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City Tavern

4.5
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2773 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Chef Staib is well known from his fifteen time Emmy® Award winning program A Taste of History®, where he brings culinary history to your home. It all started over 25 years ago when Staib brought his philosophy to City Tavern with 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 2773 people are saying
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AnitaO
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to travel back in time for a night

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HowardU
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

There meal was rushed, the server should have known not to serve entrees when appetizers were still being eaten. I also would have liked the server to provide a history of the tavern and be more friendly . The ambience was nice and the food was good.

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ScottC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was super nice and the food was REALLY delicious, as always.

Kids menu is excellent, with good offerings and portiins for kids.

We were a party of 7 and they put us at two adjacent tables as required by health guidelines. It worked out great and we felt very safe at all times.

We left on a high and talking about when we would be able to come back.

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KimberlyM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love City Tavern. The food and service are excellent.

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vipPaulL
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here many times and can’t say enough about the experience here. Always the best food and the service is top notch We ate inside and felt very safe. Tables are spaced more then what is needed. Our waiter was attentive and courteous. I have never had a bad meal here. Will be back again for sure

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Katie
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything on their menu is delicious including desserts! A great place to take family visiting from out of town.

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CatherineB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely dinner outside. Fried oysters were crispy outside and moist inside - a real treat. Dinner entrees were very good albeit huge portions. Wine selection by the glass was very good.

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RobertD
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The ambience was very good and the service was friendly and informative. It is definitely worth the visit. The bread, beer and esp. the duck was great.

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ShariB
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious hearty meal. The menu was authentically diverse. The fried oysters were the best I ever had. It was a fun and unique experience. Don’t hesitate to ask questions the staff is historically knowledgeable.

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GeorgeR
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to City Tavern to celebrate our wedding anniversary and we loved it. I was actually there years ago for a company Christmas party wlicex it then too. We will definitely be back in the future

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JerryF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time, the meal and setting were outstanding. We spent two days in Philadelphia and ate dinner at the City Tavern the last night. What a great way to end our stay!

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Dockside
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely try the pepperpot soup—a Phila colonial signature but made with beef, not tripe. The oysters were wonderful. And don’t miss the turkey pot pie—extraordinary.

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vipReggie
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We have eaten at City Tavern many times and still love it! We did sit on the back porch and obviously the ambience is not there but this is the only way we will go out now. We chose to eat outside. The duck was fantastic, especially the mango chutney. Fabulous mashed potatoes. Not a big Zucchini lover but it was good. I thought carrots or green beans would go better with duck.

My husband loved his pork chop and kraut. Mushroom barley should was wonderful.
Dessert was raspberry torte with cinnamon ice cream, also a winner. Our waiter was wonderful.

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DonnaF
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

City Tavern is always spot-on. During the Pandemic, they have limited indoor and lots of outdoor seating. The outdoor seating is on the porch or under covered pavilions, so there is no significant issue if it rains. The food is based on Colonial recipes, and is always first-rate. They have standard offerings and things like veal and rabbit as well. They start you with Colonial era bread - including pumpkin muffins, which are awesome. All of the food is very well prepared and the servings are generous. (Staff dress in Colonial garb, too.) If you are doing a history type tour of Philadelphia, you must include City Tavern.

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SouthJersey
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was great at City Tavern. Food and ambience were both excellent.

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QueenB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a few days in Philadelphia with the kids (ages 4-10). We tried to see some important places and wanted to give them an authentic as possible experience. City tavern was perfect. We appreciated the outside dining option during covid. We had a wonderful server-friendly and helpful. Kids loved their options. It was the right mixture of old world and new for us. I appreciate that there is a restaurant that gets it right.

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MarioM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was surprisingly good for what I was told was a tourist restaurant. Get the mushroom toast. it's awesome.

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carolh
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful to be back in the historic ambiance of Old City Tavern. The menu was outstanding as selected for restaurant week. Service was 5 star;
I give great accolades to the waiter having to take care of an annoying patron at another table.

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PNKJN
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Using fresh ingredients and old authentic recipes the entire meal was very well done. Good service and a very pleasant day outside, plenty of room for social distancing. The only negative were some pesky yellow jackets who were attracted to our wine, so we moved the glass to an empty table and they followed.

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Chloe
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All outside tables were spaced over 10 feet from each other. Everything was wonderful.

