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Monk's Cafe

) #56 of 3,615 Restaurants in Philadelphia $$ - $$$ American, ,
264 S 16th St, Ste 1, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3357
+1 215-545-7005
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“mussels” (236 reviews)
“burger” (94 reviews)
“fries” (96 reviews)
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American, Belgian, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
264 S 16th St, Ste 1, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3357
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1 - 10 of 587 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We came here for the beer and unfortunately they don't allow you to sit at a table unless you're ordering food. Seems strange given the price of some of the beers and the fact that our bill would probably have equaled the cost of a...More

Thank maxpaste
Reviewed 1 week ago

Made a special trek to Monk's to land a whale-Pliney the Elder. really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. Very old school looking wooden bar - wooden everything! You may consider it a 'dive bar' from the atmosphere but the food was top notch -...More

Thank dogilicious
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I just remember the delicious fries and I randomly try beers off of their list and haven't been disappointed yet!

Thank ndedkova1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Charming restaurant with an amazing selection of beers. The beer menu ("Beer Bible") on every table makes for enjoyable and informative reading. Staff are knowledgeable and friendly and the beer and the food were both excellent. Great value for money.

Thank lima33
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great bartenders, friendly atmosphere, even out of town solo on business, awesome food, mussels and French fries are the bomb, great ambiance

Thank Sarah P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here for a late lunch early dinner on the 4th. I was under the impression that this was a seafood spot due to lack of info from a friend, but was interested in the mussels nonetheless. I immediately became agitated at the way they...More

Thank Tashakane
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I know everyone raves about the beers available at this place. Their reputation is well deserved. The beers in tap were varied and perfectly served. You can't go wrong. Especially when you get really nice food as well - the duck salad was especially good....More

Thank Mike594
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place looks like a dive. It's not, world class beer selection and the food and service is excellent. And not at all pretentious.

Thank r0bst3r
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My party of 4 had about a 45 minute wait on a Friday evening, but we passed the time by at the bar. We were here for the beer, but in order to get a table at that time you needed to order food. It...More

Thank Christie Y
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Classic specialty beer tavern with surprisingly good food. And if you are luck, there is Pliny the Elder on tap. Apparently they have the best connection on the East Coast for this world famous, West Coast IPA. The service is excellent and knowledgeable, especially about...More

Thank CFRHallett
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Questions & Answers
26 February 2017|
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Response from deathblosom | Reviewed this property |
It's just a little over 2 blocks, an easy walk.
Christina W
3 February 2017|
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Response from Peter S | Reviewed this property |
no knowledge
11 April 2015|
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Response from MinnTex | Reviewed this property |
They do host events, according to the material I read, but that may be there own events. Why not call the restaurant and ask? If you are on the area, I like Jay R's suggestion to go look for yourself and have something to... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$30
American, Belgian, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine
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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