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Vernick Food & Drink

4.7
4.7
1633 Reviews
$30 and under
American

Located at 2031 Walnut Street in the Rittenhouse Square area of Philadelphia, Vernick Food & Drink is an inviting neighborhood bistro. Chef-owner Gregory Vernick, a Cherry Hill, NJ native, focuses on using extraordinary regional products to create a menu of approachable, globally-inspired dishes. The "Drink" side of Vernick Food & Drink features homemade sodas, as well as a carefully crafted selection of domestic and imported wines and beers and perfectly poured cocktails.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Tuesday-Sunday 5:00pm - 11:00pm Bar: Tuesday-Sunday 4:30pm - 1:00am Monday: CLOSED

  • Phone number

    (267) 639-6644

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Gregory Vernick

  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • Cross street

    20th

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available. We do not have valet parking at this time. The closest parking garages include: <br />- Parkway: corner of 20th and Walnut St (outdoor lot)<br />- Rittenhouse Garage: entrance on 20th between Walnut St & Chancellor St<br />- Central Parking: 2027 Sansom St. <br />- Patriot Parking: 2102 Sansom St.

  • Public transit

    Broad Street Line: Walnut-Locust station<br />Market-Frankford Line: 15th Street station

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

Menu

On Toast

  • Fromage Blanc & Apple Chutney$9.00

    • Avocado & Spicy Radish$8.00

      • Maryland Crab$17.00

        • Pumpkin & Brown Butter$10.00

          • Marinated Mushrooms & Manchego$11.00

            • Sea Scallop & Black Truffle Butter$24.00

              • Beef Tartare, Fresh Horseradish$17.00

                • Foie Gras$19.00

                  Raw

                  • Island Creek Oysters, Ginger & Citrus$18.00

                    • Tuna, Tomato Conserva, White Ponzu$18.00

                      • Kanpachi, Ruby Grapefruit & Pistachio$17.00

                        • Arctic Char, Crispy Skin & Dill$15.00

                          • Striped Jack, Avocado & Grilled Jalapeño Oil$17.00

                            • Sea Urchin, Warm Scrambled Eggs$18.00

                              Vegetables

                              • Brussels Sprouts & Pecorino Salad$11.00

                                • Crispy Baby Artichokes$12.00

                                  • Potato Pavé$9.00

                                    • Fire-Roasted 8-Hour Cabbage$10.00

                                      • Chanterelle Mushroom Tart$15.00

                                        • Eggplant Timbale, Spicy Tomato Fondue$15.00

                                          Small Plates

                                          • A Simple Green Salad$14.00

                                            pink peppercorn & parmesan

                                            • Smoked Pocono Trout$17.00

                                              braised kale, apple & crème fraîche

                                              • Red Curry Shrimp$18.00

                                                crispy kimchi rice, toasted cashew, cilantro

                                                • Steamed Mussels$16.00

                                                  toasted couscous, root vegetables, tarragon aioli

                                                  • Lamb Merguez$18.00

                                                    chickpea, pomegranate, charred eggplant sauce

                                                    • Potato Mezzaluna$16.00

                                                      meyer lemon cream, rosemary & green peppercorn

                                                      • Saffron Fettuccine$17.00

                                                        tuna bolognese, green olive & fennel

                                                        • Braised Veal Pot au Feu$18.00

                                                          Large Plates

                                                          • Grilled Black Sea Bass$34.00

                                                            cauliflower & black truffle gratin, chanterelles, lobster sauce

                                                            • Halibut$34.00

                                                              artichoke & fennel caponata, celery root cream, lemon thyme broth

                                                              • Jerk-Rubbed Pork Chop$33.00

                                                                braised red cabbage, sweet potato, horseradish

                                                                • Crescent Duck Breast$35.00

                                                                  baby turnips, beet relish, crème fraîche, jus

                                                                  Simply Roasted

                                                                  • Bronzino, Fennel & Orange

                                                                    • MP
                                                                  • Turbot Amandine

                                                                    • MP
                                                                  • Organic Amish Chicken, Lemon & Herb Jus

