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Red Owl Tavern

4.4
1118 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.


We look forward to seeing you soon!

Offers

  • 50% off Wines By The Bottle

    Multiple dates available

    Fri 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    Join us every Monday 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 1118 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday dinner. Waitress was nice. Food was decent. They sat us by the door and it was really cold.

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AliceN
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Received a gift certificate. They were accommodating as our reservations were for 5 PM. We finished up at a museum much earlier and they were able to take us at three. Our waitress was outstanding. Brunch menu until five, not very appealing to us.

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vipEnjoyeating17
Philadelphia
62 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was high quality and service was good.

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HARRIETTW
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Disappointing that we could not get the cornbread

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DaveF
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great service from the staff.

Appetizers were very slow and came out with min of main meal.

Main courses were good…certainly not great. Philly cheese from Philly was disappointingly ordinary.

Soup was bland.

Overall ok for what we got but will not be going back.

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vipMargate
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Limited menu

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Morning of my wedding. Great experience

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nachum
Atlantic City
17 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience1

It was horrible. Only 5 expensive entrees on the menu. $20 cheesesteak, $25 hamburger, $5 for lemonade. $81 bill for 3 persons, no appetizers nor desserts

Very loud bar atmosphere

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Bill
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food service was great, atmosphere was good.Menu selection limited but everything was delicious.
Food came out in timely fashion and was hot

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kwfgdf
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside. The restaurant was a little short-staffed, as many are these days. But the waitress was calm and charming and professional and all went smoothly. The brunch food was REALLY good, from the blueberry pancakes to the veggie omelet to the shrimp and grits to the avocado toast! The sidewalk was pretty busy with people checking out at that time and lots of cars backing up, driving around and honking sometimes, but there are planters that mostly protect the diners from the crowded scene. Nice sunny corner across from Independence Park and a churchyard and shaded by large umbrellas.

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KMya
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

food was great, but the drinks took a while to come out.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

After 15 minutes I could not even order a drink. Staff was disinterested at best, abhorrent at worst. Would never visit again.

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MattS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Philadelphia. We bring friends, guests, and tours to Red Owl Tavern regularly and the service is always phenomenal. The menu has incredibly creative dishes and the bartender Richard really knows how to serve well. I'll definitely be continuing to go back many more times.

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Kjdsk
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Red Owl has potential with a few improvements. The shrimp and grits had a dominant Old Bay seasoning and needed more flavor balance. The biscuits and gravy arrived under seasoned and the biscuit texture was off. The croissants were fabulous…an exact French pastry… and the fresh fruit was hand cut and perfectly ripe. LaColombe coffee was served and my latté was beautiful. Our server was absolutely lovely but obviously overwhelmed with the brunch pace. She would have benefited from support from bussers or food runners to get creamer for coffee refills, spoons etc. Our meal was delivered very quickly, which we appreciated. We will visit the restaurant again and try other items.

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vipCarynK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our meal. Very impressed

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vipAndreDawson
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zachary and Sumiya was an excellent server. I would recommend Nova Lox, Chicken and Waffles, Bottomless Mimosa, and Salmon Cesar salad. The ice latte and Hendrix gin was excellent to.

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ViktorP
Lincolnshire
23 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Why 4 four stars? Well, it was not something amazing or taste challenging and we had to send back my son’s burger back as it was just burned on one side. At the same time, considering how busy brunch could be and how late we look for reservations, the place was great. I would come back the again if I am looking at brunch with the family in old town. Especially if you stay in Monaco or Renaissance hotels or planning an early morning trip to liberty bell as it is just steps away from it.

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MelissaA
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Quality food and great option for breakfast or brunch! Especially convenient to historical landmarks and for guests of the Kimpton Monaco.

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vipDatengtdining
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had the cheese steak and Tavern burger. Both had very good flavor and the burger was juicy. I wish the menu was a little larger.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

So disappointed. I’ve eaten here before and the food has been good but my breakfast was horrible. The service was super slow and when we finally got our food, it was cold. We were there for my daughter’s birthday and while I didn’t make a special note of it on the reservation, my daughter was opening presents. I was surprised that the waitress didn’t at least wish her happy birthday or bring something out (a piece of cake w a candle?) in celebration. I know that the food service industry is suffering in trying to find help, but other restaurants I’ve been to - the food and service and overall experience have not been this bad.

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DevG
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

food was so good!! There was bit of an issue with seltzer’s and club soda but the waitress took the mishaps off the bill!(: Everyone was extremely nice.

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JazA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came in for Sunday brunch and it wasn’t busy at all. The biscuits and gravy is a delicious dish but definitely come with an appetite!! It’s a lot more food than it seems, but totally worth the food coma.

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KTown
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The service staff is very friendly and the place was clean. The food was good, but a little overpriced for what you actually got.

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vipCathyR
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good, service was good. Perfect place for a nice lunch while visiting the sites in Philly.

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DorotheaS
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good. 3 top tables too close together. No privacy.

EC
EatsbyCMS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Server wonderful, great spot!

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AliP
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great breakfast place in center city; really enjoyed eating outside and getting to people (and dog) watch! Great breakfast options and we really enjoyed the brunch mimosa special! Definitely reocmmend.

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vipLikestoeat
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Tables really close together & extremely noisy. Had the Phil’s steak & Cheese & was very disappointed. Just a large mass of meat on a roll. The cheese & onions must of disintegrated, because you could not see or taste them.

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vipJamesF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our third time here and have yet to be disappointed.

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KristenW
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was friendly and our waiter was attentive. The food was fabulous. I had the blueberry pancakes and my sister had the BAE breakfast sandwich. It was the perfect setting for an impromptu meal.

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KathleenB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food but a little on the expensive side!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live close by and had a visitor from out of town. We have frequented the Red Owl Tavern on multiple occasions and it was our first choice for lunch. Open table made it easy to get a reservation which was definitely needed. Great experience in the historic district!

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Leeeeeee
New England
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good; unique offerings. My meal was tasty but not out of this world (general tso cauliflower). The cocktails were also unique, I just happened not to enjoy mine which is partly my fault. Overall it was a decent dining experience, the staff and bartenders were wonderful.

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Malia
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I choose outdoor seating and it still was a great experience. Food was delicious and different but I would recommend this restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’re staying the Kimpton Monaco. The Red Owl Tavern is the restaurant here. It is awesome! The staff is amazing and do a great job. They work very hard to make it a great experience. We will definitely be back both here and the hotel!

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Mbaya
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Too small, didn't like the silverware, coffee cream had stuff floating on top. Bloody Mary was not good. But the server was nice. Food was not bad but not the best.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service ..

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DianaM
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was such a cute place for lunch. We had visitors from Florida and the location Red Owl and the atmosphere was great to showcase Philly! Thanks for a great visit.

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SusanR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steak frites and truffle fries were phenomenal! Highly recommend!

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 1118 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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