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City Tavern

138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2897
+1 215-413-1443
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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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 today

Originally built in 1773, this place saw a lot of history happen, actual history in this building!. Unfortunately a fire destroyed most of it in 1834, and it had to be raised. It In 1975 a historically accurate reproduction of the original was built on...More

Thank bjlinWI
Reviewed today via mobile

The atmosphere was historic, food was great (turkey pot pie and rabbit), and the server, Alyssa was great! Try the craft beers! They were delicious! We also had to end the meal with a slice of Martha Washington’s cake!

Thank LeAnn G
Reviewed today

Nice cap off for our day at the historic sites. Relatives in town for graduation enjoyed the historical atmosphere and tried George Washington's beer recipe and original recipes. Mine was not very warm so was not as enthused but all the rest of the group...More

Thank Jan A
Reviewed yesterday

We had really been looking forward to our City Tavern reservation during our visit to Philadelphia. The building and interiors are great, and we went when there was harp music playing on purpose, but unfortunately we couldn't hear the music since it was played downstairs...More

Thank gidgetcindy
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Only on very few occasions am I motivated to post a bad review here. We were looking forward to our visit to the City Tavern. Unfortunately after spending almost 45 minuets in the afternoon at a half empty restaurant waiting on a table with a...More

Thank Hreinn
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Visit the place and experience the old city. What a fantastic idea and loved the customs and the staff. However the food was okay but whatever the food lacked the ambiance was stellar. Visit the place and for desert walk out to Franklin’s Fountain for...More

Thank TravelIngQeen
Reviewed 6 days ago

We went for the ambiance and history, and ended up loving the food. The traditional Revolutionary period recipes were an added bonus. The duck sausage appetizer is worth trying as is the rabbit leg entrée. Try the bread basket. We liked it all, but agreed...More

Thank Donna Y
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

What a cool place to stop for drinks! We didn’t get food, but had some beverages - with Ben Franklin, of course!!

Thank Elyse R
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My tween enjoyed the whole thing. Servers are dressed in colonial clothes, food is colonial style. Bathrooms could be cleaner, but kids rarely care about that:)

Thank elena k
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The City Tavern is where American history meets really good food. It’s conveniently located to Independence Hall and all the Touristy sites. Very good food. Great service. Very large portions. Very pricey. Overall- well worth it.

Thank MargaritaTravels
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Questions & Answers
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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Response from BAN1210 |
A thoroughly enjoyable dining experience in a historical setting. Unique.
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$50
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
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, 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 Centre East
  • Neighbourhood: City Centre East
  • Phone Number: +1 215-413-1443
  • E-mail
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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