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The Twisted Tail
The Twisted Tail

The Twisted Tail Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thetwistedtail.com
  • Phone: (215) 558-2471
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Twisted Tail is a bar, restaurant and live music hall that can accommodate intimate groups of 12 or larger parties up to 200 people. The bi-level space features three distinct areas: an expansive dining room with a Bourbon Bar, the Club Room with cozy fireplaces and a shuffleboard table, and the Juke Joint where musical acts perform.
    Whether you"re planning a corporate event, birthday party, business meeting, reception, baby shower or holiday party, we can make it memorable for your guests. Our menus and various spaces can be customized to fit your crowd. We offer a wealth of dining, or cocktailing, options as well as other amenities such as audiovisual equipment and live entertainment.
  • Private Party Contact: Danielle Fisher (215) 558-2471
  • Entertainment: Live Blues Music Wednesday - Sunday.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between South and Lombard
  • Public Transit: Metered street parking is available in front of the restaurant. The closest available parking garage is located on Lombard Street between 2nd and 3rd.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered street parking is available in front of the restaurant. The closest available parking garage is located on Lombard Street between 2nd and 3rd.
A word from The Twisted Tail
The Twisted Tail is a bi-level restaurant, bar and live music venue featuring a charcoal-fired grill, a wealth of bourbon selections and the rollicking ambiance of a "juke joint" (or old school Southern music hall). The inventive menu highlights ingredients in their simplest form, flame broiled over live coals for rich, authentic flavor.

Inside a warm, welcoming dining space makes The Twisted Tail South Street’s best place to catch a band - and a bite.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "We had dinner here before heading to Penn's Landing for the concert and fireworks, and decided to share a few small plates rather than have an entrée. This wound up being a great choice! Each plate was delicious, and our server ordered them so that 2 came out together as an appetizer, than the rest as dinner. We also had one of the flights of bourbon, which was a fun way to taste something new. Overall, a great experience"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "If you want a great cocktail and great food, live music and casual crowd--GO HERE! I highly recommend. The food was great, I had the octopus appetizer which was the best octopus I've ever had! My only complaint was that the veggie burger really wasn't a burger. I probably would have ordered something else if I had known that it was pieces of grilled veggies with carmelized onions in a flatbread. True vegetarians would have loved it though and the flavor was really great."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food was interesting and extremely well prepared. I contacted the restaurant ahead of time to ask if they could accommodate special dietary needs--they rose to the occasion 1000%! We had fantastic food. The Harvest Veggie Burger is unique & delicious. Charcoal grilled asparagus & corn were similarly good. Although many restaurants treat our dietary needs as a bother, the Twisted Tail worked hard to make sure we felt pampered & left with belts filled with some if the best food we've ever had. We'll definitely return on our next trip to Philly!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "No positive review to submit. EVERYTHING was very disappointing."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "One server was knowledgeable about their drinks, the other not so much, which made ordering a bit confusing. Food was good but extremely difficult to eat."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I'm wasn't sure what to expect, however my experience was over the top. Before I finished my meal I was looking forward to returning soon."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This was our second trip to The Twisted Tail and we decided to try them for brunch. We loved brunch just as much as we loved dinner. The brunch menu is diverse and a nice balance of what you would consider breakfast and lunch dishes. We started with the pigs in a puff to share and it was a great brunch appetizer. For brunch entrees we had the steak and eggs. The steak was seasoned and cooked to perfection. The eggs were light and fluffy. We also had the sweet potato waffle and chicken. It was the best chicken and waffles I have ever had. The waffle was beyond tasty, the chicken fried perfectly and the syrup and grilled pineapple added a nice new twist on a southern classic."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "My family had a great time. There were 10 of us with 2 children under 12. The were kid friendly. My children had a ball. We will be returning real soon. Thanks for a great Fathers Day."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "In philly you have to have good food to survive as a restaurant. The food here was bland and not worth the money. There is nothing special about this place."