Black Powder Tavern
Black Powder Tavern

Black Powder Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.blackpowdertavern.com/
  • Phone: 6102939333x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm






    Sunday: 2:00pm - 9:00pm




    Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Special Events: Always have our great Sunday Brunch Buffet--10.30-2pm
    Great selection of breakfast and lunch items, seafood, pastries, waffles, carving and omelet station. Tea/coffee/juice and Bloody Mary or Mimosa (choice for each guest) all for 19.95

Getting there

  • Cross Street: W Swedesford Rd
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet and private parking lot are available
A word from Black Powder Tavern
Since 1746, the building that houses this tavern has played a part in the establishment of our nation; first as a respite for stagecoach travelers expanding westward and later as a covert rendezvous point for George Washington, Marquis de Lafayette, and other leaders of the American revolution.

It is believed that during the infamous winter of 1777–1778 at Valley Forge, a major figure in the Continental Army, master military mind Friedrich Von Steuben, designated the tavern as a secret black powder munitions stash for Continental Army couriers. All the while, the tavern continued to provide food, shelter and cheer to the hungry, weary soldiers fighting for their independence.

Today, we honor our historic tavern’s tradition with a mission to raise the spirits of our guests. We invite you to experience the small and large plates, craft beers and revolutionary hospitality that is Black Powder Tavern.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Black Powder Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)great for lunch (25)good for groups (17)great for outdoor dining (16)fit for foodies (14)kid-friendly (10)great for brunch (9)vibrant bar scene (8)special occasion (3)romantic (3)notable wine list (3)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Consensus from our 4-person lunch: Mussels good (but soggy fries on top!); salmon salad very good. 1/3-1/3-1/3 lunch -- onion soup very good; 1/2 sandwich, so-so.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • VF Black Powder
    RedSoxFanVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    After a long day traveling from San Diego to Valley Forge this was the perfect place to go for dinner. Great service and sandwiches with ample portions.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good start not so good finish
    iBiteLiteVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Apps and salad starters were great. Main courses took forever and were not delicious. Our server Rick was great! If I lived in the area I may give it another try.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Brunch
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We truly enjoyed our Sunday brunch and was not hurried out the door. This was our first experience at Black Powder for brunch but have been there for dinner which is why we wanted to try their brunch menu and I would go back. Service was very friendly and the food was fresh.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing Special
    ShastaccVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    There is not much to tell. It wasn't great, but it wasn't bad. Would I go back? Only for the convenience of the location for meeting friends.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better but inconsistent
    DelcoDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our third visit was better than the second, worse than the first, and they ignored our comment on the Open Table reservation about it being a special day. Also, the hostess seemed perturbed when we didn't want to be seated at the first table in the restaurant, where everyone walked by. When we were eventually reseated in the "second" dining room, we had a peaceful experience. Overall, the food was good, really very good, but not sensational. It's a good place to go on a weekend for dinner, but I wish they focused a bit more on customer service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday lunch for two
    Barb705
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I enjoyed lunch at your restaurant recently. The service was excellent and the food was delicious! Kelly was our server. I would recommend your restaurant to friends, and it is a convenient location.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great and Interesting menu choices
    AJBoss
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I've been back to Black Powder (for lunch only) a number of times since it's opening and have not been disappointed. The menu has lots of interesting choices, along with the basics. I love the chicken buger! The service is always friendly and prompt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PAMELAZVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    My 1st time here & it was great! Interesting variety of yummy food - all freshly made to order with care. Wish I lived closer! TRY IT!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Luv4gr8food
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was fantastic! Great service and large portions. Will defiantly return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jyber
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    good space, nice outdoor eating area, fair pricing
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Fusion
    Coffeeguy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    For good old fashioned pub, they had amazing fusion food. Extensive beer offering and great specialty drinks. Fabulous and helpful service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ifyou think you don't like brussels
    SueJ
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    ..sprouts, you've never tried Black Powder Tavern brussels sprouts! We've been coming to this restaurant, in its various incarnations, for many years - and it has always maintained the same excellent standard. Our particular favourites are the cedar planked salmon and the traditional mussels, but there's not much on the menu that we haven't tried and enjoyed. Service is always friendly and efficient, and on the rare occasions that something wasn't quite right, they have gone out of their way to make sure we were satisfied. And, seriously, you just HAVE to try those brussels sprouts...!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A travler in need of respite.
