Royal Boucherie

4.5
585 reviews
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French
Royal Boucherie is a lively American brasserie, from award winning chef Nicholas Elmi, serving a French-inspired menu with snacks like Smoked Trout Croquettes and Champagne-Braised Escargot and heartier plates like Steak Au Poivre with green peppercorn jus and Maine scallops. Like the classic oyster bars of Old City, Royal Boucherie features raw bar favorites and an extensive housemade charcuterie program.
The beverage program offers a selection of classic cocktails & signature libations, an international wine list with unique small production bottles and a broad mix of American and European craft beers and ciders.
The bi-level space delights the eye with restored finishes such as original pine floors from the 1830's, tin ceilings, antique light fixtures and exposed brick walls. Royal Boucherie boasts a jovial and sophisticated atmosphere, outfitted throughout with dark woods and stone accents.
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New York Area
102 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Though we have been to Royal Boucherie before this was our first visit for brunch. This is definitely not the usual brunch offerings with everything from fresh oysters to snails to hamburgers. The food is delicious, the service is friendly while not servile, and the place is just charming. If you haven't been yet, you need to go.

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KS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, phenomenal food, impeccable service. Love this restaurant

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TJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in the city! Food and service is always spot on!! Definitely add it to your ‘must try’ list!!! You won’t be disappointed! Oh and get the fries!!!

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CF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our meal was delicious but was very noisy that night and difficult to hear.

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JT
Poconos
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with great service and food. Food was excellent and did not break the bank either.

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M
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Gem in old city. Chef Eli really perfected bistro staples. Can't wait to visit again! There is a small roof deck with seating if you reserve a spot.

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KB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cute spot! We stopped in for an early dinner and ordered cocktails, raw bar, and 2 burgers. Everything was great and the burger was particularly excellent: perfect bun-to-meat ratio and the truffle mayo gave it that extra je-ne-sais-quoi. Our server was lovely and sampled us on a few different wines, since we are not experts on French wine. Only complaint was that the tables were really close to each other -- and even though the restaurant was half-empty when we visited, they sat us right next to another couple who argued loudly about American politics the whole time and detracted from that whole escape-the-city-by-pretending-to-be-in-France vibe (not the restaurant's fault of course!) Otherwise, lovely little spot and will certainly return!

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JS
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We made the reservation for an anniversary dinner, and noted it on the reservation. When we entered the restaurant, we were seated, and the first thing that the waitress, Melissa, said was "Happy Anniversary!" She was cheerful and helpful throughout the dinner. We started off splitting the "fruits de mer" salad, which, when it arrived seemed rather small. However, it was entirely fruits de mer, and very little other salad components, so it was more than adequate for the two of us. It was also delicious, a good starter. For main courses, we ordered the salmon special, and the duck a l'orange. The salmon was remarkable - perfectly done, and in a wonderful sauce. I'm afraid that I can't say the same about the duck. This was served as two solid breast portions - no bones- on a black barley/orange sauce. The sauce was excellent but, unfortunately, the duck itself was tough. We shared a lemon panna cotta for dessert, which was a fine conclusion to the meal. It was delivered with a small candle flaming away, to celebrate the occasion. We enjoyed the experience. We had thought about eating in the upstairs patio outside, but it was one of those 90+ days, and much too warm, and so we ate inside --a good choice because there was a torrential downpour during the meal.

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TS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good but overall just a meh experience. It’s a one and done visit for me.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get the charcuterie!!

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AB
Philadelphia
145 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Extremely tasty meal, which included escargot, shaved veal & pork belly, and steak.
Everything was absolutely delicious.
Highly recommend.

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LW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our new favorite restaurant!!! Excellent service, drinks, atmosphere, we could converse without raising our voices. FABULOUS!!!

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CC
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food prepared perfectly. The service was very good. Wish the menu was a bit larger. Look forward to my next visit.

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C
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lunch on a weekday. Restaurant nearly empty but food and service outstanding.

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SI
Philadelphia
64 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent oysters and entrees! Nice ambiance early on a Wednesday evening. Happy hour house wines very good. We'll be back.

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BF
Philadelphia
175 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nick Elmi has done it again. What a wonderful restaurant — great space and outstanding foos. We went there for brunch, and the quiche and sausage, among other things, dazzled. We cannot wait to return for dinner!

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S
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Lovely cocktails and meal, but seating in front of a window, which was fine, necessitated dining in the dark. For some reason, the lights were barely illuminated...far beyond what would be construed as romantic. When you can’t distinguish the elements of a seafood salad before hey reach your mouth, it’s way too dark.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice anniversary dinner!

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TG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time. Nice service, delicious charcuterie. Patio area was beautiful! Would return.

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DV
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our fourth time here for brunch, and every time is outstanding. Food is expertly prepared, and the meats are amazing! We had excellent service from Brian. Our only suggestion is to lower the music a bit so we don't have to talk too loud to hear each other, but otherwise this has become one of our favorite places to dine in Philadelphia.

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DB
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect, can’t wait to go back.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Little pricey. Knowledgeable servers.

