Casual Cool. to all of you who knock this restaurant, i have a few words of advice for you - if you want to be at a fancy place, go somewhere else. it's obviously not what they were going for. drinker's, noche, devil's alley... come on, it's not meant to be an upscale formal restaurant. the food is good, the drinks are delicious (try the raspberry mojito) and, for the most part, the servers are pretty darn good. it's a busy place, so expect noise. if you're looking for a quiet place to do brunch or have a romantic dinner, go somewhere else, seriously. i personally am a fan of devil's alley, but that's because i like the layout, design, and overall feel of the place. you can watch a baseball or football game upstairs around the bar, or sit at a table downstairs. either way, i'm happy to say it's a casual and cool place to dine - so leave her alone, or give her a chance.
HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE. The food was great and the service was good but there was this old blonde haired lady(the owner) who was very rude and she made the whole dining experience horrible. She was buzzing around our table as if she didn't appreciate two young black women sitting at her booth tables and even tried to redirect us to a table on her second flr after we were seated. I LIKE THE FOOD BUT WILL NEVER RETURN B/C OF HER TREATMENT!
beyond comfort food. For my bachelorette party, Devil's Alley was more than accomodating - the waiters and waitresses even helped to set the table for my group in the space reserved upstairs! Before/since then, we have been back many times; dry rub wings are the best wings I've ever had. You can't go wrong with any of the salads here. If you're looking for a quick carb fix, try the stuffin' muffins. Service is friendly and fast, atmosphere is cool (neat paintings deck the walls, balcony/window seating overlooking Chestnut Street is nice). Most unique bathroom of anywhere I've ever been (kind of creepy in the basement, with paintings that have ranged from devils to now skeletons on the M/W doors, and lots of other paintings). Love this place and will return.
outstanding ribs!. I can't believe that I found a place with great ribs AND atmosphere AND sides! Everything was terrific and the server was friendly and well trained. So many places have good smoky ribs but crappy sauce. This place has fab ribs and homemade sauce plus the side dishes were very good. Will return soon......
Good food but.... the service is horrible. I get take out from Devil's because I know if I sit down and eat I will be too angry to ever come back... maybe it's the fact that they have a high turn-over rate of staff but the service is always bad. I was particularly angry today when picking up food- the hostess was very rude. It's ashame because Devil's Alley could be ALOT better if it wasn't for the poor training of the staff.
don't believe what you read........ it has come to my attention over the past few years that many people. that have access to a computer and have a grudge to bear, use restaurant review sites to let out their unfounded aggression. i have worked and dined in the industry for 20 years, since i was 16 and, i find it uncredible and quite ridiculous that people write such ridiculous biased reviews of places. what about the food? what about the service? what about the cost? what about the atmosphere ...location ...hours ....when you were there ....etc .... i have always found devil's alley to be a fun time with great food, a great price, and great service. actually, almost all places i have dined at in philadelphia i would give 5 stars to, but then again, i am not trying to ne an amateur critic and i do not look for fault in everywhere i eat. please do not heed any revies about ANY restaurant in philadelphia until you have gone there yourself. all these negative revies only give the city and it's establishments a bad name.....not just the ONE that EVERYONE tries to ridicule and bad mouth. by the way, devilo's alley brunch is one of the best in the city, and....oh my god....check this out....you may actually get sat without waiting 45 minutes. beat that without reservations at rittenhouse square, you can't.
Dont waste your time here. Don't insult your date..
The name unfortunately fits. It is true - the devil DOES treat her customers viciously. She is both rude and harrassing, aggresive and uncontrolled. Such as her reputation has always been a disgrace. Don't waste your time here. You may insult your friends or date. It is a disgrace to the industry. The restrooms are filthy enough to end your appetite, the sandwiches were unappetizing, it took a LONG 12 minutes for someone to even approach us and it was the scary owner and we were greeted without a smile but a curt and hurried "How many!!".
The kids food was inedible.
There are so many wonderful places to go in Philadelphia - go to THEM.
Why eat here? Save your money.
The name of this restaurant couldn't be better. The owner is notorious for treating her customers viciously at all her restaurants. Why bother eating here? Save your money .
The childrens menu is a testament to how little care is put into the food. My niece couldn't even choke down the terrible hamburger. The chicken salad sandwich had no taste, they brought the wrong order and acted like it was OUR fault of course. The place is dirty, the restrooms are both uncomfortable and filthy. The cocktails are weak and tasteless. They refuse to open the windows - so you can comfortably eat outside instead of being smashed up against the glass doors for brunch on a gorgeous day- until they are good and feel like it.
Devils alley is a perfect name.
Great happy hour and bar. I really like the second floor bar at Devil's Alley, they have lots of draft beers and a nice balcony. Our office has had a couple happy hours in the back of the upstairs and we went for center city sips last week -- the servers are friendly and the dollar appetizers are good. I'll probably go other days than Wednesday because it was so busy.
Good Food, Bad Devil. As a Philadelphia resident I have eaten at this restaurant many times, but the only thing that keeps me coming back is the food. I've noticed that the quality of food is excellent from the spicy rub wings to the bbq ribs. Excellent is an understatement sometimes because somehow the taste stays fresh in my mind. However I have noticed some things that make the dining experience less than palatable. The floors in the downstairs areas are disgusting. Having not been finished, they resemble what a busy restaurant floor would look like if not mopped for a very long time, dirty and almost to the stick point. Another thing to mention is the inability of the wait staff to mention happy hour prices when dining in the downstairs area. Why only mention this deal to the upstairs crowd? If you're going, make sure to ask for happy hour wherever you sit. I have also noticed that when ordering soup from this restaurant they offer to sizes that are extremely different in price but not in size. The cup of soup appears to contain the same amount of soup as the bowl, but in a different container. Why the extra cost?
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