Vernick Food & Drink

4.9
1653 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday-Sunday 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Bar: Tuesday-Sunday 4:30pm - 1:00am

Monday: CLOSED
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Phone number
(267) 639-6644
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Gregory Vernick
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
20th
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Parking details
Street parking is available. We do not have valet parking at this time. The closest parking garages include:
- Parkway: corner of 20th and Walnut St (outdoor lot)
- Rittenhouse Garage: entrance on 20th between Walnut St & Chancellor St
- Central Parking: 2027 Sansom St.
- Patriot Parking: 2102 Sansom St.
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Public transit
Broad Street Line: Walnut-Locust station
Market-Frankford Line: 15th Street station
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wine
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Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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DR
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

25th anniversary I the food was delicious

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d
London
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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M
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved sitting at the Chefs counter. Awesome experience!

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C
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Anniversary

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DJ
Philadelphia
396 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

fantastic service, food, and drinks.

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M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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

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s
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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PJ
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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AC
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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o
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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LA
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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e
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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)

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EC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was excellent, as always!

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JL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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NY
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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AB
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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B
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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KE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Z
Cincinnati
30 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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PG
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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C
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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GS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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g
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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GW
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vernick is always one of the best in town. If you haven’t been there you need to get there and experience everything they have to offer. One of the treats is sitting at the chefs counter and having your dinner while watching the chefs prepare everyone’s food. They even have one person who soul responsibility is to make sure your plate is clean and food presented properly before it gets delivered to the table. Top-notch restaurant gets my vote for five stars

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, we really enjoyed the Maryland crab on toast!

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b
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I haven't been here in awhile and I'm glad we came back. The food and service was excellent. The noise level upstairs where we sat was rather loud but we could hear our conversation.

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DM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing! And the service was great. Went for my 40th with friends; we had an awesome time.

I'd definitely go back to try more of the menu!

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M
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Vernick lived up to the expectations. The food is inventive and delicious. The wait staff is knowledgeable and friendly. The atmosphere is comfortable and classy yet not stuffy.

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