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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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“turkey pot pie” (120 reviews)
“corn chowder” (119 reviews)
“beef medallions” (38 reviews)
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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

Wonderful old world charm. Great location, service, food, ambiance and history. If you can make sure you order pot roast and desserts. Each entree is authentic.

Thank jjmtexasjayhawk
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Wonderful menu including wine and beer. The staff was very friendly and we loved that they dressed in the clothing from the era. It has 3 floors so if you cannot do stairs tell them when making your reservation. Our party of 8 tried menu...More

Thank gaileyb
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

People should understand that this place is trying to replicate the feel of the way it was 250 years ago. The “bar” area isn’t what we would expect because it wasn’t that way then. Same with the benches and the drinks and the food. But...More

Thank joefromcincy1961
Reviewed 4 days ago

From the minute we walked into this beautiful restaurant to the completion of our desert...it was a wonderful experience. The food was top-notch and the service was just as superb! Thank you, Alyssa....for an unforgettable experience. Will be back and I have already told the...More

Thank Danielle L
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

What a quaint, charming delicious step back into colonial times! All staff wore colonial clothing and the furnishings looked like antiques. Tables were set with Pewter cups. Very unique dishes on the menu from rabbit to my choice, roast duckling. We chose Ales of the...More

Thank Chickelbuck
Reviewed 5 days ago

I'd give it 10 stars if I could! Well worth the trip from CT, City Tavern was MUCH more than we could have ever anticipated! Chef Staib is my husband's favorite -- never would I have imagined he would be such a kind, generous and...More

Thank Seafairer55
Reviewed 6 days ago

first of all do not order a soda they do not give free refills I learn that after I ordered and ask to refill my glass the waitress never mentioned that to me I do like the fact the waiters and waitress wore colonial clothes...More

Thank cautioustourist
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Very disappointed. The food was bland and boring. My beef medallions tasted like a swanson salisbury tv dinner from 1984. Nothing was good and so overpriced. Yes the history of the location is cool, and it is cool that the staff dress up. But there...More

Thank 589ChristopherC
Reviewed 6 days ago

Old world charm. One night, before eating elsewhere, we enjoyed a beer while sitting by their fireplace. Charming. The next night, we returned and had dinner. The food is fine, the service excellent, and setting lovely. A very nice memory.

Thank jeffreys315
Reviewed 1 week ago

My server Alyssa was fantastic! I went with all of her recommendations and they did not disappoint. I was torn between 3 starters, and she emphatically said the mushroom toast was a must! Rich and decadent, yes, but absolutely worth every calorie. The lobster pie...More

Thank Explorer67832676927
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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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, 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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