The Spicy Belly

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193 reviews
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$30 and under
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Caribbean
BEST OF PHILLY 2018 Award Winner. Best Unexpected Fusion
The Spicy Belly Is an experience in Caribbean and Asian Fusion for your taste buds. With Jamaican and Korean influences the Spicy Belly opened in January of 2017 And is located inside The Philadelphia Neighborhood Of Wissahickon, Next To Manayunk. The Spicy Belly Is A Cultural Fusion Between Traditional And Contemporary Jamaican And Korean Dishes.
Watch our feature on EATER:
https://www.eater.com/2017/3/30/15124874/korean-jamaican-spicy-belly-philly-video

Children of Korean and Jamaican Immigrants, Owner Jason And Chef Jimmy Mills Offer A Fresh And Focused Look Into The Delicious Marriage Of Jamaican And Korean Flavors. The Creative Food And Vibrant Atmosphere Hopes To Add To The Growing Food Culture In Its Historic Wissahickon And Manayunk Neighborhoods Of Philadelphia.

Catering and Delivery Also Available.

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Awesome Happy Hour

$3 craft draft beers, $4 glasses of wine, $5 various apps, 50cent wings on Wednesdays.

What 193 People Are Saying
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DanettaN
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this place!!! Food is amazing..thanks Chef Jimmy!!

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vipKarenB
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We decided to try the spicy belly because we love Manayunk and there was a 1000 point bonus. The menu looked interesting and prices reasonable. We were warmly greeted and promptly seated. It's a small casual setting that has a fun vibe. The music was a little loud but when we mentioned it to our waiter Dorian, he quickly addressed our concern. Dorian was friendly and knowledgeable. The beer selection was good. We shared wings with the spicy Korean sauce. There were 7 wings perfectly done (crispy per our request)and not overly sauced. A highlight. We both ordered the bimbop, which had good flavor. I expected more vegetables and wished there was less rice, but that has more to do with my taste then there be anything wrong with dish. We were bimbop novices. It was a fun experience overall.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

It was a very busy day and almost every menu item had sold out, lol. We were compensated for the inconvenience with a free round of drinks though!!

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AlfredD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Interesting mix of styles, very good food. Knowledgeable server, good value

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MonicaY
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always unique and delicious with excellent presentation. The servers are friendly and attentive. Value is excellent. We always bring food home because the portions are large.

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vipRich
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Totally awful experience. My cousin was visiting from out of town (he lived in DC) and wanted to try some Jamaican food. This place (can’t even call it a restaurant because the service was horrible) popped up on Open Table. So we decided to try it. What an unpleasant experience, our server was grumpy and slow. We ordered a beer flight and he forgot to tell the bar two (2) times. The beer flight arrived with the bill. Our food arrived in five minute intervals… Mine (wait 5-min) my wife’s (wait 5-min) my cousins.

Would not recommend this place to anyone!!!

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Tine
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Took forever to find parking, was little pricey, but good food and good service. Would definitely go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal, however, I felt rushed by the waiter to finish my meal so he could clean up. The entree I ordered, Mo-bay bimbap, did not have enough chicken compared to the rice and peas. My friend loved your Japchae. And we both could not stop raving about the Jerk Mondu, delicious!

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phillygreat
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Definitely would recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoy spending my birthday at spicy belly. The food portions were plentiful and very tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun! The food and customer service was spectacular!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good! Had a great time with family. Will visit again!

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MaryM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was a very cute place with lots of vegan options. The food was very good.

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VernittaT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Only one server and drinks were not up to normal taste level to prior visits.

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DejaM
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Only sad thing was their was no seitan !! That is what was suggested the most as a recommendation for vegetarians/vegans and you were out:( Also my fiancé said the Rasta punch was weak alcohol wise. (Mine was great!!) lol. That’s all, it was still fantastic! The bartender made me a special drink and it was to dieeee for

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SLS6
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great little local restaurant that had interesting combinations of food. Some in our party didn’t think it was spicy enough but others felt the flavor was great. Good sized portions. Wine is an issue here - very expensive for a carafe as opposed to a full bottle

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vipPhillyGirl
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Unique setting and wonderful service! A bit funky - not as spotless as I would have wished and it took awhile to get our food but it was delicious and we will go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Six of us celebrated a birthday at the Spicy Belly on a Thursday night. The service was excellent and the food was diverse, inventive and full of flavor. From the Vegans to the Carnivores at the table, all were satisfied. The bar selection was great too.

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CarrieG
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Ok, so I've been wanting to go here for about a yr but because of work and me no longer living in Philly; I've been unable to do so. Let me just say that the best part of this location was the bartender Dorian, he was GREAT! The food was hot and came out in a decent time. It was a little pricey but that doesn't matter if the food and are both great. In this case the food was lacking flavor, nothing tasted good. I was highly disappointed!

