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  • Review Count
    3
  • Helpfulness Votes
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  • First Review
    October 6, 2014
  • Last Review
    October 28, 2014
  • Featured Reviews
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  • Average Rating
    3.3
 
 
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At The Merchant, we make almost all our fare from scratch. Executive chef Matt Foley previously worked at both Craigie on Main in Cambridge and Sycamore in Newton. The Merchant is a big space that served for more than a century as a leather store. We've brought in high-top tables near the windows ... a 40-foot bar on one side of the room … and more formal dining spots on the opposite side. We have a semi-private dining room in back, and another dining room downstairs. For our menu, Chef Foley cures and smokes all the meat in house. Our burger is top-notch, as are other dishes like steak and eggs, sweetbread nuggets, and “rustic” desserts. The Merchant serves salads, sandwiches ($10-$12), and more for the lunch rush. And for dinner, we are a full-service brasserie (with most entrees ranging from $20-$24). The bar has 36 beers on tap, many of them locally brewed, plus a full selection of craft cocktails to serve our patrons, especially the after-work crowd.
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Could use some improvement
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/25/2014
 2012
Dined on 10/25/2014
 2012
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"This place was alright. It still needs to work out some kinks with its staff. I'm not sure if the waiter was covering too many tables but the service was slow. It took about 10 minutes or so to be greeted at our table and then another 15+ minutes to get our drinks (they came out AFTER our appetizers!) My chicken entree was pretty good but my boyfriend wasn't thrilled with the lamb. They also messed up the side orders."
Dined on 10/25/2014
 2012
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Located in the middle of Philadelphia's charming Chestnut Hill neighborhood, Paris Bistro has made quite a splash since it opened in late January 2014. The setting and food are authentic bistro - the crowd is lively and the menu is reminiscent of the many bistros that dot Paris' arrondissement. Downstairs, the jazz cafe features the area's best talent playing a mixture of standards, Great American Songbook classics and music from the Jazz Era of the early 1900's. Make an evening of it with reservations for dinner upstairs and a jazz set after (seating in the cafe is on a first-come, first-seated basis).<br /><br />
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
So happy this place is in C.Hill!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/30/2014
 2012
Dined on 8/30/2014
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"I'm very happy that this place is in Chestnut Hill. I've seen restaurants come and go in this section of Philadelphia, but I hope this one does well. I really enjoyed their brunch."
Dined on 8/30/2014
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch
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FARMiCiA is the conception of Kevin Klause, James Barrett & Wendy Smith Born (owners of Metropolitan Bakery), who share a vision of a restaurant that captures the pleasures of simply crafted food & excellent beverages served in a relaxed yet lively environment. The emphasis is on great tasting food & beverages crafted from local, organic & artisanal producers. Located in Philadelphia’s historic Old City, FARMiCiA is a 122-seat restaurant & bar serving breakfast, lunch, an afternoon meal, a relaxed dinner & even brunch on the weekends. While FARMiCiA boasts a full bar, guests are also allowed to BYO Wine to pair with our farm fresh fare.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Great for Brunch!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/04/2014
 2012
Dined on 10/04/2014
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"I'm surprised it was so quiet since their brunch is excellent! I would go back again for sure."
Dined on 10/04/2014
 2012
Special Features: good for groups, great for brunch
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