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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
Special Events & Promotions:
Chef Staib would like to invite you to celebrate your next occasion at City Tavern.
City Tavern Ratings and Reviews
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.
We arrived at City Tavern a little before our scheduled reservation at 6:15. We were ignored upon our arrival at the reception We were shown to our table, given water and menus, but our order was not taken until 30 minutes later. We were a party of four, and I told the waiter that we had concert tickets for 8:00 pm at a performance several blocks away. We ordered from a 3-course prix-fixe menu. We did not leave until about 5 minutes to 8 pm -- having ordered dessert to take out because we would have missed the concert completely. Of course we were late and harried when we arrived.
Service was slow on a not too busy night. Long time between appetizer and main dish. Second glass of wine arrived towards the end of the meal.
Good atmosphere for a colonial sentiment so fun, but food quality did not match price level which was on the high side for rather ordinary dishes.
After an incredible couple hours enjoying the Museum Of The American Revolution, a very short walk away, we extended our journey back in time with lunch at the City Tavern. WOW!! What an experience !! The food and drink choices were amazing and the food we ordered delicious. The food staff were incredibly professional, friendly, historical authentic and very knowledgeable on the history of the food they were servicing. We were graciously invited to tour the other floors and rooms of the Tavern on our own which was wonderful. What can I say, our experience at the City Tavern was a 5 star experience. We left the tavern with smiles on our faces and we are looking forward to our next visit.
We visited the restaurant on a Wednesday evening in January. We were seated in one of the upstairs dining rooms and had the entire room to our self. It was amazing. The waiter was attentive and efficient but not over bearing and intrusive. The food was delicious. I had the pork chop which was the moistest and most flavorful of any that I have ever had. My date had one of the seafood dishes which was equally delicious. Most of the entrees are menus that date back to the time of the founding of our nation. The wait staff is also wearing costumes of the revolutionary times which enhances the experience of the evening. I highly recommend this restaurant.
Four of us visited for my sons birthday. It was the first time for three of us , we enjoyed the hot apple cider. Chris added liquor to his two drinks. Two had the turkey pot pie, Chris had lobster pot pie , and Marie had beef medallions. All were excellent and portions were large for lunches. We will return again!
We chose City Tavern for its proximity to the Blue Cross RiverRink. Knowing it is a touristy locale I wasn't expecting fabulous food but it was mediocre to poor. The complimentary bread tasted stale. The appetizer and entree portions we good but they did not have a lot of flavor. Service was friendly but not stellar. The atmosphere is what you'd expect for a historic tavern but it was terribly cold even considering the outdoor temperature being in the teens. We are unlikely to return and would not recommend unless you want to stop for a drink to say you have been there!
My husband and I brought our sons to the restaurant after touring theMuseum of the American Revolution. We thought it would be a nice experience to keep the theme going. The food was expensive but we figured we are paying for the theme. We ordered and the waiter came back with our food. The waiter got my husbands order wrong. Took the plate and came back it 5 min with the correct order but it was ice cold (note:this just show the food is not cooked to order - mass production of the meals). Too expensive for a lousy meal
Three diners for lunch on 12/29/2017. All pleased with meals but service seemed unnecessarily slow. Learned that a prominent Republican US Senator from Florida was in the house which may have effected the service.
Lunch specials - tenderloin meat loaf w/demi glace was tender and deliciously flavorful. Another special - seafood (shrimp, scallops and crab legs ) linguine was executed well and flavorful. Third party ordered kielbasa from menu.
We had lunch at the City Tavern before visiting the Museum of the American Revolution. The authentic atmosphere of the restaurant fit well with our trip. The food was excellent and fairly priced. Our server, Phil, provided interesting facts about the history of the restaurant.
Turkey pot pie (flaky crust, light creamy sauce, plenty of turkey breast) and pork chop (huge and juicy) were excellent. Tomato-onion salad was disappointing - hot-house tomatoes that were tasteless and mealy. House-made bread was very good. Four-beer taster was excellent - 5 oz. each so not overwhelming. Exclusive Porter was the best! Our server was very busy, but was helpful and personable.
Ok, first night in Philly and so I wanted to take my family somewhere special so I made a reservation at City Tavern. What a cool place!
When we arrived the restaurant was overwhelmed so it took awhile to get our table but we didn’t mind. Once seated, it was a great family meal experience. We loved the whole colonial theme and the building is very interesting. I had the Ben Franklin chicken dish which was great. My wife had the tofu which is the best tofu preparation we have ever tasted. My 13 yr old son tried the duck (first time eating duck) and loved it. Great selection of beers too. For dessert we had Martha Washington’s chocolate cake (her recipe).
What made the night is that during the meal we mentioned we were from Cali and then a while later Chef Staib came out and visited with us for about 10 minutes and we talked about history, Cali, ingredients, his PBS show, and the room we were sitting in. A great visit and very genuine.
My family had a great time at City Tavern and in addition to excellent colonial style cuisine we enjoyed a great memory was made.
The place was clearly overbooked during winter holidays week. Irresective dinner reservation placed a month in advance, spent 50 mins waiting with young kids in packed waiting room. Food and drinks were OK yet not worth an attempt to return during less busy times.
Very nice 18th century ambiance, a step below Colonial Williamsburg, never-the-less, very nice. Our Roquefort salad was wonderful, with no slouching on the blue cheese. The cider based cocktail was OK, but a little pricey. Our main course of steak and jumbo shrimp was delicious and cooked to our requested rare.
We’ve dined here several times and will continue to do so. We’ve always had a very pleasant and tasty meal. I would certainly recommend The City Tavern to friends and strangers alike.
The 2-3 times I've had a meal at City Tavern in the past 2 years, it was excellent. When we went 2 days after Christmas 2017, not so much. The restaurant was filled at lunch time and there wasn't enough staff to take care of everyone in a timely manner. The staff was pleasant as they always have been but our food and hot beverages were cold and our dessert took way too long to get to our table. It makes me sad to write this because I would love to return and know it will be a delicious experience; I would also like to be able to recommend the City Tavern to friends and family and be sure it was, in fact, a good recommendation.
DO NOT GO! If you value your time and money simple pick any other place. Food is poor, ambient is poor and service is bad. Put the price on top of these and you have one of the worse dining experiences you can have. Besides, there was king of a fight/ very loud argument in the kitchen everyone in the restaurant could hear.
Always enjoyable and interesting giving the history but the food is excellent also. All of our appetizers and entrees were great except for the duck which was a bit dry and not seasoned enough. What set our experience apart was the excellent service we received and the fantastic Martha Washington chocolate mousse dessert.
We had a wonderful time at City Tavern. The food was absolutely amazing! At first, our waiter was very attentive, but then halfway through our dinner he disappeared. We wanted to hear the dessert menu but that never happened and it took forever to get our check. Overall, we had a good experience and I would go back again.
Our server Jay was fantastic! Chef Staib visited our table and made our meal unforgettable! All of us enjoyed our meals - Colonial Turkey Pot Pie, Medallions of Beef Tenderloin & Black Forest Kielbasa! The restaurant has a new wheelchair lift out front which is very convenient.
Overall an enjoyable evening. However, was a little disappointed in the restaurant décor for the Christmas holidays. Was expecting some colonial holiday greenery. A few poinsettias on the windowsills did not show much effort for the season. Would not visit again for Christmas.
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