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Despite having reservations we were sat in the (empty, dark) upstairs bar, but we asked and were nicely moved back into the restaurant downstairs. Service was fine, though a bit unpersonal. Good beer selection, particularly with Beer Week going on, and my Old Fashioned was strong and terrific. Appetizers were delicious--the bbq ribs and ham were spectacular, and the complimentary popcorn was great too. The entrees were just okay at best: fairly dry salmon without much "glaze" and limp-skinned fried chicken with two sweet potato "fries". Not offensive, but certainly, for us, not worth $22+ per when you can better and more for less around town in a more relaxed atmosphere. Which, there is definitely some South Street crowd spillover here."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food hear is delicious!!!! It takes a while for the food to come out but it is sooooooo worth it!!!! The manager Daniel is AWESOME!!!!!!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Food and drinks were excellent. Generous portion of scallops, done perfectly. Wanted to try the famous cornbread, so we ordered it ... but it never came out! Live music in the bar area was great ... but the volume could have been reduced by about half."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This was our first time at Twisted Tail and I can't wait to return. We asked for a table close to the door because one of our party has a leg brace and the first table inside was ours. The food is great. The pulled pork Empanadas, pork belly and tuna tartar were to die for. If you order nothing else, you MUST get the crawfish mac and cheese. And the staff takes any criticism very seriously. An order of shrimp and grits came out a little cold and was sent back. Not only did they remake the dish the manager came over to apologize with another order of Empanadas!! The shrimp was cooked perfectly and the grits just melted in your mouth. This is a definite must when dining in Philly."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The service was fantastic with great food recommendations. Additionally it was quite and with some of the best food I have ever heard. My corn bread, which was the best I have ever had, got cold after a while so I asked them to heat it up. A few minutes they came back with a new one and complimentary baked beans just because the Cheif wanted to. Excellent. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • " We started with the infused Pineaplle Tequila on the rocks which was a wonderful drink. We continued with several appetizers and the cheddar cheese tasting, all delicious. I am a huge mac and chesse fan so I had to order the crawfish mac and cheese. The mac and chees part was among the best I have had in the area, however the dish could have used more crawfish. Our group had the fried chiken in the bag and the scallops. All were delicious. My only issue is that they did not have alot of side dishes and were unable to substitute a vegetable for the sweet potato fries. After dinner we headed upstairs, found a seat and enjoyed some great live blues music. A perfect night"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Twisted Tail is great. I have been here several times and will return. The whisk(e)y list is one of the best. Some of the food portions are a little small (like the octopus being one single tentacle...come on it's bait, don't skimp on it) and the pacing can be off on the courses. But overall, I highly recommend."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Notable bourbon list. Great live music. Great deserts."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Ribs were falling off the bone; best sweet potato fries I have ever tasted and crab cakes were delicious."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Great food, fun ambiance and fantastic bourbon list! Server knew her bourbon and was able to talk me (a relatively knowledgeable whiskey drinker) through the bourbon list. They had some fantastic rare off-menu bottles and will do custom flights if they're not busy."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Had a great time and the food was good, we were seated near the bar and it was extremely loud. We couldn't even carry on a conversation without yelling across the table. Upstairs music was great!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "This place is a gem. Good food, good drinks including large selection of beers and great bourbons. Good music on weekends."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "GREAT Place to Celebrate Mother's Day! Food was excellent, service impeccable, and just a wonderful place!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I've been twice, once on a weeknight and once on a Saturday. Both times, service was amazing and the food was delicious. The drinks are unique and quite good, and the staff are a lot of fun. They are very attentive and pay attention to special requests. I was going out with a friend on his one day in the city - he was on a very short leave from Afghanistan, and the hostess put us at a nice quiet table and the waiter was very attentive. I'm very pleased and will be back!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We ate in the upstairs bar in order to see the band playing that night. Twisted Tail is mainly a blues spot. Near the band was loud, but you can find tables in the back. Downstairs is a different a quieter vibe if that is not your thing. Good beers and food. Lots of Whiskey and Bourbon as well..."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Date night so decided to go to twisted since their menu selection looked good. Service was really good and it's not bad for bringing a date for relaxed atmosphere kind of date. The worst part about the place was the food. I had the pulled pork empanadas with the short rib for my meal. My date had the flat iron steak. The empanadas had zero taste and I just happen to use a fork for part of one to pull it apart which I am glad I did since there was something inside that sorta looked like a small heart. Really gross and def lost my appetite after that. The short rib was tasteless, no seasoning on anything that we ordered( I tried hers too). The staff was friendly and it was sorta busy but not packed. Expensive ! So I won't be going back!