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I was given a gift certificate for this restaurant and now I find them out of business. How can I get the money back for the gift givers??

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I was given a gift certificate for this restaurant and now I find them out of business. How can I get the money back for the gift givers??

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The food is wonderful, hence the great reputation. The service is waht astonishes me. They know how to handle tables for ten as easily as tables of two. The stuffed lobster is my favorite.

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★★★★☆

The food is wonderful, hence the great reputation. The service is waht astonishes me. They know how to handle tables for ten as easily as tables of two. The stuffed lobster is my favorite.

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Bookbinder's is awesome! If you are a seafood lover this is the place to go! The food is amazing! The amosphere is really nice too, it's a great date location!

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Bookbinder's is awesome! If you are a seafood lover this is the place to go! The food is amazing! The amosphere is really nice too, it's a great date location!

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I went to Bookbinders recently and had a great time. I was early, so I waited at the bar for my friend to arrive. I chatted with the bartender, Jim who recommended the Spiced Pear Cosmo, it was delicious! I asked him about the history of the restaurant and he had unlimited knowledge! My friend arrived and we were seated. We were greeted by our server right away. She gave us a rundown of the menu and specials and was both professional and personal giving some great recommendations. I started with the new england clam chowder, my friend tried their snapping turtle soup, both were delicious. For my entree I had a Lobster cooked half and half as my server recommended. I never heard of it being prepared this way, it's steamed and broiled with butter and paprika and was great. They serve it cut in half so it was easy to eat. My friend had the scallops which she also loved. The entrees don't come with side dishes, but we ordered a side of broccoli which fed both of us. We were very well taken care of, drinks filled as soon as they were empty,and checked back to see how everything was. We shared a strawberry shortcake which was huge! Overall, great food and service. A bit pricey, but worth it.

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★★★★★

I went to Bookbinders recently and had a great time. I was early, so I waited at the bar for my friend to arrive. I chatted with the bartender, Jim who recommended the Spiced Pear Cosmo, it was delicious! I asked him about the history of the restaurant and he had unlimited knowledge! My friend arrived and we were seated. We were greeted by our server right away. She gave us a rundown of the menu and specials and was both professional and personal giving some great recommendations. I started with the new england clam chowder, my friend tried their snapping turtle soup, both were delicious. For my entree I had a Lobster cooked half and half as my server recommended. I never heard of it being prepared this way, it's steamed and broiled with butter and paprika and was great. They serve it cut in half so it was easy to eat. My friend had the scallops which she also loved. The entrees don't come with side dishes, but we ordered a side of broccoli which fed both of us. We were very well taken care of, drinks filled as soon as they were empty,and checked back to see how everything was. We shared a strawberry shortcake which was huge! Overall, great food and service. A bit pricey, but worth it.

Pros: service, nice atmosphere, knowledgable staff

Cons: parking, a little pricey

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Bookbinders is great for 4 things: the atmosphere, the service, the food, and the drinks (not necessarily in that order). The bar area is beautiful, with a dark wood bar, tin ceiling, and presidential portraits lining the walls. I prefer eating in one of the bar area's booths to the main dining room, although the main area is quite nice. I do feel that the tables are very long, making a great space between you and your date. The bar area booths are better sized. I highly recommend any of the soups on the menu (or specials). They have a purple cosmo that is to die for...ask the bartender for it.

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★★★★★

Bookbinders is great for 4 things: the atmosphere, the service, the food, and the drinks (not necessarily in that order). The bar area is beautiful, with a dark wood bar, tin ceiling, and presidential portraits lining the walls. I prefer eating in one of the bar area's booths to the main dining room, although the main area is quite nice. I do feel that the tables are very long, making a great space between you and your date. The bar area booths are better sized. I highly recommend any of the soups on the menu (or specials). They have a purple cosmo that is to die for...ask the bartender for it.

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I was really impressed with the food quality here. I heard it was one of the staples in Philly. It is a bit pricy but I think it is worth the cost. The service was great too.

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★★★★☆

I was really impressed with the food quality here. I heard it was one of the staples in Philly. It is a bit pricy but I think it is worth the cost. The service was great too.

