Fine Palate

3.9
301 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Global, International

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About

Our philosophy is simple; pure hospitality. Our goal is to WOW you with our food, staff and atmosphere and make every guest happy.

We believe the finest foods should be approachable as well as exceptional. A beautiful venue that can accommodate groups from 4 to 40.

Small Plates/Tapas, Steak, Soup, Seafood, Cocktails
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Global, International, Tapas / Small Plates, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–3:30 pm
Brunch/Dinner
Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm
Cocktail Hour
Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–7:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(267) 318-7971
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Vincent Joseph
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Locust Street and 15th
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Parking details
We validate at the Academy House for 12$
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 301 People Are Saying
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J
Austin
29 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Very quiet but waitress still so slow. Served meals one or two at a time. Food mediocre and no sides. Don’t waste your time or money here.

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BM
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My 11 year old grandson, my wife and daughter enjoyed a wonderful brunch that wasn't rush and allowed us to chat. The past was slow and very respectful. The waiter was extraordinary and I love how he treated my grandson as a guest from how he address him and spoke with him about his meal. I will be back again and again. Love the pork belly !!

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c
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

I made reservations at this restaurant because of the Paella listed on the Open Table menu. When I arrived, it was not on the menu. The closest thing was "the Sea." On the website menu it says:

"The Sea $35

Grilled Market Fish, Daily shellfish, Rice, Pickled Veg, Dijon Ponzu"

When the entree arrived it was a soup bowl of shellfish, a teaspoons-size plop of caviar (not "on" anything but the rim of the bowl) and a thumb-size portion of sea bass, which was the Fish of the Day. When the waitress asked if everything was okay, I said, "I expected something in addition to the shellfish, like a roll or bread, a side salad or a vegetable." She said she would tell the Chef. Following the meal, someone brought me a soup spoon with a dollop of what they said was "babaganoush (but tasted more like hummus) topped with caviar. Amuse bouche? Side dish? No. Just a weird combination. It did not placate me or entice me to visit this establishment again. Not a fan.

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SA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine Palate is a great center city gem. It's the perfect pre- and post-show spot for any Avenue of the Arts venues. The food is delicious and unique (Buffalo Tartare anyone?) and the decor and seating are comfortable, cool and eclectic. Owner Courtney, Chef Vince and the rest of the staff are all fun and friendly. They also validate parking for $12 at the Academy House parking lot, which is a great perk! I highly recommend Fine Palate and visit them frequently!

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t
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We had dinner pre-opera. The server was very pleasant but seemed new to the job. She got my husband's order quite wrong, even after coming back to the table once or twice to describe the meal.
The first course of morell mushrooms was delicious - sauteed with garlic. My main course of roasted chicken served on ancient grains was tasty -- nothing special but good. My husband's sea bass did not have any sea bass (the error). It was a bouilliabaisse and the shellfish in it was not very good - overly large and tough mussells, eg. We had a 6 pm reservation, with tix at 8 pm. Despite this long period we had to hustle to get to the Kimmel on time because service was exceedingly slow.

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m
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

really special and unique experience. The food and drink choices are so well done. The bartender( can't remember his name) is outstanding,friendly and welcoming.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing time... great food and amazing service

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F
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, Fine Palate delivered on its promise of great food, attentive service, and a lovely atmosphere! One of my favorite restaurants, an elegant space that we see as our neighborhood gem. Chef Vince and GM Courtney never disappoint, especially for special occasions (like my birthday dinner :)

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lobster tail app that was fried and tossed with cognac lemon and caper berries,,, was amazing !!! This is my favorite restaurant.this chef has a fantastic way of creating amazing dishes

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Cozy, intimate atmosphere. Staff is friendly and accommodating- the ribeye was sublime!

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my birthday chef made a special beef wellington with foie gras. My favorite restaurant in the city

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K
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You have to try this place! Amazing food and service. Our server Danielle made the most awesome food and drink recommendations. I know there are a lot of great places to go in Philly, but this place is a MUST!!! The oysters on the half shell are delicious, the burrata was to die for and the mixed meat grill was perfectly cooked (the pork was exceptional). The perfect finish was a glass of port with the chocolate lava cake. The prices were more than fair. Cannot day enough about what a great restaurant this is. Put this restaurant on your list!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing as were the drinks. The owner and staff were very hospitable. We had the squid appetizer. I had the pork chop and my friend had the pasta. All were delicious! This is our new go to place!

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Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extraordinary dining experience. For out of town visitors seeking an extraordinary meal with individualized attention and professional service this the place! The food is marvelous and the music a suitable accompaniment. We only regret this venue is not in our home town of LA. A special shout out to our server Danielle who went above and beyond to assist us. Bravo Fine Palate.

