Saloon Restaurant

4.8
1104 reviews
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Italian
Entering the Saloon, a family owned restaurant since it opened in 1967 is a bit like stepping into Philadelphia's past. Dark oak paneling, shiny brass and authentic local antiques create a warm congenial and casual atmosphere. The choice of two comfortable dining rooms each with its own vintage bars make dining and conversation a relaxed and enjoyable experience. Both bars feature a delicious and moderately priced food menu. The menu is Italian with seafood specials such as grilled octopus and dover sole. Saloon steaks and veal chops are legendary. Many prefer a plate of fried long hot peppers to compliment the steaks. All desserts and gelatos are made on the premises daily. The Saloon is a Philadelphia neighborhood bar and restaurant with a national reputation. And the parking is FREE!
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

25 years ago when I lived in Philly the Saloon was always at the top of my list and a favorite of mine.
Last week-end I returned, hadn't been to the Saloon in 25 years.
Everything was just as I left it: top notch service, food, and ambiance.
Will always return when in Phillly.

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Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Started going to the Saloon in 1973. Much has changed over the years. The lustre is gone, and the chef is not as adventurous as in the past. But overall, it was a great trip down memory lane. Always love Frank at the bar.

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

This was my first time at the Saloon and I will be back from the parking lot attendant to the bus boy everyone was so nice and accomdating and the food and cocktails were fantastic!!!!

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DM
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve come here for many years, for special occasions or just for fun outings. It’s a wonderful place for any occasion! The ambience is amazing, such a beautiful setting, very “old Philadelphia”. The servers were excellent, smart and attentive. And the food was (and always has been) delicious. Inventive and tasty. We had a lovely date night!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect meal. My grandfather comes from Montana and every time he requests to eat here. Gianna is the most perfect waitress. super attentive and helpful. she even picked my grandfathers meal when he requested. OUTSTANDING.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Saloon staff was great and the food was fantastic. A great experience

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PC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Went on a Saturday night with my husband , son and daughter in law. We have not been there in several years. Food was excellent but was rushed through my dinner in 1 hour. Apps, entree, and desert! It took me longer to drive from NJ then my dinner was served. I hostess in a restaurant so I know that each table should have 1 1/2 hr. per table especially with open table. Server was polite and attentive a little too attentive. We were interupted on numerous occasions to answer if everything was ok.
The veal piccata was tender and my shrimp scampi was cooked to perfection. It was my only night off to fine dine and because we were so rushed through our meal it left me with a very disappointing night. I suggest that you do not dine on Saturday night unless you want your meat to go.....

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DD
Philadelphia
209 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food drinks and service we had a fabulous dinner to celebrate my mom’s birthday and Father’s Day every aspect of our meal was phenomenal the Dover Sole the pasta the veal parmigiana and the pescatore the desserts and cocktails were also second to none as was the friendly attentive service

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TL
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday. Bit we’ve been there for everyday dining.

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K
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We shared a porterhouse steak. Delicious and plenty for the 2 of us. Yummy carrot cake for dessert. Server was friendly and efficient.

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DS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

The food was fantastic. We have been going for decades and it has maintained excellence. Our waitress was not very good - lots of attitude as it appeared she wished to be elsewhere. Aside from her, it was a great night.

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KG
Atlantic City
17 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best Italian for in the City. We love the Saloon and visit there at least twice a month.

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SH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server Megan was outstanding. The Luncheon was a reunion of friends who had last met 23 years ago at this same restaurant. We had a lot of catching up to do over drinks. We were the first lunch patrons to arrive at 11:50 AM and the last lunch patrons to leave at 3:50 PM. Megan was very patient with us and did not rush us at all. She even agreed to take a picture of us in the same location in the restaurant that we posed 23 years before.
The food was as excellent as we remembered. 3 of us ordered the "Boss's Veal" and one person ordered the veal cutlet. The desserts were also great.
We were all pleased by the service, food and atmosphere of the Saloon.

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

Always excellent

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Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you all for another great dining experience. Had drinks at the bar and Marty made an exceptional Martini and Old Fashioned. Krista, our server, was friendly and professional. The lobster francaise is amazing! I order it every time. A special thank you to Mark for helping make our night special. Already looking forward to our next visit!

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WA
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great night! I've been coming to The Saloon for 25yrs, mostly for special occasions since it is pricey. I've never had anything but an excellent meal here. The Filet Moda is the best steak I've had anywhere. My husband and I shared that and a scallop special that was delicious too. Shared a beet salad special to start, and finished with the berry crisp...sooo good! Our waitress was spot on, as usual. I'm always amazed how consistently great their service and food are. Highly recommended!

