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About The Plough and the Stars

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!

123 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
International, Irish, Gastro Pub

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

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 733-0300

Website:
http://www.ploughstars.com/

Entertainment:
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!

Parking Details:
There is a garage right next door to the Plough on 2nd Street.

Public Transit:
Septa Buses 5,17,21, 33, 42,48, 57 New Jersey Transit Patco

Executive Chef:
Ishmael

Additional:
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

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!

The Plough and the Stars Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (15)
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Comfort Food (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
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Good for Groups (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Cozy (6)
Authentic (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Live Music (5)
People Watching (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Great Beer (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Business Meals (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Live Sports (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 9, 2018

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

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

We went with our children 5&7 after a show at the Arden. The food was good. Service was great. They helped by bringing the kids food first. We didn't feel rushed.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Enjoyed Sunday Brunch while watching the Eagles game. Had good seat to watch the TV, food was wonderful (and nice variety) and had a very attentive server. We gave a larger tip for the amount of time we spent at the table as well as her attentiveness and she checked with us that it wasn't a mistake. Whole atmosphere was comfortable and I'd come back in a minute.,

Tags: Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Cozy, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We went before seeing a show at Arden Theatre. Glad we picked it. Food was great and service was too. The French toast and Irish bacon and sausage was delicious as was the smoked salmon eggs Benedict. Great options for kids as well. We will be back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We had a very nice dinner. Menu selection is great! Beer and alcohol selection was good, the wine selection could've been better. We'll definitely go again.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Authentic, Live Music, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 25, 2017

A casual Christmas dinner with my husband and our 18 & 20 year olds before the Eagles game. So glad I picked Plough & Stars! Festive atmosphere with a toasty fire. We Could see the games from every seat. The food was amazing!! My husband and son loved the Guinness Stew. The seafood chowder and potato leek soups were excellent. We’ll definitely be back.

Tags: Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Casual, Live Sports
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Went on Christmas Eve. The atmosphere was full of Holiday spirit. The food and drinks were wonderful. We would not hesitate to return.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great place for Christmas Eve lunch with the family. Wonderful cozy atmosphere with a lovely fireplace. We had a great time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Always try to visit at Christmas holiday time and at St Pattys Day, as well as in between. Love the Irish Sessions on Sundays.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Casual, Cozy, Live Music, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was great and the servers were pleasant. However, service was very slow. We allowed 2 hours for dinner but it Took a long while to ask for someone to take order. Also a long wait for entrees.We didn't have time for dessert which was disappointing. We had to rush dinner. Food was great though.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The food is excellent as is the service. However the noise level is so high it was impossible aa party of 4 tti talk to the person next to me, let alone across the table.. we actually wrote notes. The 3 people at table next to us gave up and just used their cellphones... never said a word to each other, which e talked about when we were both leaving. The louder the crowd got, the louder the music got, rigorously tee base. This was our third time... different days, different seating. Too bad because food is grest.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Brunch was good, but not as good as a a couple years ago. Server was very pleasant and knew menu well. Love the atmosphere especially at holidays.

Tags: Casual, Great Beer
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Nice casual dining experience. Good food. Large portions. The atmosphere is festive

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We enjoy the casual atmosphere and good food at Plough especially when we head to old city for a movie at the ritz....it’s just an easy evening. Had a little trouble getting a dirty martini this visit to actually taste like a dirty martini should, but enjoyed the food. I had a salad and a crab cake appetizer which was excellent, and my husband had a vegetable pasta dish. We shared mussels to start and they were fabulous though I wondered how much butter may have been used in the broth .... enjoyed everything though.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Food was average, at best. Very good service. We came here mainly for the wonderful fireplace!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

It has become one of my favorites.Has come a long way i.e. upgraded menu ,New chef? etc.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

There was a private party on the main level. It was very crowded and noisy. The restaurant should not have accepted other reservations in that situation. Dinner was miserably noisy.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2017

As always, terrific service, food, and atmosphere!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Beat the dinner crowd. Really quiet!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Very nice! Our waitress was awesome!! Great food and atmosphere!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The crab cake appetizer was awesome! Full of jumbo lump crab and almost no filler. The steak frites were delicious. The fries could have been a little crispier, but overall the dinner was wonderful.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Food was lovely, service was prompt and polite, ambiance was very enjoyable. Overall great dinner 👍🏻

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·Dined on September 18, 2017

I really enjoyed the whole dinning experience! I will recommend this restaurant to sever friends. I will see you guys soon!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Restaurant week meal ordinary. Much different from usual menu and preparation which is generally quite good.

Tags: Great Beer, Comfort Food, Live Music
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The food was awesome and the service was great. The sauce and flavors of the food were delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 12, 2017

We went to try this place out for Restuaurant week in Philly, the food was really good, potatoes were a little salty for my taste but everything else was great! Service was really good. Our server Shane was awesome very engaging but not overally so. we will go back!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The Chestnut St address is deceiving as it is really on 2nd St. Cool space and the bar area was hopping. We sat downstairs next to the big TV as a Penn State game was on. Wasn't the best dining atmosphere. The steak fritte was fine. The apple pie dessert sounded better than it tasted as the apples we mushy rather than firm and the crust was a little burnt.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Our dinner at The Plough and the Stars was wonderful. It was a birthday dinner and everyone enjoyed the food and the service was impeccable. I definitely recommend this restaurant for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even a late night snack because at this point, I've done each and the visits are consistently good.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 20, 2017

My Mom's 75th brunch was a great time...

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 13, 2017

This is a very nice place. The food is wonderful, the ambiance is great, and the Guinness is .... well it's Guinness.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

It was very nice! The food was awesome! The building is so impressive!! Loved it!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 5, 2017

It was a great meal after a Saturday afternoon play. Kyle was our waiter and we loved him. Very attentive and knowledgeable. We'll be back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Took for ever to get service upon sitting down. Host would not get off his phone. Once waitress knew we where there she was attentive

Tags: Bar Seating, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Nice ambiance. Server very friendly. Food is above average. More of a happy hour vibe than full dinner with family.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Solid service. Thumbs up to the pear salad & fish and chips!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Plow and Stars always delivers a very satisfying level of experience and my standards are pretty high. The staff this time were exceptional. Low key, friendly and extremely accommodating when a local parade made some of us very late for our reservation. Food was good, drinks were tasty, and conversation flowed. The perfect Irish Bar experience.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Afternoon Tea, Romantic, Authentic, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Live Music, Good for Groups, People Watching, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 28, 2017

As part of our experience we had the Sheppard's Pie....OUTSTANDING! Our Server was exceptional and so very nice. She recommended the creme brulee and it was the best I've ever had! Sundays they had music (Irish) from 5-9 and we enjoyed it immensely! All around a wonderful dinner and time. I will be returning soon. Also for another glass of Guinness.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Food was amazing as always, but the service was definitely lacking this time around. Entrees were not served at the same time, waitress mumbled, bus boy reached over someone while they were eating to take a plate, with out so much as asking, which I found to be extremely rude and inept.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Service and food were great especially considering it was Mothers Day

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Very friendly servers and hosts who seemed to genuinely mean it. Great atmosphere. Lucky to find a table for 7 very last minute.

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