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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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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 2 days ago via mobile

So we came to Philly for the U2 concert and decided to stay the next day and see the Revolutionary era sites. Our hotel concierge at Hilton Penn Landing (great concierge and great hotel) recommended the City Tavern for a great meal. We went for...More

Thank ron c
Reviewed 2 days ago

a very historic place to eat and be. George Washington and many others ate and drank there on lots of occasions.

Thank horseshoer
Reviewed 2 days ago

Our lunch experience at the City Tavern, from start to finish was phenomenal! The period atmosphere provided an unique dining experience. It was enchanting to think we were enjoying some of the same foods and beverages as our founding fathers. Our server Greg did an...More

Thank tspogli
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Get reservations ahead. Great historical atmosphere, the employees are all in costume from history. Food was great, I had Turkey pot pie. Dinner prices are around $20-$35 I recommend it.

Thank Makiesmom
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Enjoy food that is close to what they may have served when our Founding Fathers discussed breaking away from British Rule. The building is a reproduction but the food is well worth it. Travel back in time and enjoy the feast along with the spirits.

Thank Abejo
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Had a nice lunch. Really enjoyed the smoked trout and salmon and pepper pot soup. Such a neat place and our server Greg was very attentive, pleasant and efficient. He even provided the room we were in with history of the tavern. Had not been...More

Thank suzanne c
Reviewed 3 days ago

Despite the touristy location and the period costumes, this restaurant has the comfortable feel of an old familiar tavern. The food is good, not exceptional, and there are a few standout items: the cornmeal fried oysters; the mushroom toast; the roasted duck. The turkey pot...More

Thank milady_12
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

While in session, the Continental Congress often met there and you can feel the ambiance still today. Try the mead and other era favorites. The bar serves a punch that will do the trick. Downstairs harp music plays. Quite historic and romantic.

Thank davkam007
Reviewed 4 days ago

Disclaimer: Yes, City Tavern was established in 1773. Yes, many famous Revolution-era people ate there. However, that original building was knocked down in the 1800's, and then rebuilt as a replica of the original in the 1900s. But for the casual tourist, that's good enough....More

Thank Matthew C
Reviewed 4 days ago

We came to City Tavern not knowing what to expect and were marveled by the delicious food and EXCELLENT service. Our waitress Janelle was very helpful in describing the dishes and making sure we got what we liked. In fact we liked it so much...More

Thank ultracraig2017
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Amy L
Hi, Your Tavern comes highly recommended! Is there any street parking or a parking lot nearby your place of business?
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
what hotels are nearby
2 December 2016|
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Response from Eileen S | Reviewed this property |
Sheraton Society Hill is a very short walk and a lovely hotel.
Do you have gluten free options?
25 October 2016|
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Response from Barbara P | Reviewed this property |
yes, but they bring a old fashioned bread basket to the table even if you order a gluten free option.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 30
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, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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
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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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