Red Owl Tavern

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$31 to $50
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American
***Temporarily Closed***Centered in Old City Philadelphia, Red Owl Tavern is a modern American tavern featuring delicious local plates served just steps away from the Liberty Bell. Hand crafted sandwiches, bright salads and hearty classics create a menu perfect for everyone at your table. Sharing center stage is Red Owl's cocktail program focusing on prohibition era classics.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We all loved our food, from appetizers to desserts. The only exception was my husband didn't like the meatballs. Our server was great, and service was pretty quick. Fun and laidback vibe, but wish there was more space inside. Sitting in the tables downstairs you feel a little cramped. Overall though, we really enjoyed Red Owl! Would recommend!

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Jloewe
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The potatoes and beneights were incredible. However the omelet was a big disappointment.

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RachelAH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Drinks are pricey, but good. Not sure that a vodka martini with Bullet vodka should be $15, but the environment is good.

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BillY
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great drinks at the bar, and the Travelzoo voucher helped to save some money. Food excellent, and the service was outstanding. Very pleasant server. Will definitely come back

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EdwardM
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My date and I enjoyed the whole dining experience at the Red Owl. The food was very good. The bar and table service was very good.

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vipRedhand
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Christopher behind the bar is fantastic.

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vipcasinogirl
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

we picked a bad time for an early dinner this past sat as there was a wedding party that overtook most the bar and downstairs part of this really neat restaurant. a little disappointed with the menu as well, but server was great and food delicious. for price I would have liked a better atmosphere

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AnnetteW
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Cute placeplace

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ChristopherH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food2service3ambience2

The host was incredibly rude to us- arriving 15 min early for brunch.
The burger was cold, saw it sitting under lamps for 20 mins before it was brought out.
Eggs Benedict completely over cooked- eggs could have bounced on floor.
My meal was served 10 mins after everyone else- sent to wrong table.
Will not go back anytime soon.

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Temple
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We were in Philadelphia on Valentine's day and were staying at the Kimpton so we made our dinner reservations at the Red Owl. Service was very, very slow, food was , at best, mediocre and it was expensive. Not a good experience.

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BurgsBest
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Valentines Day! We weren’t aware of the set menu, and we were surprised to find that most of the courses were seafood, which we do not enjoy. We asked if it was possible to order from the regular menu, and our server happily obliged. Our food was delicious and the service fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good and great service, I would definitely recommend.

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RebeccaW
Pinehurst
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Over the course of my 3 night stay, I dined here several times having the scallops, steak and trout. The scallops were absolutely delicious. The steak had quite a lot of fat and considering the most pricey, disappointing. The stuffed trout was Devine and cooked perfectly.

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vipBarb
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and excellent service. Relaxed vibe. We'll be back.

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Wholefoodmama
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I went here for my birthday the food was just okay. I was a little disappointed as I looked for to my meal all the day. The service was also just okay.

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NickM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried a bunch of starters and they were all great. The salads and desserts were great too. They have a lot of stuff you see at other restaurants but put a unique twist to it like the brussel sprouts had pomegranate seeds in it or a kale salad with dates in it. The presentation was nice, the atmosphere was warm and the service was excellent. You should definitely give this restaurant a try.

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vipSally
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Burgers and fries were perfect! We'll go back to enjoy that again! Had really good service, very atttentive guy waiting on our table.

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anniversary
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for center city restaurant week celebrate the 38th anniversary of our first date . The food was fantastic especially the roasted brussel sprouts. There are great vegetarian and vegan options. Our server was attentive and personable. We will be back.

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HelenR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our dinner was tasty. The salmon really good. My husband had “impossible” meatballs and pasta. While very good the pasta was a bit skimpy for a main dish serving. Maybe if bread was on the table? Good place to meet and chat. The special cocktail was delicious and our waitress was ever so helpful and pleasant. We enjoyed!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are AMAZING! We ordered the crispy Brussel sprouts as an appetizer and I HIGHLY recommend them! As an entree I ordered the chicken and my friend ordered the salmon, both very good!

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vipfoodienyc
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience4

The Restaurant is nice inside and they have a kids menu. Chicken nuggets and fries were good for kids but the halibut entree dish was inedible and I’m not that picky. The fish was extremely dry and had no flavor the sauce was a weird soup mustard and had strange chunks of sweet potato puree.. not good. I love bok choy but this was fried and only tasted like oil. I wish it were steamed instead. I never write reviews but was very disappointed with the meal especially for the prices. I would stick with burgers and fries for this place.

