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City Tavern

1643 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Special Occasion (86)
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Comfort Food, Wild Game
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Hours of operation
Daily 11:30 am–2:45 pm
Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(215) 413-1443
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Walter Staib
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Cross street
2nd & Walnut Streets
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Parking details
Parking: A city operated parking garage is located on 2nd Street between Chestnut & Walnut, look for the movie theatre marquis. Or less than a block away a community valet is available nearby where Dock & Walnuts intersect (in front of Positano Coast).
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Public transit
The Market-Frankford "El" has a stop at 2nd and Market Streets as well as the 21 & 42 bus lines drops at our door
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City Tavern's service staff is dressed in 18th century fashions. Enjoy period music played by our resident musician Mark Carroll every Tuesday- Sunday night from 5:30pm.
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Special events & promotions
Chef Staib would like to invite you to celebrate your next occasion at City Tavern.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1643 People Are Saying
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5.0  Dined 3 days ago

My husband and I were very excited to eat at City Tavern. We are history buffs, and though the building is not the original, we still felt the history. We also love to watch A Taste of History with Chef Staib. We plan to come back, but dressed in our 18th century garb next time. We are Revolutionary War Reenactors.

4.0  Dined 3 days ago

We were visiting Philly to look at colleges for our son. We really enjoyed our meals. The place was cozy, the costumes cute and the food was really good. The staff could have been friendlier and we were hoping to have some of the wait staff stop at our table to talk to us. Overall it was good and we would come back again.

OpenTable Diner (Memphis)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

We had been to the Tavern before only for the historic brews but have been wanting to try the food. Had our hearts set on the pot pie. The hostess was not attentive and when she finally noticed us, was not friendly and inviting. Then they were “out” of pot pies. The beer and waiter were good. The dishes are high priced and not very tasty for the value. We won’t be back for food again.

Lunch (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Spent part of the day at the Museum of the American Revolution...City Tavern is right around the corner and convenient. Good food and drink.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Dining at City Tavern perfectly complimented our tour of the Old City. My children really enjoyed trying recipes of our founding fathers & first ladies, dining by candlelight and seeing the restaurant staff/servers in colonial attire!

vipCooper (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined 7 days ago

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.

5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Loved their 18th century American outfits. Good food at even better prices. The warmer apple cider was good. Loved the salmon and the seafood pasta special was exceptional.

DianeS (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.