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City Tavern

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
City Center East
As featured in Philly's finest
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138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2897 (2 nd & Walnut Streets)
+1 215-413-1443
11:30 - 09:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 09:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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West Babylon, NY
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

As soon as I walked by and saw the restaurant had been open since 1773 I knew I had to eat here. Can you imagine the people that have sat in those seats before you? We were fortunate enough to have a little tour of the rooms after our meal. You will be blown away by the history in those... More 

Thank TulaneMom O
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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wow! I was very skeptical and was afraid of this being a tourist trap. It was the highlight of our visit. The food was wonderful. The harpist and the waiters were excellent. My husband and I shared the beer flight to try all the brews. Fantastic. I had a Rasberry "Shrub". Cornmeal Oysters were hot and fresh. The brook trout... More 

Thank The_Cody_Concierge
Edison, New Jersey, United States
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91 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Came here for the first time and just loved the ambience here. The original building dates back to 1773. The servers dress in revolutionary clothing and they have a guy playing the harp in the lobby. Food was terrific and absolutely loved their bread. They give you 3 kinds from recipes from that period. My favorite was the cornbread and... More 

Thank Christine P
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The atmosphere is wonderful and very authentic. I had a potato soup that was very good along with some breads made from 18th-century recipes. I had the evening special which was a seafood pasta dish that was amazing! There is an historical story with each dish which I loved! My server Greg was very attentive, recommended a nice wine and... More 

Thank Charles F
Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

You must try the fried oysters, also the corn chowder. Maybe the fried tofu. Why not the seafood pasta?. Ending up with a chocolare cake. Greg was our host. He is really great! Thank you!

Thank Vanoje
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had an amazing lunch here today. Chef Staib stopped by and spent several minutes talking to us about the restaurant and his upcoming culinary adventures. It was a fairly slow time and we were seated in George Washington's private dining room. This was definitely a highlight of Philadelphia and a fantastic stop on our road trip. Note - our... More 

Thank Sara B
Morris County, New Jersey
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47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I had looked into this place before arriving in Philly, but thought it may be one of those places that should have shut down years ago - waiters and hosts in costume?? Anyway, we walked by and my husband liked the menu, so the three adults gave it try. Well, I would go back, the lobster and turkey pot pies... More 

Thank TourGuideKathy
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

During my recent visit to Philadelphia my uncle, knowing that I love history, suggested that we all eat at City Tavern Restaurant for my birthday dinner. When you go inside you feel like you've stepped back into the days of America's infancy and the staff is dressed to the T in period attire. The building is from the 1770s. You're... More 

Thank Andréa B
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was a very nice, neat place to dine, seemed like a step back in time. We stopped in for lunch, our waitress was awesome and the food fantastic.

Thank artyler71
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45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Travel back in time and eat where our founding fathers ate and stayed. The food is excellent! The helpings are huge too. Taste the brew of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Hamilton. Our vote was Benjamin Franklin's brew. This is fun and authentic. A must do while in Philly.

Thank Dirk S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$30
Soups, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 - 09:00
11:30 - 09:00
11:30 - 09:00
11:30 - 09:00
11:30 - 09:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?