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The Tavern
The Tavern
  • Address:
    243 S. Camac Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19107
    Neighborhood:
    Center City
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

The Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thetavernphilly.com
  • Email: info@tavernoncamac.com
  • Phone: (215) 545-1102
  • Hours of Operation: Wednesday to Monday 6p to 3a
    Closed Tuesdays
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Gastro Pub, Burgers
  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Diner Reviews
  • "Found the Tavern on Open Table. The garlic anchovy aioli on the kale chips stood out to me as my girlfriend likes anchovies. The kale chips were in fact delicious although a little hard to eat since they were full leaves; not a good first date app but good for a laugh as we tried to eat them without making a mess. In addition we had the cheese plate, spiced nuts, monkfish po-boy, and the roasted veg with egg. Everything was great. The staff was very friendly and attentive. I was a little diss appointed with the beer list, but inly because I've become used to the huge lists at a few places. Overall a great fun dinner. We'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I booked the reservation using open table to have a place to meet up with some colleagues during a conference. Though it was a little hard to find (in an alley in the basement), it was really cozy and not too loud - making it a perfect place for our group of 8. The food was delicious and very reasonably priced. The cheese plate had a nice assortment of cheeses with interesting pairings. The kale salad was large and very delicious. The other guests loved their burgers and duck confit orders."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We had a party of three for a birthday dinner at the Tavern on a Saturday night. The restaurant opens at 6 and I'm glad I made a reservation for 6 because it really filled up quickly while we were there. Our waiter was super friendly, knowledgable about the menu and efficient. We had beers with dinner and they have a great selection on tap. We shared a pickled vegetable platter as an appetizer and it was awesome. About 9 different pickled vegetables with amazing flavors and textures. I had the fish special, which was a type of fish I'd never heard of. It was excellent. Fresh and meaty. My husband had a blue cheese burger with fries which he loved. Our son had sliders. everything was delicious. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We loved the Tavern and will definitely go back. With $3 Guinness and $5 house wine, the prices are great. They have great snacks, fun-looking sliders (and full burgers), and excellent salad selections. The salads are big, too - good portions. We will absolutely go back again."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "From the moment we arrived, we were warmly welcomed and seated in this gem of a restaurant. Service was very friendly, helpful with the menu, and timed just right. Not rushed, but were prompt in delivering the check if you needed to get up and go. Can't say enough about the food. The garlic fries and monk fish po-boy were out of this world!! I have found my new go-to when I am in town for a show. I just loved everything about this place!!!!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "First time we had ever been here as we went ahead of Phantom show at the Academy. Nice atmosphere, really nice staff which led to great service and the food was excellent. Nice bar area as well. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Great place to visit if you're in the city. It's kinda of hidden but is worth it when you find it. They have great food and great alcohol."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My wife and I were looking for a place for a nice but quick bite before the show. Food was great, service was very good. Perfect for us."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "HIgh recommend this restaurant for a great casual dinner in Philadelphia. Great food and drinks. Very nicely done and a pleasure to dine in."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The neighborhood was very clean and inviting. Such a quaint place, but would be fun with a group of friends. The drink specials were so unique, as were the food items. Loved the pickle platter. We asked the chef what would be her recommendation, and she said the pork belly slider, so the 4 us all ordered one. We all loved it. The deviled eggs, never would've ordered these either, but thought we'd be adventurous, so glad we did. Again, we all loved them. The garlic fries - need I say more!! Yum. Monkfish slider - also yum. Kale salad - another yum. We will definitely go back to The Tavern. Oh, and the staff - above and beyond. So helpful and friendly. Can't wait to go again."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Chef Mackenzie Hilton made our night special! Not only did she personally visit our table, but she answered our questions and even chatted with us as we were leaving. The apple and fennel salad was especially delish. The shortrib pot pie special satisfied my savory cravings. And the Tavern Dark & Stormy was particularly delightful, too. The service was very friendly and neighborly."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "spectacular pickle plate! great sandwiches! great drinks (my dark and stormy made right with fresh juices; delicious!). I will return just for the pickle plate .... and just for the drinks .... and just for the atmosphere!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This is a nice spot hiding in Center City. Food was great and the service was good. Mackenzie Hilton even came out at the end of our meal to talk and offer dessert. Pork Sliders were excellent but a little pricey at $5/each. I got the Monkfish Po' boy and my girl got the grilled chicken sandwich.We started with the garlic fries . Everything was delicious. Beer Selection wasn't bad and the prices were fair."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I knew nothing about the Tavern and after reading the reviews thought we'd give it a shot though was a bit apprehensive that the mostly sandwich dinner options wouldn't offer enough good choices for my parents who were joining us. My husband and I were immediately entranced; the space is warm and inviting--the kind of spot you are happy hide in away from a cold winter's eve. The servers were simply delightful. Knowledgeable about the menu, attentive and friendly. In truth, my mom did struggle a bit to find something to order but landed on the shaved fennel and apple salad -- the health conscious will want to stick with the snacks and graze side of the menu. The rest of us quickly found our choices and heartily enjoyed our meals."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Inspired cocktails, great food. Best chicken sandwich--pickled onions, crispy Brussel sprouts piled on-- I've ever had and my son and daughter both devoured it."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Creative and delicious in everything. The confit of duck was too hard/dry, but we loved all of our other Eats and Bites. And our waiter/bar tender was fun and effective."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "Nice little walk from theater district in an enchanted alley. Menu is eclectic enough and tasty. Very nice experience overall ."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "I tried the tavern for the first time before a 7:30 show. despite high expectations, it was a disappointment, though certainly not all bad. well made martini was followed by surprisingly delicious deviled eggs, a house specialty. I ordered a blue burger medium, and my friend ordered the same well done. it took over a half hour for the burgers to arrive, and there were only two other parties at the bar. the restaurant side was empty. that left us with only 20 mins to eat our dinner before the show. both burgers were cooked well done, which caused my modest rating. to the restaurant's credit, they took it off the bill. still, I would have liked enough time for a cup of coffee before the show, but there wasn't enough time."
    Dined on 10/9/2013
  • "This place is a great new addition to Philadelphia's dining scene. Inventive dishes combined with reasonable prices make this place a winner."
    Dined on 7/10/2013