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The Plough & The Stars

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$$ - $$$
City Center East
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123 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3059
+1 215-733-0300
11:30 - 02:00
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 02:00
Sat - Sun 10:30 - 02:00
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41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went into The Plough for drinks one nite while at a convention. It was wonderful! Music was great, atmosphere so warm and welcoming. Went back for lunch the next day and they had Irish Music -- a jam session of many artists. It was even better! Food, delicious and reasonable.

Thank G2inParadise
Longwood, Florida
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157 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We dined here in a Saturday night for dinner and the food, service, and atmosphere were awesome! I enjoyed a pineapple hard cider with the Shepherd's Pie...beer, outstanding bread and butter too! My husband got a rum and coke and the steak with peppercorn sauce. He loved it. We liked the wood burning fireplace and the calm atmosphere with music... More 

Thank jennstar79
Williamstown, New Jersey
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56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came to The Plough & The Stars after our BYOB trolley tour. We were happy that we're able to quickly stay ten of us. The food was very good- I had the mushroom fricasee and the angus burger. Both were delicious. It was a great dinner!

Thank christinamarie216
Middleburg, Virginia
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Five of us went in around 2:00 p.m. on a Saturday. The only menu available to us was their brunch menu - which was fine - plenty of variety. The waiter was a very serious young man who did his best but forgot things - water, ketchup, spoon and even though it was slow it was tough to get his... More 

Thank Kelley610
Philaelphia, PA, USA
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20 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

The "Plough" is a popular place for locals/regulars and the swell of tourists that pass by daily en-route to historic Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. This two-level restaurant features an ample comfortable bar with emphasis on Irish liquors and beers.But the luncheon and dinner menu truly excels with off-beat delicious selections sure to please all tastes. For my multiple visits... More 

Thank Donnyboy1
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68 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

We went there based on a recommendation by a National Parks employee after visiting Independence Hall. She said it was her husband's favorite. I think she meant his favorite place to drink alcohol. I wanted fish and chips. The fish was good but the batter was not done right and was soggy with oil and did not stick to the... More 

Thank Tayalmp
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

On a girls trip. Outside looked clean and welcoming and we decided to give it a try. We were immediately welcomed by not only our waiter but by the bartender. Our waiter Shane was informative, pleasant, funny and very patient with 3 middle aged women! Drinks were delicious- food just as equally comparable. We had the chicken wrap and the... More 

Tulsa, Oklahoma
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47 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

We were invited to a private/VIP party at The Plough & The Stars. The atmosphere was great and so much fun. Emily was our server and she was awesome! When the building is packed full of people (and I mean packed) it's pretty warm in there.

1 Thank MalibuMomma12
Houston, Texas
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395 reviews
273 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

We had a few drinks here after seeing Hell or High Water. The pub is in the old Corn Exchange Building and is a very nice venue. The food appeared to be standard. Service was relaxed and friendly.

Thank Malachy F
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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135 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Very attractive and located conveniently in historical area this pub serves excellent food in addition to a great bar. There is an upstairs dining area in addition to the Main Street level space but be cautioned that noise carries up and when it's busy downstairs it can be really noisy upstairs

Thank Lsbtravel1

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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, British
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?