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About City Tap House - UC

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.

3925 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor Balcony
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

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

Cross Street:
39th and Walnut

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 662-0105

Website:
http://www.citytaphouseucity.com/index.php

Entertainment:
Live music: various acoustic acts and bands throughout the week and late-night, DJs on the weekends.

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Chad Vetter

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Check out our website, www.citytaphouse.com, or email jmcgarvey@publichouseusa.com, for an updated list of upcoming special events

Private Dining

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.

City Tap House - UC Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (5)
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Good for Birthdays (3)
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Comfort Food (3)
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Cozy (2)
Fun (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Authentic (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Business Meals (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Romantic (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Overall not happy. Service was fine, but the food was not. Crab Cakes were extremely salty, husband and son had chicken which looked anemic. Other had mac n cheese which he enjoyed.

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I come here all the time, but this was my first brunch. I have to say the food was absolutely outstanding. I got to eat and watch the Eagles game. Great time.

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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great atmosphere, food, and service!

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Overpriced

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

They have absolutely no clue about gluten-free or any other sort of food intolerance or allergy. Horrible horrible experience. Was told I was being served a gluten-free salad turns out it was not. My next two weeks will be held thanks to this restaurant. The one manager was fantastic. It was a little late but I think because of him there may be some changes. The blonde haired manager not so much. Our waitress was inattentive we had to serve our own water and chase her down just to place an order. The place was not even that busy.But honestly the worst of it was that I was poisoned my foodie that we were paying for. Thankfully they took care of that.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Overall, I enjoyed City Tap House very much. The food as well as the service was very good. It has a nice ambiance for the outside seating and the fire pits only aid in this. The prices were a bit on the high side, but for how good the food was, this was not a problem. I would definitely go again as well as recommend to a friend for a casual night out.

Tags: Cozy, Quick Bite, Great Beer, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The food was awful. I ordered a pizza that was so over cooked, it crumbled when you picked it up. My friends crab sandwich was a hot mess with lots of May and cheese. Would not go back

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Outdoor seating is great. Came for an early brunch, and unfortunately didn't have two items on the menu that we wanted to order. Regardless, food was great and very flavorful. Service was OK - not many tables for an early brunch, but the food took some time to come out.

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·Dined on August 15, 2017

Chicken and waffles was great

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·Dined on August 15, 2017

We had a group of 5, and were seated promptly, though it was a table by the kitchen where it was rather warm. The restaurant was out of the daily special, which was disappointing as at least one person in our party wanted to order it. The fries that accompanied the burgers were a little soggy, but the burgers were very good. Our son really liked the maple glazed pork chop he ordered.

Tags: Casual, Late-night Find
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Absolutely will go again. Couldn't have asked for better.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Had a most enjoyable business lunch on the terrace of City Tap House. Friendly, well-informed server (Freddie?), comfortable seating and reasonably priced, very tasty food. We both had the City Tap burger - cooked as ordered with crisp fresh lettuce/tomato/red onion and excellent fries. Only thing missing was a cold beer but that was by choice. Next time!

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·Dined on July 24, 2017

Went for weekday lunch so not crowded. Food was good and optional outdoor terrace.

Located across from U Penn

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We have enjoyed the City Tap House since 2013. Great place to take Penn students out for family meals. The food is super and the beer list divine.
Definitely gets loud on Friday/Saturday nights during the school year.
Check it out!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Why did they change their recipes? Last time we went there the "charred" Brussel sprouts were delicious. This time they served them to us burnt nuggets directly from the frier. Inedible. The server seemed overwhelmed and took them away without offering alternatives. Overall, everything was very oily.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Waited over 20 minutes to be greeted by a server and served water, and that was because we began to ask questions about the lack of service. We didn't receive actual food until close to an hour after being seated. Most of our food was overcooked and/or extremely salty barring the wings, which were actually good. By the time we received the wings (after sending back sugar entrers) we were genuinely surprised that they were tasty. The atmosphere was great and must be the selling point because the food and service definitely are not.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Truly inspired and well-crafted cocktails, especially the old-fashioned with the single large ice cube and the brut sangria with the berry-malbec syrup in the coupe. elegant perfection.
we also enjoyed the clams; the watermelon arugula salad, brussel sprouts, crab melt, delicious key-lime pie. lovely to sit outdoors on the deck.

