We had a great meal here, the atmosphere was great with live music and our food was all amazing! Highly recommended!
Food and beers were exceptional. Service was friendly and efficient. Overall a wonderful, historic experience!
My son and his family were visiting the area as tourists and the ambiance, menu and historical relevance were perfect. My grandchildren, ages 7, 10 and 12 loved the decor, costumes and the food (as did the adults). It was a perfect pick for their historic tour of the area. Service was a bit slow, but gracious and attentive.
This is an iconic restaurant that has managed to maintain its quality. Not only is the food superb but the beers and wines are as well. My only regret is that there are not more of Chef Steib's original colonial recipes. I have tried many of them and am sure that they would be a big hit, if given the chance.
On another front, the Washington Porter is the finest food friendly Porter that I have ever tried. I might add, that I have tried over 200 to arrive at this opinion. Most Porters are fine in isolation, but bury any foods that they are paired with. By all means try one with the copious portions of food offered.
Restaurant in an historic building. Warm reception and very good service. Had to move to another table away from a drafty window. Generous portions but slightly limited menu. Wines by-the- glass also limited. Larger wine list bottles only. A bit pricy but overall very satisfactory.
We drove 10 1/2 hours to eat here. We’ve wanted to dine here since we started watching A Taste of History 3 Years ago.
Food was great and to to it off, we met the Chef! Great experience.
Another excellent meal at the City Tavern. The New England style corn chowder was hearty and creamy and the Pepperpot soup has just the amount of spice in it. The rabbit entrée was outstanding and went well with a glass of Hamilton Ale, the hoppiest of the beer selections. Similarly the sea pasta special was excellent. For dessert, your waiter brings out the daily selection on a tray. We both had the chocolate mousse cake which was very good. Service was friendly and attentive but not rushed.
We all loved our dinner at City Tavern. The turkey pot pie was a hit for 2 of us, the fish was superb as was the shellfish. The server was very courteous and took extra time to describe the dishes and also to divide up our checks at the end. The restaurant is an especially good choice we felt for those coming to Philly to see the historic district. The menu is historic and the wait staff is dressed in costumes of the period. Thumbs up all the way around !
Food was good and a special occasion that was not acknowledged be server. Service was poor with the facility half empty. Good place to visit once due to historical value. Not a place to celebrate an anniversary or expect good service.
The smoked pork chop is OUTSTANDING! the duck was very good also. Worth the special trip to Philadelphia to eat in this historic Tavern
It would be easy for a restaurant in a historic building, with wait staff in revolutionary war era costumes to make money as a "theme" restaurant. But City Tavern delivers great food, creatively adapted from dishes popular in the 1700s. We would also like to recognize our server "Destiny" who made us feel very, very welcome after she had already been working a long day.
In town for museums and Independence Hall. Historic ambience and good food was a perfect accompaniment to the day.
Colonial atmosphere was fantastic. Service from everyone was 5 star. One of the best meals I have ever eaten. Beer and wine selection rounded out a great evening. The harp player made the evening!
It was a very night dinner, the service was a little slow but not too bad. Nice tavern area bar downstairs and lots of seating for dinner. The period wear is perfect for the setting.
Great ambiance and a delicious meal. Try the pot pie and the Martha Washington’s Chocolate cake.
Wonderful setting, helpful and polished wait staff, food prep and serving with attention to details, delicious, and interesting history along the way. We have been to City Tavern for dinner and it was excellent. So, too, for lunch last Saturday. Looking for an excuse to return ...
I do Not like to be told how many letters my review MUST be I like the place so I make an exception I usey x out of the review when this is a requirement!
Interesting experience, good, not great food. Fun.
Delighted by the food, service, and ambience of this recreation of a colonial-era restaurant with considerable historic charm. Highly recommend the pepperpot soup, though everything exceeded expectations. A special note: Excellent for young children (8-10), with a very good children's menu.
This was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Everything was so delicious and authentic. I cannot express how magical the whole experience was and how fantastic the staff was.
Service was friendly and the food was fantastic! We look forward to coming again.
Been to City Tavern many times over the years, mostly for lunch. All previous visits were fine.
This time we went for dinner with my son and his wife. The service was very bad. We were seated and told that our waiter would be here "momentarily." It was at least ten minutes before he came and took a drink order. Now I know ten minutes doesn't seem like a lot of time but there was only one other table in that particular dining room that had diners. I hate to imagine how long it would have been if it was busy. We ordered our drinks, they arrived after another ten minute wait, except for my daughter's hot cider. He took our order for appetizers and dinner. After they bought out our various salads and soups, which by the way the Pepperpot soup was wayyyy to salty, then he bought out my daughter's cider. At that time he asked if anyone needed another cocktail, I ordered a Jefferson beer. Dinners came out. He came back later to see if everything came out alright and if anyone needed a cocktail. HELLO! I ordered mine fifteen minutes ago. All in all, way disappointed. Maybe I should just stick to lunch at City Tavern, but we won't do that for awhile. By the way, I do love Chef Staib's shows on PBS. Maybe he wasn't in on the day we visited to supervise the restaurant.
The City Tavern was wonderful. I called multiple times during the day because I had to keep increasing our reservation size/time and they were very accommodating. We ended up with 2 large parties that they put in a separate room. We were feeding multiple kids and adults. Service was excellent and the food was delicious. Thanks for a great meal and a fun, historic restaurant.
Great period menu in a great colonial setting. Excellent service.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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