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City Tap House - UC

4.1
4.1
509 Reviews
$30 and under
American
CITY TAP HOUSE at UNIVERSITY CITY is serving the region’s largest selection of draught beers – 60 taps in all, including many rare and sought-after crafts – with a menu of creative American pub fare. Features a rustic, 120-seat dining room adjacent to an open kitchen, a spacious bar area, and an outdoor patio with two terraces, a green roof and a row of five stone fire pits overlooking Walnut Street. This University City hot-spot is one of the city’s most popular food-and-beer destinations.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Monday-Thursday: 11:30 AM - 10 PM Friday: 11:30 AM - 11 PM Saturday: Brunch: 11 AM - 3 PM Dinner: 4 PM - 11 PM Sunday: Brunch: 11 AM - 3 PM Dinner: 4 PM - 10 PM
  • Phone number
    (215) 662-0105
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Keith Bernstein
  • Catering
    We offer a great selection of our menu favorites and a large menu of hors d'oeuvres available with our staff for catering at your location.
  • Private party facilities
    Thank you for your interest in hosting an event at City Tap House. Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, City Tap House at University City can accommodate all your special event needs.
  • Private party contact
    Riley Sherrier: (215) 662-0105
  • Neighborhood
    West Philadelphia
  • Cross street
    39th and Walnut
  • Parking details
    There is ample street parking and a garage available just across 40th street attached to the Fresh Grocer complex.
  • Public transit
    The Market-Frankford "El" has a stop at 40th and Market Streets as well as the Walnut Street bus line drops at our door.
  • Entertainment
    Live music: various acoustic acts and bands throughout the week and late-night, DJs on the weekends.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 509 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

509 Reviews
  1. RachelB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall fantastic spot! Food, service, extensive beer and drink menus, even ambiance 😊 Highly recommend!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good night

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  3. Good

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    ok food, good deal for mimosa flight, the music is just extremely loud had to shout the entire time to hear each other.

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  4. LillianM

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server and the manager were so nice. They gave us a complimentary bottle of champagne for my friend, the bride. Food was outstanding!

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  5. Emby

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always great food, great beer, great service at Tap House.

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  6. ZinaM

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at City Tap House food and service was great. Enjoyed night out with the family. Will go back again.

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  7. JamesZ

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food, drinks and service for a pretty good value. It was just really loud.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friends and I had a lovely time here for brunch. The atmosphere and food were both great and our server (Freddy) was amazing! I definitely recommend!

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  9. Lovie

    Philadelphia

    25 reviews

    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Host was very nice and took us right back to our table where we sat for over 20 minutes until a server came over and brought us water and said our server would be over soon. Over server came over about 5-10 minutes later and seemed overwhelmed. Not very personable AT ALL. Food was ok but not great.

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  10. DrGeorge

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Beer selection was very good! The food we had certainly did not disappoint. It's worth the trip.

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  11. denniss

    New York City

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Loud as this is a huge bar but the dining area was off to the side. Still not great for conversation but good food and service.

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  12. SusanK

    New York City

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were early for our reservation but they were able to seat us without any problem. Waitstaff was slow but friendly. Burger ordered well done came out rare, otherwise the food was very good. We had lunch on a Saturday afternoon while at least one university was having a family weekend, which probably explains the elevated noise. Overall a good experience, would come again when we visit Philadelphia.

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  13. KimT

    Miami

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good, great location! Service started off really well, but they did sort of forget about us for a while. We had someone join us late and server took forever to notice and come take an order for him. And they left a side of fries we'd ordered sitting under the lights for forever so we ended up not even wanting those! But everything was good overall!

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  14. GabrielleL

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was really good, however, service was very slow!

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  15. DougP

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice table. Room and time to chill, talk and catch up. The food was good too, with many refills. And enjoyed the many football games. Cheers.

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  16. Kevin

    New York City

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We were seated promptly and the food and drinks were great. There were a few mixups with some of the food orders and it took a long time to get the check, but otherwise it was a good experience.

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  17. TamereB

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Went on Tuesday night, so not too busy. The food was great and the waitress was attentive. First visit, will definitely go back!

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  18. KR472

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to watch football if you follow out it town teams Our server was new but she did a great job

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  19. RaeC

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Went around 5:30 on a Monday for Margarita Monday! Margarita pitchers are just $20!

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  20. Notbornyesterday

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our hummus, burrata appetizers were tasty. Pizzas were very good as was the burger but my turkey avocado club had over toasted bread (too blackened) and sandwich was very dry. The side salad was better.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was bad but the server said she got slammed with multiple tables all at once and then took 25% off of our bill to make up for it so we were happy with that! Food was okay.

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  22. OliviaG

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    a few of my most closes fiends ate there and it was excellent!

