Black Powder Tavern

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Contemporary American
Since 1746, the building that houses this tavern has played a part in the establishment of our nation; first as a respite for stagecoach travelers expanding westward and later as a covert rendezvous point for George Washington, Marquis de Lafayette, and other leaders of the American revolution. It is believed that during the infamous winter of 1777–1778 at Valley Forge, a major figure in the Continental Army, master military mind Friedrich Von Steuben, designated the tavern as a secret black powder munitions stash for Continental Army couriers. All the while, the tavern continued to provide food, shelter and cheer to the hungry, weary soldiers fighting for their independence. Today, we honor our historic tavern’s tradition with a mission to raise the spirits of our guests. We invite you to experience the small and large plates, craft beers and revolutionary hospitality that is Black Powder Tavern.
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AS
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Our meal took a very long time. Some of the plates and silverware were not cleaned properly.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have always received great service and excellent food. If you're looking for a quiet place for dinner, this isn't it. But I recommend it for great service, food, and relaxed atmosphere. Will happily go back when in the area.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I met a friend who I had not seen in a long time. We sat and chatted and our waiter understood and took his time in asking for our order and he quietly refilled drinks, etc., while we talked. Also, when finished we stayed for a long time talking and no one made us feel like we should leave. It was a great visit and a great experience.

d
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

the food that we had was very good , but the one reason i went there on my anniversary was for the harvest salad, because of the fall menu and was not available

JM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always great food and drinks. Large beer selection and daily specials.

a
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

For whatever reason, I didn't realize the Black Powder Tavern was/is a sports bar. Cheering from the fans and servers watching the big screen TVs periodically interrupted my party's brunch conversation. The food was good, though.

K
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very quaint and cozy. Tina, our server, was great! Would definitely go back again.

MP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food,great service!!! Jess our server was the best!!She took great care of us!

L
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great tavern for simple comfort food. The historic ambiance is cozy and welcoming. We enjoyed the Irish nachos as appetizer followed by burgers. Both the cheeseburger and prime burger were good and cooked to taste. There is a good wine list with moderate prices. Service was great. The complimentary valet parking is very helpful. We will return to try other dishes.

DW
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good overall. Location, exterior and Interior were very attractive. I was a little disappointed in the Chicken Marsala. The sauce was very thick and lacked flavor.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The waitstaff is always excellent, host/hostess while a bit aloof are always working hard and seating people as soon as possible. The food is good though sometimes under seasoned.

RR
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was very good...we were seated in the bar area so our waiter had to work the bar and the tables...service was slow because of this.

JM
Tahoe
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Per usual, staff was professional & personable. Hostess Barb, always has a big, welcoming smile.

BK
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The staff was friendly, but the food was only okay. The fries were cold, and the sandwich was soggy after having been left to sit too long. I don't need to return.

Black Powder Tavern
Responded on September 26, 2019

I want to personally apologize for the issues you experienced with your food. Please know that what you describe is not indicative of our high-quality standards, and I am speaking with my team about this. I would also appreciate a chance to speak with you. Per OpenTable’s policy, I will directly message you with my email address. Will you please reach out to me with your name, phone number and the best time to reach you? I will give you a call. Thank you. Bernie Bottmeyer General Manager

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C
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

As always, the food was great. There was actually parking spots available - unusual for a Saturday night at 6:30. Finally, service was very slow....seemed like they were understaffed.

AS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Greek salad missing key ingredient

G
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our waitress.

SK
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was friendly & quite personable. We enjoyed how he interacted with us. Food was good and served in a reasonable time for a busy lunch crowd. Parking is a bit tight, but they offer free valet parking.

CC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

The tavern was beautiful, the menu sounded delicious. The service was horrible, we waited and were ignored finally the bar tender reluctantly came to our table to take a drink order. We were ignored again as he waited on a walk in customer who purchased 2 six packs, he actually placed the six packs in Black garbage bags for a take out purchase. We still didn’t receive water and were ignored so we left.

Black Powder Tavern
Responded on September 10, 2019

Hi, Cindy. I want to personally apologize for the experience you describe. I am sorry to hear that we didn’t get a chance to serve you, and please know that I am discussing your feedback with my team. I would appreciate a chance to talk with you about this visit. Per OpenTable’s policy, I will directly message my email address. Can you please reach out to me with your name, phone number and the best time to reach you? I will give you a call. Thank you. Bernie Bottmeyer General Manager

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LW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here several times. Always consistently good

ML
Adelaide / SA
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall a nice dining experience. Server was attentive. Generous portions for main courses. Okay portion for Irish nachos. Desserts for tasty and good size for sharing between two.

