Rose Tattoo Cafe
Rose Tattoo Cafe

Rose Tattoo Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rosetattoocafe.com/
  • Phone: (215) 569-8939
  • 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
  • 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
104 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (73)romantic (63)special occasion (44)fit for foodies (44)great for lunch (21)good for groups (21)notable wine list (12)vibrant bar scene (10)great for brunch (8)hot spot (7)late-night find (5)great for outdoor dining (4)scenic view (4)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • Could have been better
    Robb9498VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The service was good, the food I felt was not so great.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food slow service
    MsAnthrope
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We like the balcony for the view, but the corner table for four is too squished against the wall. It's a better choice for two. The crab cakes nestled in corn sauce were perfect, as were the 2 asparagus stalks, but I think $30 was a bit steep. My three companions were quite pleased with their choices - when our food finally arrived.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most Enjoyable Experience!
    BretVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Four of us arrived here for lunch were greeted by a pleasant, accomodating hostess who gave us a choice of tables where we could be seated. With an abundance of plant material the restaurant is warm and welcoming. Our server soon arrived to explain the day's specials together with their price. Throughout our visit he was pleasant and friendly, yet professional. The somewhat slow service didn't really bother us because we were enjoying each others company and just kept chattering away! For appetizers the Manhatten clam chowder and the mushroom soup were delicious with an abundance of clams in the chowder and rich, not starchy soup. Neither were overly salted. For entrees the beet salad, crab gratin, and jambalaya were prepared with flavorful, fresh ingredients that were nicely presented, though the jambalaya was on the verge of being too spicy. But one has to recognize that this diner tends to be a food wimp! If there was an exception to our favorable experience the chicken in a brioche was flavorful but dry. It was accompanied with perfectly prepared fries. We left here feeling satisfied and will certainly return. PS: The deserts look scrumptious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice buzz in a mixed neighborhood.
    fooddogie
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Good bar gastropub grub. Friendly service. Smiling locals. NO hassles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rose Tattoo -Great evening/meal
    RC2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Very please with the whole experience at the Rose Tattoo. Great service / food and never rushed, quiet setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NHBob
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Rose Tattoo Café is a beautiful space that serves very good food. The menu is eclectic, with tacos, egg rolls and pasta dishes listed side by side. The cooking was solid if a bit conservative. Our sense was that main courses outshined the appetizers and the bread pudding dessert was exceptional. The bars are very pleasant and we would be more inclined to go back for a drink and eat at the bar.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good food and service
    Nancy13VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I went to Rose Tattoo Cafe Friday evening and the food and service were very good. I had the jambalaya and my friend had the tortellini. Both were delicious. The waitress was very friendly and attentive. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great for museum foot-weary
    luv2dine
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Our server, Lauren, was fantastic: energetic and efficient and somehow managed to carry on a dialogue with about 10 tables while bustling up and down and carrying the bar trade on her shoulders. Food was fine but the service really made the evening. We'll come again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, service and experience
    svodines
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Went for dinner with three business associates. Good choices for the main course. Service was timely and friendly, food was good, noise level was moderate, and good for business conversation. Would frequent again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • banana
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I love the ambiance at Rose Tattoo and the food is always great! I ordered the cheese tortellini and it was delicious, but I liked my boyfriend's dish better. He got the scallops that came with shrimp and mashed potatoes. The service was okay, we had to ask our server to bring bread, but other than that everything was good and I would go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rose Tattoo is wonderful - again!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The food on our last visit was truly outstanding; roasted veal tenderloin from the menu, small veal medallions mixed with asparagus, fingerling potatoes, spinach, tomatoes, chanterelle mushroom vinaigrette. Fish special - center-cut tuna with Asian vegetables & a spicy soup base. The fish was tasty & cooked well, & the Asian flavors were divine. The ambiance is New Orleans with wrought iron railings & plants everywhere. The tables are far enough apart that conversation is easy; the music is subtle & appealing. We've used Rose Tattoo as a special occasion restaurant, although it is perfect as a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Diamond in the Ruff
    SammieVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Always a good choice when going into the city. Alway fine a spot to park. No center city traffic to put up with. Consistently good food and very good service. Thanks Will. Super desserts.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Meal !
