Prix Fixe Dinners in Philadelphia

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Volver’s announcement of ticketed dinners had us wondering how Jose Garces’ new restaurant stacked up against other dining experiences in the city.

Here is a selection of prix fixe dinners in Philadelphia.


Restaurant
Two with Tax and Gratuity, no drinks
 
Matyson$115.20*
Sbraga$125.44
Amada$166.40
Marigold Kitchen$217.60*
Serpico$217.60
Zahav$230.40
Fork$243.20
Fountain$281.60
Morimoto$307.20
Lacroix$307.20
Avance$353.28
Vetri$396.80
Cook$430.00**
Volver$448.00

All dinners are for two with tax and gratuity. No alcohol included. All dinners are the most expensive options.
* BYOB
** All beverages included.

  • Alimentarian

    Volver should be amazing if it’s going to be twice as good as Fork.

  • Philly Ray

    I think you need to rethink that Sbraga price. The four course meal is $49pp. That makes it $98 plus $7.84 tax (8%). You guys only leave a $9.36 tip on a $100 meal?

    • http://philadelphia.foobooz.com/ Art from Foobooz

      You’re right. The price is updated. We’re not cheap. We earned that “I TIP WELL” shirt.

  • Diner

    Fork has been around a LONG time for a reason; consistency & quality are always to be had at FORK

  • Zathura

    Oh come on… Cook is not a real restaurant. Any way to continue plugging this place works for you.

    • http://philadelphia.foobooz.com/ Art from Foobooz

      It’s one of the most expensive dining experiences in town. How could we not include it?

  • Yo

    Laurel? Will?

    • http://philadelphia.foobooz.com/ Art from Foobooz

      We weren’t looking to be exhaustive but rather give a representative look at pricing around town.

  • alami

    It would be more useful to represent the most popular option. Zahav, for example, has a prix fixe menu for $39/pp, which will land you well under $230. I would prefer a list that’s actually useful for picking dinners. Many other restaurants around the city offer prix fixe dinners, but sometimes only one day a week.

  • El Sid Kimmel

    I wish Volver well. That being said a $500 dinner for two in Philadelphia, in which the chef more than likely will not be there, is a joke. I don’t want to be one of these people who make reflexive New York comparisons but we all know Volver is not going to be appreciably better than Avance or Eleven Madison Park. So why so expensive. Number of courses?
    The press release of super expensive prices without an actual sample menu that can be vetted for value is a sign of bad PR.
    Who wants to eat an 8 course “pre theatre menu” seriously?
    With drinks the larger tasting will be $600 easy.
    It better be pretty special or its going to be hammered.
    There is also the “champagne and caviar” bar which sounds like going back to the toolish days of Swanky Bubbles in olde city.

    @Zathura. Agreed.
    Cook is not a restaurant.
    It is a cooking demo-party-bookstore-dining experience.
    Even if that is an extension of the definition of restaurant, you don’t spend $430 at any of the restaurants of the people cooking at cook so including it on the list is pushing it.
    I respect and realize Art’s position but lets call a spade a spade.

    • https://twitter.com/PhillyBestBYOB Philly’s Best BYOBs

      Cook is definitely a restaurant. Just look at the license hanging on the wall.
      I’ve enjoyed my 2 times there (Jen Carroll, Chip Roman), but it’s damn expensive.

  • https://twitter.com/PhillyBestBYOB Philly’s Best BYOBs

    Not to quibble about definitions, but personally I don’t really consider 4 courses to be a tasting menu. I’d guess I’d be inclined to call it a Prix Fixe. I think most people and chefs probably think of 6-7 or more courses being a tasting menu.

  • JimBucksbury

    I sometimes refer to large amounts of money using “Vetris” as the unit, the average bill for dinner for two there being one Vetri (before the recent price hike, about $550). I will now start referring to them as Volvers.