                                                                    • Whole$45.00
                                                                    • Half$24.00
                                                                  • 28 Oz. Dry-Aged Bone-In Strip Loin, Charred Lettuce, Lemon$72.00

                                                                    What 1,633 people are saying

                                                                    Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                    4.7
                                                                    4.7 based on all time ratings
                                                                    • 4.8Food
                                                                    • 4.7Service
                                                                    • 4.4Ambience
                                                                    • 4.4Value

                                                                    NoiseModerate

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                                                                    1. AG

                                                                      AlexG

                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                      30 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      30 reviews

                                                                      Reviewed on January 23, 2020

                                                                      overall5foodserviceambience

                                                                      What a gem of a restaurant! Truly a fabulous meal.

                                                                    2. JB

                                                                      JohnB

                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                      53 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      53 reviews

                                                                      Reviewed on November 9, 2019

                                                                      overall5foodserviceambience

                                                                      I love this place, if it weren't so difficult to get a reservation, I'd go more often.

                                                                    3. J

                                                                      J1111

                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                      4.0

                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                      Reviewed on August 19, 2019

                                                                      overall4foodserviceambience

                                                                      Food is amazing - difficult to get a reservation or seat at the bar.

                                                                    4. r

                                                                      ruthm

                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                      6 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      6 reviews

                                                                      Reviewed on August 1, 2019

                                                                      overall5foodserviceambience

                                                                      One of the few restaurants that actually gets better with age. Each service person, from the water boy to the manager, glides around attentively to serve patrons. The wine list is small but select. pours are very large. I loved my duck breast, which is always served medium rare (perfect). Staff is very attentive, with one staff dedicated to just polishing wine glasses. All details combine to make this a 5 star restaurant. Others agree, which is why at 5:15 pm on Thursday it was jammed with couples.

                                                                    5. T

                                                                      Tara

                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      4.0

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      Reviewed on July 31, 2019

                                                                      overall4foodserviceambience

                                                                      Great local spot, excellent cocktails, vibrant energy and location.

                                                                    6. NM

                                                                      NicoleM

                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                      15 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      15 reviews

                                                                      Dined on January 20, 2019

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      This was my second visit here and everything was great! I am adding to my list of favorite Philly restaurants. My favorite thing I ordered was the crispy artichokes. Delicious!

                                                                    7. DR

                                                                      DavidR

                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                      9 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      9 reviews

                                                                      Dined on January 6, 2019

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      25th anniversary I the food was delicious

                                                                    8. d

                                                                      datenightfoodie

                                                                      London

                                                                      6 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      6 reviews

                                                                      Dined on January 6, 2019

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Vernick never disappoints! Everything from the appetizers, to entrees, to wine was outstanding. One my favorite restaurants in Philadelphia!

                                                                    9. M

                                                                      Mady

                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                      17 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      17 reviews

                                                                      Dined on January 3, 2019

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      As always, dining at Vernick is a wonderful experience. Very good food, drinks and pleasant ambiance. Looking forward to returning for another dinner

                                                                    10. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on December 31, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Loved sitting at the Chefs counter. Awesome experience!

                                                                    11. C

                                                                      Cassandra

                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                      14 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      14 reviews

                                                                      Dined on December 30, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Everything was delicious! The foie gras was probably our favorite of all the small plates we got. The menu was excellent it was hard to make choices because we wanted everything! The cocktails were really good too; strong and refreshing. Can’t wait to go back!

                                                                    12. D

                                                                      Dave

                                                                      New York Area

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on December 29, 2018

                                                                      overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                      Vernick was incredible. Service was outstanding! We had a variety of dishes and were not disappointed by any of them, and some were down right amazing. Definitely worth the wait for a reservation.

                                                                    13. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      3.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on December 27, 2018

                                                                      overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                                      Anniversary

                                                                    14. DJ

                                                                      DJK1

                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                      488 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      488 reviews

                                                                      Dined on December 26, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                      Outstanding original menu creations each with their own x-factor. The white truffle tagliatelle special is indeed very special. Well thought out wine selections by glass or bottle compliment the plates. Servus is first rate - attentive, comprehensive, but not overbearing.

