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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” (108 reviews)
“corn chowder” (100 reviews)
“bread” (297 reviews)
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138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2897
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Reviewed yesterday

This restaurant is a must for visitors to the historic district of Philadelphia. The food is great, the beer is even better, and the service is awesome especially if you are so lucky to have Destinee as your server. She will give you a history...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Amazing food and atmosphere. Our server Alyssa was excellent and remembered us from a prior visit. All of our food was delicious and would highly recommend it.

Thank Toby B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A very unique dining experience, from the moment you walk in the door with a harpsichord player in the entryway. Service staff are all in colonial period dress. The menu was rich in options, and details about the ingredients and why they were prevalent during...More

Thank brazilflyer333
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We stopped for lunch. The People working in the restaurant are dressed in period clothing, the seating for the restaurant is in different rooms, service was very good, I had the veal and herb sausage meal that was excellent. My wife had the artichoke and...More

Thank meisterNewYork
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had about 75 people from a small convention eat here together. We had made reservations, and selected entree choices from trout, beef medallions, or chick breast madeira. Our entire group was served a delicious corn chowder, followed by a salad, then the entree. Finished...More

Thank South_Georgia_boy
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I visited City Tavern with friends from different states. We made the visit along with a visit to nearby historical sites and museums. From the first moment on the street, looking at this historical building, to the decor, to the food and drink, to the...More

Thank lauren_travels_away
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is such an interesting gem of a restaurant that has an important history. It's been recreated to look like it did when George Washington dined there and the menu is filled with dishes that Washington, Jefferson, Adams, etc. would have enjoyed. Our server, Destinee,...More

Thank Sandra K
Reviewed 5 days ago

We went to the restaurant when it was still daylight. By the time we left the candles on the tables and on the walls were the only illumination. Great atmosphere. I love rabbit and their rabbit stew was to die for. One child had a...More

Thank mflyon
Reviewed 6 days ago

Really nice restaurant. Not only for the nice building and the very kind staff, but also for the really good selection of plates they have in the menu'. Finally a good restaurant that serves real food. Nice arrangement and tasty well cooked food. Really interesting...More

Thank Travel_Mau
Reviewed 6 days ago

My husband wanted to stop for lunch. We decided this was a perfect spot as the building alone was charming. Little did we know were we in for a step back into time lunch experience. We love history so this lunch was wonderful. The hostess...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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15 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
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.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 8 - US$ 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
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
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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