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Date
Tue, 6/19
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9:30 PM
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Vernick Food & Drink

4.8
1526 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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
What 1526 People Are Saying
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4.9
food
4.7
service
4.7
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4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Everything was fantastic. The snapper was prepared perfectly wrapped and summer squash. The crabmeat appetizer was superb. Dessert was amazing. My wife had the blueberry pie with homemade ice cream on top, and I have the brownie with homemade ice cream on top. The drinks were wonderful the atmosphere was fantastic, and the service was exceptional

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Absolutely delicious and in my opinion best meal you will eat in Philadelphia I would go every weekend!

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Vernick is starting to disappoint

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Met friends here two nights this week for dinner. Both nights were fantastic - the second was even more so as Kimberly exceeded all expectations in serving us. Will be back

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Food is outstanding, full of flavor without being overly rich. Service was friendly but our waitress was a little slow (took 25 minutes to get our drinks to us with no explanation). Despite this we will definitely come back for more.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

One of best dining experiences anywhere! Branzino was amazing. Everything delicious. Impeccable but casual service.

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The table are very close to each other and you can easily hear conversation from nearby table. The restaurant was quite noisy on a Sunday night when we were there. Portion was small and price was a bit steep. I found the food was also tasted salty.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Spectacular!!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

We had a fabulous meal here from beginning to end. The trout salad and the two main courses of fish were superb. The vegetables on the side, which normally are a let down, were particularly good. Excellent expresso. Reasonably priced, tasty Brut Cava.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

We were late for our reservation but the staff could not have been more accommodating. We were seated immediately and enjoyed a fabulous meal.
The time between courses was long but we were never rushed (although we were told our table would be needed in an hour and 45 min.) A truly exceptional dinner.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

The food was incredible; everything we ate was on point. Service was great and super friendly/helpful.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

The food was good but the chicken entree was extremely salty. I’ve ordered the chicken on a few occasions and it has always been good. As an industry worker I understand that excessive salt does no make food taste good or better.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Some say this is the best restaurant in Philly today. We would not argue with that assessment. Food, service and the restaurant itself were wonderful. Only complaints were the chairs need more padding, and regrettably the night we were there had one loud foul-mouth booming his voice over the whole dining area for over an hour.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Wildly innovative items like the sea urchin starter with flavorful sensation to match. Impeccable service!

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2018

We have been to Vernick's numerous times over the last few years and as in the past, the food was exceptional. My halibut was terrific and my wife's black sea bass was equally good. We had the eggplant and gnocci appetizers. My only criticisms was that we were seated downstairs, near where the staff cleans the glasses and found it to be a difficult area to sit and have a conversation due to the noise. In addition, our waiter, Michael seemed more preoccupied cleaning the wine glasses and other duties than looking after our needs. He never checked back on us to see how our food and we finally interacted with another server, who discussed our desert options. We've never left this restaurant with the feeling that we would not ever want that server taking care of us again, but we in fact did have that conversation.

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2018

We had high hopes for Vernick after seeing that Greg Vernick won a James Beard for Best Chef: Mid Atlantic in 2017. Overall the food was flavorful and innovative, and we enjoyed our meal, however, some of the dishes were extremely over-salted.

We loved the fromage blanc and ramps and the steak tartare toasts. The eggplant dish made the entire meal "worth it", though the tomato fondue was a bit on the salty side. The gnocchi with peas and morels should have been a beautiful spring dish, but was completely overwhelmed by the amount of salt in the sauce. The gnocchi itself was surprisingly light and delightful. The chocolate cake was underwhelming, though the cardamom mousse that accompanied it was terrific.

Cocktails were balanced. Service was excellent!

If we lived in town we would give this place a try again for the toasts and service, but probably would not recommend as "the" place to visit for those coming from out of town for the weekend, as we were.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Food excellent , service a bit spotty

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Service was excellent, and the halibut to die for. Very good overall experience, chose three courses plus dessert and was very happy at each stage of the meal. Good experience, and will go back next time I visit.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Would go back again soon.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Such an amazing meal! Thank you.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

First time at Vernick after having to cancel several reservations made far in advance. Probably among the top 10 meals in my lifetime! Loved it from cocktail to dessert.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Excellent in every way. Always consistent

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

From start to finish it was a great dining experience.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

One of the best meals we had ever had anywhere including France. Everything was delicious and the preparations were very imaginative and beautifully presented. IWe split the grilled Romaine salad and faux gras appetizer . They were outstanding and very filling. The chicken and beef coulottes were equally great.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

This was our second visit to Vernick. We were seated in the kitchen area which was a little loud, but still very enjoyable. The meal was excellent. We started with squid ink capellini then had halibut and sea bass. Finished with the strawberry tart. I didn’t feel uncomfortably full, but rather, just right. The cocktail with rooibus tea was delightful. We’ll definitely return.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Food and service are very good, but we were at a table by the window that was uncomfortably small. The diner at the table next to us had her back touching the edge of our table. Our server could not set the table with silverware without them having to touch. Being this cramped is OK for a quick lunch, but not for dinner.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Went out on a date here and this place was one of the best highlights. The restaurant blends well with the surrounding buildings and has an amazing upstairs. As we walk inside to check in, we were greeted by the nice hostess and was even greeted by each staff member in the restaurant that I could see while walking to the table. The food was AMAZING along with the scenery and vibe throughout the restaurant. This place is a bit pricey but highly recommend 10/10

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Vernick prepared one of the best meals I’ve had in Philadelphia. Each dish was more flavorful than the one before it.

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Everyone raves about Vernick and I agree the food is excellent. Especially the toast and small plates. I have been there twice now and both times I wasn't thrilled with the service. It is one thing to allow a leisurely dining experience and it is another to have very slow service. Our server never checked in us and wasn't particularly friendly. The table next to us had to ask for the soup that she saw we received (it was complimentary to everyone and very good). My mistake was to think dinner would only be an hour or so - it was over an hour and half. I do recommend going but just know to allow plenty of time. Also, it doesn't look like they take reservation other than around 5:00 and after 8:00 but there were plenty of tables available when we were there at 6:30 - 7:00 (our reservations were for 5:30). Since I don't live in town I can not just pop in and hope they have a table. If I could get a reservation more easily - I would go more often - the toast is really incredibly delicious - especially the crab.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

It’s the best restaurant in Philadelphia. Service is perfect.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Every aspect was outstanding. Would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

I had a wonderful time, I'll recommend, and come again.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

My wife and I dine at Vernick quite often. From the time you enter the door you know something special is about to happen. The service, food and drinks are amazing. I highly recommend Vernick for any occasion.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Great night. The food was amazing. So happy we were finally able to snag a reservation!

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

One of the best meals I have had in a long time. Each dish that came out was better than the last! Perfect birthday celebration!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Was hands down the best food I have ever had, I have been all over the world eating at some of the best restaurants known to man, and what is different about this place is I was full, some other fine dining places you leave and your hungry, so hats off to the owner/chef. I will definitely come back

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Great experience at Vernicks! Our server, Kimberly, was terrific! Very knowledgeable and professional! Food was a 10! Enjoyed multi small plates, all which were delicious! Highly recommend this restaurant for foodies!!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Best meal I’ve had in a long time. Not much compares to this place. I put this in my top 3 in the city and can’t wait to go back.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Food good service good ambiance loud.

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