LB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Service was very slow. From arrival until completion of the meal, we were constantly waiting for service on drink orders, delivery of same and food service. My ribs were too tough to remove from the bone and had to be sent back. I chose a cheeseburger instead, which was very good. My wife’s meal was not good either. The overall experience will preclude us from returning to this establishment. We had been looking forward to the five of us getting together, but the evening was negatively impacted by the food and service.

Black Powder Tavern
Responded on September 4, 2019

Hi, Larry. Please accept my apologies for the issues you experienced with the food and service when you dined with us. We want all of our guests to be 100% satisfied, and it sounds like we fell short here. Please know I am speaking with my team about this, but I’d also like to speak with you to learn more. Per OpenTable’s policy, I will message you my email address. Can you reach out with your name, phone number and the best day/time to call you? Thank you. Bernie Bottmeyer General Manager

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A
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and drinks. Really nice ambiance.

JM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Went for the Sunday brunch. The carving station meat was cold. The attendant for the carving and omelette stations was inattentive. Had to send a search party for our server twice. We will not go back.

Black Powder Tavern
Responded on September 4, 2019

Hi, Jim. Thank you for reaching out with your feedback about our brunch. This sort of information only helps us to improve and I am sharing your review with my team. I am also hoping that you and I can speak about your experience. Per OpenTable’s policy, I will directly message you my email address. Will you please reach out with your name, phone number and the best day/time to call you? Thank you. Bernie Bottmeyer General Manager Black Powder Tavern

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B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This visit was a do over from a previous visit when we experienced very poor service. I gave my review for when we went to the restaurant on father's day. We had really bad service. The General Manager, Bernie Bottmeyer, reached out to me immediately. He was very apologetic and sent us 2 free meals for anytime. This time the service was outstanding. Alyssa, our server, had no idea about our past experience with the service we had before at this restaurant. My husband and I had a very nice dinner and again, amazing service. Thank you for a great anniversary dinner and for extending the free meals.

PJ
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We had an enjoyable dinner for two on a Friday night. The place was busy and loud. The staff was friendly but seemed stretched thin. The food was good. In particular, the fish and chips was excellent. The steak was tasty, but we ordered it medium rare, and it was served very rare. The creme brulee was fair. We look forward to going back again and trying other parts of the menu.

BH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the poutine here! But all if the food is exceptional!

SM
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Conversation was very hard. Couldn’t hear across the table

ML
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great historic ambiance - A GREAT AMERICAN PUB

SB
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent! Loved the decor. The staff were very friendly. Lots of variety on menu and prices were good. Food came quickly. Restaurant and bathrooms clean. Free valet parking. We would come again!

SJ
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I was very excited by the menu but unfortunately the food and service did not live up to expectations. I asked for the poutine burger special without the bun. It came with the bun, and the "poutine" toppings were sparce. I asked for more gravy and some vegetables. It took 20 mins to get even the gravy. My food was cold by then. The veg was delicious but I was eating it after my guests plate was finished and taken away.
Given the rating on this site i was hoping for a lot more

Black Powder Tavern
Responded on August 21, 2019

I want to extend my apologies for the issues you had with the food and service. We want every guest to be 100% satisfied when they dine with us, and it’s disappointing to learn that we’ve fallen short. I’d like to have an opportunity to speak with you. Per OpenTable’s policy, I will message you my email address. Can you please reach out to me with your name, phone number, and the best time to reach you? I will give you a call. Thank you. Bernie Bottmeyer General Manager Black Powder Tavern

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JM
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reservation was for my birthday. Greeted by Hostess Barbara with a "Happy Birthday"! Escorted to table where friends were seated - a Happy Birthday card was @ my setting. Water and menus already on table, waiter Pat right there to take drink orders. Food arrived in timely fashion. Dessert with candle was complimentary from BPT!!! WHAT a great luncheon! The staff @ BPT know how to make one feel special!
Outstanding!

JK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cheesy Devils on horseback - perfect appetizer! My wife and I have been here many times - great beer selection as well.

G
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had previously had business lunches at the Tavern. My wife and I were in the area and decided to try it for dinner. Great meal and service.

Strongly recommend!

JM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Chick.pot pies & burgers outstanding. Desserts disappointing.

K
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent salad with blackened salmon, delicious!

JK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here. The food was amazing! The waitress was great with our 5 year old son which is always appreciated! The ambiance was very nice. We will definitely be back!

H
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my daughter’s birthday and they had a birthday card waiting for her when we arrived. Very nice touch. We had a wonderful dinner!

G
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and warm reception. Hostess and waitress were friendly and nice. I highly recommend

A
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere, very good service. Well made drinks.

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