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About City Tavern
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.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
American, Comfort Food, Wild Game
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
2nd & Walnut Streets
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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).
The Market-Frankford "El" has a stop at 2nd and Market Streets as well as the 21 & 42 bus lines drops at our door
Chef Walter Staib
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Chef Staib would like to invite you to celebrate your next occasion at City Tavern.
City Tavern Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
We really enjoy the 18th century colonial atmosphere and recipes at City Tavern. Even though there weren’t many other families (probably due to time of day), our big family had a great time, and the kids enjoyed their colonial turkey pot pie and raspberry shrub. Can’t wait to go back.
Our second time here, and again, I want to go back...a revelation in cuisine...who knew that Benjamin Franklin ate Tofu? Who knew there was a special Martha Washington recipe for a delicious chocolate cake? Love the Period costumes...we'll be back, I feel sure.
The City Tavern fit in perfectly with our author's night at the Museum of the American Revolution. Our party of 7 teachers, and it being Restaurant Week, was great for our budget and everyone commented on the quality and variety of menu choices. Being in that historical setting was a good introduction for the talk on Washington and Arnold given by Nathaniel Philbrick at the Museum.
We were here for Restaurant week. Very high quality food and great beers here. We had crab cakes and mushroom toast, both very tasty. Then Both of us decided on the Chicken Breast Mount Vernon. The chicken was very crispy and had a wonderful flavor to it, especially with the crab on top. Vegetables were cooked just right.
Ed, our server, delighted us with the history of the restaurant and the area, a special treat as I was a history teacher. Kudos to him for adding that touch.
I heard great things about City Tavern, and it did not disappoint. The food was delicious (ordered off of the Restaurant Week menu), especially the cobbler (picture). The employees were very nice and helpful, especially when I was buying one of Chef Staib's books after dinner. Though it is a bit pricey, every penny is worth it.
As always we had a great time at City Tavern. The service was great as was the food. On this occasion it happened to be restaurant week in Philadelphia and we took advantage of the special 3 course menu. Sometimes the "special" restaurant week menu it not that special, but at City Tavern it was excellent!!! Love this place and will defiantly be back. Thanks City Tavern for a great afternoon.
The temperature of the room was too low. The fireplaces in the room could be upgraded to accomodate a gas flame thereby adding to the ambience and the "old world" atmosphere they try to portray. The food was quite unappealing. I guess it wold be good for tourists.
Generous portions. Delicious food. Excellent service. My only complaint was it was almost as chilly inside the restaurant as it was outside on a January day. The atmosphere was authentic colonial, and there was a fireplace in the room we were seated in. A warm fire would have been perfect, or at least turn the heat up to a comfortable temperature.
We arrived 30 minutes late due to a sporting event going into overtime. Once we arrived, we were not greeted by anyone and the gentleman playing the harp had to stop and go and get someone to seat us ruining the ambiance. When the person came to seat us, she never addressed us by name, was very rude and just sat us at a table. The meal and waiter were excellent but we were let down by the way we were seated.
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