2301 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1913039.967554 -75.175437
Sun 11am-2:30pm; Sun 4:30pm-9pm; Mon 4pm-9pm; Tue 10:30am-3pm; Tue 5pm-9pm; Wed 10:30am-3pm; Wed 5pm-9pm; Thu 10:30am-3pm; Thu 5pm-9pm; Fri 10:30am-3pm; Fri 5pm-9pm; Sat 11am-2:30pm; Sat 5pm-9pm
Neighborhoods: Fairmount/Art Museum, North Philadelphia
2 happy customers! Kudos for the lobster risotto, fettuccine special, bread and beer list. Excellent service to boot.
Bad Experience – My girlfriend and I went to London for brunch on a Sunday. Stood for about 20 minutes while we waited for the hostess to emerge from some back room. Then she didn't acknowledge our presence be cause she assumed we were in another party that had already been seated. We waited over an hour for our food. When the food came some of it was cold. My girlfriend ordered "huevos rancheros." It didn't have all the ingredients that the menu stated (avacados). It was really just a fried egg with some cheap salsa/black beans from a can on a cheap taco shell with no care taken in preparation/presentation. We sent it back and they took it off our bill. They also comp'd us our coffee, but not the cold bagel (actually a mini-bagel for $3?!)that I didn't eat because it was cold (like refrigerator cold, yet had been toasted at some point). Pretty lousy brunch. I've had the bar food there and it's not bad, but because of this experience I wouldn't go back, nor would I recommend anyone else go to London Grill.
Eh. Not as glorious as friends have mentioned it to be. – I went with some people to the London Grill for lobster week and found the food to be pretty mediocre. I got the Lobster bake and the chorizo sausage tasted old and dry. My friend had ordered the lobster claws and they just tasted like lobster claws. Nothing spectacular. My other girlfriend was the only one that didn't order something lobster which was some kind of chicken meat ball w/pasta and fries. Her meal tasted better then ours. Maybe my experience wasn't as positive because lobsters are not the London Grill's forte, but one would expect nothing less in this city of foodies when you advertise a fabulous and limited time offer of lobster week. Especially for the prices they charge.
nice and romantic – my husband and I decided to try london last night and we were very pleased! We were greeted at the host area with a warm friendly smile. Our table was in the greenhouse area and was extremely romantc. The waitress was very prompt in bringing everything we needed to the table and the chef did an excellent job with our meal. I did get a chuckle when using the ladies loo, for there were monkeys all over the walls! Overall we left very satisified and will return again with our friends.
Poor Service and Cold Food – I took a friend to London Grill for brunch after finding it on a website. It took a very long time for us to receive our appetizer, and even longer to receive our pancakes. When our pancakes arrived, they were cold. No one came to refill my ice tea so I had to request a refill after my glass sat completely empty for over fifteen minutes. Other couples came and left in the amount of time we waited for our food and no apologizies were made for the delays.
sliders and meatballs fine, special events beers overpriced – Went to the Grill tonight because the great brewer/author Garrett Oliver was there with a good selection of Brooklyn Brewery beers. The beers were on the menu for a decent price (bottles between $4 and $6 - local one for $15) and our table enjoyed the meatballs and sliders. The problem was the beer sampler - $12 for three little glasses that held less than four ounces each!!!. What gives? We could have ordered three bottles and come out with the same price! Needless to say, the bill was very high and we had drunk little. To keep our spirits high, we went to the Belgian Cafe and ordered some bottles of beer - world class for a lot less than the "sampler" rip-off at the Grill.
Not worth it – The food is mediocre and the prices are high. This restaurant just doesn't go the extra mile with an exciting menu to merit the high prices. I was unimpressed by the slow service as well. Philadelphia has lots of great restaurants so there's no need to frequent this one. Totally overrated.
Overpriced Mediocre Food & Bad Service – Don't waste your time here. The menu lacks creativity and the food is disappointing considering the prices. I also found the service to be unpleasant - inattentive and somewhat rude. Alternate suggestions - The Fountain or the Swann Lounge at the Four Seasons, or head out west to the White Dog, or east to Farmicia. You'll find a much better menu, better food and friendlier, more accommodating service.
Beautiful bar and super friendly service! – Visited this place after King Tutt and was truly surprised. I had heard about it for years, but never made it in. We got their before dinner service had begun, so we bellied up to this amazing bar with tons of local drafts and one of the largest booze selections I have seen in years. We were pleasantly surprised by a 3 hour, 3 dollar happy hour. Got to try small plate versions of what the bartender informed us were some signature dishes like the mini burger with a nice garlicy cheese and fried onions. The bartender was friendly and informative, gave us the hisory of the place, (been a bar since 1800's) and made suggestions for dinner. After enjoying the happy hour, the manager, who was super sweet, moved us to the dining room for dinner. We had fresh gnocchi with duck meatballs and a beautiful octopus dish for appetizers, then we had a salmon dish with sweet corn and porkchop special. Everyone was gracious and friendly - I am sorry that we hadn't been there sooner, but we will be sure to return soon!
Feels like your neighborhood place - even if you don't live there! – I used to work in Fairmount and eat at London at least once a week. Since moving out of the area, I was worried I would feel like a stranger when I would come back. But every few months or so when I return the place just seems to get better! While I don't recognize the staff any longer, last week when we walked in it felt like we were walking into our own neighborhood place. The staff was friendly and sweet - knowledgeable too - and the one of the owners was enjoying her own dinner with friends. She came by and said hello and made me like I was visiting family! The food is better than I remember too! I still recommend the burgers but the nudi ravioli (i think they called it that - its ravioli without the pasta) was fantastic!
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