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The Plough & The Stars

123 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3059
+1 215-733-0300
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good46%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (12 reviews)
“fish and chips” (13 reviews)
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American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
123 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3059
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting place. Cool Irish music. Had the Angus burger and it was very good. Don't waste time on Curry fries, stick with plain fries. Would not consider it as a family place as it is a bar.

Thank Byron T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Several family members (9 of us) met here prior to seeing a show at the Arden Theater. We were greeted with smiles and pleasantries. Our waitress whose name escapes me was one of the most pleasant people we have ever met. The food we had...More

Thank Bup112
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have been here dozens of times over the years. By myself, with my wife, with my sons, for work. Always a great meal. Sensational service and hospitality and good prices. Live music a lot of the time. Check on what menus are offered on...More

Thank tomj409
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I looked this up and really liked the menu. we wanted a quaint place in historic Philadelphia with good food. This was the place. it was decorated for Halloween with a life sized werewolf and witch. there was a fire burning in the fireplace. I...More

Thank Becky Snella D
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

Had dinner here with friends. Suburb food and a fun and relaxed atmosphere. We were looked after by a very attentive host who made sure we were well looked after. Also, loved the 80’s background music.🤗I had the mussels for appetizer followed by the salmon...More

Thank Karen K
Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

We ate here during restaurant week. The meal was wonderful, the blue cheese on the house salad starter was flavoursome and creamy. I had a pork ribeyewhichwas perfectly cooked. The service was friendly and helpful. My husband wanted to try one of the local beers...More

Thank suzan d
Reviewed 6 October 2018

Lots of bars and restaurants on this street and was busy on a Friday night...decorated for Halloween already so pretty cool. Irish bar primarily but we did drinks,chicken tenders and calamari both which were very good and a good sized happy hour plate. Happy hour...More

Thank duffer47
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

Went for restaurant week so there was a limited menu but was not disappointed. The mussels were in a wonderful brandy and cream sauce. Fillet mignon was cooked perfectly. Dessert was yummy. Our waitress was so accommodating and attentive. Overall a great experience.

Thank 48gonow
Reviewed 1 October 2018

Caveat: We visited the restaurant during Center City Restaurant Week, so we were restricted only to the items available for that event and a few extra bar food. We ordered the duck feuilletté, baby rack of lamb, and fried calamari (bar menu). The duck was...More

Thank 955EriH
Reviewed 17 September 2018

Lovely authentic Irish bar, lovely food and great service, our waitress, Michelle, was brilliant, nothing was too much trouble, highly recommended.

Thank Geoff-Dux
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Questions & Answers
4 June 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from rjfennell | Reviewed this property |
Yes to outside seating this time of year. Yes, I saw a small dog at an outdoor table.
4 March 2017|
Response from richardmanly | Reviewed this property |
There is traditional Irish music every Sunday from 5 pm to 9 pm
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 14 - USD 40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
10:30 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3059
  • Public Transportation: Septa Buses 5,17,21, 33, 42,48, 57 New Jersey Transit Patco
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Centre East
  • Neighbourhood: City Centre East
  • Phone Number: +1 215-733-0300
  • E-mail
At the Plough & the Stars the owners are determined to bring the true taste of Ireland to Philadelphia, our food is described as Western European with a strong Irish influence. We were awarded by Citysearch as Philadelphia's Best Brunch. We have been featured numerous times on the Food Network and have cooked at the James Beard House in New York. Enjoy our famous Mussells Veloute, Striped Bass with Potato Crusted Scales or Guinness Casserole. Or if you prefer you can dine on our casual bar fare. We have installed the most sophisticated beer system in the US, imported directly from Ireland and installed by Guinness technicians. Each pint of the 12 beers on tap is perfect. The atmosphere created by the simple, yet powerful decor and fills a visitor to the Plough & the Stars, with an overwhelming feeling of awe and inspiration. The stage is set for an enjoyable and memorable dining experience. Weekend nights turn the Plough into one of Old City's favorite bar scenes!
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