Tags: Fun, Late-night Find, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 15, 2017

This was not our first time here. We usually try to make it two or three times in the summer and once over Christmas break. We like to take advantage of the u city dining days. We ordered from the dining days menu. We had the brussel sprout and arancini apps, the crab melt and steak and egg fried rice entrees. We finished our meals with the key lime mousse and peanut butter cake. I was going to say that this was the best $25 meal I've had but to be honest this was the best all around meal we've had at any price in quite some time. Thanks City Tap, we'll be back hopefully sooner than later.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Excellent service

Tags: Fun, Organic, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 4, 2017

We loved the food, service and ambiance! Wish we could've had outside seating but it was raining...so definitely next time, weather permitting.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 1, 2017

21st birthday

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Great meal. Excellent service.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 12, 2017

This is a restaurant we only go to when the weather is such that we can eat outside. (My ratings above are based on eating outside!) For us, inside is too dark and way too noisy. (It is a restaurant in the heart of a college age community, which is not our demographic.) But, when the weather is warm enough for outdoor dining - we love this place. It is up a couple floors from street level and there is a roof garden right next to the dining area. When we were last there, flowers were in bloom and there were lots of sparrows flitting about. Even on hot days, and it was in the 90's when we were there, there seems to be a breeze. The food is decent and the beer list extensive.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Food was overpriced. Drinks were expensive. Service was good and food was tasty though. I probably wouldn't go again. It was $15 for a pizza & 18$ for a mussels & fries dish.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 5, 2017

We had the spinach and chopped bacon salads with ahi tuna and chicken add-ins. Both salads were fresh, very well-put together and ample for lunch. And, the draft beer collection is very good.

Tags: Quick Bite, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 1, 2017

Great place for this type of eatery. Nice staff. Food yum.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Better muscles then you might expect. Food will not blow you away, but it is always very solid.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Happy 21st birthday to my son!
I traveled from Houston Texas to spend time with him and it was a blast.
We had a great server who offered excellent suggestions. The food was "muy delicioso " !loved the crab meat mac&cheese.
Extensive selection of beers and ales etc to go out drinking with the new 21 year old!
Cheers!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, People Watching, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fun, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Casual, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 10, 2017

Love the grapefruit avocado salad and the Brussel Sprouts!

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 9, 2017

The waitress was awful. She couldn't get away from us fast enough like we offended her or something. She took 10 minutes to bring us water and immediately walked away without saying anything to us. Came back 10 minutes later took our drink order and walked away again. 10 minutes later she took our dinner order and it wasn't until after our appetizer arrived (from a different waiter) that she brought our drinks. The only thing she brought quickly was the check. I was so offended by her attitude. Good food very bad service. Not sure if I would go back. She never introduced herself but the check said Laura E

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 24, 2017

great outdoor seating; lively bar good price for menu selections

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Great beer menu lots of different types of beers. Good happy hour/date spot

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Veggie burger was phenomenal! Great location and space for groups and families. Will be back soon.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Live Sports, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 26, 2017

Food was good but food delivery to the table was SLOW. Had to follow up on two of six plates.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Great roof deck but service is really slow. We've experienced slow and inaccurate service every time we've eaten there. We keep going back is because of the bar and roof deck. I just warn our guests to be prepared to wait for food and drinks. Great location...really bad service. We hope management can do something about this. This place has the potential to be great!

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 (Montreal)·Dined on February 8, 2017

Very nice spot to eat. Surprise at the outside of the box type for cuisine. In a good way. Service was sufficient.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2017

Oustanding food and service!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 14, 2017

The food was great and the atmosphere what you'd expect at a college. The Exec Chef Ashley was terrific. Stopped by to talk, explained some of the distinctive dishes, and was very friendly. She really made us feel welcome.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2017

We picked this place to have dinner before a show at World Live Cafe. Glad we did. It was great food, awesome beer selection. We heard the service was slow but we didn't experience that. Our waiter (Peter) was attentive, got our order right, and kept checking in with us. Overall, we were very happy with the visit and will be back.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2017

Great atmosphere awesome customer service just an overall Wonder experience

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