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Permanently Closed - Bierstube German Tavern

185 reviews
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$30 and under
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Bierstube serves enhanced recipes of the typical German meal,
mostly of the Rhineland region and bordering Wallonia (French/German).
The typical German restaurant in the United States limits itself to the food
of Bavaria and older times. Bierstube expands it's offering to the other
regions of Germany and neighboring Belgium Our chefs have culinary
degrees having studied at Le Cordon Bleu, apprenticed under former head chefs of Le Bec-Fin
and have lived and worked throughout Germany.

In addition to high end cuisine we feature tavern food with Philly's Best
Burgers, Brats and Beers. Our chefs prepare the majority of our items
from scratch relying on local butchers and farmers to supply the finest
ingredients of the seasons.

We have a full liquor selection, several hand selected wines and
Philadelphia's Largest and Highest Ranked German Beer Selection

Prost and Bon Appétit!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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German, American, Belgian
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Lunch: Thursday - Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 2:00am

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Phone number
(215) 922-2958
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Thomas Atkinson
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Private party facilities
We have a downstairs private dining area with a full bar that can fit up to 50 persons. In addition the entire restaurant can be rented out for up to 150 persons. Please email a description of what you are looking for and the dates you are interested in and we will reply promptly.
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Private party contact (215) 922-2958
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We can create a menu along with your input for an offsite event. Please email for more information.
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Cross street
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Parking details
Multiple parking lots are located nearby. We suggest using Old City District parking maps and details of when free parking is offered in historic Old City.
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Public transit
The 2nd Street stop of the Market Frankford El subway is outside our front door. In addition, many buses stop nearby such as By Bus:
Running east/west on Market Street: #17, #33, #48, #76, #121, #44
Running east on Chestnut Street: #9, #21, #42
By PATCO: Take to 8th & Market Streets. Transfer to El
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We use Pandora radio to provide background music mostly of alternative or jazz. No loud DJs, occasionally we will feature live music in our Rathskeller downstairs cellar room of fun and dining.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
Dined on December 31, 2016

Beer was great, food was ok, service was mixed (bartender and waiter were good, initial waitress was bad). Overall wasn't bad

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
Dined on December 31, 2016

The beer is amazing but the food and the service leave something to be desired.

vipOpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
Dined on September 18, 2016

Philly cheesestesk on pretzel bun was very good.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
Dined on September 10, 2016

We had dinner at the tavern on Sunday night with friends who lived in Germany for 8 years. We all loved the food: simple and authentic German; beer was terrific for any taste. They have one of the longest lists I have seen. It is not a fancy place but the food is great and service is friendly.

Jessica (New York Area)
Dined on August 31, 2016

Not a bad place, nothing special. Food was okay, probably a bit overpriced. Server was really nice, until the man in our group arrived and then the server made a dreadfully sexist comment about the three women sitting at the table. Took us rather by surprise as up until that point he had been very friendly and helpful. Probably wouldn't go back, but it's not bad for a pint with friends.

bestmussels (Philadelphia)
Dined on August 20, 2016

Our waitress was fluent in German which made the visit much more fun. The food was excellent, it had more flavor than the typical German meal with the exception of the pierogis which where traditional pretty plain with sour cream and chives only as a flavor. Can't blame them for following tradition. The schnitzels were perfectly fried and very tender on the inside as fresh chicken would be, while the brats were more seasoned than I'm accustomed to with traditional herbs and spices but at least three or four more I could not identity. They were terrific. They add bacon and apple to their sauerkraut and it was a terrific idea, I'll try that at home from now on. Overall an outstanding dining experience in a very lively crowded beer hall type dining room and plenty of outdoor seating (it was too hot for us to dine outside)

viprt191 (Philadelphia)
Dined on July 30, 2016

Great beer! Very attentive and friendly service. Pirogues were tasteless. Sauerkraut way too salty. Sausages so-so. This is not difficult food to do well. No excuse.

WHRS (Philadelphia)
Dined on June 21, 2016

The road side table had cars and the inside is dark but the food (Weiner Schnitzle and Sausage with Sourkrout) were well worth it. Great selection of beer too.

SandyS (Philadelphia)
Dined on June 19, 2016

We have been here several times after attending the matinee at the Arden Theatre. Love it because the food is consistently good, a huge beer list, but, alas, no coffee. Service is great. Both the potato latkas and pretzel appetizers were so good!

Steve (Philadelphia)
Dined on May 13, 2016

We wanted something different for dinner, and we found it. The German themed menu with a few twists on some American standards was very good.