Square 1682

4.3
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$30 and under
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American
Square 1682 presents a Modern American Kitchen menu thoughtfully and masterfully created by Executive Chef Mackenson Horebe. The menu features small & large plates, as well as dishes designed for sharing during dinner. With emphasis on local and organic products, Chef Horebe entices the taste buds with every bite, through his lens of culinary America. The bar showcases a pure wellness program of all natural ingredients, where fresh fruit and juices, infused spirits, and housemade flavored syrups are created daily from our new Lead Bartender Christian Diaz. Square 1682 invites guests to a full experience of dining, libations, and lively ambiance on every visit.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Special Thanksgiving Menu - Seasonal Drink Specials

Thursday, November 28, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Special New Year's Eve Menu - Champagne Toast At Midnight !

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1690 People Are Saying
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4.3
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service5ambience4

My partner and I both ordered chef menus with steak upgrades. Steaks were ordered medium rare - came out well. Also, please don’t cover the entire steak on the plate with arugula. Your intent was likely to hide how small the steak was but come on, it was a disaster of a plating. Cocktails were good though so they at least earned 1 star for that.

Square 1682
Responded 4 hours ago

Thank you for your feedback, Justin. We appreciate your honesty, as well as you kind scores for service and ambiance.

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MA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great ambiance for fun dinner - meals were average, desserts were good

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Responded 4 hours ago

Thank you for this thoughtful review! We look forward to your next visit.

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PC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Ask for Scott-he was wonderful and we had a great experience. We complimented the chef and he was very humble and grateful, I would definitely go back for sure.

Square 1682
Responded 4 hours ago

We appreciate your kind review, Patti, and will certainly pass along your compliments to Scott. Please join us again soon!

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C
Washington DC
678 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful. Great food, inventive chef and tremendous service.

Square 1682
Responded on November 12, 2019

Why thank you, Craig! We are thrilled to see we met the mark during your recent visit. Please join us again.

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MG
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Everything was average. service was OK and it seemed our waiter had the dropsies when he did finally get to us. Had the Brussel sprouts and the NY strip steak Again, it was good but not exceptional. I would not rave about anything but in turn I cant say it was awful. Would I go again. No. would I recommend it to others, No

Square 1682
Responded on November 12, 2019

Thank you for your honest feedback, Mike. We take these things to heart, and hope perhaps you will give us another chance and visit us again.

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AO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good. My soup was served without a spoon, but no big deal. Bathrooms are on the second floor. It was good overall. No real significant issues. Waiter was pleasant.

Square 1682
Responded on November 12, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, Andrew! We strive to exceed expectations, and hope to see you again soon.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great!

Square 1682
Responded 4 hours ago

Thank you for your kind words! We hope to see you back again soon!

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OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Just another somewhat tired Philly restaurant. Time for a makeover but I am sure they know that. If not they have the “disease” of not being able to see it because they see it everyday.
The food was fine but a bit tasteless.
Staff was very pleasant and nice which made up for the not so good part.

Square 1682
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We will pass along your comments and your compliments, and apologize for not meeting expectations during your recent visit.

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AC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Most likely won't return. The party before us was taking a long time to leave so the hostess said instead of waiting for our table, she could sit us at a high top table. We didn't mind. The service was good once we were seated. My issue was with the food. Portions were a good size but food was overly spiced. I had the butternut squash soup was which dominated by the curry flavoring and too spicy to enjoy. The shrimp had an overpowering sauce. The lemon pepper chicken could have been more tender and the flavoring was again overpowering.

Square 1682
Responded on November 5, 2019

Hi Amy, Thank you for your honest feedback. We apologize for missing the mark during your recent visit - we certainly take your words to heart.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love the lighting and ambience! The volume in the room was perfect, not too quiet, not terribly noisy. Food was excellent. Had a wonderful dinner with some friends on a Saturday night, and it wasn’t terribly crowded. Would definitely recommend this place for friends or dates...

Square 1682
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thank you for your kind review! We look forward to your next visit to Square 1682.

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A
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was tasty and the portions were a nice size. The service was wonderful!

Square 1682
Responded on November 5, 2019

Why thank you! We are so pleased to see your recent visit was a hit. Please join us again soon!

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JS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous dinner at Square 1682. When I made the reservation I told him we were celebrating our 20th anniversary. When we got there that we were seated at a nice window seat and given special menus with Happy 20th Anniversary printed on them. They also gave us two specialty champagne cocktails to celebrate. The food was amazing and the cocktail menu was interesting and fun. Thank you for an amazing evening to celebrate our anniversary.

Square 1682
Responded on November 5, 2019

Hi Jenn! Thank you so much for your compliments. We had a lot of fun hosting you and your husband on this special day and look forward to many happy returns to Square 1682.

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D
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brunch was awesome.

Square 1682
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thank you for the compliment! We are big on brunch, and are so glad we could give you such a positive experience. Please join us again soon!

