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Philadelphia’s Volver Restaurant Offers Pre-paid Tickets

November 27, 2014 by

Volver Menu

The new Volver Restaurant opened in April at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Two weeks after opening, they had their first sold-out Saturday night.

How did they achieve this level of success so quickly? You might think it has to do with the 15-course tasting menu, and while that’s part of it, it also has to do with Chef and owner, Jose Garces’ business savvy. He’s made the Volver the first year-round restaurant on the East Coast to sell pre-paid tickets for dinner.

Chef Jose Garces

Chef Jose Garces

Buying Tickets Ahead

Buying pre-paid tickets ahead is a relatively new idea. Instead of making reservations, patrons buy their tickets in advance online and print them out from their computer.

“The hotel and airline industries have found a way to maximize peak hours and off-peak hours,” Mr. Garces told the Wall Street Journal. “For an ambitious restaurant, that idea makes a whole lot of sense.”

According to the Volver, website pre-paid tickets allow their service, kitchen and beverage teams to anticipate every detail needed to provide a hospitable and delicious experience.

Tickets are available for two seatings each night: Pre-Theater at 5:00 and Performance at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for the 8:00 time slot cost $175 for a table for two and includes a 20% service charge and taxes. Tables are also available for four or six guests.


Sparkling water and house coffee are included in the ticket price, but other beverages may be purchased ahead or can be ordered at the restaurant. Selections including wine pairing, wines by the glass or bottle, non-alcoholic options, and specialty coffee and tea service.


Chef Jose Garces

You may recognize Chef Garces as a winner of the popular Food Network hit Iron Chef America. Along with that he has won a number of awards including the 2009 James Beard Foundation’s prestigious “Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic” award. Now he brings his skills and experience to the Volver.

If you hope to dine at the Volver, though, you’ll have to buy a ticket. They don’t accept walk ins. Even if they have a last-minute table come available, they sell tickets for that table on their Facebook page or let their Twitter followers know there is a table available.

For more information or to buy a ticket, be sure to visit their website.

Photo credits: Potluck Video

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  1. Julie C. says:

    Interesting concept, but to be truthful, I hope it doesn’t catch on! I like being able to walk into a restaurant whenever I feel like it!

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