Dan's Restaurant

1049 Penn St, Reading, PA 19601 Directions
+16103732075
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95% of 108 customers recommended
This place is closed.

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About this Business

  • Cuisine
    American, French, Traditional, Contemporary, Vegetarian
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Website
    dansrestaurant.com
  • Price
    $$$$$
  • Cuisine
    American, French, Traditional, Contemporary, Vegetarian
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Street
  • Delivery
    No
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Vegetarian Options
    Yes
  • Gluten Free Options
    Yes
  • Catering
    Yes
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From Our Editors

In 1989, Dan Gallagher and Dan Smith joined their respective names and began pursuing one common goal: to bring a contemporary alternative to Berks County's dining scene. The 40-seat eatery was successful in the Dans' hands until 2005, when Bill Woolworth and MD. Monir stopped in for dinner, fell in love with the place, and decided to buy it.

Though much of the space's original charm remains intact, the new owners gussied up the decor with white tablecloths and floral arrangements, and they solicited the help of executive chef Jason Hook to lighten the rotating menu. Jason draws on his experience studying in France and working at The Four Seasons in New York to craft healthful, contemporary French- and Californian-inspired dishes. In every preparation, he highlights the ingredients' natural tastes, often pairing local cuts of meat and poultry with fresh, seasonal ingredients and luxurious flourishes such as truffles or Lamborghini-scented foam.

Hook, Woolworth, and Monir also frequently evaluate their wine selections to ensure that they pair well with the evolving menu, which changes every week. While sipping glasses of red or white, diners can question servers about the building's rich history in the Penn's Common Historic District. Before the restaurant settled into the space, it was inhabited by an old-style soda dive, a prison doctor's home, and a grassland populated with roaming dinosaurs.

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