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EC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, server was fantastic. Was a great pre-show pic, would definitely recommend.

Square 1682
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thank you, Ericka! We are so glad we could send you off to your show happy and satisfied. Please join us again soon!

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RM
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Angela was was great! It was our fourth time there and will keep coming back!

Square 1682
Responded on November 1, 2019

Thank you, Richard! We will pass along your compliments to Angela. We look forward to your next visit!

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AR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was delicious, service was stellar. We'll definitely go back.

Square 1682
Responded on November 1, 2019

Thank you for this terrific review! We will definitely pass along your kind words to the staff. Please join us again soon!

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J
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice downtown restaurant with great cocktails. Food was perfectly portioned and tasteful. the 3 for $36 was perfect and affordable. Nice atmosphere.

Square 1682
Responded on November 1, 2019

Thank you for the kind words, Jeanne! We are thrilled to see we met your expectations and hope to see you back at Square 1682 again soon.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food. Very nice atmosphere. Very good service. Small menu, but unique items.

Square 1682
Responded on November 1, 2019

Thank you for the kind review! We look forward to your next visit.

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KM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Quality of food was less than expected and based on price.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience. Chef Mack was simply wonderful

Square 1682
Responded on October 16, 2019

Thank you for the kind words! We will pass them along to Chef Mack. Please join us again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food - lovely mix of flavor . Friendly service we were a fairly big group and our waitress was lovely and great. Was looking for option with something for everyone and not traditional fare, with a bit of fun/ Atmosphere thrown in .... it was a great choice!

Square 1682
Responded on October 16, 2019

Thank you for this terrific review! We are thrilled to see you had a great time and tried some new cuisine!

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DB
Philadelphia
86 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

We arrived promptly for our reservation and were seated. After about 7 minutes of no one coming to the table, we asked the hostess for water. She brought a bottle promptly but it was room temperature, not chilled or cold. We asked for ice and it arrived shortly.
After 20 minutes, our waiter came to the table and very cavalierly offered no response or explanation for the delay. The restaurant was NOT full.

The $36 prix fixe menu was a great deal. The food did come out promptly and the first courses and the entrees were excellent.
We will go back, the food is always excellent.

Square 1682
Responded on October 16, 2019

Hi Bob - We apologize that your meal got off to a rocky start. We work daily to improve upon our service and are glad to see that your dinner continued at a better pace - and that you will be back! We look forward to providing you with better service for your future visits.

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F
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

I was so excited for our night at Square 1682 because we'd read they offered a prix-fixe $36 "chef's menu". including one cocktail, small plate, large plate, dessert, seemingly too good to be true. Alas, so it was. We were told we could select only one of two house cocktails--after we ordered others. Our server said conspiratorially , "I'll take care of it"--then didn't, we were charged. He then told us the "small plates" were smaller than usual for the pre-fixe--no explanation. "Large plates" also morphed into smaller plates (duh!). Tab for 4 diners with everyone thinking they chose from the $36 menu somehow ended up being $242 without gratuity. Miscellaneous gripes: Had to ask for the (free) truffle popcorn that was brought to every other table. After the first course was served fairly promptly, endured a 50-minute wait for main course so had to gobble dessert to make our curtain time. Honestly, I'm not a person who typically slams restaurants but we were there on my recommendation and I felt sorely embarrassed by the time we settled the check. Beware the chef's menu!!!!!

Square 1682
Responded on October 16, 2019

We are sorry to see that your recent visit fell short of expectations. We never aim to disappoint and truly, this is not the way we want our guests to feel. Thank you for your honest feedback - we do take it to heart.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely spot

Square 1682
Responded on October 12, 2019

Thank you for the kind compliment! We look forward to your next visit!

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J
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Square 1682 was a perfect spot for a date night or night out with friends. It is a lovely space and the food is amazing! Definitely start with the warm cornbread - it won't disappoint. The small plates were yummy - we had the cornbread, duck wings, Brussel sprouts and the Burrata. The main dishes were equally yummy and delish! We had the lobster spaghetti, pumpkin ravioli, salmon and the fresh whole fish (Branzino). Each dish arrived to ooo's and ahh's from our group. The Chef's Dinner option was perfect at a great price including a small plate, a large plate and either a glass of wine/cocktail or a dessert for one low price. The service was just as good as the food with wait staff that was as excited as us when the food arrived and helpful in guiding our choices. A perfect night!

Square 1682
Responded on October 12, 2019

Wow, thank you! We appreciate your thoughtful review and are so glad to see you enjoyed the Chef's Course dinner! Please come see us again soon - we will share your kind words with the team!

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J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The service was slow and we had to ask for water refill. We also had to ask to order. Our server may have been having a bad day because this isn't the service we experienced in other visits.

Square 1682
Responded on October 4, 2019

We are very sorry to have missed the mark during your recent visit. Thank you for your honest feedback!

