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Seafood Unlimited: Small Town Pearl


Seafood Unlimited‘Tis the season. We’re already in the ninth month of the calendar year and even though you should have your Restaurant Week list written (and re-written) out, here’s another eatery you may want to consider when looking to entertain your justifiable desire for above par food.

Seafood Unlimited is an easy one to miss with the abundance of restaurants that sit on the tranquil 20th Street in Rittenhouse, and rightfully so, it’s a small one as it seats 30 customers inside. Around 7 o’clock in the early evening, only six of the place settings were already taken so scoring reservations off the cuff is a small feat.

Seemingly, autumn is briskly approaching so enjoy the outside seating area while you’re physically able. If people-watching in Rittenhouse is your thing, which I’m sure it is, get your fix while feasting on a moderately priced Jumbo Lump Crabmeat Sautéed or if you happen to dine on a Monday, take advantage of the all you can eat mussels for $10.95. If unfavorable weather forces you to stay indoors, take a seat at the bar which provides a view just as good as the one on the outer surface. Furthermore, if staying inside of YOUR doors is a more flattering choice, Seafood Unlimited offers take-out and delivery options to suit your varying needs.

Though dinner at Seafood Unlimited was rather enjoyable, the snug, come-as-you-are atmosphere is synonymous for “the perfect place for a midday meal.” Don’t be swindled by the word “unlimited,” because it’s not an all-you-can-eat joint (other than those exquisite Mondays), but if you tire of excessively attractive restaurants that fall short with itty-bitty food portions, Seafood Unlimited is the one to check out. But again, be mindful of the utterance of “unlimited.” One assumes that depending on the day of the week, the menu may undergo slight modifications, so you may have to substitute your flounder stuffed crab imperial with tilapia, or whichever other type of fish is on hand. Call ahead if you are expecting a particular dish in efforts to keep your taste buds in tact.

Moreover, it is said that Happy Hour at Seafood Unlimited is everyday from 5pm until closing time, so make sure you are clued-up on their specials as you may just miss exclusive offers – as I shamefully did.

Fried scallops and broiled Jumbo Stuffed Shrimp with Crab Imperial stand out on a list of options that, as a customary seafood eater, should comply with your hankering. The restaurant owners pride themselves on providing the freshest seafood the city has to offer and there’s no statement to rebuff their claim (uncooked items are available for purchase from their integrated fish market.)

You may have already gathered that the eating place at hand is a traditional little neighborhood restaurant that gets the job done. It’s not fancy but it may tickle yours if quality food is what you’re aiming for.



270 South 20th Street,

Philadelphia PA

(215) SEA-FOOD



Restaurant & Bar

Lunch: Wed - Sat 11:30am to 2:30pm

Dinner: Mon - Thurs 5pm to 9:30pm

Friday & Saturday 5pm to 10:30pm

Sunday 5pm to 9pm


Fish Market

Monday thru Saturday 10am - Close

Sunday 5pm - 9pm


Happy Hour

Every day 5pm - Close


10:05 PM
Thu Sep 3 2009
Great review of a great place

Nice review of Seafood Unlimited, Porsche! I live on 20th St. and have dined there more than once. Great food and they make one helluva an Appletini to go with it. Small but cozy, it's a great place to go for a sip and a bite after work. Please keep up the good work reviewing our wonderful downtown restaurants!