Spice Finch

4.5
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914 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
Named after the bird that populates nearly every port along the ancient maritime spice routes, Spice Finch pays homage to a passerine that does not sing, yet is known to vocalize or chirp in recognition of good eats. We are inspired by the distinctive flavors of the nations bordering the Mediterranean Sea, and heavily influenced by the cultures and culinary traditions of Morocco and Greece. Chefs Jennifer Carroll and Billy Riddle have created a bold seasonally accurate menu featuring an array of small plates, vegetables, grilled meats and fish.
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vipAnthonyB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is about the 3rd time I have had a meal (dinner this time) excellent food, great flavors that pop and friendly service. Good value too.

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golden925
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, great service. One of my favorites! I always have a great quality meal.

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vipJoannO
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Limited,but interesting lunch menu.

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DanielleH
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am fairly versed in the Philadelphia restaurant scene and this was my first time at Spice Finch. This may now be my new favorite restaurant. everything was exceptional, fairly priced and the service was great. We ordered the lamb ribs,which was unlike any lamb i have ever had perhaps the best. We had a wide variety of apps from broccoli tabbouleh to baked cheese and everything was fantastic. For dessert we had the cardamon ice cream sundae and tahini cake. I have had many variations of tahini cake, i even make my own and this was unreal. The texture was light and flavorful, while the icing which is traditionally on the thicker side was light, airy and perfect. I highly recommend Spice Finch and will be returning.

Spice Finch
Responded on 10 March 2020

We really appreciate you taking the time to write such a thoughtful review, Danielle! It's great to hear that you enjoyed some of our menu highlights like the Baked Cheese, Lamb Ribs, and Chocolate Tahini Cake (especially since you make your own)! We really look forward to having you dine with us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spice Finch consistently provides excellent quality food and service and I am always thrilled to dine there!

Spice Finch
Responded on 11 March 2020

Thank you so much for your review! We are thrilled to hear that you feel well taken care of with each time you visit - we look forward to seeing you soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two for dinner before the orchestra; we opted for vegetarian, and all the small plates were outstanding. Four small plates, a beer and a glass of wine came to $85, a bit pricey but it was delicious. Atmosphere is very pleasant. Service was attentive.

Spice Finch
Responded on 10 March 2020

Thank you for your review! We are very glad you enjoyed our vegetarian offerings!

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ScarlettS
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our table of 5 had cocktails and shared several plates. The cocktails were wonderful. The food was all delicious but standouts were the cauliflower and the porkbelly. Excellent service, too. I hope I'm in Philly again soon for a repeat visit!

Spice Finch
Responded on 10 March 2020

We are so glad you enjoyed your meal at Spice Finch, Scarlett! If you enjoyed the cocktails, be sure to join us again and try some of our spring beverages during your next visit to Philly!

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ColbyG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend. We went for a late lunch on a Thursday afternoon after the lunch crowd had lefft so the noise level was low. Our server explained the menu and was pleasant and patient as we made our decisions. The flat bread was warm and the spreads were delicious. My broccoli salad was light, healthy and extremely flavorful. The salad and sandwich portions were quite large. The chef is scheduled to be on top chef all-stars so I have a feeling this place will be packed!

Spice Finch
Responded on 10 March 2020

Thank you for your kind and thorough review, Colby! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed the service and your meal at Spice Finch!

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vipNKapadia
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a wonderful addition to Philadelphia restaurant scene. Mediterranean food with northern African influence. Many vegetarian options.

Spice Finch
Responded on 10 March 2020

Thank you for your review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed our veggie fare!

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vipphillylady
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very interesting menu--great for sharing, as noted. We were there with friends from Australia-we all enjoyed it. Staff were cordial, warm and accommodating. I will return to Spice Finch.

Spice Finch
Responded on 10 March 2020

We are very glad to hear that you and your guests from out of town all enjoyed the menu and were able to take advantage of the family-style meal! Thank you for leaving a review, and we look forward to having you dine with us soon!

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vipTeamB
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Having read about the restaurant and the chef, I was excited to try Spice Finch. Despite not being crowded at all, our service was very slow and inattentive - never asked if I wanted a second drink, brought an incorrect appetizer (they did bring the correct one pretty quickly and told us to keep the incorrect one in them), except for the busser who tried to clear my plate before I was finished. Food was fair to good. Nothing outstanding. My husband’s pancakes were burned on the bottoms.