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KH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Expensive, low quality, bad service, dirty (don't look at the banquette cushions), not safe for people with celiac or gluten sensitivity, though they advertise having GF options.

Before ordering, I told the server that I have celiac, and confirmed menu items that were strict GF. I ordered 2 of them and confirmed again that these would be prepared separately from any wheat.

The artichoke fritters were served, battered. At a gut level, they just didn't look right to me, so I confirmed again that the item was GF. Server confirmed.

Two minutes later, she came back to retract this - the wrong batter had been used. Fortunately, I had not yet eaten them.

She offered to comp me a new order of the same item. I declined. She offered to comp me something else, so I got the burrata. Of course, it appeared on my bill anyway, and I had to get it corrected.

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MB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Would not visit here again or recommend. I ordered a Jameson and water. My friend ordered a glass of wine. My drink came and was so watered down, it barely had a flavor. They told my friend that they were out of his wine choice. They were also out of his 2nd choice. He then ordered a Jameson and they had to run to the liquor store bc they were out. Our food was below standard. Over cooked and flavorless. After we had ordered drinks and food, our waitress gave us the drink and food specials?! Overall a poor experience.

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Coconut French toast was delicious! Had brunch before matinee performance at Academy of Music...perfect location with parking garage across the street.

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F
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine Palate is a hidden gem. Chef Vince always delivers delicious and creative cuisine. It is a warm and welcoming restaurant where there are always new tastes to discover. I highly recommend it.

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QR
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Service it was very slow and food horrible.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will be back

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MW
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pre theater dinner. Close to the venue, excellent service and great food. Lived being downstairs for dinner. Very cozy and intimate.

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L
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

This is an interesting small venue. We went for Tapas before a show and the food was very good. Menu was eclectic but with a variety of small plates perfect for pre-theater dining. Close to theaters and parking.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food and ambiance. Exceptional casual dining experience

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful evening with my wife. Perfect spot for a date or if you want to casually drink at the bar. Food was exceptional, service was very accommodating. The chef was amazing had a great conversation with him and he spoke a lot about his background and how he worked all around the globe with world class chefs

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happy hour drinks followed by an awesome ribeye! I'll be back!

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Fine Palate is absolutely amazing! If you're a foodie, I highly suggest trying this place out. Vince is a wizard!
The restaurant has a wonderful atmosphere where you can dine and enjoy your time with friends and family.

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m
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

cant say enough...food, service, atmosphere ..... awesome!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine Palate is a gem. The menu has something for everyone, but I’d recommend asking for the chef to just make a few courses.

The setting is comfortable and perfect for a relaxed dinner. They keep things simple. There’s no wait staff hovering over you every minute of the meal. Drinks, like the food, can be ordered from the menu or you can just let them get creative.

Will definitely be back.

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal as always!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience. Food was great service was friendly and the atmosphere is sexy. A definite must.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best steaks i've had and very attentive staff! You'll enjoy it too!

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TP
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had dinner last night and was impressed. The atmosphere was perfect for my date. The staff did an awesome job making sure I was happy with my drinks and food when they arrived. My steak was cooked perfectly and was one of the best steaks I’ve had in the city. We arrived a little late but the happy hour deals also looked good

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All I can say is wow, this place was stellar everything from the staff to the food and service, hidden gem for sure, definitely plan on this place being in my normal rotation 👌

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took a date here, and I couldn’t be more satisfied. The ambiance is both cool but relaxed with an excellent location. Although they didn’t have as far as a tequila selection goes, that simply didn’t matter. The menu was diverse and expertly executed. I will definitely be back. Thanks for making look so good!

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KL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW. This place is amazing. The menu is excellent, there is a something for everyone. Great food (fried oysters and agnolotti pasta are out of this world!) and drinks, extremely attentive service and overall relaxed and pleasant ambiance.

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DF
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. Chef Vince produces exceptional food and the service was top notch. Well done!

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A neighborhood gem! Combination of sophisticated food and a fun and warm atmosphere. Always a great meal and a lovely time. Vince and Courtney make you feel as though you are dining in their home. A must!!

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Philadelphia
104 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Neal was amazing!!! The foo is delicious and the service is great. I definitely will be coming back to dine here. They take classic dishes and put a spin on it, love !

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P
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite spot to catch up with friends and enjoy delicious food. Tried the salt & pepper squid (try it!) And favorites always include the cocktail hour oysters!
Thanks for another great dinner & drinks with friends
(One friend is vegan - had some nice options for her too)

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 Stars all the way! Outstanding food and Amazing staff! Cant wait to go back. Great experience

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