Walnut Street Cafe

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$30 and under
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American
A cafe and restaurant in the University City area of Philadelphia.

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Sun 10:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:15PM
Mon - Wed 1:15PM - 2:45PM
Thu 1:15PM - 2:45PM 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Fri 1:15PM - 2:45PM 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 10:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 2:15PM 5:00PM - 10:00PM

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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.3
Service
4.5
Ambience
3.9
Value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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M
Philadelphia
249 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

A lovely space where you can watch your meal being prepared! Service was excellent!

NG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Overall, it was a nice experience. The food was high quality, service above average, ambiance and noise level good. On balance, some prices too high.

MR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Tasty, interesting fare. Excellent service. Our server remembered that we needed to catch a train, so we got what we wanted and needed promptly. Light and airy atmosphere. Loved the farro salad and the pot de creme we shared was heavenly.

R
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Great bright modern spot. Attentive service. Exciting menu options

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded 6 days ago

Dear Ralph, Thank you for taking the time to leave us some kind words. We aim to maintain a lively, bright atmosphere and menu, and we're always thrilled to read we've hit our mark! Thank you again. We hope to see you back soon;we look forward to serving you. Cheers! MattS Office Admin

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a lovely 2nd day of Valentine’s Day celebration. Thank you!

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on February 17, 2020

Hello Anon, Thank you for the kind praise! We're thrilled you enjoyed our Valentine's Day offerings and hope to see you again soon. Cheers! Matt S

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p
London
18 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely and excellent restaurant, food and menu are delightful, staff are nice especially Manager Daniel
Definetely recommend this restaurant

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on February 17, 2020

Hello polarbear8888, Thank you for taking the time to leave us some kind words! We aim for excellence at every step of service, so we're always thrilled to read we've hit our mark. I've already shared your review with our staff and we all look forward to serving you again soon. Cheers! Matt S Office Admin

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

The atmosphere was very intimate. We were provided with complimentary drinks and a complimentary toast. However, prices were up charged from the menu provided online (Opentable and Walnut Street’s Cafe website). Staff was very friendly!

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on February 17, 2020

Hello Anon, We'd like to thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We strive to maintain a lovely atmosphere and tasteful menu, so we're thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience with us. Our apologies for the pricing confusion. Prices were changed to accommodate the Valentine's Day prix fixe menu and have since returned to their original numbers. Thank you again for your review, and we hope to see you back soon. Best, Matt S Office Admin

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A
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. Would definitely recommend Walnut Street Cafe for a business dinner.

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on February 17, 2020

Hello Andrew, Thank you for the warm endorsement! We aim for perfection during every step of service, and we're always thrilled to read we've hit our mark. We hope to see you again soon. Best, Matt S Office Admin

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AM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service!! Will be back!

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on February 11, 2020

Dear AntaraM, Thank you for the kind words. We always aim for excellence and are thrilled when we read it has been well-received. Thank you again, and please join us another time. We look forward to serving you! Cheers! Matt S Office Admin

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NS
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simply tremendous. From the moment that you’re greeted at the door, to when you get your coats back from check. Outstanding. Hands-down the best service I have experienced within the restaurant industry in year's.

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on February 11, 2020

Dear NickS, Thank you the warm praise and endorsement! It is our main objective to ensure top service, demonstrate perfection at every step, and accommodate all of our guests, so it is always a pleasure to read that we've met our goal. Thank you for taking the time to leave us such kind words. We look forward to serving you again! Best, Matt S Office Admin

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AF
Philadelphia
57 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Nice spot - I hope they do well. Food was good, service was ok.

PF
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

The pastries are exceptional. The vegetarian omelette was also good. HOWEVER the eggs benedict was so-so. The eggs were poorly cooked, the ham was simply sliced ham as from a deli, the hollandaise was cold, “gloppy” and had an odd brownish color. I don’t recommend the eggs benedict but everything else was very good.

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on February 3, 2020

Dear PhillyFoodie, Thank you for taking time to leave us some quality feedback. We aim to exceed all expectations and execute our menu with little variance, but it seems you may have not gotten our best Eggs Benedict. I've discussed this issue with our staff and we are taking steps to ensure it doesn't happen again. We do apologize for this and hope you'll give us and the eggs another chance in the near future. Best, Matt S Office Admin

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B
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Walnut Street Cafe offers great variety including everything from raw bar to pasta to a fantastic selection of apps and entrees. The food is very good, the service is great and the room itself is beautiful. This is a tough location but I encourage folks to check WSC out as it is worth the trip. Forgot to mention they have an awesome wine list!