    Musicman4sure
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Across the board excellent dinning experience. A true gem of culinary delight. Superb, friendly, and exceptionally intelligent staff who enable your dinning experience with ease and a'plumb. Very good well prepared menu served to you at a very reasonable price in a comfortable surrounding. Well worth your time to dine here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Our server, Christie, was fabulous. What a gem. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Accidental Find
    RDL162
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    My husband and I stumbled upon this resturaunt at the end of our 4th of July weekend. We thought we were headed to JB Winberries......and here the restuarant had changed. Was a nice surprise! Menu much more unique than your "normal chains". Very varied. Nice beer and drink selection. What was really outstanding was service. Very friendly, very experienced.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, Friendly Service
    Raretogetout
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I made a reservation here for myself and 5 of my friends. Our server, George, was outstanding. We had such a fun time and he took part in some of our silliness perfectly. The food and drinks were perfect. We had a much-needed great night out. Usually, I feel like a server can make or break a night out and our expectations were exceeded. We had such a great time without one negative thing to say. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Average bar food. Poor service. But great beer selection
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Black Powder Tavern
    Boondocks
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    What a nice place. The atmosphere was cozy, even though the main dining area we waited in was large. The food was very good (menu was typical of this sort of place based on my experience), was fresh, cooked properly, and the coffee was very good. Also, no screaming kids or crowded tables - not that we don't like kids. Overall an enjoyable night out for my friend and me.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    Md14
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This restaurant was recommended to me by my dad. I'm so glad we decided to try it! The service was outstanding and catered to each individual need. The food was excellent, too. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great bite to eat!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BdayVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    great beer selection, FAB food esp. fish & chips, YUM!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, service could be better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We went here for their Philly Beer Week Special, which was a 4 3 oz. beer flight for $5. We had to inform our waiter about the special and he had to check with someone else to confirm it. I had it pulled up on Facebook in case we had a problem. Our food was very good. The beer was good, but we are not certain the waiter knew which ones were which. There were no notes, labels, etc. for the flights. Also, as we were leaving, we heard another waiter list the daily specials and bring bread to his table. We received neither! We won't be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 41 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 94 reviews are from the Black Powder Tavern reviews archive.
  • I love this place!
    Rinshi
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    This was our second trip to the Black Powder Tavern, and I know it's going to be the second of many! We've been so impressed by the diverse craft menu and extensive beer, wine, and spirits lists. And the desserts are to die for! If you're in the mood for unique twists on standard tavern fare and a bar list to please any palate, then look no further!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lackluster service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I am familiar with the restaurant pre-black powder. The decor is not creative and could use plants, or some additional touches. While the food is ok, the service went from bad to non existent. The staff seem irritated to be working, and untrained. It's a shame they took a restaurant that had consistent food, moderate price, professional staff, and acceptable decor, and turned it into a glorified bar with no atmosphere or service. I would not reccomend.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dcer
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Met here with some old friends. Enjoyed our lunch
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Off the beaten path
    Beachgirl
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    The Black Powder Tavern was a great find. We are from out of town and were picking up our daughter from college. She looked up some restaurants on the internet and found this one. The menu and pictures on the website were intriguing. I had to change our reservation time and the young man who answered couldn't have been any nicer. When we arrived the place looked charming. We were greeted warmly at the door and our table was ready immediately. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable. When my dinner came out, my side was incorrect but was immediately corrected and complimentary. The food was outstanding. We will definitely visit the Black Powder Tavern again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our new favorite
    KurtopiaVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    After seeing this restaurant on OpenTable and being intrigued by the menu, my husband and I went for my birthday, which was about two months ago. Since then we've been back three times -- we love this place. The atmosphere is relaxed, the service is friendly, and the food is great. Our favorite dishes include the onion soup dumplings, the tavern nachos, the southwest chicken burger, and the pastrami smoked salmon reuben. I've never been to another restaurant with "adult" (alcoholic) milk shakes, and they are good. We have yet to experience a bad or even mediocre meal here. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming and Delicious
