Black Powder Tavern

4.5
1222 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1222 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Went for the Father’s Day all you can eat brunch and was great. It was a little crowded inside nonetheless.

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cmsw
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Black Powder and rec it to all our friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

We went here with a party of 6 people for dinner. The parking lot was a madhouse but the hostess directed us to park in the pick up spots so it turned out ok. Inside was very cute and the food was actually very good, as was our server.

We were having a really wonderful time until the end of the meal. We were waiting on our check and a last item from the kitchen that was taking quite a while (likely because they were so busy) when the manager (I’m assuming she was a manager - striped shirt, glasses, and a septum ring) approached our table and rudely said we had to go because they needed the table space. We were pretty taken aback considering we had been there less than two hours from when we sat down, had ordered more than six meals, multiple appetizers, and multiple rounds of drinks. Not to mention we were waiting on them to actually get out of there.

It really put a damper on the experience to have this unprofessional person try to rush us out the door without even bothering to pretend she cared about our experience or appreciated our business. Such a shame the place has trusted her to be an important face of the business.

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Foodytime
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great dinner with my husband and son.
Great service and great food.
Looking forward to going back .

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful experience. Our server, Jay, went above and beyond. He was super helpful with our daughter’s gluten intolerance and just an overall great server. Food was excellent also!

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vipchristineh
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our food and drinks and the staff at Black powder tavern. This time we met jaclyn (spelling) who was lovely. She introduced herself and we had a nice conversation with her. She is a great addition to your staff.

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HenryG
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here. Met some friends who I hadn’t seen since the pandemic. Had a wonderful time catching up. We had two great appetizers a burger and a couple of reubins. Everything was great, service was exceptional and the place was very cool.
We all plan to meet again here!!

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vipGigi
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite go-to for lunch after our long walks in the park. Outdoor dining is a must in the good weather. Live it here!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy dining at Black Powder and if we are lucky we get Jay as our server! He is SO knowledgeable about the history of the location and we love hearing about it. He is very attentive and friendly. The food is terrific too!!

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SampleDiva
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I have always had great service and food at this restaurant. I brought two friends here for brunch. Both one of my friends and I ordered the avocado toast. It took forever to get our food and when it finally arrived it was ice cold and burnt to black on the underside. I also ordered sausage links and two of the links had been nuked to the point of being too hard to even cut. Although we did not complain, we were offered dessert on the house. One friend ordered the mini danish. Apparently, they were not too flavorful as he did not finish it. It saddens me to see this local eatery going bad.

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Victors
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best burger husband has ever had, homemade bacon jam and blue cheese sauce! Fabulous authentic poutine. Fair prices, especially as so many restaurants have really increased prices during /after COVID

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and libations! This is one of our “go-to” spots! Never a bad meal😁😁

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vipKenny
Philadelphia
82 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good neighborhood place. Food is good and some interesting things on menu plus basics. Nice draft beer selections. Servers and bartender get good grades - attentive and nice. Has outdoor patio and now has booths inside perimeter of bar area - very nice.

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johnR
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Onion soup around, Meal was wonderful, servers were very good and sociable, Valet parking, nice atmosphere. Its was a perfect dinner. I've been going and taking people here for years. Oh I forgot to mention, a great bar and bar keeps.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and our server Alyssa was amazing and attentive. Would go again!

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Sjh52
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks.

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KimD
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were seated right away. Our server was very attentive. The food and dessert were very good.

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Katsons
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

went on a Wednesday night- 630pm, during- hoping, the end of covid. Server- Jacqui I believe was great. Accomodated food and drink choices. Great that the staff was open to being adaptable to request.

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AnnaC
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience5

Have had 11 dinners here in 2.5 months and always loved it. Lunch menu pales in comparison in both selections and quality. Will continue to go for dinner (we have another reservation for next week!), but will not return for lunch.

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Ayanna
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful evening specialty burger dinner outside with wine

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vipGeorgeC
Philadelphia
81 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We entertained our best friends for their 50th anniversary coming up. Wonderful combo package of great food, wine, ambience, and service.

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Letseatout
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

One problem with reserving a table on Open Table is that you can’t specify where you want to sit. We were put in the back room which I do not like...small, no ambience. Otherwise, food was great, service excellent, great waiter.

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vipWade
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall1food4service3ambience4

Waiting for the second meal which was wrong for 18 minutes after the first person meal. Glad I did not want to eat with the other person. No one at the restaurant said anything but was the food when late ok.

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CherylC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Our waiter was fighting with manager/kitchen staff during our visit. He was not attentive and we had a long wait. At the end of our meal, while some of us were still eating, he asked us if we are ready for our check and said "you don't want any desserts, right?". Ugh! Not a good mother's day experience for our dinner that night.

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FrugalFamily
Atlantic City
30 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place! I would highly recommend. Service was outstanding. Food tasted great.

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Gina
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Black Powder was outstanding! The service was friendly and did a great job, atmosphere was so comfortable and the food was delicious! This was our first time dining (Mother’s Day) and we will definitely be back. Easy to get to and excellent parking too. 5 Star!

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Thomas
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Let me say there was a misstep when I got there. Without going into details - they recovered well and served me one of the best fish and chip meals I have had. My server was knowledgeable and friendly. I like the place. Well lit and not to loud. My family really enjoyed the place. If you’re in Valley Forge- definitely worth the trip.

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vipSusanM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience2

Way overpriced for a buffet and what was offered.
I will never again come to this restaurant for their Sunday buffet. A regular menu should have been offered also.

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Palpitt
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Went for Mother's Day brunch. The historic tavern was charming but the food was cold and overpriced. There was an over abundance of wait help but they seemed to ignore the customers.

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Randall
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent Food great Mothers day brunch. Great selection of choices

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LamontF
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My second time dining at the Black Powder Tavern. Very good food and great service.

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SueL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience3

On Mother’s Day, the place was completely packed, the lines were long for the buffet brunch and the manager was a complete a$$, telling us our time limit was up when we were never told there was a limit. The manager came back to our table 5 minutes later and rudely told us we had to leave because people were waiting for our table. For $39 per person we won’t be back!

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MandM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It's back--and it's better than ever! Had a great dinner with fast, attentive service.

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ClayW
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best poutine around. The peanut butter whiskey was a unique drink menu item as well

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Ginaq
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Had reservations. But it was upstairs. Would have rather wanted it downstairs. The music was way too loud upstairs. Food was excellent. Service was excellent. I would go again. But stay downstairs.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Promptly seated after checking in. We made a reservation. The server was largely indifferent to us throughout the meal until the time he “suggested” that they needed our table for another party. We were at the restaurant for exactly 1 hour when this occurred. Good food, poor service.

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JessycaB
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy Hour is great! Smaller portions so the happy hour is a good value! Best beer selection by far!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! The service was great! The facilities were very nice! The outside patio was very nice! I would definitely like to come back again!

FAQs

Black Powder Tavern is rated 4.5 stars by 1222 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.