Vernick Food & Drink

4.9
1575 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 1575 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 14 hours ago

Always good food and good service. One of our favorite Philly restaurants.

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3.0Dined 2 days ago

Overrated, the only great thing worth mention is the service but I guess you would go to a restaurant for the service :) you because of the food :)

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Hands down one of the best meals I've ever had. The menu is highly creative with a mix of small plates, large plates, sides, and raw options, too. We had the beef tartare, lamb belly confit, spaghetti, arctic char, and jerk-rubbed pork chop. We also had the lemon ice cream sandwich for dessert. Everything was perfectly prepared and absolutely memorable. I have been talking about the entire experience ever since we left the restaurant. We will definitely visit again when we're back in Philly!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful dinner. We ordered a number of small plates - spaghetti, clam aglonotti, pork belly salad and a couple of large plates - jerk spiced grilled pork chop & grilled sea bass. Each dish tasted fabulous. The simple spaghetti with fresh tomatoes was just divine - you can literally taste the freshness of the tomatoes... The blue berry muffin with ice cream was HUGE! It took three of us to polish it off. Beware though - the small plates are truly small!!!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Service and space were great but we were really disappointed with the food. We ordered the uni egg, kanpachi, lamb belly, beef tartare, crispy artichokes, and the sea bass. Out of everything, the only thing that was palatable was the kanpachi, everything else was overwhelmingly salty.
We didn’t bring this up to management at the time as we thought maybe we were alone in our experience. As we were preparing to leave, we heard a woman a few tables down from us exclaimed, “this is super salty!”, and immediately afterwards drank almost her entire glass of water. Looking at her table while walking out, we saw she also the sea bass dish. We felt vindicated but also disappointed. Hopefully it was just that one night and whoever was on just had a heavy hand, but hard for us to ever want to return.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Great food. Artichokes we're out of this world. Good drinks.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Great food

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Just superb. I was here two years ago and loved it. Went out of my way to come back and was rewarded. Love love love.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Amazing food. Love what they do with the wood burning oven

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

amazing and beautiful every time! Worth all 4 bells from Craig Laban and James Beard winnings!

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Vernick Food and Drink is simply a spectacular experience. First and foremost, in my humble opinion, the food is unrivaled by any restaurant in any city I have visited. The genuinely freidly service is a well-orchestrated, well-rehearsed, silent, team sport that was near flawless. We ate near the open concept kitchen—which wasn’t quiet—but did provide a view of the professional, serious, fast-paced elegance of Vernick’s core. The fomage blanc with tart cherries on toast should not be missed. I reviewed my calander to find the next date I was in Philadelphia so that I can return. It is my new favorite on the world map.

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3.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Small portions but delicious food.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Not only was the food excellent as always but I requested a window seat and got one. Thanks.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Simply fabulous

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

very nice dinner spot we like the food and the location and obeonce, we will be back again soon!! Very well recommend

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

We had the good fortune of dining at Vernick's twice in the last week and the experience was outstanding. The food is fantastic and in both instances we ate in the kitchen with one setting at the chef's table where we could watch and ask questions of the dishes being prepared. The food was great.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Amazing experience all around ... wait staff, food, ambiance ... the WHOLE package! Strongly recommend!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

I loved our meal at Vernick. The food is always on point. The wood grilled options are tremendous-we had Branzino and Steak. Both were amazing. Toasts are great as are the raw options. Tonight service was especially slow- food took a long time to come out, but they were very gracious about it.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Lovely menu, inventive and delicious. We shared four small plates. Everything was just perfectly prepared and presented. We will be back soon!!!

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

We really enjoyed our meal at Vernick. We had been looking forward to it, and it did not disappoint! Food and service were excellent. Can’t wait to return!

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2018

The food at Vernick remains impressive. The cost remains expensive. The wine list remains esoteric.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Great service and really great food. The foie gras toast and the dry aged steak were especially good.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Our second visit. Crab toast, duck sausage, eggplant timbale, turbot almandine, Meyer lemon ice cream sandwich and panna cotta were each outstanding. Service staff was attentive and very helpful. Can't wait to return, although it is not easy to get a reservation, as they are very busy, and I understand why.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Great food and service! Absolutely loved the artichokes and the roasted carrots, along with everything else!

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Fantastic. Not pretentious great food in casual ambiance. The dishes designed with a kot of thought. Extremly balanced. Great combination of textures. My fish was very good. Wine selection per glass could be improved. But iver all highly recommended! Friendly and attentive staff.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Best food in philly, among the best anywhere. Small space amplifies noise, so a tough place for an intimate dinner, but the food more than makes up for it!

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Great food. Too noisy. Great service.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

My boyfriend and I love going to high end/popular Philadelphia restaurants every two weeks for date night. Vernick Food & Drink was one of the best dining experiences he and I have ever experienced; From Beth, who I communicated with through email about the menu, to Churo (I know I spelled his name wrong and I am so sorry) the sous chef, that was stationed in front of our seats at the chefs’ counter. I will never forget just how excellent, let alone the food (!!) was. The boyfriend and I have vowed to become regular patrons here. Thank you so much.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Vernick continues to impress with every visit

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Great food presentation and well throughout mixture of flavors on the palette with every bite. Service was great. Worth the wait for the reservation.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Dined here for the first time with my husband for my birthday. I'm vegetarian and he's not and we both had awesome food. Great service too!

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

It was delicious! The curry shrimp, and smoked carrots and the steak were amazing.

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3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

I thought the hostess we checked in with was a little bit rude. I asked at 9pm if it’s possible to get seated early (our reservation was at 10). She sounded impatient and said the table will be ready by 10. When we got there at 10, we ended up having to wait 15 minutes.... if you’re going to make a strong statement like that you better follow through, and I felt like I didn’t ask the question with any expectation.

As for the food, everything was a bit salty for me. I really liked the uni with egg. We got the blueberry pie and was disappointed that the pie was cold.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Delicious rotating menu based on what ingredients are in season and top notch service to match...The sea bass and the blueberry pie are NOT to be missed (pie avail through end of summer we're told)! You'll thank me later!

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Great food and service.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Wow best restaurant I’ve ever experienced. Food was a party in my mouth. Exquisite flavors.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

The best in the city

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Great creative food. Full of flavor with a touch of spice

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2018

A very nice restaurant but they tried to seat us downstairs next to the kitchen. That was not good for a celebratory event and perhaps it was ageism. We protested and were seated upstairs. If they had not moved us, we would have left. The food and service were excellent.

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