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City Tap House
City Tap House
  • Address:
    3925 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor Balcony
    Philadelphia, PA 19104
    University City
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $30 and under

City Tap House Details

  • 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

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

    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 & Promotions: 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
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. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "Loved the chicken and waffles. Extensive beer list. I like the restaurant itself too - high ceilings makes I feel really open."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We took two co-workers to lunch, and enjoyed the experience. The service was good, the food was good - we had a nice time."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Had an amazing waitress who was so sweet and knowledgeable. Had a great time and delicious food."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Very enjoyable to sit on the deck for dinner. Very nice waiter who gave us tastes of beer before ordering. Laid back and fun."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I love this place. Love the garden, love the food, the service. Great spot."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "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."
    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. "
    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!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Overall excellent place, good food and good beer! Would really like to go back again!!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Went there for a Saturday brunch.left there a believer.loved everything. Especially the bread pudding,had to order another to go."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I was very excited to bring a customer to a restaurant that boats such an extensive beer list. Sadly, the 4 beers we wanted were kicked."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Atmosphere is great. Food is okay. Service is great!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I took my brother and two adult children to the Tap House for dinner. We had the wings which were great and quite unique. I had the ribs and my brother had the pork and broccoli rabe calzone. The food was very good! Our server was very attentive without hanging around. All in all a good experience, and I will certainly go back. Thanks guys, nice job!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I have been here a few times, and I never was disappointed. Loved their lamb burger, and the craft beer selection was fantastic. Our server was absolutely great as well!"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "We had 5 propel in are group and everyone enjoyed their meal. The mussels were good but VERY heavy on the garlic. The corn crab fritters were reason enough to eat here! Good for burgers or a big steak."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I planned an outing for a group of teachers. We arrived at different times and in the beginning our waiter was very attentive with our drink orders. However once we started talking and taking a while to decide our order. We began to wait in 15 minute intervals before we saw our waiter. This may seem like not that long of a time. But for teachers whom last time ate at 12 and now it's 7..WE WERE HUNGRY! Anyway when our food finally did come it was amazing. I had the chicken and waffles. I loved the red tomato sauce for the chicken and syrup for the waffles. It went well together. I didn't like the waffles bc they were soggy with the sauce on the bottom. Overall we enjoyed ourselves we didn't like the wait time. Check it out."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "i found this restaurant online when looking for venues for a nice quiet dinner for my birthday. While I enjoyed the ambience and everything, I felt that it wasn't quite the level of sophistication I was looking for. However, I would definitely go back there again!!"
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "Great selection of beers and lots of great menu items to chose from. Can see how this place would be a great spot to eat and drink. Unfortunately I think we came at an off time between lunch and dinner and the food execution was a but off. One of the pizzas ordered was undercooked and the ribs felt a bit like they were sitting for a long time and reheated. Service was attentive and atmosphere was very comfortable. Would give another chance."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Nice layout with an awesome selection of beers on tap. Food was great and service was pretty good. Def check it out if you are ever in the area!"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "This is a great place to meet folks and enjoy great food and good beer. Big energy, which makes it noisy but it has great energy. Highly recommended. Great service!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "This place was amazing. I can be picky but wouldn't change a think about this place - the waiter was so nice and knowledgeable, the beer list was spot on, the food (we got the honey goat cheese pizza, mussels, pork nachos and chicken & waffles) and everything was amazing. The ingredients were fresh, the food was delicious and the service was great! Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "This place has a very relaxed feel and a good atmosphere. Over 50 beers on tap, what else could you ask for? Food was good and service was pretty good as well. I would definitely recommend it."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "The food was really good, and had a great variety of drinks. The atmosphere is great for hanging out with friends and enjoying drinks together. Definitely a good spot."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Although a bit hard to see from the street, once inside the bar is large & inviting. There is a big balcony with fire pits - fun in the city. The beer menu is extensive & we both enjoyed what we ordered. They were very nice to our kids & the dining area had a hip feel to it. Service was quick for ordering and apps. It lagged a bit for the main course. We liked everything we ordered. I really enjoyed the Pastrami Sliders. The special soup was Pumpkin with Sausage and Pastini. It was hearty and delicious - perfect for the weather. Our mussels Abigail were good, but the broth could've had a bit more flavor. The ribs fell off the bone & the fries were excellent. We even ran into friends, which made the experience better. We will go back again!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "The service was slow despite the fact that it was not crowed at all for lunch. The meals were very goos except for the shrimp & grits which was mediocre at best..should have ordered a sandwich like everyone else"
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "are son is going to college, and we wanted to treat him to lunch on a sunday afternoon. We all had great food."
    Dined on 9/22/2013