Black Powder Tavern

4.4
686 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 2:00pm - 9:00pm

Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:00pm
Parties of 9 or more please contact restaurant for availability
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Phone number
(610) 293-9333
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
W Swedesford Rd
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Parking details
Valet and private parking lot are available
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Special events & promotions
Always have our great Sunday Brunch Buffet--10.30-2pm
Great selection of breakfast and lunch items, seafood, pastries, waffles, carving and omelet station. Tea/coffee/juice and Bloody Mary or Mimosa (choice for each guest) all for 21.95

Join us for Happy Hour Monday-Friday 5-7pm and Late Night Wednesday-Saturday 9-10pm!
Offered in our lounge or outside patio during the warmer months! We offer discounted appetizers, $5 draft beers, $5 select cocktails and $6 select glasses of wine.

Looking to make a group reservation? Allow Black Powder Tavern to host your next business event, engagement party, bridal or baby shower; or any of life's special moments! Contact our Sales Manager, Devon Walker, at 610-293-9333 or at Dwalker@blackpowdertavern.com
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 686 People Are Saying
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Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at this restaurant and was very impressed with a Great menu and service. I strongly recommend

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DD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very pleased, would return. Food and service was excellent.

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KM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience for my birthday dinner! Sean, our server, was awesome, as were the valet guys and even the host. Quick service, outstanding food, and reasonable prices. Even my five year old loved everything he ate. It’s rare to find a nicer place to eat that is so welcoming to kids. For a history junkie like me, this is my new #1 favorite place!

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P
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant! Always good food, service, and beer selection!

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MC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I Love this local place! It has amazing history, George Washington ate there! The food is wonderful, fresh inventive, as well as classics, and so yummy! It is family friendly, but not over run with screaming children, and they have kids menu of more than just chicken finger and mac & cheese. Great place for a special night or if you just feel like treating yourself!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good beer selection
Great food choices
Very friendly staff

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Army Navy game

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SY
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great atmosphere! One of my favorite places to eat in the area!

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BB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was wonderful!!

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M
New York Area
160 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful. Michael our server was very attentive. The menu is large and varied. The polenta fries were grease free and novel. We shared the short rib sandwich was juicy and tender. The hostess was gracious and welcoming.

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CF
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Parking is horrible

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Baltimore
149 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent
The specials were really special
The best deal is the three for
Will be back

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R
Naples
30 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice, no frills menu ... perfect for a light dinner ... chicken pot pie was great ...

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place, but ton of fruit flies in the back room. We had to move tables.

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KP
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family did Thanksgiving this year at Black Powder. The buffet was exceptional! Great selections, great service, warm ambiance.

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NR
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for the Thanksgiving Buffet. It was by far the best way to have Thanksgiving dinner. The atmosphere was very cozy and warm and we felt like we were at dinner with family and friends instead of total strangers. The food was outstanding. Everything you can think of for a traditional Thanksgiving meal and then some. And the price was a bargain. The best part was that the staff made you feel welcome and not rushed; and they gave the impression that they serve this many people every day. The food was replenished constantly. The service was great. I would highly recommend!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving dinner

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DB
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We went to the Black Powder Tavern for their Thanksgiving day buffet. The food was delicious and there were many options. Unfortunately, on their webiste they mentioned their mac and cheese would be part of the buffet, which would have been perfect for my very picky son. It wasn't offered. I didn't ask about it. The food was delicious. There was a nice beer/wine menu if that's your thing. The setup for the buffet was a little crowded, but it really is a small, cozy place and there wouldn't have been another way. Our server was wonderful. I can't wait to head back for lunch next time I'm visiting my mother.

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JT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was ehh. Service started out decent but fell apart for a Sunday evening.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch with my office colleagues and a home office manager from Arizona. Great food, great atmosphere!

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a reservation but had to wait 30-40 minutes and then ask to be seated. Unorganized but good food

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Very disappointing evening.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really nice tavern. Very clean, and well designed dining area around the bar. Definitely a great vibe. I will definitely go again, and I would highly recommend this place!

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FH
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time...good food, great service...never disappointed.

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TB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Black Powder Tavern is our favorite dinner spot. My husband and I had our rehearsal dinner there last year in November and it was wonderful. Saturday was our first anniversary and we had an amazing time. Thank you!

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TM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unique and creative comfort foods at a fair value!

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BM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I live in Chesterbrook so I go to the BPT frequently. The food is good, drinks are solid and service is friendly.

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JM
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rate my experience as 'OUTSTANDING-PLUS'!!!!! I was running late, gave BPT a call, hostess Barbara executed my request get my guest a birthday drink while she waited. Upon arrival, requested server Mike was more than attentive, taking my drink order, then our lunch orders with a complimentary birthday treat!

Happy diner,
JaeC

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HP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jessica, the waitress, was very good! When I come again I’m going to asked to sit where she is serving.

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d
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visit, really enjoyed the atmosphere, food, and the servers were all pleasant.

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SS
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic time. The food was delicious; my gluten free sandwich was excellent Our server, Sean, was great! He was very attentive.

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JG
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time at the Black Powder Tavern was so enjoyable! The ambiance was terrific for a cool, windy October afternoon and the food was delicious. The chicken pot pie and the grilled Reuben were the perfect choices for us. Getting together here for lunch gave us a truly relaxing time and place to talk with each other. I highly recommend the BPT for its fine service and outstanding food.

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M
Western NC
17 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

It was very busy, and service was slow. We had a reservation, but they seated us in the back room next to two large parties. It was very noisy, and my grandsons missed being able to check out their favorite football teams on the large screen TVs in the main room. It used to be much better for kids. Burgers were delicious, though. I got a gin and tonic. Tonic was completely flat. Why don’t bars just get Fever Tree tonic? So good! Anyway, if you’re a tavern, you ought to have good tonic! How hard can that be??

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EC
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the atmosphere of an old tavern. We would definitely come back again. The bartenders were terrific.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Famiky friendly restaurant with great food and good service. We will definitely be back soon.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

At first we were turned away saying they had no seating. I walked outside and made a reservation through open table and was in within 15 minutes. The service was very slow and the food was just OK. The hostess needs to figure out what is going on. She literally told my family of 5 that she didn’t think we would be able to eat there. If only I could’ve captured the look on her face when I returned with the reservation minutes after being turned away. Thank you Open Table!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

Food has changed. Not as good. Poor selection of drinks

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KA
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great spot for good tavern food. We were really happy with the overall experience! Will definitely be back!

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CS
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu, great service. Phenomenal service. Our waiter was very thorough with descriptions and checking in with us throughout the night.

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FH
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always good to have George take care of us when we grab a booth by the bar. We get there early every time for lunch so we can get that same spot.

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