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Booker's Restaurant and Bar, Philadelphia, PA

Booker's Restaurant and Bar

4.4
4.4
931 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Booker’s Restaurant and Bar is West Philadelphia's latest gathering spot, an urban bistro serving up New American comfort food with Southern flair. Enjoy a glass of bourbon, wine, or beer as you explore our eclectic menu, made for the diverse community we serve. Omnivores, vegans, kids, and adults alike will all find something to love at Bookers, so join us for our famous weekend brunch, our daily happy hour, or dinner and drinks. Our mouth-watering dishes, our comfortable vibe, and our neighborly service will give you a meal you won’t soon forget.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary Southern, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Daily 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 883-0960

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American, Women

  • Private party facilities

    Please details your event needs bookers.bmore@gmail.com or call us directly 215-883-0960

  • Neighborhood

    University City

  • Cross street

    Between 50th and 51st on Baltimore Ave

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    34 Trolley

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 931 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Great for Brunch

  • Philadelphia

    Great for Brunch

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was good! Server was very nice! It’s. Small tight space inside but overall the experience was good.
  2. n

    nicky

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Food is always great an came out really quickly which I loved the only thing I didn’t know was a automatic gratuity which I didn’t hav a issue with but would’ve been nice to know ahead of time service was fair
  3. PW

    PatriciaW

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food was excellent. I loved the shrimp and grits
  4. AJ

    AixaJ

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Portion sizes were perfect and the food was delicious! We had the hot chicken sliders and calamari as appetizers and shared the short rib entree with a side of cornbread. Delicious! We sipped on the Booker’s Breezes and they were not stingy on the pour. I guess OpenTable did not alert the restaurant of our anniversary, although I put it down when I made the reservation, the hostess brought us complimentary dessert once she learned that it was our special night! 10/10
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure eating at Bookers
  6. j

    janineb

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    My family dine here every Sunday and this will be our last Sunday! Every time we come we have to wait an 1/2 an hour even tho we have a reservation. We were sat at a table big enough for only 2 people ( it was 3 of us)! We waited a long time for our drinks and cornbread and of course it was cold… and our food took forever as well! We come every Sunday to be supportive but I reached my limited! 🥲
  7. WW

    WayneW

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Another enjoyable brunch at Booker's. Several birthdays being celebrated, so the atmosphere inside was noisy and festive. Service and food were very good. No complaints.
  8. SA

    ShanaA

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    I had a difficult time trying to increase the # of people for my reservation. I completed their large party form twice. And called about 8 times. No one answered the phone until Saturday. The hostess was kind & saie their was an issue with their phone system. The manager I spoke with was dismissive. When I arrived despite my reservation, we waited a hour to be seated. It made me late for our next event. However, Gerard our waiter was phenomenal. The food was very good.
  9. KW

    KWP79

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere!! The restaurant was busy however; our server was very nice and attentive!! You have to try the cornbread when you visit, it’s light and fluffy.. it was delicious
  10. VX

    VXFASHION

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Check @VXFASHION on Instagram I can help with marketing & Branding
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great drinks and music
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time. Service was great. The noise level was just right. All around good time.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Came for a quick Wednesday night dinner and ended up being there for hours waiting on food. Sat outside so I’m not sure how packed the inside was but it didn’t seem to be busy enough for the 45min wait for our entree. We ordered a to-go meal that came out before the dinner! Our waitress was attentive in the beginning then seemed to go ghost once our apps were delivered checking in once and then never to be seen again until we asked a busser to notify us we needed our check. Ended up taking our dinner to go as well because it had been a long evening. The owner did comp our to go meal which was much appreciated. Food was great and would be my only reason to return. Probably will just get take out from now on.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    This was my second sit down experience here as I have done Uber eats with them a few time. The food we received was very good and our waitress was very good. However we were there for 2 hours and only received our drinks and appetizers. Something went on in the kitchen and our meal along with many other tables were having a great deal of issues. We did have a discount on our tab but kinda rough for an after work dinner on a Wednesday.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great, definitely going back.
  16. HP

    HopeP

    Philadelphia

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Sid Booker's has a diverse and delicious menu, which made it challenging to choose! But we did - and the food did not disappoint! We shared a few delicious appetizers and each ordered a second course. Everyone at the table loved the the appetizers and their respective second courses. It was a beautiful night so we sat outside. But the inside is also an appealing area. We came here for my daughter's birthday dinner (it's close to her neighborhood and she had never tried it) and when they realized it was her birthday, they took the dessert off of our check --- a nice touch! We will be back. We really enjoyed our evening at Sid Booker's.
  17. TB

