Red Owl Tavern

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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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JJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Overpriced and underwhelming. Salads came out soggy and swimming in dressing. Entrees were cold, proteins overcooked, and sides undercooked.

JA
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I would have liked to have seen more diet friendly foods or vegetarian options. There was a large amount of deep fried foods and not must choice other than a salad.

KG
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food service was a bit slow but my bartender was amazing. the burger had mayo even though i requested it without it. The drinks were so delicious and the dessert was awesome!!!

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A friend and I stopped in for brunch and was blown away with how the restaurant looked so quaint and rustic. You can be dressed up or down and still fit right in. The food was AMAZING!! Nothing disappointed. I plan to go back and try some of the other menu options. I can only speak for brunch when I say you cannot go wrong with choosing this as your next dining option!

C
Charleston
34 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent dinner at Red Owl Tavern tonight! We ordered the Caesar salad to start, then Steak au Poive and the roasted chicken. The salad was crispy and delish, made from local lettuces. Both the chicken and steak were cooked perfectly and were amazing!
We will def be back next time we are in town.
Server Francis was also very helpful; thank you!

KC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great visit! The food was on point and the staff was beyond excellent. Everyone we encountered was fantastic. Thanks for a great lunch!

K
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice waitress.

DA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Restrooms are not very conveniently located. Quite a hike.

CH
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The restaurant would benefit from additional staff. The wait staff seemed a little inundated.

Red Owl Tavern
Responded on October 1, 2019

Thank you for your feedback and know that we would love to host you at the Red Owl Tavern in the future to show you how great we can actually execute!

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A
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Red Owl is always my primary "go to" restaurant when I visit Philly. The food is always amazing, the crowd is always friendly, and the service is always outstanding. I visit Philly at least once a month and each time I'm at Red Owl I meet strangers that seem like friends. Good vibes, good food, good people, and great service! Every time!

K
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

First time coming here for me and my friend so I wasn’t sure what to expect. It’s in an area where there are a lot of tourists but the place feels big and open which I liked. The waitress we had was ok but took a significantly longer time to first approach our table than she did with the tables she had after us I noticed. We went for brunch. We ordered the mimosa special that mentioned a bottle to share and various juices, but when we ordered we were told you have to get and walk over to add juice to your mimosa. I’m sorry but I don’t see why any customer would like this as compared to having small carafes sent to the table like most brunch spots do. Our waitress could have offered to Atl east bring our orange juice with our bottle but she just brought the bottle and glasses. I later asked for a carafe of OJ and we just used that instead of getting up for each new pour.

The food...the big cinnamon roll they have was disappointing. For some reason they didn’t have the apricot glaze and normal presentation but instead had chocolate in it? Thankfully we liked chocolate too lol. The actual roll was too airy for me for a quality cinnamon roll and the icing was way too light and tasted closer to whip cream than icing. The eggs Benedict I ordered was the best part of the meal however it took 2 tries by the cook. The first time my eggs Benedict came out with the eggs wayyy overdone. It’s frustrating because too many times restaurants prejudge me and assume I want my eggs well done maybe because I’m black? We are not all alike. I like my eggs runny. I like my poached eggs POACHED. The manager at least did come out and apologize and confirm the 2nd dish was better and it was. The waitress had a very nonchalant attitude, not mean but i just didn’t like it. I also unlike common belief am a very good tipper but I’m happy I wasn’t paying and having to tip on this date lol. Doubt I will go back with all the restaurants I have to choose from in old city closer to me.

Red Owl Tavern
Responded on October 1, 2019

Kendra, I wanted to thank you for your feedback concerning your most recent experience at the Red Owl Tavern. We will take this information and work towards executing at a higher level.

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MM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Celebrated a friends birthday. Always enjoy this going to this restaurant with their attentive service and good food. Great location as well. I recommend you try it.

MS
Savannah
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Family reunion

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Second time coming (loved it the first), service is always impeccable. Last time we came here for a break from cheesesteaks but ended up getting talked into one and it was amazing. We came back for the cheesesteak but found it to be a bit over seasoned. My wife had to order a ceasar salad to go and didn't eat anything except the crutons and grilled chicken (( which was $4 to add )) because the ceasar dressing was horseradish and mayonnaise.... That's it. We'll of course be back the next time we're in Philly and I'll just mention I'd prefer my meat a little less seasoned. 😊 Oh! Also they were out of the Puree for the Bellini bar and while they substituted with juice which was totally fine, I'd come to expect more from a place that saw me not eat my cheesesteak order something else and still charged me for both.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate outside. Everything was good. We'll be back.

MS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was really good across the board. Had a really nice experience.

OT
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 1

We used to be regulars there, but this was our last time. The music was so loud that my guest had put ear plus in! It was all made worse because the manager wouldn’t turn the volume down.

