Rae Restaurant **CLOSED**

(215) 922-3839

2929 Arch St #B, Philadelphia, PA | Directions   19104

39.957001 -75.181500

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Reviews for Rae Restaurant **CLOSED**

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Very Impressed – I was impressed with the space & the food & I look forward to going back during a non-University City Restaurant Week time to experience more of the menu. One disappointment was that the wine I requested was not available but other than that I thought everything was excellent. Our waiter seemed a bit hesitant or unsure of himself but otherwise he was on top of things; he was helpful in describing the entrees to us so we could make our choices. It's a beautiful space, very comfortable and I hope that next time I go we can sit deeper inside the restaurant past the bar so I can see what that area is like.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Brunch is back! – Rae will be starting Brunch again on September 28th and it will feature an expanded brunch buffet for $48 a person which includes free valet parking. Some of the buffet offerings will be a carving station with rotating items such as smoked ribeye, house made ham, grilled salmon, a crepe and pastry station, smoked salmon and raw bar, American sushi, omelettes , the Rae Benedict, home made pastrami hash and eggs, bloody mary hash and their famous french toast. Yum!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Letter to Dan Stern – Dear Dan,

It is difficult to express in words how meaningful our dinner was Monday night at Rae. To say it was the most incredible culinary experience of my life and of Cathy?s barely scratches the surface.

From the moment you greeted us at the table until we got into a taxi nearly three hours later, we were treated like royalty. Ryan and Christine were consummate professionals who were as outstanding as the food and wine. And the food and wine: out-of-the-box creativity in concept, visually pleasing and one pleasant caress of the palate after another.

You are a world-class chef running a world-class restaurant. I?m so happy that my wife and I were able to enjoy a truly remarkable evening at Rae.

I wish you nothing but great success in your culinary endeavors.

Warm regards,

David Bicofsky

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Open Letter to the Owner of Rae – It is difficult to express in words how meaningful our dinner was Monday night at Rae. To say it was the most incredible culinary experience of my life and of Cathy?s barely scratches the surface.

From the moment you greeted us at the table until we got into a taxi nearly three hours later, we were treated like royalty. Ryan and Christine were consummate professionals who were as outstanding as the food and wine. And the food and wine: out-of-the-box creativity in concept, visually pleasing and one pleasant caress of the palate after another.

You are a world-class chef running a world-class restaurant. I?m so happy that my wife and I were able to enjoy a truly remarkable evening at Rae.

I wish you nothing but great success in your culinary endeavors.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Appearance trumps Taste? – It seems that the way food looks and how people can be seen is more important than how the food taste. Why have a fancy restaurant in the lobby of a building? Look at me! There's a $17 Rae Burger that is beautiful, but impossible to eat. Very pretty, but not practical. That said, it was also the toughest burger I've eaten in Philadelphia. It looked perfect when it appeared - medium rare - red inside - piled high. But try to chew it... seemed that it didn't want it's appearance to be messed up.

Overly attentive pseudo-descriptions from well trained, attractive servers. It's like I was at the Philadelphia Musesum of Art - and some intellectual joke was descirbing the eleganze and significance of a blank canvas. Nothing undereath - but you can sure attribute meaning.

Flavor wins when I visit a restaurant. If you want to feast your eyes - this isn't a bad place. If you want to satisfy your taste buds... there are better restaurants in town.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

End to end an excellent dining experience – We had reservations for an early Saturday night. We had heard a lot about Rae, but had not had time to sample the menu. Rae does seem to be in an odd location - away from center city, and since half of it is in the atrium, the ambiance is not exactly cosy. The menu offers a minimalist set of descriptions, which fortunately our server was able to explain in greater detail. We decided to go the seafood route, ordering the Tuna Carpaccio pizza to start with. You can find similar appetizers at other restaurants, but this one stood out for its fresh ingredients and added toppings including strips of cucumber. We paired it with the cucumber sake cocktail This combination really worked!

For the main courses we ordered the Hamachi and Squid as well as the Salmon/Dill/Asparagus. Both were prepared and presented in a way that let each ingredient stand on its own, but at the same time provide a delicious overall taste. We paired the food with a nice Pinot Noir from New Zealand.

