Great Bar. I walked into Meritage for the first time and felt so welcome with the owner/bartender Irene. She is so knowledgeable and accommodating. The food is well prepared and delicious! We had such a fun time at the bar with wine flights and food pairings. We will be back every week!
The Best!!. Our first time to Meritage and it was perfect! The owners are hands on and really make sure your experience is stellar. The place is warm and inviting. Cozy dining room where you have some elbow room and not packed with as many tables you can fit. Service is excellent, not intrusive or pushy. The food is reasonably priced and nice portions. Highlights are duck confit, risotto, lamb and butterfish
disappointed. I went there with my wife on jan 2009. We were very impressed with the atmosphere, very romantic and we were able to actually hear one another and not our neighbors conversations. I was not very impressed with the food. i had the tuna tartare which was okay but nothing to wow me. My wife had the brie appetizer which we enjoyed. The dinners however lack any flavor and infact were very undercooked. the filet and the lamb both were very boring and were undercooked. The desserts were equally as disappointing. I had the lemon berry cake and it was actually stale. the service was also less than stellar. Our waiter did not tell us the specials, never came around to the table, never poured our wine. Basically he was nonexistent. Given how expensive this restaurant was with our wine tab, I will probably never go there again given all of the other wonderful restaurants that are here in our great city
Braised Short Rib... I don't think so....
What was supposed to be braised short rib was closer to potroast or a poorly cooked brisket. The risotto under the medium sized scallops was at times tough. The pumpkin pie desert was average.
Your money can be well spent somewhere else if you are a foodie like me.
Wonderful Brunch.... Sunday is out traditional brunch day but we always end up going to the same few spots... we tried to do our homework, but most menus looked pretty much the same. The French toast always lures me in, so we tried Meritage... So happy we did! The place looks very unassuming from the outside, but it was very nice inside - small, but no too small; very nice, but not indimidating. The French toast was fabulous (I actually think it ranks higher on my list than our usual wait-in-the-rain-for 2hrs-spot), the eggs-benedict was also very good. Our waittress was so friendly and attentive, but not smothering. It's only been a day since we went, and already I've told most people I know about how good it was...
Oh This is the right restaurant. After going to their website and making sure I did not place bad comments for the wrong place I realize this is the average restaurant that I visited during restaurant week. The menu sounded good so I thought my husband and I should give it a try. Unfortunately, the only 2 tihngs I did enjoy were the quaint atmosphere and my chicken and polenta meal. Our dessert was not sweet, sadly and the waitress was not pleasant at all which made this somewhat pricy meal un enjoyable. My husband baffled me by giving the full 20% tip. It was ok, at best. We're not planning on going back.
an intimate gem in the rittenhouse neighborhood.
I recently discovered the restaurant a week ago with a friend. About two blocks pass the rittenhouse square hubbub, lies a lovely intimate fine dining experience called, Meritage. It is a small, quiet restaurant with great ambiance, friendly service, and great food and wine. They have recently acquired a new chef, Jason Goodman who has completely transformed the menu from it's former self. We first started with the spicy tuna tartar and the seared scallops and truffled risotto, both very good. Next I had the gnocchi with wild mushrooms. (Better than in Italy) My friend had the Duck with okiawa sweet potato puree. She let me sneak in a spoonful of the okiawa puree. These potatoes were so sweet and buttery, it was hard to believe that it was a vegetable. Though the sweet potato puree would have been enough for me for dessert, we ending up splitting the Citrus Napoleon. Crisp layers of phyllo circles, with fresh berries, limoncello syrup and a lemon custard filling. This custard was amazing like, sweet lemony satin sliding down your palate.
I'm definitely recommend this place, for a romantic evening. ( The wine and the napoleon are sure fire components for sealing the deal). I can't wait to return for more of their great food and wine.
Recently had Sunday Brunch at Meritage. Food was excellent.. Enjoyed (Live Jazz)
I recommend that you try it out.
Pleased Center City Professionals. I work in center city at the University and often frequent many restaurants during my work week. A co-worker and myself, on a recommendation visited Meritage on a weeknight. We didn't have much time, so we sat at the beautifyl bar at the entrance of the restaurant. The service was attentive and professional. Excellent wine selection! In addition, we were able to order from the complete menu from the bar area. I enjoyed an outstanding "Paella" and my associate was able to order a lighter fare from the "Street Food Menu", a pulled lamb sandwich. We will return often.
Enjoyable Group Dining. My friends and I often go out as a small group to celebrate certain events, birthdays, anniversaries and small holiday gatherings. I made an on line reservation via "open table" website for Meritage Philadelphia for six people. We arrived at 8 pm on a friday evening. Our group was made to feel very welcome by an excellent hostess and staff. We were seated immediately in a fully attended set of dining rooms. Within minutes we all had our drinks and had ordered a variety of lucious appetizers. The service was prompt and attentive and answered our many questions guiding our group through the menu offerings. The steak was served to perfection, the Veal Oscar was presented as a palette delight and those of us that ordered the Tunisian Meritage, signature dish and were very pleased. We were serviced by one of the owners, Michele Di Pietro, a Sommelier-Wine Specialist and selected our drinks from an extensive menu. The atmosphere-music was delightful and complimented our food/wine. Lastly, we completed our fine dining experience with a tasty delight of desserts, coffee and tea. Prices were in line with fine dining experiences in center city Philadelphia. This will be the first of many visits to Meritage Philadelphia
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