Pros: food

Cons: parking in the area

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The food was nothing special at all. The crab cakes were not fresh. I would not recommend dining here. The server was also lackluster and didn't have a very good knowledge of the menu; could even answer questions about spices in entrees.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food was nothing special at all. The crab cakes were not fresh. I would not recommend dining here. The server was also lackluster and didn't have a very good knowledge of the menu; could even answer questions about spices in entrees.

Cons: Food

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If you are in the mood for history, tradition and excellent seafood, you must partake of Old Original Bookbinder's seafood restaurant. Do not, I repeat, do not leave with out ordering their New England Clam Chowder. Close your eyes and you are in Maine. Their seafood is fresh and delectable. Philadelphia is steeped in American history and I am pleased to add this restaurant to it's fine list. Visit Old City. Ride In a Handsome carriage, eat at Bookbinders.

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★★★★★

If you are in the mood for history, tradition and excellent seafood, you must partake of Old Original Bookbinder's seafood restaurant. Do not, I repeat, do not leave with out ordering their New England Clam Chowder. Close your eyes and you are in Maine. Their seafood is fresh and delectable. Philadelphia is steeped in American history and I am pleased to add this restaurant to it's fine list. Visit Old City. Ride In a Handsome carriage, eat at Bookbinders.

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We were very disappointed with the food and service. I had the Seafood Combination and the Flouder and Scallops had no taste and crabcakes were full of filler not crabmeat. We were told by the waiter that they do not use filler, not true. We ordered wine, the waiter never asked us if we wanted any refills. My fiance order Mahi Mahi and was not pleased.. Bookbinders used to be a great restaurant years ago now we would rather eat at the BoneFish Grill, cheaper and better quality of fish. We will never go back to Bookbinders.

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★☆☆☆☆

We were very disappointed with the food and service. I had the Seafood Combination and the Flouder and Scallops had no taste and crabcakes were full of filler not crabmeat. We were told by the waiter that they do not use filler, not true. We ordered wine, the waiter never asked us if we wanted any refills. My fiance order Mahi Mahi and was not pleased.. Bookbinders used to be a great restaurant years ago now we would rather eat at the BoneFish Grill, cheaper and better quality of fish. We will never go back to Bookbinders.

Pros: waiters were dressed professional

Cons: Crabcakes full of filler and the fish is poor quality!!!

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Best new england clam chowder in the city. I am so hooked on it. I stop in to have a cup of it on my way home from work. I usually sit at the bar where the service is great. they are very knowledgable and nice. I've also had grilled mahimahi which to me is out of this world. Tonight there was a special and I had it with sushi rice and sauted spinach. yum it was so delicious!!! I also love the strawberry shortcake. Sometimes you just want something simple and good that you can just dig into and not feel bad about breaking something fancy apart. I highly recommend this resaurant to locals and visitors. You can't go wrong. As for the prices, there like any other nice restaurant in phili.

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★★★★★

Best new england clam chowder in the city. I am so hooked on it. I stop in to have a cup of it on my way home from work. I usually sit at the bar where the service is great. they are very knowledgable and nice. I've also had grilled mahimahi which to me is out of this world. Tonight there was a special and I had it with sushi rice and sauted spinach. yum it was so delicious!!! I also love the strawberry shortcake. Sometimes you just want something simple and good that you can just dig into and not feel bad about breaking something fancy apart. I highly recommend this resaurant to locals and visitors. You can't go wrong. As for the prices, there like any other nice restaurant in phili.

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All of my experiences at Bookbinders have been nothing short of wonderful. Whether I went for an intimate dinner, attended a party or hosted a work function, the service, food and spirits were top notch! The seafood is absolutely the best. I highly recommend the shrimp cocktail for an appetizer, you won't believe the size of the shrimp! On my last visit, I had the sword fish which was perfectly prepared. I recommend that you save room for dessert! The wait staff is friendly and attentive. I look forward to my next visit!

