Ad Lib Craft Kitchen and Bar

4.5
246 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Ad Lib
Craft Kitchen and Bar
A comfortable gathering place where people come together to celebrate, debate politics or simply spend time with friends and family, Ad Lib is a “new take” on a traditional American Tavern.
Food and Drink offerings are old favorites “turned on their side” and full of surprises. Our food and beverage chefs combine classic preparations with contemporary creativity. Ad lib specials, the “Ad Lib Lunch” and Ad lib social hours celebrate spontaneity. This is a place to share food and share stories. There’s no script, just a stage set for you to wing it!
This is food that is fun to cook, fun to eat, fun to share. And, you can try many dishes in one visit with the large offering of small plate options. Guests can choose from over 40 small plates, over 30 wines by the glass, over 60 selections of beer and an ever changing list of craft, barrel aged and edible cocktails.
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Inedible food. Whoever thought short rib mac n cheese should be topped with salt and vinegar potato chips, clearly thought it up during a late night... Most of the food looked like grey matter, but the drinks were spot on and the service was good

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great !!
Good food and service!
Fish is fresh

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vipDaveD
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent restaurant with the best filet mignonette I’ve had in years! Friendly staff and excellent service!

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RosemaryGalette
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We plan Harrisburg as our rest stop between Atlanta and NYC specifically because of Ad Lib. It’s a bistro- like venue with good food and exceptional craft cocktails. Service is friendly and welcoming.

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ShirleyM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our visit to Ad Lib. We had excellent food and the service was friendly, prompt and considerate. We will definitely visit this restaurant again.

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Britt
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a date night here and we were so impressed by everything! They had incredible cocktails and the dinner was outstanding. We look forward to going back soon!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was impeccable and the service was great.

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RickH
Poconos
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

The staff was clearly stressed by the number of diners. Appetizers and main courses arrived at the same time, we were time-limited by need to get to a concert. Food was ok, but overpriced and undergood. We went there in the before times and had a great time with the small plates menu, which seems to have mostly gone away.

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Jodil
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! Service was good. We loved the monkey bread as an appetizer! Will come back again!

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vipLekhaR
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Simple, tasty appetizers. Entrees were excellent. The variety of choices on the menu made it easy for a foodie and a finicky teen to find a great meal

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vipCHorst
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent decor, food was amazing and Parker our server was exceptional…well done. A great jewel in downtown Harrisburg.

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Reikigrrl
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Great Music! Waited a LONG time till anyone came over. Food excellent, but would appreciate more gluten free brunch choices.

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LouLouEats
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebrated my parent’s anniversary… food and service was outstanding! They really enjoyed it.

SM
SandraM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

The noise was distracting. We were in the corner by the road. Not a good place

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vipBklyn55Foodie
Philadelphia
96 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food and drink selection. The Bourbon selection is very well tailored and menu items are diverse and well prepared. Parking is free on the street after 6pm...so don't get tricked into paying the City's high garage rates.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Prices too high for quality of food. Everything is ala carte. Had the smoked salmon pizza. Some type of pumpkin spice on the pizza was off putting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing

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Andrew
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The seafood pot I got was delicious with a scrumptious broth I wanted to drink every last drop of

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ad lib was amazing! We sat out doors in Strawberry Square and sipped cocktails, great dirty martini and a great cosmopolitan. For dinner we had basil ricotta cheese, roasted cauliflowers, wedge salad, wings. The food was delicious and the service was great. We will definitely be back to Ad lib!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Had brunch. My chicken fried duck bacon was awesome, but my partner didn’t care for his bacon cheeseburger. It was kind of loud due to the piano player so we couldn’t hear each other speak. Service was slow, but it was also busy and I think the bartender was also serving. There was plenty of staff it seemed, but not many of the staff were waiters, which was weird.

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vipJames
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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AngelaG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service and accommodated us (vegetarians) very well! Highly recommend!

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vipFoodieDeb
Philadelphia
157 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific gem in a hotel. Food fantastic. Interesting menu. Perfect service. Loved this experience. Singer was amazing.

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CelinaO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I reserved a table last minute for a girls reunion. Our waitress was so energetic and friendly and made wonderful food and drink recommendations (Fauci's Stimulus is as delicious as described). Our party of three each ordered something different and all three dishes were EXCELLENT. My flatbread was the size of a medium pizza, and we devoured it down to the last bite. The plating was thought out and beautiful down to the last details. The outdoor seating space was nice and they even had heaters (though we didn't need them just yet). If you're ever in the downtown Harrisburg area, this restaurant is a must.

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vipamyf
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is phenomenal, from start to finish. And if Parker is your server you’ll have an amazing dining experience. She’s top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

This is a hotel restaurant in the Hilton. We ended up leaving after 50mins with no food. We had a couple of average drinks. I had 4 small oysters @ $2 each. Server ghosted us for the most part. But the manager cover what we did get before giving up on eating brunch.

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Ella
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

One of the people in our party did not receive their food and it took forever to arrive.

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vipAnaD
Orlando
16 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice ambiance and food! Dessert was also stunning

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed lunch here. The server was great.

GD
vipGregoryDandy
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tony, Najib, and their team always do a terrific job making our meals and experience great! It is always special to have Parker serve us, she is tremendous!!

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vipGMAC
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decadent appetizers...Brussel Sprouts and Cauliflower...robust salad for me and a tasty pork loin dish for my partner brought an extremely satisfying evening! Service by Andrew was fun and on point!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food, ate outside in comfortably-distanced seating. A bit too much road noise from downtown traffic but can't fault the restaurant team for that.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my father for his birthday, he said it was the best meal he has had in years and was so happy. I agree!

GD
vipGregoryDandy
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Najib, Tony, and their team, always do a fantastic job! I am always pleased when we get Parker as well!!

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CarolynS
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the good was very good. The waitress made recommendations on the soup which i ordered and it was delicious

DB
DustinB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent night at Ad Lib. Service was amazing and food was exceptional! Highly recommended!

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CalebYinger
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had such a great time spending Valentine's Day with my girlfriend. We were supposed to go somewhere else but due to everything being booked we found this place. After that night, I am glad we found this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

It would be nice if restaurants

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Rachel
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 3rd time dining at Ad Lib and it certainly won't be our last! The service from the waitress to the managers was superb. The food is always delicious. And the prices are exceptionally reasonable for the upscale food!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was great!

FAQs

Ad Lib Craft Kitchen and Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (717) 237-6419.

Ad Lib Craft Kitchen and Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 246 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.