276 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1910339.948299 -75.174504
Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Center City, Fitler Square
Slow start but lovely ending – We went on a Friday night, so there was a bit of a wait. The host took our cell phone number and recommended we hang out across the street; however, we took a short walk and browsed around Barnes and Noble. We headed back after 45 minutes (without being called) and when we arrived the host told us he had tried calling us repeatedly without success. We waited outside for 15 more minutes and then were seated with apologies. Our server was pleasant and knowledgeable - she recommended the mussels for an appetizer. They were tasty, but a bit spicy, and more soupy than saucy. For our entrees, we had the salmon dish and the risotto with wild boar, which were both delicious (and I had my doubts about wild boar). The portions were well-sized; I brought a third of my salmon home. For dessert, we split the creme brulee, which was smooth and creamy, but not as rich and custard-y as I like. It was an extremely pleasant evening out.
The naysayers are wrong. – Went there tonight for restaurant week. After reading some negative reviews regarding the waitstaff and food inconsistencies (especially those mentioning restaurant week) I was apprehensive. Right off the bat I was impressed.
The hostess and waitress were genuinely pleased to wait on us. The waiter described all the dishes and thoroughly answered any questions we had. Water glasses were always filled. Service was as good or better than one would expect for this type of restaurant.
Food was very good. Everyone of our 6 person party was pleased with the appetizers and main course. Portions were perfect. Not too much, not too little. All food was served at the same time for the party. Desert was fairly generic but good nonetheless (I would skip it and walk down the street to Capo Gira for some Gelato). The only other criticism was the lack of espresso or cappucino. Regular or Decaf are the only choices.
Still very recommended!
Overhyped BYOB – When I first tried to make reservations at Audrey Claire for a large party on a Friday night I was told that I would not have a problem getting my electric wheelchair up the 1/2 inch "bump" to the restaurant. When my party and I arrived we immediately realized that the bump was definitely a step and that it would be more of an ordeal than I thought to get in. Since we couldn't be seated right away they told us to wait at sister bar/restaurant Twenty Manning where they would call us when our table was ready. At Twenty Manning I encountered two more stairs that we had to awkwardly climb. Audrey Claire soon called us at the bar. Once back at the restaurant, the table was still not ready and we were forced to wait outside in the freezing cold until we decided to wait inside squeezed against poor patrons that were still eating. When we finally did begin to eat the food overall it was just OK. I had heard such good things about the restaurant, but my sole with pumpkin gnocchi was sadly bland and gummy. Our waitress also seemed aloof and a bit jaded. At one point when the entrees arrived and I had just finished my appetizer I smiled and told her I finished and she replied, "Nope, I won't take it" and walked away. I'm confused. Perhaps I misunderstood something there, but one thing I am clear on is that I won't be visiting Audrey Claire again.
Totally fabulous! – This place is what Philly is all about! The BYOB really keeps prices down and the service is prompt and attentive without being overbearing. Food is DELICIOUS; we had crab cakes with the octopus salad for appetizers, plus the ostrich, trout, and sole for entres. Everyone was delighted by how fresh and well prepared the food was. The setting - minimalist BYOB with beautiful wood tables and white napkins - made it A+. This place is totally worth the wait!
Good food, but don't accept credit card??? Come on. – I can't really complain about the food or service. We went during weeknights, so it wasn't that busy. I am getting a mixed signals however, I called before and they said they didn't take reservation but in the mean time, people in this forum say they did. Not a big deal - we were promptly seated since it was not busy.
The only part that I am a bit turned of by is the fact they do not accept credit cards. I can understand if their meals are about $10 - $20 total, but for a $50 plus total for 2 people I think it's a bit ridiculous to expect customers to bring cash that much. What if we were to have a party of 10 or more? It's the 21st century and even WAWA accepts credit cards for GOD sake.
disappointingly mediocre – I had been wanting to try this BYO for a long time, so we decided to go for Restaurant week. The simple decor is different but looks better from the street then when you are actually seated in the restaurant. The polenta and goat cheese appetizer was excellent but the flatbreads with spreads were very average. The tuna was dry, but the perch was tasty. The best part was the service - our waitress was attentive and friendly without being intrusive, and when the dessert menu left only one option (which turned out to be the tastiest part or the meal - chocolate cake) she comped us the peligrino. One final thought - as another reviewer pointed out, I too don't get the little bistro glasses instead of regular wine glasses.
Great food/Great service – We were there on a saturday night (party of 6) and got seated within 10 minutes. Although the service was a bit slow in the beginning, it picked up later. The food was very good. We ordered a variety of appetizers and small dishe for appetizers (4 appetizers and 1 small dish). I didn't like the sardines. I would recommend the mussels and the mozzarella and tomatoes. They were delicious. They are not big appetizers so I would recommend ordering a bunch for the table if you have a large group. The waiter was great! He was very polite and accomodating. The entrees came quickly although I think they sat out waiting for us to finish. Overall, the food was great. I would definitely recommend going there. Everyone had a good time. The price was also perfect. It didn't break our wallets. However, the air was off that day so it was quite hot. We also picked a very muggy saturday night to go.
Avoid when busy on a weeknight – I've been to Audrey Claire three times - the first two times I had a great experience. The third was my worst dining experience in Philadelphia so far. On a Wednesday night we arrived and were told it would be about a 15 minute wait for our 8-person party. One hour (yes, one hour!) later we were still waiting outside the restaurant for our table. Once inside the service was equally slow. Two of us ordered our hanger steak special medium, and it was practically raw upon arrival. The waitress was very apologetic and comped a couple of desserts for the table, but the staff on the whole did a horrible job of managing our expectations - especially rude on a weeknight when several of us had to work or get on long flights the next day (we met for 8:00 dinner and didn't leave the restaurant until after 11:30).
If trendy has gone to your head... – Oh boy!
The lure of trendiness, to eat and to be seen, to pay overpriced amounts and to be seen, it's SO New York, yes? I guess that's Audrey Claire's claim to fame, maiking us feel like we can aspire to the long lines and sidewalk dining and NY-scene pretending. We'll even say the food is good! SIGH, Philadelphia, is our inferiority complex so obvious?
I am from Europe, BTW, lest you think I'm gauche or just don't get it, where we have real outdoor cafes.
Fantastic! – We went on a Monday night at 6:00 for our first time and the place was empty. As a result we were promptly served and our food arrived in a timley manner. Not sure what it would be like when its busy. Our food was fantastic! Its a different menu than on their website which threw a wrench in some plans (i.e. planning the wines to take), but there were enough selections to choose from. The waitress was pleasant, helpful, and attentive. I cant wait until I return.
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