                                                                    15. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                      15 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      15 reviews

                                                                      Dined on December 21, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Everything was incredible food and service Can’t wait to go back

                                                                    16. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on December 21, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                      fantastic service, food, and drinks.

                                                                    17. M

                                                                      Mare

                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      vip
                                                                      2.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on December 15, 2018

                                                                      overall2food2service2ambience2

                                                                      Was just okay. Don’t get all the hype.

                                                                    18. s

                                                                      sasha

                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                      11 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      11 reviews

                                                                      Dined on December 9, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Amazing experience. Well worth the wait! Outstanding execution. Terrific service.

                                                                    19. PJ

                                                                      PeterJ

                                                                      Portland

                                                                      8 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      8 reviews

                                                                      Dined on December 7, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      One of the best Restaurants in Philadelphia and absolutely wonderful fare.

                                                                    20. AC

                                                                      AlexandraC

                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                      36 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      36 reviews

                                                                      Dined on December 2, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Britten was exceptional again.. everything was spectacular top to bottom

                                                                    21. o

                                                                      outtodinner

                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                      49 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      49 reviews

                                                                      Dined on December 1, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      We just locked the food. If you have mobility issues ask to sit downstairs

                                                                    22. LA

                                                                      LarissaA

                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                      14 reviews

                                                                      4.0

                                                                      14 reviews

                                                                      Dined on November 21, 2018

                                                                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                      The pumpkin toast, roasted cabbage, and curry shrimp were spectacular. The ravioli was good but it was weird that it was just one giant one, also for the price it wasn’t much. The mushroom toast was good but I think it would have been more enjoyable if it was warm and not served cold. My friend enjoyed the oysters. The service was great! I went to dinner with a friend I haven’t seen in a year and is in town for Thanksgiving and it was nice that they recommended that we take our time ordering and that there would be 15-20 min between each plate, so we could really enjoy our chatting over the sparkling wine (which I never heard about until dinner tonight!). Definitely will return to Vernick with my husband as I think he’d enjoy it.

                                                                    23. e

                                                                      emacook

                                                                      Atlanta

                                                                      12 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      12 reviews

                                                                      Dined on November 19, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Outstanding restaurant from the moment we walked in until we left. The staff was exceptional, our server was on point, and the food was even better than I could have hoped for: inventive, exciting, and most importantly, delicious! Well done!

                                                                    24. s

                                                                      stevieb

                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                      7 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      7 reviews

                                                                      Dined on November 19, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      This is the best restaurant in Philly. The most creative and fresh ideas i've seen. I'm a vegetarian, and there are many options!

                                                                    25. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                      8 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      8 reviews

                                                                      Dined on November 17, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Anniversary

                                                                    26. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on November 15, 2018

                                                                      overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                      Service was amazing. Food was delicious although I felt a few of the dishes were on the salty side (the mushroom soup amuse bouche, sea urchin with scrambled eggs, gratin that came with the sea bass)

                                                                    27. EC

                                                                      ElaineC

                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on November 14, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Dinner was excellent, as always!

                                                                    28. JL

                                                                      JaimiL

                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                      12 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      12 reviews

                                                                      Dined on November 11, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Loved everything!!! Omg the best!! Can’t wait to go back.

                                                                    29. NY

                                                                      foodloverNYC

                                                                      New York Area

                                                                      29 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      29 reviews

                                                                      Dined on November 11, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                      One of our favorite restaurants anywhere! We dine here whenever we come to Philadelphia (we live in NYC) and have even talked about hopping on the train just to dine here!

                                                                    30. AB

                                                                      AmandaaB

                                                                      Pittsburgh

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      4.0

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      Dined on November 9, 2018

                                                                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                      The food was very good admittedly a bit pricey for what it was. I did find the food was extremely rich.

                                                                    31. B

                                                                      Bville

                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      Dined on November 6, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Gorgeous menu, beautiful presentation, great wait staff, noisy but worth it! We’ll go again!

