Saloon Restaurant

4.8
963 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Entering the Saloon, a family owned restaurant since it opened in 1967 is a bit like stepping into Philadelphia's past. Dark oak paneling, shiny brass and authentic local antiques create a warm congenial and casual atmosphere. The choice of two comfortable dining rooms each with its own vintage bars make dining and conversation a relaxed and enjoyable experience. Both bars feature a delicious and moderately priced food menu. The menu is Italian with seafood specials such as grilled octopus and dover sole. Saloon steaks and veal chops are legendary. Many prefer a plate of fried long hot peppers to compliment the steaks. All desserts and gelatos are made on the premises daily. The Saloon is a Philadelphia neighborhood bar and restaurant with a national reputation. And the parking is FREE!
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AW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with my wife for our anniversary...everything was exceptional from the minute we entered the restaurant until we left....will definitely be back.

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A
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

A little pricey for some dishes but definitely well worth it. The food is always exceptional. Cocktail drinks were delicious too!

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FH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good service and food. Ive been going for 40 years.

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TC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good! Everything from apps to dessert!

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Haven't been there in years. It didn't disappoint!

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BB
Philadelphia
64 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an incredible evening. The food was excellent and the girls serving us were outstanding.

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R
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good food!! Parking is not easy.

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JR
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the atmosphere and service, the food was a huge disappointment.

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food. Attentive service.

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NM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff is first class

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j
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable evening
Can’t wait to go back!
Richie has been at this for forty years
Great!!

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m
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Felt rushed. Food came out less than 10 minutes after ordering. Waitress was knowledgeable, but kept “suggesting” more expensive dishes/wine. Tons of Italian restaurants in South Philly which prove a better value.

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G
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as usual!!
Everyone loved their meal!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve never had a bad meal here, EVER! My favorite restaurant in Philly!

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class service ....always a consistent dinner

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G
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a wonderful experience when dining here. We love the ambiance and the food exceptional. We always come a bit earlier to have a drink at the upstairs bar. Anthony makes a great Martini! Our server, Angela, was friendly, knowledgeable about the menu, and very efficient. We will definitely be back!

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VS
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT NIGHT, thanks Saloon staff! We had a perfect Italian meal!

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K
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a beautiful place with a great interior. Any veal dish is the mainstay of the restaurant. We loved the appetizers. Of the four of us each dish was fantastic. Our main complaint would be the noise level. We were seated on the second floor next to a table of +12 people. They were so loud and rude. We couldn't hear our waitress, nor could she hear us. She apologized and said the loud table had got their check and would be leaving soon but if we wanted she could try to find us another available table. So glad she did, because they didn't leave for at least 1.5 hours. About 10 minutes after we had finished our entrees.

Once we were moved to another room, the whole experience including the food, drink, and service was great. I think that all restaurants should make an effort to mention to loud rude guests that they need to lower their volume and if the topic of discussion is inappropriate then change it or they will be asked to leave.

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JK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience coming to the saloon. Excellent service and food! Our go to for special occasions!

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V
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great
Close to perfection
Bartender Frank R. Best in the city

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DF
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The Saloon is the real deal. Always delivers. Authentic Italian through and through. You can’t go wrong with any menu selection, so I won’t go into detail on my meal. The one issue can be noise levels are high. But the energy is good. Enjoy a nice red, some homemade pasta and a veal or fish special.

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NY
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Neighborhood stalwart on edge of Italian Market. Surprised parking lots were full at 530pm and the restaurant was empty. We were fortunate to find on-street parking nearby. Lively bar scene with holiday cheer. Surprisingly clean restroom. Dining: Fair house Prosecco. Nice sesame dusted crusty ample bread with a pesto offered on side. Nice touch. Excellent octopus salad special. Tough rubbery veal. Over cooked mushy ravioli of the day. If we had had more time, we would have returned the entrees for another try. The kitchen was anything but busy when our orders came in. Consumed because we were hungry and on way to catch a flight. Disappointed. Overpriced for food quality.
We’re trying to hold onto just the excellent octopus salad memory from this visit.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

lobster francaise was the best thing i ever ate in my life!

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DB
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The appetizer special was excellent. The Veal chop was not so good. Too fatty and not as flavorful as it should be.

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K
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious & the service was very good but It was quite noisy.

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DK
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was lovely and the food was great. Service was good. But when you go to a restaurant with another couple and you can’t even have a conversation because the noise level is so high that you can’t hear each other talk it’s not a place I will go back to.
When there is a large party of people they should be put in a closed door dinning room. The manager should have asked them to tone it down . Very disappointed.

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MD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent-I had the Scotish salmom stuffed with crabmeat - obe of the best things I have ever eaten and I eat out a minimum of 3x a week!

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m
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

ive gone there for over 40 ys special occasions, always was a favorite of mine. I was a bit disappointed this time in the food, the service was great the place great but the food has slipped. the quantity was lower than usual and at its price was disappointing. the lobster franchisee was miserly, barely covering the middle of the plate with not one side provided with it at over $40. the veal chop 12 oz was 3 mouthfuls and I had to pay for one side of pasta. the 2 veal dishes were adequate but came with no sides of pasta at well over $20. really how much does a few forkfuls of pasta cost?

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JL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love dining at Saloon! The food is incredible, the atmosphere is classically South Philly, and the servers are great, we loved Gabrielle. Definitely not cheap, but worth it for a special occasion. Thank you for a lovely evening!

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going to Saloon since 1980 and never had a bad meal still my favorite place to dine Gabriele was amazing server

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Miami
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

It was my birthday and it was wonderful.

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S
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Not a great value for the money. Overpriced $150 for 2 drinks 1 per person. Split salads 2 main courses. No coffee no dessert. Would not recommend

Sandy Chanoff

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J
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The team works wonderfully together to give a great guest experience. The food is delicious, the wine list extensive. Will definitely be back and have already recommended the Saloon to friends.

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L
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent good but pricey

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l
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 28th wedding Anniversary

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DD
Philadelphia
192 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always incredible food drinks and service completely amazing dinners every time we celebrate a special occasion at the Saloon. Thanks for always making our dinners memorable

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AV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always a great experience. Good food, good wine and friendly service.

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JS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Have never had a bad meal at The Saloon. It's a bit pricey, but the food is excellent.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great for the special occasion... anniversary or birthday

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T
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Saloon never disappoints. It is managed and run with all of its staff committed to it's excellence. They use only the finest ingredients and take no shortcuts. I highly recommend anyone interested in going out to lunch or dinner that wants an outstanding dining experience to try the Saloon. Philadelphia's finest Italian restaurant.

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