Located in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Volvér provides a certain culinary artistry of its own. Its cocktails are inarguably imaginative, making use of everything from pink peppercorn and beet sugar to basil and nectarine shrubs. The drink menu has separate sections for seasonal cocktails, and for the variety of house-crafted and classic drinks served at the wide, circular bar year round. The seating beyond the bar itself is dark and plush, organized around small round tables, while expansive murals cover most of the available wall space. The chefs prepare a number of small plates and upscale snacks -- American caviar, foie gras and eclectic charcuterie -- as quick, light fare for theatre-goers en route to their chosen performances.
The gist: The grand return of Jose Garces’ finest dining restaurant at the Kimmel Center.
The food: After a long pandemic shutdown, Volvér is welcoming diners back with the same high-brow ambiance fitting for a pre-show meal. With the restaurant’s return also comes its new chef in residency initiative that puts a spotlight on rising chefs, particularly those who have been impacted by the pandemic, for six-week residencies. The current chef on the docket is Jezabel Careaga, whose menu includes empanadas, tamales, dulce de leche, and much more, but expect exciting new dishes from talented chefs as the program continues.