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  23. MarieT

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was very good. The staff was very mellow. The location is in the U Penn dorm area, so it’s much more casual than its website implies. Would go back.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Wings were not as good as they were a few years ago when I came. Only one option for wing flavor.

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  25. KimmieD

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love! Try the penang muscles, they are so good.

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  26. JessicaH555

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this place. Food and ambiance are great. The server I had Friday night was also great (table 81 in the back, girl with dreads) HOWEVER, citytap in university city has the WORST bartenders I have ever encountered. So RUDE!!!!! They don’t make eye contact or even acknowledge your presence when you walk up to the bar!! They actually IGNORE customers for long stretches of time and when they do choose to recognize that you exist and they need you to make money, they treat you like they’re doing you a favor getting you a drink. I gave 1 star only because of the cool waitress who served me that night when I left the bar to eat at a table. Time to clean house boss.

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  27. Gail

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    The restaurant was so hot. It was probably cooler outside on the patio. After we were seated we must have sat for about 10-15 minutes before a anyone acknowledged us. An apparent mix up of tables. Our appetizer came out with our dinner. Food was very good but we had trouble enjoying it because of the sweat dripping. Service was just ok. We were afterthought and our waiter kept disappearing.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Excellent service!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was excellent, however the music was a bit too loud which made conversation difficult. The service was on the slower slide. We had our toddler with us and while the food and staff were great, the slower service made it challenging. On the upside, there is plenty of space outside for our toddler to run around and the kid sized pizza was HUGE (about 10 inches in diameter with a full 8 slices)!!! Would definitely return for the food.

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  30. ReggieM

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delish, waitstaff perfect, what more can you ask for?

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  31. ShawnMonik

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I go here SPECIFICALLY for the shrimp and grits. I was so upset to find out they were removed from the menu. Hush Puppies were still available and DELICIOUS as ever. Service was superb as usual.

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  32. Mikita

    Philadelphia

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good food and beer selection. Nice outdoor eating area. Good place for a casual meal.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service! Great beer list too. Will plan to visit again soon

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  34. RyanK

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good, ordered 2 appetizers and 3 meals (1 kid). Food service was prompt. The drink menu is good, our server did not know much about the beers, which I would think should be a priority at a tap house. Overall, a good meal and a good value.

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  35. Lesliet

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    It was very hot and although not crowded we didn’t get attention for about 10 minutes from being seated. Not even water.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Sought out the venue for a specific beer week event that was advertised to start at 11:00a. Upon arrival (after 11) kegs were not tapped and ready to pour. In addition ordered a snack, while scrumptious did not include all items in the description which was disappointing. Staff was friendly and venue was beautiful... great for a ladies brunch!

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  37. CharlotteM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved out waitress Sarah, she was awesome and super sweet!

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  38. LaurenJ

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I was served hair with salad on top. So disgusting and so unappetizing. The server didn’t seem all too apologetic but she did bring me another salad. And then she charged me for it. Ummm, really?

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  39. Marsha

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Diane was a great waitress, very friendly and attentive. Turkey club on a gluten-free roll was delicious as was the garden salad that came with it. Kudos to City Tap House for not charging me for the gluten-free bun. I’ll definitely be back even though the music was too loud for my comfort. Thanks for a great lunch!!

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  40. SusanB

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I always recommend CityTap to people if they’re in the area. Great food, great people! Always a happy atmosphere, very upbeat. The bar has pretty much everything you could ask for, Bloody Marys are best! Chicken wings are a must & if you’re there on a Monday, totally go with the taco special!

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City Tap House - UC offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 662-0105.

City Tap House - UC is rated 4.1 stars by 509 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for City Tap House - UC

3925 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor Balcony, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Additional information

  • Cross street
    39th and Walnut
  • Neighborhood
    West Philadelphia
  • Hours of operation
    Monday-Thursday: 11:30 AM - 10 PM Friday: 11:30 AM - 11 PM Saturday: Brunch: 11 AM - 3 PM Dinner: 4 PM - 11 PM Sunday: Brunch: 11 AM - 3 PM Dinner: 4 PM - 10 PM
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    There is ample street parking and a garage available just across 40th street attached to the Fresh Grocer complex.
  • Public transit
    The Market-Frankford "El" has a stop at 40th and Market Streets as well as the Walnut Street bus line drops at our door.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Keith Bernstein
  • Entertainment
    Live music: various acoustic acts and bands throughout the week and late-night, DJs on the weekends.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (215) 662-0105
  • Catering
    We offer a great selection of our menu favorites and a large menu of hors d'oeuvres available with our staff for catering at your location.
  • Private party facilities
    Thank you for your interest in hosting an event at City Tap House. Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, City Tap House at University City can accommodate all your special event needs.
  • Private party contact
    Riley Sherrier: (215) 662-0105
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