National Mechanics

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$30 and under
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National Mechanics' bar in Philadelphia is breathing new life into an old edifice.
When you pull open the tall, ancient doors, curtained in a blood red fabric, you open the passage way to a strange and mixed feeling of warmth and welcome. You can tell the work that went into this beautiful and historic building was wrought by the hands of people who love what they do, and care about those who enter.
So with 32 varieties from across the globe occupying our drafts and bottles, we must have damn near achieved Utopia. From local legends like Yards and Victory to exotic imports like Hitachino and Newcastle Brown, our beer selection will satiate any palate. So stop by, soak in the warm and inviting atmosphere, listen to some unique music and put down a few with old friends, new friends, or slightly slurring strangers. Cheers!
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4.3
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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place in the Independence Hall area. Great food, beer and overall experience. Kid-friendly as well, which was a plus for our nine year old daughter.

M
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I was rather disappointed with my recent meal at National Mechanics. The sandwich I ordered was a bit skimpy on the filling, pork, and the pork was very fatty. I had to spit out several big clumps of fat. My dining partner's salad was passable. The fries were the best part. Overall, not worth the $14 tab for each. I'd stick to drinks there.

NV
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited for brunch right at opening. The Eggs Benedict were perfect, as were the home fries. Service was outstanding as the restaurant is set up in a beautiful building. I highly recommend this place.

KL
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Cool place for a burger and a drink. Doesn't appear to be ADA accessible. Would definitely come back.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve dinner

RW
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Found National Mechanics by chance and so glad we did. We had a wonderful server, Meghan, who made our dining experience extra special. Enjoyed rib eye steak cheese steaks, and one of the best veggie burgers EVER! Added a large warm fresh pretzel with cheese sauce and zesty mustard to share. Really enjoyed make your own Bloody Mary bar and the 'beermimosas' :) will go back :)

s
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food, fun atmosphere and fantastic house specialties from the bar! Don't go to sleep on NM!

SH
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

National Mechanics is such a unique place! We enjoyed our food but even better, we really liked our server, RJ. He was attentive and friendly, even providing us with directions and suggestions since we are not from Philly.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Definitely a loud place. I was in town for the marathon and dropped in to warm up and get a quick bite. We ended up staying longer because it was harder to find a place with a big enough table for us all. Some of the apps were better than others. It was hard to find things for someone with celiac on the menu other than one soup. It was really loud. Our waiter was a bit rude and standoffish. The bar was also chock full of stereotypical Eagles fans heckling and telling off a family from Seattle with Seahawks gear on. Food wasn't bad, decent value, but probably won't go back.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Best Bloody Mary I’ve had in a while that wasn’t my own

T
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every employee I encountered was pleasant, how refreshing! I had the veggie burger. I had read I'm other reviews how delicious it was and they were right
I also really enjoyed the Bloody Mary bar.
Great food, great service, value for my money. See ya again N. M.

KC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We expected to really like this little joint based on Google ratings. The atmosphere is pub style which is appropriate for Philly, but it didn't feel well kept up. The signature cocktails were odd and not very enticing though I did try a seasonal take on a Moscow Mule. It was just ok. The remainder of the menu was limited but appeared as though you'd be able to satisfy most appetites. My husband's cheesesteak was unimpressive. He said it tasted just OK. I however was thrilled with my roasted beet salad. It was so loud we could barely hold a conversation. We didn't even want to stay for another drink or desert. Our server was energetic and pleasant even though he didn't really know the accurate information about the intriguing faces on our glasses (I had Edgar Allen Poe, he claimed he was born around the corner and spent most his life in Philly - wrong). It was just an OK experience but we both agreed we would NOT return to National Mechanics, nor would I recommend it.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Halloween night visit enjoying drinks and food. Great service and unpretentious historical ambience. Ideal location to access sites downtown.

TW
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The building inside and out is eclectic. There are stained glass windows, wooden tables, and church pews. There is a long bar and high chair tables. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable of the items on the menu and the specials. I tried the special cocktail and had a second, it was so good. The food was delicious and came quickly and hot. We highlighted recommend National Mechanics.

SB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wait staff and amazing food. Love this place.

R
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Server was abrupt and at times rude. She would say inappropriate things to us. It made the whole dining experience unpleasant. The veggie burgers were excellent but we would not come back because of the service.

