Vernick Food & Drink

4.8
1551 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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 1551 People Are Saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JF
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JP
Atlanta
32 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food. Too noisy. Great service.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vernick continues to impress with every visit

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J
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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b
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

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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t
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best in the city

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Houston
27 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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PF
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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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MM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vernick team does it right- every time.
Starts with a handcrafted cocktail, then delicious apps that could be meals themselves, and a great selection of entrees to share- or keep all to yourself!

Friendly, knowledgable waitstaff, great atmosphere- feels like a party when you're dining.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Number one in Philly for a reason. The best of the best.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful dinner on Sunday. Servers were very knowledgeable, helpful, professional....... food was impeccable! From the chefs tasting of ginger/carrot soup to the fish wrapped in summer squash

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D
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great dinner at Vernick. We were immediately seated and presented to our table on the second floor. Our waiter was super nice and fun and had extensive knowledge about the food and BOH. He was awesome. The toasts were awesome, we had both the mushroom and leek and the pea hummus. The fluke crudo was outstanding and one of my favorite crudo dishes in recent memory, perfectly seasoned, amazingly fresh fish and killer basil broth that was very fresh and forward to the senses. The potato pave side dish was our least favorite, noting that the smoked aioli was oversmoked. The black sea bass was great, perfectly seasoned, just a tiny tiny bit fishy in some bites, but nothing bad. The eggplant timbale was great, very well seasoned and deliciously plated. The desert was nothing to write about in this case, just a small bite of brownie.

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e
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was outstanding and creative. Our server, Michael, was super friendly and very knowledgeable. Cocktails were exceptional also. Highly recommend.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly highly recommend the
- delicious scallops
- yummy squid ink pasta

Do not recommend
- coconut macaron (dry and the contrast of the acid passion fruit icecream, the bitter chocolate mousse and the sweet yet dry coconut macaron was not a great experience)

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P
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in Philly
The uni and eggs is a winner every time
The eggplant timbale was sweet, crunchy and lucious
Not too noisy
Great service
Interesting menu

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c
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal we have had in along time!!! There were 4 of us and we all agreed. Fish outstamding and the chicken, OMG. And deserts to die for! Very very good! Sides were fabulous.

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g
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Service was very slow.

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SS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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EC
Cincinnati
29 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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EC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Vernick is starting to disappoint

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f
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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FG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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C
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular!!

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AW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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C
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

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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JP
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

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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JF
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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f
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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