Vernick Food & Drink

4.9
1594 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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 1594 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant was highly recommended so we made a reservation well in advance of our visit from Florida. The service was as outstanding as the food.

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LG
Miami
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second time for us, my brother was in town with his boyfriend and we wanted to show them how special Philly restaurants can be. Vernick did not disappoint! !!! We had mussels, clams the uni, oysters, beef toast for starters . My brother had the pork chop, 2 of us had the beef coulot steak, and my boyfriend had a shrimp dish. Everything was wonderful! We had early reservation so it worked out great, not too crowded, therefore not too loud at first. And then we could walk a bit afterwards.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding as was the food. I never get chicken out but it was excellent. We also loved beef tartar. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. The cocktails were not point too.

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y
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative and superb cuisine! Fantastic service!!

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J
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall we were quite impressed with this restaurant. We had a great seat by the window. The service was top notch. Cocktail and wine list were limited, but very good. Toast winner was foie gras, urchin was quite unique, we did not enjoy the mushroom tart, the lamb belly and shrimp curry were awesome. Passed on desert. Definitely on the list for a return visit.

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l
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We were so excited to get a last minute reservation here while a friend was visiting from Barbados. We had heard so many good things about the restaurant. We ate at the bar as we enjoy getting to know the bar staff where we hope to eat regularly. There was no hope of that here. We had trouble getting attention for another drink! The bartender was very cool toward us, seemed annoyed when we asked menu questions and only showed any interest in our guest when he accepted the check to pay! The good was unique and creative but not the outstanding experience we were expecting by any means. Nowhere near the culinary experiences we have had at Fri Sat Sun in the same neighborhood. AND the staff are warm, knowledgeable and helpful. Go there instead!

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RD
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A wonderful meal and a wonderful experience!

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OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just an outstanding restaurant. The lamb belly confit and the smoked baby carrots were world-class dishes. Everything else was great as well, but those two will linger in my memory.

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JM
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this is a favorite of mine. my teo companions were impressed with the value, service and overall ambience. we shared the branzino and whole chicken. the whole meal was delicious. All are ready to return again.

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S
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were fabulous. Best bronzino we ever had. Scallop appetizer was amazing.

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p
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Very good food....distinct flavors with a creative cuisine... ambience millennial style ..loud and small ...young staff , always someone different hovering over , bartender was unfriendly and rude, but in spite of a couple annoying servers worth every delicious bite!!!

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WB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Came highly recommended and did not disappoint. Server seemed a little busy or uninterested in us, but the food made up for it. Lots of different people dropping off our food, with great explanations and knowledge of what was served. Great atmosphere, excited to come back again.

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L
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

sea scallop & black truffle butter toast was amazing

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MF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vernick is a rising star in the hotmOhilly food scene. The open kitchen is amazing to visit (or eat at the chef’s table). Nice views around Rittenhouse Sq from the second floor dining room.
Food is creative and delicious. Staff is professional and friendly.
We will be back!

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k
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just like our previous visit - warm, fun, knowledgeable staff and paced our cocktails and courses nicely. Food was all outstanding, Black Sea bass, Amish chicken, halibut, pork chop, delicious small plates too - esp the eggplant and the bruschetta with crab.

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W
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service at Vernick were by far one of the best we have ever had!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, amazing.

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RG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A wonderful find for nyc foodies! A warm and comfortable environment- Staff was personable and was concerned with ensuring that we had a meaningful dining experience. We sat at the chefs bar which further enhanced this occasion as they eagerly answered any questions we had about various dishes! Can’t wait to go back !

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

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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JT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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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Austin
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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SK
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food

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b
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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BB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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

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C
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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SB
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Miami
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Small portions but delicious food.

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L
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply fabulous

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WS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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KD
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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w
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

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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MW
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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LL
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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T
Philadelphia
203 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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

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