The Tavern
The Tavern

The Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thetavernphilly.com/
  • Phone: 2155451102
  • Hours of Operation:
    Wednesday to Monday 6p to 3a
    Closed Tuesdays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Burgers, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Mackenzie Hilton
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Spruce
  • Public Transit: Stops We are located 1.5 blocks from the Broad Street Subway Line [Spruce Street Stop] and one block from the NJ Transit PATCO Line [12th Street Exit]
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: On street parking is available as well as a number of nearby parking lots and garages.
A word from The Tavern
The Tavern, a cozy underground hideaway serving fresh American bar fare from award-winning Chef/Partner Mackenzie Hilton. The subterranean dining room is housed in the historic Tavern on Camac, a long-running piano bar and nightclub serving exceptional food to pre/post theater goers, and a solid crowd of the city’s “in the biz” hospitality professionals long after most establishments have closed their doors for the night. The Tavern boasts an approachable menu of refined bar food staples, all available from open until close, even after the bar has given last call. The Tavern makes for a great first or last stop for diners and revelers alike. Built in 1937, it is one of the nation’s oldest music venues and a natural home for The Tavern’s lived-in vibe and casual appeal. Exposed brick and wide, dark pine paneling make the space feel comfortable yet tucked away on picturesque Camac Street.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
The Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
26 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (22)late-night find (13)fit for foodies (12)good for groups (6)romantic (6)special occasion (4)vibrant bar scene (3)notable wine list (3)kid-friendly (1)hot spot (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Loved it!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    Gah! We so totally gorged ourselves and everything was fantastic. It's a great little space, and the service was fantastic. As for the food, between the two of us, we probably tried half the menu and we loved every bit of it - right down to the frozen Popsicles we had for dessert (watermelon martini for me, strawberries and cream for my dining partner). The braised duck was a highlight, and I'll probably dream about the garlic french fries until the day I die. I'd stop in to sit at the bar every night if I could, just to order those fries and the amazing Kale chips.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new addition to Philadelphia
    Warren
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    This place is a great new addition to Philadelphia's dining scene. Inventive dishes combined with reasonable prices make this place a winner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Food and Service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2013
    My wife and I tried The Tavern last night after reading about Chef Mackenzie Hilton's return to Washington Square West, and we were floored by the incredible service, the food, and the prices. But the best part of our night? Mackenzie Hilton came and sat down with us during dessert. She was personable, down to earth, and everything you'd want in someone overseeing the preparation of your food! As for the food itself-- something that makes this place awesome is the ability to "shrink" the entrees into smaller dishes, which allows you to taste test: monkfish Po'boy, kale chips, breakfast burger, cooper cheese fries, duck sliders. All incredible. Vanilla ice cream with caramel popcorn is a must for dessert. Can't say enough great things!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were the only patrons there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2011
    We were the only patrons there and it was the beginning of restaurant week. I was disappointed that there was no open menu. The food was OK - nothing great - but it was a cute little place.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Reasons why the food didn't
    TigresSKSVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2011
    Reasons why the food didn't score higher: medium-well burger was unevenly cooked and quite rare in the center. Reason why service didn't score higher: asked for goat cheese on the side, but it was definitely mixed in. However, the burger had a lovely flavor, the server was friendly, and the atmosphere was nice and intimate.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to meet people
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/20/2011
    Great place to meet people and talk. Great ambiance. Food was very good. Octopus app was a little overdone. Gezpacho delicious. Filet and Sea Bass perfect!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was great, nice little
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/18/2011
    Food was great, nice little place, friendly staff, will definitely return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant local restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2011
    After reading several positive reviews, we were frankly disappointed. The food was good but not gourmet. The wine list was weak and the staff was not knowledgeable about the wines. The ambience was pleasant, but not entertaining. Only one or 2 other tables were occupied on a Friday night, although there were a fair number of people at the bar. We would not go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost missed it - signage
    MaxwellVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2011
    Almost missed it - signage was poor; went before theater - enjoyed the food but the setting is not great
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Both entrees were too salty.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/21/2011
    Both entrees were too salty. Dining area felt a bit cramped (especially our table, right by the door to the kitchen)
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic