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About Broad Axe Tavern

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.

901 West Butler Pike
Ambler, PA 19002
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

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

Cross Street:
Rt. 73 (Skippack Pike)

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 643-6300

Website:
http://www.thebroadaxetavern.com/

Catering:
Banquet facilities and catering are available

Parking Details:
Private lot

Public Transit:
SEPTA Bus Route 95

Additional:
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

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

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.

Broad Axe Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (17)
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Bar Seating (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Cozy (10)
Fun (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Good for a Date (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Worth the Drive (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Seasonal (5)
Business Meals (4)
Live Sports (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Authentic (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Romantic (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

Thoroughly enjoyable

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The service and meal were excellent.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Fun, Casual, Romantic, Quick Bite, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Live Sports, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Casual, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fun, Great Beer
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We really enjoyed trivia night! What a fun time out!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We went for an early Christmas Eve dinner and despite asking the hostess if we could be seated in the livelier bar area, we were put in the back room by the kitchen where no one else was being seated. There were plenty of tables available in the bar. The food was ok. I doubt we’ll be back. It’s a shame it’s such a nice building, but very ordinary food.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great food, great service, a little loud with some kind of bingo or trivia game going on in the bar on a Thursday night... Maybe we'll go on Wed now for date night.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great Beer
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The restaurant and bar were hopping with families and corporate parties/dinners. We grabbed sandwiches and appetizers and all were delicious. Service was excellent in spite of large crowd.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Service was slow. Only 2 servers for the entire restaurant. Drinks were not refilled quickly. Had to ask for refills and check a number of times. Food was ok - nothing special. maybe ok for a casual lunch but not for a group of friends getting together for the holidays

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Overall a very good experience. The server handled our table of 9 very well.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Everything was good, not memorable. I would go back.

Tags: Bar Seating
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Always mediocre food (at best) but we keep going back hoping for a better meal. Burger was so greasy it was falling apart and how could a burger come out just warm as though it had been sitting. Beer list is admirable though the waiter didn’t know they carry a light beer that’s on the menu.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We've been going to the Broad Axe for years, and have never been disappointed. We love the fact that they're open on holidays, like Thanksgiving and Easter, but it's just a great place to go anytime. Amazing beer selection and great food.

Tags: Disabled Access, Live Sports, Business Meals, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This was our second year visiting the Broad Axe for Thanksgiving. My husband and I love the holiday menu they serve. The only minor issue was that we were seated next to the stairs and had to listen to people stomping up and down. They were full and had to seat people in the bar area. But we still really enjoyed our visit.

Tags: Seasonal, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 23, 2017

JESSICA helped to make our Thanksgiving brunch a success. She was prompt, attentive to our different family members needs, efficient, and very pleasant. The special thanksgiving menu provided a good variety of choices both traditional and novel as well as vegetarian options. The food was well prepared and we all enjoyed our brunch. The beer menu was extensive and those of us who tried some enjoyed the wide variety of beers as well.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Returned to one of our favorite locations we have been going to for the last 40 plus years. Was so happy to see they were filled with happy diners.

We generally go for their terrific burgers, both beef and turkey and we're not disappointed. Great toppings and easy to adjust for my grain free low carb way of life. Look forward to returning soon.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 13, 2017

A girlfriend and I met here for lunch and we were thrilled with our meals. I had a jalapeño and cooked onion burger without a bun and side salad that was outstanding. My friend had a fabulous salad that she couldn’t finish but took home because it was so good. I will definitely go back with my husband.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Great place! Friendly, quick service, highly recommended

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Been here many times over the years. One of the best beer lists you’ll find in the area. Food is always good. Our server was OK, but not the greatest. She made it feel like she didn’t want to be bothered. She ended the night by putting the check on our table without saying thanks for coming or good night.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

My wife and I always enjoy eating at Broad Axe. We prefer the dining area on the bar side ..especially for the booths...However, the bar side can get a bit loude if it fills up. Otherwise we have always had excellent service and food at a very reasonable price. I especially love the Broad Axe Fried Chicken dinner.....oh and the Crab Fondue....you have to try that...amazing...

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Consistently good and the staff are very friendly and courteous.

Tags: Cozy, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Always a good experience. Love this restaurant. Recommended

Tags: Authentic, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Broad Axe is somewhere we go occasionally with our kids and it's good for that. Beer list is very good. Food is hit or miss but never terrific. Service is hit or miss as well. During the most recent visit the server was unsure of if answers to 2 menu item questions. The history of the place is awesome I just wish the food and serve matched.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Hosted a 10 person birthday dinner here for my Mom. Everyone in the party loved it. The menu has a wide variety of choices (and price points), there is an excellent selection of craft beer, the service is warm and friendly and the restaurant is one of the oldest in the country, so a beautiful colonial feel to it. I would definitely recommend the Broad Axe to anyone.

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Great Beer
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Nice little find. My wife and I stopped in for date night and had a very good meal and the beer selections were spot on. Good value for the money. And the service was great.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Usually a great place. This past time, however, wasn't. Food came out wrong, waiter was slow. Just not a great time.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 4, 2017

This is a very nice spot. I had the Jambalaya it was excellent. Peg had a club sandwich. Also excellent. A very enjoyable evening.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Casual, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Quick Bite, Great Beer, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 1, 2017

This was my first time at Broad Axe Tavern and the server was great and very attentive. The Fire Fries are great! The GF menu is quite extensive as well. Broad Axe made it a great date night.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Food and courteous service was excellent; good presentation and menu choice

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on August 12, 2017

New waitress. She disappeared a lot.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Great spot to meet friends for a lazy summer lunch. We lingered and the server was great about it. Food choices were good and the servings were plentiful. The beer choices went over well with our group.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Kid-friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 28, 2017

We come here often. My daughter had her sweet 16 upstairs. Very accommodating staff, nice portions and good food.

Tags: Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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