Black Powder Tavern

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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.
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LD
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We usually go out of our way to go to Black Powder. We never had a bad meal or bad experience.

LJ
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time and we will definitely be back! Food was excellent and the service was awesome! Great historical tavern! Highly recommend!

KF
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Black Powder Tavern is a good place to grab a beer and dinner. Have been there are few times. Staff are attentive but it can be loud.

G
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meatloaf was amazing. It says I need at least 50- oh, there we are. Done!

CQ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to Black Powder on Valentine's Day for the past 3 years. We have always had a great experience, this time was the best one we have had. Our server Blake was absolutely phenomenal. He was courteous, efficient and personable. He always knew before we did when we needed something and it made our evening great. He made our night and we will continue to come here.

KP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best experience - fantastic food, great service and friendly staff. Would definitely go again!

LS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time here. Both times food and service was amazing.

P
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I wanted to love this place but must say it could be much more than it is. We started with seating in a cold booth by a window and right next to the bar service/pickup area. We ordered 3 drinks and they were all very weak relative to the alcohol used. Food was okay. Beet appetizer was overpriced for what we received. Veggie burger was smothered in way too much aioli. Might give it one more chance.

B
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of our favorite restaurants.👍

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E
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Seated immediately. Good beer selection. Cedar plank salmon with green beans and spinach was excellent. Good location with good parking. Pleasant and historic atmosphere. No annoying pets , kids or smoking.

JZ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Sunday brunch is great! A lot of selection and a reasonable price

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was a great dinner only negative was seated by door so cold air blowing in other than that from service to food was excellent! First time there but will definitely go back

MP
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food,great service, great time with family! Daniel our server was awesome!!

MM
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. 4 of us had different options (salmon entree, burger, chicken pot pie and fish & chips) and everyone was very happy!

LD
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we dine there often and we have never had a bad experience either for dinner or for lunch

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic craft beer selection. Calamari was perfectly prepared. Plank Salmon was tasty & the side vegetables were delicious. Homemade Cheesecake was the perfect finish.

MK
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alyssa was spot on with service and hospitality. The food recommendations she provided were delicious and prompt service was amazing. Thank you for a wonderful meal!

BW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cozy experience. Tried new beer and had a great meal to go with it.

K
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We checked out Black Powder Tavern for the first time this past week. The food was quite excellent - an interesting blend of Italian/British/comfort American/Revolutionary era. We loved the history lesson our waiter gave us! So neat to think the building has been there since Washington's days! The ambiance was relaxed, but it was also classy. A step up from a pub, but it's not too big of a step up. Casual attire with food and drink options that are significantly better than casual. The parking lot is small, but they had complimentary valet, so that helped for sure. We will be back!

CF
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at lunch today. The food is delicious and our server was attentive and friendly. My only constructive feedback would be to try to move people through a little faster during the lunch hour.

CC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went to the restaurant for a birthday dinner. My husband has the prime rib special which was excellent. I had the scallops and they were very tasty and not chewy. My daughter had the cedar plak salmon which was also very good. The waiter helped with the wine selection and the choice was dry and crisp, just what we asked for. Would definitely go there again.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

This was our first time visiting. Service was very slow from the start and throughout our dining experience. Server also forgot to bring soup. However server was nice and knowledgeable of menu.

R
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall quality pub like food with some upscaled pub options. Atmosphere is very nice and good selection of draft beers.

CW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice atmosphere and amazing food for a great price. It had a unique veggie burger. The best I’ve ever had!

TK
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good Pub atmosphere and food. Great history behind the building.

OT
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Everything was really very good -- we were meeting people we hadn't seen in years and Jay was very about letting us talk and catch up but available as we needed him. He acknowledged (from my credit card) that we were veterans and treated with great respect.
The only thing was that we were offered a side (which was very good) but he didn't advise that there was an upcharge for it. We'd have paid it willingly, but we should have known and not been surprised when we got the check

RK
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Disappointing experience. Extremely noisy, wife salad very disappointing and ate barely half and little of the grilled chicken thatchad odd odor. Greens not very fresh and just plopped with a glob of dressing. My night special of Cioppino was sort of ok, thick and salty. A few small shimp and mussels and cannellini beans (?) in small bowl. Different from any I have ever had. No plans to return any time soon.

Black Powder Tavern
Responded on January 14, 2020

Dear Ron K Thank you for taking the time to let me know about your experience. I am very disappointed to hear about your visit. Please accept my sincerest apology. Our standard in the kitchen is to use only the freshest ingredients. I will be talking with my Chef regarding both of your meals. I would appreciate an opportunity to speak further with you about this. I will message you privately with my email. Thank you. Bernie Bottmeyer General Manager Black Powder Tavern

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MC
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service with creative takes on classic favorites! The Mac and cheese is outstanding!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tina was excellent!

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints.

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R
Atlantic City
21 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Unfortunately there were too many bookings at the same time and we had to wait 25 minutes for our table. When we sat down we were put by a window and it was freezing. The waitress was a bit distracted. We have fined here for years and always enjoyed it. It honestly felt like being at a fast food restaurant so we will wait a while before we return.

M
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tina was a terrific waitress!

D
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly & efficient staff. Food was delicious and the beer selection sufficient.

k
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Noce spot to meet for a casual dinner. Easy in, good parking, good menu, relaxed atmosphere.

MM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was terrible and service was slow. Will not be going back

Black Powder Tavern
Responded on December 27, 2019

Hi, Melissa. Thank you for reaching out with your feedback, and I want to apologize for the issues you experienced with the food and service. I’d appreciate a chance to learn more about how we can improve moving forward. Per OpenTable’s policy, I will directly message you my email address. Will you reach out with your name, number, and a good time to reach you? Thank you. Bernie Bottmeyer General Manager

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MK
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend . I have had the pleasure of dining here before but my 2 friends had not. From the moment we walked in until we left we had a wonderful experience. Our server was very attentive and our food and drink choices were delicious .
We all agreed we will be back soon!

CF
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice cozy place to meet up with a couple of girlfriends. The food is really good and the drinks are great too. This is an all selections, really great beers on tap, and the food is consistently delicious.

f
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was not up to par. Would not go back. Was a favorite years ago.

Black Powder Tavern
Responded on December 23, 2019

I’m sorry that we fell short on your visit and that you weren’t 100% satisfied with the food. I’d appreciate an opportunity to learn more about how we can improve moving forward and how we can make Black Powder Tavern one of your favorites again. Per OpenTable’s policy, I will directly message you my email address. Will you please reach out with your name, number, and a good time to call you? Thank you! Bernie Bottmeyer General Manager

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MG
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We have waited 20 minutes during lunch time for a dialy special food that came cold, dry and not what waiter described!

Black Powder Tavern
Responded on December 20, 2019

Hi, Martina. I want to apologize for the issues you had with the food and service during your visit. It disappoints me to know we fell short during your meal and that you weren’t 100% satisfied. I’d appreciate a chance to learn more from you about how we can improve. Per OpenTable’s policy, I will directly message you my email address. Can you reach out with your name, number, and a good time to call you? I will give you a call at your convenience. Thank you. Bernie Bottmeyer General Manager

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K
Philadelphia
74 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Black Powder tavern is a local "default" spot -- food is consistently good (not great), service is friendly and it is typically easy to get into with a nice bar area that includes high tops. Took some friends there for a holiday lunch -- was very good meal according to all. I got the schnitzel - was tasty and not greasy and the portion was just right. The others got lunch salads and all were happy with them. Desserts were a hit. Our server, Max, did a great job.