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  • Tony

    Well, I will be interested to see this. Restaurant Week started out as a promotion to give restaurants a chance, during a slow week, to draw new customers and wow them with a great deal. But over the years, it has turned into a cash cow for the restaurants, where they see it as a way to make big profits and bilk their customers by offering limited menus and drawing large crowds. I hope there a few restaurants out there that are still viewing Restaurant Week as an opportunity to win new customers by offering great deals.

  • Lauren W

    We had dinner at Square 1682 last night. Our server explained that the entire menu was available for restaurant week. We had the dates with goat cheese & bacon, hummus, cod with polenta, and the steak. We had the apple fritters and a trio of gelatos (coconut, mango cardamom, and pumpkin chai). Food was great!

  • Suz

    Don’t forget to head to Pub and Kitchen after your restaurant week meal/shift for Sly Fox Specials.

    Chester co. Bitter on the handpump, Saison Casuelijk from the brewpub, O’Reilly’s stout and cans of Dunkel Lager and Pikeland Pils just $2.50 after 10 pm! 16-21st and 23rd-28th.

  • H

    Did Restaurant Week at Zahav on Sunday. It was GREAT! A pretty generous amount of really wonderful food, including a big bowl of that heavenly hummus. Of course to go along with all the deliciousness, we got a ton of booze, thus almost doubling our bill, but no regrets! I highly recommend. http://www.zahavrestaurant.com/news/news.pdf

  • Anthony

    Davios has a great restaurant week menu! We had a wonderful time last night!

  • Faye

    Three of us had lunch at Davios. We especially enjoyed the chopped salad and the scallops. The desert was good – particularly the presentation. We would have ordered coffee but after past experiences we checked the price. A $4 price cup of regular coffee seemed too high with the $20 lunch – cappuccino I would have understood for $4, so we skipped it. Don’t understand why restaurants charge so much for coffee – a way to recoup some profit I guess.

  • Faye

    Sorry for several typos above which make me sound a little stupid. Since I don’t know how to edit the above, please ignore and use this corrected version:

    Four of us had dinner at La Famiglia Ristorante on Wednesday. It was my husbands birthday and they remembered to include a candle on his desert which was really nice. What was even better was the special treatment we received even though we had never been there before. The owner came our table several times to see how things were going and to answer some questions. They have a wonderful wine list. Since the pasta entree on the Restaurant Week menu included chicken broth, my vegetarian daughter was able to order a pasta dish off the regular menu and they even provided a complementary desert to her. In addition they charged a reasonable price for a decaf cappuccino – $4 – which is what some places charge for a regular coffee. All in all an excellent experience and really what Restaurant Week is all about – being able to try a place you might normally find too expensive. Actually, after looking at the regular menu, the restaurant isn’t really much more than other upscale type places. We will be back. Thank you.

  • Snake


    A candle in the desert? How did you find it?

    Just kidding, understood you fine!

    La Famiglia is one of those spots that I forget about but when I go (once every few years for a family dinner), I’m always blown away.

  • gette

    My boyfriend and I went to Valanni last night for Restaurant Week, and it was absolutely amazing! The service was great, everything came out on time despite being packed, and the food was delicious!
    We started with 2 flatbreads, the seafood and the shortrib. I recommend both, but I think the seafood was my favorite. The buttery seafood and tangy goat cheese was perfectly paired.
    Next, he got the scallops with garlic mashed potatoes which were perfectly seared and tasty. I got the lamb shank, which was HUGE! I would say a little on the ridiculous side, but the red wine au jus made it so good that I ended up eating most of it!
    My boyfriend and I aren’t really dessert people so we thought we’d have a few bites and call it a meal, but they were so good that we both finished ours! He got the oreo beignet and I got the rum bananas in a cinnamon toasted phyllo shell and it was heaven!
    Overall, a wonderful night, even if we did have to walk it off instead of cabbing it home!

