Rose Tattoo Cafe
Rose Tattoo Cafe

Rose Tattoo Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rosetattoocafe.com/
  • Phone: 2155698939
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Lite Fare: 3:00 pm to 10:00; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00 pm; Sunday: 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm CLOSED SUNDAYS DURING SUMMER MONTHS
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer private area for 20 to 60 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Helene 2159470117x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 19th & Callowhill Streets
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Municipal lot across the street (free on Saturday nights) Meter parking (quarters until 6:30 p.m.)
A word from Rose Tattoo Cafe
Rose Tattoo Cafe, a favorite American Bistro housed in an over 100 year Victorian building in the historic Art Museum area is a family run busines & has been serving the area since 1989. From the romantic ambiance on the balcony surrounded by plants & flowers to the lively bar with its original pressed-tin ceiling, the eclectic menu is memorable & perfect for romantic diners, drinks & appetizers after a long workday as well as business meetings. We have won Best Romantic Restaurant for the past 3 years. Great for lunch, dinner, lite fare & groups.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Rose Tattoo Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
91 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (55)romantic (50)special occasion (39)fit for foodies (36)great for lunch (20)good for groups (18)great for brunch (13)scenic view (10)notable wine list (7)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (4)great for outdoor dining (4)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Amazing...per usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    WIll was our server and the food was impeccable, the mushroom soup is always to die for! We had a fantastic dinner and can't wait to get back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love the apps and desserts!
    venezia
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Appetizers, fish and desserts were amazing! The crab cakes leave a lot to be desired. Waitress was just ok - she could have been nicer.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • local favorite
    JacobInEwing
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Have eaten at the Rose Tattoo often over the years. Always a reliable good meal
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Amazing Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Exceptional food and fantastic service at a reasonable price point
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very satisfying meal
    adiner
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Very good food, with pleasant, attentive wait staff who clearly enjoy the food and know the wine list. the food is well-prepared and its clear its done with care and passion. We asked a question about one of the dishes and the chef came out and talked to us - basically wrote out a recipe and described it on the spot. Very satisfying meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good
    RScheir01VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The service was top notch and the food was delicious. Keep it up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Review
    mainfloorguy
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Years ago I went to the Rose Tattoo Cafe. And my recent visit was just as nice as my previous experience. Its romantic atmosphere makes an ideal setting for couples dining together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a grey time at dinner.
    HappyPappy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had an excellent dinner. The food was delicious. The view was perfect. I don't think the night could have gone any better. Our waiter (Scott) really made us want to come back sometime soon. Keep up the great work guys!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful restaurant.
    ChrisBruner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This place is a real gem. The service, ambiance and food were amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service & food
    food4thought
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Along with another couple, this was our first experience at the Rose Tattoo. The ambience is beautiful & romantic. We asked to be seated on the 2nd floor & were accommodated with no hesitation. Our server's name was Scott & he took very good care of us. For starters, we enjoyed the philly cheese steak rolls & pan seared provolone. For our entrées, we all requested the gaucho steak. All excellent choices! For dessert, I ordered the chocolate macadamia nut brownie. Sinfully delicious! Scott's service & recommendations were great. He gave us complimentary champagne which put a nice final touch on our evening there. We look forwars to returning soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good
    Lizzyliz
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was our second time here. We were celebrating our anniversary. Pulled pork tacos were amazing!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hasn't missed yet
    October2013VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Still our go-to place when we're in the museum area. Food and service are always excellent and there's plenty of street parking with a one-block radius.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Good food, good ambiance. Food is a little bid expensive. The mushroom soup was delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BozoVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Hamburger was extraordinary. Chicken caesar salad was just ok.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TrishG
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The ambiance was very romantic, especially if you sit upstairs next to the railing. Food was delicious and portions were decent. Our server Scott was gracious and made sure our appetizers and meal were perfect. I honestly don't know how he handled serving the entire upstairs and being so attentive. We didn't feel rushed at all. In fact, Scott held our dinner until we were completely finished our appetizers, which were large enough to share. Our entrees arrived piping hot and scrumptious. We finished with dessert which was a blueberry crumb cake with a side of vanilla ice cream. Another great treat. I will say that it is a bit pricey but worth the experience. We all deserve to be treated every one in a while.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Pleased
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I had a party of 8 for dinner and an informal business meeting. The staff at the Rose Tattoo was very accommodating and found a group of tables in a quiet corner. The food was outstanding - everyone was pleased with the various selections ordered from the menu. The wait staff seemed a bit stretched, however, and could have been more attentive. Overall, though, a great dining experience and I'll certainly be coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant evening
    Tika
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Nice place. I had a salad and the mushroom ravioli which was really good. I'd go back just for that. The service was a bit slow which was surprising since it was a Tuesday night and quiet. I'd recommend going but not if you're in a hurry.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at the Rose Tatoo Cafe
    Robgoes2eat
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Excellent lunch near Fairmont park. Salads were fresh beet and goat cheese was very good. Mushroom Ravioli was homemade w a glass of white Bordeaux wine. Service was good. Can't wait to go back again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner Was Great
    HarleyAl
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Slow night...service was great, food was better. Very accommodating. The place is cool and comfortable. I have been there when crowded and it does get loud, especially on the 2nd floor. But this was great for sure.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great vibe!
