Broad Axe Tavern

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674 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Comfort Food
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Great Beer
Licensed in 1681, The Broad Axe Tavern is America's oldest tavern. The menu offers a large selection of tavern favorites including "fall off the bone" BBQ ribs, steaks and seafood. Guest favorites are the Best of Philly finalist - Axe Burger, the Kobe Burger and the Legend sandwich. Many other style burgers, a seasonal menu, a gluten free menu and delicious dessert selections are also available.
The Broad Axe is also a great place to meet for refreshments and bar foods. There are 24 taps serving a constantly changing selection of craft beers. In addition, there are over 100 of the best bottled beers from around the world including the largest selection of gluten free beers in the area. High quality wine selections are featured at all price points. You will also find a large selection of vodkas, bourbons and scotches along with daily drink specials.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday: 11:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 643-6300
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Banquet facilities and catering are available
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Rt. 73 (Skippack Pike)
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Parking details
Private lot
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Public transit
SEPTA Bus Route 95
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Special events & promotions
Happy Hour M-F 4:30-6:30pm, offering daily specials on beer, wine, drinks and appetizers.

$2 Tuesdays with $2 drinks, plus $2 wings (4 per order), $2 slider pairs and $2 tacos all day

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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Our banquet facilities are perfect for business meetings, luncheons, rehearsal dinners, small weddings, christenings, birthdays, and a variety of other events. The rooms are available with an extensive series of audio and video capabilities, including wired and wireless internet.

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What 674 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Great place with great food. Only problem was public trivia game was too loud.

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2018

I haven't been to the Broad Axe in years and it looked really nice inside. Also appreciated the more casual dinning options.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

I’m so sorry it took me so long to try this amazing restaurant. The atmosphere is beautiful- the service was friendly and attentive. The food was absolutely perfect. Price was on point - this might just be my new favorite place.

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1.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Wow - what a disappointment this dinner was! We had three for dinner. Drinks were delivered and I asked about the $13.95 Lobster Roll. The Server, who indicated that she was actually a Bartender, said that it was only one. Not sure what that meant but for $13.95, I assumed it was not huge or overflowing with lobster. Her response was that it was good but only one. I ordered it with the chowder. My two friends ordered burgers. The chowder was awful - some heavy spice that was not complementary. The
lobster roll" was only a lobster salad on a hot dog roll. The roll wasn't even toasted or buttered to pretend to be a lobster roll. How disappointing. The salad itself, small as it was, was good but it was clearly not a lobster roll. The two burgers had some spice in the meat that was overpowering. My friends couldn't even finish it as there was not enough water to wash it down. I'm not sure what is going on at The Broad Axe but we will not go back.

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Mandarin salad with grilled chicken was very good. Might want to replace Asiago with a goat cheese though

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2.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Ordered the bone in grilled pork chop special. Came out and it was badly undercooked. Sent it back and it came out still undercooked. Sent back a second time and this time it was dried out and tough. I just gave up. No offer to take it off the bill and no apology from a manager. We will not be back.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Great food and service as always.
This is our go-to place.
Thank you!

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1.0Dined on June 15, 2018

One person's meal arrived with inedible chicken. Virtually nothing was consumed from the badly prepared meal. The management initially offered only a dessert! After an extended discussion with our server, a manager came out and comped the poorly prepared meal. A dessert was still offered, but we were charged for it. We have visited this restaurant at least a dozen times in the past, but have never had this poor level of service. The staff needs to receive considerable training to help satisfy customers.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

My son graduated from North Penn. I asked; let’s get a bite, where do you want to go? He said let’s go to Broad Axe for a burger. You can never go wrong at broad axe for a great burger and a cold beer. The beer was for me btw. Lol

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The staff were very accommodating and attentive. When I questioned how a particular drink was made after it was served to me, the bartender personally y came to our table to explain. The food was promptly served and everything was excellent. I will certainly go back for more.

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3.0Dined on May 18, 2018

The food was tasty but the service was a bit lacking considering the light crowd. My table was literally next to the bar and at one point I had to get up and get my own beer after our waiter went MIA. Speaking of beer, $6.75 for a pint of Fat Tire is a bit strenuous for this locale. [$4 for Miller Lite isn't much better...] Something odd happened, too - the waiter confessed to eavesdropping and then asked me to repeat and clarify the story I was sharing w/my friends. Who does that??

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Service was very slow even though the restaurant was not full. The quality of the food could be better. The restaurant has potential but it needs a new menu and a more professional wait staff.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Jess was very accommodating and everyone enjoyed their entree choices.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It was Mother’s Day and they only had a brunch until 3 PM. We had to ask them to fill items constantly. The food was not that good. They also charged us 20% gratuity even though it was only to bring drinks. Would not do this again on Mother’s Day

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Disappointed. Too noisy to have a conversation. Didn’t know it was buffet or I would not have made the reservation. For about $30 each I felt ripped off. The restaurant might be good but I don’t know. Would not recommend for Mother’s Day.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Food was mediocre at best. Taco salad, the ground beef was almost crispy. The spare ribs were meaty and tender but the bbq sauce was terrible.