  • Ann

    I’ve been to Barbuzzo several times and have always enjoyed it. I went there for RW last night and, again, enjoyed it. However, we opted not to do the RW menu because, when we compared the prices with the regular menu, we realized it wasn’t even a deal, not even close. So, RW was successful in persuading us to make a reservation and go out to dinner, but it didn’t prove to be any sort of “deal.”

    Heading to Fork next week, we’ll see if that experience is any different…

  • elanya

    Three of us went to R2L with reservations at 8pm didn’t get seated til 9pm..great view…blah food.
    From all the times I have been to Rweek it was the worst!
    Def recommend Zahav, Butcher n singer, postiano coast

  • PJ

    After reading these reviews, I remain convinced that Restaurant Week is attracting exactly the clientele it’s trying to attract! LOL

  • cleevus

    as a long time participant (from the beginning) of restaurant week, i can assure you that the people who read foobooz represent about 5% of RW goers. the rest of them are deal seekers who have no other agenda. from water to check it’s a 45 minute experience for a duece. we tried to be positive in the beginning, but after the complaints about portion size, temperature, etc, and realizing through open table that less than 1% of RW goers ever came back, we made a decision to maximize its financial opportunities. And we do to this day. it’s a risk, but our business is as strong as ever, and our regulars know to stay home or brave the throngs.

  • Leastimportantperson

    Ah cleevus
    You climbed out of your hole
    The most opinioned person on foobooz that calls out other chefs (Shola etc) but never states what his restaurant is

    Must be better than zahav, vetri, lacroix, and meme combined

  • Snake

    Cleevus, I don’t get why the restaurants have problems with RW. You’re basically only preparing 5 dishes instead of the entire menu and most restaurants are packed for the event. Isn’t that a win-win?

  • Bluehensfan

    Percy Street BBQ for lunch is a delicious steal! Mac and cheese, cornbread, a half pound of meat with two sides and a dessert for $20. It’s a lot of food and darned tasty!

  • Alex

    Every week is restaurant week in Philadelphia!

    For $30-45 per person for food there are a ton of good restaurants to eat at every week of the year.

    There are only a few places above this price point, and what you get during restaurant week (or month) doesn’t reflect what you get off the regular menu. (Don’t go to Lacroix for the RW menu!)

    Some places might be worth braving the crowds to save a few bucks (steakhouses, Garces restaurants, etc.), but spectacular BYOBs (Kanella, Bibou, Pumpkin, Matyson, Modo Mio, Mercato, Little Fish, etc.) keep it cheap year round.

    For other excellent places like Zahav, Barbuzzo and Meme, it is difficult to spend more than $40 per person on food.

    This isn’t New York where you have plenty of possibly interesting restaurants at the $75-100 per person price point that you would check out if they offered a discount.

    My advice: Enjoy Philly’s budget friendly restaurants during the other 48 weeks of the year – you’re likely to get better food!

  • Em

    Went to dinner last night at Union Trust with the hubby and two friends, and had an amazing experience. The food was fantastic, the portions were generous, and the service was really great. We weren’t rushed at all, nor did we feel ignored at any time. Would highly recommend the Restaurant Week special at Union Trust as a great way to try the place!

  • Went to dinner at Del Frisco’s on Friday for Restaurant Week. No reservation, got in at 5PM before the 800 people who had reserved a table. Delicious especially for $35. Salad, Steak & Dessert.

  • Tricia

    I went to Branzino last Friday night and that is definitely the last time I am going there. The food is good and it’s very nice inside; however, this is the second time in the past few months that I have been rushed out of the restaurant. The waitress greeted us by saying that it was Restaurant Week and they would be turning tables over very quickly. I’m not an expert in restaurant management, but I don’t think that is the way to approach your customer and welcome them to your restaurant. We were rushed to place our order and when we were finishing dessert, we were literally pushed out.

  • Ashley

    My boyfriend and I went to Ristorante Panorama on Friday night and it was fantastic. The food, service and ambiance were great. Their wine flights are pretty great also!

    My girlfriends and I went to Paradigm on Sunday night and that was amazing as well. We all made sure to order something different and we could not stop passing each others dishes around the table!

    I will definitely be going back to both of these restaurants again and have already recommended them to others.

