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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Red Owl Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
101 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (41)great for brunch (35)fit for foodies (34)neighborhood gem (32)vibrant bar scene (30)good for groups (22)scenic view (18)great for outdoor dining (17)late-night find (14)kid-friendly (13)hot spot (11)special occasion (9)romantic (8)notable wine list (7)Show More
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
  • Last minute find
    Kate
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I stumbled across this restaurant while searching for a last minute dinner reservation. I didn't have any expectations and was surprised with what I found. The service was good, but what took me by surprise was the food. My starters were a salad (adequate) and hummus. The chips were very greasy, so I would stick to the flatbread. However the kitchen wonderfully prepared my scallops and they were delicious! I would highly recommend them. My dining partner ordered chicken, which was very juicy and tender. I finished with a very tasty shortcake- not too sweet, just right. The only drawback is that the bathrooms are located on the lower level of the adjoining hotel, which is not a very big deal. Overall - it was unexpectedly good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food was had by all
    Bekah
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    My husband and I like to try out random restaurants each week for date night. Red Owl was offering 1000 pt tables so we jumped on that and weren't disappointed. The pricing is a bit steep for some of the items ($19 for a hamburger?!), but others were appropriately priced (like my $22 wild mushroom gnocchi). The food was excellently prepared. Our server accidentally put my order in wrong and we ended up with an extra entree on the house. The ricotta crustini was amazing. My husband's skirt steak was perfect and just melted in your mouth. Had we not had the extra entree we would have gotten dessert. My only complaint was it was rather loud, but that could have been because a world cup match was playing and we could care less about soccer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We were in the neighborhood at another hotel and needed a quick place to eat dinner before heading to a concert. The Red Owl Tavern was perfect - we split a burger (amazing!) and cheese board with some cocktails. The overall experience was perfect, other than as the sun was setting, the light came in through the window over the bar and when reflecting in the opposing wall mirror, it was blinding regardless of what side of the table you were on and the bartender indicated that they were not able to close the blind.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not planning a return
    bssttVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Usually restaurants connected with the Kimpton Hotel chain are very good. I can't say that for the Red Owl Tavern. The food, and the service were disappointing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Greatest brunch in old city that I've found so far. Food is great and always good service. Only bad things this time was a table of loud women next to us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • it sucks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Bad food, loud and bad service. we were actually shocked at how bad it is
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Disappointed
    stuffmyface
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My wife and I went here for dinner and brunch for our first anniversary weekend. We were staying at the hotel, and the pictures and menu made Red Owl Tavern look like a great place to eat, as well as being convenient, i.e. not forcing us to search Philly for a good dinner spot. We had a trainee waiter both meals (coincidentally, also the same table) whose name we never caught, but he was very friendly and gave us free mimosas for brunch as a congratulations. We had the trout dip for an appetizer, which was delicious, almost like a tuna texture, which I didn't expect, but we both loved it. We both had the sea scallops entree, the second best scallops I've had (best were straight from the fishery). Apple pie and bread pudding for dessert. Mm.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Philadelphia Keeper
    LeoR
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I had 10 guests in from out of town for business and selected Red Owl for dinner. Everyone was blown away by the ambience, service, beer selection and food. The appetizers were phenomena. Steaks and seafood were fresh and cooked to perfection. I will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Less than its potential
    OperationDinnerOutVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The place is pleasant, and the food tasty -- but t took 45 minutes for us to get our entrees, despite telling them repeatedly we had to be out of there by a certain time, and then, despite the servers' repeated apologies for the delay because the kitchen was supposedly overwhelmed with diners, the food arrived cold in every aspect (chicken, grits, and grilled asparagus each), so i had obviously sat around for at least 15 minutes before being brought to us. Judging by some other diners' comments, my experience was not unique. In a city filled with so many great restaurants, including casual places, there's no need o go back to this one.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Venue
    MASC
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I had reserved, through Open Table, a table for 6 and when we arrived our table was ready. They put us upstairs in a corner, quiet and perfect for conversation. Service was great; food was delicious. Restrooms, downstairs, are lovely. Location, across from Independence Hall, is ideal for anyone of any age needing to eat in that part of the city. I would recommend the Red Owl to anyone and hope to return in the not too distant future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so good
    Catherine3
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    I ordered a BLT sandwich. It came with three little pieces of bacon bites. I had to get up get the waitress to come over and look at my lunch. She then went to got me under cooked bacon. I have had more bacon in a salad. Do not order that sandwich. No bacon, all lettuce.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Knightsinger
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Trendy place, good food and excellent and friendly service. Good price-quality ratio
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    LKRage
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Food was good. Service was fair to inattentive. No kids menu for brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Servie was great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Zack was our server, he was very informed and very attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner42
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food was excellent. If you order the ice cream sandwich for dessert, they serve 2 huge ones.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and atmosphere
    mscottwillis
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Enjoyed the food, the salmon was excellent, our server was pleasant, attentive and fun to talk with and the atmosphere was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Hour with a Friend
    klam
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Met up with a friend for some apps and drinks and was not disappointed! Very affordable, nice selection, delicious food, friendly servers, and great ambiance. Definitely would recommend and wish I lived in the city so I could go there more often. Great range of fun things like Philly Beer Week and other events.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Historic Find but...
    Foodie2travel
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Right in the midst of the historic Independence District in Philadelphia, one would expect a little more. The potential for a really good stop is there but if one has to use the restrooms and happens to be sitting on the second floor, you have to go down a flight of stairs, go into the hotel lobby, past the elevators and then go down another flight of stairs and down a hallway.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not quiet or intimate but good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Great place for quality food before or after a movie. Not a place for a quiet, intimate dinner, because of the noise level. But the food is nicely prepared and very tasty. Had the chicken with creamy grits which was delicious. Chicken was moist, not dry or overcooked. The bronzino also was nicely prepared. Staff is very freindly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for brunch.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Really great find close to old city! Amazing bottomless belini's!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem in Philly
    waffle2010
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    This was my first time to the Red Owl Tavern but it won't be my last. My original intent was to grab a bite before a show at the adjacent Stratus Lounge so I was going for close without a thought to scoring a good dinner. Boy what a pleasant surprise! From the hosetess who greated us (sorry that i didn't get her name ) to our server Eric they took excellent care of us! Eric was very thorough and attentive as well as being very engaging, I felt very much at home. The food was excellent and fresh, from the presesntation to the taste and porttions evry choice was excellent. Don't miss the trout dip!!I had mentioned that my wife and I were celebrating an anniversary and birthday in my open table reservation and their response was awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eclectic menu
    DrmissannVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    A great pre-movie place. Some us just had appetizers, others had full dinners, all were delicious...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just Ask ...
    PhillyPhile
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    The food was fine, the noise level high (lots of large, flat surfaces). Service was friendly, could be more polished. And they charged for bread.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Needs some improvement
    philafoodfamily
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went to the Red Owl Tavern for the first time. Our family of 5 had mixed reviews. One kid loved the mac n cheese, the other couldn't eat it due to bread crumbs on top. My fav's were corn and crab fritters and Fried green tomatoes. I could have done without the Ricotta crustini and the hummus (texture was all wrong). My son really loved his burger. The Caesar salad was really good. Our waitress was great at the beginning but after a while she started forgetting stuff and us. We ordered Yucca fries (average to not good). By the time we got them, we were almost done dinner. In the restaurant's defense, we didn't do any main courses. We will go back to try main dinner items.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.