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City Tavern

138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2897
+1 215-413-1443
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“turkey pot pie” (117 reviews)
“corn chowder” (108 reviews)
“duckling” (39 reviews)
Closes in 1 min
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Soups, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2897
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Everything about the City Tavern is wonderful! From the food to the service to the atmosphere. A real piece of Philly history!

Thank Joe61_11
Reviewed yesterday

Last Thursday 1/18/2018 - We had a wonderful lunch experience and wanted to especially thank our server Greg. He made the experience very pleasurable and went above and beyond to make our party of 6 feel special. This is DEFINATELY a place everyone will want...More

Thank 612justin
Reviewed yesterday

We went as a party of 7. Reservation was for 8:15 but we were not seated til 8:45. The manager acknowledged this by buying us a round of drinks. Our waiter, Rafael, was very knowledgeable about the menu, including a pasta special that was on...More

Thank Shain92
Reviewed yesterday

We ate a great meal here on Saturday January 20th. The four of us were in town to see a show and enjoy some site seeing and decided to experience the City Tavern for lunch. The menu was very good and our waiter Raphael was...More

Thank ondlinks
Reviewed yesterday

The atmosphere is great, with all decor, plates, costumes feeling very authentic. The few times I have been here there has been some musical performances, either a man playing a harp in the hall or a woman singing a song at some point, which is...More

Thank Sheridan S
Reviewed 2 days ago

Very cool foodie spot for those looking for something different. The recreated ales, the clam chowder, the pot pie, braised rabbit and duckling - all very good~ Service was a bit slower than we're used to, but there were huge group tables nearby so that...More

Thank Aryun
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Husband and I went for dinner and had a great experience. Food and service was excellent! Being able to dine and ponder what happened many many years prior in the same building, made for an enjoyable time.

Thank fordemt26
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Had a wonderful meal for a special occasion. All of the food was delicious. The best turkey pot pie I've ever eaten. I would love to go back again.

Thank Kerry R
Reviewed 3 days ago

I knew the Founding Fathers met and dined at City Tavern, but I had no idea that the food and craft beers were from old recipes pulled from books and personal journals from that era! Everything was delicious ... even to my picky eater husband!...More

Thank Donna M
Reviewed 3 days ago

Located in the Old City area of Philadelphia, it's the perfect spot to stop for an historic dining experience with period menu items and amenities. Ice cold water, beer from Ben Franklin's recipe, a selection of wines and menu items purportedly consumed by our forefathers....More

Thank USTravelLover
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Response from DogTagTours | Reviewed this property |
Not sure what your question is... How to rate it on TripAdvisor? or a rating on food quality? atmosphere? location?
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15 May 2017|
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Response from ChefStaib | Property representative |
Metered street parking is available, but fills up quickly. There is an enclosed parking structure on 2nd street at the Ritz movie theater complex just a few yards away from our front door. One street over, on front street... More
1 December 2016|
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Response from Eileen S | Reviewed this property |
Sheraton Society Hill is a very short walk and a lovely hotel.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$40
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:00 AM
11:30 AM - 9:00 AM
11:30 AM - 9:00 AM
11:30 AM - 9:00 AM
11:30 AM - 9:00 AM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2897
    (2 nd & Walnut Streets)
  • Public Transportation: The Market-Frankford "El" has a stop at 2nd and Market Streets as well as the 21 & 42 bus lines drops at our door
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
  • Neighbourhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: +1 215-413-1443
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Once called "the most genteel tavern in America" by John Adams and the first unofficial "White House," Chef Walter Staib's City Tavern has boasted the finest celebrations since 1773. With over 230 years of hospitality, City Tavern has been the centerpiece of affairs now immortalized in history. An evening at City Tavern is certain to be remembered. Just imagine sampling specialties, such as pepperpot soup, colonial turkey pot pie, roast duckling, Thomas Jefferson's sweet potato biscuits paired with ales the ales of the revolution made from George Washington & Benjamin Franklin's recipes -- all served by costumed wait staff. Watch an episode of A Taste of History on PBS, our Chef Proprietor Walter Staib will give you glimpse of what we do here at City Tavern.
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