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Red Owl Tavern

4.3
1073 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Neighborly meets sophisticated at Red Owl, a modern tavern in the heart of Old City, just across from the Liberty Bell. Among soaring windows and cozy tables, the kitchen serves up smart, stylish takes on American staples (a cheesesteak never tasted as good as ours, made with premium shaved rib-eye). When paired with craft beers and classic cocktails, it’s a clever balance of fancy and familiar, with a dash of Philly flair.

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions in Philadelphia, parties LARGER THAN 4 will be split into two tables. We will try to keep them as close together as possible.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Offers

  • 50% off Wines By The Bottle

    Multiple dates available

    Fri 12:00 PM - 4:15 PM

    Join us every Monday and Tuesday for 50% off wine by the bottle.

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 1073 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TammyD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, but I thought the sirloin was rather pricey considering size and accompaniments.
Service was outstanding!

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vipCathyP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good for brunch! Service was excellent! I would come again.

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Paige
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food here is very delicious! However, our server was not the greatest. She took a long time to greet us, and then even longer to ask us what we wanted to order. She brought out the appetizer about 5 minutes before our main meals came out, so we barely had room on the table for everything, and we were not done with the appetizer when our meals arrived. The tables are also very close together, so it's kind of loud.

Despite these things, the food was delicious and I would go here again, but I hope we get a different server and different table.

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AngelaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for brunch on Sunday. Very good food and service. Perfect location for visiting Independence Hall

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LauraK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was very good, mimosa was strong and more bubbles than orange juice

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Just average

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!!

JG
JohnG
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere, good service, great location in center city

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jimsox
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great breakfast omelet with first class coffee. The two egg breakfast is also tasty.

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AnastasiaF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fresh and delicious and the Mimosa was delightful!

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MargotC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The Host was rude and ignored us when we first arrived and then proceeded to another guest who arrived after we did.

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CeCe
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and so convenient for area! Really enjoyed our time here!

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Chris
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was very good and quick, music was pretty loud, still put mayo on the burger despite asking for none, but that's life.

Would go back for the fries alone

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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MichaelB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Restaurant week menu made this a good value, otherwise it's pretty pricey for lunch.

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AndreaE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food great. Service is lacking, came for brunch not busy but service for beverages and food was so slow. Server forgot items had to ask other servers for help. Food was good but not good enough to put up with that kind of service.

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MeredithS
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went for lunch with a friend on a beautiful day. Food was just ok, but we had good service and sat outside under an umbrella. Great spot for people watching!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Steak was inedible. Brussel sprouts divine!

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Jess
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

It’s a nice cafe but not many options on the menu. Ambiance is perfect for work while eating. On the expensive side

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great Mother’s Day brunch!

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AriUaFoodie7
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Visited for Mother’s Day brunch. Great ambiance, delicious food which came out timely and mimosas! Would definitely return.

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LYNETTE
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Outdoor dining was very tight. I asked for regular seating was not expecting to be seated outside

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

No reply to my special request

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jruth
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

The menu was VERY limited. Our seating was right beside the waiter station and very confined. Perhaps we’ll be back again after the pandemic.

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JBR1
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great! We only had drinks and appetizers but everything was delicious! We felt very safe and it was wonderful to see the restaurant busy and lively again!

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NateW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my second time there staff very friendly drinks are very good and that cheesesteak is to die for🙂🙂

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The menu is extremely small, which we did not realize until we got there. The limited menu with higher prices led us to just get an appetizer and drinks.

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Saheed
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

ordered the seafood boil. it was very bland and not seasoned well. Not horrible but very bland.

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vipSueS
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Went on a Monday for the Lobster bake special which was half the price on other nights. Restaurant was quiet, few customers and appropriately spaced for Covid requirements. Service was pleasant but a bit uneven, flavor of the lobster bake was tasty if a little short on lobster and appetizers were good sized and flavorful. Was a good experience during Covid but not necessarily a place we would eat regularly

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday brunch for my family! Thank you!

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Alfred
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clean, fun atmosphere. Great service, great food.

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vipKarenE
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Sadly, I was disappointed. I was celebrating my birthday and made the reservation for 5 people, however they only allowed four of us to sit together and my mother sat alone across the room. It was too late for us to find another restaurant, so we settled.
Aside from that, there was only one waiter serving the entire restaurant (upstairs and downstairs). He was great, but slow service is the outcome of that scenario.

Red Owl Tavern
Responded on April 23, 2021

Hello Karen, Sorry you that we could not seat you next to each other however the city of Philadelphia does not currently allow more than 4 at a table to dine together in doors.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bottomless mimosas and brunch were great! We loved our server

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Lisa
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Brunch was great. The steak was cooked exactly how I like it (medium). The chicken and waffles was tasty. Bottle of champagne for $22 and comes with your choice of juice. The waiter and bartender were both attentive and nice. I would definitely go back.

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viptbird
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food not hit when delivered but all else good. Missed the old brunch menu

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vipPhillythropist
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for the lobster bake and left a happy camper! It was awesome 😎

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Ayesha
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The cheesesteak was amazing and was great quality for the value! Highly recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant, now that we are all vaccinated, it was the first place we dined since last February.

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DebbieB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Nice selections on menu, something for everyone. Service is excellent. Been to Red Owl many times and it never disappoints.

FAQs

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

Red Owl Tavern is rated 4.3 stars by 1073 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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