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on February 4, 2020

Hello Brad, Thank you for the kind endorsement! Our goal is to maintain a lively, fun menu and atmosphere for all of our guests, so we're always thrilled to read we've hit our mark. Thank you for coming in, and please revisit us in the future; we look forward to serving you. Cheers! Matt S Office Admin

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GD
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Accommodated large group on a timetable, perfect service and meal

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The lobster roll is the best I’ve ever had!!

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on January 30, 2020

Dear Anon, Thank you for the kind feedback! We're thrilled you enjoyed our lobster roll--it's one of our best sellers. Thanks for dining with us and we hope to see you in again soon. Cheers! Matt S Office Admin

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r
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

We went on a Sunday for brunch. Menu was good with lots of options. Our server was kind and attentive. We had Shakshuka and the butternut squash salad. Both were flavorful but both were sparse portions. The shakshuka, which normally is filled with vegetables and eggs to make it very hearty, was simply two eggs in tomato sauce with nothing else. The salad was side dish sized, and was mostly lettuce with a little bit of grains and five or six pieces of squash. I was looking forward to the La Colombe coffee, however, it was very watered down, and did not taste as my favorite coffee normally does. The ambience was lovely, and we really enjoyed the jazz trio. We would not go back - too much money to leave unsatisfied and a bit hungry.

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on January 30, 2020

Dear rdrw, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We apologize that you had a mixed experience and left feeling unsatisfied, as we strive to maintain a lively, fun atmosphere and menu for our guests. The Shakshuka is our most popular brunch item, so we are surprised to read it was not well received. We hope you can take this experience as an anomaly and please rejoin us in the future. Best Regards, Matt S Office Admin

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P
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was outstanding. The restaurant was comfortable and perfect for a visit to catch up with a good friend. Our waiter was very friendly and had good recommendations on the food

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on January 30, 2020

Dear Phillyvisitors, Thank you for the thoughtful feedback! We strive for excellence in every step of our operation and are always thrilled to read our efforts are well received. Please join us again in the near future; we look forward to serving you. Cheers! Matt S Office Admin

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DT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Very nice restaurant in university city. Great food, service and decor. However, the menu was a bit limiting

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on January 21, 2020

Dear DanT, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such kind feedback. We strive to accommodate our guests, keep our atmosphere fresh, and our menu lively, offering a variety of options throughout the week and the day's services. Depending on when you dined, you may not have had a chance to experience all that Walnut Street Cafe has to offer. Please join us again, perhaps for dinner, when are menu is at its fullest and most appetizing. Thanks again. Cheers! Matt S Office Admin

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Veggie sandwich was not good. No description provided.

JP
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

What a pleasant surprise. Food was great as was the service. Will definitely go back and recommend. The Cod was fantastic!

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on January 14, 2020

Dear Jillyeats, Thank you for the kind words you left following your dining experience at Walnut Street Cafe. In addition to excellent and consistent service, we strive also to maintain a fun, lively atmosphere and menu, and we're always thrilled to hear it all well-received. Once more, thank you for dining with us; we look forward to serving you again in the future. Cheers! Matt S Office Admin

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

I was planning on ordering a very large amount of items from the full menu, however I was told that I was only limited to whatever was available on their fixed New Years menu and it was quite disappointing. You guys could’ve made much more if your menu wasn’t limited to a bunch of rather average dishes but I’m sure you had your reasons for doing so.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

The server “Dee” was the best part 😁

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on December 31, 2019

Dear Anon, Thank you for taking time to leave us some kind words. We're very pleased you enjoyed Dee's service and your dining experience overall, and I have already shared your review with our entire staff. Please dine with us again in the future; we look forward to serving you. Cheers! Best, Matt S Office Admin

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GA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic all around. Great food and amazing service from server and management team!

W
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We let our waitress know we were in a time crunch trying to get dinner in before a show at nearby World Cafe Live. They did a great job getting us in and out in time for the show, serving us great food in the process. Will definitely be back!

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on December 31, 2019

Dear Wino64, Thank you for taking the time to leave us some kind words and a nice rating. We strive for excellence and total accommodation at every step of service, so we are always pleased to read a review such as yours. We look forward to serving you again in the future. Cheers! Best, Matt S Office Admin

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Mom’s 60th birthday celebration.

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on December 16, 2019

Hello Anon, Thank you for the kind rating! We hope you found our service and atmosphere accommodating and cozy. I also hope the rating reflects Mom's stellar 60th Birthday celebration! Come see us again in the future. We look forward to serving you. Cheers, Matt S Office Admin

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OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, tad on the pricey side but good nonetheless.

P
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Service was lacking, food and drinks took way too long to come out. Waiter forgot my drink order and it never came out. By the time the waiter came back it was when the food was dropped off.

Food was delicious though.

OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Dinner out with my son and girlfriend before we went to a show at the world cafe live. Great choice! Waiter was very nice, polite, very knowledgeable about the menu and helpful with suggestions. Cocktails were delightful and the wine list was extensive. The hangar steak was delicious, my son’s chicken roulade was exquisite (a special) and his girlfriend’s lobster ravioli was “fire” (her words). Happy we went and not overly expensive. Would definitely recommend.

d
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Loved the menu and the attentive service! Food was fabulous and everyone enjoyed themselves!

KB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

We were very disappointed. The food was no more than diner quality at a much inflated price. Our server was not attentive and we felt like we were doing him a favor by being there. We won’t return.

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on December 5, 2019

Dear KimB, We're sorry to read you had a poor dining experience with us, but we do appreciate you leaving feedback. What you've described above I can assure you are not the standards to which we hold ourselves, and I hope you can see the experience as an anomaly, and give us another try. I've gone over the details of your review with our staff and we all must, and will, work more diligently in the future to avoid further missteps like these. Best, Matt S Office Administrator

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LR
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Perfect blend of delicious food and outstanding ambience

KW
New England
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

The portions were small for the prices. Service was slow. The egg in my eggs benedict were one step shy of raw. We were warned upon entering that they were having a fruit fly issue, but we chose to stay. Fruit flies were not an issue until about 3/4 of the way through our meal. Fortunately I had finished my meal (since there wasn’t much to it). We were promised a $50 GC in return for the issues, but we will see if we ever get that. I will not go back when I am back in town visiting my college son, but hopefully he and his girlfriend can enjoy a nice dinner with the $50 GC.

TL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Had brunch here with some friends and was quite disappointed with the entire experience. They were "sold out" of many things including the burger and eggs benedict. Not sure how that even happens one hour into brunch service. Our drinks came at least 20 minutes after we ordered them and we were never offered refills on our coffee during the two hours we were at the table. Our food took an amazingly long time to arrive and and was room temperature when we did finally get it. I was offered hot sauce which never materialized and on top of all of this, there were fruit flies everywhere, jumping into coffee cups and landing on our water glasses. I expected a lot more from this place. The decor and live music were lovely, but those things don't make up for the major problems they have.

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on November 19, 2019

Dear TraceyL, We'd first like to thank you for reaching out, for its feedback like yours that keeps our operation at its best. Secondly, we'd like to sincerely apologize for the fruit flies. We isolated the cause as a result of new plants we installed in the restaurant and have since removed. We've been battling them for over a week and are now fully confident the issue has been resolved. If you'd like to give us another chance, we'll ensure we exceed your expectations. Sincerely, Matt S

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Service for Sunday brunch was truly horrible. Long wait time to place our order. Long wait time to receive cream for the coffee sitting on my table. Server brought out two entrees, and the third entree at least five minutes later.

Also the amount of gnats flying around and landing in food and beverages was quite offputting.

f
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

We had the fixed price dinner option. Very good quality and pricing. My cod was perfectly cooked. Would return.

S
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was spectacular!
Music was at a level that we could have a conversation without having to loud ourselves.
Food as always delicious.

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on November 18, 2019

Dear Sibyl, Thank you for the kind words you left following your dining experience at Walnut Street Cafe. We strive for excellence in all aspects of service and are always thrilled to hear it well-received. Thank you as well for your continued patronage and support of Walnut Street Cafe, and we look forward to serving you again in the future. Cheers! Best, Matt S Office Administrator

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LE
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

I love this place. Can’t say my salad was amazing but my house made soda and pastry were great for lunch. It’s a great, swanky ambiance with great service, so I’ll definitely be back. Every other meal I’ve had has been wonderful.

AF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great atmosphere for brunch with any group and for any occasion.

Walnut Street Cafe
Responded on November 12, 2019

Hello AlannaF, Thank you for the kind review you left following your experience at Walnut Street Cafe. We strive to maintain a fun, lively atmosphere and menu and are always thrilled to hear it well received. We look forward to serving you again in the future. Cheers! Best, Matt Office Administrator

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DM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

We were seated at a table by the front door that had a terrible draft from the first day of freezing weather. we had to asked to be reseated - at these prices, no one should be sat there. We barely saw our waiter and had to ask other passing-by staff to order both dinner and dessert. When we saw the waiter, he smelled from cigarettes. one entree was delicious and perfect but the other wasn't cooked as ordered and potatoes were cold. Again, we have much higher expectations for a restaurant at this price point.

VY
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

This is a really beautiful, modern, but cozy place with floor to ceiling windows so it’s nice and bright. Even the bathrooms are clean and welcoming. Hostess and server were both attentive and warm, and the food came out pretty quickly. I’d say my meal was okay to good. Eggs Benedict was alright, the cinnamon roll was okay, too. Wasn’t blown away but will try again, as overall I had a really nice time. :)