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About Whetstone Tavern
Whetstone Tavern is a rustic yet refined American tavern featuring a seasonally changing menu inspired by the classic neighborhood taverns. Our goal is to provide a warm and inviting dining establishment where friends and family can gather and enjoy simply prepared dishes made fresh from local ingredients as much as possible. We aim to be a familiar restaurant that feels like it’s been a part of Philadelphia for generations.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Contemporary American, Gastro Pub
Hours of Operation:
Tavern M - F:
12pm - 4pm
10am - 3pm
Dinner Sun - Thursday:
4pm - 10:30pm
Dinner Friday & Saturday:
4pm - 11pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Whetstone Tavern Ratings and Reviews
Whetstone Tavern was great. We were there a bit early for brunch, so it was nice and quiet..as it got busier, the atmosphere was still pleasant. The food was delicious...hearty portions of standard brunch/lunch fare plus a few signature dishes. I had the duck confit and butternut squash hash, which came recommended by our server and did not disappoint. They also have a bottomless mimosa option, which is worth it if you have at least three. What made the brunch was our server...she was so friendly, attentive, and accommodating. Coffee cups and water glasses were never empty...something I always appreciate! Would go back!
This is near us so we've been meaning to try it, restaurant week gave us the opportunity, and we'll be back regularly now. (1) she had a rhode island clam chowder (light and fresh), i had a grilled caesar salad (served with whole anchovies, fresh I think. (2) we both had the fried pierogi filled with potato, foie gras, and jelly -- wow. (3) she had swordfish au poivre (meaty but not heavy) and i had duck confit carbonara (great chew on the pasta). (4) she had a pear crumble (great texture on the pear -- not mushy), I had lemon meringue cheesecake (again, great texture). She had a very drinkable house cabernet, my cocktail was tasty and light on the liquor -- which may be what you want, i wanted a bit more kick so i'll stick with wine or beer next time.
One thing to watch for: I did notice that the food was on the salty side. I have a salty palate so I didn't mind it.
This place was just ok. The main room/bar area is super nice but my friend and I got seated in this “secret” back room with no windows, no people, no fun and slur your wrist emo music. Totally ruined the dinner. Food was ok. Good choices for people on diet regimes. Waiter definitely hovered and you could tell he wa sin a rush to tune the table
Over...even though there wasn’t a wait.
Great corner place with great décor. Service was excellent and the food was great. We shared the scallops and the Hot Chicken sandwich. The sandwich was just OK - kind of a spicier version of Shake Shack's chicken sandwich, but the fries were perfectly done. Be sure to try the shishito peppers as an app if they have them. They were excellent.
A bit pricey for the portions and the beer selections, but overall very good. Will stay on our list.
Food was excellent. Creative blend of ingredients in each dish. Brussels sprouts hot pot was amazing. Also, both of our mains, rabbit and pork shank, were delicious. Service started out a little uneven, but recovered as the meal progressed. Good cocktails and wines rounded out the experience.
Everything was terrific from the service to the meals. The calamari appetizer was the best I've had. My meal was the beggers purse and it was creative and delicious. Our whole party loved the food and the staff was friendly and attentive. Will definitely be back!
Went out for a spontaneous later evening bite to eat. We enjoyed splitting a few apps and drinks. Our waitress was very attentive and friendly with all the table she was attending- very welcoming personality. The whole atmosphere was very cozy casual. Overall, a nice neighborhood spot for some delicious food
Nice neighborhood joint. Food was okay but nothing to write home about. If I lived in the nabe, I might pop in but def not a destination restaurant. They did have a kids menu - typical stuff, as if the only things kids eat are burgers and nuggets. But still, appreciated that the time had a menu for kids.
Food was decent but execution was not great. We were at our table for an hour before we were served our appetizer. The cheese curds were not worth $11 for the few curds on the plate - go to Bud & Marilyn's and get 3x the amount for less money. The food was good, but it took another 30 minutes after our appetizer to be served our entrees, three of which had been sitting for too long and were cold by the time they hit our table. Again, the food was good, but the execution of the meal was off.
