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City Tavern

138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2897
+1 215-413-1443
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“turkey pot pie” (120 reviews)
“corn chowder” (111 reviews)
“duckling” (40 reviews)
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Soups, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2897
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Even though I'm born and raised in Philadelphia I had never tried the City Tavern before. I had an amazing time last Wednesday; I thought the braised rabbit was amazing, and the service from Melina was first class. I highly recommend the City Tavern!

Thank Ed W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great food! Great service A very good atmosphere and definitely a place for history buffs! We had the strip steak (Preferred) and the roasted rabbit.

Thank Jonathan W
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Visiting this iconic place has been on our bucket list for years. When we told our waiter that, he told Chef Staib who was there that day and came to our table thanking us for coming. I was beyond excited to meet him and couldn’t...More

Thank Tamara S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Prepare yourself for a back in time meal. Very interesting menu, food is really rich and heavy but good. Definitely a good experience and different. The ambiance is phenomenal and I like the costumes of the staff. I recommend to make a reservation. This place...More

Thank TravelingHanbokGirl
Reviewed 5 days ago

It has obvious historic connections to our fore fathers. It's where they hung out after a tough day at Independence Hall. But history isn't it's greatest attraction, the food and service are extraordinary. First of all, I made a reservation for 7pm but found ourselves...More

Thank BOB09021958
Reviewed 5 days ago

Family had a wonderful dinner in terrific colonial period ambiance. Our server Greg did an outstanding job of taking care of us throughout our meal. Constantly checked on us to ensure everything was up to standards without being overbearing. Great job Greg!

Thank Dan M
Reviewed 1 week ago

My Dad and I were in Philadelphia for an early December weekend and spent the day walking around the city center. We finished our day in the Museum of the American Revolution and decided to try the City Tavern for dinner since it was a...More

Thank kjclower
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved the City Tavern! The food was excellent. Enjoyed the historic authenticity. You can almost imagine the famous revolutionary Americans who ate there. A very pleasant experience...especially for history buffs. A must-do if you are serious about history and are visiting Philly.

Thank 580hansr
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed a lunch of home made soup accompanied with one of many beers and ales that are available. The staff are very welcoming - dressed in the attire of the late 18th. century. This hostelry was used by Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Adams et al...More

Thank davylad49
Reviewed 1 week ago

The meal was mor than we expected. I had the Linguini with scallops, shrimp and crab claws. This dish was so delicious. My husband had the Beef Medallions and they were so tender (he gave me a taste). The atmosphere was Colonial and the servers...More

Thank sierraPennsyalvania
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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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Not sure what your question is... How to rate it on TripAdvisor? or a rating on food quality? atmosphere? location?
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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$40
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
Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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 Center East
  • Neighbourhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: +1 215-413-1443
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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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