    ToniB

    Atlanta

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    We came for brunch, ate outside at a hightop for two. Our waiter was outstanding but our food was not; waffles were heavy as a brick and arrived cold. Our waiter had them redone but the next batch was hot but still heavy and tasteless. We paid but would never have that meal again and don’t recommend. Our waiter asked manager to not charge us but was denied.
  18. LS

    LaurenS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch is always amazing here and a regular favorite with friends!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Tiff was amazing, very attentive and pleasant.
  20. T

    Tiffany

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Thank you server Tifanyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Keiara was awesome!!! Food was delicious and the decor was beautiful!!! Will definitely come back!
  22. DP

    DarrylP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service was excellent. I will go there again.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Very good food. Busy day since it was the holiday weekend.
  24. V

    Victoria

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    I am so hesitant to give a review as it could have been an off day but this restaurant has to do better. After making a reservation for a specific table based on Covid it was not available and parties of 1 sat a table for 4. My issue was temperature from room temperature water to food which to me was the most egregious error . I like my grits Al Green hot anything else makes my eye twitch. My shrimp also were room temperature with every issue there was I’ll tell the chef or what could we do better? Serve hot food the basics …introduce yourself , educate the staff to keep the snark to themselves and to make patrons aware of the size of the portions along with is the plate is not hot don’t bring it ! Oh and. If someone say no cheese don’t add to food or bill ! The manager or front of the house did not introduce herself either and apologies came forth like rationales for poor service. To offer dessert or drinks for poor service is so pre-Covid! Just do better temp and food matter . I will not be back and have told those who live in the area about their service . If you want decent music and cold or lukewarm d food and drinks this is the place!
  25. TT

    TTabourn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Service was friendly. And hostess, Shakira was especially nice.
  26. C

    Christine

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, great food, service is very slow
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Best seafood Mac and cheese. The ambiance and food is wonderful. Perfect for groups, dates etc. 4 stars ONLY because we waited a long time for our meal just for it to come out incorrectly. The wait staff was so kind though! Would highly recommend.
  28. a

    ateam1

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Great thank you
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    The restaurant is beautiful with a beautiful bathroom. The food was fair although the salmon cake sliders were top-notch. The service was okay we felt rushed when it was time to pay the bill. The champagne was good and we loved it!!!! Also, the multi-juice option on the side was special.
  30. RB

    RhondaB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was a great experience. There were just a few things. The chips were extremely salty. Wish there was another alternative (ex. Plain chips). Server was somewhat forgetful in a few of our food items. Nothing really major. Overall a pretty good experience.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food was great! I wanted the chicken and waffles but it’s only a brunch item and it was dinnertime. So I opted for the country fried chicken with mashed potatoes and greens and it was a great alternative! The Peach Bellini was refreshing as well. There was a mixup with the check at the end, but other than that, the service was great. I’ll come back again for another get together with more friends. 😀
  32. L

    Leenie

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was great, food was good. My partner would love to have had another piece of catfish but he said it was very good. The chips and sour cream was delicious. I loved spending my birthday at this restaurant and it won't be my last visit. It's a very pretty restaurant, service is good, very clean.
  33. RG

    RitaG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    I would definitely go back again. Seating is very cramped and close. I would probably sit outside. The food was good and was not a long wait. One of the servers broke a glass table near to where I was sitting and another server fell at the same spot that had to be cleaned. It was a little disturbing because she really took a hard fall. Bookers overall, I would definitely refer a friend but they definitely need more space.
  34. s

    sweetpea

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I usually don’t finish my whole plate while at the restaurant and need to take a doggy bag but the food was so darn good I couldn’t stop,
  35. G

    Glowy

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love Bookers it’s my go to neighborhood black owned restaurant. The food is always on point the wait staff is very accommodating. If you have not tried this eatery, give it a try .
  36. RL

    RobinL

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Service was amazing! Food came out fast and was hot! Didn’t take long ti be seated either.
  37. NW

    NateW

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff great food
  38. N

    Natalia

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was amazing. The drinks were on the sweeter side not as much liquor as I feel it described but still tasty
  39. ED

    EmilyD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wait staff was super nice & food was delicious. Would definitely recommend!
  40. CM

    ColleenM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot! Beautifully decorated, nice staff, great food!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Booker's Restaurant and Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 883-0960.

Booker's Restaurant and Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 931 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Google Map for Booker's Restaurant and Bar

5021 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between 50th and 51st on Baltimore Ave

  • Neighborhood

    University City

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Daily 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary Southern, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    34 Trolley

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American, Women

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (215) 883-0960

  • Private party facilities

    Please details your event needs bookers.bmore@gmail.com or call us directly 215-883-0960

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