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2.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We arrived and we’re seated immediately. Was looking for a nice date and we ordered an appetizer, and our meal. Was expecting to get the appetizer, then a bit of time to eat prior to the meal. Hopes were dashed as our main course came almost immediately.

Recommend that they pace things better. The venue is amazing and the food is good. I felt rushed and as a result would probably not return or recommend the Broad Axe for anything other than a sports viewing evening.

They aspire to fine dining, but the devil is in the details. A better pacing between courses would have made this somewhat pricey meal a better experience.

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2.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Unfortunately, it's been a while since we had visited and we remembered why. The service was great but the food was less than par. It looked beautiful coming from the kitchen to our table but when we took a bite it was fair. My husband had the BBQ ribs and they tasted as though the bbq sauce was put onto the meet five minutes before they were served. They were rubbery and hard. His french fries tasted like the old fryer oil. My aunts both had the filet and while it was gorgeous coming out the minute they took a bite they had to continuously chew the meet because it "like shoe leather." My crab cakes were ok but I wasn't into them enough to finish them. The best part of all our meals were the vegetables. Although I personally found they had a little too much cooking oil on them.

The restaurant and service is great. Their beer menu is extensive... The food needs work though.

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Everything was good. Interesting historical building.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

we went to Broad Axe with a few friends. Everyone had a good time. Great beer selection and good range of food. I recommend the burgers at Broad Axe. Always a good time when we eat there.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Superb service and food!

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Pork chop dried out. Stuffing tasted like stovetop out of the box. Corn was greasy. My wife enjoyed her burger. Mediocre at best

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food was very good. The crab fondue was the best! I enjoyed the chicken pot pie! Cozy atmosphere with some history about the restaurant. Had a great time with my family for Easter Dinner!

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Really good food, great service and $2 Tuesdays, you can't beat it.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

A great way to spend St. Patrick's Day! Our group of 8-10 had a terrific time. The food, as always was very good!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Great time with my mom and dad and boyfriend. It was a little loud but the food and service was great. Will definitely go back again.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

First time here. Cute place! Our waitress was very attentive. Food was a little slow coming out but it was very good. Ordered the fried green beans; salmon, and fried chicken. Drinks were also good! Definitely will be back.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Food was good, service was friendly and fast. Restaurant was crowded but the servers hustled.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyable

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The service and meal were excellent.

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3.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Waiter - Ed - was great! Food was flat - needed more flavor - pot pie was dry and some potatoes were crunchy. Noise level was more than we had expected

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We made a reservation but walked in at the perfect time, 5:45 on a Saturday night, wasn't too busy or loud which was nice, food was very good, better then expected. We will definitely be back for future date nights!!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

My husband and I went to Broad Axe for a Saturday afternoon lunch, and we have a very nice time. The food was great. Our server, Dave, was pleasant and attentive. The atmosphere was nice and cozy. Great place overall. Also, the salted caramel cake was delicious. Highly recommend Broad Axe Tavern!

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1.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Warm wine, cold fish, sound system in dining room competing with insanely loud quizzo guy/do in bar. And the waitress PICKED UP THE FISH WITH HER HANDS then brought it back.

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1.0Dined on January 12, 2018

I made dinner reservations for a Friday evening. Although seated promptly, we had a long wait before our waiter came to the table, and then another long wait for a drink order, with yet another long wait for our food order to be taken. The drink order was not accurate, and it took quite a while for the correct drink to arrive. Each meal was very sub-par. In particular the over-priced steak was small, tough and chewy; the ribs were bland and the sides were of very small portion and quality. A chicken wrap had excess dressing, and when noted to the waiter, no accommodation was offered----just attitude and a wasted meal. The staff was not friendly and we were made to feel as though we were bothering them---not customer service oriented at all. All in my party were quite disappointed with the food and service. The overall experience tainted what was supposed to be a family celebration. For such overpriced food of poor quality, we will never again have dinner at the Broad Axe. We would have had a better, more predictable and affordable dinner at one of the chains (e.g., Uno, Outback, etc.)

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4.0Dined on January 7, 2018

Food was good but advertised Sunday brunch which they didn’t have when we got there. No notification that brunch menu was cancelled.

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

This was a last minute decision, and we both were very pleased with the food and service.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We went for New Years Eve dinner with family - there was a total of 12 of us. We received great service and our waiter was always there and willing to asssit us with our needs. I have no complaints or concerns. We were seated right away and the guys were happy to be able to enjoy all of the live sporting events on the many tvs near our table. Food was awesome at an affordable price. Would definitely recommend and will be return.

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Food was very good. Service has some issues with getting orders right but would not stop me from going again. Nice Friday night meal out.

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2017

We were looking for a fun night that included Trivia so we decided to go to The Broad Axe Tavern. The service was great, the trivia was good, and the ambiance was nice. The food is lacking. If they get a better chef, the place would be awesome.

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