About High Street on Market
High Street on Market serves Chef Eli Kulp"s contemporary American, hand-crafted, locally-inspired foods. Located on Market Street (formerly High Street during colonial times), High Street's dining room features local artisan work, milk-painted wood walls and factory windows. Counter seating in front of the completely open kitchen makes you feel at home. Eli's food is accompanied by a select wine list featuring winemakers whose work reflects the place and people from which the wine comes. Inventive cocktails include bottled and hand-crafted classics as well as new creations. High Street also serves from morning to afternoon house-baked breads from the local mill, sweet and savory pastries, sandwiches, salads and roman-stye pizza. Eli Kulp is also chef of Fork and was recently named a Food & Wine Magazine 2014 Best New Chef. Craig LaBan, Phiadelphia Inquirer, describes "[his] food [as] hauntingly good'. We hold seats for walk-ins.
Contemporary American, American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Sunday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Visa
Off-site catering is available
Validated parking is available at the Ritz at the Bourse Movie Theater, Bourse Parking Garage, 400 Ranstead Street on 4th between Market and Chestnut, for $6.50.
5th or 2nd Street, Blue Line; Septa Market Street Line
Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Friends and Family Dinners on Tuesday evenings from 9 PM on feature $25 prix fixe menus. See our website for more information!
High Street on Market Ratings and Reviews
We enjoyed everything we ordered, but we ...
We enjoyed everything we ordered, but were not particularly blown away by anything. This is not a good place for someone trying to avoid gluten! Our server dropped the check when dessert was dropped, which made us feel rushed (and it was not close to closing time).
Celebrating my son's graduation. We orde ...
Celebrating my son's graduation. We ordered the "Leave it to Us" tasting menu. Watching only 3 chefs in a tiny, open kitchen space create such a variety and quantity of such interesting food was amazing. I can see why it makes the top restaurants list in Philly. Sure there were a few dishes that didn't quite work, at least for our group's palette [the Burrata appetizer (sorry I think the SF Bay area has better), the Blue Fish Tartine (I really liked it but most did not) and the Milk and Chocolate dessert] but most of the dishes were savory, delicious bites of soulful cooking, all beautifully presented. The Cauliflower Caramelle and the Angry Crab Spaghetti were favorite dishes. The breads were absolutely delicious! We ran late on arriving at our reservation time but the hostess was so understanding and welcoming when we arrived. Beautiful space. I was surprised that the next for restaurant, Fork is connected to High Street. We love the soulful creativity of High Street and look forward to returning again.
High Street on Market a High Point on our Trip
We ADORED this restaurant! The food was "farm to table" fresh, the flavors complex and nuanced, the ingredients unusual, the service unpretentious, and the prices reasonable. In other words, High St. on Market had everything we like in a restaurant. I was a bit taken aback when I looked at the wine list (NY state and places in CA you've never heard of as being wine producers), but I ordered a sauvignon blanc from NY and it was delightful. It's a small tight-knit group that runs the place and they take great pride in what they serve. There's a menu option where you just let them decide what to bring you; we opted for that and were very happy we did. The place is tiny (11 tables or so), so I'd definitely make and advance reservation. Also, it was raining when we left and they actually sent someone outside to hail a cab for us. Bravo on all fronts!
This is my first time at High Street, so ...
This is my first time at High Street, so I went for the tasting menu. Started the meal in a light way to with the intense flavour of fermented soybean and the crispness of Kale. Followed this with aged beets. They were fairly good, but the taste of pickled radish was a bit overwhelming, personally.
Potted shrimp: Yum! Loved the flavor of lightly toasted potatoe bread melding into the freshness of shrimp finished with the creaminess of Foie Gras.
Loved the bread spread. The earthy flavours of the charred eggplant was particularly memorable. Not a fan of the sunflower seed risotto, too tangy.
Now for the main course, loved the pan seared duck with soured oats. I was able to taste each flavour individually. The angry crab spagetti was just amazing!! And finally for dessert had a combination of sweet and salty chocolate with cinnamon milk, pistachio, edible flowers and chocolate swirl. Only complaint is the corn syrup in the chocolate swirl overwhelmed the flavor of chocolate. Amazing service! Will go again!
Food was excellent. Big disappointment ...
Food was excellent. Big disappointment was dessert - super small portions that left you unsatisfied. Not how you want to end your meal. The Carrot Cake was delicious but it was a deconstructed broken apart super small piece of cake. For $9 you would expect a full piece of cake to end the night. Same for the cheese cake and milk and chocolate. At most you got 4 or 5 spoon fulls.
We have been to High Street many times since it opened. The first few times were colossal, (along with Zahav, as usual) some of the best food we have eaten in Philadelphia since James on 8th closed. Then there was Chef Eli's horrific accident and resultant paralysis. We continued to go. Well, Fork was a favorite for years as was Fork etc - because we wanted to support Ellen and Eli's vision for High Street in Philadelphia.
I regret to say that the two times in the last month or so we have gone were a real falling off from the astonishing opening meals. Not that they weren't OK or even good. Just not what they used to be.
Fork, which was revitalised with Chef Eli's arrival, continues to impress, as does A Kitchen.
I really wish I could say the same of Philadelphia's High Street.
Have not yet been to High Street on Hudson in NYC, where we were told by our lovely server a couple times ago that he is on site and cracking his usual jokes. This is GREAT to hear, and I hope to visit HSH in the next weeks during Mostly Mozart.
