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Vernick Food & Drink

4.8
1452 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 1452 People Are Saying
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4.8  based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.8
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Nickymart (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful meal; outstanding service; delicious food. Easy to see why Vernick has been named Philly's best restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Service and food was excellent. Great and unique wine selection. Ambiance is romantic and classic. The Crab and Fromage Toasts were excellent and tasty. Tuna small plate and broccoli sides were excellent. Oysters were fresh. Our large plate wasn’t particularly mind blowing. It was all delicious; however, we felt as though the large plate we ordered (pork) was comparable to gourmet pork dishes at many other center city Philadelphia restaurants. We also tried the lamb confit which I found tasty but too fatty to enjoy completely. Desert was also tasty but just ok (small brownie with dulce de leche ice cream and caramel). Overall I’d say the experience could be rated a 4.5/5 with no major complaints other than a lack of creativity with some menu items.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was incredible, our server was very sub par. Refused to explain the menu, offer recommendations, or simply be friendly. Despite the amazing food, the service really made our experience not the best for the price.

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vipDenDen (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Bar choices were limited, no basket of bread, all dishes a la carte and pricey, no valet parking. That said, the oysters were the best I've had, the halibut/clam chowder - an interesting but good dish.

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OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Amazing food and cocktails, very efficient service.

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vipVioloncelle74 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Deserves accolades as one of the top 5 in Philly. Will never hesitate to return.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Food was excellent my son ordered a venison and was the best he said he ever had. I will be back with my rest of the family.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

As always, great food. Love their small plates so can sample more options. Love their steak tartare - the best in town!

It was a special occasion and they brought some bubbly to the table, very nice.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Always a hit

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vipDavid (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Vernick, as always, leaves me beyond satisfied. The toasts are unbelievable, the potato pave was delicious, and the chicken and Jewish Apple Cake were great. Service is always impeccable, and honestly, dinner there is a great value despite being such a highly regarded, high-end restaurant. Will return again and again.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Everything was incredible ! Both food and service. So happy to have scored a table for my fiancées birthday!

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Avis (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Simply delicious, eloquently prepared plates served by seasoned professionals. The smoked trout appetizer is way beyond expectations. A very, very special place

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Food was very good. The toast section is amazing and the raw section amazing. The other dishes were good but not exceptional especially for the price

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vipArthur (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

We had a wonderful server who helped guide us through the wine list and menu, every recommendation made was delicious.

The food came out in a timely fashion, and we never felt rushed even though we had a late reservation.

The restaurant itself is beautifully designed.

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HyoSamCraw (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

We had wanted to eat here for a while. Vernick did not disappoint in any way. The service was great. The food was amazing! So delicious! We want to go back to try everything else on the menu!

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vipDoc1 (Memphis)
3.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

seems to be resting on their laurels. Used to be superb

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

Oh thank you so much to my friend Chris (server) and Lateyfah (bartender) for introducing this place to me😊😊 it’s a tradition for my boyfriend and I to celebrate our anniversary here every year ❤️❤️ food is amazing and service with a smile. Everyone is very professional and welcoming.

Mahalo

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MeghanSutt (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Vernick is incredible - the kind of place where you enjoy every single bite, not matter what you order. We wanted everything on the menu! Go to Vernick, you won't regret it!

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Sophia (Atlantic City)
4.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

I have been to Vernick several times, with my past visits being exceptional! This past visit the toast and small plates were also excellent. The wait time between the courses seemed very long. The wait staff was excellent and knew the menu perfectly. Unfortunately the dessert was horrible, apple cake with sweet crunchy things that tasted like Captain Crunch. It was too sweet and unimpressive.

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vipcnalsc (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 2, 2018

We chose to dine at Vernick Food & Drink based on the buzz and ratings we had found. Located in a townhouse, with a lively bar downstairs and the bulk of the tables upstairs; we were seated right away. Our waiter was a little condescending at first, but once we talked through the menu, which is predominately plates to share, the attitude disappeared. We had some brut rose from Veneto with some oysters to start; there was also an amuse bouche of white cheddar gougere and turnip soup, which were fabulous. After spending a lot of time reviewing the menu, we settled on char-grilled beats, fire roasted greens with crispy egg and casear, potato pave and half an organic Amish chicken, which was absolutely fabulous. The waiter recommended we have the half chicken instead of the whole, which was good advice, since we were full when we finished it. We still made room for dessert: two petit brownies with dulce de leche ice cream and milk chocolate mousse. From the wine list, we selected the 2015 Chablis Premier Cru Vaucoupin. All in all, it was the best food we had in Philadelphia.

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vipKRAM (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 2, 2018

My husband (a chef) and I are very picky. We loved our meal at Vernick. A must try for anyone looking for amazing food in Philly.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Birthday. Chef and manager were great!

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vipcityburbs (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

This was our second time dining at Vernicks. Everything about this restaurant is perfect, the food, the ambiance and service. No wonder you have to book this place so far in advance.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

The food was very good; a lot of attention to detail in every respect with the meal, sauces, presentation, were all spot on, although we thought the menu was somewhat limited. Pumpkin with brown butter sauce was was simple but tasty. Halibut was outstanding. Apple cake was good. However, we felt the noise level was way too high and we were crammed between two other tables. It was the holidays, so that could account for both issues. Our waiter gave us a great wine recommendation, but seemed somewhat annoyed when asked to explain preparation of a few dishes, which led us to feel there was a sense of elitism--that we were lucky to be there versus they were happy to have us. Again, maybe crowded holiday season contributed to our issues with atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

I was actually looking forward to the reservation and have been wanting to go there for the past two years. It did not live up to the hype and we were actually all disappointed in terms of the service being very slow and to top it all off it should not take 15 minutes to get water on the table.

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vipJanD (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

Exceptional food and some of the best high end yet not pretentious service around. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, and look forward to returning.

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vipkatiej (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

All the food was amazing, and the service was attentive without being overbearing. Strongly recommend the romaine, the venison, and all the toast.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

SUPER! The food was simply amazing, there were at least three now favorite small plates served. Our waiter was just right also— friendly, professional, but gave us space. Can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

The roast chicken is the best chicken I've ever had. Waiter was informed and helpful. Other waitstaff was very attentive, but not intrusive. Nice portion size, not too big (which I find to be a turn off).

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vipbirthdayboy (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

Right now my favorite restaurant in Philadelphia: food and service were superior. The back room by the kitchen is very comfortable and quiet and really nice for people who have trouble with stairs.

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