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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 11, 2011

The bar is huge and they have a ton of beers on tap. Bonus, they fill growlers!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2011

Most of the beer menu on draft--nice!
Worth the upgrade to some great sweet potato fries.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2011

We had a great dinner at the City Tap House. Unfortunately, the bar was closed for a private event, so we had to wait outside while our table was being prepared, but that gave us a chance to see their fanatasic outdoor deck! Good food, good service, and lots of great beers to choose from.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2011

Went with 8 coworkers.... We had the seen the hundred mile happy hour advertised on the website. Unfortunately, the bar was reserved for a private party and waiter would not honor happy hour promo. A suggestion would be to either not promote the happy hour or allow it for the customers in the dining room when the bar is closed due to private parties. Aside from that.... The food and drinks were great.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2011

Great crowd and beer selection.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2011

City Tap House is a wonderful restaurant with a lively, festive mood. Located in University City the area is alive with people. Parking is not difficult as there are lots of metered spots in the area, plus some parking lots. We brought our 17 year old son to celebrate his SAT scores and he thought it was great to be in the heart of the city and surrounded by Penn students. The selection of food is excellent, they have everything you could want; filling entree salads, delicious flat bread pizzas, interesting sandwiches and spectacular full plates all priced moderately.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 1, 2011

Overall, the food and service were good. The beer list at City Tap House is one of the best in the city. The atmosphere is an upscale bar with a great view for outdoor dining.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 1, 2011

Nice place. One of my friends is a vegetarian. Great options for her.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 30, 2011

We went there for my girlfriend's birthday. They had a great beer selection. The server was knowledgeable and attentive. The food was excellent.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 29, 2011

Food was excellent from appetizers to dessert. Wonderful beer seletion, attentive service, and pleasant atmosphere. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 29, 2011

A little hard to find. Don't go up the stepos outside. Entrance is on street level which leads to an elevator to the restaurant.
Great beer selection. Not your everyday menu, with a lot of very interesting choices. Good number of TVs for watching a game and very large bar area good for a group setting.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2011

Good atmosphere, good service, good food...will come back again!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2011

My son is a student at Drexel and my wife and I decided to take a drive over the bridge into the city to visit and have a meal together.

The food we had was excellant but selection was definately lacking. Calamari appetizer was the best I've had in a while, but I will request to hold the olives next time (personal preference). Pizzas and burger were enjoyed by all.

The great beer selection is what will bring me back but I will struggle to find new items to try on the menu.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 8, 2011

First time at City Tap House. Very impressive, relaxed tmosphere, outdoor dining with fire pits, nice touch! Menu was diverse with selectins for vegetarians, meat eaters, great appetizers. On Tap Beer selection, as advertised, was amazing! Nicely grouped to help out neophytes. Reasonable wine selection for non-beer drinkers.

Prices very reasonable, we will be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 7, 2011

Delicious food, however a bit pricey.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 6, 2011

Great atmosphere! A must for beer lovers. The food was very good and the service was outstanding. Our waitress was knowledgeable about the huge beer selection and was very attentive. Very enjoyable experience. I highly recommend it!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 6, 2011

Very nice place....the food was excellent, ambiance was good and the wait staff was friendly and efficient.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2011

Great food and extensive beer list!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2011

Being a bar/restaurant near a college, the bar area was filled with students, however the dining room was nicely set apart from the worst of the din. Our server was extremely friendly, with good recommendations on the dishes. The food exceeded our expectations and will keep us coming back. Recommended if you're looking for an establishment in Philly with a large specialty beer selection.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2011

The bar scene here on Saturday night is incredible. Mostly college young, but enough older folks to feel comfortable for the above 21 crowd. It's loud, friendly, and packed. You can eat at the bar (or outside) as well as in the back where it is quieter but the sound from the front does carry. Stay with the usual bar food and you will do just fine --hamburgers, steak, and fries. The other dishes sound interesting but when we ventured off the beaten track to a vegan risotto, well, not great. Service is slow so be prepared.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2011

Good vegetarian options. Staff are friendly, seemed to have forgotten about our group after dinner was served though. Very flexible with a large group.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 1, 2011

It's heartbreaking to see this place go downhill with lackadaisical service and apparent inattention in the kitchen. Wake up.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2011

It was Parent's Weekend in UPenn. We walked in and there wasn't much of a crowd. The waitress, who was very nice, took our order. 40 minutes later there was no food. Don't know what went wrong in the kitchen. Finally they brought out the food 1 item at a time. For example...bacon came with out the eggs, hash browns without the omelet. They did own up to their mistake and comped us our meal. I would try it again. food was good when it finally got there