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★★★★★

All of my experiences at Bookbinders have been nothing short of wonderful. Whether I went for an intimate dinner, attended a party or hosted a work function, the service, food and spirits were top notch! The seafood is absolutely the best. I highly recommend the shrimp cocktail for an appetizer, you won't believe the size of the shrimp! On my last visit, I had the sword fish which was perfectly prepared. I recommend that you save room for dessert! The wait staff is friendly and attentive. I look forward to my next visit!

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Bookbinders IS Philadelphia. Famous for a reason. FRESH seafood, sumptuous surroundings and service. Ask for the "wedge" salad--it's not on the menu but if you're lucky the chef'll fix it for you. Dark mahogany bar perfect for assignations . Don't stare at the professional athletes. For special occasions or when you just want to be treated special. Best bet: tiered appretizer tray.

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★★★★★

Bookbinders IS Philadelphia. Famous for a reason. FRESH seafood, sumptuous surroundings and service. Ask for the "wedge" salad--it's not on the menu but if you're lucky the chef'll fix it for you. Dark mahogany bar perfect for assignations . Don't stare at the professional athletes. For special occasions or when you just want to be treated special. Best bet: tiered appretizer tray.

Pros: Atmosphere! Seafood!

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I wanted to share my positive experience with Bookbinder's- my fiance and I just had our rehearsal dinner there in a private room and it was fantastic. The event planner absolutely worked with us on our budget and made sure we had everything we needed. We had great servers who really took the time to make the evening special. Also, the older folks were quite happy with such a 'classy' choice of location.

Check out the private space- you won't be disappointed.

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★★★★★

I wanted to share my positive experience with Bookbinder's- my fiance and I just had our rehearsal dinner there in a private room and it was fantastic. The event planner absolutely worked with us on our budget and made sure we had everything we needed. We had great servers who really took the time to make the evening special. Also, the older folks were quite happy with such a 'classy' choice of location.

Check out the private space- you won't be disappointed.

Pros: great private space, really nice event planner

Cons: dessert was so so

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I've read the reviews, and they're basically right, but it helps to understand the context. I just went to Bookbinder's for the first time and found it to be a nice room aesthetically, but sort of an anachronism. The place is more about a kind of cheesy glamour than food.

The dishes were overrich and way overpriced. We got a steamed lobster, which was okay -- not perfectly prepared, but fine, with some unnecessary topping. The 3-lb lobster was $78. Ouch. And the lobster prices aren't listed - you have to ask. The crab cake was so-so, again with unnecessary mayonnaise or something that detracted from the flavor. The raw oysters were pretty good, but that's because preparation involves nothing more than popping them open. The staff is very young, except for a distracted-seeming older man at the front desk. Our waiter was nice but kept cracking sort-of jokes that kept catching us off-guard. Our meal, with two glasses of wine and tip, cost almost $200. Insane.

There are so many interesting, reasonably priced, sharply conceived restaurants in central and South Philly these days that it's hard to understand why you'd choose Bookbinder's. The one thing going for it is that it's actually kind of hard to find a decent, straight-ahead seafood place -- which is why I was curious to try Bookbinder's -- but it didn't end up fitting the bill. So, in short, not terrible, but I won't be going again, if only because of the ridiculous prices.

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★★☆☆☆

I've read the reviews, and they're basically right, but it helps to understand the context. I just went to Bookbinder's for the first time and found it to be a nice room aesthetically, but sort of an anachronism. The place is more about a kind of cheesy glamour than food.

The dishes were overrich and way overpriced. We got a steamed lobster, which was okay -- not perfectly prepared, but fine, with some unnecessary topping. The 3-lb lobster was $78. Ouch. And the lobster prices aren't listed - you have to ask. The crab cake was so-so, again with unnecessary mayonnaise or something that detracted from the flavor. The raw oysters were pretty good, but that's because preparation involves nothing more than popping them open. The staff is very young, except for a distracted-seeming older man at the front desk. Our waiter was nice but kept cracking sort-of jokes that kept catching us off-guard. Our meal, with two glasses of wine and tip, cost almost $200. Insane.

