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227 South 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
The first sign that Parc had opened its doors? There were — gasp! — empty seats outside Rouge. The party had moved down the block to Stephen Starr’s lovely (loud!) sprawling brasserie. The opening week saw every seat filled, the bar stacked three deep, and early raves for the house-baked baguettes, the nicely shucked oysters, and the men’s bathrooms. Really.
Read our November 2008 review.
Best of Philly 2010: Salad
To escape DIYing our greens in front of a sneeze shield, we head for this creatively assembled (by someone else) salad with warm shri...
Best of Philly 2009: Bread
Man cannot live by bread alone — unless we’re talking about Parc’s house-baked baguettes. Copious slices are provid...
Best of Philly 2009: See-and-be-seen, social
Don’t even think, for a second, of stepping foot in Parc on a bad hair day. Because whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner...
User Reviews (7) :
Tried once to have dinner and it was SO noisy I couldn't hear myself think and left. Have had several lunches at Parc and they were all very good. Love to eat Al Fresco and this is one of the better food and view places in the city. Usual bistro dishes, but I understand from a friend you can make a meal on the mashed potatoes alone they are that good.
Posted by Charles: Apr. April 20th, 2010 at 6:58 PM
Sorry, but unless you are rating this place on it's meat-market like scene, gum-snapping, bleached, high maintenance ladies and canned tan, untucked guys flashing their panerai's, Parc does not even belong in the top 100 in this town.
The service is rude and unknowledgeable, the menu is formulaic and pedestrian and the preparation is fine but unmemorable. Here's your blurb from to 50: "...Parc is like a mini-vacation, filled with warm homemade baguettes and rich onion soup and pretty little profiteroles." That is pretty weak for the 19th best in town. In fact every review from 20-50 is more inspiring.
Stephen Starr is not a chef, he's a marketer, and he creates restaurants like music producers create boy bands. Parc is no different than building a Paris bistro on a Hollywood back lot. And in the movies the food is just for show, and it's no different here.
Posted by michael: Jan. January 12th, 2010 at 2:59 PM
I interviewed for a job there, and was surprised they had shelves full of Aunt Jemima's Pancake mix. I thought to myself there was no way they were using this for their pancakes, so I asked what they use it for. Low and behold they use it for their pancakes.
Posted by J: Aug. August 2nd, 2009 at 5:56 PM
usually brasserie is a smal,cozy nice restaurant with great food and service. beside the signes that says it, nothing else is french or good about it... The food is nothing special, service not good at all! Unfortunately, nothing can beat Rouge!!!
Posted by N: Sep. September 4th, 2008 at 9:40 AM
It is simply gorgeous...and just like Paris (with a little more fun flare!) The food was delish, our dining experience was well managed, paced well and full of knowledgable reccomendations. The front room is a bit loud, but I was told to request the "Locust St. Dining Room" for a more intimate experience. Enjoy! It really is a gem.
Posted by Dana: Aug. August 5th, 2008 at 3:03 PM
Service mediocre at best, still confused as to the menu offerings. Food no better than Rouge.
Posted by Ron: Jul. July 23rd, 2008 at 11:42 AM
Besides looking and tasting great, Parc is a wonderful way to have lunch outdoors looking at the Square and enjoying wonderful service!! The manager leads the way for excellent thoughtfulness and care in the treatment of their customers. Even in the chaos of the first week.
Posted by Linda: Jul. July 23rd, 2008 at 11:06 AM