City Tavern

4.5
2191 reviews
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Chef Staib is well known from twelve time Emmy® Award winning program A Taste of History®, where he brings culinary history to your home. Well it all started over 24 years ago, Staib brought his philosophy to City Taverns well prepared recipes based on tried and true traditions, not trends, made fresh daily from scratch. City Tavern has boasted the finest celebrations since 1773, the location of the first Independence Day celebration called "the most genteel tavern in America", by John Adams and the first unofficial "White House.” Over 230 years of hospitality, City Tavern has been the centerpiece of affairs immortalized in history. An evening at City Tavern will be remembered. Imagine sampling pepperpot soup, colonial turkey pot pie, roast duckling, Thomas Jefferson's sweet potato biscuits paired with ales which are the ales of the revolution made from Washington & Franklin's recipes -- all served by costumed wait staff.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

It is an ok overall, service need improvement, we waited more than 30 minutes before water come. It should not be.

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CP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience. The kids really enjoyed the ambience of colonial dining, especially the pewter chalices to drink from. The food was excellent and the service is very good. I would highly recommend the eat drink it with champagne and shrub. We will definitely be back and although it was a great experience for the kids, my husband and I will also be happy to have dinner here ourselves. Also, live music, harp, was neat

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KT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

After going to the Museum of the American Revolution we went to the City Tavern to end our day. The food, service, and decor were outstanding. I would highly recommend this restaurant which was a memorable dining experience. Only drawback was the rude hostess at the front desk which’s why I’m giving this 4 stars instead of 5.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

City Tavern is almost a historical museum in a restaurant, there is so much to take in and see. The food is excellent and the ambiance of the Colonial period matches. My sister (visiting from Atlanta) and I had the opportunity to meet and talk to Chef Staib which made the whole experience even more fulfilling.

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AM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem! We had a truly great meal here. Our waiter was knowledgeable and helped us make great choices from the menu for a truly unforgettable experience!
Definitely worth trying!

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JC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun place to eat while in Philly. It’s like a trip back in time. The food is good but a bit pricey. Service was excellent!

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M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Lovely evocative historical location. Service was slower than molasses. Food is okay but on the bland side.

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WW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious and great ambiance

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R
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The menu is unique; the food is hearty and delicious; the atmosphere is lovely; the servers were friendly, however they were understaffed, so service was extremely slow and with error, e.g. a forgotten drink and a forgotten appetizer. The restaurant needs to hire more servers.

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SL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating daughter’s boyfriend getting residency match at Penn Hospital. Great ambiance, great time and excellent food.

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lobster pot pie, although a bit pricey, is to die for!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Just a late valentines dinner

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food long wait to be seated with reservation. Line backed up and waiter seemed ever seated.

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JY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Don't order the veal. Had veal escalopes entrée. One portion very tough, larger portion I couldn't even cut. I should have sent the order back, but was very hungry and was running late. Great server (Greg) was very attentive. Live harp music was nice. Will not return.

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d
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place to visit. Excellent food and drink. Ambience was fabulous.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Staff is very nice and service overall was very good. Interior is nice and I liked the Colonial touches such as candlesticks on the tables, pewter water goblets and wait staff in period dress (a bit corny but fun). I was very excited to dine here as I’ve seen Chef Staib’s delightful show a few times on PBS. Unfortunately though, the food was uneven: Those who ordered turkey pot pie thought it was good while those of us who ordered the rabbit thought it was mediocre at best. The rabbit was dry and smothered in an over-thickened dark brown gravy that lacked depth and flavor. It tasted how it looked which was disappointing. I looked over at a beef dish which appeared to be smothered in the same gravy. Our group had a fun time overall but I wished the food was better.

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New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance - a perfect ending to a visit to the Museum of the American Revolution. Decor and costumes brings you back in time. Varied menu, nice size portions, friendly wait staff.

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Amsterdam
13 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great comfort foods in a historic fun atmosphere. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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JM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a wonderful experience. You feel transported into the 18th century! Nice menu with a variety of dishes plus a great kids menu. We had a lovely dinner and enjoyed our meals. We were visiting Philadelphia and this was a great way to spend an evening after touring museums. Would recommend to anyone. It was family friendly but could also be romantic as every table was lit by candlelight.

