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City Tap House - UC

463 reviews
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$30 and under
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Good For:
  • Bar Seating
  • Great Beer
  • Good for a Date
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Monday-Thursday: 11:30 AM - 10 PM

Friday: 11:30 AM - 11 PM

Brunch: 11 AM - 3 PM
Dinner: 4 PM - 11 PM

Brunch: 11 AM - 3 PM
Dinner: 4 PM - 10 PM
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Phone number
(215) 662-0105
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Keith Bernstein
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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.
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Cross street
39th and Walnut
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Parking details
There is ample street parking and a garage available just across 40th street attached to the Fresh Grocer complex.
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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.
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Live music: various acoustic acts and bands throughout the week and late-night, DJs on the weekends.
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Special events & promotions
Check out our website,, or email, for an updated list of upcoming special events
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Join us on Sunday, April 1st at 11am for a fun Easter afternoon. Enjoy our full brunch menu or special brunch additions with a mimosa in hand while your kids search for hidden eggs on our patio. Miss your 2018 Easter photos? We've got you covered with the Easter Bunny hoppin' around and photo-ready!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

What 463 People Are Saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

The beer, wine and cocktail selection is varied enough to suit most taste. The food is good just small portions for the price.

5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Jackie D was the most amazing server I’ve had in months. Super personable!! Will come back again just for her!

3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Our party of seven included out of town visitors to Penn. Before dinner, our bartender helped with some out of the ordinary beer choices.
Very engaging waitress. The food in my opinion is above average bar fare. Extra compliments for my short rib fried rice. A little heat, with an egg on top.
Everyone in our group was happy with their selections.

4.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Service is not great here. Food is pretty good, generous servings. The goat cheese and honey pizza is great.

4.0Dined on January 17, 2018

Great place for drinks and after work happy hour.

4.0Dined on December 10, 2017

Quick service great atmosphere

5.0Dined on November 26, 2017

Seriously, try the brunch menu. Absolutely amazing. You cannot go wrong.

5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

A great place that we originally picked out of convenience due to its location. Upon our arrival, we were very pleased with the atmosphere, the 60+ beers on tap and the elevated food selections. It's well beyond pub grub! Their pumpkin buratta app had amazing fall flavors. Since we tried their draft selection, we opted for a delicious Prosciutto & Fig Pizza and their City Tap Burger with an optional fried egg on top. It's a great place to go for the beer lover, sports fan, a large crowd or a couple looking for a casual atmosphere dining experience.

3.0Dined on November 10, 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.

5.0Dined 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.

5.0Dined on October 23, 2017

Great atmosphere, food, and service!

2.0Dined on October 23, 2017


4.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Loved the rooftop dining area!
Interesting menu options, and waitstaff was very familiar with dishes to assist us with choices.

1.0Dined 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.

4.0Dined 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.

2.0Dined 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

4.0Dined 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.

4.0Dined on August 15, 2017

Chicken and waffles was great

4.0Dined on August 14, 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.

4.0Dined on August 11, 2017

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

5.0Dined 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!

4.0Dined on July 24, 2017

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

Located across from U Penn

4.0Dined 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!

3.0Dined 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.

2.0Dined 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.

4.0Dined 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.

5.0Dined 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.

5.0Dined on July 7, 2017

Excellent service

5.0Dined on July 4, 2017

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

5.0Dined on July 1, 2017

21st birthday

5.0Dined on June 17, 2017

Great meal. Excellent service.

4.0Dined 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.

4.0Dined 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.

4.0Dined 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.

5.0Dined on May 1, 2017

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

3.0Dined on April 28, 2017

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

5.0Dined 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!

5.0Dined on April 10, 2017

Love the grapefruit avocado salad and the Brussel Sprouts!

2.0Dined 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

3.0Dined on March 24, 2017

great outdoor seating; lively bar good price for menu selections


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