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City Tavern

138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2897
+1 215-413-1443
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“turkey pot pie” (109 reviews)
“corn chowder” (101 reviews)
“bread” (312 reviews)
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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

Dinner after visiting the Museum of the American Revolution. Excellent choice. Nearby. Food was excellent, as it always is. A bit noisy when crowded, as it was. But not rushed at the table. Always interesting.

Thank joebrkly
Reviewed yesterday

Must visit for any history buff. The place is kept as true to the original in every detail including the staff uniforms. The menu offers food & drink made from recipes of that period as well. In walking distance of Independence Mall. Reservations a must...More

Thank Debra C
Reviewed 2 days ago

The TurkeyPot Pie and bread plate served with all meals is well-worth the visit. I'm not a fan of potpie but after reading about how good it was thought I'd take a gamble. It was wonderful! Absolutely delicious with flaky crust, big chunks of turkey...More

Thank pbnj99
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had a wonderful time at the City Tavern. The drinks, food and dessert were delicious, but what made the evening so special is the excellent service we received by Destinee. Destinee explained the history of each room and menu. Most of all, she always...More

Thank TeaLady111
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great location in historic building near Independence Mall and other local hangouts. Food was very good, but drinks using founding father recipes were excellent. Service was attentive but not spectacular.

Thank choatex
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Terrific dinner. Food and service were great. I had Franklin Chicken and loved it. I also had the raspberry/champagne shrub drink. Yum! So good I bought the cookbook so I can revisit it at home. Our server, Rafael, was most attentive and helpful.

Thank 4007bunny
Reviewed 1 week ago

Chose City Tavern to take out of town guests. It is a perfect addition to a day in Old City. Our server Alyssa was fantastic and we truly appreciated her kindness and helpfulness especially with the children during dinner.

Thank melissadecastro
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food is mediocre. They wear period clothing. That sum's it up. And for some odd reason they have a $5,000 bottle of wine on the wine list but nothing on the menu that you would want to pair it with.More

Thank Kmfu
ChefStaib, Guest Relations Manager at City Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We want to thank you, first, for choosing City Tavern. We are sorry that your experience did not live up to either yours or our expectations. The bottle of wine, however, is meant for a large crowd or party, good from 50 to 100 guests....More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great historical place. Ask for George Washington's table. Had lunch. Veal and Crab cakes were great. TJ Ale was good. Lots of stairs

Reviewed 1 week ago

We found this restaurant while walking around Philly and came back for dinner. They welcome walk-in customers and have space for hundreds, although since the restaurant is based in a house, the tables are sited in many rooms, upstairs and downstairs, even the cellar. Our...More

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Response from DogTagTours | Reviewed this property |
Not sure what your question is... How to rate it on TripAdvisor? or a rating on food quality? atmosphere? location?
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16 May 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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Response from Eileen S | Reviewed this property |
Sheraton Society Hill is a very short walk and a lovely hotel.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 40
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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 am
11:30 am - 9:00 am
11:30 am - 9:00 am
11:30 am - 9:00 am
11:30 am - 9:00 am
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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
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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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