About Vernick Food & Drink

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.

2031 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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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

Cross Street:
20th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(267) 639-6644

Website:
http://www.vernickphilly.com/

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.

Public Transit:
Broad Street Line: Walnut-Locust station
Market-Frankford Line: 15th Street station

Executive Chef:
Gregory Vernick

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wine

Vernick Food & Drink Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (48)
Special Occasion (44)
Good for a Date (42)
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Creative Cuisine (39)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Romantic (24)
Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
Hot Spot (21)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Authentic (17)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Bar Seating (16)
Seasonal (15)
Good Vegetarian Options (15)
Cozy (14)
Local Ingredients (14)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Notable Wine List (11)
Fun (10)
Late-night Find (10)
Healthy (9)
Tapas (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
People Watching (8)
Business Meals (7)
Casual (7)
Organic (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Live Music (3)
Scenic View (2)
Vegan (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Made the reservation through Open Table. I did mark that the occasion was our anniversary. That is the only indication the restaurant received, yet the first thing the server did was congratulate us and provide us with a complimentary glass of champagne. Our dinner was delightful and memorable. Thanks to all.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, People Watching, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Everything about our dining experience was wonderful! The food was amazing. Each dish was expertly prepared. Service was excellent too. Can’t wait to go back!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Lovely food and great wine list, and servers that are knowledgeable helpful without being overbearing. Really tough to snag a reservation though.

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·Dined on November 15, 2017

We absolutely enjoyed our dinner at Vernick. The service was impeccable and we received so many recommendations for things to do in Philadelphia (we are from Atlanta). We felt constantly checked on. Additionally, the food was the best meal I've had in months. We started with the oysters and beef tartare. Delicious!! The halibut was so elegant and tasty. The wood fire chicken was tender and moist. Thank you for an amazing experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, People Watching, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 14, 2017

We were given a gift certificate to Vernick, and had to wait quite a while to get a table, but it was worth it. We each had three small plates, which was more than enough. every course was outstanding.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 14, 2017

I not sure what I enjoyed more ; the wonderful attention to detail that our server, Eric, pampered me and my husband with or the perfectly prepared food. On our way out of the restaurant every one from the manager to the support staff acknowledged our departure with warm regards. The best experience we had in quite a while.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Best restaurant I’ve ever eaten at

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Vernick has great service and an interest menu. It could use a bit of comfort food and common dishes served with a twist.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Exceeded expectations on every level! The creativity of the menu coupled with the great service made this one of my best restaurant visits of the year! Keep up the good work!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Consistently magnificent. Superb braised vegetables, smoked trout on toast, a turbot amandine with vegetables, beautiful to see and wonderful to eat. On a whim asked about the "Love" wine from California, recommended by server and a perfect complement to the meal. No attempt to over pour wine; consistently asked if we wanted glasses topped off.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Amazing meal as usual. The service was fantastic, everyone made our anniversary feel very special. Our waiter even gave us complementary champagne at the end of the meal which was a really nice touch. We will definitely be back

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Everything about our experience at Vernick was beyond wonderful! We loved dining at the chef's counter. We will definiely be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Dark uninteresting space with tables close together. Superb service. Good food. No privacy.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was phenomenal! Will absolutely go back for the next special occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Outstanding food and service. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Staff was fantastic, food was phenomenal!! Great evening and couldn’t have enjoyed ourselves more!

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Amazing food and incredible service! My fav restaurant in the city

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

My Husband and I️ celebrated our 2-year anniversary at Vernick. They greeted us with two glasses of prosecco for us to enjoy, which was a nice touch. We absolutely loved our dinner (bronzino) and all the shared plates we ordered. Highly recommend a visit!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Tasteful unique dishes, an intimate atmosphere, and excellent service. I’d highly recommend Vernick’s and will definitely be coming back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

After a truly memorable Birthday dinner last year, I decided in mid September to reserve a table for 2 at Vernick's again with Open Table for October 30, 2017 but it was either Halloween at 9:15 or the 27th at 5:15, which we chose to avoid a trick or treaters' night out. The starters of the mushroom tart strip with a superbly dressed frisee and the sea urchin with warm scramble eggs were both absolute winners, presentation, taste and appeal . After some pointed questions about the rabbit roulade preparations to the waiter who had not been properly briefed and needed to check with the kitchen, I opted for it. I was having dreamy reminiscences of the civet de lapin wrapped in caul fat served with a jus at Le Bec Fin some years back. My partner had decided on the halibut with a porcini jus which I also got to taste. To our dismay, both were seriously disappointing. As delicate a flavor as fresh domestic rabbit has, these slices of rabbit roulade tasted like the blandest of warmed up deli style turkey rolls, with no fresh flavors or remarkable seasonings. I reached over for a taste of the halibut, which next to turbot would have ranked in my book as ideal for poaching, but my first mouthful was mushy! What? My partner assured me the other end was still flaky, which it was but not the fresh flakes of perfectly fresh fish or a perfect poaching. Our essentially gluten free dessert choices of the semi freddo and the panna cotta were just alright. We both enjoyed our cocktails, each to his/her taste and the Fixin burgundy was satisfactory if a bit steep for a 2015. Maybe there were some trick or treaters out early after all. There is is always hope in the air in Philly and no dearth of top restaurants in the city and some yet to be discovered, perhaps, in Jean Georges Vongerichten's new digs at the top of the Four Season for a four star experience next year. Good luck to Greg Vernick at his own new dig at ground level in the Comcast under his mentor.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We had a great dinner here--the food was unique, delicious and very satisfying. We enjoyed items from each coarse and had good service. Although it is not inexpensive ($15 apps/ $30 meals), it lived up to its foodie reputation and we would go back again for sure when back in Philadelphia.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

