City Tap House - UC
City Tap House - UC

City Tap House - UC

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.citytaphouse.com/index.php
  • Phone: (215) 662-0105
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Thursday: 11:30 AM - 10 PM



    Friday: 11:30 AM - 11 PM



    Saturday:
    Brunch: 11 AM - 3 PM
    Dinner: 4 PM - 11 PM



    Sunday:
    Brunch: 11 AM - 3 PM
    Dinner: 4 PM - 10 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chad Vetter
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer a great selection of our menu favorites and a large menu of hors d'oeuvres available with our staff for catering at your location.
  • Entertainment: Live music: various acoustic acts and bands throughout the week and late-night, DJs on the weekends.
  • Special Events: Check out our website, www.citytaphouse.com, or email jmcgarvey@publichouseusa.com, for an updated list of upcoming special events

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 39th and Walnut
  • Public Transit: The Market-Frankford "El" has a stop at 40th and Market Streets as well as the Walnut Street bus line drops at our door.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is ample street parking and a garage available just across 40th street attached to the Fresh Grocer complex.
A word from City Tap House - UC
CITY TAP HOUSE is serving the region’s largest selection of draught beers – 60 taps in all, including many rare and sought-after crafts – with a menu of creative American pub fare. Features a rustic, 120-seat dining room adjacent to an open kitchen, a spacious bar area, and an outdoor patio with two terraces, a green roof and a row of five stone fire pits overlooking Walnut Street. This University City hot-spot is one of the city’s most popular food-and-beer destinations.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
City Tap House - UC reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (25)great for outdoor dining (22)vibrant bar scene (22)neighborhood gem (14)great for lunch (9)hot spot (8)fit for foodies (7)late-night find (6)special occasion (4)great for brunch (4)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Fun pub with good food and great beer selection
    MomofsamiamVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We had a good meal before an Annenberg concert. There is a huge selection of beers on tap ; our fellow diner enjoyed a flight of 4. The dinner menu is typical pub food - and everything was good and nicely prepared . Our waitress was friendly without being cloying . There are huge TV's everywhere , so we could watch the Eagles getting slaughtered from all angles :(
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Server was especially good with my kids. Food came out hot and delicious.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DuClaw at city tap, with barrels
    drfood
    Dined on 11/9/2014
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    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stay at the bar
    LuvMJ
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The door had ID check but no hostess we went in looking for a table an employee told us the table we found was reserved, we found another table with available chairs and the people sitting there said we could share their table. Same employee came over and told us we could not sit there we would have to wait to be seated by someone and we could only sit if you had food. She never asked if we wanted to be seated she never offered to seat us or ask if we had reservations or if we wanted to eat. We stood at the bar and had a few drinks. The bar staff was amazing. We would go for drinks but the dining area was rude and unorganized.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beers good, food so-so
    jarjar
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This place has great selection of excellent beers on tap. not cheap, but lots to choose from. the cooking is reminiscent of the cheesecake factory. lots of fat, lots of sauce. a good place to hunker down on a cold winter evening.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • City Tap - now in my top 5
    VicnDee
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Had a great time, server was training a new server, no complaints. The food took just a bit longer than expected to come out but it was fantastic and they more than made up for it by keeping our glasses full! Great service, great food. The managers took the time to say hello and asked about our experience. We were treated so well, I was beginning to think they believed we were from a magazine or online restaurant site. ! Kudos for great service and for coming back strong after for a mini setback. We will be adding the City Tap to our top five fave haunts!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eh brunch
    dm715VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The brunch menu is small. The Bloody Mary wasn't worth drinking let alone 10$. And the nachos were soggy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummm Honey Goat Pizza
    Niccogs
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Everything was fantastic. Get the Honey Goat Cheese Pizza. You wont be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FIRE ALARM
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    It turned on and stayed on for about 40 minutes. That's pretty bad. I know the restaurant is attached to an apartment building, but it totally kills the vibe... we would've left, but we'd already ordered. Otherwise, a very enjoyable evening with a TON of beers on tap, a great server, and tasty food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good choice for a nice fall day
    RaggyboysVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Given the great fall weather we are having we wanted to pick a restaurant where we could dine outside and City Tap House did not disappoint. The space is one floor up and does not front the street so noise was not a problem. Food was good and service was attentive would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday night, where's the food?
    charlottebronte
