1030 N Second St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1912339.967141 -75.140177
Neighborhoods: North Philadelphia, Northern Liberties/ Fishtown
Wonderful Spanish food, but also a great place to just come and drink sangria and maybe order the olives and cheese plate.
Creative Food with Great Taste – I've been to Bar Ferdinand twice and can tell that I am going to become a regular. I loved the braised short rib in a pomegrante jus, it had such a rich flavor, that lingered on your palate. Also, I had the venison special with bleu cheese flan and carmelized onion that was to die for. Venison is such a tricky meat to prepare and I was thoroughly impressed at the flavor and texture of the entire dish. Last, but not least, I had a butternut squash cheesecake with a saffron aioli. Although to some, the flavors may not sound as though they would tie together well it was an unbelievable dessert to end the meal with. Overall, everything was excellent.
Awful Valentines Day Menu – I went there for Valentines day and there was a price fixed menu. The selection was very small and the food was bad. It was $75 a person and it was not worth the money. I will not go back there again.
Beautiful spot, but Tinto is so much better – My finance and I went to Bar Ferdinand for Valentine's Day dinner. I guess I should just accept that Valentine's Day dinner means you will pay twice as much as usual for worse than usual food. . .That was exactly the deal at Bar Ferdinand. If you want amazing tapas, go to Tinto. Bar Ferdinand doesn't even come close.
Best authentic spanish tapas and decor – I've been to Spain a half dozen times and thoroughly enjoyed the local food. Well, if you want to be wow'ed by how amazing Spanish food could be right in your own backyard, this is the place to go. The red sangria needed more fruit and was a wee bit too sweet, but that didn't spoil the flavour of the food. Please order the bocadillos for they are absolutely mouthwateringly scrumptious! All that aside, the staff 90% looked like they just rolled out of bed. I hope they weren't scratching or combing their hair right before serving our food. The prices aren't outrageous, but what do you want when you've got a little bit of Spain in your backyard? I'll be back, hopefully with bright-eyed and bushytailed servers next time.
LOVE IT – My friend took me to Bar Ferd's and it was amazing great service and great food. I cant wait to go back.
Best restaurant "mistake" we've made:) – We had reservations at a seafood restaurant last night and "accidently" went to the wrong side of town. Boy, what a GREAT mistake! Another couple and ourselves from the suburbs, have season theatre tickets and love trying NEW and exciting places in the city to eat. We decided to give Bar Ferdinand a try since the weather was perfect, the outdoor cafe open and the paella smelled soooooo good. I do not care for Sangria but our husbands ordered a pitcher and it was fabulous, lots of fruit and a pleasant fruitful taste. Our waiter was extremely helpful and explained the way to order, including leaving the menu at the table for "reordering". We ordered 8 tapas to start, lamb, octupus, cod, steak, shrimp, mmmmmmm, so good and just the right amount. We ordered more tapas to complete our dinner and followed by chocolate hazelnut ice cream. All the toppings for the main dishes were extremely fresh and light., each so unique and flavorful. My personal review can't do this place justice. The dishes flowed, all the waiters were constantly clearing the table, filling water glasses. Beautiful setting and ambiance. Loved it :)
Terrible customer service – My friends and I wanted to go to Bar Ferndinand for dinner on a Saturday night. I called that afternoon to make a reservation. They said they only take reservations for parties of 6 or more. They asked how many people and what time we would be arriving? I said 3 at 8:00 PM. They said "No Problem." When we arrived at 8:00 it was packed and we were told it would be an hour to hour and a half wait. We're not picky. We asked if it would be okay to wait across the way at Deuce, since their bar was crowded. They said okay and I gave them my cell phone # to call when our table was availabe. One hour and 45 minutes later, still no table. I went back over the check up. There was about 25 names after mine that had already been crossed off. How did they get seated before us??!! But the hostess assured me we were next. We patiently waited again cell phone in hand. After another 45 minutes we were now starving so we left Deuce and went to the Standard Tap where service was excellent as always, Bar Ferndinand never called us at all. I called the next morning to talk to a manager ( who had just stepped out). I left my name and #, and no one ever called me back. I have never in my life been treated so rudely by a restaurant that I never even sat down in. Two huge thumbs down!!!!!
Great wine selection and finger food... – This place was great as far as finger food and wine selection. They allowed us to try about 4 different wines since we stated we would like to try something new. We also tried the friend manchego cheese with frozen apple foam which was delicious. The decor and service was fantastic. I would definately continue to go here. This is a nice hangout out for drrinks and finger food , also the prices were great!
Good things – We went for dinner last Thursday. Pretty quiet at first, but things picked up. OK selection of beers, nothing extraordinary. Not quite sure why they serve giant bottles of Rogue when the idea is small portions. The food was very good. Interesting selection and a wide variety of flavors to choose from. The fried manchego with frozen apple foam was gooood - an unexpected combination of textures/temperatures. Ham croquets were tasty. Chicken chroizo sandwich was a tasty portion and the bean salad was nice and vinegary. It would have helped if the server explained more about the food, i.e. how many plates make a sufficient dinnner, without us having to ask. Seems like a fun place for a group. We'll go back.
Great – This place is great. The decor is beautiful and the food is wonderful. I wish the drinks were better and the prices were a bit less expensive. This is a great addition to Philly and If it weren't for the truly amazing Cantina Los Caballitos and Snack Bar, this would probably be my favorite new bar in Philly.
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