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Monk's Cafe

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$$ - $$$
City Center West
American, Belgian, Bar, Pub
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264 S 16th St, Ste 1, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3357
+1 215-545-7005
11:30 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 02:00
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Amherst, Massachusetts, United States
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199 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great meal and beer selection. I had the mussels and frittes with Thai sauce, my wife had the trout. Friendly service, happy customers; I'd go back!

Thank Pierre R
Chicago, Illinois
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128 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great little place. Although there are plenty of items on the menu, the mussels and fries are the reason for this visit. Plenty of food. An amazing selection of beer and wine. The place fills up fast. Great gluten free options.

Thank Kim G
Howard, Wi
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49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Monk's has the soul and atmosphere of a neighborhood bar, but has surprising depth: both physically and metaphorically. There is more seating than it would appear, but don't expect elbow room. We spent our stay wedged into a corner overlooking the storefront window, and enjoyed every moment. The atmosphere was lively and the food was excellent. I ordered salmon, which... More 

Thank troglodad
Newtown, PA
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63 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Noisy, crowded, cramped bar but the mussels are the best we've had since visiting PEI and eating at FLEX Mussels several years ago. We had the Monk's version (Gueuze, fumé, garlic & parsley) and the Ghent version (Ommegang Hennepin, fumé, parsley, carmelized leeks, bacon, bleu cheese & garlic) and both were excellent. The bleu cheese in the Ghent mussels seemed... More 

1 Thank Highliner
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116 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I loved the food here! I'm not a beer person so I wasn't pleased when my boyfriend took me here, but it was so much better than I expected! The food was amazing.

Thank Alexandra J L
Ephrata, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Recommended by a friend and it did not disappoint. Cozy atmosphere , excellent service and could be the best mussels I've ever had. Waiter recommended Red Light mussels because I like spicy food and it hit the mark. Waiter, unsolicited, brought extra crusty bread to sop up the broth. The sour of the Saison Dupont with the heat of the... More 

Thank David C
Toronto, Canada
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59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Stopped here for 8pm Saturday dinner and drinks. We waited about half an hour for a table, which was a bit awkward as the place is very small and gets cramped. But we figured that the wait meant it had to be good food, so we were patient. While we were waiting we noticed almost everyone was ordering mussels, so... More 

Thank juliaoleary
Windham, Maine
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130 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Ok...so this place has a lot of Hype. Well...it is deserved. Cozy place with a focus on BEER and a simple but amazing food menu. The BEST Fries I have had anywhere. We were there for a tap takeover by wicked weed out of NC. French Toast Imp. Stout is amazing as were others. The special taps were nice...but steep.... More 

Thank SingingOT
Jersey City, New Jersey
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3 reviews
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

This please was a great experience. The food was so good, loved the fries and the sauce given. Beers were new for me but the waitress was very helpful to my needs

Thank mignaortiz25
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

If you like beer, in the connoisseur sense, then you have to come here when visiting Philly. Amazing selection, fairly priced, in a cool and cosy interior and a great selection of sandwiches, soups, burgers and mains. You could easily spend hours in here...although go easy otherwise you'll be asleep for most of the time!!

Thank mc_cheekymonkey

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$30
American, Belgian, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 264 S 16th St, Ste 1, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3357
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center West
  • Neighbourhood: City Center West
  • Phone Number: +1 215-545-7005

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?