Worst dining experience ever. We had our wedding at the City Tavern 34 years ago and returned to celebrate with 10 family members. The restaurant was advised that this was a special occasion in advance. The hostess was so rude when we arrived I considered leaving immediately. She was abrupt, snappy and acted as if we were interrupting and inconveniencing her. We ordered an appetizer sampler for the group and with the exception of the salmon, it was almost inedible. Our water glasses weren’t refilled and we sat and waited for an hour and twenty minutes for our mediocre main courses to be served. The server kept apologizing but seriously, there was no excuse. The manager made a very small concession but it was way too little too late. No one ever acknowledged that it was a special occasion. We will never return and absolutely cannot recommend this restaurant for any occasion much less a “special” one.
I love the history associated with the tavern. We had been looking forward to this trip for months. The food was outstanding! I had the chef's special that is not listed on the menu. I am still raving about it to my friends.
We loved the historical menu in this historic setting. It was so easy to imagine the founding fathers there and the food was absolutely amazing.
As we arrived we were greeted and taken to our seat within seconds. The abeyance of the building was great with a live violin player strolling the dining room floor. When we sat down at our table our server greeted us with great pleasure and made as feel very welcomed. He proceeded to tell us all about the menu and poured us each a glass of champagne. I have to say when the food came out I was shocked at the portion sizes were so large and delicious. I would highly recommend this place to anyone who enjoys a great night out with fantastic food and atmosphere. I can’t wait to return for a second time. Thank you for a great experience.
A great night out for Valentine’s Day. There was champagne, roses, musicians, creative cocktails, and good food. There was variety in the menu and our waiter was superb. Finally, the violinist played for hours.
We enjoyed our Valentine Luncheon. The food was good and the service was excellent. Other employees were helpful and pleasant.
You should know about what you're getting in to. The place is clearly marketed as a way to experience the food and dining of the Founders ... but that's about it. The food was okay, but expensive. The service was mediocre. They dress in period clothing and there are several interesting touches (traditional glassware, etc.). It's fun to be in the building and imagining yourself among the Founders. But as a meal (especially one nearing $30-$40 a person), it ain't there.
What a great taste of history! Good was great and setting was spectacular. Great addition to a visit to Philly
Everything and everyone were great! Service was prompt but not rushed. Nice variety of entree dishes with things you don’t see at most restaurants. Only thing I don’t like about setup was lack of a bathroom on each floor. Couple of entrees were $30+ That’s a little more than I like to spend if I also get appetizer, dessert and a drink or 2 . Would definitely come back if I return to Philadelphia
The City Tavern never disappoints! Be sure to order the delicious corn chowder!
Rack of lamb was tender and absolutely delicious. Love the ambiance and the water goblets were a wonderful touch. Alyssa was awesome. We will return.
Capped off a day of touring historic sites in Philadelphia with a dinner in the famed City Tavern. It did not disappoint. I knew before going in that I would be ordering the Turkey Pot Pie and it was even better than I imagined. My daughter had the salmon and it was also cooked perfectly. Our server was personable and provided great service as well as a nice history of the building and the room we were seated in. I would definitely recommend!
City Tavern has been our go-to spot for visiting friends and family; however, this will change following last Thursday's visit. We made a reservation for 8pm to bring our parents, who were visiting for a long weekend. The details that had made past visits so enjoyable were absent during this experience. Our server was rude, and rushed us along. Drinks were slow to arrive, we were not brought any bread, and we were presented with the bill before being asked if we wanted desert or coffee. It definitely seemed that the server was keen to be finished for the evening. Two of the entrees were cold, and the food was not as good as it has been on other occasions. We did have a great chat with the harpist who was performing in the foyer, but we are unlikely to return in the foreseeable future.
A memorable Philly experience for out of town colleagues. The beer brewed from the Founding Fathers' recipes is terrific, and food - great. Turkey pot pie and lobster pie were out of this world. Ham and cabbage soup and crab cakes were also terrific; and my colleague enjoyed the champagne shrub! Nice ambience.
Horrible food and service...spend your money elsewhere! If you want to see the place for its historic value go in for a cup of coffee and leave!
Best in class option to have a wonderful meal in Philadelphia as an authentic menu and under the guidance of a famous chef. Do not miss the site!
We went as part of restaurant week. Food was good , service was great. Main course was large so brought home almost half of the meal.
Great food. Great service. Love the atmosphere. This is a great place for a first date.
excellent menu choices but food without flavor. have never used salt in my life but this is first time I ever thought this needs salt and lots of it while eating. portions are large and plates are beautifully prepared with lots of color but no flavor at all. perhaps it is because it is recreating the food of the time.friendly staff with attentive service.
Interesting. If you want to dine and get a little history lesson at the same time to the sound of a harp by candlelight this is the place for you.