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RB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our fifth anniversary on Thursday with a 7:00 reservation. We were greeted and seated immediately at a table at the back of the bar. Our server was attentive and pleasant. I wanted to try thy the beef tongue, but my wife was very reluctant. Our server praised and recommended it to my wife. It made her a convert--very delicious. We also, of course and always, had the snails. As usual, they were heavenly. The short rib and Coriander crusted halibut were both hits. The Bordelaise and coriander crust made both special and memorable. My Gibsons were well made, and I cheerfully received a extra couple of the wonderful house onions. My wife enjoyed her wine that was recommended by our great server. We didn't mention that it was a special day for us, but we felt that her service and friendliness are not just reserved for something special--cannot praise her enough. The bar area can be a bit loud, but I don't find it annoying, and conversation does not have to shouted over it. Royal Boucherie is not cheap, but is worth every cent you pay there. I heartily recommend it for any food and drink lover. If I lived in center city or old city I think I would quit cooking at home altogether, and make it my dining room.

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EE
London
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fairly expensive but I had the burger, which was good value. Delicious and filling. Staff were friendly but not over-attentive.

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d
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Visiting Philly from DC and found Royal Boucherie on one of my go to recommendation sites, and was not impressed. Most other restaurants I looked into were booked and this restaurant was highly recommended with availability (plenty, as it turns out). Lots of open tables. The ambiance was nice and service outstanding, however, the filet mignon ( a menu alteration for the evening) was not cooked as ordered and the cheese plate was the biggest disappointment. After reading that their charcuterie board is award winning, I was left wondering if I had misread that piece of information! According to their About Us page, I had not. A little bit of effort goes a really long way when presenting a $20 cheese plate as menu offering; not much effort taken here. It arrived with different cheeses than expected, on a round dinner plate with a ramekin of grapes sliding about in and out of the spoonfuls of jams simply strewn here and there. Jams, ramekin, cheeses: all one connective blob. The accompanying toast pieces that were not overly charred were good, however, the charred black ones; not so much. If this were a $12 cheese plate from an establishment that does not claim to have a chef with a James Beard Foundation nomination (among other awards), my expectations would have been better managed. All and all I would not recommend Royal Boucherie to a friend, simply because with a little planning ahead, I feel there are better options in the area.

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G
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very Good. Loved the Boucherie Burger and the Lemon tart.

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AB
New England
39 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This review is for brunch only, I have yet to have dinner here but will soon. The service is great, the back courtyard is so pleasant, and the quiche is the best brunch item I’ve ever had.

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T
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch and beautiful outdoor rooftop patio!!!

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LC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Loved the ambience around the bar. Beer selection could be better, but our burgers were out of this world and cooked exactly as we ordered.

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B
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

UNIQUE PRESENTATION OF FRENCH CLASSICS
Seafood was fresh/ nice wines/ worth a return

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K
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great little place for Champagne and Charcuterie. The pate was outstanding.

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l
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very chill spot for a good meal and creative drinks. I live in this neighborhood and i had never been to this restaurant. I brought a date and we both had a nice time, will definitely return. We even sat right next to an A lister celebrity which didn’t hurt the experience!

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DJ
Philadelphia
430 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent snacks, pasta, small and large plates. Beverage selections are well thought out. The upper deck outdoor dining space is an outstanding urban oasis that provides a huge x-factor.

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I
Washington DC
100 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Alright, almost a five star. I am going to start with what went well... This is a nice place with great bar seating. Very dimly lit though, but that is part of the charm. We were seated at the bar and they have a number of excellent wine choices. They also had a great oyster selection. I was introduced to one that I had not had before, Summer Love. Very well balanced. The escargot was uniquely prepared in the sauce and very good. The bartender was friendly but she was responsible for making every drink in the restaurant with minimal help on a busy day. So even getting wine required getting her attention. Not specifically her doing, the establishment was not doing her any favors. I will return as they definitely have a great oyster experience and were friendly.

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FA
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Service was amiss on the most recent visit but since others have been great, it didn’t drop the rating too much.

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BW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The ambiance is perfect., the service was fair, the food however left a lot to be desired. Everything I had was lukewarm, and not at all memorable other than the sauce accompanying the short rib. I’ll chalk it up to an off night, so I will give them another chance to get it right in the future.

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FZ
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great French bistro style food in Olde City. No complaints.

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TT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

Food took absolutely forever to come. 1 hour to be exact. First course was oysters which shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes. Heck, I could drive to the Shore in an hour and get them from the ocean myself in that timespan. The food was bland and mediocre. Shame to call themselves a French place. Napoleon is turning in his grave. Never going back.

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f
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Best burger in town. Great beer selection. Last night service was very good, but it has been hit and miss for us over the months. Sometimes very good and sometimes poor.

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J
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was good, drinks were ok. But brought food plates too close together so we had no room on table. We tried to compact the food and shove it all onto other plates but still not enough room. Had to use the empty table next to us to put the plates. When the hostess needed the table, she rudely told us to move our stuff at which point I had to use my lap. Food was decent... not great

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