Silk City Diner

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3.78/5
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10 Ratings
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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

435 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19123
United States

(215) 592-8838 | map
silkcityphilly.com

Notes:
Open Daily 4pm – 1am • Dinner Daily 5pm – 1am • Brunch Sat & Sun 10am – 4pm

Added by Rifugium on 06-14-2011

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
10
pDev:
17.99%
 
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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by corby112:
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3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5

This is a really cool old school diner that has been updated with an eclectic menu, a separate room with a stage and an outdoor beer garden. The separate room for shows is really small with a long bar and a few tables. The man room is also pretty small with a long, narrow area with a long counter/bar and about 15 booths. The outdoor area is pretty big with an additional bar and plenty of extra seating during the warmer months. Also, there's space out there to just hang out and have some beers without eating.

The service is always pretty good. The hosts and servers are all very friendly and familiar with the menu. Not much beer knowledge but enough for a place like this.

This is a fun place to hang out now that they opened the beer garden but it's not really a beer destination. You should be going here for the excellent food. They have everything from appetizers to sandwiches and entrees. The menu is pretty eclectic and all of the food is of high quality. Calling this a diner is kind of a disservice to the cuisine.

The beer selection is mediocre with mostly locals that are available everywhere, a couple of Belgians and PBR for the hipsters.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mickeymor
2.15/5  rDev -43.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 1

This place should have never changed. It used to be a typical diner joint. Which is great. You can never go wrong with a diner. Now it is some new wave hipster joint masquerading as a diner. The menu is trying to be artistic but it fails miserably. On top of that: the beer menu is subpar. Avoid this place.

This place should have never changed. It used to be a typical diner joint. Which is great. You can never go wrong with a diner. Now it is some new wave hipster joint masquerading as a diner. The menu is trying to be artistic but it fails miserably. On top of that: the beer menu is subpar. Avoid this place.

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Photo of MsRif
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Went here before a show at the Electric Factory. Not the most vast variety of micros on tap, but still a decent selection that serves well throughout a session. Atmosphere is fun...50's diner style. Crowd is usually pretty subdued which is nice. Staff was attentive and helpful with any particular needs throughout our visit. The food is what really made this place memorable for me. I got a steak sandwich that was seriously out of this world. That along with my Philly Beer Co. brew really made my pre-show dinner excellent. I will go again the next time I am going to a show at the Electric Factory!

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Photo of Rifugium
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

This is a very cool place, and a great venue for pre-gaming before Electric Factory shows. Based in an old 50s diner car, Silk City Diner has expanded over the years, and evolved into what you see today, including the original diner, bar, and beer garden. My review pertains to the bar area, as I've never actually eaten in the diner area.

Atmosphere has a vintage flare to it, kind of merrily grungy, dimly lit, with lots of character. The beer selection is limited, but adequate with typical macros in the fridge and 5 or 6 local micros on tap for the more discerning in taste. Specialty cocktails available. Food is generally basic comfort fare, but with some unique twists on certain items. Generally very tasty from what I've had. Service is typically pleasant and helpful, and prices are decent.

Most importantly: five minutes away on foot from the Electric Factory, this is probably the best place in the area to go for a bite and a drink before a concert/show.

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Silk City Diner in Philadelphia, PA
Place rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 10 ratings