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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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Soups, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2897
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Reviewed yesterday

We went in the evening and we were in a downstairs room. It was quite and very relaxing. We had a lovely young waitress that was friendly and charming. The room was dimly lit which just added to the atmosphere. Our meals were very good...More

Thank Cosmopolitan794902
Reviewed 2 days ago

My grandson and I spent the day touring the historic sites of Philadelphia, and ended with dinner at City Tavern. It was a perfect accompaniment with the historical atmosphere, dress, and food. And the food was superb. I started with the pepperpot soup and then...More

Thank landiiiks
Reviewed 3 days ago

Stopped here for lunch after a morning at the Independence Hall/Liberty Bell area. We were seated at a table for 4 in one of the period dining rooms. Jeremy was our server and was fast with his service to many tables! 3 of us had...More

Thank sadieh923
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We were in Philadelphia for one day and heard about this restaurant. They dress according to late 1800 time period and most of the meals are as well. I had the braised rabbit and it was delicious. It was just a fun place to go...More

Thank okobojifun
Reviewed 4 days ago

City Tavern is an experience, very quiet in contrast to the more boisterous places we ate during our Philadelphia stay.Where else can you eat upstairs and hear a harp being played downstairs. It exudes a colonial atmosphere and the menu has items that would have...More

Thank Martin G
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We asked our tour guide for a nice dinner recommendation and he said City Tavern. Right away I loved it. The staff wear old century attire, the inside looked like it was in the 18th century and our waiter was extremely knowledgeable on the history/story...More

Thank Darcelle V
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The total atmosphere is so true to colonial days its like stepping back in time!!!! I devoured the awesome trout & asparagus!!! It was by far the best trout I've ever eaten & I have been to Yellowstone & eaten fresh Nebraska trout!!! I wish...More

Thank Roam716899
Reviewed 1 week ago

Server named Daniel F, very accomodating, knowledgeable and engaging. A very historic building renovated from original state. Food was outstanding, and portions were huge. Best turkey pot pie ever.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Like Williamsburg, City Tavern is a bit of a fake - the building is a modern reconstruction that has nothing to do with the "original" City Tavern in which Washington, et al., dined in the 18th Century. But also like Williamsburg, it's a lot of...More

Thank antistius
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Even though this is not the original 1773 building but a more modern replica, it is worth a visit. The George Washington Tavern Porter brewed by Yards Brewery from a 200 year old recipe was delightful. Good breads and an excellent lunch menu.

Thank Andrew C
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Questions & Answers
1 March 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
7 September 2017|
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Response from BAN1210 |
A thoroughly enjoyable dining experience in a historical setting. Unique.
Amy L
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 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
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
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 Centre East
  • Neighbourhood: City Centre 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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