CN
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent, food was not good at all. Our server was very attentive, service was excellent so you would really feel bad to complain about the food.

JA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Great location and fun vibe, but you can find MUCH better food in Old City/Society Hill - especially at this price point. Check out Amada just up the street for incredible cuisine and exceptional service!

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Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Oatmeal
Was watery and not good. Not exceptional food

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Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Menu was not kid friendly or vegan friendly.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and wait staff

MF
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We experienced the rudest waitress...we mentioned that it happened to be our sons 40th birthday...she then replied we charge $25 for forks and plates..in a very nasty attitude..it was a very pricey dinner for awful service and not great food...we were all very disappointed...

Live in the neighborhood and would not recommend it ...

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The grits are AMAZING!!

Red Owl Tavern
Responded on August 4, 2019

Thank you!! We are huge fans of the grits, too. Hope to see you back at Red Owl soon!

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Taking friends on the Constitutional Walk prior to dinner

Red Owl Tavern
Responded on August 4, 2019

Thank you for the five stars! You definitely enjoyed a little bit of all the historic district has to offer. Please join us at Red Owl again soon!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and food !

RT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager was absolutely wonderful and our waitress Alyson was the best!!! The crab fitters are a must and the bannana ice cream desert recommended by Alyson became the desert of choice in our section....everyone started ordering it.

Red Owl Tavern
Responded on August 4, 2019

Thank you, Roberta! We have passed along your kind words. We hope to see you again soon!

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BE
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No complaints about this place. Ambiance, Servi6, Food all was superb! My 13 year old daughter even loved it. Will definitely be returning.

Red Owl Tavern
Responded on August 4, 2019

Thank you so much for these kind words! We look forward to your next visit to Red Owl Tavern!

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BH
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic, wonderful dining experience..Food was delicious and the service was excellent. It was a Super fun place to eat and the staff went above and beyond in every part of the dinner service.. truly a pleasurable and memorable dinner.. highly recommend and ALL of our dishes were delicious 😋

Red Owl Tavern
Responded on July 20, 2019

WOW, Beverly! We can't thank you enough for your amazing review of your recent visit to Red Owl. We are so happy to hear that we were able to make your "girls weekend" a visit to remember! Please come see us again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, try to corn and crab fritters.

Red Owl Tavern
Responded on July 13, 2019

Thanks for sharing the tip! We couldn't agree more.

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l
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good but very over-priced.
The seared tuna was over cooked. The accompanying roasted Brussels sprouts were over seasoned.
The Caesar’s Salad was drenched in dressing, but reasonably sized.
The past portion was too small.

We had the crab/corn fritters for an appetizer- they were very good.

Service was slow and inattentive. Not worth the money.

Red Owl Tavern
Responded on July 6, 2019

We are sorry to see that your recent visit missed the mark. We would like to discuss your experience further - please feel free to reach out - karla.auermuller@redowltavern - so we can chat.

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NY
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and atmosphere were all excellent!! Took my kids to the Red Owl Tavern for dinner on July 4th weekend and we were very pleased. A great place for families and foodies!!

Red Owl Tavern
Responded on July 13, 2019

Thank you SO MUCH for these kind words! We love hearing that we were such a positive part of your holiday weekend! Please come back and see us at Red Owl again soon!

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TB
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Post-for tho July celebration

Red Owl Tavern
Responded on July 13, 2019

Thanks for joining us over the holiday! We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best mussels ever

Red Owl Tavern
Responded on July 5, 2019

Thank you for this awesome compliment! We appreciate the feedback - please join us again soon!

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TB
Philadelphia
221 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We came on a Monday for the $25 lobster dinner special and it was a terrific value. Beware that they charge for bread!

Red Owl Tavern
Responded on July 5, 2019

Thank you for this terrific review! We are huge fans of the lobster bake, too - and the price can't be beat! We hope to see you at Red Owl again soon.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed it very much

Red Owl Tavern
Responded on June 30, 2019

We are so glad to see you enjoyed your recent visit to Red Owl Tavern. Please come back and visit us again soon!

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LK
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was very recommended by the wedding party of the wedding we attended on Saturday over the weekend. We had dinner upon our arrival on Friday that was superb. The ambiance was exceptional and the food, outstanding. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. We liked it so much we had breakfast this morning prior to leaving for the airport. The wait staff was extremely accommodating as my husband and I had many exceptions to what we ordered off the menu.

Red Owl Tavern
Responded on June 30, 2019

We are thrilled to see how much you enjoyed your time with us at Red Owl! Please be sure to stop in the next time you are in our neck of the woods!

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r
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Father’s Day dinner

JD
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, food was very good. Our waitress added a birthday candle to my husband’s ice cream once she heard we were celebrating his birthday. It was nice eating al fresco.

D
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for lunch when you are taking in the Old city sights

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