Resurrection Ale House
Taps: 13 / Bottles: 6
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Beginning with the décor - a wood bar, comfortable chairs, and vintage beer paraphernalia on the walls, it is very inviting. The staff is very friendly, and knows their beer and food menu well. It is a very cozy bar, a bit small and can get loud if you stop by before 9pm. The tap selection is great, about twelve beers, with a comprehensive but pricey bottle list as well.
The food is tasty, but I am disappointed that the fried chicken is off the menu for now. It had a touch of honey drizzle and a side of watermelon salad. Definitely check it out when it comes back. Everything is a decent portion, and the appetizers are good for sharing. The burger is a delicious, and so are the pasta dishes for entrees.
Overall, I would say that the food here is definitely more refined than at other bars, with a great rotating beer selection. Oh, and they always have the Phillies on the big screen tv.
08-02-2011 15:44:02 | More by islandboi8204
4.18/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
i really love this place. the food is excellent, the ambiance is really cool, and the beer is tasty. they do not have any non-craft beer on tap. if there are any drawbacks, it's that there may not be as many beers on tap as you may be used to (they have 10-12 or so plus a handpump) and it's kinda small inside. but totally worth it. i've gone both in the middle of the day and on a friday night when its super crowded. the service did not suffer. i love the curry sauce for the fries! had my first ever black butte here.
i've been back a number of times now.
12-25-2010 04:59:07 | More by pvequalsnrt
4.58/5 rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Made a visit on a Sunday afternoon, at that perfect post-brunch time when everything is peaceful and quiet...
Unfortunately the cask beer was all tapped out after a busy weekend, totally understandable, so I opted for a tulip of Zinnebir from Braserrie De La Senne. I've loved all the beers I've had from this small Belgian brewery, and I have to say that it must be one of the nicest "food beers" I've ever had. Low alcohol, nice long finish w/ a lingering bitterness that went perfect w/ some housemade pickles.
Oh, the pickles...yes...so good! Our small assortment of pickles included: mushrooms, watermelon rind (w/ a generous portion of cardamom), turnip, and bread + butter cukes. We had these with the brussel sprouts - wonderfully cooked with some small bacon bits.
My GF and I followed this with a delicious lamb burger and fries (she was drinking the Left Hand Twin Sisters double IPA...very nice). Man, I had been longing for some salty fries all weekend and I wasn't disappointed! Thin, hand-cut fries - yum...
We splurged for a bottle of Russian River Damnation (a reasonable indulgence @ $10 a bottle), but I have to say that I preferred the Zinnebir. I mean, the Damnation was great, but the Zinnebir really hit it out of the park...
Very helpful bartender, classic no-nonsense Philly Dude who definitely knew the beers on hand...
Looking forward to coming back during my next visit!
11-23-2010 03:09:43 | More by generalmanager
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
Came here with my wife for our wedding anniversary on Oct. 10, 2010.
Parking was hard to come by here and it's smack in the middle of a residential area but it was worth it.
Unassuming from the outside, we walk in and i must say it was smaller than i had imagined. Still, it was comfortable and being fairly early, it was about half empty. We went to the upper part to sit at the tables.
The tap list had 12 beers including Saison du BUFF, Stone RIS, Ayinger Oktoberfest, ST Harvest & Arcadia Jaw Jacker. I wanted some cask but they didn't have the keg yet. Then selected the Sly Fox Rauchbier and they were out of that too. I settled on Saison du BUFF and my wife with the Stone RIS. The prices were cheap IMO ranging from 4-5$ which is a bargain. Everything was killer and a nice mix of local, classics and seasonals.
The waiter was nice and very knowledgeable of the beers even suggesting some. I had to wait for a while to get my beer though which was a bit bothersome.
The food was simply fantastic and inexpensive really considering what you get. I took the pappardelle with lamb ragu and my wife had the twice fried chicken. Some slight changes to the menu we were handed for a few things. I think they tweak it a lot without necessarily changing the menu which is odd but not terribly bad.
Overall, the service could have been a little faster for my beer and it would have been nice if the menu changes were reflected in the menu we were given but we seriously enjoyed our time there and would come back again for sure.
10-13-2010 16:54:40 | More by papat444
4.63/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
Filled with a small crowd, but it was a Tuesday night. I'd say it isn't a see and be seen place either, mostly locals.
Service: The service was friendly and welcoming. The bartender was attentive and friendly, informative and made great recommendations. I'm pretty sure when I return he'll remember me and we'll talk more.
Selection: Beer engine with good selection. I went for the St. Louis Gueze on draft this time around.
Food: This was the second time I have eaten here, and while I only had a salad, the previous time I had appetizer and meal and everything was delish.
Price/Value: The happy hour prices are $1 off drafts...a bit weak if you ask me. Prices here are midrange to high. This again is not a bad thing, but for an everyday bar, the food prices and beer prices might run a bit high.
09-01-2010 17:51:31 | More by smellody
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
A place iv'e really wanted to try based on the hype in the BA community... after entering, drinking and leaving, i had similar thoughts as i did when i tried Local 44 at the time. Gave it another whirl...
Atmosphere is comfortable, yet unspectacular, kind of a minimalist art deco feel. The gripe is the small bar and akward layout of the place, i counted 25 people around the bar and there was no room to move. Solid draft beer selection, not quite spectacular based on the fact most of these beers can be found easily elsewhere, but no real duds. Id say about 1-2 of the beers at any time can be eye openers, but falls short of "best beer menu in the city" hype. The bottle list offers a solid selection of somewhat pricey imports. It seems the spectacular beer events contribute the most to the overall reputation at this point and they do have a lot of them, i would suggest making an event the time to check out the bar. Service was good, even with large crowds the servers did there best to try and keep everyone happy.
