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Booker's Restaurant and Bar, Philadelphia, PA

Booker's Restaurant and Bar

4.4
4.4
983 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 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 983 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
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Great for brunch

  • Philadelphia

    Great for brunch

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  1. S

    Sister4life

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went there to celebrate my son's birthday the food was delicious.
  2. NJ

    NicoleJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bookers!! Great service and food each time we visit!
  3. MA

    MARKITAR

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my second time at Booker’s and both experiences were pleasant. I was welcomed by timely service and satisfied customer service. The atmosphere was great and the staff always made sure to check on me while dining. I would recommend this spot if your in the area or just want to enjoy and check out something different. Cudos to Booker’s!
  4. j

    jonesmd

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The family was in the area and found Bookers on Yelp. From a group of picky eaters. We were blown away with the quality, quantity and the awesome service. Will be back again.
  5. SP

    StephanieP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    From the outdoor waitstaff to our being seated, everyone was extremely pleasant which sadly can be a rare thing in restaurants these days. Enjoyed brunch items: seafood omelette, buffalo cauliflower, catfish sliders, stuffed French toast. Nice portion size and the cocktails, although a little pricey were good as well. We will definitely return soon
  6. DD

    DaviaD

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place. Good food, atmosphere, and service. ill be back.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food clean and friendly
  8. S

    Sososatisfied

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We had a very enjoyable dining experience overall. The food was delicious, especially the gumbo soup and blackened catfish! Despite a casual level of chatter, the noise level was not particularly obtrusive. Our waitress indicated that she was new but she did an outstanding job of service! We will be back!
  9. CP

    CharP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    I’ve been to Bookers many times, this was my first brunch experience. Everything was great just two small complaints. I book the reservation and requested bar seating and we were seated at the back table right outside of the bathroom. (Not quite the experience I was trying to have while taking my mother to brunch). Last complaint was the shrimp and grits had barely any gravy and lacked flavor. Like I said I’ve been to Bookers many times and usually have a great experience. Could have been that they were busy. With that being said I would still go back and give it another try for Brunch!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It always a pleasure to visit your place delicious food great selection of wine’s & great hospitality which I thank you in advance for I’ll be back see you soon
  11. b

    babsy

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Our waitress was nice but didn't necessarily fulfill our requests (that's a whole different review) she seemed overwhelmed but for our food we ordered one of the specials - a seafood omelet- which was very underwhelming. It definitely needed some seasoning. It was just baby shrimp, wet crabmeat and egg. I've been here several times and ordered something different each time because I want to like Bookers, but I think it's over between us now. Oh, and for the $9.00 (very small) slice of cake I could've gone to Denises bakery and gotten 2 slices of freshly made cake. IJS
  12. TM

    TanyaM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Unfortunately whene we arrived, the restaurant was closed due to a maintenance issue. However, the restaurant DID NOT call or text to inform of the closure prior. We drove an hour to get there. It was very disappointing. I highly suggest if a matter of the sort occurs in the future the management should make sure patrons are properly notified.
  13. DN

    DevineN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The service was excellent, great food and lovely atmosphere. They have a nice lounge next door with a nice backyard. Decent prices for the food. They said the jerk oxtail was very spicy, but it wasn't spicy to me. It was still delicious but I was looking for that spice.
  14. MB

    MynameisBre

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I really enjoy Booker’s from there dining space, the bar, the employees, the food and the music it’s in amazing experience everytime you go. The employees are very attentive to the needs of the patrons. The mimosas flights are my favorite. If you have never been to bookers I would recommend you try making a reservation!
  15. TZ

    ToxicZombi

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I had the blackened catfish, which was very good. I had expected it to be a bit spicier, but that was OK. But the mashed potatoes? Heavenly. You could go just for those. My wife had the fried chicken, which she had not realized were tenders. (It said that on the menu but she hadn't paid attention.) She said they were good, and she also raved about the potatoes. The collards were flavorful, but could have used just a touch of vinegar. We took home a piece of carrot cake for dessert at home. It was what carrot cake should be.
  16. DL

