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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%
Travellers talk about
“turkey pot pie” (117 reviews)
“corn chowder” (116 reviews)
“bread” (328 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
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

My husband and I had a delightful lunch with our niece. The food was absolutely delicious, the service was excellent (Alyssa was our server) and the atmosphere was "cozy colonial". We ate duck, salmon and meat loaf. The mashed potatoes and breads were incredible. It...More

Thank auntsand16
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The building itself is historically accurate, but is actually a replica of the original. The food was good but pricey, I felt like there are better options at this price point. However, the ambience is unique, there was a harpist playing when we were there.

Thank biz_travlr007
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Besides the real fun atmosphere, the food is amazing. The service was top notch and helpful Mr. Costello). The appetizer shrimp cocktail was great and so was the chocolate mousse cake dessert. The Crabcake was pretty good, but the Pork Chop was the best I...More

Thank Yeayeah007
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Situated in the bar and pub district just east of the historic district, this is a nice restaurant featuring a colonial atmosphere and staff dressed in period costumes. Prices are $$$ and quality is more like $$ but overall it was a good experience. The...More

Thank hcmjkm
Reviewed 6 days ago

I was in town for business and went to the old section of Philly and had an early dinner with fried tofu near a fire place served by waitstaff dressed in old type costumes. Very fun and the food was outstanding. Will be going back...More

Thank Ana L
Reviewed 6 days ago

City Tavern was a lovely restaurant with tasty food and colonial period decor. They were kind enough to prepare a chicken dish for me to accommodate my gluten free dietary requirement.

Thank simeonel1001
Reviewed 1 week ago

Waitresses should not try to talk customers out of what they are considering ordering. I was considering ordering the mushroom and barley soup and the fried tofu. It sounded wonderful and still does. But I told the waitress that the Ben Franklin chicken also sounded...More

Thank Bonnie M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The restaurant is rebuilt to be of the time era of the constitution. The staff are dress in the time of the same era. The wine list is amazing.. Fit for a Presidant.. Because it is the wines and beer that they drank, ala Ben...More

Thank Neildash1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The atmosphere is wonderful and sends you back in time. The wait staff, dressed in traditional costume share tidbits of history and describe the historic dishes in mouth watering detail. You will not want to miss this wonderful experience during your visit to Philadelphia.

Thank Cassandra G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The atmosphere was excellent.Our server Jeremy was excellent he made the experience very memorable. Highly recommend.

Thank Mark F
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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
6 September 2017|
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Response from BAN1210 |
A thoroughly enjoyable dining experience in a historical setting. Unique.
Amy L
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 8 - US$ 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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, 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 Centre East
  • Neighbourhood: City Centre East
  • Phone Number: +1 215-413-1443
  • E-mail
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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