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susanc
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Greetings, this is not a restaurant to go to if the only thing your interested in is a phenomenal food experience. However, if you love history and appreciate great customer service - this is definitely the place!!! The food is certainly good, but nothing exceptional. You're really paying for the ambiance, which was absolutely wonderful!!!!!!! Plus, if you're a fan of Chef Staib, which I am, you will love it here!!!!!

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allanj
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A relaxing atmosphere coupled with a great menu. The prices are very reasonable and the service excellent.

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jeffrey
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful meal at the city tavern. Their bread is amazing, love the beer selection. I ordered the Yard's brewery flight, very thematic at the tavern. The desserts are amazing. Love going to the City Tavern.

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vipMONT
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was good. The service was excellent. The food was excellent and delicious.

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vipFRANKD
New England
14 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and great food. A menu with lots of goodies from which to choose.

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vipgobirds
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster Pie best thing to eat in Philadelphia

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CatherineH
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The highlight for me was meeting Walter Staib. I'm a big fan of his. I just love his show. It's excellent.

My waitress was excellent, too. She even tried to find me a cab! The food was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and very peaceful outside. They’re doing the best they can with the pandemic situation. Would return again!

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vipRestaurantLicks
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were seated in the garden. Everyone was socially distanced. Our waiter was excellent. The food was very good. I had the salmon, my husband had the lobster pie, and our son had the rabbit. The rabbit was everyone’s favorite. Love the atmosphere at this restaurant and the authentic 1700’s fare. Thank you Chef Staib for this gem of a restaurant in the heart of Old City Philadelphia.

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Edisontchr
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding! We went on a Sunday and expected a lunch menu which wasn’t the case. We ordered from the dinner menu and while the price was surprising the food was worth it!

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vipPhilaStar
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the al fresco dining in the grassy yard. With candles and hurricane globes, it was very atmospheric- romantic! Each and every food item was well prepared, nicely presented, and delicious! And not too expensive if you make select choices. The prime rib special was much more costly than standard menu items. We fared well!

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family4
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food offerings were great. But 3 of us chose beef tenderloin medallions (1 medium rare, 2 medium) and all 3 arrived well done. Mashed potatoes were ok but were far from creamy. Vegetables were uninspired, soaked in butter. My son loved the salmon. Appetizers and drinks were good. Overall wouldn’t have been so disappointing if the prices weren’t representative of the very touristy area and oldest tavern story. All in all - decent food - though 3 overcooked beef tenderloins- and a lovely atmosphere but overpriced. For those prices the execution needs to be top notch.

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vipKenny
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were eating outdoors on a beautiful summer day. The host and server were friendly and welcoming. I spoke with Chef Staib about his delicious meal. The food is hearty but tasty and fresh. I hadn’t been there for a while but plan to go back soon.

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MelissaV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

My daughters cup had lipstick on it. My other daughters napkin was burnt on one side of it. Their salmon was dry. We had just eaten there two weeks prior and the service and food was so much better. I do not know what happened this time.

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ChadR
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal, dined outside, gorgeous weather and setting. Appetizers were delicious (mushroom toast, oysters and crabcakes). Entrees were outstanding (trout, pot pies and venison sausage). Service was right on. Definitely will return.

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vipBezee
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food was not great. My salad was 100% yellow romaine. The crust on the pot pie was raw. Way overpriced for the quality of the food.

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JaneB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so nice to eat in the garden with way more than 6 feet of distancing! It added to the relaxing atmosphere at City Tavern. Our server , as always was helpful, attentive, and very nice! We can’t wait to come back soon and meet friends at City Tavern!

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RickandKaren
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

City Tavern was everything we read about and hoped it would be. I had the venison and my wife had the pot pie. Both were out of this world. Very fresh ingredients and seasoned perfectly. The service was excellent and we couldn't ask for better. We even had the chance to meet Chef Walter Staib (TV show- A Taste of History). He was awesome! Very friendly and knowledgeable . I would say if you have the chance to go here don't hesitate. You will not be disappointed . We will definitely be back.

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RobinL
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, atmosphere, and will definitely return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our daughter’s birthday. The food, service, and atmosphere were excellent as always. It is such a wonderful dining experience!

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City Tavern is rated 4.5 stars by 2773 OpenTable diners.

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