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Rose Tattoo Cafe

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1847 Callowhill St, Philadelphia, PA 19130-4109 (19th & Callowhill Streets)
+1 215-569-8939
16:00 - 20:30
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Sun 16:00 - 20:30
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 16:00 - 22:00
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Columbia, Maryland
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Philadelphia is a wonderful city with great food. Rose Tattoo is one of my little gems! Whenever I have visited, there has been a steady flow of patrons, but never overwhelmingly crowded and I never wait for a table. Servers (even when eating in the bar) are professional and present, but not overbearing! The food is always prepared according to... More 

Thank Gina Marie D
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stumbled across the Rose Tattoo Cafe after a long day at the Franklin Institute. It has a warm, cozy and welcoming ambience. The food is good. It is typical bar food that is tasty and they have a great beer selection. We took our 3 kids there and found it to be very kid friendly.

Thank TEGinPA
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

This Restaurant has been in business for over 100 years, the current owner, Mr Michael Weinstein purchased it in 1983, and the current chef, Mr Alan Lichtenstein joined around 1996. The menu is well put together, I ordered the crab cakes on a bed of vegetables and asparagus, which were cooked to perfection, served still crunchy, with a fabulous sauce... More 

Thank Klingleplace
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

Chose this place because of it's proximity to the Franklin institute and the menu looked like something we would like. My family(wife and four adult children) thought the atmosphere was very charming and quaint. The place was not busy and they had groups spread out for privacy. Very nice touch. Our waiter was spot on. Very attentive and not obtrusive.... More 

Thank Terry Y
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84 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

We looked for a good restaurant walking distance from the Barnes Foundation Museum and were lucky to find the Rose Tatoo Cafe. They make all their own pasta and the food was fresh as it gets. My husband had pasta with short rib and sausage bolagnese and I had a short rib and arugula flatbread; both were fantastic. The wait... More 

Thank Gloria B
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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94 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

This is a great place for a great dinner and conversation. A beautiful building, with a nice dining room. I personally prefer the tables near the bar. Food is always good, be sure to listen to the specials. This isn't one of the new trendy places where the sound level is so high you have to scream at your dinner... More 

Thank Ron J
Macon, Georgia, United States
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189 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

Very good Center City bistro with delicious hamburgers and lunch menu seems to be a popular spot for lunch. Food: 4/5 Service: 5/5 Friendly, helpful, and prompt. Decor: 4/5 A bit dark with darkly paneled wood walls and painted, antique tin ceiling, small clean rest rooms, cloth tablecloths and napkins. Value: 4/5 $95.90 for 4 adults including tip.

Thank H S G
Deptford, New Jersey
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

We were excited to go out tonight to celebrate my husbands birthday. We got stuck at a small two top table upstairs. His view was the wall behind me. The waitress walked up to us, told us the specials as asked if we would like to order. I felt like I was at a dinner. After being rushed to order,... More 

Thank waitress102
New Jersey
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45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

I first discovered this place a couple of years ago when I attended a retirement party for a friend. That night, we only had appetizers but basically tried them all and everything was excellent. Ever since, I've been looking for an opportunity to come with my wife for a full meal, which we finally did. We were seated near the... More 

Thank disneysteve
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Went here with my hubby. It was perfect the food was delicious, service was great and it's a quaint spot. It really was the perfect date spot.

Thank Deidre W

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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
USD 10 - USD 30
American, Cajun & Creole, International
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Bar Scene
Open Hours
16:00 - 20:30
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1847 Callowhill St, Philadelphia, PA 19130-4109
    (19th & Callowhill Streets)
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
  • Phone Number: +1 215-569-8939

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?