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MR
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place to eat for the historic setting. Waited an hour for our food though it was delicious. Waiter barely spoke to us.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very friendly staff provided prompt service. Our server explained the menu along with a quick history lesson. The food was very good and we will certainly recommend this restaurant to others. Our server was excellent.

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RA
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rey excellent experience. Cabbage and ham soup the best ever. Will return soon and dine with gratiyfor the excellent cuisine!

Need the recipe!!

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L
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old City, Philadelphia is completed with the Old City Tavern experience. My niece and I dined on a Saturday evening in February -- nice crowd. Attentive wait staff -- Jay and his counterpart. Our appetizer was the smoked trout and salmon -- very nice and plentiful sides of capers, red onion, pickles, and pickled onion bulbs. My niece had the rabbit entrée -- she was very pleased and found it to be tasty. I had a featured entrée -- seafood and pasta dish -- full-size shrimp and scallops with crab claws in a delightful sauce and just right pasta. We had hot apple cider -- very nice treat.
My niece -- only fifteen -- loved the classics that harpist played. He was very talented and focused on his work.

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D
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic experience! I love their pot pies and drinks!

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BR
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kelli, our server, was absolutely fantastic. Perfect all around. Can't wait to go back!

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HF
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

The food was terrible. I don’t think the chef was even trying. Tired old menu. Over cooked, sloppy meals. Salmon smothered in an obviously made-from-mix Bernaise sauce. Overly sweet sauerkraut. Rabbit was just a soupy mess

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JK
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderland atmosphere, excellent service, and an amazing food selection.

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AS
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It was really cool that my friends and I were able to eat in a historical place and the setting was very cozy. The food was delicious and I would definitely go there again!

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NB
Toledo
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Colonial atmosphere, harpist playing softly. Food was a bit heavy compared to today’s tastes but TrueType an experience. Fresh breads with real butter. Authentic starters, entrees and desserts for Time period

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Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have not been there for a few years and returned for restaurant week. As good as always.

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BK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So glad we decided to go to City Tavern. The food was excellent. We had the crab cakes and corn chowder as an appetizer and both were excellent. For dinner we had the Beef Bourgionne which was delicious and we also had the Shrimp, scallops, and crab claws over linguine which was delicious. Even though the proportions were filling we still had dessert. We each tried something different. One of us had the apple, raisin crumble that was really delicious, one of us had the Lindzer torte which was also delicious, and I had the pineapple ham cake which, while sounding redundant, was also delicious. I highly recommend that if you are undecided as to whether to go or not you should go, don't miss out on this gem.

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LH
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for resteraunt week and the food was outstanding. Our service was great and we really enjoyed our evening out.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful meal and authentic Colonial setting.

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Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the atmosphere and the historical context of the food. Crabcakes were delicious as well as the seafood and pasta dish. Corn soup along with chicken dish was first rate.
Converstion was easy, as the noise level was reasonable. Waitstaff was very good. We were here during restaurant week for $35 pre-fix. Enjoyed a cocktail, but the glass used to deliver the Manhatten was a regular glass instead of a cocktail glass.

Will definately be back as the seasons change.

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OT
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, atmosphere, and harp playing was wonderful! We had such a great time. We’ll definitely be back!

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DV
London
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Poor service and average food. Could do much better in this beautiful setting.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed the food, service, and ambiance. My expectations were exceeded.

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DB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We did lunch during Restaurant Week. The food was amazing. The potions were bigger than expected and filled us up. The service quick and efficient. The costumed staff really adds to the experience. My friend wanted to meet Chef Staib and we were allowed to go upstairs to his office . A really fun day.

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JM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 2

This is a great place to dine- historic and excellent food. Unfortunately for us the heat was not working the night we were there for a special occasion. The outside temperature was in the low 20's and inside was really cold. The six of us ate with our coats on. It made for a really miserable dining experience. We couldn't wait to get out of there. As you know, it's not an inexpensive place. A place with this reputation should have called and notified us of the heating problem. We had a reservation that provided our number and called about 20 minutes before our reservation to let them know we were in traffic and would be a little late - no mention of the heat. No mention from the hostess either upon entering. We should have wondered why the place was so empty . It was only after we asked our server why it was so cold that we were told of the problem . Unfortunately we had already had our drinks. We should have left at that point but getting a table for 6 on short notice is hard. I'm really disappointed with the whole experience and how it was handled.

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P
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Over all experience was very good. The servings are exceedingly large!

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