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Posted by Anonymous on 12/01/2012
Went for famous hamburgers, unless you like tasting your food for 5 +hours,enjoy. Burger was way over salted..not sure what seasoning was used? Tasted very smoky and somewhat like very old grease left on grill. With the bacon and vermont cheese they just need to let the meat absorb that flavor and not add extra salt seasonings to ground beef. I will say, "atomosphere was great and will go back and definetly try bangers and mash"....our server was excellent!
Posted by Neighbor on 07/02/2011
The atmosphere at the Dandelion is very cute with a whimsical decor. Usually we just go to the dandelion for drinks and beers and it's not too bad, but decided to try the food for the first time last night. The food was decent, but super overpriced. Although the food was tasty, not worth the stephen starr price tag that came along with it. Our waitress was very forgetful, it took at least 20 minutes to put in another order of beer and at least another 20 minutes before she actually came back with it. Waitress was very rude and couldn't handle a table of four people. Recommend the dandelion only if you're going to the bar, the waitress and staff are subpar otherwise.
Posted by Dennis W on 04/29/2011
While the food was a little pricey, it was very good. I particularly liked the butter lettuce salad and the Pork Belly Roast. The music was too loud; and while it was eclectic it was inappropriate for such a nice theme restaurant.
Posted by anonymous on 04/08/2011
We had a great meal here (we were in town from NYC for one night). Super cosy place with a roaring fire downstairs -- the place was bustling for a Wednesday night. We had the escarole caesar salad and the chicken/duck liver parfait -- both were excellent. Then we had the fish and chips and the shepherds pie -- both great although the fish itself had been over-salted. Presentation of all dishes was very nice. Dessert wasn't as great as we'd hoped (we had the sticky toffee pudding). Overall we had a great time. Would highly recommend it.
Posted by Bed on 02/18/2011
The place is fun but is certainly a not an English Pub. Stick to the Black Sheep or the Dark Horse for more of an authentic feel. Food is wildly overpriced as are the drinks. 1- Fish & chips = $21?! 2- Welsh Rarebit = $5 for two pieces. 3- No sides included with entrees. Service was friendly but smothering... 1- I was mislead. If I order a rum & ginger ale and the server says try the dark& stormy... I expect to also be told that there is an $8 difference in price! 2- I don't want the manager asking me how everything is. If I need you, I will ask for you. 3- Take your last bite and the plates are whisked away in 30 secs. Ehhh... there are many better options in the city to dine.
Posted by 22nd & Philly on 01/18/2011
We're big fans of the gastro pub. We don't mind spending a few extra dollars for interesting beers and a better burger, plus the best gastro pubs are often cozy, homely places you can always count on for a good meal. That's why we was excited to hear that Stephen Starr was venturing into English gastro pub territory with his latest establishment, The Dandelion. It took over a prime corner spot, across the road from Tria on Sansom Street. We ventured in, sans reservation, last Friday night to a solid meal with few kinks.
Posted by RWilson on 01/06/2011
I was so excited to hear that The Dandelion was opening and that it was a British-style pub. I immediately made reservations and went with a friend for dinner. The location is unbeatable - right off Rittenhouse Square and the atmosphere is really unique and fun. The restaurant has a lot of rooms, but it somehow maintained a homey and warm feel throughout. We ordered the mac and cheese to start and burgers for our entree course. The mac and cheese was very decadent - with large pieces of ham. The burgers arrived on circular cutting boards. The presentation was interesting and impressive for a burger. The fries were delicious large pieces of potato that were crisp and sufficiently salty! The only downfall was the ketchup. I love condiments that are basic and not too creative. The ketchup had a smokey taste and wasn't good. It overpowered the burger and the fries. The burger itself was just medicore and nothing to write home about. Village Whiskey has a much better burger and for $14 I think The Dandelion can do better. I am sure there are other items on the menu that we should have ordered instead, but the choices weren't easy - we aren't a fish and chips or pork belly crowd. The only other negative I will mention is that while we were sitting at our table (for about an hour) we had 10 different people ask us how our food was and if we were enjoying ourselves. I understand that the restaurant just opened and that attentiveness as it applies to service is important, however, it is really disruptive and unnecessary to have that many servers/managers/etc. ask if your food is satisfactory. In conclusion, would I go back to The Dandelion for food? Probably not. Would I go to hang out and get a drink? Definitely.