    Jazzylady369
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Service & good was quick & delicious!! Good portions
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty!
    PhillyFrank
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Took my family here when they came to visit me. Great food! I had the jambalaya. It was loaded with fresh-tasting seafood, tender chicken, and of course andouille sausage. They also put 2 longhots on top which have it a nice kick. I would definitely order it again. Everyone loved their food and the portions were huge!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Different and delicious
    judester
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We went to lunch with a party of five family members, and had a great meal. It is a lovely setting, and the food was wonderful with a lot of things to choose from... we all had a hard time deciding. I had a salad with shrimp and watermelon, and it was delicious. Everyone was happy with their cohise, and we shared an amazing creme brulee for dessert. Would definitely go again, and highly recommend. Service was great, friendly and fun.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rose Tattoo Cafe Enjoyment
    SuperMom
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Returned here after many years with friends I used to go here with. Food, atmosphere, service was as good as we remembered and we were so glad to be back there again. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a nice spot to enjoy a pleasant meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Go. You won't regret it.
    FoodFlowerVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant in Philly. Host is unflappable and waitperson was gracious, as often as we asked her to fetch this and that. Bartender was personable. They had a large party there, and the noise was contained to their room. Get the TENDER calamari and Tattoo pasta. Little white lights set an utterly romantic setting. Divine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great neighborhood spot
    sixer
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We have been coming here, I think, for over twenty years. The food is always fresh and well prepared, and the servers are attentive. Lovely greenery gives a New Orleans ambiance. Great place for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cool place
    NorthshoredaveVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I really enjoyed the food and the flavors were very good. We were there early and are from out of town. Saw the reviews on opentable and it was near the hotel. It did not diappoint. The food was good and creative. They had smaller protions of the pasta which was nice since we had kids with us. I had the chicken and it was served atop a salad and was very good. My kids also enjoyed the creme brulee and it was the best dessert they had on the trip.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Veal that melted in my mouth...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I had the veal special the other night and it was heavenly. Normally I don't eat veal, but I do love it and this was the absolute best veal dish I've ever had. Spinach was also top-notch. Potato croquettes left a little something to be desired - too runny inside. I'll definitely be back to try out other menu staples.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Philly's best
    BillinoVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Over all the years One of Philly's consistently good restaurants ‼️‼️👍👍👍👍👍
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CholleyVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Way too expensive for average food. This was a one and done.
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  • Over priced mediocre food
    Jfiato
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Let me start with the good things first. The place is very nice inside, the plants and lighting is very unique. The service was ok and the drinks from their drink menu were pretty good. BUT, the food is absolutely mediocre at best. I haven't been this disappointed in a long time. I ordered the crab cakes for almost $30. I'm not lying when I tell you that it tasted like microwave crab cakes served on top of Campbell's chunky soup. My girlfriend got the veil special at $34 dollars, again so sub par it was almost funny. I would never recommend this place to anybody. Not unless they lower the prices of their food by about half. I've had better food at diners
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Leeze
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Great menu, a bit noisy. Loved the dark, bar like atmosphere. Menu has great choices. Good energy, good service. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    Vogness
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Overall the food was good, but a bit too salty. I do have a salt sensitivity.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    jenyaz
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I used to go here years ago and we decided to go for our 10 year anniversary. We were happy we did because the food and the service was as phenomenal as it was from when I remembered it to be wonderful. The host, bartender and our server were all terrific and we will go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lolo
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Front room is noisy but back area is great…and pretty…excellent food, service….a treat for young and old!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Our server was pleasant and knowledgable. We were a party of 4. We had cocktails, Shared appetizers and had very good entrees. Overall very good experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot!
    Seamus
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    First time here and had a great experience. Very romantic, noise level and food were great. Will definetly visit again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    all4good
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We ate here on the way to an event at the Free Library. The food was very good, the service excellent, and the atmosphere just right for conversation. I highly recommend it.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent group dining
    chancefl
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Went with a group of 6 tea enthusiasts for an evening celebrating the visit of a Japanese tea teacher and had a wonderful time. We were seated on the balcony, with nice ambience and little noise to disturb our conversation. Started with a delicious flatbread appetizer, including melted mozzarella and sausage, and a bottle of Montepulciano d'Abbruzzo. Most of our group continued with the seasonal soft-shelled crab, deep fried in batter and a bit heavy. Others had veal medallions and gaucho steak, both grilled to perfection and delightfully sauced. We were all too full for dessert, but enjoyed coffee, espresso, and tea to close a long evening of good conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Find!
    madisonaveVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Both the service and food were incredible. Everyone was extremely friendly and attentive. Salads (beet and goat cheese), entrees (crab cake & salmon), and the dessert (chocolate bread pudding) were prepared perfectly, served at the appropriate temperature, tasted great, and looked beautiful. Portion size is quite large. Bread pudding is a must! Very refreshing and exciting to discover a non-chain restaurant with such a delicious menu. Highly recommend Rose Tattoo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good food
    reviewerVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Went 2 nights in a row. However, restaurant canceled reservation made through my account and cancelled out points, leaving reservation which I had previously cancelled because opentable wouldn't recognize my account online for some reason. I need 100 points credited to my account, please !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.