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Jun 30, 2010 05:58 PM

Simon Pearce

I mentioned to my husband that I wanted to go to a restaurant, close to home, with a great outdoor view for out anniversary on Saturday evening. Has anyone been to Simon Pearce or know anything about the food there (i.e. menu vs specials etc.)?

Thanks for your help!

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  1. A search on the PA board revealed this post from December (created before the phildaelphia board began):

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    1. re: urbanfabric

      If you're going for the view, you won't be disappointed. The food, OTOH, is another matter. In all fairness, I haven't been to SP in a couple of years, even though it's right in my neighborhood. The first time I went, I was underwhelmed by the food, which was fairly pricey, I thought. After Craig LaBan upgraded his rating a few years back, I decided to give it another try. I feel no need to return any time soon. The thing is, I really can't think of many places with great outdoor views in this area.

      1. re: CindyJ

        I agree with this go for the nice view(if you go early enough to snag a window seat) and the store(some great bargains can sometimes be found) but don't go expecting marvelous/special food. It isn't bad food, just nothing to rave about.

    2. I understand they have a (fairly) new chef who is doing some good things and, if so, it's probably worth a try. My wife likes it but I won't go based on long time so-so reviews. Go figure.

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      1. re: danbee1

        We have been there a few times recently and all the food has been at very least interesting. I have had some dishes that I can not compare for goodness as I had not had them before, ie. pork bellys,fryed egg , savoy cabbage, parsnips, very good actually. . I alway enjoy their fresh made hamburgers du jour. Service has been very good with a good selection of craft beers. And yes the view of the Brandywine is wonderful. Danbee1, perhaps give it a shot for the wife as a new chef can turn around so-so reviews. No promises just lots of promise!

      2. I really enjoy the food (and the view / atmosphere) at Simon Pearce, but here's my caveat -- I only go for brunch. I'd been once for lunch, and there was only one menu item that was vegetarian (a salad, how exciting), so I can't speak to those menus, but the brunch menu is always creative, service is good, and I do enjoy nosing around the shop and watching the glassblowers.

        1. Just read that Simon Pearce has closed effective immediately.

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          1. re: bignickpsu

            Just heard this as well...and since I still have an OpenTable spotight certificate I gave them a call. The customer service couldn't have been nicer......they will be contacting me in regards to how they will reimburse!
            Will miss it!

            1. re: ilovesummer

              Yes, same here ILS. Always liked the place, the food IMHO ranged from ok to good. Friendly professional service in a lovely and interesting setting. Oh well, such are the vasisitudes of the restaurant business! Ok Alison since you are not doing Coleman give it a shot!

              1. re: ilovesummer

                I have an Open Table certificate as well. I think it cost $25 for $50 of food. I will have to contact them also. I am really sorry about this. The location was so nice.

              2. re: bignickpsu

                Interesting, but not really surprising. I'll miss the shop a whole lot more than I'll miss the restaurant.

                That's such a beautiful location, though; I can't help but wonder who will occupy the space next. I seem to recall that that place stood empty for years and years, between the old Lenape Inn and Simon Pearce.

                1. re: CindyJ

                  I'm hoping another restaurant snaps up that space, Cindy. Such a lovely view, and a lovely drive out there. I'm really sorry it's closed, even though the food is (as others have noted) spotty. (Incidentally, I'd posted here in error, so sorry about that -- it really should have gone on the PA board.)

              3. I never heard of Simon Pearce until a few months ago, when I landed on their flatware page. There was a line of flatware I liked, but I didn't see anything I liked today when I looked. Maybe things aren't good all over?