Split Rail Tavern

4.5
272 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
Craft beer and cocktail enthusiasts. Serving locally sourced food to locally expanding minds. Scratch kitchen. Craft. Handmade. Local.

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BB
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great selection of craft brews. Very solid kitchen preparing local comfort food in an innovative and fun way. Service was very good. Overall a great experience!

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PT
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointing. Guess it was recovery day after New Years. Chose it because of dietary - their signature item is a burger from grass fed beef that agrees with a friend who can’t eat a lot of things. But that was unavailable.

Soup was okay, but had something on top “Pumpkin oil, I think”. Would have been better if it had been hot and maybe had a cracker or bread roll.

Then saw movement and some “little livestock “ scurried by on the bench.

Not the best experience. Probably better at night.

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P
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Very noisy and had to yell to hear each other. Food mediocre. Had salad with Tuna. Very small thin piece of tuna. I would not recommend for dinning only for drinking.

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H
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We really enjoyed the food & the service was great. Our waitress was very friendly & helpful. A little loud for people our age, since this was a trip for us down memory lane. ( Excellent French onion soup) Coming back with friends!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and food

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AT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I continue to love the Split Rail. I greatly appreciate the grass fed organic burger! The attention to high quality healthy ingredients and artful presentation continues to be superb. The friendly, patient and helpful staff is truly welcoming and does a great job. Thank you Natalie and Julie and to all the fine staff.

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Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Really enjoyed the cheese basket appetizer recommended by our server. It had an excellent combination of flavors and was not too heavy. Our table had the Falafel pita, roasted pork sandwich, Cubano sandwich, and the arugula salad. Everyone enjoyed their choices. There were lots of large chunks of smoked Gouda cheese on the salad. Portions were substantial. We were seated upstairs and the large room open to the upstairs bar was a bit noisy. It was also a bit cool both upstairs and downstairs.

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service were very good. A nice surprise that they had Coquito to make the lunch festive!

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L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Lots of energy. Noisy. Good service. Very good Autumn Salad. Disappointing entrees.

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FC
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a business meeting there.

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PR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It was pleasant. The kitchen got slammed so a little slow. That was difficult with two hungry children and trying to make a holiday show.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Pre-Christmas Parade dinner with family

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TS
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

1st time there. We selected this since they had KBS on draft. The food was very good. The overall experience was fantastic

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l
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food at split rail is always delicious. It is made fresh so there’s slight variation from previous visits but that’s understandable. It’s more energetic so expect that for noise level. Only bummer is how close you sit next to other diners.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good!! Order the French onion soup

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TE
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My favorite bar in West Chester. Fried Chicken sandwich is da bomb. Burger was ok. Drinks excellent. Service good. Go.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

They have a great brunch

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M
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

For being so busy, service was good. It was very loud and fairly pricy.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome service and outstanding food. A bit loud and tight seating but overall great experience. Will definitely be back! Great craft beer list too!

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JR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

THE FOOD IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING HERE. The drink menu/beer menu is one of the best in town. I really recommend brunch especially to anyone.

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DB
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I've been to Split Rail Tavern several times and have never been disappointed in the food or the service. Both are excellent. There were a couple of times when it was quite noisy, but there were lots of customers so I guess that's to be expected these days.

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H
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very friendly waitress! Excellent quality food! I would have preferred that the young lady wiping down the table next to us didn’t slam things down while shouting to the bartender behind the bar. Other than that the meal was great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening all around. Bar was a bit busy (Saturday night at 7) so getting our 1st drink was not super easy...but once that was accomplished we enjoyed every minute. Talkative patrons - we enjoyed the interaction.
Our dinner was superb.
Between the 4 of us...mussels, burgandy chicken, split rail salad with grilled chicken & the special burger. We all raved about our meals.
The dining room is up a semi-steep flight of stairs, but there are tables on the main level in the bar area as well. Both spaces had the same energetic vibe.
The place is designed to look like a beat-up old warehouse...but having been locals fpr a long time, we know it was all renovated completely for split rail.
We loved it!

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l
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beer, food and service were all great. Our server made some excellent recommendations for both dinner and drinks. All four of us were very happy with our meals.

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S
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

UGH. LOUD LOUD LOUD
Cannot even have a conversation.
Menu was terrible. All salads had arugula or kale in them.
Pulled pork sandwich was 90% Bread, very little protein.
Food came out super slow even when the restaurant was not that busy, Took 25 minutes for wings to come out and they were not crispy, not very good.
Won't be back

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SH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service good food, fun atmosphere! All in the heart of West Chester!

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AR
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My favorite place in West Chester PA! Great food, service, craft beer selections and some awesome cocktails.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Hash was great. Chicken/Waffles very good, Burger=standard
Shrimp and grits were not very good. Great people and atmosphere. Good beer. Fair pricing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was awesome and as much an Eagle fan as us. Food was amazing, best hummus I ever had!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The chicken entree was incredible. My cocktail was also delicious. We arrived early for our reservation and the hostess was able to accommodate us immediately. The restaurant was very noisy. It was extremely difficult to have a conversation with the person across from me. Service was okay. Our server took our dirty napkins with appetizer plates and didn’t replenish them. She came back to take dinner order without offering list of specials.

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f
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We sit outside on a beautiful night. Good food. Great cocktails

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JK
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our dinner here. Food was good and they have a solid kids menu which is a big deal for us since we are always going to dinner with our 2 kids in tow.

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s
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great server. Always great food. Excellent beer list! Food took a little longer this time but we weren’t in a rush and server apologized.

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OT
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites in West Chester. One of the only places in town that doesn’t cheapen cocktails with pre-mixes.

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MD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The chef is creative and you can either order sandwiches that are unique and well prepared or the dinner specials which never disappoint. Top notch rotating craft beer list and cocktail list, so it fits well for both my wife and I. Servers and bartenders are friendly and attentive. Our favorite spot in west chester

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s a bar, but so much more. The food is outstanding!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Awesome beer.

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DB
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Split rail is one of those spots that knows how to make great food consistently, good service, and has a large selection of beer on tap. In addition, they also have a great cocktail selection and a staff of bartenders that are really into their craft and enjoy making creative cocktails. I have a habit of ordering a cocktail from their list (they have their own spin on the Old Fashioned), then for my 2nd ask James to make a cocktail with a little info on what I like (or don't like) and he is always up to the challenge. This is the best way to learn about how to make a balanced cocktail!

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DE
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our hamburgers and chicken sandwiches were good. Nice selection of beer! Our waitress was also very helpful.

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MD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of my favorite spots in West Chester! Great variety of food and drink options - never had anything I haven’t loved.

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