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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%
Travellers talk about
“turkey pot pie” (106 reviews)
“corn chowder” (96 reviews)
“duckling” (36 reviews)
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Soups, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2897
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I would never eat here because I thought it was too touristy. I was completely wrong! Went with two adults and three preteens for an early dinner after a day of touring Old City. Everyone was tired and hungry. This was the best place we...More

Thank sweeter99
Reviewed 2 days ago

Went for lunch...had great corn chowder soup and split a large salad!! Greg was our server and couldn't have been any more wonderful!! He shared the history of the building and food... It is old world--historic char there!! We have been there several times and...More

Thank PACarolinePA
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Ate at City Tavern on August 16th. Greg did a great job explaining the history behind some of the dishes. Anyone who has seen the show "A Taste of History" should definitely go there. Immerse yourself in the Revolutionary War time period. You won't regret...More

Thank davehill3
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This Tavern fit perfectly into my husband and I's historical trip through the city. It has tons of old world charm with its candle lit dinners and period dressed staff. Our dinner was amazing and I discovered two historical drinks that I will definitely try...More

Thank MrsMuri2611
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had a wonderful lunch at the historic City Tavern in Philadelphia. As we stepped through the door, we were transported back to the 18th century, complete with Tavern staff in authentic costume and character. The menu is filled with dishes that reflect that time...More

Thank mangiabene48
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We went there for lunch in this re-created historical building. They actually used the original plans for the building to exactly replicate it. Many prominent Philadelphians we're here, including George Washington's inaugural ball. There's some history on the menu but I would recommend asking for...More

Thank Cheryl F
Reviewed 5 days ago

The food and atmosphere are great. It took a while for our food to come out, but it was worth the wait. I ordered the chicken dish (forgot what they called it), it tasted great, the mashed potatoes were excellent! You really get the feeling...More

Thank 274traveler
Reviewed 6 days ago

Due to the claimed historical significance of the building, we were concerned that we might be disappointed in the actual quality of the food and overall experience. We were not. The food was excellent, and the service, especially by our server Rafael, was excellent as...More

Thank teegeejay
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Family had lunch here, fantastic service from Alyssa and a great atmosphere. Phenominal food and would come back. :)

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Ate at City Tavern as part of the Historic Philadelphia tour (historicphiladelphia.org). We had the turkey pot pie, which was excellent. Large pieces of turkey in a light sauce with vegetables and flaky crust. The desert was a peach cobbler...good, but way too sweet. The...More

Thank Kirk S
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Amy L
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
2 December 2016|
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Response from Eileen S | Reviewed this property |
Sheraton Society Hill is a very short walk and a lovely hotel.
25 October 2016|
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Response from Barbara P | Reviewed this property |
yes, but they bring a old fashioned bread basket to the table even if you order a gluten free option.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$30
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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 09:00
11:30 - 09:00
11:30 - 09:00
11:30 - 09:00
11:30 - 09:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
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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