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City Tavern

138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2897
+1 215-413-1443
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Soups, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2897
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My family spent the day in Philadelphia and we knew to stop and eat at the City Tavern. The food was amazing (order the chicken a la Franklin) and our server, Alyssa, was absolutely terrific! She made sure that we were taken care of and...More

Thank Gianna O
Reviewed 2 days ago

The staff was dressed in 18th century style clothing, the tables we candle lite, and the food was delicious. The menu is pricey but we were there celebrating my husband birthday.

Thank ACromer
Reviewed 2 days ago

I took a break in visiting some of the landmark features in Philadelphia and headed to the City Tavern because of its historical significance and it was hot and muggy!!! I didn't gp there to eat - I went to enjoy a beer and relax....More

Thank bkolstoe24
Reviewed 3 days ago

City Tavern is a must for each trip we make to Philly. I love the attention to history and the outstanding food! Alyssa took care of us during our last visit and she made my little girl's birthday very special. You won't be disappointed!

Thank graffy2001
Reviewed 5 days ago

Went to dinner here for my wife's Birthday. service and food were excellent. Our server Alyssa was the best. She is very friendly.

Thank johnlynch29
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a wonderful dinner at City Tavern with my two kids. The service was spot on - not overly educational but offering notes about why certain items were on the menu and where the recipes came from. Drinks were well crafted, including homemade ingredients. The...More

Thank thinktankjp
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a delightful afternoon and will be back thanks to Heathe. We enjoyed the ale inspired by Ben Franklin, basil shrimp, city tavern coolers and more. Relaxing and pleasant.

Thank Michelle D
Reviewed 1 week ago

This tavern has so much rich history, as well as being period accurate. The servers are in period clothing and all the meals available on the menu are rooted in colonial-era staples. While this may inspire fear in the less adventurous eaters, it is simply...More

Thank Mia C
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was my first time in Philadelphia and I stayed with friends who took me around to see the local sights. They said this was an amazing historical restaurant, which it was, but the food was even more amazing. They also had a locally brewed...More

Thank Tysonfranklin
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I ate at City Tavern a few years ago and were looking forward to a return visit. We were not disappointed. We sat at the table that Washington used to keep an eye out for British soldiers. How very cool is that?...More

Thank Shirley D
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Questions & Answers
March 1, 2018|
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Response from ChefStaib | Property representative |
Hello! Yes, the restaurant is handicap accessible. We have a brand new lift in the front of the building and all accommodations readily available on our main floor. For convenience, if you would like to give the restaurant a... More
September 6, 2017|
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Response from BAN1210 |
A thoroughly enjoyable dining experience in a historical setting. Unique.
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May 15, 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$50
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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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 Centre East
  • Neighbourhood: City Centre East
  • Phone Number: +1 215-413-1443
  • E-mail
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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