There are so many interesting, reasonably priced, sharply conceived restaurants in central and South Philly these days that it's hard to understand why you'd choose Bookbinder's. The one thing going for it is that it's actually kind of hard to find a decent, straight-ahead seafood place -- which is why I was curious to try Bookbinder's -- but it didn't end up fitting the bill. So, in short, not terrible, but I won't be going again, if only because of the ridiculous prices.

Pros: Nice room. Big (pricey) wine list. Good location.

Cons: Overrich food. Extremely expensive. Outdated feel. Few wines by the glass.

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My experience relates to the 'President's Room'... Combine the classiest bar in the city with a menu packed with fresh seafood at reasonable prices and you've got a winning combination. While it seems every restaurant from here to Nova Scotia tries to emulate the cool vibes of a trendy lounge, Bookbinders exudes a refreshing old-school hipness and style effortlessly. I showed up early for a business dinner and was pleasantly surprised to learn that happy hour serves up jumbo blue point oysters for a dollar each and offers $2 drafts everday. I was so impressed I went back a week later, had a good burger for just ten bucks and knocked back a few while watching the Phils on a nice big LCD (the other one is being repaired??). Go in on the right night and you'll find the most attractive pair of female bartenders Philly has to offer. A glass of wine might run a few extra dollars here, but the unforced ambience and excellent food more than make up for it.

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★★★★★

My experience relates to the 'President's Room'... Combine the classiest bar in the city with a menu packed with fresh seafood at reasonable prices and you've got a winning combination. While it seems every restaurant from here to Nova Scotia tries to emulate the cool vibes of a trendy lounge, Bookbinders exudes a refreshing old-school hipness and style effortlessly. I showed up early for a business dinner and was pleasantly surprised to learn that happy hour serves up jumbo blue point oysters for a dollar each and offers $2 drafts everday. I was so impressed I went back a week later, had a good burger for just ten bucks and knocked back a few while watching the Phils on a nice big LCD (the other one is being repaired??). Go in on the right night and you'll find the most attractive pair of female bartenders Philly has to offer. A glass of wine might run a few extra dollars here, but the unforced ambience and excellent food more than make up for it.

Pros: Happy hour, bar staff, delicious food, nice portions

Cons: poor selection of overpriced wines by the glass

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I decided to try the famed Bookbinder's when my parents and sister visited for my mother and sister's shared birthday. I've never had a worse restaurant experience.
They can't seem to decide whether they're a tourist trap or fine dining - the neon sign and warehouse feel don't complement the suited employees and chandeliers. The large, noisy room seemed more like a barn than a restaurant. After being seated off to the side, we were basically foresaken.
Our table wasn't properly set (random silverware was missing and mismatched), and it took three requests to two different people before one simply walked the whole ten feet to get our knives and spoons. After half an hour and asking several times, we finally got our water glasses filled, and it was another half-hour before the bread came (which was lackluster at best).
When the wine we ordered wasn't available, our waiter brought out a dessert wine. After I pointed this out, he argued the point and continuously asked why I thought it was a dessert wine instead of simply bringing a different bottle (I'm no expert - it simply said so on the label!).
After the incredible wait for our food, the fish was dry and completely tasteless, even drenched in the pathetic sauce. Not even the presentation was impressive. This place doesn't have a single redeeming quality. It was only my desire not to ruin my mom and sister's bithday further that prevented me from having words with the manager. Even if I had, I feel as though Bookbinder's is so tragically lost inside its own outdated reputation that nothing would have been done. Don't bother with this place unless you're a tourist with several hundred dollars to waste on nothing but a name.