    NeverCook
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Group of 4 & ALL of us were very impressed with our meals. Service was great and our waiter was always there when we needed him but not intrusive. The only complaint (and not really a complaint but noticed something very odd) is that since we loved all 4 pasta dishes, and there were 4 of us, we asked for a sampling of all 4 pastas for our appetizers (enough for 4 people). The entree themselves were about $ 26.00/each but they charged us $ 140.00 for the appetizer sampling. While the portions were great and probably could have been the meal itself, we were a lot shocked over the price, considering, 4 full size meals of the same thing would have been a bit over $ 100.00. To charge 40% more to break it down into plates seemed a bit steep.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjobable evening
    dfc9258VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Went here for a birthday dinner for a relative and wanted something close the Eastern State Penitentiary as we were going to the Terror Behind the Walls. The restaurant is very quaint and unique with a large atrium and plants commanding your interest as you walk in the door. The bi-level restaurant is cozy and is quite comfortable. Prices were reasonable and there was a wide selection of appetizers and entrees. We had the jambalaya, the shrimp pasta and the tortellini and all were delicious. Our server was pleasant, but not overly friendly or attentive. We would go here again as we had a very enjoyable dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Icon Ages Brilliantly
    TettemerVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This joint's been around forever, part of (one of) Philly's original restaurant renaissance(s). The food is delicious across the board. It's like you've never tasted a sandwich before, it's so fresh and made with love. The ladies behind the bar are always welcoming and smiling and I think genuinely happy to see you. And now that the neighborhood's booming, this lovely old corner classic is getting only better as they get busier and earn their just desserts. (Oh, did I say desserts? Like a classic diner, the fabulous pies and creme brulees greet you under beautiful light as you enter the restaurant. Don't deny yourself.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant surprise
    jnbraiderVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Fresh in town, discovered this close to our hotel. Great value, with Big Easy ambience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere consistently great
    MPDOC
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We have eaten at the Rose Tatoo many times. I've never had a complaint. The atmosphere is very comfortable and romantic. Service is professional, and the food terrific. There is also a very nice wine list. I would recommend the restaurant for special occasions, romantic night out, or a classy dinner with family or friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still excellent
    MrsCav
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I haven't been to the Rose in years. It is classic. The food was still incredible, the dessert was delicious, and the ambiance is just right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    JnA19053
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We are repeat customers and always enjoy our evening at the Rose Tattoo. The food is superb and the atmosphere is quiet and relaxing. Over all a fantastic dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mr
    bd72650
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    After a long time, we went back to the Rose Tatoo, where one couple had their first "tete a tete". Food was as great as we remembered it. Since we had a show to get to, the waitress, Lauren, went out of her way to make sure the food came out quickly. The service was superb. The only slight negative was that one of the ladies, who ordered her filet medium, received meium rare (but whatever it was, she says it was good. I ordered my gaucho steak medium rare and it was too well done. Not a problem, as all the food tasted great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • "An Ageless Gem..."