  • Mary

    Went to Mercato on Sunday night with 2 other gals and we had a wonderful meal. Arugala salad/Puff pastry app and Antipasti for 2…FAB; Entrees: Lobster/shrimp Pyramid Pasta, Filet ( oh my gosh brussel sprouts ), and Parm crusted veal….Die for. Desserts…:)! BYOB on top of all this yumminess. A GREAT sign of Stupendous resturant? No condiments needed!!!

  • Renee

    We went to Table 31 for RW. First time for both of us and it was both horrible and great experience.

    We were seated right away, but it took forever to get drinks, appetizer and then entree. It seemed as if the kitchen was very slow. We were seated had appetizer and entree. A 4-top sat next to us. They got their entree after we were finished and got their desserts before we decided to complain. This was after a 45 minute wait for dessert to show up, no follow up by waiter (guess he forgot about us).

    We asked for the manager on the way out and he comped the entire bill, food and drink (great experience).

    The food was pretty good and the portions sizes were just right. We will be back, but hopefully with another waiter and possibly a faster kitchen. A 2 hour dinner is nice but….

  • Snake

    Table 31 is a pretty bad experience in general…Restaurant Week or not but at least you didn’t have to pay for it!

  • dyetpepsi

    Went to Buddakan for lunch today and I would NEVER go back. The miso soup tasted like nori soup, the garlic shrimp just awful and their “asian ceasar salad” was just romaine lettuce with some shaved cheese.

  • donna

    Went to Percy St BBQ and as someone else mentioned it was a steal, one of my best restaurant week experiences.

    I could like buy the Mac & Cheese daily it’s so good! Also had the collard greens, sweet potatoes and ribs, everything was tasty and I have left overs for tomorrow..oh and pecan pie for dessert.

  • Annalise

    Lunch at Square 1682

    Wonderful! Blair, our waiter/bartender, was accommodating, friendly and professional….food was great(not to be compared with Vetri or Garces), beautifully presented, and perfectly cooked. The regular lunch menu was available for RW and it presented an opportunity to really investigate what is usually offered day to day. It did not disappoint. However, be aware, the portions are not large. I’d definitely go back for lunch or dinner.

  • Kelly

    Went to sampan for RW dinner. There were 3 of us, and food, service, and portions were great! Highly recommended!!

  • Kenya

    Went to Time and not only did they not rush us but it took forever to get the food. I would understand if they were busy but there were only a couple of tables that night. The slowness continued even when we informed them that my companion had a train to catch and would have to leave soon. In the end my friend had to leave before the dessert came out.

    Also went to R2L for lunch. Our server was amazing but the food was not impressive. The chopped steak dish is little more then a glorified meatloaf and I make better meatloaf. However the winter soup with white beans potatos and bacon was delicious.

  • Teddy

    Stopped in to Zahav Friday night fairly late after an earlier movie, and didn’t even realize it was RW. We sat at the bar and didn’t do the RW full menu (too much movie popcorn) but we were impressed at the offerings and selection if we had been there for RW (which it seemed like everyone else was there for).

    I guess that’s not too much of a comment on RW, huh? Sorry I can’t be more of a help!

    I do have to say it’s been nice to easily get reservations at the non-RW participants, and so many have deals anyway. So get out there and go to ANY restaurant you are dying to try, RW or not!

  • barryg

    @teddy, Zahav does the same deal they do for Restaurant Week every other week out of the year for only $1 more ($36, double chai).

  • Christine

    Went to Horizons last night for an unofficial RW dinner, and I feel like they were using the $30 4 course dinner just to bring people in. First off, there was no selection for the courses, and what the menu was offering was the least interesting items off of their regular menu. Second, they requested that everyone at the table have the restaurant week menu. That would have been fine if there was a selection, but it is unrealistic to have 4 people eat the exact same thing.

    Needless to say, we decided to have 3 courses each from the regular menu, and the expected $120 dinner turned into a $230 dinner. Oh well, the food was fantastic. Just wish I didn’t feel like their RW menu was a ploy.