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Dinner on Saturday night at 7:30. They were already out of a lot of things we tried to order: steak special, mussels, a few other things I don't remember, including beers. Sadness. Several disappointments with the food: gloppy salad under fried green tomatoes, calzone with no flavor. What beer we had was good, though. Would go back for drinks only.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OK place
    Melaneej3
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I love the selection of beer they have. Our server immediately assumed that I would want a cider (since I'm a female), which I did not. Then his service was less than stellar at our table. He did come by to check on us but was very short. We originally were sent someone elses food. There was no real apology for that. One person at our table didn't like the food at all, one person liked half of their meal and one person had no complaints. So the food is mediocre at best. This place should stick to burgers and beer only.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service not up to your usual par
    BrewerymountVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Previous times I have gone to CTH have been splendid, so when I took my in-laws to introduce them I figured CTH wasa no brainer. We were left astray at the check in, waitress was a dear but clearly overloaded with tables, and the busser laid down and then took away one of our pizzas just as we were about to dig in. Was is just staff training day? I hope so because I love LOVE CTH and have recommended it to so many - hope our experience was a one-off!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent
    bulldog15VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Everything here is just OK to me. Food, service, etc.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really enjoyed it
    eatingout
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Loved the chicken and waffles. Extensive beer list. I like the restaurant itself too - high ceilings makes I feel really open.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spot
    Yasmin
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My BFF suggested I go for the Shrimp and Grits. My hubby and I went on Friday when I picked him up from a business trip at 30th St. He got the shrimp and grits(not for me because I don't eat pork or beef) and I got the pan seared cobia. The cobia was great. Not a fan of the succatache. It was seasoned well. My husband loved the shrimp and grits. He was a little put off at first because the grits were deep fried in a block. But nice presentation. Over all good food. Oh you have to order the crab hush puppies! Love!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • InnaVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We took two co-workers to lunch, and enjoyed the experience. The service was good, the food was good - we had a nice time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 307 reviews are from the City Tap House - UC reviews archive.
  • Delicious special
    Amanda
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was my first time eating at the City Tap House, and it was a great experience. I began with a flight of four beers, which was a great option to have considering they have 43 beers on tap. I ordered the special for dinner: duck with a spinach, mushroom, and goat cheese risotto. It was amazing! Definitely will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • City Tap
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Six of us went for dinner the other night. Got an outdoor table and had a great meal. Beer selection was very extensive and the food was surprising good and creative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mixed emotions.
    angie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Although the server was apologetic and sweet, there were several major problems that will make me question my next trip to this bar. We had a tray full of water glasses dropped onto our table, laps, phones etc. Half of our dinner order was lost somehow and came out 30mins after the first entrée, and was overcooked and inedible. The waitress was sweet and removed the drinks and burnt food and the beautiful outdoor space with fire pits helped soften the blow. I would go back again but I would likely skip dinner next time and head straight to the bar!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    TXAg82
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Had an amazing waitress who was so sweet and knowledgeable. Had a great time and delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Large outdoor area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This place was great. The food was very good. Not bar food at all. Some very interesting choices on the menu. They had a very large outdoor seating area with a garden. It looks like they have a few fire pits for night time as well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • relaxing outdoor city dining
    nomeat4me
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Had a relaxed lunch with salads and flatbread on the outdoor seating area. Food was delicious, service friendly and responsive, and we sat next to a sea of purple flowers on a second floor veranda. Felt like the city was miles away...a wonderful treat!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great beer list, nice on the deck
    Sue19
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Very enjoyable to sit on the deck for dinner. Very nice waiter who gave us tastes of beer before ordering. Laid back and fun.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jln3681VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I love this place. Love the garden, love the food, the service. Great spot.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great burgers and beer!
    BrunchloverVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We were visiting in The Penn area and wanted a nearby place for bergers and beer. City Tap was wonderful! Great food, service and terrific beer selection. Perfect!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite in Philly
    Klamber
