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Monk's Cafe

) #66 of 3,628 Restaurants in Philadelphia $$ - $$$ American, ,
264 S 16th St, Ste 1, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3357
+1 215-545-7005
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“mussels” (236 reviews)
“burger” (94 reviews)
“fries” (97 reviews)
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American, Belgian, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
264 S 16th St, Ste 1, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3357
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1 - 10 of 590 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

My last review says it all, so no need to be repetitious, but this place has maintained its standards over the years (I've been back several times) and that deserves another shot. Visiting this time on a Saturday night, the place was packed and yet...More

Thank TommyBoy94
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We typically stop here when in Rittenhouse as they often have beers that we cannot get a home. The bar is small, cramped and always busy. Beer is fresh and the pom frites are a great midday snack! Bartender is very knowledgeable.

Thank slp2003
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best places for beers that I've been to. They had the mythical Pliny the Elder on tap. Their food is also quite delicious and it's a chill atmosphere.

Thank Thong L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came here for the beer and unfortunately they don't allow you to sit at a table unless you're ordering food. Seems strange given the price of some of the beers and the fact that our bill would probably have equaled the cost of a...More

Thank maxpaste
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Made a special trek to Monk's to land a whale-Pliney the Elder. really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. Very old school looking wooden bar - wooden everything! You may consider it a 'dive bar' from the atmosphere but the food was top notch -...More

Thank dogilicious
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I just remember the delicious fries and I randomly try beers off of their list and haven't been disappointed yet!

Thank ndedkova1
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Charming restaurant with an amazing selection of beers. The beer menu ("Beer Bible") on every table makes for enjoyable and informative reading. Staff are knowledgeable and friendly and the beer and the food were both excellent. Great value for money.

Thank lima33
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Great bartenders, friendly atmosphere, even out of town solo on business, awesome food, mussels and French fries are the bomb, great ambiance

Thank Sarah P
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

Stopped here for a late lunch early dinner on the 4th. I was under the impression that this was a seafood spot due to lack of info from a friend, but was interested in the mussels nonetheless. I immediately became agitated at the way they...More

Thank Tashakane
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

I know everyone raves about the beers available at this place. Their reputation is well deserved. The beers in tap were varied and perfectly served. You can't go wrong. Especially when you get really nice food as well - the duck salad was especially good....More

Thank Mike594
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26 February 2017|
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Response from deathblosom | Reviewed this property |
It's just a little over 2 blocks, an easy walk.
Christina W
3 February 2017|
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Response from Peter S | Reviewed this property |
no knowledge
11 April 2015|
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Response from MinnTex | Reviewed this property |
They do host events, according to the material I read, but that may be there own events. Why not call the restaurant and ask? If you are on the area, I like Jay R's suggestion to go look for yourself and have something to... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 12 - USD 30
American, Belgian, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 264 S 16th St, Ste 1, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3357
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center West
  • Neighbourhood: City Center West
  • Phone Number: +1 215-545-7005
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