Rose Tattoo Cafe
Rose Tattoo Cafe

Rose Tattoo Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rosetattoocafe.com/
  • Phone: 2155698939x
  • 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
90 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (60)romantic (54)special occasion (43)fit for foodies (38)great for lunch (23)good for groups (19)great for brunch (11)notable wine list (10)vibrant bar scene (6)kid-friendly (4)great for outdoor dining (4)hot spot (4)late-night find (4)scenic view (3)Show More
  • 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
  • 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
    • 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.
    ChrisBrunerVIP
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.