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Monk's Cafe

16th & Spruce Sts, Philadelphia, PA
+1 215-545-7005
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Come for the beer stay for everything else!!!

I was here 20 years ago and it was just as great as I remembered. Obviously the beer is the thing... read more

Reviewed 2 June 2017
Ellicott City, Maryland
Belgian Beer Mecca

A tight crowded little place with a bar in front, a narrow dining area in the meddle, and a bar in... read more

Reviewed 26 April 2017
John D
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16th & Spruce Sts, Philadelphia, PA
City Center West
+1 215-545-7005
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Reviewed 2 June 2017

I was here 20 years ago and it was just as great as I remembered. Obviously the beer is the thing here. The beer menu is pages upon pages of beers from around the world. The food was great too. My entire party enjoyed the...More

Thank _jordanselzer90
Reviewed 26 April 2017

A tight crowded little place with a bar in front, a narrow dining area in the meddle, and a bar in the back room. Hard to get a table for more than a couple of people if you show up at dinner time. But the...More

Thank John D
Reviewed 15 November 2016

First time visit to this site. Small menu but excellent choices. Mac and Cheese was out of this world.

Thank saylesp
Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

As the ever growing "craft beer" bar scene increases it's nice to find a bar with great beer and a down to earth attitude about the world. Highly recommended.

Thank Xbeezy
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Incredible selection of craft beer from all over the world! American, Belgian, German, Italian, French, Japanese beer and wine. The place is super packed closer to the evening but you can always seat by the bar. Totally worth visiting!

Thank kraft_beer
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Loved this place from when we first walked in. Attractive and welcoming interior, good vibe, informed and courteous staff. The Belgian style ales are wonderful. They don't do samples generally but was able to order a known favorite and a taste of another new to...More

Thank Robert H
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Business lunch. Great friendly service. Yummy burgers and Pomme Frites. Didn't have a chance to taste any beer but the selection seemed extensive

Thank Charlene T
Reviewed 21 May 2016

During the 80's and 90's when i worked on 16th Street, my colleagues and i used to go to Monk's all the time ... not so much lately, since i retired; however, i was there twice recently and will go back soon. I think Monk's...More

Thank Beanopoulos
Reviewed 10 January 2016

If you are looking for a great beer bar this is it. A great beer rotation on tap and a super bottle list. If you like to talk beer this is the place to go whe you are in Philly. Pair you beer with a...More

Thank Richard D
Reviewed 16 December 2015

To be fair to this establishment, we didn't eat or drink here: we weren't really allowed! I had taken my daughter, son-in-law, and 10-month-old granddaughter to Philadelphia to see the Christmas village in Love Park. When we adults decided that a good beer was in...More

Thank Michael I
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