Spice Finch
Responded on 26 February 2020

Thanks for joining us and leaving a review! We are very sorry to hear that service did not meet your expectations. We take reviews like yours very seriously as it helps us look deeper into areas where we can improve and better serve our guests. Hopefully you will reconsider and allow us to turn your experience around during dinner sometime!

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vipAviddiner
Philadelphia
104 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great server, delicious food and drinks. We shared several plates including pork belly, peri peri shrimp, salads, dates, chicken kibbeh, cauliflower etc and a few desserts. My only complaint was that the shrimp were rather difficult to flesh out!
The DR was a bit chaotic - on our last visit, the dining room was very pleasant. This time, we were seated in the front room that was a bit too noisy for conversation and too much traffic all around us detracted from the experience

Spice Finch
Responded on 10 March 2020

Thank you for your review! We appreciate your feedback on the noise-levels, as it helps us gauge how we set the ambiance on busy nights. We are glad to hear that you took advantage of sharing our menu items family-style and look forward to having you join us again soon!

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vipEmilia
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, this is the second time I've eaten here and it is so delicious. We were able to try much of the menu, and I loved that we were able to share. The flatbread and yogurt dips, cauliflower, and pork belly were real standouts. Everyone should go here!

Spice Finch
Responded on 26 February 2020

Thank you so much for your kind review! We're really glad you got to take full advantage of the menu by sharing with your group- we hope to see you soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Unique cocktails. Loved the chefs tasting menu.

Spice Finch
Responded on 10 March 2020

Thank you so much for joining us and leaving a review! Be sure to come back and checkout our spring beverage menu!

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RobertD
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Sat near bar which was loud, would recommend restaurant and we will go back. Value for food, great, I just think things are too expensive by nature. However, food worth it$$$$

Spice Finch
Responded on 10 March 2020

Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to leave a review! We are thrilled to hear you will be joining us again and look forward to seeing you soon, Robert!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch with friends

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PaulR
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly lovely experience topped off by great service and attention by the manager, Jess. She made sure our table was happy, while watching out for the rest of the floor. Our waiter was informative and not intrusive. Flatbreads and toppings were a big hit, the half chicken was delicious and perfectly spiced. The whole fish was presented beautifully and filleted perfectly. Food was paced nicely, never felt rushed or like we were waiting too long.

Spice Finch
Responded on 10 March 2020

Thank you so much for your review, Paul! It's great to hear that the pace of your meal was well-spread out and that you were given good service by our staff. We look forward to having you join us again soon!

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ErrolD
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening out with great food and even better service. We told our waiter that we had a show to be at, and she made some excellent recommendations for us, and got us done in time to make it to our show. Ambience and space was comfortable. Would definitely go back again.

Spice Finch
Responded on 10 March 2020

Thank you for your kind review, Errol! Being a restaurant in close proximity to many theaters in the area, we do our best to make sure guests can have the full Spice Finch experience and still make it to a show. We are so glad you still enjoyed your meal with time to also catch a show!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for a friend’s birthday, and it was absolutely perfect! The food was incredible (must haves: flatbreads and spreads, baked cheese, cauliflower, lamb ribs), our server was knowledgeable and witty, and the ambiance and decor are fantastic. Will absolutely be back!

Spice Finch
Responded on 10 March 2020

Thank you so much for your review! We look forward to having you dine with us again soon!

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CaraP
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

On an earlier trip to Spice Finch, the food and service was phenomenal but this second visit was kind of disappointing. The servers seemed confused about how to situate all the plates on our table and we had to wait a really really long time between the first few dishes and the last two. Then it felt like a long long wait until we got the check. Originally we were planning to get dessert but then were worried it would take forever and we were so ready to leave by the end. Also, the broccoli tabbouleh was weirdly super salty. But the grilled cheese dish and the chicken kebabs were still really tasty and I appreciate the curated beer list, different and unique options.

Spice Finch
Responded on 10 March 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, Cara! We appreciate the 4-stars despite having a less-than-desirable experience with us this time around. We understand that since food comes out family-style and many plates can be at the table at once, it is very important to the staff to keep the table well-maintained. We thank you for your feedback, as it helps us figure out ways to better the dining experience for our guests. We are glad that there were still some highlights you enjoyed!

