Red Owl Tavern
Red Owl Tavern

Red Owl Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.redowltavern.com/
  • Phone: 2159232267x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 11:00am;
    Brunch: Saturday + Sunday 8:00am - 3:00pm;
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm;

    Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,

    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,

    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jorge Chicas
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Red Owl Tavern literally corners the cradle of liberty. Uniquely situated across from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, this American eatery features soaring windows that bring Philadelphia's energy inside. From our uniqure Shanghai Boardroom, intimate Chef's Table, and social atmosphere of the Mezzanine Level, it's hard not to find the perfect spot for your private event! Red Owl has the roots of a true tavern - so ideas can be exchanged over a great meal and a cold drink. It manages to be old, new and free-thinking. Just like Philly.
  • Special Events:
    Red Owl Brunch features Build Your Own Bottomless Bellinis!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Corner of 5th & Chestnut
  • Public Transit: Market East Station
    - When exiting the station walk East on Market Street until you reach 5th street. Make a right onto Chestnut St.

    For additional directions please see
    http://www.monaco-philadelphia.com/map/index.html
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is $15 with validation

    Or selfpark at Autopark at Independence Mall
    http://philapark.org/garages/Independence-mall/

    41 North 6th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    •Evening – Enter after 5:00 PM – $9.50 – (Sunday through Thursday)
    •Enter after 5PM, exit before 3 AM – $5.00 (Friday & Saturday)