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★☆☆☆☆

I decided to try the famed Bookbinder's when my parents and sister visited for my mother and sister's shared birthday. I've never had a worse restaurant experience.
They can't seem to decide whether they're a tourist trap or fine dining - the neon sign and warehouse feel don't complement the suited employees and chandeliers. The large, noisy room seemed more like a barn than a restaurant. After being seated off to the side, we were basically foresaken.
Our table wasn't properly set (random silverware was missing and mismatched), and it took three requests to two different people before one simply walked the whole ten feet to get our knives and spoons. After half an hour and asking several times, we finally got our water glasses filled, and it was another half-hour before the bread came (which was lackluster at best).
When the wine we ordered wasn't available, our waiter brought out a dessert wine. After I pointed this out, he argued the point and continuously asked why I thought it was a dessert wine instead of simply bringing a different bottle (I'm no expert - it simply said so on the label!).
After the incredible wait for our food, the fish was dry and completely tasteless, even drenched in the pathetic sauce. Not even the presentation was impressive. This place doesn't have a single redeeming quality. It was only my desire not to ruin my mom and sister's bithday further that prevented me from having words with the manager. Even if I had, I feel as though Bookbinder's is so tragically lost inside its own outdated reputation that nothing would have been done. Don't bother with this place unless you're a tourist with several hundred dollars to waste on nothing but a name.

Pros: Valet parking

Cons: Terrible food, insanely overpriced, waiters that change accents halfway through the meal

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I finally was fortunate enough to get a night out with my wife and we were very excited to go to the restaurant we had spent many of great nights. Unfortunately, we didn't expect it to be exactly the same but we were very unhappy with the whole experience. We did not mind the long wait which is usual but the meal, and everything that goes along with it was average at best. This is BookBinder's!! A Philadelphia landmark. A place people heard of in other cities and a place I was always proud of. But I can not say that is the case anymore. It is just another restaurant in a city that has too much competition and too many other really fantastic places. I am disappointed I had to write this but I guess I am going to have to move on and start trying all of these other places that keep opening everywhere.

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★★☆☆☆

I finally was fortunate enough to get a night out with my wife and we were very excited to go to the restaurant we had spent many of great nights. Unfortunately, we didn't expect it to be exactly the same but we were very unhappy with the whole experience. We did not mind the long wait which is usual but the meal, and everything that goes along with it was average at best. This is BookBinder's!! A Philadelphia landmark. A place people heard of in other cities and a place I was always proud of. But I can not say that is the case anymore. It is just another restaurant in a city that has too much competition and too many other really fantastic places. I am disappointed I had to write this but I guess I am going to have to move on and start trying all of these other places that keep opening everywhere.

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My family had dinner at Old Original Bookbinder?s on Mother's Day evening. Unfortunately, it was not the wonderful dining experience we had been looking forward to and had expected from the reviews we had read.

Running out of food is understandable, especially on Mother?s Day. But when it was clear that the arugula salad with goat cheese that was ordered contained spinach (rather than arugula), why did we have to insist that our waiter check with the kitchen before he admitted the truth? Things then got worse. Two of our group of six had ordered the market special ? broiled halibut with crab. The fish that was actually served was remarkably insipid and mushy, lacking the flakiness and flavor of halibut; it was clear that another fish (probably tilapia) had been substituted. Bringing that to the attention of the waiter brought nothing but insistence that it was, in fact, halibut.

We would not have expected a restaurant with Bookbinder?s reputation to resort to such a practice; simply taking it off the special menu, or advising customers of a change in fish, would have sufficed. And the final insult was the astronomical bill for this dish. Charging $84 for a three-pound lobster is one thing ? but $47 per person for ersatz halibut?

Needless to say, we were very disappointed with the experience. We could have followed up with the manager, but opted not to ruin our evening further. And we certainly will not repeat the error of dining at Bookbinder?s the next time we are in Philadelphia.

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★☆☆☆☆

My family had dinner at Old Original Bookbinder?s on Mother's Day evening. Unfortunately, it was not the wonderful dining experience we had been looking forward to and had expected from the reviews we had read.

Running out of food is understandable, especially on Mother?s Day. But when it was clear that the arugula salad with goat cheese that was ordered contained spinach (rather than arugula), why did we have to insist that our waiter check with the kitchen before he admitted the truth? Things then got worse. Two of our group of six had ordered the market special ? broiled halibut with crab. The fish that was actually served was remarkably insipid and mushy, lacking the flakiness and flavor of halibut; it was clear that another fish (probably tilapia) had been substituted. Bringing that to the attention of the waiter brought nothing but insistence that it was, in fact, halibut.

