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Johnny Brenda's

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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1201 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125-3905
+1 215-739-9684
11:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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Jersey City, NJ
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We began our first trip to Philadelphia with Brunch at Johnny Brenda's in the up-and-coming "Fishtown" section. The place may look like a typical bar from the outside. But they had excellent service, helpful staff, very good attention to detail with cocktails, a live DJ and excellent food. I recommend the smoked salmon hash entree for brunch. The smoked salmon... More 

Thank Tebtg
Newfield, New Jersey
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is a wonderful and intimate music venue. The stage is on the upper floor from the restaurant with a 3rd floor above the stage. Each floor has a bar and limited seating. We were on the 3rd floor and everyone stood along the railing to look down right on the performers. FYI: they ask for ID from EVERYONE going... More 

Thank Jeanette S
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

The staff were more than helpful to my family that is from out of country! The accomodated us beyond our expectations. The music area upstairs in the bar allowed for an exceptional experience with the performers. Our family loved listening to Barns Courtney in this venue from the balcony above. It gave us a fantastic view of the performer and... More 

Thank Roxane N
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

I have been here a few times now and the staff is great and the burgers and beer are some of the best. All around a great bar to visit with friends. The pool table is an added bonus and their mixed drinks are also very good. But definitely if you are unsure of what to get - you will... More 

Thank Joanna W
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

I had to re-review this restaurant due to two recent visits that were less than expected. This was once one of the best in town for food quality and portions but no more. The past two times food was bad to average and the chicken sandwich looked so bad last time the server took it off the check before I... More 

1 Thank JimwithJen
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48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016

We stopped in here for a couple of drinks and some dinner on a recommendation from our Uber driver before a show at the Fillmore. The food was delicious and sort of edgy. They had a great beer selection also and our bartender was very friendly!

Thank Valerie B
Fairfax County, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2016 via mobile

Let me start by saying that I wanted to love this place. On the outside total dive- on the inside its old school. It's the perfect neighborhood spot that just so happens to have Creed fame and crazy street cred. We got in and it took quite a while to get a drink, although when we did they were good,... More 

Thank Leah K
Glasgow, UK
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56 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2016 via mobile

Ate here once (and drunk beer here more than once!) during recent trip to Philadelphia. Great neighborhood bar in the heart of Fishtown - always busy, which is a good sign! Dining area through back - we chose burgers - chicken, beef and veggie - and all were very tasty and came with piles of tasty fries. Great bar with... More 

Thank BigCaz
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015 via mobile

Food is amazing. After my first visit I go atleast once a week now. Everything is fresh and delicious. They have a raw bar special every week and they bring in seafood from different states and areas and post where they are all from. They have a ton of local craft beers as well as a ton of imports. They... More 

Thank Jenna T
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18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015 via mobile

Didn't try the food here but I here it's really good, maybe next time. However they have a really nice beer selection from local breweries.

Thank Edwin A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1201 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125-3905
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
  • Phone Number: +1 215-739-9684

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?