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City Tavern

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
City Center East
As featured in Philly's finest
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138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (2 nd & Walnut Streets)
+1 215-413-1443
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Alyssa was our server she was great. Some of the best restaurant food I have had. Atmosphere seemed very authentic. Many great choices nearby but you cannot go wrong here.

Thank Tom C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband and I have eaten at the Tavern several times and decided to take the family this time. Our dinner was wonderful. We ad a great selection of colonial style foods. The beer drinkers were impressed with the selection of craft beers offered. The staff was was awesome...our server (Alyssa) took great care of us and attended to our... More 

Thank Ree L
Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are a history buff and wanted the experience to dine at this historic restaurant do so. It will give you the feeling of what the menu was like for our forefathers. It is early American dinning at its best. Make sure to order the scones and a beer with the original Benjamín Franklin receipe. It will take you... More 

Thank Carlos R
Easton, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Was really looking forward to trying the City Tavern this weekend. Both of us ordered the Madeira Chicken. The sauce, potatoes & vegetables were fine, but the chicken breast was so over cooked we could hardly chew it. We should have sent it back I guess, but it was late & we didn't feel like waiting. Not a good complainer... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My family and I enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner here. To think, this is where our founding fathers would meet for news, a beer, to talk politics is very cool. GSure, it's been restored, but so much in Philly has been. Remember, the city was torched during the Revolutionary War. The staff wears Revolutionary period clothing. There was music playing throughout our... More 

Thank travelingnurse07
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We planned a memorable birthday celebration for our Mom and the restaurant surpassed our expectation....food, service, ambiance all were outstanding!

Thank Andrew S
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It proved quite difficult to book a table, but we were seven. Food is very good, nice place and price not through the roof as you could fear from a spot mostly for tourists

Thank ericdarrieus
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I made reservations at City Tavern based on the high TripAdvisor rating and was thoroughly impressed! The food was fresh and delicious and the ambience was on target. The "costumes" worn by the waitstaff really tied it all together. Our waiter was phenomenal and described everything clearly and really made the experience extra special. I started with the soup of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had our wedding rehearsal dinner at City Tavern in May 2011; the wedding theme was 17th century Swedish Colonial in costume. The City Tavern was perfect and the food so very delicious

Thank RevC F
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Overall experience was okay period seems more like a tourist spot. Service was good food was also good but not worth writing home about.

Thank Sandy D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Soups, American, Gluten Free Options
Drinks, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
    (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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?