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l
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I would certainly recommend Saloon to my friends on days other than Saturday. We felt very rushed and were told it's the restaurant's policy to not take appetizer orders before food orders. Therefore we had to make a quick decision for our entree after deciding on appetizer. Next time I would skip the appetizer. They had at least 10 specials that the waitress dictated to us, but it was nearly impossible to remember all of them. Specials really should be written down on at least ONE physical menu on the table. I was happy with the meal I ordered but the rush of having our dinner immediately plopped after appy not ideal for an anniversary celebration. Or any meal for that matter. Waitress told us they only have this policy in place for Saturday night. So go any other day to enjoy your meal and the beautiful surroundings of this fantastic spot.

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

This restaurant should be on the National Historic Registry it is so interestingly appointed. Everywhere you look there is another treat for the eyes. The variety and preparation of the entrées speaks to why this landmark has thrived since the 1950s. The pricing will limit us to special occasions or an occasional happy hour. The abundant and more importantly FREE parking was a welcome surprise. The staff could not have been more warm and inviting, I got a history lesson from the maître d’ concerning some of the decorations.We could not have been happier with our experience.

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ML
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding, as it always has been. Service was excellent. The prices are high but I suppose that's to be expected. You can taste the quality in every bite.

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GB
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saloon is a wonderful place. Great atmosphere, service, and superb food. Now that I have been there once, I plan to become a regular. And it’s one of the few places with parking.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service!

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Phoenix
35 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always delicious ! One of our favorites.

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PP
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in all areas... good was prepared exactly as ordered and was delicious.
Our server was very knowledgeable , courteous and a GREAT ambassador got The Saloon.
Will definitely return.

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c
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I have not been to the Saloon in maybe 10 years since I moved to Suburbs.What a great choice it was , The place is beautiful with so much character. The food was great along with the help of Anthony great guy. Had broccoli rabe and beans reminded me of my moms food. I really enjoyed it and will be back again.

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PW
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I’ve been a visitor to the Saloon dozens of times over the last 35 years or so. Hadn’t been in a few years until Saturday May25. Still love the ambience; the service was great. However, I found the food to be quite disappointing. Had a shrimp dish that was basically tasteless shrimp served over greasy hash browns.

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PJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of the best meals I’ve ever had.

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L
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience. The bartender and service staff were excellent- attentive and friendly. The food, from the appetizers to the dessert, was excellent. We highly recommend a visit.

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

Last visit was 20 years ago and this experience was just the same. Highly recommend this wonderful restaurant!

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OT
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and the service by Anthony was outstanding.

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AP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service

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s
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We rarely write reviews but our dinner and dining experience was worthy of great accolades because it ranks as one of the best ever. We always enjoy The Saloon, eat there fairly often, but last night was exceptional...we ordered the Osso buco feature and it was perfection. The chef never disappoints but last night...oh, my!!! Our server, Gianna, executed the service flawlessly. She was incredibly attentive in every way, despite the fact that the restaurant was packed and she had many, many tables. Thank you to The Saloon for making our evening so enjoyable. The jazz combo was wonderful, as well!

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GO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding as always. Our server was excellent. She was engaged and knowledgeable about the ample daily specials. Our table was in an alcove that was almost like a private dining room. Highly recommended.

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BM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as usual. The service is friendly but very professional. The ambiance is perfect and the food is always right on!

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FM
Philadelphia
379 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Place has been in SO. Philly at least 50 years.

Food always good, it never changed.

Like going back even though the entire area changed dramatically
A few of the old places are still there. & so are my memories

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BS
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to celebrate a 20th Birthday - service was excellent - food was even better- great atmosphere for any occasion /celebration - free valet parking adjacent to venue- veal chop grilled perfectly - veal parm and 2 dinner specials were delicious -fresh Italian bread basket with aoli & butter - by request - topped off with crazy good vanilla cream concoction with a homemade cannoli- definitely a return visit in the future!

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KG
Atlantic City
17 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it here. Everything we order is our new favorite. Thus place is the best?

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PA
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful for everything. We dined upstairs and really enjoyed the music. The saxophone player was phenomenal

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

Awesome food and service. Food selection is great.

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D
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was unbelievable, so delicious. Service was great, everyone was very nice.

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j
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitresses are the greatest. Pasta was excellent and the problano peppers were done perfect.

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