With wine left in the bottle, we were not quite ready for dessert. We asked if a cheese course was available. Strictly speaking there is no cheese course. The manager said that she would see what could be done. Ten minutes later a cheese platter showed up with three cheeses each accompanied with micro-sliced fruits. The cheeses themselves included a truffle infused cheese, a gouda, and a stilton. At that point we ordered a Hazelnut souffle for dessert. It didn't show up... Instead we received a sampling of sorbets. It turns out that the souffle had fallen. This was not a bad thing, as each of the three sorbet's - Passion Fruit, Raspberry, and orange were tasty. They are made on the premises. The souffle showed up a little bit later. It was equally delicious.

In summary, five courses, each well prepared with an inventive combination of ingredients and flavors.

Clearly the kitchen cares. The staff were very attentive. We will be back to sample other menu items.

Recommends
over a year ago

Bright lights and bold aspirations manifest in a surprisingly approachable a la carte menu from the celebrated chef Daniel Stern. – In Short
Prolific restaurateur Daniel Stern's second venture is quite a departure from his acclaimed and intimate Gayle. Rae is big, bright, pricey - and strangely feels like it's in an airport. But of course, if it were, it's first class all the way. Food is updated American classics with one of the most satisfying burgers in the city. What else would you expect from this Le Bec Fin alum? Additional favorites include meaty and memorable lamb and tasty horseradish tuna. Best of all, Westside office dwellers and 30th Street Station travelers have a cool new place to lunch.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Don't believe everything you read – I had read that Chef Stern of Rae had been nominated fhis year for the "Best Chef Mid-Atlantic" James Beard Award. I also read, on Rae's website, that Rae had been named one of the Best New Restaurants of 2007 by Esquire Magazine. With much anticipation I went. I would refrain from a detailed recount of my dining experience and limit my comments to that, perhaps, the most deserving award for Rae and Chef Stern is "Best Culinary Disappointment", but this site asks for specifics. Specifically I found the menu, and my salmon, uninspired, and my service to be confused. I further found the "half in the office building lobby" setting to be uncomfortable and "airport restaurant-esque". I do, however, extend kudos to the Chef and his financial backers for spending their time and money where, apparently, it counts most, e.g. with their publicists and advertising budget. The proof, however, is definitely not in the pudding.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Don't ruin a special occation. – The service was so unorganized- I am not even sure who our waiter was. The wine took about 30 minutes to come. I had to ask if we could order our food. The bread was rock hard. The next bread was rock hard but warmed up. The appitizers were okay. I was really excited for the rabbit nachos- just okay. The steaks were WAY overpriced and were very fatty. Some were not cooked right. The dessert was even bad- which I find hard to believe. The manager probably came over to apoligize about 3 times.

Overall, I REALLY wish we went somewhere else.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Save your time and money and go elsewhere – Our B & B host recommended this site for a nice dinner. After driving around the construction area three times, we finally found how to get to the entrance. We had a bit more difficulty in locating the actual restaurant, as it is located in the lobby area, under the escalator, of the office building. We were seated by one of the two 20-something hostess girls and greated by our waiter. I had been told it was American food with a twist, which we now refer to as "twisted" but "good food" never entered our thoughts after the meal was over. The "butter" tray was unusal, with three (make that two) types of butter....one just butter, the other butter with scallions and the third was a white bean spread. It has just been removed from the fridge and was too cold to spread! The bread was awful, it was difficult to chew and the texture was worse. On to the menu. I ordered the seared salmon and my husband ordered the steak. Of course, they offered us the "special" which was a 40 OZ. T-BONE. Why not bring me the whole cow? We were given the entire background on the cow, where it grazed, type of grass, etc. WTF? After 15-20 minutes, the waiter showed up with their specialty pizza (honey, did you order a pizza?") NO. they thought we had waited too long and brought it to us special. It was ok, strange but ok. Then the food arrived and it was tasteless. No seasoning on the salmon, we ordered steak med. rare, it was med. well. The dessert (variations of chocolate), was barely fair. The pretense was of the highest quality, the food was sucky if best and most went home with us for the cats. If this is the best Philly can do, get me a steak and cheese sandwich. I don't think this will make the Food and Wine magazine anytime soon. Oh, bill was $102.00 (no wine included).

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