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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (17)
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Comfort Food (12)
Fun (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Authentic (10)
Good for a Date (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Great Beer (9)
People Watching (9)
Cozy (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Bar Seating (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Live Music (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Romantic (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Live Sports (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Seasonal (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·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.

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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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 (New York Area)·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.

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 (Philadelphia)·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!

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 (Philadelphia)·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...

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

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

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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

Tags: Great Beer, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Comfort Food, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: People Watching, Live Sports, Fun, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·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 ....

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Pittsburgh)·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!

Tags: People Watching
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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 8, 2018

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

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 (Philadelphia)·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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vip
 (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 24, 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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 (Philadelphia)·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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 (Philadelphia)·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 11, 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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vip
 (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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 8, 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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2017

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

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Beat the dinner crowd. Really quiet!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 21, 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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 (San Francisco)·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 15, 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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