Happy Rooster

★★★★☆
  • 118 S 16th St

    Philadelphia, PA 19102

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  • 215-963-9311

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So, The Happy Rooster is a little small, and I honestly had passed it on the street a million times without noticing it. But my husband heard some good things about it, so we stopped in recently to try it out. I must say, I thought the food was fantastic. I had the oxtail gnocchi, which was truly delicious. I don't know that I have ever had gnocchi that light and fluffy before. My husband had the skate wing, which we loved. And the prices were completely reasonable; both dishes were less than $20. We are definitely going to go back to try it again. The stuffed chicken breast sounded wonderful!

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★★★★★

So, The Happy Rooster is a little small, and I honestly had passed it on the street a million times without noticing it. But my husband heard some good things about it, so we stopped in recently to try it out. I must say, I thought the food was fantastic. I had the oxtail gnocchi, which was truly delicious. I don't know that I have ever had gnocchi that light and fluffy before. My husband had the skate wing, which we loved. And the prices were completely reasonable; both dishes were less than $20. We are definitely going to go back to try it again. The stuffed chicken breast sounded wonderful!

Pros: menu, food, price

Cons: a little loud

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I love this place! We ate here when we were in town to see Wicked. They have the best bar burger and fries that I've ever had. The atmosphere is very homey and comfortable.

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★★★★★

I love this place! We ate here when we were in town to see Wicked. They have the best bar burger and fries that I've ever had. The atmosphere is very homey and comfortable.

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Where is it written that just because you're a Center City restaurant that you can gouge your patrons? Last Thursday, my daughter and I dined at the Happy Rooster. The staff was very attentive when we said that we had theater tickets; they moved our meal along nicely without hurrying us. The asparagus appetizer was delicious, but $9 for 9 stalks of asparagus is a bit over the top. My porcini crusted salmon was very good, as were the accompaniments. However, my daughter ordered the chicken - a meal that would have been at home in a diner. It consisted of a chicken leg - yes a leg - with mashed potatoes, baby carrots and green beans. This being said, it was not surprising that when we left at 7:00 PM, there were about 9 people in the restaurant.

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★☆☆☆☆

Where is it written that just because you're a Center City restaurant that you can gouge your patrons? Last Thursday, my daughter and I dined at the Happy Rooster. The staff was very attentive when we said that we had theater tickets; they moved our meal along nicely without hurrying us. The asparagus appetizer was delicious, but $9 for 9 stalks of asparagus is a bit over the top. My porcini crusted salmon was very good, as were the accompaniments. However, my daughter ordered the chicken - a meal that would have been at home in a diner. It consisted of a chicken leg - yes a leg - with mashed potatoes, baby carrots and green beans. This being said, it was not surprising that when we left at 7:00 PM, there were about 9 people in the restaurant.

Pros: Some good offerings

Cons: Overpriced

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The place is nice and cozy inside, but my God! The drinks are Stephen Starr like overpriced! I don't mind paying if I am in a nice place or recieve good service, but the bartender seemed more interested in doing anything other than getting me and my wife drinks (or getting another when we were done with the first.... And I tipped six dollars on the first round of two drinks!)

Anyway, ate in their "dining room" off to the side. Terrible room, and the food is a hair above a dive bar's. New chef? Couldn't tell.

Don't waste your time here.

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★☆☆☆☆

The place is nice and cozy inside, but my God! The drinks are Stephen Starr like overpriced! I don't mind paying if I am in a nice place or recieve good service, but the bartender seemed more interested in doing anything other than getting me and my wife drinks (or getting another when we were done with the first.... And I tipped six dollars on the first round of two drinks!)

Anyway, ate in their "dining room" off to the side. Terrible room, and the food is a hair above a dive bar's. New chef? Couldn't tell.

Don't waste your time here.

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As fabulous as its owner, Rose, The Happy Rooster may be tiny, but it packs a lot of foodie punch! I had a pepper steak there that had a red wine reduction sauce that I still dream of. If you are uptight and can't deal with close quarters and standard metro prices, don't go. But if you want an authentic Philly hot spot that you're sure to remember, go to the Happy Rooster. It made me happy!

PROS: dark wood -- unique -- amazing food!
CONS: tight squeeze -- don't go if that's going to be a problem for you

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★★★★★

As fabulous as its owner, Rose, The Happy Rooster may be tiny, but it packs a lot of foodie punch! I had a pepper steak there that had a red wine reduction sauce that I still dream of. If you are uptight and can't deal with close quarters and standard metro prices, don't go. But if you want an authentic Philly hot spot that you're sure to remember, go to the Happy Rooster. It made me happy!

PROS: dark wood -- unique -- amazing food!
CONS: tight squeeze -- don't go if that's going to be a problem for you

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For a place with karaoke, this is a cramped environment. You need room for that kind of thing, you know. A ridiculously bad setup, what with the choice of speaker placement. Drinks will cost you more than average.