We have also been disturbed by Ellen's absence in the last few months in ANY of her three Philadelphia restaurants. She was such a welcome fixture before.
Experimental and Fun
Found this restaurant via an article about Philly's 38 Essential Restaurants. We let the chef select our dishes with the Leave It To Us option, and enjoyed so many wonderful dishes! Our favorites were the Potato Toast, the Toasted Grain Paccheri, and the PA Brook Trout. The restaurant uses many unfamiliar ingredients, but in a very satisfying way. Worth a try!
Extraordinary Taste and Creativity
Our first time at this restaurant. Very attractive interior and you could see the dedicated chefs at work. The food was expertly prepared. It wasn't your everyday menu; but, everything that we ordered was excellent. The menu is designed for sharing. I plan to go back when I have the $55 per person to engage in sharing with my date or a friend. Check it out!
Creative and Daring, but fun and Approachable
The tasting menu at High Street on Market was absolutely fantastic. The dishes were hearty and comforting, but were incredibly creative- creamed stinging nettles, caramelized cauliflower ravioli, and dehydrated beets were highlights. Would go back in an instant, and plan to.
Delicious Creative Veggie Choices
First timers here, we enjoyed a fantastic meal before the theatre: Food delicious; service excellent; and nice atmosphere. We began with the vollkornbrot, and a delicious, hearty pumpernickel. Crispy broccoli with chow-chow had a surprising but nicely spicy kick, and the mushroom dish and cauliflower caramelle were both amazing. We will highly recommend High Street on Market, and return, but allow more time - for sampling desserts. The parting cookies however were a very nice touch and quite yummy.
Will definitely go back, soon
My husband and I went to Fork two weeks ago, absolutely loved it, and decided to follow it up by going to High Street on Market this past weekend. Best decision ever! I'm sure I'm not the first person to say this, but...THE BREAD IS AMAZING THERE! We sampled several small plates and then shared two pastas. All the food we tasted were not only delicious but also wonderfully innovative and fun. Compared with Fork, which again was equally amazing, High Street seems to be a little more light hearted, good-humored, but just as capable to deliver. We are what you'd call a couple of foodies, I suppose, and we used to be all about fine dining and tasting menus. As our experience grows and our relationship with food develops, however, nowadays we find ourselves more appreciative of this type of dining experience: surprising, intriguing, but most importantly honest and fun. We will be back very soon, High Street, you are officially one of my favorites in the ever changing Philly dining scene!
Cute restaurant with great food
I highly enjoyed my visit to this restaurant this past weekend. All of the food was amazing and beautifully plated. We started with the bread assortment, which I would very highly recommend. It comes with spreads/dips for the different types of breads and they were all great. We then got the mushroom entree and the trout which I also enjoyed.
The decor is beautiful is very high end. I would certainly go back!
Good solid experience
Came here for dinner to celebrate my 30th bday. The place is really cute inside. We chose the option of paying $55 per person and having the chef selection where they choose our meals for us. It was awesome trying new dishes, and everything was very tasty, but half the time we didn't know what we were eating because we couldn't hear the server tell us what it was. Literally only complaint, the noise level was very high. However, awesome menu! Overall, great experience. I would recommend checking it out!
Pretty good, nice breads [of course]
Nice server. We ordered well, on course, a ravioli, was described as"the best perogies you will ever eat", but sorry to say it was oversold. kitchen sent out a tripe course complimentary. Reticent at first, the crunchy intestine was bursting with porky fllavor and was very much appreciated, as well as the cookies offered on the way out. Limited bar selection is a bit diappoiting and the seating is less than comfortable.
As good as San Francisco
Having recently moved here from San Francisco, we were concerned about whether the food scene in Philly was equal to San Francisco's. High Street on Market is as good and innovative as any place we left behind- in our several visits we have always been pleased with the quality, creativity, service, and ambiance. It has quickly become one of our favorite places for dinner or just grabbing a loaf of Anadama bread.
Chef's tasting menu is a treat
Our party of 4 went for the chef's tasting menu, which gives you a chance to experience a variety of interesting flavor combinations. In particular, the potato toast, kale chips, crispy broccoli, mushrooms, and roast pork were outstanding. The only dish that didn't hit a home run was a risotto served as a "breather" between courses - some in our party thought it lacked punch. Service was prompt and attentive, the atmosphere inviting. I highly recommend High Street on Market.
Most of the dishes in the tasting menu a ...
Most of the dishes in the tasting menu are fantastic. Special standout courses include the angry crab pasta, the various breads, and the vegetables with the dishes (eg the carrots, smoky eggplant, cauliflower and black garlic, etc)
Love this restaurant!
We have dined here at least four times and enjoyed every one! The dishes are creative, the wait staff is engaging and enthusiastic. This last occasion we went with the chef's choice tasting...fun to see what they come up with and you can add favorites aka carte. While everyone at the table may not love every dish, the food is always perfectly prepared. Fun, different and reasonable for this level of dining!
Overall we really enjoyed the meal, and I understand the slow food movement, so am not complaining about the length between ordering and the food being on the table. However, after our entrees were served, our initial waiter told us she was leaving, but that her colleague would be helping us for the rest of our evening. After the entree plates were cleared, we expected someone would come with dessert menus or to ask about coffee, or at least to bring the bill. But we just sat (the restaurant was not full) for over 25 minutes before someone came up to offer coffee - but still didn't mention dessert - we had to ask about this. Because if this in attentiveness, our dinner ran much later than expected, and meant an otherwise great meal ended on a very frustrating note.
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