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“The BEST restaurant in Philadelphia”
Review of Fountain Restaurant - CLOSED

Fountain Restaurant
Price range: US$41 - US$80
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Benjamin Franklin Parkway & 18th
Description: Fountain Restaurant has earned national acclaim as Philadelphia's most renowned restaurants. Imaginative and impeccable cuisine is served in a warm atmosphere that features a view of the stunning Swann Memorial Fountain in the Parkway Museums District. Breakfast and lunch are served daily. Fountain Restaurant is widely considered one of the best restaurants in Philadelphia, having been rated the number one restaurant in Philadelphia by Zagat Survey, and receiving top honours from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Magazine and Bon Appetit.
Reviewed 22 October 2013

Beautiful floral displays throughout the hotel lead you to this Fountain Room. Finest food with most attentive wait staff. Exquisite presentation of food. Sunday brunch, particularly for special holidays, are out of this world. Great attention to detail. So wonderful that we had our wedding luncheon here!

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Thank jpc1424
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

Wonderful lunch overlooking the fountain. Food, service was top notch. Deryl, our server, was terrific. Overall a terrific experience!

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Reviewed 9 October 2013

Tuesday night could be considered a slow night in a restaurant, one would think. When I asked for a 7 pm reservation, three days in advance, I was told it was not available. When we arrived, we were made a fuss over as we sat down, received adequate attention while ordering, and then, we were completely ignored, with our waiter disappearing, and no one else taking notice of the closed wine list on our table. I would not be exaggerating, if I were to say that a half hour went by before my husband finally flagged someone down to take our wine order. . . We later found out, when our waiter suddenly appeared to ask how things were going, and we told him that he had disappeared, that someone else was supposed to have waited on us. The best service was provided by the "water boy" who kept refilling our glasses with the sparkling water. This was a special occasion for us, and remembering our previous wonderful experience at the Fountain Restaurant many years ago, we returned here. A fine dining experience, for us, involves a pleasant, relaxing ambiance. The music in the restaurant was too upbeat, anything but relaxing, not the type conducive to savoring a fine meal. We asked them to change the music and were told by the manager that music is provided by some outside service and all he can do is lower the volume but not change the selection. My husband had a whole discussion with him about what is appropriate dinner music and we sensed that our taste is certainly not in tune to his desire to be "contemporary". We were bothered by a mosquito, which kept trying to land on one or the other of us. And when I managed to kill it, a fly appeared out of nowhere. Although our experience did not meet our expectations, the food, for the most part, was good. Was it worth the exorbitant prices? Maybe if the service had been attentive and flawless, we'd have felt differently. Yet even with the food, there were issues. They served us the wrong soup. . . and my entre was cold. It was sent back to the kitchen, but after a few minutes, since the entire experience had been sliding downhill, I decided to take it home instead. We passed on desert. We arrived at the restaurant at 7:15 and left at 9:45, two and a half hours later. We did enjoy the Ahi tuna entre the following day.

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Thank Nitvoyodelo
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

We have not been here in a while and things have changed. There is a much more casual air to the place and service was lacking on a very slow night. The food was just as good as always. Started with octopus salad and artichoke and faro salad. The crops was tender and the potatoes were crispy making this an excellent choice. However, the faro salad was the better choice with a great mix of texture and flavors. Entrees were guinea hen with corn and gnocchi and lobster with paella. I thought the hen was a wow dish. Hen was cooked perfectly with crispy skin and the gnocchi was very light and delicate. The lobster was very good with a beautifully composed paella. Dessert brought two great finishes. My chocolate torte was excellent but the soufflé was the best in years..

Thank Steve R
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Reviewed 10 August 2013

There are so many fine restaurants in Phila now, don't waste your $$ on this one. Poor service, missed items ordered and we just didn't the food was that special. Pretty setting

Thank Timkate
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