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    My wife and I love City Tap, and have been coming here regularly since we moved to Philly. The beer list is excellent, but the star of the menu is by far the pizzas. We usually get the margherita and pepperoni, which rival Dock Street. Aside from the pizzas, the burgers are very well executed, especially with the sweet potato fries. In terms of the entree, I probably wouldn't recommend the chicken and waffles, but the steak is pretty good. They recently updated their dessert menu, and my personal favorite is the opera cake or the seasonal creme brulee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    jerry
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We went for our aniversary with out children, 11 and 14. The wings and burgers were good, so the food is a 3. The beer was cold. The humus wasn't that great, neither was the pizza. An ok place to go, but not rushing back. There are many better pubs.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad food, good beer
    phillybear
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    If you are looking for good beer, you're fine. Pizza is generally good, although sometimes arrived with burned crust. Appetizers were really awful. Nachos a pile of soggy, overly sweet goo, the 'sliders' swimming and overpowered by another overly sweet sauce/slaw.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mother Day Outing
    FireHog
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had 5 people for a late lunch. I found this restaurant on Open Table. I did not see it was ONLY a brunch only for that day. Rob was outstanding and we started off with drinks. We got there at 230 but you can only get brunch. At 3 we could get salads or pizza and at 4 dinner. So we got dinner at 4 and it was a great day sitting outside on the second floor with the family. We will be going back in the summer for Dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice brunch
    librarian
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went here for Mother's Day brunch. The buffet food was very good. There's not a huge selection, but everything that was there was good. This is a big loud space -- you can tell there's a good bar scene in the evenings. The service was great. Everyone was very friendly. I'd go back for brunch, but probably not for Mother's Day again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I went for the Mother's Day brunch buffet. Initially, we weren't really directed to where the buffet was. The buffet part itself was mediocre. The best part was the omelet station and dessert. The people who worked there were really nice. Our server, although nice, didn't always clear our plates. We had to put them on the side before he'd take them.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mother's Day
    rdoug
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We enjoyed the entire set up for the Mother's Day Brunch. The only thing we had a problem with was that the hostess didn't ask us if we wanted to sit in or outside.. and they sat us inside.. then we asked to sit outside but they sat us at a table with no umbrella when it was high 70s. So we moved to a table with an umbrella.. I understand there are sections for waitresses but sometimes its the luck of the draw and the customers should still be able to decide if they can sit in or outside. But besides that it was AMAZING! So cute that my mom got flowers on the way in... and the buffet was AMAZING! the view outside was so nice and peaceful and a great way to spend mother's day with my mother and siblings. We will definately be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    limericktrucker
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Overall excellent place, good food and good beer! Would really like to go back again!!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent beer menu
    OccasionalDiner
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    This was my second time at the City Tap House. Both times the noise level made it very hard to hold a conversation and it was a relief to escape the din upon leaving the restaurant. I have not tried the outside seating were this may not be as big of an issue. The food was very good (Shrimp and Grits) and the draft beer selection is impressive. The bar area was packed but still navigable. Would rate this as a good bar scene more than a good dining experience.
    Special Features:
    Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good find in university city
    albatross
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    the food was very good and plentiful. The beers were also fine, with a wide selection. A bit high priced for the food, which was good, but the bill was a bit shocking. we had some vegan food and also mussels and scallops.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hidden place, nice area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    It's a rather nice place, great location. Only gripe isn't much of a gripe, the reservation I made only applied to indoor seating, all outdoor seating was first come, first serve.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best brunch yet
    Ndlizi
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Went there for a Saturday brunch.left there a believer.loved everything. Especially the bread pudding,had to order another to go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great beer selection
    InHarmsway
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Great beer and food are enough to go to the City Tap House. The service and wood fire pizzas make it a must for anyone in the mood for a great meal in University City. Plenty of fun to have watching people is you sit in the bar area. Hang with your friends out by the firepits at night on their deck.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good stuff
    Nicole
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This restaurant is awesome. The outside rooftop patio is fantastic and their food is delicious. I'm a huge beer nerd and their beer selection is fantastic as well. It was pretty loud and crazy because the Erin Express was going on, but on a normal day I'm sure it would've been fine. Great restaurant!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.