WOW is about all I can say. The food here is beyond fabulous. We had the Maryland crab on toast which was delicious and the lobster tartare was to die for! This place is so worth a visit. I go to good restaurants all the time, but this is amazing. The service was also excellent. Do yourself a favor and check this place out!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Family visiting from Manhattan enjoyed all small plates, desserts exceptional

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

All of the food was great. Michael was excellent his knowledge of the wines and the cuisine being served helped our decision making. Caleb is also great. The people who work there make the food even better

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great service, great tasting food, but this is a place you will drop $100 on dinner for 2 and leave still feeling hungry. I would only recommend if either they increased portions or if a friend specifically wanted gourmet. Again, the service was great, food tasted great, but there simply wasn't enough, especially for the price.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Myself my wife and another couple spent several months trying to get a reservation but we are glad that we finally did as the experience was very good, food excellent, value representative of today's market. We all enjoyed it very well and we spent 4 hours through a few food services getting fattened up.

Nice!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

All around very good. I was a bit surprised that it's so casual, but so be it. Very friendly staff and innovative presentation.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Corpus Christi)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Fantastic food and ambiance

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 12, 2017

The wood fire Branzino was excellent. The service was fast and thorough. On the second floor it sometimes felt like the large trucks on Walnut Street were dining with us.

Tags: Hot Spot, People Watching, Good for a Date, Late-night Find
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Delicious!! And they accommodated for my vegan dietary restriction so amazingly. They sent a HUGE delicious plate of grilled veg and mushrooms. What a surprise :)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Terrific food and service. Very creative menu. Good wine list. Nice atmosphere. Highly recommend it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2017

overall food is good but a few mishaps. we are very sensitive to lemon and thinks overly used lemon (zest and juice) kills the dish. in this case, it happened to two of the 6 dishes that we ordered. first dish went to "sea urchin, warm scrambled eggs". I couldn't taste anything but lemon form at my first bit. It completely buried the sweet and delicacy taste of the sea urchin. I scoop out the lemon form and the I immediately could taste the sea urchin and eggs. Our second dish that killed by excess used of lemon is the "sage fazzoletti, duck prosciutto, green apple & walnut pesto". The whole dish was swimming with lemon taste that it should have call lemon fazzoletti. Also, there is no mentioned of the lemon on both dishes on the menu.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Wonderful experience. The food was unusual and done fabulously. The service was outstanding. The atmosphere was most enjoyable.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

My husband and I were in town for one night only, and I really wanted to try Vernick after seeing the chef on CBS’s The Dish a month or so prior to our trip. I’m so glad we did! Aside from the delicious food, I was very impressed by the hospitality. I had to adjust the time of our reservation by phone and was accommodated with friendliness and warmth by the woman who helped me. Those same traits were in the servers who took care of us in the restaurant. As for the food, it was pretty special. I really enjoyed the sea urchin, and the chocolate panna cotta was one of the most memorable desserts I’ve ever had in my life. Chocolate with floral notes... I didn’t want the experience to end. Thanks, Vernick! We really enjoyed our evening.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 1, 2017

This was our first meal at Vernick. We have been trying to get reservations for ages,but they are always booked! This was a pre-theater meal, so we were on a time line. We will be back! The food was fabulous but we needed more time to enjoy!

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Great food, excellent service, nice atmosphere. We'll be back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Healthy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Vernick was an exceptional dining experience. The plates were so flavorful and creative.
We will return to try more entrees.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Used to frequent Vernick when we lived in the city and have been dreaming of going back for 2 years since moving out west. It was like we never left. Can't wait to visit next time we're in Philly again!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2017

My first Vernick experience and certainly not my last - sublime food/professional service. Complexity and balance in each course. The Beard Foundation sure got it right.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Amazing food, beautiful space overlooking Walnut Street, and excellent service!

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