Group of three. Everyone was pretty underwhelmed. I had the white bean burger (vegetarian) and it fell apart in my hands. Taste was fine but nothing special. Others ordered the regular burger (said it was just ok) and the beggar's purse (didn't care for it). The place wasn't bad but we were not impressed. Very cute space though.
Whetstone is our go-to place to eat, drink, and relax in our neighborhood. We love coming for the happy hour burger & wine, and the brunch is excellent! The atmosphere is vibrant but casual and laid-back at the same time. The service is especially good during brunch.
The menu is very limited and the food was alright. My friends and I got the $25 for bottomless mimosas EACH (excluding the meal) deal. I specified that because they did not. They intentionally took SO long to bring each round just so we won't really have that much within the time limit (so they'll make profit obviously) & they do not do pitchers like a lot of restaurants do. The waiter was extremely rude and the manager also was big she excused him because he was "frazzled" due to the business of the restaurant but that doesn't justify him being rude because he was NOT being rude to other customers. we paid for unlimited drinks but they limited us and did not give us any after a certain amount of rounds (and they also exaggerated the amount we had) and TBVH the mimosas tasted like orange juice with a tablespoon of champagne. STOP false advertising, don't do "bottomless" if it really isn't so. The food was alright, nothing standing out. Family friendly too.
Just when I think I know everywhere there is to go in Philly for fine food and craft beer, I get surprised by a place I've never been. I would definitely go back anytime due to the selection, price, quality, service, and honestly? It wasn't packed to the gills like many Philly establishments I've been to, so it didn't feel overwhelmingly crowded. Very relaxed and laid back atmosphere. Pierogies were handmade. Burgers were amazing (friend had beef, and I had the white bean burger...both highly recommendable). Had around 20 craft beers on tap of all varying styles. Nothing more to say except go check it out if you're in the South St. area. It's only a block away and feels like a well kept secret.
Brunch was outstanding! Our server, Adeline, was on top of everything! Her server style was like that of a fine dining restaurant even though we were there for brunch. Brunch items were amazing especially the waffle with lemon and marscopone. Stop in and you will not regret it!
We've gone here often for drinks and apps, but we have recently discovered this place for brunch and it has quickly become one of our favorites. The food is great, and it is clear the chef takes great pride in what he does. Service is usually pretty good, and prices are reasonable and at least comparable to anywhere else. Definitely a great spot for brunch.
I came here for the happy hour specials advertised as $5 sandwiches.
I was told once long ago, yes all the sandwiches!
So when i came here finally my husband ordered the sloppy joe and i ordered the burger.
I got a burger. on the small side. no fries. she said it was just the burger that was $5. and that it is a single patty, and no fries come with it. So i ordered $5 fries. And then i ended up ordering another burger because again, on the small side.
So in the end we spent the exact same amount as if we didn't do happy hour.
Why advertise "$5 sandwiches?" And especially annoying that the "all" sandwiches i was once told has turned into just A burger. Just say "$5 burger" for happy hour on the billboard.
On a side note, my husband didn't like his sloppy joe. It wasn't very BBQ-y or flavorful sauce, and coleslaw wasn't tangy... it was a flat sandwich. While the pulled beef and coleslaw really just makes you wish it was carolina style, it needed tang, or vinegar.
I wish he had gotten the Fried Chicken Sandwich because then i would have been happy to share.
On the plus side it is a good burger. And at least by ordering 2 of these burgers + plus fries, it was WAY more filling than when i had come in for the regular burger plate before and left annoyed, hungry, and needing another burger but not willing to pay $17 for it again... maybe they increased the size of the regular priced burger? Because it used to be the exact same size as the $5 happy hour burger....
We always enjoy eating at Whetstone, as it is in our neighborhood. I love their house salad which is light but very tasty due to the vinaigrette. We have always loved the mussels with the Bloody Mary sauce. However, the mussels recipe has changed, by adding some peppers directly to the sauce. Totally unnecessary! The mussels were already a bit spicy and with the added peppers, it just adds more spice without adding more flavor. The waitress said you can order without the peppers (which I learned after the fact), but in my opinion, the original recipe was perfect.
My honey also got the wild boar shepherd's pie, which he loved. We both shared the apple crisp which was also delicious.
We will be back but will order the mussels without the peppers!
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