We would not have expected a restaurant with Bookbinder?s reputation to resort to such a practice; simply taking it off the special menu, or advising customers of a change in fish, would have sufficed. And the final insult was the astronomical bill for this dish. Charging $84 for a three-pound lobster is one thing ? but $47 per person for ersatz halibut?

Needless to say, we were very disappointed with the experience. We could have followed up with the manager, but opted not to ruin our evening further. And we certainly will not repeat the error of dining at Bookbinder?s the next time we are in Philadelphia.

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I really enjoyed the 3lb lobster, it was fabulous. Our server was very attentive and the place is beautiful. I would recommned it without hesitation. It's not cheap but it is good.

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★★★★☆

I really enjoyed the 3lb lobster, it was fabulous. Our server was very attentive and the place is beautiful. I would recommned it without hesitation. It's not cheap but it is good.

Pros: Lobster, Ambiance

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my mother gave my boyfriend and i a gift certificate here for our birthdays, so we went -- terrible...im only glad it was free...
from the reviews and the press, we didnt expect much -- it managed to be worse
overpriced, early saturday and they were already out of several menu items -- the rolls were bland, the shrimp and crab dip tasted like nacho cheese with BABY shrimp (maybe 2), the stuffed clams were just fine (dibruno's makes better), the arugula salad was good but overdressed --
the prime rib was more fat than meat -- and the meat that was there was bloody and tough (my boyfriend's had better at a diner) -- the scallops in white bean purree were good, but the "truffle oil" puree was all butter
the giant walnut brownie was the first time we haven't finished a giant dessert -- definitely out of a box
overall, the worst food we've had in philly, and we've been to many...

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★★★☆☆

my mother gave my boyfriend and i a gift certificate here for our birthdays, so we went -- terrible...im only glad it was free...
from the reviews and the press, we didnt expect much -- it managed to be worse
overpriced, early saturday and they were already out of several menu items -- the rolls were bland, the shrimp and crab dip tasted like nacho cheese with BABY shrimp (maybe 2), the stuffed clams were just fine (dibruno's makes better), the arugula salad was good but overdressed --
the prime rib was more fat than meat -- and the meat that was there was bloody and tough (my boyfriend's had better at a diner) -- the scallops in white bean purree were good, but the "truffle oil" puree was all butter
the giant walnut brownie was the first time we haven't finished a giant dessert -- definitely out of a box
overall, the worst food we've had in philly, and we've been to many...

Pros: attentive service (maybe too attentive)

Cons: everything else

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I went to Bookbinder's happy hour on Tuesday and I was pleasently suprised. Once seated at the bar I was greeted by a very friendly bartender. I immediately felt comfortable as I waited for my friends. I was also glad that I was not out of place in my jeans. My friends and I ordered drinks and ate the doller oysters. They were delicious and quite filling. We decided to order more even though we didn't have to. A great time was had by all!! I will definately be back!!

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★★★★★

I went to Bookbinder's happy hour on Tuesday and I was pleasently suprised. Once seated at the bar I was greeted by a very friendly bartender. I immediately felt comfortable as I waited for my friends. I was also glad that I was not out of place in my jeans. My friends and I ordered drinks and ate the doller oysters. They were delicious and quite filling. We decided to order more even though we didn't have to. A great time was had by all!! I will definately be back!!

Pros: warm bar feeling. Friendly good service

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I stopped into this old philly favorite just before a movie and discovered a WONDERFUL bar menu. It gave small samples of their YUMMY appetizers and even offered burgers and fries. There is no dress code and the bartender gave great service. It was not overpriced at all despite the reputation and really was a perfect snack before a movie.

If you need a great place to watch sports i also noticed some flat screen tvs playing the probowl.
Definately check out the bar menu!!

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★★★★★

I stopped into this old philly favorite just before a movie and discovered a WONDERFUL bar menu. It gave small samples of their YUMMY appetizers and even offered burgers and fries. There is no dress code and the bartender gave great service. It was not overpriced at all despite the reputation and really was a perfect snack before a movie.

