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The Plough & The Stars

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
City Center East
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123 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3059
+1 215-733-0300
11:30 - 02:00
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 02:00
Sat - Sun 10:30 - 02:00
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Tucker, Georgia
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You walk in and smell the fire in the fireplace and feel the ambiance and hope the food is as good (It is an Irish restaurant after all). It is. The staff was attentive and knowledgable. It wasn't overly busy but it had a good bar crowd going.

Thank Sandy S
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Worse experience ever at a restaurant. I travel extensively and dine out extensively. We had a reservation for party of nine. Ordering drinks and food for three hours. All very professional people at table. The manager comes to our table and tells us we have leave as they have other reservations. Place was only 3/4 full. When we made the... More 

Thank Ang W
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

With JohnJoe Wed to Sunday the craic is here. Whether it's classic Shepherds Pie, moist flavorful crab cakes, an oh so perfect burger, or, a basket of the very BEST WINGS and a perfectly pulled half&half you won't be disappointed. Dont let the waitstaff's spotty service dampen your time because with the Pope's hat in the background, James Joyce in... More 

Thank Julia V
Long Beach, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017

The service is fast and the company is relaxed at an easy-to-find location on Chestnut Street. The staff is polite and the food reasonably priced.

Thank richardmanly
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

My wife and I were in search of a late night snack. We stumbled upon the Plough and The Stars. The waiter (John) was very welcoming and he stretched the kitchen hours a wee bit for us. It was just appetizers, but they were very good, and the ambiance and staff were great. They made us feel like locals, and... More 

Thank rick2619
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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176 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

I enjoy dining here early before it gets too noisy and busy. They have a very excellent and extensive menu and the food is always very good and reasonable priced with lots of drafts on tap

Thank Lsbtravel1
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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80 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

My wife and I had dinner at this restaurant prior to a show and we really liked the restaurant and food. I had the duck con fit and she had the braised chicken, both of which were excellent (I had not had lamb in decades, but this was very good!). We will be coming back to hear the entertainment at... More 

Thank StocksMan
Wanamassa, New Jersey, United States
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

We got right in on a busy Saturday night. We had a lovely table on the second floor loft area. Everything was nice but our waitress Eryn went above and beyond for all of our silly request and there was no type of rush for us to finish and get out. We literally spent hours there enjoying the atmosphere and... More 

Thank Jessica V
Waterford, Ireland
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Great welcoming staff, great selection of drinks, we went for a pre-dinner drink and ended up eating there, food was magnificent and reasonably priced and we stayed all night and had great craic with Austin and the Glaswegian from Wales. Highly recommend this pub, it must be the best Pub in Philadelphia.

Thank derryanna
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Wonderful atmosphere, food has suffered lately. We enjoy going on Sunday nights to hear the Irish music. The food and service lately has not been good however.

Thank beachgirl3271

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$40
American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Groups, Business meetings
Open Hours
10:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
10:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3059
  • Public Transportation: Septa Buses 5,17,21, 33, 42,48, 57 New Jersey Transit Patco
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
  • Neighbourhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: +1 215-733-0300
At the Plough & the Stars the owners are determined to bring the true taste of Ireland to Philadelphia, our food is described as Western European with a strong Irish influence. We were awarded by Citysearch as Philadelphia's Best Brunch. We have been featured numerous times on the Food Network and have cooked at the James Beard House in New York. Enjoy our famous Mussells Veloute, Striped Bass with Potato Crusted Scales or Guinness Casserole. Or if you prefer you can dine on our casual bar fare.

We have installed the most sophisticated beer system in the US, imported directly from Ireland and installed by Guinness technicians. Each pint of the 12 beers on tap is perfect.

The atmosphere created by the simple, yet powerful decor and fills a visitor to the Plough & the Stars, with an overwhelming feeling of awe and inspiration. The stage is set for an enjoyable and memorable dining experience.

Weekend nights turn the Plough into one of Old City's favorite bar scenes!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?