De Rum Bar should "tek weh demself". When I pay for expensive food, I want the food to be expensive. I do not mind paying $9 for four wings, but those wings should be fabulous. They should look and taste like money was used to present the best product possible. When $9 jerk wing appetizers look worst than $2.50 for five chinese wings in garlic sauce, the you know your in trouble. We are from the Caribbean and can confidently say, the food sucks. This is Caribbean food for tourist, the most uninformed kind at that. I ordered the Pernil. Now, everyone knows when you serve roasted pork, the best part of the dish is the crispy pork skin. Was there even a sliver of crackling in my fancy bowl? No! They probably wont start losing money though, since I see there stock in trade is attracting 20/30 yr olds on theme nights, but true love of Caribbean culture should go elsewhere for their food fix.
terrible food and service.
The food was nothing but bar food. Poorly thought out and executed. Also, I had dinner for only two people and a 18% gratuity charge was automatically included. Not a fan.
also i was asked 8 times if i wanted any more alcoholic drinks? They really want to get you drunk and buy for drinks. Could not just enjoy my date.
They just want your money. Bother you about drinking. Get you drunk. Charge you tip hoping you didnt notice and then tip on top of that.
Our night here was below average.
First, I had a reservation but could not get a seat. I was told it was 'open seating' but why then did the restaurant take my reservation?
Also, due to the overcrowding i suppose, It took almost 20 minutes to get our first drink order in. Then another 20 minutes for it to arrive. The chili pepper - cilantro mojito was excellent, but not worth the wait.
Later, we are told our entree choices were out of stock. This is surprising since there are only about 8 items on the entree menu...
During the long wait to get the food, I ordered another drink... only to be told that the Rum Bar was out of the rum needed for the recipe.
Also, I was excited to see jamaican beef patties on the menu as it was something I fell in love with on a vacation many years ago. It was another letdown. they were tiny and overdone, with a dry lifeless filling that I had to drink just to get it down. And this posed another problem as I didn't want to wait another 20-40 minutes to get another drink.
The server was very pleasant. That was the one plus for the restaurant.
Unfortunately everything else was definitely below average. I don't believe I would go back to Rum Bar.
One of the Best Places in Philadelphia. Rittenhouse Square has planty to offer, the shopping in this area is wonderful and the best place to go after a day of shopping is Rum Bar. I have been to Rum Bar on many occasions. The best time we went there was for a friend who lived in the area's 21st Birthday party. We got plenty of food, about 2 dishes for the each of us. And plenty of drinks. The staff was extrememly nice. My friend goes to a culinary school in the area, and the Head Chef was a graduate of the same school my friend attends and she came out to talk to us and we had nothing bad to say about anything. The ceviche was amazing, and the habenero grilled cheese is the best thing you can eat. We also had the wonderful opportunity to meet the owner, who was so nice and accomodating. The mojitos and the daquiris are the best things that I have ever tasted. The carribbean and pirate theme is so much fun, and the music is fun. If you are looking for a lounge and not a place where guys are creepy and looking for a place you can sit down and enjoy an evening, this is the place. If you are looking for a club and just to meet someone, go somewhere else, this isn't the place for you. It's a relaxing atmospehere with wonderful food, drinks, and staff. I highly recomend Rum Bar for a nice evening.
perhaps even better than the caribbean!. our experience here was delightful. the tapas are healthy portions (2 per person was enough) and so good. the west indies style mac n' cheese is perfect! the drinks are fresh, and the infused rums make the drinks extra special. and don't forget the dessert... even if your stuffed. the rum cake is tasty even if the rum flavor isn't strong. we've been to a quite a few caribbean islands, and the food here is a delightful fusion of american comfort food with a caribbean kick. i can't wait to go back!
Gotta Love Rum Bar!.
Not sure about the previous reviews of Rum Bar, but I love the place. I go there about once or twice a month. Drinks are strong, maybe a little pricy, but if you see what goes into making each one, you'd understand. Service is always good, bartenders know my drink each time I come in.
I've got nothing bad to say about Rum Bar. Vena's gotta be one of the best bartender's in the city!
very disappointing. saw the good reviews so I checked it out. Very dissapointing
NOT a good girls night out!!!!!.
HORRIBLE GIRLS NIGHT OUT!!!!!!!!!!! We will never return. Guys are skeezy and aggressive. Bartenders are too. Waiter took 25 minutes to stop by our table and when she did, she was openly rude!!!!! No dancing. Drinks were expensive and weak. And my best friend got sick the next day to boot. (don?t get the seafood ceviche).
You can do A LOT better in Rittenhouse Square. Devon, Rouge, Alpha?s, Walnut Room........ even Loies (yes, it was that bad).
Never again. Don't waste your time.
PS: We ended up throwing my friend another bachelorette party. We had a great time :-)
Girls Night Out, this is your spot!. Great place to go with a group. We were celebrating a bachelorette party. Cool vibes... no dancing unfortunately, but tasty drinks, good noshes, and very cool staff. Flaming bartender lips!
Super Savory Small Plates.
My friends took me to Rum Bar for dinner. Ive been there before, but never knew they had food! The server let us know that it was a small plate menu and encouraged order 2-4 dishes per person based on our appetitie. I'm a big eater and felt compelled to order a lot. Between the three of us, we ordered about 10 dishes. The food came out scattered, as the server said it would. The only downside to this was that the seabass I was really craving didnt come out until the end. I had a Painkiller #3, which was served in an ovesized cappucino mug. I get this every time I come in for drinks. Its made with rum, coconut, and pineapple with a touch of nutmeg. Great drink! The first food that came out was the scallop ceviche and the guacamole. The guac was so fresh and brightly green. The ceviche had the perfect acidity to bring out the flavors of the scallops. We had mini burgers which blew away the ones I had at Alfa and Barclay. There was an amazing sweetness to it, and the perfectly toasted rolls were dynamite. I couldnt stop talking about the burgers! Other dishes we had were fried calamari, jamaican beef patties (DAMN good!), and that Seabass. Best seabass Ive ever had! My friend Pete had talked it up, and it lived up to the hype! After my Painkiller, I tried a sipping rum. The server suggested a rum called Zaya. I ordered it, and it was great! I didnt know rum could taste so smooth.
All in all, what a great night. Great food, great drinks, great service, great ambience. Im definitely gonna take dates here now for dinner.
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