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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” (124 reviews)
“corn chowder” (114 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 2 days ago

From the minute my husband and I walked in, we felt welcome. Costumed waitstaff greeted us with big smiles, as if inviting us into their home for a fine meal. When I told our waitperson, Alysson, that we watched Chef Staib all the time on...More

Thank Dorcey B
Reviewed 3 days ago

While in Philly we decided to go to City Tavern. While in Williamsburg we have visited several of the colonial restaurants. Definitely the furnishings and wait staff were correct for the period. We had reservations but still had to wait about 15 minutes. Several tables...More

Thank Karen B
Reviewed 5 days ago

Four of us stopped in on our tour of old town. We had resonably priced flights of beers. 13 bucks for some original tastes, The people there dressing up as they did hundreds of years ago. Disappointed with the price of a double drink. Instead...More

Thank Rockiroads
Reviewed 6 days ago

A relaxing lunch in a colonial setting with friendly staff and delicious food. Our waiter, Greg, was very upbeat and helpful. Enjoy amidst the spirit of freedom and history. Respect for our American heritage prevails.

Thank PatnBill204
Reviewed 6 days ago

As a historian with an 18th century focus. I recently visited Philadelphia to attend a professional conference and visit some of the historic sites and museums related to my period of study. City Tavern is the perfect complement for such a trip! I love the...More

Thank Glenn W
Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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
Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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
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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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
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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