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vip1NewZagatsGuide
Philadelphia
323 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Truly enjoyed Caribbean style vegan choices! Loved the Jamaican style beyond burger, sweet potato fries, plantains, starting with the trio medley of chickpeas, Asian marinated bean sprouts, and cabbage kimchi... my friend loved the very hot spicy cucumber kimchi, and the Jamaican jerk style seitan, and Rice and beans... also really enjoyed the peach purée and cranberry splash!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Such a good idea but so-so overall. Foods were decent but not great, and a bit overpriced. Very tasty apps/sides. Watery cocktails with minimal alcohol. Waitress was friendly but not really knowledgeable. Desserts were grainy, icy, and had clearly melted at some point, only to be refrozen instead of tossed. If a bunch of friends were going I’d tag along but probably wouldn’t go on my own again for a while.

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Average
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really cool little space.. The food is great. Service to

The Spicy Belly
Responded on 10 September 2019

Thank you, for coming and enjoying with us!

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JimW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best new food experience in a long time. Very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good was great, bartender was awesome, will definitely be back

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SLaney
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience2

I feel like the menu was smoke and mirrors.. Great idea, but the food was not at all impressive.

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ILIKEFOOD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We will definitely be back - most dishes were a hit (we especially liked the fried rice Banchan).

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great fusion cuisine! We started with their Soeul wings which were some of the best I ever had. They were crispy in just the right way and had a deep flavorful sauce. Next we split the Curry Shrimp and the Bimbap with chicken. Both were a unique mix of flavors that were absolutely new to me and very tasty. There are so many things on the menu that we would like to try. We also had our 2 year old with us and even he enjoyed it. He loved the music. The server also suggested a mocktail for him which he loved. The owner/chef came over to check on us which was so nice. We really enjoyed our time and will definitely be back!

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KurtH
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Small joint in Manayunk. Food is excellent overall. Bulgogi Beef was a little “meh” but the Pineapple Bowl was excellent as was the KimChi. Friendly staff, and good specialty drinks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

The curry shrimp was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience2

The food was just disgusting. They definitely need a change in the chefs.

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SusanL
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Second time there, and sadly, the magic was gone. This time the food was not at all outstanding. Appetizers were good, one meal was were ok, but root veggies in shrimp dish were all undercooked and disappointing. My guests are very familiar with Jamaican and Korean food, well traveled, and I wished they could have had a better experience.

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vipJayS
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent cuisine, lovely drinks and great service

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RogelioA
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was pretty good nothing to brag about, thought for the amount of money paid per dish I thought I’d get more, I chose the pineapple plate which was bland overall even though it looked delicious online, don’t know if I’d give it another chance but I hope they continue growing and progress because I think they have a lot of potential

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My entrée was salty and I usually add salt to everything! I informed the waitress but she didn't seem concerned. I guess it was near closing. They were also out of a few things.

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KiaH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

My man enjoyed his burger. However, I ordered a dish with sweet potato noodles, mushrooms and peppers added jerk shrimp. It was so boring no favor. I won't order that again. Parking is awful near the restaurant.

The service was good. I might come back in the future to try something else.

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AkeelsMcK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

I thought the food was not a great representation of either culture. Everything was really salty. It was also not well seasoned. They didn't have three appetizers and one entree, even though they hadn't been open for three hours so I couldn'tvget what I wanted. Overall, I wasn't satisfied and wouldn't go back.

The Spicy Belly
Responded on 28 June 2019

Sorry that you did not enjoy the food, can you tell me which dishes you ordered so i can get that back to the chef? I see the service was marked a 3 also, was there an issue with service? we appreciated the feedback.

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vipgoodmetabolism
New England
26 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food. Got the pork spring rolls, jerk chicken bibimbap and the shrimp curry. Slightly expensive though. Might be better if cheaper additional charge for proteins.

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joem
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great cool vibrant cocktails and fun unique spins on Korean and Jamaican traditional dishes. Perfect for date night or friends foodie adventure.

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vipmikem
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

an unusual taste and change
very attentive waitstaff
excellent service
nice ambiance
not bust when i was there
a good place to go if you want a change of pace
hard to find
impossible to find parking

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heyitsisaac
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went here for a small bday gathering. The food was good. I had the Jerk, and Asian BBQ wings for appetizers. I like how they cooked them differently. The oxtail and rice/peas combo was fire too. The only issue was that they close the kitchen at 10:00. I’m pulling up again to try the curry shrimp.

The Spicy Belly
Responded on 21 June 2019

Glad you enjoy you meal, thank you for coming. Jason

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The Spicy Belly does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats. The Spicy Belly also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 482-2095.

The Spicy Belly is rated 4.2 stars by 193 OpenTable diners.

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