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m
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The food and drinks were delicious but the service was horrible. We sat there for over 10 minutes before even being acknowledged and we were 1 of 5 tables. We ordered drinks but didn’t even get them until after we received the food (they were sitting on counter). The waiter was disconnected and absent especially since the table next to us was done eating before we are when they arrived 20 mins after we did. Given the money we spent and service we received, we won’t be back.

Square 1682
Responded on October 4, 2019

We are sincerely sorry to hear that we fell short during your recent visit. This is not the experience we hope to provide, and we will continue to work with our team to improve. Thank you for your feedback.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was quick. Meal portions were satisfying.

Square 1682
Responded on October 1, 2019

Thank you for the five stars! We certainly hope you come visit us again soon.

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G
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Good food.
Except the charcuterie it was not worth $20. The meat looked like something from a pack of Oscar Meyer's bologna.

Square 1682
Responded on October 4, 2019

We are so sorry to hear about your experience. We have just redesigned our cheese and charcuterie board, and think it is worth a second try! We hope to see you back to Square 1682.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Took someone 25 minutes to come up to our table and greet us/take drink order. Our first course came out before our drinks after waiting 45 minutes. Service was slow and horrible.

Square 1682
Responded on October 12, 2019

We are sincerely sorry that we missed the mark during your recent visit. We do take your feedback to heart and thank you for your honesty.

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ZH
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food is good; drinks are overpriced. It got very loud. Unable to hold a conversation at the end (7:30 pm).

Square 1682
Responded on October 1, 2019

Thank you for the feedback! We are glad you enjoyed the food, but wish we could have provided a more conversation-friendly evening for you.

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a
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Our service was poor. We waited over an hour for our food. Once received, the entree was brought out before the first course and because we were on lunch, we had to take our first course and dessert back to work. I must say that the manager was very sorry and gave us a generous discount on our meal.

All that being said, the food was delicious.

Square 1682
Responded on October 12, 2019

We again would like to offer our most sincere apologies for your recent experience. We missed the mark and hope you will give us another try in the future.

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SS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere the food was absolutely delicious and The service was wonderful . However just one suggestion, please do not place package food to go on the floor

Square 1682
Responded on October 1, 2019

We are pleased to see that you enjoyed your recent visit to Square 1682! Thank you for the feedback - we take it to heart and hope to see you again soon.

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RM
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I went here for restaurant week lunch. The service was incredibly slow considering there was a maximum of four tables while we were there, and three servers. Food was fine, but nothing is go back for. The one thing I would recommend is the chocolate bread pudding - it's like a mashup of brownie batter and bread pudding.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I enjoyed our experience. Food was great, the portions were perfect, customer service was superb. Overall we enjoyed our experience. Compliments to the chef 👌. Noise level was great nice intimate setting, music was at the perfect volume. Allowed for a very romantic setting for my lady and I. We will be back!

Square 1682
Responded on October 1, 2019

Thank you for this thoughtful review! We are thrilled to see you enjoyed your recent visit. Please join us again!

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TR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place great food and great service. Although they were out of the duck wings which was a little disappointing.

Square 1682
Responded on October 1, 2019

We are terribly sorry we weren't able to offer our duck wings that evening. Please join us again - we would love to treat you to an order!

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I love this place. We can see ourselves coming back again but not just for Restaurant Week. The Roasted Carrot and Ginger soup was great. I asked if I can get the recipe for this dish. They gave it to me and I will be making it with my Fall meals.

Square 1682
Responded on October 1, 2019

Thank you so much for this kind review! We are big fans of the carrot and ginger soup, too. Please come see us again, whenever you would like to take the night off from cooking!

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AR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It's a nice restaurant to have a nice dinner. It's nothing out of the ordinary or spectacular. I had the strip steak. it was nicely cooked and tender. My husbands salmon was cooked beautifully and delicious. Drinks were yummy. All around a nice dinner.

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Responded on October 1, 2019

Thank you for the compliments! We hope you will join us again to check out our fall menu additions!

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CW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was tasty. Specialty drinks were all excellent. Duck wing appetizer was exceptional. Service was attentive. Food was just a touch slow in coming which creates some stress when trying to make a show. One appetizer was to arrive warm — it definitely was not warm. Overall, though, a great meal. And the Restaurant Week menu was a good value.

Square 1682
Responded on October 1, 2019

Thank you for the feedback, Christine. We are glad to see you joined us for Restaurant Week, and hope you can visit us again soon to try our fall seasonal menu edit!

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q
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome atmosphere, great lighting and service that was personable and you didn't feel rushed. Provided good recommendations and server had a positive attitude. Food was pretty awesome too, duck wings suburb and we will come again!

Square 1682
Responded on September 24, 2019

Thank you for this awesome review! We are thrilled to see you enjoyed your recent visit. We hope to see you again soon!

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