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DamonB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience3

It's a very nice place and the food is good. Working downtown can be expensive so mostly I bring lunch so when its restaurant week, you like to treat yourself to something new. Servers should know that it comes every year and not get an attitude when you ask for the restaurant week menu or disappear from your table because your not ordering from the regular menu. Just my thoughts. Other then that, my lunch was great.

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JamieT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for restaurant week and the food was phenomenal. Also, the waitresses and staff were all awesome. I highly recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Limited but good menu for brunch. Food was tasty.

We were seated upstairs in a relatively dark area with a view of the bar obscured by large hanging lights.

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vipfanfromPLB
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I found this spot using my OpenTable app, it was nearby. What a find! The food was delicious, I had gluten-free scallops with celery root, cider au jus. Service was wonderful. I will be back!

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LuckyLady
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Needed someplace not too pricy near 5th & Market. Nice crowd. Good food pleasant server

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JessicaC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic except the halibut was slightly over cooked. But the duck was fantastic!

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MASC
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Location is great in relation to historic area sites. Service was great too, and using Open Table made it very easy to reserve a table. The food was tasty, but there was more of it than we could eat. Hazelnut latte was really good. We would definitely recommend it to others.

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Churchmouse
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

There were a few glitches during dinner...from our order being taken to served to table was a 50 minute wait. They didn't put my husband's order in...but finally did after mentioned. I never got the punch drink I ordered.

All this "said", the manager and staff were very apologetic, polite, and accommodating. They took my husband's meal off the bill and gave us 2 coupons for free apps on our next visit. And we will visit again because it was Christmas and terribly busy...and if you can't be appreciative of folks working on Christmas so you may have a meal then you don't get being patient and kind.

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RickE
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply delicious and delightful! Can’t wait to go back

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BarbaraR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We went here because it was open on Christmas Day. This is the main reason I give it three stars instead of two stars. The brunch menu was interesting, but what I wanted was the frittata, which they were out of. The burger was good, but way overpriced, as was the egg white omelette. Over the food was good, but not worth the price.

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ErinC
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic Christmas Eve dinner. It was Chinese pop up theme and all the food was delicious. We started with some apps (forgot to take pics cuz we dug right in) but we got the sweet and sour Brussel sprouts, vegetable dumplings, and crab wontons. All was very delicious and tasted very fresh. For entrees many stuck with small salads cuz we were full from apps but my mom and I got entrees. The bbq salmon was one of the best I’ve ever had. And of course always room for dessert but while all were tasty if I had to rank in order of deliciousness it would go dark chocolate custard it was creamy and the peppermint flavor ice cream was outstanding. Then the eggnog crème brûlée, and lastly bread pudding( not that it was not good just not the biggest fan of that type of dessert).

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The duck breast was excellent. The tiramasu brownie sundae is awesome!

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Dave
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice restaurant/bar for a drink and a bite to eat near Independence Hall. Menu has nice entrees and a great burger. Will keep it in mind for our next visit to this part of Philly!

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MGS12
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner with family.

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JohnH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Had dinner with friends here the Saturday after Thanksgiving. One of the few places we could get a reservation. But we had eaten here before so we knew it would be good and it was. Service was great. The noise level was high but we were on the fist floor near the bar. Should of asked for a table up stairs. Great location and easy walk to the train.

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KathyK
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best waitress and everyone was so nice!! The chicken dinner I had was the best. I highly recommend this restaurant and the location is excellent!

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vipFran
Philadelphia
97 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

we were there at 6:45 for thanksgiving. we had a nice, quiet booth upstairs. our server was very nice and the food came out quickly. we had a yummy turkey dinner and it was really well priced at $24.00

the only problem, and unfortunately, it left us with such a "bad taste in our mouths" was that while my friend was having her cappucino, at about 8:30, the server came over and said his manager said they were closing. i asked if she could just finish and they said no, she can finish it downstairs in the reception area. we were really turned off. i mean it was still early and who would imagine that we would be rushed out when our reservation was taken for 6:45.

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RoxanneS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visited for Thanksgiving dinner and had a wonderful time. Delicious food and friendly staff! Would highly recommend to first-time visitors, like me, the BEST location in Old City.

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ThanksgivingMiracle
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went here on Thanksgiving, because when I called I asked if they were offering their regular kids menu. When we arrived, it turns out they were not, and whomever I spoke with, either couldn't pay attention, or didn't bother to find out the right answer. The manager, still treated us very nicely, and bought us our meal. My kids are picky, but we were able to cobble together a few things that they like, and had a much more pleasant Thanksgiving than we could have otherwise, given the circumstances. My wife and I really enjoyed our food, and the service was very good.

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