Union Trust Steakhouse
717 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
02/17/2010Provided by Citysearch -
My fiance and I headed her on Friday for our annual Valentine's dinner. First of all, building is just an amazing piece of architecture, almost all of the building is original construction, it was just breathtaking. Our server was just fantastic- had an extensive knowledge of the wine pairings and very well versed in each cut of meat, from the origins to the preparation process, he also gave us a brief history of the structure. He gave us enough time to enjoy the meal, but was attentive enough to provide us anything that we needed, without having to wait for it.
The foie gras was delicious,the oyster flight was very fresh. the filet mignon while tender, it was a little underseasoned and not as flavorful as it could have been. My fiance had the rack of lamb and agreed with my assessment of the food, he stated that he preferred my lamb. All in all, a nice night at a very interesting restaurant.
NOT WORTH IT. This place opened over week ago and needs more time to feel out its customers and staff.
1.This place needs a good year to adjust to its customers and staff or fire the entire staff and start over.
2.It seems that while the staff has experience from other restaurants. I noticed that the staff looked down on a few of the customers they knew from those restaurants they had worked at in the past. I over heard the bartender even comment about a customer, that he is now worth less than before so the tips are going to even cheaper. (Madoff investor)
3.The staff needs lots of work to keep quiet when around other customers.
The Food. Well I have been to a Roy Rogers drive thru and even enjoyed a hamburger at 2 am in the morning after a few drinks. But the steak was just ok and the sides were cold even after I sent them back it got cold and hard quickly (maybe micro). The wine list is above average but all you have to do is put a wine list together and stock the bottles. The service made me feel like I was at a drive thru. They wanted to wait on the NEXT customer/table. I don’t have much to say that would be nice about my experience.
What I can say nice about the place is the easiest thing that anyone can say about a place like this. Just walk in to the Restaurant and the old world charm and feel of the building just stands out. This building is magnificent inside. After eating at Union Trust you can bank on it that if you put a Roy Rogers in that building it would be the same. CHECK PLEASE Lisa D.