About Red Owl Tavern

Centered in Old City Philadelphia Red Owl Tavern is a modern American tavern and a new kind of power spot that sizzles with artisan butchery, farm connected ingredients and an inclusive vibe. Serving hand crafted sandwiches and burgers by day and grilled roast house specialties by night. Our menu has truly made this a gathering place for everyone. Sharing center stage is Red Owl's cocktail program focusing on prohibition era classics.

433 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 11:00am;
Brunch: Saturday + Sunday 8:00am - 3:00pm;
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 4:30pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm;
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm;

Cross Street:
Corner of 5th & Chestnut

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 923-2267

Website:
http://www.redowltavern.com/

Catering:
Red Owl Tavern literally corners the cradle of liberty. Uniquely situated across from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, this American eatery features soaring windows that bring Philadelphia's energy inside. From our uniqure Shanghai Boardroom, intimate Chef's Table, and social atmosphere of the Mezzanine Level, it's hard not to find the perfect spot for your private event! Red Owl has the roots of a true tavern - so ideas can be exchanged over a great meal and a cold drink. It manages to be old, new and free-thinking. Just like Philly.

Parking Details:
Valet is $25 with validation

Or selfpark at Autopark at Independence Mall
http://philapark.org/garages/Independence-mall/

41 North 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

•Evening – Enter after 5:00 PM – $9.50 – (Sunday through Thursday)
•Enter after 5PM, exit before 3 AM – $5.00 (Friday & Saturday)

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Public Transit:
Market East Station
- When exiting the station walk East on Market Street until you reach 5th street. Make a right onto Chestnut St.

For additional directions please see
http://www.monaco-philadelphia.com/map/index.html

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 9:45PM

Private Dining

Red Owl has the roots of a true tavern. It manages to be old, new & free-thinking all at once. Whether you're a group of 10 or of 300, we will tailor a setting that feels just right for you!

Red Owl Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (15)
Bar Seating (13)
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Comfort Food (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Worth the Drive (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Business Meals (4)
Cozy (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Authentic (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Romantic (3)
Great Beer (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Spicy (2)
Live Sports (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Vegan (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

I came here for breakfast they had a lot of great options. The coffee was amazing and we tried the egg white omelette it had my taste buds dancing. Highly recommend for a healthier meal option that is so delicious.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Vegan, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Fantastic! Great food and service. Thank you Chef Shawn!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 14, 2018

I ordered 2 cups of hot water. The waitress charged me $10. I complained and asked her why and she said because she had to do it.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 12, 2018

My wife and I were in town from Harleysville at noon to volunteer for several hours at Philabundance and we had tickets for the Orchestra that evening. So we decided to stay downtown all day and I landed on the Red Owl Tavern as a restaurant choice purely by chance. The noise level was beyond energetic and the menu choices were limited but both our meals were excellent and our server was terrific.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Best salmon and best asparagus I have EVER had! I eat in good restaurants often.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Casual
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Love the food and service

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Came here for brunch on New Years Day. Maybe the service was very slow because of the holiday. No juice was available because the juicer was broken. The food took approximately 50 minutes to come out. The food was good but we probably won't come back because of the other issues.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year’s Eve

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Fabulous find in a great location!
While looking for a fun place to eat near Independence Hall, we wandered into the Red Owl Tavern. What a treat! Great atmosphere, amazing drink menu, friendly server and an interesting menu. All of this made for a great evening out!

Tags: Fun, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Very convenient to museums and has nice atmosphere. Tried to order Southern Comfort/rocks from bar and they didn't carry it. Our filets(?) Steak Frites were tough. Not likely to return.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Went to restaurant with family on Xmas, one of only restaurants open. Was excited when we arrived, as it was bustling and fun. We were then disappointed, as food was just fair. Took forever for food to arrive. Too expensive.

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

SO and I went for Christmas dinner and were seated in one of the booths in the back. The ambiance is lovely, dimmed lights and red lanterns (which matched the Chinese pop up theme). However, the food left a lot to be desired. The broccoli was overly charred, the smoky flavor was overwhelming. There were very few vegetarian options (only one main course). The burger was one of the worst my SO has experienced. The service was very aloof.
We stayed in the hotel and won’t order from them again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

I should have done my research on this place before making a reservation. They advertised that they would be playing a Christmas Story all day, so I thought that it would be a great place for Christmas dinner since we would not be with family this year. I was pretty bummed when I arrived and was told that the one tv in the restaurant was changed to football. I also thought there would be authentic Chinese food, not Chinese-inspired food so that was also a let down. I would not have been as disappointed if it were a typical dinner on a normal day, but I had higher hopes for Christmas.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Stopped here for brunch on a Thursday morning. Service was warm, but incredibly slow. I honestly believe our server forgot to put in our order, and left us sitting there forever. It's a small place so it's not like she didn't see us! And of course we were in a bit of a hurry. Disappointing

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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We heard great things but our experience did not live up to the hype. There were no more than 5 parties seated in the upstairs area so I know no one was particularly busy. My medium rare steak frites were on the medium raw side. When I sent it back - it was about 10-15 minutes before I saw my meal again. Kudos for not reheating but sending a new one. However, my dining companion and I planned to eat together - not watch each other eat. When the bill came - there was no recognition of what transpired. When I asked for the manager, she did make a slight reduction. All in all, I would never go back.