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vipMarkS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

We had been to the restaurant before. Service was unusually slow this time.

Spice Finch
Responded on 10 March 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, Mark. We are sorry to hear that you experienced slower service than usual this time around - we are hopeful that you will come back again so we can turn the experience around for you!

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vipFoodie64
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, we had the chefs menu. Good wine selection and friendly service.

Spice Finch
Responded on 10 March 2020

Thank you for your review! We are very glad that you took advantage of the Chef's Tasting menu and got to enjoy all of our "greatest hits"!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Convenient location and good sharing plates

Spice Finch
Responded on 10 March 2020

Thanks for joining us! We're glad you got to take advantage of all the shareable plates!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Do the chefs tasting. Everything was delicious and worth the price!

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Janeyo
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each time I eat at Spice Finch (3x now), I enjoy it more! Each bite of each dish was very full of exquisite flavor! We had 4 tasty spreads with warm moist pita, broccoli tabouleh, roasted cauliflower, stuffed grape leaves, lamb ribs, lamb shank. Really, each was remarkable & delightfully mysterious as to mix of ingredients. My favorite spot now in Philly... reliable & flavorful. (Ihad ordered an apple cider liquor drink of some sort that I despised, could not drink it, but I'm sure others like it, or it wouldn't be on the menu.)

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KomlanA
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great restaurant, and the customer service was wonderful. It’s cool for a date night and go for a drink with friends.

Spice Finch
Responded on 10 March 2020

Thank you so much for your review, Komlan! We are happy to hear you were given good service while dining with us!

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vipTomS
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding.. This is our go to place for Sunday brunch. Everything is so fresh...

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Don’t waste your time visiting here for brunch. By way of example, the hostess could not care less about us being there and after sitting us down nobody came over for over 15 minutes. After waiting a while longer, we decided to leave and goto another place near Rittenhouse Square. The first indication there was an issue at Spice Finch was the fact the restaurant was mostly empty even during prime brunch time. Now we know why. Spice Finch is ok for dinner (we have a nice time there in the past), but the message is clear: brunch simply doesn’t matter to them.

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phlfoodie
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience5

While the food was decent, the price did not correspond to quality of size of the portions.
I was disappointed by the shakshuka, but the dips were excellent.

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vipAmyGoesOut
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spice Finch had exceptional service and exceptional food. If you like innovative and authentic mediterranean, I highly recommend this spot. My only suggestion is that tablecloths (or at least a nice wooden table) would be better than linoleum tables in such a romantic candle-lit spot. Pricey but reasonable for the amazing quality you get. Menu seems small but there is plenty there.

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EricaT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went with the tasting menu that included a big plate. That night was the sea bass. Everything was delicious. The service was friendly and outstanding. They were very attentive and accommodating. For $60 you couldn’t get a better value.

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vipNJDiner
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

To maximize your experience, SHARE!! Interesting menu and by sharing you enjoy more. Wait-staff very helpful with suggestions.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique menu and flavors didn’t disappoint

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Holly
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rich was our server and he was delightful! We had the Chef’s tasting menu with the wine pairing and it was wonderful! We were celebrating and it was a truly enjoyable evening! :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful meal at Spice Finch! The small plates we ordered were beautifully spiced and went together so well. The restaurant itself is warm, stylish, and inviting; and the noise level was perfect — quiet enough to have a good conversation over our dolmades and kebab. I can’t forget to mention dessert: the chocolate tahini cake was excellent. Last, thanks to our server, Jessica, who was really friendly and helpful with our questions about the menu.

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vipMelibelleL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the portions were bigger than expected. We got a few plates to share and we left full with some to go. The service was great, with our server being knowledgeable and giving great suggestions. Prices were great, decor was beautiful, definitely recommend !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, great service.

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RyanC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love day love day

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MikeJ
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, cocktails, and service were superb! Looking forward to going back!

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Danielle7H2o
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went on Valentine’s Day unsure if there would be a limited menu but there was not. We tried quite a few small plates and everything we had was delicious. The flavor profiles were a nice combination of Mediterranean locations and even the harissa was not overpowering but still tasty. Best dish we had was the Peri Peri Shrimp. It was light and delicious and I could have drank the broth. I was thankful for the flatbread to sop it up. Highly recommend.

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