The Plough and the Stars

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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 Mussels Veloute, Lamb Chops with Irish Mint Sauce, Chicken Curry 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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Starting Jul 19, 2019·Mon-Fri 17:00-19:00

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DianeB
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was quick, food was wonderful, not my 1st time here. I got Irish Breakfast, others had Ham & Cabbage and Fish and Chip ( nice piece of fish).... We lingered for several hours afterwards for music.

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BillM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Retirement luncheon

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vipLawrence
Philadelphia
88 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had the Guinness stew - it was out standing ! … and the service was great

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great time, great service and great food with a nice beer selection!

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StevenF
3 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Irish comfort food on the regular menu with a selection of gourmet specials (ex. Crab stuffed shrimp and calamari that was to die for). Pub-like atmosphere With a contemporary twist. Went back for dinner on a Sunday and there was a live jam session of keyboard and violins playing awesome Irish music. Will be going back if ever in Philly again!

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vipNero
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pub...excellent shepherds pie...service was wonderful...would highly recommend for lunch

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Sop2
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Sunday night is always a favorite time to visit The Plough and the Stars. The traditional Irish music greets you when you walk in the door, as does the warm smell of the wood-burning fire. The food is always delicious and the wait staff are friendly. The music is a great background for dinner conversation but not overbearing. The historic building is as beautiful as it is comfortable. Highly recommend for locals and visitors alike.

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Beth
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very long wait for food; adults got theirs before the kids. Server said wait was because they had a large group party upstairs (so message is they can’t handle large groups well.) Server dropped pasta with hot butter sauce onto one of the kid’s lap. While it was a bad experience overall it was made up for by the genuine apology from owner/manager. Food tab was waived. Very classy move. Will give it another chance in the future.

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Brittney
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar staff was 5 stars. The food was 5 stars. Our waiter, Tim was amazing and personable.

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Chris
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go here all the time, but they managed to make it a different and special experience. The waitstaff were having a wonderful time, Marion’s playlist was awesome and the Valentines’ menu was so good. All in all, a terrific night.

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RosemaryP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salmon was delicious and our server was very accommodating.

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OpenTable Diner
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent fish and chips! Just what I was looking for. Sat outside and had great service.

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SharonM
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for brunch with friends, not rushed which was appreciated. Food delicious! Forgot to take a pic .

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vipNG124
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

This seems like a great place to come to grab a drink. It was not outstanding for a dinner as it was very very loud, to the point it was difficult to have a conversation. The food was pretty average. The brussel sprouts were good as was the shepard's pie, though there was more juice than my liking. The small fish and chips were very 3 small fish sticks with more breading than fish and about 10 fries. Probably won't come back to eat.

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Chelssjh
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We went the night a band was playing and didn't know, and it was very loud. Could not hear my friends. It was too much and it was earlier in the evening (6:45p)

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was wonderful, very efficient and nice. Love the atmosphere. The food was great!

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TiaraS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First experience was amazing! Great food, great staff!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Plough and the Stars, it is one of my favorite places in Philadelphia. In fact, I love it so much that I am willing to write a review and I NEVER write reviews. It’s one of those places with the perfect “3”1. Ambiance 2. Music 3. Food

This place also has beautiful high ceilings and really sweet staff! It’s warm, but also trendy but not too trendy it’s literally just right!!!!! The food is fantastic as well. The grilled Brussels sprouts are my go to!!! Love you guys!!!!

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JAYS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and dessert was out of this world.

Great atmosphere, parking right next door. Easy in and out for a nice night out in the city.

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joanj
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food for Restaurant Week. Lots of choices. Our server, David was very accomodating.
Only problem was noise and music made it a little difficult to talk to fellow diners.
Otherwise, great.

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LeticiaC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Came here for restaurant week and it was such a disappointment.the basmati rice I ordered tasted like it was wrapped in plastic, and the salmon was coated in weird egg type dish. Overall, I would spend my money elsewhere. Not worthy of participating in restaurant week. Service was also not the greatest. Had to ask multiple times for a refill on water. I also had to wait a while to get a fork when my food was replaced. Not a good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Restaurant week

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CarlM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I would definitely recommend The Plough and the Stars to a couple or a group of folks...who already know each other very well. Why? Well the food here is excellent. The service we had was great. The general vibe of the place was very friendly...but that leads to a noise level that makes it a little difficult to have any more than just casual conversation. Still an awesome choice! :)

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JanaiK
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My meal was phenomenal. When I asked my waiter for help with a drink idea since I am fasting from Alcohol, he jumped right into it and made me a virgin mojito. Everyone was so nice and welcoming.

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vipAngelJ
Orlando
20 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great place to go to eat and relax for dinner. The food was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was restaurant week in Philadelphia. Sometimes places aren’t always at their best due to the crowds and limited menus during this week. Not the Plough, food and service were fantastic. They we’re very busy and no one tried to rush us out. Very good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic !!

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JAYS
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had 3 birthdays in our party. Service was good food was good. They even acknowledged our Facebook check in. Pretty cool

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jack
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Went for the music on Sunday, which did not disappoint. I thought food was just okay. I will return and try other menu items.

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HRitchie
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A friend and I met for brunch. We both had the same salmon omelet, which was outstanding. Our server, Tim, got it that we hadn't seen each other in awhile and would be having a leisurely afternoon. He checked in periodically, made sure our water glasses were full, and never seemed the slightest bit anxious to see us out of there. We stayed more than two hours. Lovely!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food and service where good atmosphere was great!

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vipkjf13
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating New Year’s Eve with friends. Third year in a row. Got great table behind Host station and had fantastic food with great service. I can’t recommend this place highly enough.

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vipmemkk
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

A fun environment. Had a great time watching the Eagles game there with other fans that were polite, appropriate and fun while having some drinks and pretty good food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally would make the trip to Philly just for this restaurant!

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NancyR
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Christmas Day dinner , what a lovely experience! Beautiful decorations - wonderful vibe and food was great! 🎄David was our server and he was amazing. Thanks Plough and the Stars, we’ll be back

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rf523
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome time. Very good food al around the table. Good Guinness, also. Trad band was great. Took us right back to Ireland.

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vipJohnH
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Sunday brunch by the fireplace with the magnificent soaring Christmas tree in view. Delicious Chicken curry and Shepherd’s pie were washed down with a few pints of Guinness. Tim was our server, and he is a great new addition to the staff.