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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Late lunch. It was busy, but not crowded. Seated quickly. Food was delicious. Server was attentive.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 10, 2017

This is our favorite place to dine, deliciousness wrapped in a wow experience with Katherine as our server!❤️

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We came here after the Army-Navy game with a party of 10. They were very accommodating. The cocktails were creative and fun and they had a good selection of beers. The corn fritter appetizer was yummy and the charcuterie and cheese boards were a perfect start.The duck and steak got rave reviews. Pasta also was excellent. Shane, our server, was attentive and fun and gave great recommendations.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Drinks were pricey. Food was tasty. Two people ordered individual steaks but they were out so they ordered the largest steak and split it. It was plenty for 2. Burgers are messy but good!
A bit loud but kind of cool, hip place. Staff was accommodating to special requests like salad instead of fries for some. Those that got fries...they were awesome. We would go there again.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Fun, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Waiter was very friendly - excellent service for a party of five. Steak Tartar is one of the best I’ve ever had.

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Fantastic food and superior service. An outstanding evening

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Very expensive drinks which being called a "tavern" seems ironic.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Had we not been seated upstairs, the restaurant might've been too noisy. Had a meeting with the Consul General of Poland from New York, who enjoyed the restaurant very much. I thought that was high praise coming from someone who eats in New York often. The menu was varied enough that we could all find something to eat--even those who were trying to be healthy. The wait staff couldn't have been more accommodating--all with a smile.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I had brunch here and I ordered the baked french toast. It looked like there were nuts on the french toast, but it could have well been streusel on top. I asked the waitress to confirm with the kitchen if this had nuts on it because I was allergic. Moments went by and I hadnt hear so I played it safe and ordered the the egg-white omelette. This omelette had nothing but gruyere cheese inside and was very dissatisfying. It appeared to be nothing like it sounded on the menu. I asked for the manager and explained to him my nut allergy as well as the egg-white omelette not being up to par. He said that was the way they made the omelette and I was mistaken. He didnt apologize for any inconvenience they caused me. They failed to acknowledge my nut allergy and still charged us for what we ate. The least they could have done was comped us for one of the entrees. I wont be returning here ever again and I advise all who are reading this to never go here. Management is terrible and the food is not great. I would have been better of cooking breakfast myself.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Amazing food! Date night for me and my boyfriend and he loved it as did I!

Tags: Happy Hour, Romantic, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Our service and the food was excellent! We will definitely return. We were surprised how empty it was for a Saturday night.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great food. It was

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Saturday brunch. Mostly very good. The server could/should have been more attentive. I think she was new.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Probably went there to late on Thanksgiving evening. If you go for food, don’t sit at the bar, service is top notch but the bar space is too limited. I’ll go back, just not to the bar.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Set reservations for thanksgiving the Decor and layout was beautiful,food was great, service was fast especially accommodating the children, waitress provided excellent service, was Skeptical at first upon entrance with my fiancé and 2 lil ones ages 1yrs old and 2yrs old because of the there not being other little ones around and second guessing the booking but was later put at ease see other families arrivals the drive from Allentown was worth we would definitely come back😉

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went to Red Owl Tavern for Thanksgiving, and overall, I'm not sure that they should be doing special events like that. Their prix fixe menu for the holiday didn't include any choices, and didn't include pumpkin pie-- had I known that, I probably would have chosen another restaurant right off the bat. However, they did have selections from their regular menu available, so my husband ordered off of that. The prix fixe food did not some high quality enough to merit the price. The soup was fine, but the turkey dinner was... well, basic, and the gravy was poor. It tasted like a seasoning mix, rather than real food. Overall, I didn't think it was worth the price, and I would definitely go somewhere else next year.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

very expensive for a simple thanksgiving dinner and what tasted like canned gravy. I'd like to try it on a regular day rather than a holiday

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

I had a delicious Thanksgiving meal at Red Owl! Everything was excellent and the service outstanding!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Live Sports
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

I was there for Thanksgiving meal by my self because I just moved here an my wife was and is still in Florida. I ordered the special Thanksgiving 3 course meal. The first course was a soup and it was very good. The next course was the main course, but it came to my table 5 minuets after the soup...way too early. I found the server and told her this was too early, so she took it away. When I was finished with the soup, 15 minuets, the main course came from where I was told the heating lamp. There were plates of main course being delivered, during my 15 minuets eating my soup, why didn't I get a fresh main course? My main course came after spending 15 minuets under the heat lamp, that destroyed the texture of the food which destroyed the entire meal because it was the MAIN COURSE. You should not be using heating lamps for a plate of food for 15 minuets. I was expecting much better service, knowledge of food preparation and knowing customer expectations. If this is how you treat customers on a national holiday meal, count me OUT!!

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Good service in the restaurant. Food was good and plentiful.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Pleasantly surprised by the dining experience. Server was fun, knowledgeable and so accommodating. This started the evening off in the RIGHT foot. The food was fabulous and the bread was extraordinary. Will go to again and again.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Braised poek rib was amazing! The scallops were delicious and lemon drop cocktail the best!

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 17, 2017

I like the ambience. Dishes are interesting; service is good, but gets less attentive after mains arrive. Draft beers are small for the price.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We went to the Red Owl for brunch before we saw a movie at the Ritz
Theater. The food was good, selection varied and service good. I really liked that they have various juice drinks on the menu (kale, spinach, beet juices, freshly made).

Highly recommend.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Solid place for brunch ! Great food.

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