S
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We met up with family from out of town who were staying at a hotel nearby. Very conveniently located and easy to find. We were seated promptly and service was informed and attentive. Varied menu, with generous portions and everything prepared so well! Everyone enjoyed their meals, especially the pork sandwich (husband said best he’d ever had), brisket and ribs. Only negative was the noise level, which fortunately toned down once the happy hour crowd left.

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good. And good services

OT
Philadelphia
76 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

First, the stairs are steep and very difficult to get up for me who uses a cane. They are not handicap accessible. But that is the least of the problems. We sat down to 3 flies buzzing around the table. The window sills have plants that need to be thrown out. There is some sort of container with a plant or mold in it that is so unappealing to look at when you are eating.
We ordered beers and sahe brought over glasses that were dirty. She came back and the new glasses were still dirty. We Drank from the bottles. The waitress started to take my order and said she would be back. We watched her and she went to two other tables to take orders. It was not even busy. At that point we should have left.Ordered a pretzel -$10 not worth it. Had guacamole and chips. The guac had no flavor. Was avocado mashed up and put in a small bowl. The fish tacos had little fish and too much cabbage and sauce. The chicken wings were good.
Will not be back

KD
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Poor wait staff. Waitress was nice but not attentive during our meal. Disappeared for awhile.
Food was Okay, nothing to write home about.
Beer selection okay. They were out of the beer we wanted.

OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Veggie burger is very good

S
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food - veggie salad and brisket were terrific. Kids enjoyed their kid meals. Nice beer selection.

KC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Everything was delicious. Great service. 2nd time in philly for us and our 2nd time here, favorite restaurant we have visited here.

WH
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience1

Ave eten here several times and usually had good value for the money. The beer was flat and he ribs consisted of 4 ribs. I have never seen such a small portion. The price was $22 which is the normal price for a half rack which is 6 or 7 ribs. Will not be going back

p
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Food was just ok! Nothing special. Expected more based on reviews. Wish there was a a pad on the church pews.

d
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The service and food were great! Thank you!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I came here on a date and loved it. Our waiter was so friendly, the atmosphere was awesome, and the food was delicious. I had one of the best veggie burgers I’ve ever eaten. We made a reservation beforehand and they gave us an intimate window seat - so unexpected and so lovely! Will definitely be coming here again!

OT
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, we have been a couple times now and always order several things. You absolutely have to get the pretzel! Great Mac and cheese, solid burgers, good cocktails. I love the vibe of the restaurant too

SB
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the food. Our waitress was great. Would definitely return.

DN
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful!! I had the mimosa and eggs with salmon. Delicious!!

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, drinks, and service. Always a good time.

DS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good. Prices are very good. Loved the repurposed bank. The ambiance is great.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First of all, National Mechanics makes the best Bloody Mary's in the whole city. So if you like blood mary's, I recommend that you go get yourself one here. Go for brunch and they'll have an entire Bloody Mary bar set up for you to make and customize your own. It is a religious experience.
And also, if you don't go for brunch and still want one, Sarrah the bartender is a Bloody Mary making prodigy.

But regardless of all that, if you couldnt already tell by all of the positive reviews other people have left about this place, the food, drinks, service, and atmosphere are all perfect.

R
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Food was good and our waitress was fantastic . Great beer selection.

F
Columbus
18 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed the restaurant. Neat setting in an old bank, and fun decor. Food and service were very good. Only complaint is that it’s very noisy. We are 60-ish and were easily twice as old as anyone else there.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to stop for lunch! I had the fish and chips and the wife had a chicken Caesar salad. Both were delicious! Service was quick and courteous.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Reservation was a Saturday night at 8 pm. They "ran out" of several items on the food and drink menu. We all ended up ordering skirt steak cooked to different levels of doneness. All arrive cooked the same. Waited a long time for the entrees, like 30-40 minutes although the place was only moderately filled. I wasnt impressed at all. Average. But i wouldnt return.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot! We went for brunch on a Saturday morning and got excellent service. Awesome food that they adapted to a patron’s needs. As an added bonus, the decor is super cute, too. Give it a chance—you won’t be disappointed!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! The brunch food was so yummy!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Bloody Mary bar! Lots of options and servers were awesome! Food and ambiance were cool. Restaurant has a cool vibe and highly recommend

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