Jose Garces Is Aiming High with Volver


From the Garden, including live lettuce from Garces’s Luna Farm.

Tonight is the night that Jose Garces’s Volver debuts its ticketed dining at the Kimmel Center. The restaurant will immediately leap to number one in the city in at least one respect,  Volver will be the most expensive dining experience in town.

What remains to be seen is whether Garces, chef de cuisine Natalie Maronski and their team at Volver can deliver. There are two menus available, the pre-theater tasting of eight-or-so courses for $75-$100 and the performance tasting, which rings in at 12+ courses for $175 per person. These prices do not include tax, gratuity or alcohol. The grand wine pairing, which is available with the pre-theater dinner is $50 and includes tax and gratuity. That means early evening diners can get out for $146 per person with wine pairings. Or if you want to go all out with the performance tasting, it will be north of $300 per person with the drink pairings.

The menus for opening night are now available and include several of the dishes we enjoyed as the Volver team prepared for the opening.

If you want to say you were there for opening night, the chance is yours. Tables remain for both dining options in the 34-seat dining room. And before you think that’s too bad of an omen, only sixteen people made it for Vetri’s first night.

Check out the opening menus and decide if you want to partake in the Volver experience.

Opening Menu at Volver (PDF)

Behind the Scenes: Volver (Video by the Garces Group)

Behind the Scenes: Volver from Garces Group on Vimeo.

Volver [Foobooz]

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  • Thomas Donnelly

    It seems that Volver is following the lead of NOMA, the best restaurant in the world based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Dinner at NOMA also consists of about 12 servings with an accompanying wine selection for each serving. The costs at NOMA is about $500 per person with the accompanying wine. My family loves NOMA so we will be trying Volver soon. Good luck to them

    • Rene Redzepi

      That was possibly the dumbest -absurd-ridiculous analogy in the history of food. You have clearly not been to NOMA since nothing, and by nothing I mean absolutely nothing about NOMA is reflected in Volver.