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City Tavern

4.3
1720 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food, Wild Game
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Daily 11:30 am–2:45 pm
Dinner
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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Neighborhood
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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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Entertainment
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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1720 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.6
ambience
4.1
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Our group had a great time. The food was very good and lived up to our expectations. A good time was had by all.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Great atmosphere with everyone on colonial garb. Original building with lots of character. Intimate dining by candlelight. Service was excellent, food was good but a little overpriced for the quality.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Another fantastic meal. We have never been disappointed at City Tavern. We arrived a little early for our 7:15 pm reservation. We were warmly greeted (as always) and promptly escorted to our table and seated 15 minutes early. After explaining the evenigs specials, our server recommended a few favorite 18 th century cocktails. I tried the City Tavern Warmer, a concoction of Rum, Brandy and whiskey (I recommend the Thomas Jefferson Bourbon) combined with that periods common mixer, Apple Cider. Absolutely delicious. My wife tried the raspberry Champagne Shrub which she also found to be very good. I would also recommend the Thomas Jefferson Ale, or maybe Alexander Hamilton's Federalist Ale, or....heck, just order a flight and pick your favorite. This we chose two appetizers. The Cornmeal Fried oysters. Perfectly fried and crispy coating surrounding plump juicy oysters. And the Basil Shrimp, extra large shrimp wrapped in crispy wood smoked bacon and basil then coated with a sweet a savory horseradish barbecue sauce. For the main course I chose the Roasted Duckling. Perfectly coked clover honey glazed duck quarters (2) crispy skin and moist tender duck served with mashed potatoes mixed vegetables. My wife had the Medallions of venison. Again perfectly cooked, medium rare venison with a rosemary bourbon mushroom sauce. The sauce is a perfect accompaniment with the venison. In fact it would be a perfect accompaniment with my shoe it's that good. If you have room, your server will present the desert tray at the end of your meal, good luck with that decision. All in all, a wonderful evening out in an authentic 18th century establishment with appropriately garbed staff.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great dinner and made a perfect ending to a day filled with history.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The City Tavern is a place my mom always to go because she is such an American history buff. We surprised her for her birthday and the experience was perfect! Our waiter was so nice and gave us a full chronicle of the room we ate in and the entire building. It's located in a nice area, right near the Deleware.

Parking wasn't a nightmare either...as Philly can sometimes leave you with. There were 3-hour parking spaces around the corner, which is plenty of time for a relaxes lunch or dinner there (we had a table of 5). If you are looking to do some walking around afterward, there are lots nearby.

The food was excellent!! If you're into history, each item is "colonial" themed, some even have notes on how the Founding Fathers may have enjoyed the dishes. I had the Fried Tofu, which was SO good!! Just like Benjamin Franklin liked it... My grandmother is not a big tofu person but said she will be ordering that next time.

And finally the BEER!! Delicious, comes with a story, and you can only get them there. I got the flight so I could try each one and I'm so happy because I truly liked all of them.

I would recommend this place to anyone... my family and I are already planning our next visit!

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Better than I thought. Quite good and fun!

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Food was great! Service was fantastic, our server Harris was SO good!! My kinky issue was price. My husband 4 kids and mother all had entrees, Turkey pot pie was mine, really good- and one app, and 3 glass of wine total.m, the rest was sodas, and the bill was a little over $300 - I just felt this was a bit over priced. Also the heat wasn’t working on the upper floor where we were sitting so it tainted the experience a bit.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We went there for dinner at the end of our vacation. We loved it and wished that we had gone sooner. If so, we would have returned. The harp music was perfect.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

I Have eaten here a few times over the years. The ambience is pure 18th century. The harp music was so soothing,so lovely, plus his costume was very authentic. It was a very cold and rainy night and the decor and the wait staff were very welcoming. It would have been even
Nicer if the fireplaces had been lit. There were many people in our dining room, but only one server. Because of this,our service was very slow. The drinks were very late as was our appetizer. The food was all great. I had the fried oysters, so perfectly cooked, my husband had the smoked salmon and trout. He loved it Our entrees were huge, and very tasty. The portions were not just generous, but enormous. The accompanying vegetables were cooked to perfection. The prices were not cheap. I know this place is an icon, but the prices were up there.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great meal. We arrived early and the staff was able to accommodate us. The Lobster Pot on the lunch menu was wonderful. Had a chance to speak and take a picture with Chef Walter Staib. Great day.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Food was excellent. Defiantly go for the turkey pot pie. Good game lace to bring a date. I think it would be especially nice in winter with the fireplaces. Definitely be back

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

My husband and I were in Philadelphia on vacation. We went to see all of the historic places in Old City. We stayed at the Thomas Bond House and the City Tavern was across the street. We ate at City Tavern our first night there. It was a great way to start our historic trip. We had been told the portions were large, so we decided to split a salad and an entrée and we were still stuffed. The food was great. The ambiance was great as well, and helped you feel as if you were back in the 1700's. We really enjoyed it and would definitely go back again.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Rabbit was dry. Prime rib was excellent. Disappointed in the hype of the restaurant. Wasn’t as great as we had hoped for being such a well known restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Delightful and the staff so helpful. I had a reservation but was seated in a non reservation area because I only had a cocktail. The staff helped with a request. Will come back again.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We appreciated the lovely colonial atmosphere, excellent service - and the live harpist in the background. Three of us enjoyedthe veal, prepared with asparagus, mushrooms, other vegetables and Bernaise sauce on lightly garliced mashed potatoes - and the portion was so large that we enjoyed it again the next day. Our other guest spoke well of a large entree salad. I thought the corn chowder was very good, and my wife spoke favorably of the crab cake appetizer (2 pieces). I'm no wine expert, but my Merlot was very pleasant.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Excellent food and service. Perfect place to celebrate our anniversary.

