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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%
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“turkey pot pie” (108 reviews)
“corn chowder” (97 reviews)
“duckling” (37 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 yesterday

Really nice restaurant. Not only for the nice building and the very kind staff, but also for the really good selection of plates they have in the menu'. Finally a good restaurant that serves real food. Nice arrangement and tasty well cooked food. Really interesting...More

Thank Travel_Mau
Reviewed yesterday

My husband wanted to stop for lunch. We decided this was a perfect spot as the building alone was charming. Little did we know were we in for a step back into time lunch experience. We love history so this lunch was wonderful. The hostess...More

Thank Shelly E
Reviewed 2 days ago

We enjoyed a lovely dinner on Saturday. We were greeted so warmly by the hostesses which set the tone perfectly. Greg, our waiter, was superb. He offered so much information about the history of the building - even shared where George Washington preferred to sit....More

Thank 411SueB
Reviewed 2 days ago

I came back to Philadelphia, wanting to try this location when I first saw it on "60 Minutes". I was excited at first, but now having been here, my admiration of it has grown substantially. The atmosphere, the furniture, the staff and their wardrobes, and...More

Thank hsawczak1
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Try the beer flight, see the below image. We liked it so much, we stopped here twice. During the day we stopped for a beer and came back for dinner. Our dinner was fantastic. The turkey pot pie was amazing. The staff wears period clothing....More

Thank MKEtraveler2
Reviewed 3 days ago

We enjoyed the atmosphere. the Costumed, friendly wait staff, the harpist/history lecturer, the tour of the building, the good food.

Thank Kathleen C
Reviewed 4 days ago

I was excited to have dinner at this historic tavern. In prep for the visit I learned that the building was in fact a reconstruction of the historic tavern that once stood on this site. They have done an nice job and it was pleasant...More

Thank Rod L
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

He told me to mention his name on TripAdvisor. I thought that was a little tacky at this nice establishment. I really didn't care for the trout dish that I had but my husband really liked the salmon. We were seated at the window. It...More

Thank PAdisneyfan
Reviewed 6 days ago

The staff and food were of good quality, but not great. The real draw of this place is the atmosphere. The setting in Philadelphia, the staff in period dress and period menu make this a must visit for anyone interested in the American Revolution era.

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We met old friends for dinner at City Tavern and had a fabulous time. We were a relatively large party of ten with children ranging from two to fifteen. It was a wonderful atmosphere, delicious food and fun for sitting and catching up. We thoroughly...More

Thank ChristinaAbbott
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Response from DogTagTours | Reviewed this property |
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
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.
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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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, 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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