If you need a great place to watch sports i also noticed some flat screen tvs playing the probowl.
Definately check out the bar menu!!

Pros: bar menu

Cons: can be tough to get a reservation

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WOW, I have never been to such a poor excuse of an overpriced "eatery" (It doesn't deserve to be called a restaurant). A few friends and I decided to go because we missed it during Restaurant Week. In essence, we missed the chance to pay $30 a head for **terrible** food, and instead paid $75 a head for--oh, wait, the same **terrible** food.
A recap of the night: the calimari was oily, the breading was limp, and the dipping sauce was quite possibly straight from a jar of Prego. The broiled lobster ($26 a pound, 2 pound minimum) was dry and overcooked. The reduction for the salmon tasted right out of a bottle of Ocean Spray juice.
And to add insult to injury, the waitress was dissatisfied with her take and came back to our table to ask for A HIGHER TIP!! I've had better (and more affordable) "seafood" on a Jersey Turnpike diner.

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★☆☆☆☆

WOW, I have never been to such a poor excuse of an overpriced "eatery" (It doesn't deserve to be called a restaurant). A few friends and I decided to go because we missed it during Restaurant Week. In essence, we missed the chance to pay $30 a head for **terrible** food, and instead paid $75 a head for--oh, wait, the same **terrible** food.
A recap of the night: the calimari was oily, the breading was limp, and the dipping sauce was quite possibly straight from a jar of Prego. The broiled lobster ($26 a pound, 2 pound minimum) was dry and overcooked. The reduction for the salmon tasted right out of a bottle of Ocean Spray juice.
And to add insult to injury, the waitress was dissatisfied with her take and came back to our table to ask for A HIGHER TIP!! I've had better (and more affordable) "seafood" on a Jersey Turnpike diner.

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Don't let yourself be concerned with negative reviews spawned from feuds between the owner and Philly's food critics. The food here is on par with most of Philly's finer dining establishments. While the lobster, wine and other cocktails are overpriced, the unique seafood fare is reasonably priced, extremely fresh and always enjoyable.

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★★★★★

Don't let yourself be concerned with negative reviews spawned from feuds between the owner and Philly's food critics. The food here is on par with most of Philly's finer dining establishments. While the lobster, wine and other cocktails are overpriced, the unique seafood fare is reasonably priced, extremely fresh and always enjoyable.

Pros: ambience, food

Cons: overpriced lobster and drinks

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Believe it or not, I went here after reading a horrific review in a local weekly... but my boss wanted to go and I have to tell you: I HAD A GREAT TIME. I am a borne and breed Philadelphian, so I have always had a love/hate thing for this place, but in all honesty, they have really done a nice job this time around. I ate at the bar, had the snapper soup, which was excellent, and the tuna tartare app. My boss, of course, had a NY strip, which we were a bit hesistant to order, but when it arrived, we were pleasantly surprised: cooked perfectly medium-rare, it looked and tasted great; on par with the Capital Grille. The place was busy for a Monday night (full), bartender was exceptionally friendly and funny, and I noticed the owner walking around, talking to the tables. An enjoyable experience.

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★★★★☆

Believe it or not, I went here after reading a horrific review in a local weekly... but my boss wanted to go and I have to tell you: I HAD A GREAT TIME. I am a borne and breed Philadelphian, so I have always had a love/hate thing for this place, but in all honesty, they have really done a nice job this time around. I ate at the bar, had the snapper soup, which was excellent, and the tuna tartare app. My boss, of course, had a NY strip, which we were a bit hesistant to order, but when it arrived, we were pleasantly surprised: cooked perfectly medium-rare, it looked and tasted great; on par with the Capital Grille. The place was busy for a Monday night (full), bartender was exceptionally friendly and funny, and I noticed the owner walking around, talking to the tables. An enjoyable experience.

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Since 1865, Old Original Bookbinders, with its massive, nautical-theme interior (deep wooden walls, faux porthole windows) reeled in diners for pricey seafood dinners. Photos of entire pro sports teams and assorted…

 

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