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2011

You come here for the outstanding beer that they have. The food is only okay.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 22, 2011

The food is very good and thy have an extensive beer list. Great location, too!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2011

Nice decor, in the heart of University City. Meals were good, nicely presented, friendly service.. Desserts were nothing exceptional.,

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 9, 2011

I have eaten at City Tap House twice. Once for dinner, once for brunch. The food was very good on both occasions with unique takes on traditional American fare. The wait staff was very helpful, especially at dinner. The outdoor area was nice for brunch, but the umbrellas did not provide enough cover and we got some direct sun, so be careful. I'll eat there again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2011

The atmosphere was sleek yet warm... the outside patio with firepits was great, Service very good but food did not live up to the atmosphere at all. Beet salad was dressing was oily and flavorless - shrimp undercooked. Fish (char) bland, and even the appetizers were underwhelming - we had bruschetta and calamari. Calamari was probably best thing we were served but even that was a bit overcooked. Perhaps an off-night in the kitchen? I hope so because its too nice a spot not to have better quality food.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 19, 2011

Food was pretty good! Went here for an anniversary dinner, told them that and most places do something special like, give you a dessert on the house or something!!! They did NOTHING! Anyway, definitely would go back for beer!

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2011

Excellent selection of beers, menu variety and better than typical pub food, attentive service. Good value.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2011

This place is the place to go if you like good locally sourced food and great beer selection. I try and go here whenever I am in Philly.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2011

I went with 15 people and the service was still pretty good - everyone even got their food at about the same time. My burger was cooked perfectly, but the patty was a little thick for my taste - the bread/burger/cheese ratio was just not ideal. We got pumpkin creme brulee for dessert and that was surprisingly really good - not too pumpkiny like pumpkin flavored things sometimes are. It was perfect, actually.

The fire alarm went off for about 20 minutes while we were eating because it is in the same building as a dorm or something. I dont think they could do anything about it - just bad timing.

Anyway, I would definitly go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2011

As a West Philly resident, I'm at City Tap House fairly often. The food is usually pretty good (with some occasional misses...blueberry cobbler that was just a pot of warm blueberries with no cobbler, I'm looking at you.), but the service can be lacking. It's a huge place, it seems like the servers forget about you sometimes, especially when sitting outside. Overall a good place for nice bar food/sandwiches/ribs (and of course, the extensive beer list)!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2011

Great place for dinner with friends. Sitting outside is excellent in the warmer weather. Great for groups just make a reservation ahead of time. Great brick oven pizza as well as sweet potato fries, mediteranian plate, and calamari.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 2, 2011

My husband and I were very pleased with the food as well as the overall atomosphere of this restaurant. The manager came to our table to explain the delay with our entrees but we never noticed. I appreciated the focus to customer service.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 10, 2011

We sat outside and had a wonderful time. The food was great and so was the extensive beer list. Our waitress was very knowledgable and made great recommendations!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 7, 2011

For a Penn student, Tap House is the clear choice in terms of bar menu. While it is a little pricey, it is perfect for the classy night out with friends. Brunch options are great for the morning after, and dinner is a must as well. The brunch menu changed, but the bistro burger (I substitute a poached egg for the fried) is always good. For dinner: I'm a big fan of the pizzas- I always get the sausage pizza (substituting pepperoni), and the burger is better than Bobby's in my opinion. Great place to take my dad when he visits! Not a huge fan of beer, but its always fun to try different things on the beer list!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 5, 2011

Menu selection varied and have not had a meal there that I didn't enjoy. The only downside, is that I always have to call them a day after my reservation to report to Open Table so I can be credited my dining points.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 3, 2011

City Tap House in a great place to sit back and relax both outside or at the bar. Unfortunately, their service and food are highly unreliable. Service generally lacks quality with servers having an attitude of disdain towards customers. Food is either fabulous or terrible. You can order the same dish on two visits and one it is full of flavor and hot and another it is delayed, dry, cold, and tastes like cardboard. On our visits the tamales were a perfect example of this. They can be excellent, ours were dry and cardboardish. We told our server and he was unresponsive. After waiting 45 minutes for our food, we decided to not talk to the manager and just pay and leave. Enjoy the beer and location, spin the wheel on food and server.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 28, 2011

The food was well executed during restaurant week. I love the beer selection and the amount of beers on draft. I will definitely be returning some time soon.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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