08-02-2010 17:48:33 | More by rfgetz
4.65/5 rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I stopped in hoping to find some Registration Ale while waiting for a flight. Unfortunately there was no registration to be found, but I'm still glad I made the stop. Resurrection is a very quaint ale house. The food menu is small and neat, but very complete as well. I stuck with the beers on draft (10 different rotating beers), though there is a bottled menu as well.
For lunch I had a hoison brazed pork belly sandwich and it was absolutely incredible. cooked perfectly, seasoned well...i'd love to have this recipe. the two coworkers i was with had the pork carnitas and the twice fried chicken. both raved about their meals as well. don't pass this place up if you're around.
Note: I revisted Resurrectcion on 11/12/10 so I'm posting a revision to my original review. Basically my praises can't be high enough for this place. The service is quick and most improtantly very friendly.
This time around i went with a Lost Abbey Avant Garde (on tap) and the pork belly sandwich...can't pull myself away from the pork here. it was insanely good, its as though theres a magician behind those saloon doors.
08-01-2010 19:14:01 | More by jthahn
4.36/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Popped in here on a mission to get some Registration Ale from Russian River. It worked, it was available as well as about 10 other draft beers and about times two in bottles.
This is a cute place, in the middle of what appeared to be a residential neighborhood on the mend. A corner shop that looks like a gutted apartment building (brown stone) on the inside. Bathrooms are to your right as you enter, seating at the bar and a few tables sprinkled about.
We sat at the bar and got our drinks. Registration was served in a tulip glass and came promptly. The bar tender was either bored or really friendly because he chatted my wife and I up about Russian river, Philly beer scene and D.C. culture. It was nice. The quality of the selection was really nice. I didn't see any BMC while I was there at all, it may have been on the menu and I didn't see it or they might not bother with that nonsense.
I'll be going back in the future and I recommend it for a chill evening. Beware though. all the streets around that place are 1 way and parking is difficult.
07-28-2010 20:20:25 | More by drabmuh
4.55/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I went on a date here last night with a lady friend--I have been twice before, but this is the first time I've sat down for a full meal.
The decor in Resurrection Ale House continues on the theme started at Memphis Taproom and Local 44: dark wood bar, comfortable chairs at the bar, tin ceiling tiles, antique beer paraphernalia (a neat array of vintage beer cans at Resurrection) and warm colors on the wall. This is an inviting bar with the perfect lighting and background music levels to make for an intimate experience.
The service staff is knowledgeable about the 10-12 offerings on tap and can provide enough description to give someone a reasonable idea of what to expect. The only quibble is that a dozen draft beers is not that special in Philadelphia anymore, although the selection is very good. There is also a nice bottle list, but you'll pay for those. I had Port Wipeout ($4), Great Divide Yeti ($4) and RR Consecration ($7) there last night, which were of course all great and very fairly priced.
I had the delicious honey drizzled fried chicken with German potato salad and my date had a argula and feta salad that with a side of bread was almost a dinner portion. The one disappointment was the homemade pickles. Offered yesterday, were two types of cucumber, red grapes, beet, melon, and maybe something else, but aside from a little anise, just a sprig of dill or a pod of cardamom, the pickles all seemed to have been brined in the same base liquid. I think each item should be given a special bath to accentuate certain flavors.
This is a very cozy bar with limited seating, a great tap selection, friendly service and a thoughtful menu. It doesn't have quite the draft list that Local 44 does, but it has a similar style with more refined food and as always the Phillies on HD
06-30-2010 02:08:51 | More by Soonami
4.41/5 rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Went here on a friday night during the end of Philly Beer Week 2010. Been to the other two sister establishments and liked them so this place is a no brainer. Driving down Gray's Ferry Ave, I zoomed right by this joint, it's very non descript, I don't think they even have a sign outside. Once I found it, I came into a crowded bar. It was during a "All Wood" event and there was a nice mix of people in there. The atmosphere was noisy but it died down a bit and the scene became relaxed. Very similar to the sister bars in size, look, feel and selection.
Quality was top notch, the lines are clean from this semi new bar. A clean place with a modern but not gaudy look. Clean and appropriate styled glass for the beer. The food coming out looked fantastic. Service was spectacular, the bartenderess really knew her shit, I mean she really knew her shit, very knowledgable and I could tell she was into beer, especially the sours. Quick to get another drink even with a crowd plus with a smile, very inviting.
Selection was 12 choices on draft, this particular night all beer from wood, or oak or whatever. I had a Petrus Aged Pale and two Jacobins Rouge and a Oak Aged Yeti, my 1st time with this beer after passing it up for years, delicious. One beer on the handpump, that night it was some BFM offering that resembled a American stout. A nice bottle selection and If you've been to the other sister bars, a familiar selection. Focused on Belgian styles and sours with some vintage stuff thrown in. Not a big bottle list but good choices with a price tag.
I did not try the food since I already ate but it looked good coming out and I'll imbide next time. The draft prices were very reasonable, very nice. Bathrooms in the basement, nice looking but there was a huge puddle of water on the ground. I'll say the shape of the room with the bar was very odd. Lots of different angles, I could not really make out a shape in this room, curvy as hell, interesting stuff.
I really enjoyed my time here and I think Im heading back right now for some gambrinus on draft..
06-12-2010 19:45:54 | More by BARFLYB
Resurrection Ale House in Philadelphia, PA
94 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.