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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Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (46)
Good for a Date (39)
Creative Cuisine (38)
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Special Occasion (32)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Romantic (20)
Worth the Drive (17)
Hot Spot (17)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Notable Wine List (15)
Cozy (11)
Tapas (11)
Authentic (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Fun (8)
Seasonal (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Business Meals (6)
Casual (6)
Healthy (6)
People Watching (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Organic (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Live Music (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 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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 (Washington DC)·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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Good for a Date
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Amazing food and cocktails, very efficient service.

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Tapas
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Authentic, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Always a hit

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 (Philadelphia)·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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·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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 (Philadelphia)·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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 (Philadelphia)·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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Pittsburgh)·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!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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

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 (Philadelphia)·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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 (Philadelphia)·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!

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlantic City)·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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Birthday. Chef and manager were great!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·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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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Washington DC)·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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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Healthy, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, People Watching, Organic, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·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).

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Really great food. Our waitress helped guide our table through the menu and made great suggestions since we wanted to share and try many of the different options. Cocktails were top notch.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Excellent food as always. Came the second time and it didn't disappoint. The mushroom special was out-of-this-world, as was the sage fazzoletti (?) with duck prosciutto. Truly fantastic. This is our "go-to" place for special occasions. Also, the pear ice cream was really something!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Vernick has been my favorite restaurant in Philly ever since I discovered it a few years ago. Whenever I am in town, one dinner at Vernick is a must. The Maryland crab toast is to die for, as are the raw fish dishes and various small plates. The cocktails are inventive and good.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Casual, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 12, 2017

THIS PLACE IS A MUST!! Service was so professional, cocktails were so vibrant, and most importantly all the dishes were very, very creative and had so many flavors. I enjoyed more of toasts and small plates than the large one, which I could expect the taste of it, but in general, everything was awesome. Perfect ambiance, too.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We were lucky enough to be seated at the Chef’s Counter (6 seats) where you can ask questions of the chefs on the line and interact with Chef Vernick himself. This coupled with the absolutely incredible food made for a most special dining experience. I highly recommend the grilled romaine, beef tartare toast, and the sea urchin with scrambled egg, but nothing on the menu will disappoint!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Amazing experience from beginning to end. Outstanding service, nice restaurant, great food!

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 5, 2017

First time there. Food was amazing. We sat at the bar. Showed up 17 mins late and they gave away table. They offered another one after 10 mins at the bar but we decided to stay there. Bartender, Ethan, was one of the best we have ever had. His food recommendations were spot on and he kept up with interesting talk. We had short rib ragu with fettuccini and 1/2 chicken. The service was impeccable! Everything came out in perfect timing. Other then the lost table, this was one of our best dining experiences in a long time. Would highly recommend

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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Everything i had heard was true. Wonderful creative cuisine

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Tapas
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

When you dine here it’s easy to understand why it’s so hard to get a reservation. Inventive menu selections, great beverage options, excellent service, cool atmosphere all coming together.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great Dining Experience !! We went for a Special Anniversary. Our reservation was honored upon our arrival. Our waitress acknowledged that it was our anniversary and presented us with a complimentary glass of champagne. What a nice surprise !! She was very attentive and helpful in going over the menu. Our food was delicious as was the bottle of wine we ordered. It was a wonderful evening !! We look forward to our next visit.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 28, 2017

it was good food and service but smelled a bit funny upstairs.

Tags: Good for a Date
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