    Vicky
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    When I worked for Channel 6/ABC television and had clients in Center City, I not only would take them to The Rose Tattoo for business lunches, but for after-hours cocktails and dinners. Even though it's been many years (and since I'm retired now), I recently brought a guest with me from Atlanta (after our excursion at the Barnes Museum), and I was once again impressed with the consistency of: the service, the food, and the overall ambiance. What's even MORE amazing, is now the SECOND generation (my businesswoman daughter) has also dined with you! May your success continue into the third and fourth generations, ad infinitum!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scott fr New Hope
    Scott
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Took a very special lady for a nice night out. Shot in the dark since i just googled Philly Restaurants and this place came up. Previous reviews were good, I liked the name too so I took a shot. WOW, really nice atmosphere, yes a bit romantic. Our server Scott was very nice and attentive, great service. Nice wine list, though I'm no connoisseur, we had a nice bottle of Frogs Leap Zinfandel. The food was amazing, we had the filet special and a salmon dish, both were exceptional. My date had been to DelFrescos the week prior with friends, she said the steak here was better. Desert was yummy too, we had a brownie/ice cream thing..., the brownie was a little dry but thats ok. We had an amazing time start to finish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • About the food
    Sylvie
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We had dinner at Rose Tattoo as we had to be in the neighborhood. The restaurant is very pretty but we found the food rather ordinary for the price. At $30, a main course should be outstanding. It turned out it was good but not quite at par with other restaurants that charge about the same prices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • consistent and satisfying
    Kafka
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We are near neighbors and frequent diners here! Always a good experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved Rose Tattoo Cafe
    rasphila
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We've been to Rose Tattoo for special meals a number of times. It never disappoints. The food is imaginatively prepared and delicious. The ambience is unique among Philadelphia restaurants, with a great attention to the need for quiet conversation and privacy. We would certainly go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Good Choice
    HDPhilly
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Whenever hubby and I dine at Rose Tattoo we are never disappointed. For appetizers hubby had clams and I had the sirloin and mozzarella egg roll which was so good. Hubby had squash soup and I had the mushroom bisque, both were very good. For entrees hubby chose the chef's special of halibut and I had the sirloin of veal dish which had asparagus, tomatoes, potatoes...so good. The veal serving was enough to have leftovers for lunch the next day. Service was on point,each dish was served in a timely manner. When it came to dessert, which we usually share, we couldn't decide, so we passed on dessert. If desserts at Rose Tattoo are as good as they look, and I'm sure they are, we won't pass on our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Place To Eat
    kbmcgill1216
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I had a great experience eating at Rose Tattoo! The ambiance was phenomenal, the wait staff was courteous and knowledgeable. The food was amazing! I would definitely eat there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • surprise
    huff
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    You would never guess what was on the inside from the outside. Worth checking out.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous every time
    Km911
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I love this restaurant. I've been coming here since it has opened and it's perfect every single time! The filet and provolone spring rolls are to die for. Their house made pasta's are excellent no matter which one you chose. My scallop dish was so tasty I wanted to lick the plate:). Any dessert is faboo! Mmmmmm. Can't wait to go again. This restaurant is clearly one of the best in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last-minute decision
    NewbieVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Was with two friends after an early Fringe performance; remembered the Rose Tattoo, where I hadn't been in 10+ years, and thought it would be a good place to revisit. We were asked if we had reservations (thanks, Open Table app!), but at 9:00 on Friday they had empty tables (the bar looked busy but not crazy). Had drinks and shared appetizers and dessert--no problem from the excellent server about that--and were quite happy. Mushroom bisque was smooth and creamy, the beet salad with goat cheese and pistachios was tasty, two half-portion pastas were delicious, and the calamari was a hit. (I like it crispier, but friend was happy.) Desserts are rich and good--creme brulee and a lemon merinque cheesecake. GREAT service. Happy to return!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome as always
    Klaff
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Staff took our reservation two hours early to accommodate our party. Hostess was great. Our server was great. Our appetizers were delicious as well as our main courses. Dessert was yummy! What more is there to say! Awesome evening of great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MaryRose
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Beautiful surroundings, excellent food (choices made decision difficult), helpful & pleasant server. Being on the second floor, the view of greenery was a delight. Noise level was fine - made for a setting conducive to conversation. Overall, a fun and delicious wevening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet romantic restaurant
    FrankK
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We have been to the Rose Tattoo many times, and we have never been disappointed. The restaurant is not noisy, so conversation is easy. The food is eclectic and remarkably well prepared, and the service is invariably excellent. As at previous dinners, the food was outstanding, the service was up to par, and we had a delightful dinner. I would add their wine list is not long, but their selections are all very nice, and cover a wide price range. Even the least expensive wines are quite good, IMHO.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • TBO21VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Happened to find it while looking at the OpenTable app while visiting the Rodin Museum - and what a nice lunch we had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such a lovely place
    CCNYCVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food was terrific and it's so pretty especially if you get to sit upstairs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    bayareaprofessionalVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Exceptional food and fantastic service at a reasonable price point
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • 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