Volvér Just Wants to Be a Regular Restaurant

Jose Garces has ditched the pomp, circumstance, and ticketed reservations in favor of an à la carte menu and a more casual vibe.

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Chickpea gordita | Photo courtesy of Volvér

Much like the chef behind it, Volvér has been given new life in 2018. Jose Garces’s ultra-high-end, tasting-menu-only, ticketed-meal concept in the Kimmel Center is now a casual drop-in spot with a more accessible à la carte menu.

It’s a pretty complete 180 for the concept, now the sort of place you can pop into for a glass of wine and a pre-show snack. It’s now owned by IdEATion Hospitality, Garces’s partnership with industry giant Ballard Brands that rescued Garces Group from a financial meltdown earlier this year.

Don’t worry — you can still get the seasonal chef’s tasting menu, with a tight eight courses for $95, with the option to add a $65 wine pairing. But now, you can order the decadent fare Volvér is known for — baby corn elote, Wagyu beef tartare, ramen with Iberico ham — one reasonably-priced dish at a time.

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Elote | Photo courtesy of Volvér

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Crispy lamb chop | Photo courtesy of Volvér

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Iberico ramen | Photo courtesy of Volvér

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Grasslands veal steak | Photo courtesy of Volvér

Garces also plans to offer events like experiential tastings and wine parties from the restaurants fishbowl-style test kitchen.

Check out the menus below (click to embiggen) and make reservations here.