Tavern 52

4.3
47 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Tavern 52 offers a wide variety of American, Italian & lite fair items in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere. Some of our recipes are over 90 years old! Enjoy our homemade mushroom soup, chef’s special of the day, gourmet salads, U-15 Sea of Cortez shrimp specials, calamari steaks, homemade crab cakes, Alaskan snow crab, steak, wild caught fish, homemade meatloaf, fish & chips & slow cooked BBQ ribs.

Our Italian cuisine offers homemade meatballs & gravy, cioppino, mussels marinara, pasta with clams, veal & chicken parm, a variety of Talluto’s ravioli, 10 & 16-inch house made dough & sauce gourmet pizza, South Philly Stromboli & Italian calzones.

Our lite fair offers good ole fashioned cheese steaks, hoagies, burgers, Reubens, house made fries, never frozen wings, homemade slaw, or a slow roasted BBQ pork sandwich, or a choice of a BBQ pork, chicken, beef or Mahi fish tacos.

We offer a full children’s menu & if you want to relax at home our full menu is available for take-out.
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MangiareGEM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience1

The calamari appetizer had much too much salt on it (not sure why salt was added to begin with).

Did not like the smell of the disinfecting cleaner being used on tables around us particularly when we were eating.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Was going to Longwood Gardens and decided on Tavern 52 since it was close. They have a wide variety of menu items. Our stuffed mushroom appetizer was really good. The salad was very fresh. We got the Chicken Parm sandwich and spinach & ricotta raviolis which we enjoyed. The food is well seasoned and has a very thoughtful presentation. It is a very laid back place so you may wait a few to be seated and service is a slower pace. I would definitely visit again.

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MaggieK
Key West
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as usual.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great . Friendly and clean . Enjoyed our meals . Spinach and ricotta ravioli was great meatball grinder and delicious fries.

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ArijS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This will be our new Go-to place. Unlike BBC and Buckley’s nearby, this place isn’t full of a bunch of noisy boozer posers. Food is good, atmosphere fits our lifestyle perfectly. Shockingly never overcrowded.
We will be there weekly from now on.

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LisaB
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Menu contained a great variety and the food was delicious.

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Mikemc19380
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, prompt , courteous service and fast preparation of our food. Drinks were very good as well .

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great pub food and service. Wide variety of menu items.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, and even better bartender!

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vipScottL
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food! Can’t wait to go back!!

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Kris
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was outstanding! Fresh cut fries and delicious pizza and burgers. Can't wait to go back and try more from the menu.

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vipzkit711
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tavern 52 was such a great stop ! We choose it for mother's day and it worked out really well. We will return. They have a lot of appetizers and sandwiches but, ultimately we choose 2 italian entrees. Chicken Piccata for me, spaghetti and meatballs for my husband. We will return and possibly order the same items again. We sat at the bar, the service from Frank was exceptional. Decor and noise just right and we were able to watch golf ( which we like. ) Yes, we will return.

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MarkD1733
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tavern 52 continues to provide a great meal in a friendly casual atmosphere at good value. Menu selections are numerous without being too many. Portions are healthy. Food tastes good. They have a full bar if you like cocktails. We went their for Mothers Day. Everyone in our party of five ate to their satisfaction and delight. The service has always been friendly, relaxed, and responsive. We had appetizers, soups, salads and 4 pastas dishes and a cheeseburger (for the Mom in the group). We look forward to our next meal there.

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vipMaggieK
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience when we eat there. The staff is very attentive and helpful and the food is very good. Always plenty of food to take home too!

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NewYearsEveDiner
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Upon entering the waitress/hostess seemed stressed and told us to just go sit anywhere. She apparently had to get a manager to work the OpenTable system as she did not know how to do it. We waited a while for a server to come to the table. Evidently the waitress/hostess asked the bar tender to cover our table. He was very nice, friendly, accommodating. The food was good. Salad was very large for sharing but they were out of the portobello cheesesteak and so we got a chicken sandwich instead. The sandwich was good but the fries were overdone or had been sitting a while. Should have tried the onion rings instead. The chicken pasta Alfredo was very good and a nice sized portion. We also went during peak dinner time and compared to other restaurants that we have been to during the pandemic this one seemed a little too closely packed to us. The servers were interacting very closely with the customers as well, compared to other places we go to.

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vipTheRedWiner
Philadelphia
148 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Always looking to try a new restaurant, I found Tavern 52 on line. The menu was appealing and the location was not far, so I made a dinner reservation for 7:15 PM. We arrived on time and approached the unattended reception stand. The restaurant was moderately busy but we saw a number of open booths, as well as space around the bar. Two female and one male employee walked by us, as we were obviously waiting, without any acknowledgement. They were serving and carrying plates and trays back to the kitchen. It almost became comical that we were being ignored. After 10 minutes, one female employee told us in passing that there was a slight wait. She said we could keep waiting by the desk or wait at the bar. We went to the bar, ordered and received drinks, and continued to wait. We saw other customers enter. Some were sent to wait. A few were seated. The same employees bustled by us a number of times. At about 7:40, I asked the girl who spoke with us the approximate wait time. She said she didn’t know but would ask Mike. Several minutes later we were told we would be seated now and we were led to one of the booths that was unoccupied when we entered. We were seated at 7:45. Our waiter was Mike. The rest of this review is completely positive. The food and service were both excellent. My wife started with a salad while I had the French Onion Soup. Salad was crisp and fresh. Soup was delicious and served piping hot. Entrees included the Cioppino with a side of pasta for my wife and the Pastrami Reuben for me. The portions were generously large and the food was delicious, attractive and well presented. We both left with take home boxes. The prices were very reasonable I don’t know if they were in a short staff situation that night or what would have caused the delay in seating a confirmed reservation, but we will return as we considered this an excellent restaurant.