                                                                    32. KE

                                                                      KellyE

                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on November 3, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Fantastic service and incredible food. I can’t wait to go back!

                                                                    33. Z

                                                                      Zack

                                                                      Cincinnati

                                                                      46 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      46 reviews

                                                                      Dined on October 31, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Unbelievable experience, food was exceptional and service was too. I've been trying to get in here on previous trips to Philly and it did not disappoint. One of the better meal experiences ive had in awhile

                                                                    34. HA

                                                                      HarryA

                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                      18 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      18 reviews

                                                                      Dined on October 30, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      This is an AMAZING restaurant. If you consider yourself a foodie then you MUST go here. Everything we ordered and everything that was complementary was absolutely delicious and wonderful. I wanted to keep eating and ordering dish after dish. I went to philly for a few days and was doing research to find the best place to dine and Vernick is the place! I live in NJ and eat in NYC all the time and I would definitely go back to Philly just to eat at Vernick (I revisited yesterday and it was delicious). I ate at the chef counter a second time and would recommend eating there just to see the chefs work like a well oiled machine with everyone moving with precision and dedicated passion. I went a second time and this place is AMAZING. The chefs are rock stars and had another amazing enjoyable dinner.

                                                                    35. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      Atlantic City

                                                                      8 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      8 reviews

                                                                      Dined on October 28, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Awesome all around experience! My wife and I are huge foodies and haven’t been so satisfied since dining at California Grill, Victoria and Alberts, and Flying Fish. Everything was spot on and perfect. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

                                                                    36. PG

                                                                      PerryG

                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                      39 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      39 reviews

                                                                      Dined on October 26, 2018

                                                                      overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                      First time visit - enjoyed ourselves very much. Highly recommend.

                                                                    37. CD

                                                                      ChristineD807

                                                                      Orange County

                                                                      30 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      30 reviews

                                                                      Dined on October 24, 2018

                                                                      overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                      Excellent service and wonderful tastes! Entrees lacked the luster that I had hoped to continue after our toasts and small plates.

                                                                    38. GS

                                                                      GerardoS

                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                      Dined on October 21, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                      One would be hard pressed to find a more delicious meal, it was superb! There is always room for improvement so if I could improve anything... well... the service could be a tad warmer.

                                                                    39. g

                                                                      greatfoodonly

                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                      104 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      104 reviews

                                                                      Dined on October 18, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                      Been here many times amd have never been disappointed. Looking forward to our next visit.

                                                                    40. GW

                                                                      GeorgeW

                                                                      Atlantic City

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      Dined on October 18, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Everything was fantastic. The service,the food and the atmosphere.A true 5 star experience

                                                                    FAQs

                                                                    Vernick Food & Drink is rated 4.7 stars by 1633 OpenTable diners.

                                                                    Not available on OpenTable

                                                                    Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

                                                                    If you like, we'll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.


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                                                                    Additional information

                                                                    • Cross street

                                                                      20th

                                                                    • Neighborhood

                                                                      Center City

                                                                    • Hours of operation

                                                                      Dinner: Tuesday-Sunday 5:00pm - 11:00pm Bar: Tuesday-Sunday 4:30pm - 1:00am Monday: CLOSED

                                                                    • Cuisines

                                                                      American

                                                                    • Dining style

                                                                      Casual Elegant

                                                                    • Dress code

                                                                      Casual Dress

                                                                    • Parking details

                                                                      Street parking is available. We do not have valet parking at this time. The closest parking garages include: <br />- Parkway: corner of 20th and Walnut St (outdoor lot)<br />- Rittenhouse Garage: entrance on 20th between Walnut St & Chancellor St<br />- Central Parking: 2027 Sansom St. <br />- Patriot Parking: 2102 Sansom St.

                                                                    • Public transit

                                                                      Broad Street Line: Walnut-Locust stationMarket-Frankford Line: 15th Street station

                                                                    • Payment options

                                                                      AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                    • Executive chef

                                                                      Gregory Vernick

                                                                    • Additional

                                                                      Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

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