247 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1910339.948512 -75.169315
Mon. - Sun. 11am - 2am
Neighborhoods: Rittenhouse Square, Center City
While it's close enough to wind-sprint to Rittenhouse Square, Black Sheep has the unique distinction of seeming far removed from the Center City bustle. It has plenty to do with the warm, slightly creaky but altogether charming environs, overseen by smiling staffers quick with a tap handle.
The kind of place you expect people to break out into song at the bar. Get a spot near the fireplace and order whatever stout is on tap.
They make a good shepherds pie, Guinness is on tap, and the place isn't too well-lit (nobody likes a brightly lit pub). If you're in the area, it's worth checking out.
Great food, terrible service. I wouldn't recommend it.
The Black Plague – The Black Sheep is a poorly managed dive at best. The atmosphere is dump and it looks as though the place has never been cleaned. The hostess had absolutely no personality and didn't appear to be very concerned with her grooming and appearance. Our waitress was an overweight, poorly groomed, obnoxious bitch with the personality of a cobra. She wore shorts that were two sizes too small and black tights. Not a very appetizing look. The food is overpriced for the quality and the menu is very limited. If you don't care about your weight, appearance or overall health, go ahead and eat there. Everything on the menu is full of fat, sodium, cholesterol and sugar. I cannot express my extreme dismay with the server strongly enough. She was awful. In case the manager reads this, she was working upstairs at 10 pm on Thanksgiving eve 2010.
Way Downhill – Hey Ikat, I completely agree. This place has gone way downhill and lost all charm.
Was trying to enjoy a football game with friends. I'd been to Black Sheep in the past and thought that it would be an ideal spot. Horrible mistake. While I was getting off a barstool, the busser told me to "come on, get out of the way, man" so that he could head outside and light the cigarette already in his mouth. Have worked at multiple restaurants and never seen a guest treated this way.
Once we finished mediocre food and non-fresh pints, no one cleared our plates away for 30 minutes. We were only a party of 5, but the waitress added a 20% gratuity to our check. We explained the siutation and that it was clearly not worth it, but got nowhere with the cover-my-own-butt management. I'm a Philadelphia resident that lives close by, but won't be going back.
avoid all together--- bad service – I live and work in the city. I had friends visiting town and we decided to go out in the Rittenhouse area.
We stopped by the Black Sheep for its casual, unpretentious atmosphere.
Instead, from the point we set foot in the bar, we were greeted with rude service and major attitude from the bar hands and bartender. The bar seemingly draws a regular, abrasive, scruffy looking crowd-- who scoff at the sight of any well-dressed newcomers. Overall, the bar was unfriendly, dirty and dark, filled with a bunch of hostile nerds. I will be sure to tell everyone I know to boycott this place.
Only good for young kids – This bar can be very dark and dreary and at night is usually filled with young kids. Not good for people who are older.
Good food... good weekend spot – Black sheep is a great place to go for food during the week (their veggie burger is great).
It's great for weekend nights out too... not too crowded, but just enough people. Nice atmosphere.
Refurbished townhouse transforms from dive bar to upscale Irish pub. – In Short
Located in a house built by architect Frank Miles Day, the Black Sheep boasts several floors, a Mission-style fireplace and stenciled wood. Penn students and young professionals in dressed-down mode stop by to sample generous portions of fish and chips and cornmeal-dusted fried calamari and dinner entrees: lamb carbonnade, harvest vegetable casserole and stuffed squid. Sunday brunch includes Irish eats: fried eggs, baked tomatoes and puddings. The beer list features 10 import and domestic brews.
Nice Sunday lunch – We're big on lunch after church - (see my other reviews). If you go to Saint Mark's on Locust, here's a good stop in. The service is very, very slow but lunch is pretty good. The price is average. Try the banger and mash (sausage and mashed potatos), or the fish fry. The Pulled Pork is very spicy ( no warning on the menu) and the French Toast is, well - not worth the price ( two fat slices of bread for ten dollars?). I don't like TV's over my head while I'm trying to eat and listen to the person next to me - but, that's a pub. And, it does remind you of pubs in England or Ireland.
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