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Downey's Pub - CLOSED

526 S Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1797
+1 215-625-9500
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  • Excellent11%
  • Very good6%
  • Average10%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible62%
22 Nov 2016
26 Oct 2015
“What a letdown”
Restaurant Hours Closed
American, Seafood, Pub
$$ - $$$
526 S Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1797
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Reviewed 22 November 2016

OUT OF BUSINESS but was awful for a long time before that. Place was on bar rescue tv show but it did not work. very shabby run down eyesore in the neighborhood.

1  Thank MarlenieGS
Reviewed 26 October 2015

This is what I sent to the restaurant. I never received a reply. I’m writing to let you know that we were extremely disappointed with our meal on Saturday night. We have been enjoying Downey's for quite a few years and always look forward to...More

Thank artymom
Reviewed 4 August 2015

What a disappointment. Decided to try this restaurant on a Friday evening for dinner. The place was not busy but there were some customers. There was one server and it took the server at least 10 minutes to even recognize us. Food was below average...More

Thank SouthPhillyPT19148
Reviewed 12 July 2015

Filthy,smells,service,all terrible. Too bad, nice location, but has poor management. Menu selection was good, but just run poorly. Needs a rehab.

2  Thank debzom
Reviewed 29 June 2015 via mobile

When we were seated we were told that it was cash only but they had an ATM. This should have been a red flag to leave. Our server told us there was only 3 beers on tap. Guinness flower power IPA and goose something is...More

Thank nofusspot
Reviewed 25 June 2015

I am from Wayne, living in Indiana. Brought my grandson to Philly for Tall Ships event. Raved about Downeys. What a nightmare! No shrimp, clams, scallops, milk, crab or sandwiches. Server was awful. Never came over after we were seated. I had to go get...More

Thank Janet W
Reviewed 29 May 2015 via mobile

The food here is horrible! Our first impression should have sent us running. The server stated, "We are cash only and we don't have any tap beers, crab or dessert." However, we went on to order the calamari which was fishy and for $8.95 included...More

1  Thank FoodieHarv
Reviewed 28 May 2015 via mobile

Do not waste your time. They only take cash. They have an ATM, but be prepared to have your money stolen. Their atm could not connect to the server, would not print an error receipt, did not dispense any money, and still withdrew the cash...More

Thank Ashley E
Reviewed 24 May 2015 via mobile

Other reviews have covered it. First, they're cash only. Make sure you know this as there is no sign at the door. But you don't care, because you're not going, right? Food was only okay. I had fish & chips. My husband had bangers and...More

Thank cookofthehouse
Reviewed 26 April 2015

Surprised this place is still in business... We went here as part of a Margarita March put on by BEERATHON. Everywhere else (8 bars total) used 12 oz cups. These guys used 5 or 6 oz cups and their drinks were seriously watered down. Mostly...More

Thank conradstx
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 526 S Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1797
    (Between Naudian & South)
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
  • Neighbourhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: +1 215-625-9500
  • E-mail
Downey's overlooks Penn's Landing at Front & South Streets and opened in Philadelphia in 1976. The restaurant is located in the city's premier neighborhood, Society Hill. The rich mahogany bar, wood panels & stained glass panes were imported from Country Cork in Ireland. We are delighted to share these treasures with you & hope they make you feel at home. Our proximity to Historic Philadelphia & Independence Mall makes Downey's & ideal stop for groups requiring a relaxing meal. The electric selection of shops on South Street makes it a unique shopping experience.
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