Black Powder Tavern

4.6
1247 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 1247 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipKiwiKim6
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our waitress Carol! She was very attentive and funny.
Food was delicious!! First time there and can’t wait to come back!!

MM
vipMarilynM
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

7/31 - Celebrating 23 years since our first date in the same restaurant - it was Winberries in 1998.

The service, meal, atmosphere was all very nice.

I was a bit disappointed in not being able to have a booth to dine with my husband.

We arrived and enjoyed drinks at the bar for about an hour and then Proceeded to the hostess for our 6:30 reservation. I asked if we could have a booth - 3 were available at the time. The hostess said “those have been specifically requested”. OK i said and we sat at a table. We left at 8:10 and only one booth was taken during that the entire we were there.

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vipFrequentDiner
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Atmosphere was good. Ate outside as we are still not eating in a restaurant. Wait staff and servers were very congenial and welcoming. Food was good. Had a burger and my wife had a salad. We will be back to experience dinner outside.

JC
vipJohnC
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, good ambience. Carol is a great server who only made the experience even more enjoyable. Definitely going back again

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time and Brad our waiter was a real pro!!

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vipBrowniesmom
Hawaii
28 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salmon was delicious. Everything was enjoyable.

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MarkY
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was good. There was a party of several women right next to us that was quite loud at times. There was plenty of empty tables farther away that we could have occupied and talked easier.

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vipChristineC
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. Noise was a bit on the high side but likely due to lots of tables occupied by soccer group.
Food was good and really liked the historical pub atmosphere.

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vipGateway
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As soon as we walked in the Manager was quick to greet us and take us to our table. Our waiter, Max, was great - knew the beer menu and he was warm and friendly. Food was great, as always with the Black Powder.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our server and the food was amazing as always.

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DebbieM
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a halfway point for the four of us to meet and we were all impressed with the excellent service and food at Black Powder Tavern. Will definitely be going back soon.

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Deirdrew
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

the best cedar plank salmon ever!

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vipMarilynM
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Been there over the years many many times. The quality of their food, their service and the restaurant are all great but yesterday service was horrible tho.
There could not have been more then 5 tables in the restaurant and no event in any room but it took over 30 minutes to get our appetizer of calamari.
About 20 minutes in, I asked a waiter and they stated the kitchen had just gotten yelled at.
The food was good but if they were short handed or anything logical, they should have told us. Otherwise that is unacceptable

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vipDRFoodie
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food - the chicken Milanese had the best fried chicken we have ever had.

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DadHRules
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and attentive service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good food good service

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vipInga
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Blake was charming, attentive and helpful. The manager checked in to make sure all was well. The burrata and heirloom tomato appetizer with a delicious balsamic glaze tasted like summer. My chicken Milanese was perfectly seasoned and cooked and served on a bed of tasty salad greens with a pesto vinaigrette- delightful! My friend was pleased with her veggie burger and I did steal a few fries from her plate- they were cooked just right and very yummy. If you’re into margaritas at all you must try the cranberry jalapeño margarita. It’s my new favorite.

MM
MarkM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great burgers and beer selection!
Service always great as well!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place in Valley Forge area. Really neat place with great food and service.

HP
HalP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t walk in at 6pm. Open table reserved us a table at 8pm.

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CarolS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We were reuniting with friends from out of town that we hadn’t seen in over 2 years. Everyone was very accommodating of our desire to relocate from indoors to outdoors and to take our time through dinner. Waitress Sabrina/ Serena was excellent. Only complaint was that they seemed to run out of items that were on their menu such as French fries and certain vegetables. Their food in general was good but as with most restaurants post pandemic their menu was more limited than previously and they closed unusually early (9:00pm ) for a Friday night.

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werpnst8
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Small patio but nice to be able to dine outside. Loaded Potato Chip appetizer was amazing!

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FranI
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I had the best prime grade beef hamburger I've had in many years!!! And cooked to perfection!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
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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RichP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

No Omelette station was a huge let down. Chipotle seasoned meats for a brunch did not fit with the rest of the options.

Service was hit and miss.

GJ
GordonJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly and attentive staff, great atmosphere. The Steak Frites was amazing!!

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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
19 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.

HG
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
5 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
86 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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Black Powder Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 1247 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.