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    June 3, 2014
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    September 25, 2014
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A sophisticated & contemporary BYO, just off Rittenhouse Square, Matyson offers New American cuisine in a casual setting. Innovative weekly tasting menus (available Monday- Thursday) spotlight Chef Ben Puchowitz's creativity of fresh, local ingredients.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Jewel on 19th St.
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/23/2014
 2007
Dined on 9/23/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"I love Mattyson. Always a great meal, seasonal, well executed with friendly, knowledgable staff. Can't go wrong here!"
Dined on 9/23/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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a. kitchen, located in the AKA Rittenhouse Square, is a contemporary American restaurant focused around Chef Eli Kulp's bold flavor-forward cooking on natural hardwood charcoal and accompanied by one of the most compelling wine lists in the country featuring many of the most in-demand Old World style artisan grower-producers in the world, as well as a large selection from leading natural winemakers.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/13/2014
 2007
Dined on 9/13/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Eli Kulp has worked his magic at a.kitchen. I really enjoyed everything we ate...the Arctic char was great, as were the beets, and the side of leeks was amazing. The noise level however, on a Saturday night was deafening. Acoustics are a problem here. We could not hear what anyone was saying."
Dined on 9/13/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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This second restaurant of Olivier Desaintmartin, ZINC is no less than a replica of a “le Marais” style bar restaurant, artists most preferred section of Paris. Le Marais is also the oldest part of the French capital.<br /><br />Desaintmartin bought a 1919 zinc bar from a Parisian bar, refinished it, and shipped it to this quaint 40 seats bar/restaurant.<br /><br />Acclaimed for its food, romance and its specialty drinks, Zinc becomes a hang out for locals, a meeting place. You can share a charcuterie or a fromage plate with a glass of Chinon, or sit at the bar sipping a French aperitif waiting for your party, or enjoy some oysters with a Muscadet.<br /><br />The bistro menu is the same for brunch and dinner so at any time of the day you may choose to order eggs Benedict or steak frites or even just an apple tart with a “coupe “ of Blanquette de Limoux (sparkling wine).
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Hidden gem
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/10/2014
 2007
Dined on 9/10/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Zinc is a great little French bistro with authentic food in cozy room. A true neighborhood gem."
Dined on 9/10/2014
 2007
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem
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Barbuzzo is a Mediterranean restaurant and bar located in the trendy Midtown Village area of center city. We serve small plates intended to share. With a wood-burning oven for pizzas & roasting, Barbuzzo’s menu features rustic, hand crafted regional fare such as: Grilled Octopus with fingerlings, roasted peppers & soppressata; Parsnip ravioli with duck ragu and roasted pears; Uovo Pizza with brussel leaves, guanciale, & truffle farm egg. Menu items range in price from $3 to $32. Barbuzzo has a full bar featuring Mediterranean wines, craft beers and cocktails. We have bar and counter seating overlooking the open kitchen available for walk ins.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/08/2014
 2007
Dined on 9/08/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Killer kale and beet salad, yum pizza with fungi and octopus . Glad they offered both restaurant week option and regular menu!"
Dined on 9/08/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, fit for foodies
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Distrito is a cool celebration of the culture and cuisine of Mexico City, with a menu focused on the cuisine of what is known by locals as the "Distrito Federal.” With a premium tequila bar and lounge seating, (Distrito) is an exciting backdrop for Chef Garces' modern Mexican small plates.<br /><br />House Specialties<br />Carnitas Tacos, Queso Fundido, District Chicken, Los Hongos Huarache. A selection of over 70 tequilas, highlighted by Patron Bordeos, Cuervo Reserve, De familia, Don Julio Reposado, and Sauza Hornitos and fresh fruit margaritas.<br /><br />Cantina Happy Hour, M-F 5-7PM<br /><br />Private Parties: Distrito welcomes groups of all sizes. Events can be booked throughout the restaurant and in our private dining rooms seven days a week.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/07/2014
 2007
Dined on 9/07/2014
 2007
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Food was fine, but nothing spectacular. I think Garces has overextended himself and his restaurants are suffering from mediocrity. I also thought the margarita I got at the bar was very weak."
