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City Tavern

138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2897
+1 215-413-1443
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“turkey pot pie” (114 reviews)
“corn chowder” (105 reviews)
“bread” (305 reviews)
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138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2897
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The appetizers (corn soup, salad, shrimp cocktail) along with the main entrees we had (crab cake, pork chop, beef tenderloin) were all very good. Service was good except that the waiter never told us that refills on our sodas were not free which added $30...More

Thank hvfcrev
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

For our holiday party, we ordered a salmagundi tray. Chef Staib & his crew did not disappoint. Thank you for the beautiful tray.

Thank JFrank76
Reviewed 3 days ago

First off I must commend our waiter, Ed G.. He was a gentleman of the first rank , courteous, knowledgeable and a wonderful sense of humor. Very Professional! The restaurant is a historical gem, very authentic as to food,dress and atmosphere.Felt like I was dining...More

Thank Joseph G
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Venison was amazing and Rafael gave great service. The Martha Washington chocolate cake was yummy. It's also a fun theme and atmosphere.

Thank Andrew H
Reviewed 3 days ago

City Tavern, just a few blocks away from Liberty Hall and many other historical attractions, is a favorite stop. The food and service are superb (prices may be just a little high). The breads are based on a historical recipe. See about a reservation before...More

Thank Fred B
Reviewed 3 days ago

Excellent! A trip back in time! Chef Walter Staib, at the meticulously rebuilt City Tavern in Philadelphia, with all attendants wearing historically correct 1770s clothing and manners, has recreated an experience our founding fathers would certainly recognize at what John Adams once described as “the...More

1  Thank PhillipDFalk
Reviewed 5 days ago

We love the appearance and history of this fine restaurant. The select beers were excellent. Try the George Washington or The 1776, one dark porter, the second light ale. The new England clam chowder served piping hot was filled with clams and a wonderful cream...More

Thank Ed M
Reviewed 5 days ago

Our food was delightful; the ambience was cozy and comfortable and very historical! The live harpist made for a very beautiful setting; I was there with my wife so it was very romantic! Our waiter Greg was very pleasant, he was always seeing if we...More

Thank Joseph S
Reviewed 6 days ago

My son selected this restaurant and he could not have chosen a better place. It was superb. The period colors, furnishings and tableware immersed you colonial Philadelphia. Tables and seating areas of 4 to 5 were placed throughout the building in separate rooms. It was...More

Thank DennisMc79
Reviewed 6 days ago

The meal would have been excellent no matter where it was served but the colonial setting made it even better. The costumed, friendly, and helpful staff, along with beautiful harp music, made it extra special.

Thank Denny G
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Response from DogTagTours | Reviewed this property |
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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
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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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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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