Bakeries >Pink Rose Pastry Shop
630 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1914739.940892 -75.149417
Neighborhoods: South Philadelphia, Queen Village/ Pennsport
Just Don't Do it – Let me tell you about my last experience at Pink Rose. Waitress tells us to take a seat at an uncleaned table and wasn't back for another twenty minutes to clear it (after we asked for it to be cleaned another 3 times)...Then my boyfriend got ice water with floaters in it....Then the cook from the back (who might as well be the homeless guy that sleeps outside my apt) brings over the silverware. He holds the utensils with the top of the fork and spoon in the palm of his hand. Then he pulls out a crumpled napkin from his dirty apron.
The owner walks in and we complain. He is polite but not surprised since he tells us some of his staff showed up two hours late and I quote "I leave for 20 minutes and this is what happens." At this point, the food hadn't come yet and I swore to my friends, whom have never eaten there before, that the food is good and it was just the service that was bad. The food came and it was decent. (Not nearly as good as it use to be)........Fast forward a few hours later and I started throwing up and one of my friends had it coming out the other end. I have no idea what happened to this restaurant. It used to be good. I guess I should have known since the sticker on the door says "Zagat Rated 2003." Apparently ALOT can happen in five years.
yummy – one of the best in philly...but not the best...reliable cookies & chocolate cake...cute atmosphere...
Custom-made for great aunts who like to stop for a spot of tea and a nibble of a scone. – In Short
With raspberry tarts, Victorian doilies and mismatched cups and saucers, the Pink Rose does, in fact, attract fans of the dainty, but its intoxicating scent of baking pastries and melted chocolate also indiscriminately lures sweet tooths of all varieties. Tables and chairs back up to one another in the tiny dining room, where sometimes attentive servers bump and squeeze in order to tend to sugar-starved (or satiated) customers. Once you do make a space for yourself, breathe deeply and order a pot of tea and anything at all from the bakery case.
Banana cream pie to die for! – The best way to start a long day ... a delicous cup of coffee and the best banana cream pie with an interesting twist... about an inch layer of pecan pie before you reach the crust...
Worst service, best food. – Oh the food is heavenly! The sweet smell of powdered suger and waffles wafts down Bainbridge Street lifting spirits as it goes. And I love the way they bring out a darling little teapot when you order tea...but I can't go back. Everytime I've gone the waitress has disappeared and never returned and I've watch other tables go from pleasent conversation, to toe tapping frustration. I can't stand to be trapped for 2 hours just hoping to pay my bill, no matter how good the carrot cake. Stick to their take-out service.
Good cakes but the worst service – Four of us went last week, and while the cakes were good (although overpriced) the service was very poor not to mention slow.
I took a group of 14 late Sunday afternoon after the orchestra. I called ahead to alert them and to be sure the place wasn't crowded. The girl on the phone was hesitant and seemed not to want us. We went anyway. First, even though there were only two other people in the place, they would not let us put tables together, which would have been very easy right along the front bench. So, ten sat near each other, but not "together" Four others sat by themselves.
Of course, for those new to the place, they wanted to look at the pastries in the counter. We were told to please take our seats! Then, since two people were still parking, the waitress did not want to start taking orders. I suggested it might be a good idea to get started considering we were 14. Finally she began. - BUT - only for the coffee. Then, only after the coffee was served did she decide to take the cake orders. - We are now passing a half hour. At great length the cakes arrived - OVER AN HOUR after we sat down. In the meantime, only two other folks came in for take away. A man also just seemed to walk around with a broom and not doing much else.
Do the owners of this place know who staffs it? The girl was generally polite but far beyond slow and very demanding.
Who is the server and who is the costomer?
I doubt I'll go there again - but where else is there in Philadelphia for a nice cake and coffee?
I used to love this place – They are making it so easy to walk over to Starbucks. I used to love going to The Pink Rose for brunch, but the last few times I've been there, I've had to seat myself at dirty tables, and wait incredible amounts of time for anything, even a coffee. I called for take out and the person on the phone was so rude I decided to eat somewhere else.
I really hope they gain back the charm they once had.
Wonderful – The first time I went to the Pink Rose I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. The desserts are indescribably good! The banana cream pie is to die for. The ambiance is really romantic and sweet. The only problem with the Pink Rose is the size, seating is very limited and super tight. If you have girth, you will not be comfortable here.
going down hill – This place use to be great but has gone down hill recently. New ownership has lower quality final products that are no longer worth the money or special trip since similar offering are all over the city. Some items are good but nothing like the past. Most are average at best. Sorry to see this happen...
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