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The restaurant itself was beautiful and the food was delicious, but it will definitely cost you if you're looking for a full meal. We unfortunately missed the live music, but I feel like that would have been a ton of fun at this place."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This is a MUST TRY!!! Most amazing dining experience I've ever had!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Made my reservation early so I would have what I thought would be plenty of time to make a hockey game at the Wells Fargo Center. Service was so slow that I just made the game in time. Restaurant was not even that busy when I was there so I have no idea why the service was so slow."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Four of us went for Easter Brunch. I ordered the steak and sunny side eggs, the eggs looked fake, like something that comes in a child's play kitchen and had no flavor. The steak was cooked at medium well but there was blood running on the plate. The steak was also hard to cut because it was full of fat. I've had a better steak from Longhorn. The bacon in the BLT was chewy and slimy. My family said they enjoyed the turkey sandwich and the chicken sandwich. The fries were the best part. Everyone enjoyed the dessert, and that's the reason for the extra stars. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We stopped by for dinner on a Saturday evening and shared several small plates and appetizers. Everything we tried from the Grill was exceptional, especially the most tender octopus I've tasted in years. The ribs were perfect - juicy and falling off the bone. We will be back to try the full sized entrees in the near future and have already book brunch here with friends coming in from out of town. The building is really cool - all brickwork and dim lighting. The staff were all super friendly and helpful. I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone who was to try something different for a very reasonable price."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We were seated in the back by the kitchen despite having a reservation and many empty tables. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Twisted Tail's staff has gone above and beyond on two occasions when I've dined there with my toddler daughter. They're very understanding about the messiness of a young eater, and they've gone off menu a couple times to accommodate her immature palette. One manager even made an unbidden run to Wawa to get her apple juice. Beyond their friendliness with our baby, the food represents an interesting "twist" on typical comfort fare, and the bourbon list provides many options for interested imbibers. We'll be going back for the great staff, excellent food, and substantial drink options."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Excellent experience at the Twisted Tail. All the food was excellent- 5 courses for less than $40. Bar owner very knowledgable about bourbons came to our table to make recommendations. Sat downstairs - noise level mostly attributable to live music, though not so overwhelming where I could not have conversation at a normal speaking level. A must try, especially for bourbon fans."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Appears to be a bar, but is actually a fun, upscale menu, kitschy dining experience. A lovely surprise!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Great time again at the Twisted Tail! Food, drinks, service and the atmosphere make this the place you want to keep going back to."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great food, awesome cocktails (Tyme for Tyme was amazing), extensive whiskey list. Left full and happy. Bonus was the great music going on upstairs that we checked out before leaving!!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Our experience at the Twisted Tail was awesome from start to finish! Starting with the fabulous drink at the bar, made by Shazam! The most fabulous Manhattan I have had. The food and atmosphere were right on and the staff was very welcoming and friendly. Going to tell all my friends about this one! Can't wait to go again!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great drinks, lots of good choices for both apps, sides and entrees. Service was friendly, although a little slow. Definitely want to go back to try more of their signature cocktails and unique entrees."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We frequent Twisted Tail despite our living in NJ. We've been there 3 times this month already. The menu is interesting with a big nod to southern-style food, including crawfish, greens, fried chicken and shrimp. If one is not in the mood for grits or pork belly, however, T.T. offers a great selection of artisan cheeses & cured hams. In all cases, the food is fabulous and the wait staff is attentive. T.T. also has a huge selection of bourbons and infused liquors. I personally like a cocktail called thyme after thyme. Gin, fresh thyme, ginger liquor and lime juice shaken then served in a martini glass. Unfortunately, one's success in maneuvering a martini glass is inversely proportionate to the number of these drinks consumed!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Great spot I would have never noticed if it wasn't for friends. On my list for a return visit."
    Dined on 3/16/2014