    Petpal
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Searched "historic restaurant near Valley Forge." Before dinner, we had drinks in the bar. My husband had two beers that were recommended by Tom, the friendly waiter and the tavern's beer specialist. Both were excellent recommendations. I tried two specialty cocktails, one made with maple syrup...delicious! We retained Tom as our server for dinner. We ordered the traditional mussel appetizer (with Tom's recommendation), the barley soup, and we both chose pasta for dinner, me, the mac and cheese and my husband, the pasta with three meats in a bolognese sauce. Everything was exceptional and we wouldn't allow them to remove the broth from the mussels and ordered extra bread to mop it up. We think the the Tavern is a 5 star winner!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pleasant surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We found Black Powder Tavern and were pleasantly surprised. My wife and I took our 11 and 9 year old boys. The kids menu had great selections and the adult menu had lots of good choices. I had the fish and chips. It was a very tasty cod a generous portion. The fries were yummy too. My wife split her chicken sandwich with my 11 year old who shared his salmon from the kids menu. The server was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. When I try a new restaurant, I like to get ideas from the server. Mick did a great job of explaining the beers he really liked and why and he did the same with the dishes I asked him about. Everyone really enjoyed their meal and we'll definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality ambiance and food
    Rob1
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The early american theme is stated and well done. The food was very good as well.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday brunch
    SatNiteDiner
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    This was our second time back for the brunch buffet. The omelets were great as usual but the other selections were a little more sparse this time and some dishes were a bit picked over by about 1 pm. But it is a nice place for brunch and you can sit outside. Our server was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was a nice relaxing brunch
    proudmama
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We went there for my daughter's birthday. We had a nice time. We were not rushed. We took our time and ate leisurely. The food was good. Omelets made to order. Lots of great pastries.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great local brunch. Service
    Maggie
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Great local brunch. Service is efficient and nice. Selection is good. Although the restaurant has changed names over the years, the brunch is still a great destination.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great beer list and our server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Great beer list and our server Tom made us feel right at home. We had met him once before and he remembered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • improvement
    Bull
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Better service than our last visit. Perhaps they are getting the right people as their servers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inconsistent meal
    DelcoDinerVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Our first visit to this restaurant was excellent, so we had high hopes for our return. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case at all. We ordered salmon and a burger. The salmon wasn't fully cooked, and the burger (ordered medium well) was closer to medium rare. While our waiter was generally very good, he disappeared during the meal, so we couldn't tell him about the problems (not to mention the fact that he forgot to bring bread and also didn't refill our water glasses until we had finished eating). When told that the salmon was still in need of cooking, he said he would tell the kitchen. We never heard another word and, although the manager was nearby at one point, she didn't seem to know of our problem. Overall, a disappointing return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We went for lunch on a Saturday and absolutely loved everything about it! Our waiter, George, was fantastic! The food and atmosphere awesome! Plenty of beer and wine selections. Great martinis! The prices are very reasonable. Will definitely go back. Can't wait!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ok for the casual night out
    Diner
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We were dining out with a a group of six. Most of us had burgers, nothing fancy. Thats a perfect description of this restaurant. Nothing fancy. Its fine if you are not expecting much. Ok at best. Service at the bar was horrible. Considered making my own drink. Service at the table was much better. Food was fine. To conclude, this restaurant is a fine place to go if you are with friends and you are just having fun with them. Don't go here expecting gourmet food!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay!
    Bull
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    The food was good I was not disappointed. The service needs improvement. I had a salad before my meal and was still eating it when I was served my entre. The right thing to do would have been to wait until I was finished with my salad then remove my plate and serve the entree's. I ordered a burger to bring home to my son and it was brought to us before we were finished eating. Needless to say by the time we arrived home it was cold. I would recommend going, the food was good, they just need to improve their service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Black Powder Tavern Brunch
    Chris
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Brunch food offering was good - not great....some of the items offered were too soggy (eggs and home fried potatoes). Dessert selection was a bit light. Omelets were great, as was the fruit selection. Waiter (Mick) was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.