205 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1910339.949735 -75.170678
Mon. - Thu. 11:30am - 11pm;Fri. - Sun. 7:15am - 1am
Neighborhoods: Center City, Rittenhouse Square
The burger is the most famous dish at Rittenhouse's long-running hang, but also be cognizant of everything else the kitchen's capable of cranking out, especially when it comes to seafood.
WORST STAFF EVER! – I have NEVER experienced such discourtesy from a restaurant in my life..the whole entire staff is RUDE and unintelligent..the bar tender Tommy was extremely sexist and basically told me and my 2 women friends that we needed to leave. The original waiter when I asked where the drink menu was said to me "right there..in front of your face". The manager Michelle looked like she was high on some type of drug and couldn't stop swaying from side to side during our conversation about how horrible our experience was. DON'T GO HERE it is a waste of time and $$!!! I am still so upset!
Good Meal – I have been really wanting to try this place for some time. I was somewhat skeptical of going after reading some of the reviews. But I had a great burger...we are talking top five in my time. The frites were awesome (though Monk's are slightly better). The lobster spring rolls for the app was phenomenal. The service was alittle slow, the place was very loud and I don't know if the air conditioner is broke but inside it was very chaud. But this place is going for the food.
Romantic dinner – I love Rouge. Of course, my opinion could be biased because this was my first date with my boyfriend (one which he recreated for Valentine's Day). I have had exceptional food and wonderful service here. Yes it's loud (but really it makes it more intimate to get closer to your date or friends) but I think they have improved that over time. The food has always been good (ok the creme brulee was a little watery but the top was perfection and it was a busy Valentine's day weekend. Rouge always evokes this old Hollywood glamor type feel for me. I expect Humphrey Boghart to sit down next to me. Always a great time! This places will always hold some of my favorite memories.
TOP NOTCH FRENCH FRIES – ORDERED THE CHEESEBURGER BECAUSE OF ALL THE REVIEWS. DECENT BUT DID NOT KNOCK ME OUT. THE FRIES ON THE OTHER HAND WERE FANTASTIC. TOP 3 I HAVE EVER HAD. ALSO THE LOCATION IS PERFECT. LOCATED ACROSS FROM RITTENHOUSE SQUARE. SERVICE EXCELLENT. WELL WORTH YOUR TIME.
People Watching at it Best with Good Food – Oh boy this is another fun place to people watch and mingle. Staff is super nice. Burgers are good too. Chef is pretty cool. Owner is on site too.
Great Location, Good Food, Horrible Service! – Been there twice. First experience was ok. We got an outside seat, which was nice, and ordered tuna tartar, a salad and two mimosas. It took forever for our food to arrive and the server barely checked up on us. I suppose the second time doesn't really count since the hostess said she would call us when our table was ready and NEVER DID! We ended up going to Brasserie Perrier and had a far more enjoyable meal.
Inconsistent – In all fairness, I've eaten Rouge a few times. The first time it was fine. The second time, we were placed at a less desirable table near the alley way. We got there early for lunch. We asked if we could sit outside. There were seven open tables in the front. But they told us we couldn't have one of those tables and they took us to the one on the very end. Two minutes later, all of the open tables were seated! Well, we were forgotten about many times when it came to food running, glass refilling. We noticed every table who was seated after us had received their food before us. When we asked the server about our food, she screamed at busser in front of us. I had a bowl of soup to start and they indicated to me that since I had a 'first course' the rest of our order was held up in the kitchen. We noticed plates upon plates being served all around us and no one thought to check on us or even go to the kitchen to see what was taking so long. We ordered two salads for pete's sake! Don't get me wrong, I was a waitress for many years. I am no stranger when it comes to working in a restaurant. After close to 50 minutes (no exaggeration) of sitting there with no entrees ever being served to us, we left. We each went back to work having had no lunch and annoyed at another overrated attempt to eat at Rouge. I called later that day and calmly told the hostess, "We had some disappointing service at lunch today." She totally remembered who we were and sent out a free gift certificate to us. That was nice of her. We returned to use the gift certificate but I wasn't in the mood to be cheery. We arrived at 2:30p.m. - after the lunch rush so we could get some decent service and food. We ended up with the same server as the last time. Lunch was ok - at best. We handed the server the gift certificate stating our free meal because of, "disappointing service at lunch". She took a glance at it, sighed, and said 'thank you, ladies'. We haven't been back since.
Great Location - Good Lunch – Though we had to wait awhile for a table (there were a good number of people waiting as well), it was a Saturday afternoon so it was expected. Located directly across from the park, it should have been a great view but unfortunately our first table was so close to the street, we just kept watching cars buzz by us. We were able to move to a table on the opposite side of the sidewalk which was much better. Sandwiches and the wine choices were very good - though the wine was SUPER expensive. Service was pleasant, but our waitress seemed somewhat disinterested in us - and we are definitely LOW MAINTENANCE diners. Seating is tight, but we actually had an enjoyable conversation with a large table of Canadian tourists seated near us. Definitely not a place to go if you're trying to have a romantic meal or a private conversation.
Golly Staff and delightfuly tasting food – The wait staff was helpful and cheery from the time we opened the door. They don't take reservations, but we only had to wait a half hour for a table of four. They took my cell phone number to allow us to promenade around the park until our table was ready. The burgers looked great, but I was in the feeling for tuna. The dish was perfectly done, only complaint being portions could have been a little bit larger. But, if you get the burger, prepare to be stuffed, as my friends were.
great food, chic atmosphere – I like Rouge, but this place honestly isn?t for everyone. It has all the things you?d think of with a Rittenhouse scene, both good and bad. It seems like the crowd there could get a little pretentious, but I didn?t find that to be the case with the patrons or the staff when I had dinner there with my mom recently. In fact, two women seated next to us struck up a great conversation with us when they overheard us discussing politics. And our waitress was exceptionally friendly. The prices are a little high on some items, like the $16 burger, but my mom said it was the best burger she?s ever had. I had salmon in an oxtail sauce that was perfectly cooked. Amazing, actually. The bottom line is, whether you?re the type to frequent this spot or make it a special occasion visit, the food is great and it?s a chic little place.
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