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JimB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

As always the food was exceptional. The only negative is that they seem understaffed and the few waiters/waitresses there are running around like crazy. The wait at the door to be seated (even with a reservation) was long and no one even acknowledged us for probably 5 minutes or so. Then we were questioned that our reservation was not showing up. Once we were in a seat the staff seemed friendlier.

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Shelly
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Didn't have a wait at all. The staff was friendly and attentive. The food was great.

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vipVlgirl
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Upon arriving we stood at the hostess station while a woman ignored us for a while. She finally walked over and said 3? I told her we had a reservation which she ignored (they never checked us off for being there either).
Food was ok - we had the meatball sub which was kinda mushy and the blackened chicken Alfredo pasta. The pasta was overly creamy and thick. Garlic bread that came with it was the best part of the meal. I’d say this is a DONT go back to. Between the apathetic service and blah food you can do better somewhere else.

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MarkG
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just went for a small meal and some drinks but it was Geary. The chicken Roma was so fresh and hot!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was good and reasonably priced. Drinks were strong, which is always a plus. Greatly appreciate that the restaurant has invested in treated air, but was a little put off by them seating everyone in the same area next to each other even though there were plenty of open tables to space people out.

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JoyceB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Tavern 52. They have great food and service. I am especially fond of the Wedge Salad with blue cheese crumbles and dressing. On one visit to the restaurant, I lost an earring. I called and asked if they had found it. They not only found it but the staff repaired the loosened link before they gave it back to me. They are really nice people and I hope they do well after the COVID restrictions have been lifted. They installed a special air purifier to ensure that customers are breathing clean air!

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vipJasonR
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food. Service was a little slow but was not a big deal

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Trixi
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, varied menu, friendly staff
Highly recommend for a relaxed meal

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We arrived for our 6:30 reservation 5 minutes early and waited at the hostess stand - while 3 people (servers?) walked by us and didn’t acknowledge we were standing - finally 2 of the 3 said they would be right with us - we were taken to our table ordered drinks, finished the drinks after 40 minutes and no one came back to take our order so we inquired and he said the drinks were on him and apologized- food was very good - I realized during a pandemic you could have trouble knowing how to staff for a particular night but this seems to be our experience each time we have gone here and before the pandemic - hopefully things will improve

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CarolM
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Very easy to get to and parking great - definitely give it a try you will be happy you did!

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JimB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we had a great meal at Tavern 52. It was nice and hot and served promptly.

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Review
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Super nice restaurant, super friendly waiter. Had NFL games playing great experience! Will return!

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vipArnaldoL
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, big portions

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JerryC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and very creative on how they social distanced

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We had a good experience, not great, but given the current climate, I’d go back and give them another chance.

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Adrienne
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend the Tavern 52! The food was outstanding, our server Toni, was amazing, and the owner was incredible! A friend and I went recently on a Saturday for lunch.
One of the entrees I tried was the littleneck clams. They were the best I've ever had! I even got a takeout container to take home my left over clam sauce, it was that good! I also had the lobster salad, which was so delicious!!!! I also tried the parmesan and garlic wings, I love them!!! I cannot say one bad thing! They have outdoor and indoor seating. Precautions are followed and everyone is socially distanced appropriately. The new owner has done a fabulous job! If you haven't tried it yet, I would highly recommend adding it to your list!!! You will not be disappointed.

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vipshill
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the burger it was at least 10 ounces I ordered it medium rare and it came out medium rare best ever wife had lobster salad sandwich she loved it can’t wait to try the rest of the menu

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Else
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice sports bar/diner. Recommended.

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PatrickR
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Tavern 52 - everything about the place is nice. It's also very close to our house so doing the quick pop-in is always fun.
BTW: Love their pizza.

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KevinS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The calzone and stromboli were especially tasty!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My husband's order came out with wrong pasta. Outdoor dining was a bit noisy.

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Pepermom
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food and excellent service. No clue why it isn’t packed! But, makes for a wonderful quiet, relaxing meal.

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JamieP
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

First time we’ve ever been there. There was music and we came late(8:30) so not many people there eating. The food was good and a lot of food for cost. It was nice to not have many there but I was surprised because the food was all good. The staff was all great.

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Celeste
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience1

This is a nice neighborhood tavern with lots of comfortable booths for dining.

FAQs

Tavern 52 offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (610) 388-1033.

Tavern 52 is rated 4.3 stars by 47 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.