Black Powder Tavern

4.6
1196 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 1196 people are saying
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CherylC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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Gina
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent Food great Mothers day brunch. Great selection of choices

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LamontF
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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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ClayW
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was delicious. The service was excellent. The poutine is the absolute best!

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Vicr
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was polite and attentive, food was great (have eaten there several times) and will continue to keep this location on our dining out list....

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. French onion soup was the best I've ever had.

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vipKathieB
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice brunch

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Philip
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding experience. The waiter was the best we have had in a long time. The food was excellent and was hot when they brought it to the table.

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AnnaC
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A second visit after a very positive first experience in March. We were very pleased and have put this restaurant at the top of our Favorites List!

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vipMelissaC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Awesome food. I got the french onion soup and chopped salad. My friend got the honey mustard chicken sandwich. Service was a bit slow but it was a very good experience. I will be back the next time I'm in the area!

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vipPaigeR
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere! Our server even took the time to tell us about the history of the building. Can’t wait to return!

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Josephv
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent and I would recommend going there if you have never tried it before!

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vipAlexaB
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Good food good service and overall great experience.

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cahill
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, delicious cocktails. The dishes are tried and true classic comfort food. Parking can be difficult durning prime dining hours due to location and size of lot.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Service was awesome from the waiter to the manager. Food not so good. I had meat loaf was not seasoned enough for me sister’s food was full of grease which manager took care of. I will try them again. Dessert was delicious as was the drinks.

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SharonR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. People were distanced and following restrictions.

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KristineB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service at Black Powder is always impeccable. Just burgers and fries, but very tasty burgers and fries along with good choices for cocktails.

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JamesP
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our time at the Tavern. Will return, looking forward to dining in the patio!

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michaelD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on a Sunday at lunchtime. Friendly greeting at the door and the waitstaff was also friendly and efficient.

Sandwiches are a nice size for the price. One in our party had the steak and egg entree. They felt it was a very good choice. Everyone was happy with their selection.

A nice craft beer list is available.

Definitely would return.

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vipMamie16
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the history of this place.
Great service and food.

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vipErica
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We really enjoyed it here. The food and service were great!

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Rich
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent mussels special. Only complaint was that it was noisy in the dining room.

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FrancesC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Black Powder never disappoints. Three of us shared appetizers of loaded chips & calamari, both delicious. Our main courses were equally as good, as was the service. We ate comfortably on the patio, & very much enjoyed our long overdue get together.

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Greg
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place for dinner with family and friends.

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AmyM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick service and excellent server. Made great suggestions. Highly recommend the poutine and maple glazed Brussel sprouts as appetizers.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Easter brunch

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vipAdventureFoodie
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

We made a reservation on Open Table and I was very disappointed when we were seated next to the bathroom door at a table for two. Due to Pandemic requirements, the Governor opened restaurants to 75% and also bar seating. Every table was filled to 100%. Our waiter did not come back to refresh drinks and I really felt ignored. I was very uncomfortable with every person in the establishment walking by our table either to use the restroom, wait staff going to and from the kitchen or going to the bar. I have eaten here several times before and never had this experience. I know restaurants are trying to recover from the Pandemic, however I am not sure I will return to Black Powder Tavern after this past experience. I am hoping the manager reads this and realizes that particular table is placed inappropriately and would make anyone uncomfortable.
I normally would have said something while we were at the restaurant, however never had an opportunity. When we came home I gave the experience a great deal of thought and felt constructive criticism would be better than loss of business, so I hope this gets quietly passed along to management. Thank you.

Black Powder Tavern
Responded on April 8, 2021

Hi, AdventureFoodie Thank you for joining us again. I appreciate your helpful feedback and sincerely apologize for your experience. Adhering to the various health mandates is very important to us. I would appreciate the chance to discuss this matter with you. Per OpenTable’s policy, I will message you my email address. Will you please reach out with your name, number and a good time to reach you? I will give you a call. Thank you. Bernie Bottmeyer General Manager, Black Powder Tavern

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Diegos
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly staff, food was really good, beer list pretty thorough. Our waiter was incredibly nice, knowledgeable, attentive. All staff wore masks and tables were spaced well.

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vipJeffE
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting from our of town, this was one of the few places we could get a reservation on short notice on a Friday night. Honestly, the food was absolutely exceptional. My son had the steak frites. He's a 16-year old carnivore who has eaten in some pretty nice steak restaurants and he thought this was one of the best steaks he'd every had. I had the chicken burger, which was equally fantastic, which I ordered with a side of sweet potato fries that were cut like steak fries... super thick... but really airy and light and flavorful. Super delicious. We will definitely be going back, and will plan ahead as we want to make sure we don't miss out next time and might not get lucky at the last minute again!

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Black Powder Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 1196 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.