My favorite restaurant in center city!. I came here with my boyfriend and we were both blown away!! We were seated promptly, and the waitstaff/hostesses were very friendly. I am completely shocked by how many poor reviews there are for the food. I thought the meal was incredible. I highly recommend the steak or the salmon. The ambience is very romantic- not really a "family" restaurant. I can't wait to go back here!!
Dull food, overblown decor in Old City.
The minute I walked in I knew it was a mistake. I have a thing against theme restaurants. And this one was as bad as walking into the one beside Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland. It's like one of those designers from "Trading Spaces" was given a blank check and told to give the place a Moroccan feel. They're hoping you'll be so awed by the dramatics of the decor you won't mind the mediocre food.
Half of what you pay will go towards candles...probably about 1000 in the place.
Started out with the mixed appetizer plate...that came with COLD pita bread.! From the fridge COLD! Couldn't someone from the kitchen have thrown it on a grill for like 40 seconds? And the rest of the app? BLAND. Unlike any North African I've ever had. And swimming in olive oil. Like food they serve tourists.
Really disappointing. Can't recommend it. Unless you're in high school and you want your date to think you're cool. Just hope she doesn't know food.
Best Service in Town. The Decor is breathtaking with candles everywhere. You feel like if you are in an exotic oasis. The service was excellent. A guy from Spain guided us through the whole meal. He recommended a great wine that matched perfectly our entrees, his recommendations were fantastic. I ordered the whole fish, my wife the duck and we loved. We felt like if we were traveling or something. For sure we will come back again
Bring a man - you will get better service.. We had reservations for 2 for a Saturday nite - (made well in advance as they called me to confirm our attendance), however we still had to wait about 30 minutes to get a table. We sat in the lounge - no waiter came by to take our drink order - however the host came by and we were comped to 2 drinks. We ordered a few appetizers to share and more drinks and realized we were full. My friend told the waiter we decided not to proceed with our 4th order and he indicated "he did not put it in anyway". We were then given the check without any inquiry as to whether we wanted coffee, dessert or anything else. However the tables next to me were given the "full service" treatment by the waiter. My friend and I concluded that since we were not accompanied by a man - we were not to be taken seriously and therefore the table must be cleared asap for patrons (like couples) who might pay more. Our bill was over $100.00 - and the food was good. Would i go back - only if armed with a man.
Amazing food AND service. The decor of this place is out of this world. I was surprised that for a Philadelphia restaurant that has been around for a few years it seems to set the bar for luxurious and dramatic decor. The food was sensational with more than a few appetizers that I would have liked to try. The Kobe sirloin appetizer was so delicious, my wife and I still talked about it the next day. The entrees were just as good, with a variety of dishes from all over Europe including quite a few Middle Eastern inspired dishes. We were just so happy to walk out of this restaurant having had such a nice time with really impeccable service.
wall of candles. the best decor ive seen in a philly restaurant...fabulous food, and all surprising...great even if you dont traditionally like north african cuisine...
Definitely Not Your Average Starr Restaurant. Which, for me, is a bad thing. I have been going for drinks for a while because I love the bar scene. I finally decided to get something to eat and neither my companion nor I was particularly fond of the food. They bring the food to you as it is prepared so when my friend's arrive first I didn't think anything of it. But then time went on and on and after another 20 minutes, my APPETIZER finally arrived, cold. And I don't mean "not warm", I mean COLD!!!! The waitress took it back and and it came back warmer, but still not hot. As I hungry as I was by that point, I should have thought the food was the greatest, but sadly it wasn't. And unfortunately, there wasn't much else on the menu I wanted to try. I don't know what the problem is here, but this was definitely a first for me at a Stephen Starr restaurant.
Everything was fabulous!.
I took my girlfriend here for our anniversary dinner-and everything was fabulous! The ONLY thing I had a problem with were the table and chairs-very low to the ground and kind of uncomfortable-but I can appreciate the fact that they are trying to create an ambience-but my back didn't appreciate the chairs!
Nonetheless, service was prompt, drinks were innovative and delicious. We shared a salad (which was the best I'd ever had) and then both had entrees-I can't say enough about this meal. I will go back whenever I can.
Chill Lounge. Even if you're strapped for cash and don't want to splurge for dinner here, the lounge area is a great place to hang out for the evening and order some drinks and desserts. The servers are quite attentive for a bar area, so you're never left searching for service. Great date spot
Tangerine, more like a lemon!. Small portions for big prices, with an overblown affinity for pearl onions. The overly trained waitstaff could have been wearing promotional buttons for the amount of flair we were forced to endure. It was clear that the food was cooked rather preapred by chefs, poor presentation, bland flavors with nothing spectacular to mention. The only redeeming thing was the triple creme cheese, which was not made in house, and the $20 corking fee to avoid the astronomical wine prices. Stay in the bar and you won't have much to disappoint you.
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