Dined on 9/07/2014
 2007
Special Features: hot spot, special occasion
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modern American wood-fired cuisine with a unique, well-selected beverage program
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Great addition to Walnut St
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/05/2014
 2007
Dined on 9/05/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Petruce et al is great! Really creative and wonderful preparations..the carrots and sweet potato small plates were delicious, as was our sea trout ( med plate) and sea bass with housemate lamb sausage ( large plate). It is nice you have 3 different sizes of courses to chose from, to mix and share. Large plates are equivalent to modest-sized entrees. The " et al" section, are truly large plates meant to be shared. Also, even though the grilled bread costs $2, it worth it. Friendly service snd nice wines by glass. My only complaint is that I think the back ( main dining room) is too dark and narrow. We really couldn't even tell what was on our plate. up front, near bar and even in window wod be much more fun snd improve ambiance."
Dined on 9/05/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Matsuhisa Aspen is nestled beneath a quaint victorian house in the mountain town of Aspen Colorado and features the cuisine of world renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Japanese-inspired seafood and sushi, as well as an ultra-hip scene and lively bar crowd can best describe Matsuhisa Aspen. We are a continuation of Matsuhisa L.A., Nobu New York, Nobu London and may more locations around the world.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
One of Aspen's best
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/18/2014
 2007
Dined on 8/18/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Always great Japanese…Loved the interesting slider special with wagyu beef and crispy tofu bun. Spinach and shrimp salad plentiful and good choice to get some greens.Always love the miso cod and scallops with mushrooms was delicious. Super expensive, but what one would expect in this town."
Dined on 8/18/2014
 2007
Special Features: hot spot, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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Chef and Owner Kevin Sbraga’s<br />second restaurant brings the heart of the South to the University City neighborhood of<br />Philadelphia with his signature “no boundaries” approach to cuisine. Drawing inspiration from<br />the ingredients, culinary traditions, heritage, and homes of the South, Chef Sbraga’s menu<br />reflects dishes found at Sunday suppers and on country porches, all served alongside The Fat<br />Ham’s seasonal cocktails.<br />The inspiration for The Fat Ham’s design comes from houses found in the rustic Southern<br />countryside, featuring an eclectic combination of glasses, tableware and chairs. While<br />the pork-centric menu explores heritage breeds and Southern staples such as sorghum butter,<br />benne seeds, pimento cheese, and Carolina gold rice. Chef Sbraga brings a home-style touch to<br />the menu with house-made pickles, pepper sauce, buttermilk, and fresh macaroni sharing the menu with reimagined twists on country ham, hot chicken, and boiled peanuts.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/15/2014
 2007
Dined on 8/15/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Great authentic southern food, with a modern twist. Everything we had was scrumptious, from the mustard greens salad, to oyster slider to shrimp and grits. I personally don't think the infamous "hot" chicken is that spicy. I thought drink special: a watermelon infused white bourbon cocktail was weak, as in not very boozy."
Dined on 8/15/2014
 2007
Special Features: vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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The Farm and Fisherman is a 30-seat white tablecloth BYOB featuring regional produce, meat and fish prepared by owner and Executive Chef Joshua Lawler, a former chef de cuisine at the quintessential farm-to-table restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns. At The Farm and Fisherman, Chef Lawler serves what he calls "snapshots of the seasons here in the Delaware Valley," incorporating interesting and unusual ingredients produced by area farmers.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Neighborhood gem
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/12/2014
 2007
Dined on 8/12/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"I love Farm and Fisherman. Always a pleasure dining in this cozy room. Loved the summer salads!"
Dined on 8/12/2014
 2007
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem
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At Sola, our mission is to be regarded as an outstanding fine dining destination & a valued treasure of the Main Line & greater community.<br>We strive to serve contemporary cuisine in an intimate & pleasing room with the proper level of service (not too much, not too little). We want our guests to enjoy the window of time that they spend with us, savoring their food & wine & enjoying the company of their friends & family.<br>Our intent is to always remain a BYOB, knowing how important that is to many of our guests. Sola will provide a dynamic menu, driven by what is available fresh for the season. The expectation is that everyone will find a number of choices that appeal to their palate.<br>Our wish is that most of our guests will become regulars & will view us a spot they can enthusiastically recommend to their friends & can rely on when hosting visitors.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/11/2014
 2007
Dined on 8/11/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"We had a great summer meal at Sola...lovely version of a Caprese salad, with cherry tomatoes and arugula, soft shell crabs and monkfish with farro ( my favorite grain). Only complaint is both my and my friend's meals were a tad over-salted. Sola is one of the best restaurants on Main Line."
Dined on 8/11/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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