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City Tavern

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
City Center East
As featured in Philly's finest
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138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (2 nd & Walnut Streets)
+1 215-413-1443
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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Orlando, Florida, United States
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35 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I recommend this place. It was great, the food was superb, the atmosphere, historical, romantic. The prices also very reasonable. I would definitely return here.

Thank Lidia O
United States
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103 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I discovered City Tavern during a business trip to Philadelphia and I am SO glad I did! The owner rebuilt an exact replica of the 18th century tavern, on the same site, that was popular with many of our founding,fathers, including George Washington! The menu features dishes popular in the late 1700s, made using authentic recipes - so cool! As... More 

Thank CrossgarDown
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The attentiveness and friendliness of our server (Alyssa) was very appreciated. Her knowledge of the menu and advice on things to try made the experience all the better. We also really enjoyed the colonial harpist in the foyer. The entire experience was one I will advocate my friends and family try for themselves. I give the chefs and the entire... More 

Thank SteveCroce
Stanford, California
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I've been here twice and the food and service were excellent both times. The Founding Fathers hung out here while creating our country. That alone would make a visit worthwhile but the super food, great service and appealing atmosphere make it a real treat. On Saturday night a live harpist provided beautiful background music. A lovely experience all around!

Thank Shelley F
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42 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Taverns are loud, I know, but something about the building design seemed to amplify the sounds. The menu had a variety of different (not usual pub fare) but it was a bit pricey. I had a burger and Diet Coke, my husband had a pulled pork sandwich and a beer, and my son had a pasta dish followed by a... More 

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ChefStaib, Guest Relations Manager at City Tavern, responded to this review

We do apologize, but we believe you may have our location mixed up with another City Tavern. We are in Olde City, Philadelphia and do not offer any such items on our menu. We are known for 18th Century fare such as Turkey Pot Pie, Apple wood Smoked Dutch Pork Chops, Lamb, Venision and an array of authentic 8th Century... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a FUN place to go. One can just feel the history oozing from everywhere. The waiters and waitresses are in period clothing. I had a soda and my kids had beer. I can't comment on the food. The beer is, supposedly, from a recipe that George Washington and Benjamin Franklin used back in their time.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited City Tavern with my with and mother-in-law. Great served from Alyssa. Great food. We shared the mallard duck sausage with sauerkraut. Simply delicious. Coming back in the spring.

Thank Robert F
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a wonderful way to spend our anniversary. We had a great meal, we were able to meet Chef Stab and Greg our waiter could not have been nicer or more accommodating. A great day!

Thank Leslie R
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

With heavy snowfall outside the restaurant was way quieter than the average Saturday, so more like a private dining experience, which was cool. Party of 5, inc 2 kids (4&5) enjoyed a good St Emilion and great food that included West Indian Pepperpot, Roast Duckling & Turkey pot pie. So much history in this place, spread over 5 stories &,... More 

Thank EnglishmaninPA
Robbinsville, NJ
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband took me here as a finale to a visit to Philadelphia for my birthday a couple years ago. We did a tour on the Hop On Hop Off bus and got off within walking distance of this restaurant. We both ordered Lobster Pie (or something like that). The food was fantastic and my husband is a Fan of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Soups, American
Drinks, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
    (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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?