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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 19106-2897 (2 nd & Walnut Streets)
+1 215-413-1443
11:30 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The servers are always friendly and you are greeted with a smile. Our server was Greg. I had the Lobster Pie and my lunchmate had the Paillard of Salmon. Both well met our expectations; served hot and good presentation. And, the veg were really fresh, too. My Old Granddad Manhattan was well mixed and the dessert...Mmm mmm mmm. My mate... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Our server Greg was prompt and attentive. Our Beef Pie, Pepper Pot, and Sausage were superb. The warm cider and Hamilton beers crisp and refreshing. And the sweet potato biscuits divine. 5/5 - we'll be back!

Thank dr d
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

3 adults ate for dinner, with reservations. The hostess didn't understand when I said we had reservations, and said they were booked solid. ??? Empty tables and no line in sight. There was a man playing what looked to be a small harp, very nice music. We waited in the lounge area for about 10 minutes and it could have... More 

Thank 5travelingmonkeys
Wallingford, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you want to feel like you are back in the 1770s, this is the place to be! The food is great and getting to meet and chat with Ben Franklin was too good to be true. When you walk in the doors, you feel as if you have been taken back in time to colonial Philadelphia. Wonderful fun for... More 

Thank jimkingjr
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My visit was incredible! The food was fantasic and the service, incredible. Greg, took the utmost care of me my entire night, never rushing and offering the greatest suggestions for pairing, flavor and dining altogether. Truly, this place is a one of kind experience. You have the chance to experience something that has truly made history. Do NOT think twice... More 

Thank Michael M
Manitou Springs, Colorado, United States
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

While it has history that's about all it has. We had 2 beers for $19. Staff is dressed in period dress they didn't look all that happy be there and we were there in the off season. Do a walk through and get a drink some place else.

Thank George-and-Peggy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Large sports bar. Great atmosphere. Big screen tv s . Tons of activity. Fun crowd.. Large selection of tap beer, wine, and spirits. The bar staff were extremely friendly and assisted us with plans for the evening.

Thank Cindy S
Austin, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Service excellent. Food to die for. (Have the Duck or Pork Chop). Great atmosphere. The history is in the place. Like stepping back in time.

Thank Richard G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I were visiting Philadelphia for the first time and the City Tavern was recommended by the hotel staff. The atmosphere was wonderful taking you back to a different era. The food, my wife had the veal and I had the tenderloin and noodles, was really tasty with ample amounts to eat. Greg, our server, was very attentive... More 

Thank Jim C
Toms River, NJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I ate at the restaurant while visiting Philadelphia for the day. It is a reasonable walk from the historic area by Independence Hall. The owner of the restaurant, Chef Staib, has his own TV show. In fact, there are Emmy awards on display in the foyer. The place has a nice ambiance although there are sections which... 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, Gluten Free Options
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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, 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 19106-2897
    (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
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?