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

This was on are Bucket list for sometime
We planned for the day in Philadelphia including a visit to the new American revolution museum for a birthday celebration.
A perfect match to the museum !!!
Food was very good but the service was not great with a lack of attention to detail

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Fantastic, Lobster Pit Pie was amazing

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Excellent adventure into the past! Service attentive and efficient. All dishes eaten were delicious and served piping hot! Highly recommend this restaurant as a look into 1776! Definitely would go again!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We were visiting Philadelphia for the weekend. Husband picked this randomly yet based on 4-5 star review. We were pleasantly surprised to step back in time, loved the renovated old home, dining in separate rooms, pewter mugs and candles and the gentleman playing the harp added to the whole experience. This was not the normal chain restaurant for our teens and we all had a good time. Raspberry shrub, hot cider, lobster pie and seafood pasta were the highlights. We will return.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

food was excellent.. service was great !! highly recomended

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Enjoyed it very much. We did the Old City thing and City Tavern fit right in. Great service (not pushy), good food (we were very hungry and the mash potatoes were great comfort food) and of course the colonial garb and setting. A fun day in Old City. Thank you

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We've gone to this restaurant 3 times now and love it each time. We love old places in Philly. This one is one of the very best if you want an authentic experience. The beautiful harp music in the background lends to the authenticity. The food is extraordinary and the service in period clothing really adds to the experience. Love it.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Another wonderful meal. Chef Walter Staib's creations in the colonial venue are always awesome and delicious. Cannot wait until our next visit - we are lucky to be locals who love great food and history! Bravo, Chef Staib!

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Had dinner. Was a bit hectic. Veal scallops grissley but duck excellent! Had lunch Turkey pie & Gorgonzola salad. Very good.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We had a lovely time at City Tavern. We were visiting for a short family trip. The staff was warm, friendly and courteous. There was a harp player as we walked in. Our server was Joshua and made the experience even more special. He was very attentive to our needs. He gave us interesting history about the tavern. I would highly recommend to anyone looking to immerse themselves in the history of Philadelphia.

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2.0Dined on April 4, 2018

We were very disappointed with the quality and preparation of our entrees. The kids menu was great and the food was good. The potato leek soup was excellent. The trout was flavorless and the venison was tough and chewy. The barley had rocks in it. The service was excellent and knowledgeable. Our kids enjoyed the colonial experience and the harp playing was magnificent. I love Walter Staib’s show on Pbs and I wish the entrees were more thoughtfully prepared.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

We were a party of 6. We were seated immediately as we had a reservation. The service was great! We had the rack of lamb, turkey pot pie, a salad and chicken tenders and chicken breast meals for the kids. Food was delicious. For kids, it’s best to order the chicken tenders.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

As usual a great meal for a mini vacation in Philly from Jersey .

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

City Tavern never disappoints! You’ll receive a very warm welcome, great service, and an authentic menu of historic favorites created by Chef Walter Staib, the host of the PBS Emmy Award winning show, A Taste of History. (Yesterday, I enjoyed the seafood special for lunch.) The Tavern is a delight to the eye with accurate period architecture and decor and at night the candlelight is quite romantic. The servings are more than ample so go hungry. There’s a nice selection of wine, beer and the mixed drinks our founding fathers and mothers enjoyed. Try to save room for a selection from the dessert tray, everything is absolutely delicious!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We are never disappointed when we dine at City Tavern. Food and service are always great.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Friendly and attentive wait staff. Our waiter gave a nice history of the restaurant. Food was good and portions were generous.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter lunch. Prix fixe and a limited a la carte menu available. Ordered ala carte. Over 30 minutes to receive our meals. Two of our three entrees were outstanding, the third was completely wrong. Ordered steak and eggs; med rare, scrambled eggs and potatoes O'Brien. Received eggs over easy and potatoes o'gratin. They remade it but this time the steak was well done. The waiter offered to remake it again but I declined. I give the restaurant credit for wanting to satisfy us. It appeared that the wait staff was understaffed. Which could explain the delay. We will try again on a normal night. The potential is there for a very nice neal.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We loved it. Felt like we went back in time. Food was great.

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

I dine at City Tavern at least once every time I visit Philadelphia. Can't miss the ambience of classic historical setting. Food is always good and unique menu offerings. Sadly, last Thursday nights' experience was not up to par. Dinner for 5 adults. Place wasn't over crowded. People around us were served and left their tables long before we received our food. I can't blame the server for what was going on in the kitchen, but clearly something was not working in the back of the house. I think the server should have come by more frequently, been more attentive to our obvious delay and have given us some verbal indications. Fortunately, we were there for conversation, so it didn't ruin the evening...nevertheless management should know. Thus, this note.

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3.0Dined on March 27, 2018

This is a glorious, historical place with a good ambiance. The setting is great, the feel of the place, the dress code (for waiters) are all worthy. The food, however, is poor. I wonder why anyone would chose to be a chef if they are not going to bring something special to food? We had corn-breaded, deep fried oysters to start with and they were too much corn too little oyster. My seafood linguini was generous in size but lacking in taste. A bit of a mess, really. The turkey potpie is also huge and adequate, but really, a smaller pie with some greens would have been so much more appetizing.
This place could be so much more.

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3.0Dined on March 26, 2018

On vacation and site historical. People dressed in period clothing. Ambience fun. Food and service ok.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The lamb is delicious and the service is excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We had a lovely Lunch with friends, eating delicious food.

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

low product quality and very basic cuisine despite the nice atmosphere and great service

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