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A word from Red Owl Tavern
Centered in Old City Philadelphia Red Owl Tavern is a modern American tavern and a new kind of power spot that sizzles with artisan butchery, farm connected ingredients and an inclusive vibe. Serving hand crafted sandwiches and burgers by day and grilled roast house specialties by night. Our menu has truly made this a gathering place for everyone. Sharing center stage is Red Owl's cocktail program focusing on prohibition era classics.
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Red Owl Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
99 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (33)neighborhood gem (31)fit for foodies (29)vibrant bar scene (25)good for groups (23)great for brunch (20)hot spot (17)great for outdoor dining (10)kid-friendly (10)scenic view (10)special occasion (7)romantic (6)notable wine list (4)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Not for vegetarians
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    This menu is not vege friendly at all. Service for lunch is slow. It's a hotel Restuarunt
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummy bread pudding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Really good bread pudding it was the highlight. We wished we had gotten 2!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JudyVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Very good food and service. I saw more than one table with a problem I had - too dark to read the menu. That's the only down side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Old City spot
    LAofLC
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We had a great dinner here while traveling with our teen son. The menu was limited, but had choices for everyone. The food was very nicely done and the portions were good. We tried the burger, roasted chicken and the scallops. The wine and beer choices were interesting as well. There is a very lively bar downstairs and dining upstairs. It was noisy but we could still carry on a conversation. Only the dessert was underwhelming - the chocolate mousse tasted like packaged pudding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • $$$$$$!!!
    Sanctuary
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Much to expensive for what we ordered. Burger had caramelized onions, herbed butter, cheese, which was to many conflicting flavors. Charging for each refill was ridiculous. And the glasses were much to small. Did not measure It But was a 4 oz. glass? Location was probably what we paid for. Across street from Independence Hall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    Del2phil
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great place great location and great food! Reasonable prices!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch in the historic district
    MASC
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    The Red Owl is a great stop for some tasty and appetizing nourishment while in the Historic District of Philadelphia. The service was very good, and we were fed in a prompt but not rushed manner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great location for a day trip
    CJDeats
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great Location for a day trip - I would have preferred a larger selection to choose from though,
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • underwhelmed
    CNowVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Meal was so-so (and it's hard to mess up breakfast) - service wasn't great but not horrible.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OK Food at a Luxury Price
    RichH
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food here was OK, but nothing great. The price was way too much for the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • decent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    food was marginal and restaurant was so dark you couldn't see
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New Kitchen staff,slow service
    streudyl
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Seated promptly. Server took order promptly, ordered hamburger and a sandwich. Waited 35 minutes for any food to be served. Complained to manager who apologized, saying they were very busy and had new kitchen staff.Totally unacceptable. We were at restaurant with friends months ago. Had great experience which is why we made an effort to return. Won't come back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Experience
    sarajr84
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We were in from out of town and I made the reservation based on online searches, online reviews, and the website menu. We had excellent food, a great table overlooking Independence Hall, and great wine and scotch. It was my husbands birthday and had included this note with our reservation. They had a great table for us, brought champagne, and dessert! It was fantastic service (Adam was outstanding!) and everyone was very friendly and prompt. Highly recommend it and we'll definitely be back when we're in Philadelphia again!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is good!
    TonyJVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My rating is based on the complexity of the food compared to other restaurants but it was very tasty and I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bottomless Bellini Isn't Worth It
    TravelingDiner
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food was very good and the bellini juice selection was great! However, the bottomless bellinis are $18 per person but a bottle of the champagne is only $14 per bottle. So, the bottomless bellini really isn't worth it unless you are able to down more than 2 bottles of champagne per person. Just FYI.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FANTASTIC!!!
    Cheferik03
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Hats off to the chef and his staff. Food was fantastic. The crostini were delicious. My burger was juicy and very tasty. The mac & cheese was gooey and delicious as well. Our server was Justin and our drinks were always full and his recommendations on the apple pie AND chocolate mousse were spot on. This is a great place to go when your in Philly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice looking but food just ok
    NikkiB912
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The atmosphere and decor was really nice. Service was fine nothing bad or good about it. The food was just ok but too expensive in my opinion for what you got and how it tastes. I think the bar might have been the best part. Every drink I saw served looked delicious
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • work lunch
    snowdogVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Just another work luncheon at Red Owl. We frequently go to this restaurant since it's convenient to our office. Good service...food is good, but a little pricey for certain items. Overall, we like it so we keep going back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brunch!!
    Simone
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Recommend the Red Owl Omettet & really good fries. The strawberry shortcake was great too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bellini-Central
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This place is awesome! Their brunch food is delicious, but the best part is their bellini bar. This is no longer advertised on the menu, so be sure to ask about it! You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice spot
    AllieG
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a light dinner and enjoyed our choices of the cheese platter and wings. We had great service and enjoyed the convenience since we were staying at the Hotel Monaco.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food was fantastic and service was very quick. Drinks were delicious. Waitress could have been more attentive
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad but not great
    shryx86
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We wanted to go to Red Owl since we saw it on a top places to eat list, and it was worth it. The service was great from the moment we walked through the doors, had dinner, and while we were leaving. The food was pretty good, but not worth the price. I had the short ribs with green beans and mashed potatoes, and both the meat and beans needed to be cooked a little longer to reach the melt in your mouth point. We also ordered a fish dish, and it was good despite the sauce being overly acidic. My girlfriend and I expected a higher standard for spending close to $100 for 2 entrees and 2 drinks. Red Owl is worth checking out if you're in the area, but there are better establishments with a lower price tag near by.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great evening at the Red Owl
    KimGM
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My friends and I met at Red Owl Tavern for our annual get-together and we really enjoyed the experience. Our server was very friendly and helpful. We opted for sharing crostini, corn & shrimp fritters and wings as our starters. We loved the smoked salmon crostini and the fritters. The wings were good but not as tasty as the other starters. For our mains, we ordered the burger, chicken with creamy grits, and moules. All of us were extremely satisfied with our mains--the burger was juicy and had great flavour, the chicken with creamy grits was divine, and the moules with truffle fries was a huge favourite with one of my friends. We really enjoyed our evening there and look forward to another visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sooooo good
    PickyEater
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Food and service were fantastic, can't go wrong. Recommend the chicken- moist, flavorful and well accompanied with sides.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall, good brunch
    Will
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Made a reservation for 12 for a birthday brunch. Service was slow & it took a while to get our orders in, but the food made up for the long wait. We opted for the unlimited bellini special. We thought it was a little odd that the juices were placed on a separate table. Each of us had to get up to pour our juice ourselves. For a group this large WITH a reservation, we should have gotten our own pitchers. Seeing as how we were seated along a wall, it made it difficult for some of us to keep getting up, maneuvering around everyone else sitting in their chairs. The waiter brought over a dessert with a candle for the birthday celebrant and also gave us an extra bottle of champagne even after having paid the bill and after brunch hours ended.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loved the BLTB
    kathyd
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Good atmosphere, great sandwich, reasonable prices!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Place
    PhillyDineOutVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Overall it is a good place. Nothing really fancy, but they do combine some interesting flavors in their menu. Muscles and mushroom appetizers are really tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just OK
    DoubleD
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The menu looked very interesting but I thought the portions were small and the service was not good. The table was dirty and we were told that she would be back to wipe it off several times but that never happened. The tables are very small and I felt like we were sitting on top of each other.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unexpected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We expected a corner tavern and got much more, great service, interesting pairings of food. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Red Owl
    davesdining
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Great spot for our family of seven to dine for lunch while site-seeing in Philadelphia's historic district., Directly across from Liberty Bell Park/venue. Very friendly and efficient service and food was good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I am always skeptical of a place attached to a hotel but this place totally surprised me. I was in town to visit family and attend a wedding. We were a party of 8 had a great table, the service was slow so don't go if you are in a hurray but the wait was worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    grits
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Without a doibt you have to get the chicken and grits! Without a doubt so good!! The service wasnt great. We ordered drinks and didn't get them til after our salad came.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent location & service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Great location. Nice ambience for surroundings. Excellent service. Only complaint is the 4 different menu items we chose were all a little too sweet.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent from soup to nuts!
    Virage
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I cannot rave enough about this place. It was well worth my time and money. I took my gf there for her birthday and it was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First But Not Last Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We made reservations for a party of 6 for brunch. Our table was ready as promised. The service was excellent. The food was wonderful. I would recommend and also plan on returning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great brunch!
    JerseygirlfromCHVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We had a delicious brunch at The Red Owl, French toast, smoked salmon and cheeseburgers. I usually don't have great expectations for hotel restaurants, but the one delivered. The Klimpton Hotel is beautiful too!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NickVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Early morning reservation... expected a decent table, as we had eaten breakfast (upstairs table) recently-- We were seated downstairs at a very small table-- not good-- so close to other singles. Told by waiter that could not have a larger table-- later, we saw one person and two at the tables set for four-- we had asked and were told that we had to settle for a small table downstairs. Food (french toast) was warm, not hot and inadequate compote. Bagel was not toasted well-- and the meals (both) were so-so. Will go back to the Parc!
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  • DebbieVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I dined at the Red Owl for Breakfast/Brunch as well as dinner. Food was excellent as always. We end up dining at the Tavern at least once during our stay.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale tavern
    Foodie4life
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Loved their happy hour specials and added twists on signature tavern bar food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.