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★★☆☆☆

For a place with karaoke, this is a cramped environment. You need room for that kind of thing, you know. A ridiculously bad setup, what with the choice of speaker placement. Drinks will cost you more than average.

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The Happy Rooster has a long history and is truly a historic place. The dcor is really nice and classic. They serve lunch and dinner. Their specialties include caviar, French toast, and fish. The prices are pretty expensive, so dont expect anything less. The service is really good and you wont be disappointed with the food. It is a great place to come for a special occasion.

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★★★★☆

The Happy Rooster has a long history and is truly a historic place. The dcor is really nice and classic. They serve lunch and dinner. Their specialties include caviar, French toast, and fish. The prices are pretty expensive, so dont expect anything less. The service is really good and you wont be disappointed with the food. It is a great place to come for a special occasion.

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honestly, the place is expensive and the servers can be rude. It also has the "in the industry" air so writers are afraid to critize.

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★★★☆☆

honestly, the place is expensive and the servers can be rude. It also has the "in the industry" air so writers are afraid to critize.

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Lovely little rooster bar. Specials written on a blackboard brought to the table, reasonable enough prices, fast, friendly service, nice drinks. Many down home type foods with a twist. Try the marinated skirt steak...WOW! Had a corner bar atmosphere...then again, it IS a corner bar. Really quaint feel.

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★★★★★

Lovely little rooster bar. Specials written on a blackboard brought to the table, reasonable enough prices, fast, friendly service, nice drinks. Many down home type foods with a twist. Try the marinated skirt steak...WOW! Had a corner bar atmosphere...then again, it IS a corner bar. Really quaint feel.

Pros: Atmosphere, Locality, Great food

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Duct tape on the booth seats? Dank? "Wacky" wall ornaments? I do not get this bar. Why do the meals cost so much? Ohhhhhhhhh! Lawyers hang there and like to pay too much for food so they can show off. Now I get it. Never mind.

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★★☆☆☆

Duct tape on the booth seats? Dank? "Wacky" wall ornaments? I do not get this bar. Why do the meals cost so much? Ohhhhhhhhh! Lawyers hang there and like to pay too much for food so they can show off. Now I get it. Never mind.

Cons: , Pricey

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While visiting Philadelphia a couple of weekends ago, my girlfriend and I happened upon the Happy Rooster while walking the spring festival in Rittenhouse Square. So we stopped in for Lunch and sat at the bar. We had such a fun time, everything was excellent from the food to the music to the musculed bartendar, George. [I think he's the reason my girlfriend wanted to eat at the bar!] Seriously though, George was great. We had a wonderful time speaking with him and he was very attentive. At one point the bar was pretty much full and we never felt ignored. I'd highly recommend this place, its very cool, and the food while somewhat pricey, is well worth it. Looking forward to a return trip and checking it out for dinner.

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★★★★★

While visiting Philadelphia a couple of weekends ago, my girlfriend and I happened upon the Happy Rooster while walking the spring festival in Rittenhouse Square. So we stopped in for Lunch and sat at the bar. We had such a fun time, everything was excellent from the food to the music to the musculed bartendar, George. [I think he's the reason my girlfriend wanted to eat at the bar!] Seriously though, George was great. We had a wonderful time speaking with him and he was very attentive. At one point the bar was pretty much full and we never felt ignored. I'd highly recommend this place, its very cool, and the food while somewhat pricey, is well worth it. Looking forward to a return trip and checking it out for dinner.

Pros: Food, Atmosphere, Bartendar - George

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My wife and I have been coming to the Happy Rooster for almost 30 years. We liked the old one but love the new "Rooster". Rose has brought energy and fun while keeping that which made the Happy Rooster unique and eclectic. With all her enthusiasm and experience, Rose will add to the legend of the bistro at 16th and Sansom. The food was excellent, the setting intimate and the "scribbled" wine list just the right thing with the Beluga caviar.

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★★★★☆

My wife and I have been coming to the Happy Rooster for almost 30 years. We liked the old one but love the new "Rooster". Rose has brought energy and fun while keeping that which made the Happy Rooster unique and eclectic. With all her enthusiasm and experience, Rose will add to the legend of the bistro at 16th and Sansom. The food was excellent, the setting intimate and the "scribbled" wine list just the right thing with the Beluga caviar.

Pros: Rose Parrotta, Food, Setting

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Terrific food in a converted cozy corner bar in Center City. Try the mussels with red chili sauce.

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★★★★☆

Terrific food in a converted cozy corner bar in Center City. Try the mussels with red chili sauce.

Pros: Bar, Funky

Cons: Small tables/chairs

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Once a boys club of a pub, The Happy Rooster has morphed into a neighborhood spot for all, with chef Terry Cherry in the kitchen cooking seasonal cuisine and a first-rate burger. Think updated comfort food, from shrimp and grits to…

 

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