123 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1910639.948553 -75.143952
Monday To Friday From 11:30 AM To 01:00 AM Saturday To Sunday From 12:30 AM To 01:00 AM
Neighborhoods: Center City East, Center City
No complaints/always a good time – Great entertainment, good food. Friendly, courteous staff-esp. for new customers; really enjoyed each time we`ve been there. Thank you.
Great cooking, but sloppy presentation – Specialty drinks are way small for $8.00, but having one with brunch is acceptable. My favorite day is Sunday there and my favorite meal is Brunch, but the last 3 times I have been there, the over-easy eggs were served with broken yolks and running down the plate. Acceptable in a diner, maybe, but at these prices, certainly not! One of the Eggs Benedict had a curious bubble in it and when poked, it was full of vinegar which made my daughter sick. I can't figure out why a chef would take the trouble to prepare such nice meals and then send them out so sloppily presented. It's as if their attitude is, OK I cooked it, now eat it and shut up! Maybe next time we eat first and just go for the sesiun and beers.
Good time in Old City – It might seem like a contradiction to say that a place has "space" as a pro and "no room to move" as a con, but it's accurate. Plough and the Stars' biggest problem is that it draws so much of a crowd. The staff at Plough are great. Most are very knowledgeable about beers on tap, as well as what each beer is and what food it might go well with. If you roll through there a lot, the bouncers will definitely remember you. The bartenders are no joke. You can give them a five drink order and it's very rare you'll find anything isn't right. They also pour a pretty heavy drink; there are no watered down drinks at Plough.
Before the crowd arrives, there's ample room on two floors to enjoy yourself. You can find plenty of space to sit as well as stand or dance to the good range of music they play. Some may not like it, but I personally enjoy not feeling like I have American Top 40 on in the bar all the time.
On the down side...well, it does get damn crowded. And when it gets crowded, it's hot, especially upstairs. There are also certain times when you go to close out your tab and have to pick your jaw up from the ground. But just remind yourself that each of the drinks had more liquor in it than, say, Mad River, and you suddenly don't feel so bad. Did I mention that they don't have a cover, but do have a gigantic TV to keep the game on while you're there?
Love the Special Cocktails! – My friends and I stumbled upon this place in October, and loved the way it looked inside, so we grabbed a little table by the fireplace to have a few drinks. They had a nice special cocktails list for the season and each of us got a different drink - all were fantastic. We went again a few weeks ago and they had an updated St. Patrick's Day style drink list, and all the ones we tried were great!
Although we haven't tried the food there, we love the way that we can go in and relax by the fireplace with a few drinks. Both times were during the week (a Wednesday and a Thursday night) so I'm guessing the same might not be true for a Saturday. Drinks were a little pricey, but this IS Philadelphia. Definitely hope to try the food soon!
Good food, but hated the – We had visited The Plough for a private birthday party, after we walked around the block, we finally stumbled upon it. There was a cocktail hour until the guest of honor arrived and the drinks were very expensive. Dinner was ordered from the prefix menu and was served around 10:00 pm. The food was presented very well and it was very appetizing worth the $$. I didn't get the whole Irish pub feel, especially when a d.j arrived and the thumping of the music filled the bar. At this point noone at the birthyday party could converse because noone could hear one another. When 11:00 rolled around, it was standing room only and patrons were dancing where they were standing. It was very difficult to get from one side of the bar to the other and felt as if I was being stampeded. It seems as if the allowable capacity by the fire marshall had been maxed out. This would not have my establishment on choice to hold an adult intimate birthday party. I would not recommend visiting The Plough in the Stars during the late hour if you are not into the "club" scene.
A good restaurant - not a pub – I had dinner here with friends. It was great and we loved our meal. It was more expensive than ?Pub? food and there was not too much of a ?pub? feel to it. Instead, it is a nice place for ?adults,? who want to have a good dinner, enjoy some nice cocktails, and have a good evening without the drunken frat boys or the boisterous behaviors that can happen at other locations, especially pubs.
Great Sunday brunch experience – Found this place randomly while exploring the neighborhood with my girlfriend on a Sunday morning, so went in with minimum expectations. Boy were we in for a treat! Initially was going to order their shepard's pie but opted for their omelette after being told that it might take longer then average to prepare because they just started making their mashed potatoes. That remark caught me by surprise and made me think we werent at some typical diner type joint after all. We did wait for our dishes longer then expected, but their omelette & home fries did not disappoint at all, and was worth the extra wait compared to places where you're ordering meals that's already premade and simply being heated up. My girlfriend enjoyed her chicken potato hash and was pleasantly surprised with their spicy sauce.
The atmosphere of the restaurant was very nice to boot and we ate upstairs overlooking the balcony.
Overall, was a gem of a find, and I'd say definitely worth coming back again for a different meal to further explore this pleasant discovery.
The Plough and Stars do not honor the web advertizement – The Plough and the Stars offer a Prix Fix Menu on their web site but it is not honored at the restuarant. My part went there to have dinner and wanted the Prix Fix Menu. One for $43 dollars and the other two for $33 dollar menu. We were told once seated that this is ONLY offered for large parties or on SPECIAL occasions. This is not stated on the web page(check it out) My thinking is that they were slow so they were not going to honor the Prix Fix Menu...why have an it advertized on the web page if it is not offered. We left and had a marvalous meal at the Mexican Post between Front and 2nd on Chestnut street.
Nice Atmosphere – My wife and I came for a Sunday lunch when visiting Philly. I had the plough omelet, which was pretty good at $9, and my wife had a crab and fish sandwhich which was pretty decent for $10. The scones came cold to the table, and warming them would have been a nice touch. Service was pretty decent, and the setting was nice. I felt that their food was a bit overpriced compared to quality (other items were more expensive, but we feel like we ordered best value on the menu), but given the setting, it was fine.
great brews and ambience – I've recently moved to Philadelphia and have been looking for an Irish pub to frequent. This one is a bit upscale, with some traditional favorites, yet also with some new dishes. I particularly liked the atmosphere. I was there once for a few drinks, and they was an acoustic Irish band playing. They have all the Irish brews you could hope for, and plenty of seating at the bar. I'd recommend it for dinner or just a drink. definitely a gem in old city.
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