I worked in a restaurant, it happens all the time by everyone, it was clearly an accident, and loudly making fun of your patrons isn't a great way to keep tables in an already empty restaurant. This place was just too aggressive and mean spirited to ever recommend a nice dining experience to anyone.

Foodini (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Had dinner here with my wife and two friends and were very pleased with the atmosphere, food and service. Our waitperson was fantastic, our meals were outstanding and the place felt more like a local pub than a city restaurant. We will definitely be returning for another dinner sometime in the future.

RobertA (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Service is excellent. (Thank you Allie!) Good breakfast fare. Can be a bit noisey if there is a soccer game one, but that's what the bar is about. Not overwhelming however. Our "go to "place for meeting for brunch fare.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Celebrating my bridal party getting their bridesmaids dresses! The food and staff was wonderful!

KensingtonFine (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Cold food, courses rushed on top of one another, warm white wine...and a pleasant smile. Yep, feels like Ireland. Will I go back? Nope, too many other places in the world to explore. You should consider the same.

vipBilbo (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

Everything about our three course Restaurant Week meal was outstanding. The duck appetizer was moist and flavorful. The greens and vegetables were fresh and cooked just right for peak flavor. The rack of lamb and filet mignon were perfect with delicious sauces. Finally the dessert of a mini creme brûlée with a chocolate mousse truffle was heaven. We’ll be back!

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

Our waitress was phenomenal and very attentive... The food was exquisite... We had the lamb and peaches and pear salad excelent... The sampler dessert was not good to my taste too sweet...

whaddup (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

It's not typical Irish pub food. The food is at an elevated level and incredibly delicious.

KSfromReadingPA (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

The mussels were fantastic. We attended during restaurant week as first time Ploughers. We will be back

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Went before a show at the Arden, had a great time - excellent good, fantastic service from Dave.

LouP (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Met my brother for lunch, his plane arrived early & they welcomed him more than 1/2 hour before official opening, gave him a cup of coffee and some conversation while he waited for me. The service was excellent, the food superb. My only quibble was the soccer match at high volume, but even that - they let us check out 3 tables to find the quietest corner for our family visit. I couldn’t be happier.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

The food and service were fab. Wine list leaves something to be desired. It seemed a shame to have such really great food with less than a palatable wine. Did I say the food was great ? It was ....

Debby (Pittsburgh)
3.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Went to The Plough and the Stars hoping for a more intimate dinner to celebrate a special occasion with my boyfriend. It should be noted that it was restaurant week, and the seating for dinner is a smaller section on a second level overlooking the bar area. As it turns out, there was a large party who had booked the entire downstairs/bar for an event, and they were incredibly loud. While this would have been okay, I wish that when the reservation was made and confirmed, there was some notice that this would have been going on, given the restaurant set-up. Conversation was impossible-- every other sentence we had to repeat ourselves, and if we'd wanted to scream at each other we would have picked a bar. Most of the food was delicious, but perhaps the kitchen was busy with the party because when the entree came out, the meal was hot but the side of broccoli seemed to be cold on the inside (reminiscent of when you don't microwave frozen veggies for long enough). Besides taking our order and delivering our food, the server was hard to be found (the party was busy, but I could see her and other coworkers hanging out in the server's area)-- normally would be okay because I don't like to be checked in on too frequently, but the meat was a little too rare for me and it was very difficult to find anyone to tell. Once we did, however, they cooked it a little more and the person who brought it out (not sure if chef or GM) was very helpful.

Overall, I was disappointed with the experience but am willing to chalk it up to the busy party downstairs. I really enjoyed the mussels and sweet soda bread and highly recommend those if you're dining here.. but given my other experiences throughout restaurant week have been extraordinary, I don't know that I would recommend this place (especially not at the normal price point). Might be willing to come back for the bar though!

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

It was a cold winter night and the venue was perfect with the fire roaring in the late 19th or early 20th century wood burning fireplace. My husband was very happy with the lamb chops. My pork tenderloin was bursting with flavor. I was disappointed however when my glass of wine arrived in an obviously dirty glass. The waiter promptly brought me a new glass. If not for this, I would have given a higher overall rating.

Mattstacy (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on January 8, 2018

The service was very good. Waitress was very attentive to our table.