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Red Owl Tavern

4.4
1022 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions in Philadelphia, Red Owl Tavern will be temporarily suspending indoor and outdoor dining until further notice.

We will be offering take-out options for the time being, please visit our website for our most up to date hours and menu. You can order delivery through Grubhub, Caviar, Doordash and Ubereats.

We look forward to coming back to serve you and the community as quickly as possible!

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
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1022 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Felt very welcomed. We’re given complimentary glass of champagne after the manager was informed we were celebrating a special occasion. Service was very quick.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Pretty expensive for some mediocre grub. Must be the location. Plenty of better spots you can go to in old Philly.

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MaryB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always- excellent food! They did a great job with the seating and we never felt uneasy or nervous. Service was excellent.

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BobbyR
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The service was excellent. Very fast, friendly, the server was wonderful. Made suggestions, brought food out immediately. The atmosphere is amazing.
Food choices were boring! Brunch was very limited. For the food offered the prices were quite high. Definitely better Brunch options in the nearby vicinity. Although the breakfast sandwich was well-made I could get a similar quality at a diner. I was surprised at the lack of creativity in the dishes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was fine, nothing special and somewhat overpriced. I expected the food to be better quality since the menu was so limited and selective. Overall, it was good not great. Service also took a while to get our waters and orders placed upon seating.

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James
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great!!! The server was nice and made sure that we was comfortable. The food was good.

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DaniW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing and the food was really good.

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vipShonta19125
Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrific and I do mean HORRIBLE, HORRIFIC!!!!!!!! The telephone girl-bartender-delivery girl-order taker girl Sara is terrible!!!! She is so inappropriate and immature that it’s a true disservice to Ref Owl. I will not be returning after being a loyal patron for 8 years which I think might have been when the originally opened. The one man show is nor a good look!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitstaff was wonderful and friendly.

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viponefoodie1
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and came quickly and hot! It is a repeat!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. I ordered the porkchop, probably the best porkchop I have ever had.

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Teenuhbee
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

So good!!!! Table was not ready upon arrival even though I made a reservation. Trying to find the entrance was a bit troublesome also bc the sidewalk was taped off. The food made up for these discrepancies as it was amazzzziinngggggg!!! So good I had to salute Chef before I left. Very very fresh food...nothing processed. Chill, cozy atmosphere...suitable for date night or night out with friends. Will absolutely be back AND recommend friends!!!!!

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SandySmith
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have missed RedOwl! Service and food - EXCELLENT!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was very impressed with Red Owl, especially in light of COVID. Very spacious and accommodating seating and great service. Food was delicious.

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karen
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food! Was a perfect place to get appetizers and drinks with friends or have a dinner in a bar type atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
78 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We ate here several times pre covid and it was ok. Tonight was terrible. The menu is limited. We had Burrata. The focaccia were pieces of white toast that were so greasy. One side slathered in oil. The tomatoes and burrata were swimming in oil.. The caesar salad was soaked in dressing and had a lot of kraft parm cheese on it.. The parmesan truffle fries were so greasy.
The roasted chicken was ok. The steak was over cooked and there was some sauce on it that tasted terrible. The ahi tuna was fishy. My son liked his salmon. They gave us plastic utensils and not the sturdy type. The napkin that came with it was a piece of toilet paper. I asked for real napkins and got cocktail napkins. I thought for dinner we would get real utensils but no. You can not use that cheap knife to cut meat. We have been out to 4 restaurants before this one. we used real utensils and got real napkins.

The server was excellent.

we will not be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good and the place was very nice

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DanielleC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

We went here for a birthday dinner and were sat outside in the dark. No lights near the table, no light on the umbrella, literally sitting in the dark. It was not fun and no one from the restaurant seemed to care or try to make it right. The service was just ok. We didn’t see our waitress often but that’s probably because she could see our table since it was in the dark.. The food wasn’t great but also how good can food be eating in the dark? Overall not a great experience and if you’re going to go make sure you call and request to not eat in the dark... lol that is all

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CaitC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was energetic, friendly, and anticipated all of our needs. All of the staff were wearing face shields and masks so I felt safe and comfortable and that they took public health seriously. The food came out quickly and was delicious and the portions were generous. Will definitely be back

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CyndyMcG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited for Restaurant week and was not disappointed. Dined inside (YAY!!). Social distance was great, service was great, and food was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff was wonderful! Everyone attended to us and made sure our experience was pleasant. The place was beautiful and the food was very tasty.

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AsiaP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks and food.

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LauraD
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food even with the abbreviated covid menu - steak-frites and tuna were delicious - and they still make some of the best cocktails I've had in the city. Their staff HUSTLES too. Overall great experience

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Red Owl was great! I’m still learning different places in the city to eat and drink and had friends visiting from New York. I wish every place I took them was as great as Red Owl. You’ve earned a loyal and vocal customer. Thank you!

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RobertG
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

we ha reservation on 3:30. We went to the hostess to remains him/her about our reservation. The hosts keep forgetting our table. We got sited at 3:45 after the third times asking the host about our table. The waiter is not very good, he came up to us only get our order and check.

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Momo
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time here. Tried the cheesesteak, I was skeptical at first but it was delicious. Definitely one of the best cheesesteaks I’ve ever had.

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Girlfoodie
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was very good. I had the salmon and my daughter had the chicken

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KelseyD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Super expensive for mediocre at best food. Would not go back.. Menu was small and food was meh.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Seating was limited so my wife and I were at tables just outside of the door to the restaurant with no breeze.
Looking forward to a return visit in the early evening with the umbrellas down so that we can enjoy the sunset over Independence Hall.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Server knew nothing about the menu , BUT DID HER BEST !! Thank you to her!!

Food took forever to come out order the Filet Mignon.. it came with fires. Steak was cold! My date ordered the same with rice, RICE WAS ICE COLD! !!! Sent back asked for mashed potatoes!! The mashed potatoes was the best thing she ordered.

For drinks we had “philly fish rum punch..” all ice and rum .! Wasn’t mixed at its best I’ve had it before and it was actually good. Today must have just been a bad day.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining during this period of time but the food was phenomenal! I came with five other people and we enjoyed all of our food (no leftovers)!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining during this period of time but the food was phenomenal! I came with five other people and we enjoyed all of our food (no leftovers)!

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vipTheBigCheese
Philadelphia
234 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Three of us all had the Lobster Clambake. For $25 you get a lobster with mussels shrimp corn and potatoes. Just delicious but only Monday and Tuesday.

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vipmamafoodie
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

In light of Covid, plastic cutlery and disposable plates were used which were such poor quality, it made the dining experience feel like a wasted meal out. My fork broke, and I was unable to cut my steak frites with the knife. They should invest in better quality disposable cutlery and plates. Server was pleasant, food fair. Will not be going back.

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Gregorygraphics
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

the open table menu doest match the actual menu on the QR code

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

RL
RogerL
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Had the spicy cauliflower Lund which was tasty but pretty meager for $20. The worse is all items are now being served on paper plates and plastic cups and utensils. All restaurants have moved out door seating, and most use their crystal and plates and silver as usual. Red Owl does not. The situation is bad enough as it is (90 degree weather and high humidity) but to also add picnic wear to this food is really a bad idea. It was an unfortunate experience to me.

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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
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

FAQs

Red Owl Tavern offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 923-2267.

Red Owl Tavern is rated 4.4 stars by 1022 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.

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