    DoloresL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our server and her support were extremely attentive, pleasant and knowledgeable. My food though tasty was served at varying temperatures. Part of my plate was room temperature while the other piping hot m, fresh from the flame. I had the Surf and Turf. Didn’t see the need to complain as I was served last and didn’t want to discourage my party.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Anthony our server was awesome! Our food was delicious. We sat outside and the seating was a little tight. We had difficulty sliding our seats back.
  18. JW

    JackieW

    Baltimore

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Service was a little slow. Excellent choice of good and very tasty.
  19. JN

    JuaNeezy

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visiting and so glad I did. Food was great, server was great, everything was great. I'll definitely be going back.
  20. s

    swphilly

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed Sunday brunch with my family. Will definitely be back.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everthing was nice, and excellent
  22. PP

    PPHochman

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    We had brunch at Booker's. The truly friendly staff and atmosphere made it. Our daughters loved their shrimp and grits with sausage. The pancakes were nothing special, but I had wanted a plainer meal. The maple syrup wasn't maple, but I had some cinnamon whipped cream instead which was delicious. But we loved going and recommend it to folks looking for brunch in the area.
  23. TS

    TyreeS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Ambience, Great Food, Great Environment. Will visit again!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Brunch was wayyy better dinner a 2stars for me
  25. WB

    WillBeBack

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ALWAYS a pleasant experience!!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I was expecting the surf and turf to include steak, but it was more like a pot roast type of meat. Just different.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    6 of us from out-of-town gathered here for an early dinner. We ate on a pleasant if noisy patio, got quick and attentive service, and got surprisingly good food for a busy community watering hole. Best Brussel sprouts I’ve ever eaten—crisp and topped gently with cranberries, goat cheese, and walnuts. Fresh well-dressed salad--a side that wasn’t on the menu. Tender mussels in a flavorful sauce. Dangerously rich bread pudding, laced with cinnamon and topped with a mandarin orange sauce. One couple did have problems with their order—misunderstanding in the back of the house. But on the whole, kudos to the chefs and servers.
  28. JW

    JamisenW

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booker’s Restaurant food and service was great. Bill, our server was very patient and informative.
  29. AF

    AudreyF

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Mashed potatoes. Shrimp, steak, mac and cheese !
  30. VE

    VERA

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    GREAT FOOD . WARM INVITING, FRIENDLY STAFF AND MANAGER. SIMPLY GREAT
  31. d

    dons

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nice menu - great for salads, burgers, and/or breakfast all day. Highly recommended.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Ok, but could been drinks are overpriced, food is ok.
  33. J

    Jeters1

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pam is amazing! Always great energy! Makes you feel welcomed! She is the star of the show! The food was delicious and hot! I had the fish and chips platter.
  34. RH

    RisaH

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Older Aunt came to visit from SC and I wanted to take her somewhere nice and minority owned. She doesn’t eat much but she ate a lot of good food at Bookers. Thank you Julus, our server, for A+ service
  35. M

    Meetup

    Philadelphia

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food,excellent service we had the Fried Calamari and the Crispy Brussels Sprouts and finished up with the Blackened Catfish. Everything was yummmmy!! This is my go to place when meeting clients and friends. Highly recommend.
  36. JL

    JadaL

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing, went for my mothers birthday. The space was beautiful.
  37. FF

    FayetteFoodie

    Atlanta

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience3
    Our dining experience at Bookers was okay. The food and drinks were okay, nothing memorable. Our service was sub par. Unfortunately, this restaurant fell below our expectations.
  38. L

    Love

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great. The service was great! The atmosphere was perfect!
  39. MB

    MisB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place, my food was fantastic. My friend wasn’t too fond of her food at first and they were so accommodating!! Service was great. Will def be back when I’m in the area again!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent

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 983 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 27 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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