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261 S 21st St Philadelphia, PA 19103
261 South 21st StreetUSPennsylvaniaPhiladelphia19103
$$American Restaurant, Bar
American Restaurant
Today 5:30PM–10:30AM
Saturday 5:30PM–10:30AMSunday 5–10PMMonday 5:30PM–10:30AMTuesday 5:30PM–10:30AMWednesday 5:30PM–10:30AMThursday 5:30PM–10:30AMFriday 5:30PM–10:30AM
The Friday Saturday Sunday Story It was the most improbable of beginnings. In a business known for it?s high failure rate, Friday Saturday Sunday Restaurant was launched on a dare: Jay Gubin dared Weaver Lilley and Arnie Roberts to open a restaurant with him by each putting $2000.00 into a hat. Jay Gubin, a brilliant concept person, was the perennial entrepreneur. Arnie Roberts, a ?natural? marketing whiz, was also one of the best ad designers in the city. Weaver Lilley, a photographer with a keen eye, was shooting some of the most exciting ads in town. What did they know about restaurants? Not a great deal, but they were able to open a restaurant that has one of the longest and most successful track records in Philadelphia. Of course, $6000 was not enough. It would require the additional help of four more partners (making the total investment a very modest $14000). One of those partners was the first Chef, Tommy Hunter. He eventually left FSS with Jay to start the Restaurant School. Jeanine Autret was a journalist and contributor to the Philadelphia Bulletin. Bud Bretschneider, a carpenter, was responsible for the construction of the restaurant. Annie Perrier, was the wife of George Perrier, chef and owner of Le Bec Fin. Although she had not worked in a restaurant, she brought along a great deal of George?s help and her own terrific sense of humor. Back in those days, a sense of humor was an important thing. The physical plant was ancient. The refrigeration was supplied by a series of second hand apartment refrigerators lined-up in a row. Desserts were being carried in from Jeanine?s apartment kitchen up the street. Everybody was over educated. The dishwasher had a PhD. The entire wait staff had college degrees. But except for Tom Hunter, no one had been trained for what they were about to do. A crash course in the running of a restaurant was about to begin. It was very difficult but we had a lot of fun. Six months after the restaurant?s opening, on a Saturday night, a line of waiting customers could be seen stretching out the door, down the block and around the corner of 21st and Spruce streets. Unfortunately, many of those people never made it into Friday Saturday Sunday that night due to the slow turnover. However, those that did returned home with fantastic reports of fabulous food, inexpensive prices and a captivating atmosphere. Now over 39 years have passed and many of the faces have changed. However, the traditions of quality food, fair prices and charming atmosphere are alive and well at Friday Saturday Sunday and continue to drive this restaurant?s popularity. Philadelphia Life names Friday Saturday Sunday Best Romantic Dining "It may be on the tiny side, but that's all right because this romantic gem in Rittenhouse Square is designed for getting close. In addition to the excellent cuisine, this dimly lit charmer offers a great wine list, terrific martinis and experience designed to keep your eyes squarely on the man or woman sitting in front of you."
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Unfussy American fare draws diners to this casual Rittenhouse Square institution, with upstairs bar.- Google
"The food is outstanding - my lamb chops were succulent and perfectly prepared."
"Great staff (cute bartender!"
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Ted Voltolina
a month ago
Cozy, chill, and really low key. Nice romantic spot for a date.
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Minh Chau
7 years ago
Friday Saturday Sunday is a cozy, romantic spot not too far from Rittenhouse Square. There\'s no host standing when you come in, and the dining area is divided between two floors, but that just adds to the charm of the place. The setting is perfect for a date and the food will not disappoint. I\'ve enjoyed all of the salads there, with the Five Leaf Salad with Goat Cheese being my favorite. The soft goat cheese and honey go together beuatifully with the greens. The decadently creamy mushroom soup is an excellent way to start off the meal on a cold night. The salmon of the day and the steak specials are what I usually go for. Friday Saturday Sunday is the first place I ever ate wasabi mashed potatoes and loved them! The fresh homade desserts are tasty and not too rich and round off the perfect date.
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Mimi Nguyen
8 years ago
one of the best deals in town if you like a good bottle of wine with your fantastic meal! every bottle is priced at just $10 over wholesale here, so you feel good ordering one (or two or three). the food is outstanding - my lamb chops were succulent and perfectly prepared. the place is small, so make reservations in advance!
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Jim Higgins
6 years ago
still a good value with interesting food, the decor appears not to have changes a wit since my college days at penn in the 70s.
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jane weiss
3 years ago
Our first time here was during Restaurant Week, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Three of us had the asparagus appetizer, which was crisp and delightful and pleasantly dressed. All four of us had the steak main course with mashed potato and summer squash, along with a very pleasant and pungent sauce for the steak. All of the steaks were perfectly cooked to the degree each guest had requested. The wine, an '08 red Priorat, was rich and superb. My only criticism is that the desserts were all sweet (no fresh fruit available), but this is relatively minor, since we do not regularly eat desserts. We expect to eat here again from the regular menu.
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Sandra Brubaker
3 years ago
Great staff (cute bartender!) good food. I like the aquarium, even though it only has one fish in it. The mirrors make the otherwise cozy space seem bigger. I'll definitely go back.
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Shareef Jackson
4 years ago
Reminds me of a New York restaurant, Crowded with little elbow room, but worth it for the excellent food. Rub shoulders with Rittenbouse elite here.
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Elias Degermentzidis
2 years ago
Good food. Nice little boutique restaurant.


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