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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Come check out our China Town Pop Up Christmas Eve Dinner. The Tavern halls will be decked in a full Chinese Restaurant theme and A Christmas Story will be streaming on TV. Chef is cooking all our favorite Chinese dishes, and we will be donning our ugliest Christmas sweaters...you should too!

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Come check out our China Town Pop Up Christmas Dinner. The Tavern halls will be decked in a full Chinese Restaurant theme and A Christmas Story will be streaming on TV. Chef is cooking all our favorite Chinese dishes, and we will be donning our ugliest Christmas sweaters...you should too!

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Ring in the New Year right next to the Liberty Bell! Enjoy our a la carte dinner menu or our special Prixe Fixe menu with your closest friends and family. Don't forget the rooftop bar, Stratus, or the most responsible way to get home after celebrating...a stay at the beautiful Hotel Monaco!

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Details
Sun - Tue 5:00PM - 7:30PM

Thu - Fri 5:00PM - 7:00PM 9:00PM - 10:45PM

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

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Comfort Food (9)
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Bar Seating (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Fun (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Business Meals (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Romantic (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Cozy (2)
Healthy (2)
Live Sports (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Spicy (2)
Great Beer (2)
Authentic (1)
Seasonal (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

Fantastic food and superior service. An outstanding evening

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

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

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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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vip
 (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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

A little disappointed that the champagne deal at brunch is no longer offered! But overall, brunch was pretty good and it's a good place for a larger group. The prices felt a little high for what you got, but the food itself was good.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent food and great space! I will return.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Loved loved our food and drinks! Sean the waiter was excellent! I am recommending the calamari and mussels!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Finally made it to this restaurant annnnnd it was OK. The food was tasty but our server was meh. The cocktails were pretty good although not alcohol in them 🙄. Also, the restaurant was rather darkly lit. I would have preferred more. I saw a few people using cell phone lights to read the menu (younger + older folks). I may go back, maybe...for lunch instead of dinner.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We picked The Red Owl because we were in town for Temple University Homecoming and Family Weekend- ( the mascot is and owl and Temple University colors are red and white ) - it was random but seemed fitting for the occasion- I’m so glad we did - 🦉
Great atmosphere... Quirky and hip - Clean and different from most places - the menu is varied and offers choices to any palate or dietary preferences ...the staff are so nice - very attentive and polite- the food was exquisite and presented well - we didn’t wait long for our food either - the price was right too - my only issue was paying 12 dollars for a bowl of oat meal - everything else was great. I would return to try the eggs Benedict- that look great - I highly recommend.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We started with drinks at the bar since dinner didn't start till 5pm. Each cocktail was so artfully thought out and executed well. Definitely worth the price. Our bartender Chris was great, carried on a conversation even though the bar was swamped. All the bar staff were great. We were having such a good time the bar we decided to stay at the bar for dinner. For food we had the wings, salmon and short rib. Everything was delicious. The wings were smoked and dusted with a dry BBQ rub. The house made ranch complemented the wings well. The salmon was cooked to perfection, not the least bit dry. My favorite was the short rib. Please just order this dish and enjoy. We loved Red Owl and can't wait to return and try the rest of the menu.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great place in the historic part of Philadelphia. Very friendly attentive service, a post- modern decor and very good quality of the more bistro- style food and drinks.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

My wife and I dined here after dropping our daughter off at a concert. Nice area of Philadelphia near National Constitution Center. Excellent food, reasonably priced, and not too loud in the upstairs dining area. After dinner, we went downstairs to the bar and also enjoyed our experience there. Friendly wait staff and bartenders.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

This was a last minute reservation, good food, friendly staff, and reasonably priced.
Would recommend it.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 3, 2017

The burger was so good that I almost forgot to eat the fries.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Excellent service with a magnificent environment and great food!

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Spicy, Bar Seating, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Excellent breakfast. I had Eggs Benedict.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Came her for work dinner. Was told up front that we couldn't split the check five ways, but we could split it three ways. Don't care enough about the experience to elaborate, but we won't be back. Restaurants at this price point need to provide better service and not get weird about splitting checks.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 14, 2017

We were there to celebrate a birthday. We were seated upstairs near the window which we really liked. Our waitress was very attentive and the food was excellent. We definitely will return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Had a mid-morning meeting nearby and came for breakfast -- I was surprised at how interesting the breakfast menu was, how large the portions were, and how terrific the service was. I would definitely come back for breakfast.

Tags: Seasonal, Healthy, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 23, 2017

This was a great experience. We arrived a few minutes late and were accommodated right away. Our waiter, Francis, was outstanding. He was engaging, friendly, and made great conversation. We ordered 48 hour short ribs to share as an appetizer - should've ordered two dishes because they were so good, it was difficult to share. Dinner was a pasta dish with boar Bolognese, and sea scallops & pork belly. So good! Best part of all was the bartender's ability to make a perfect Vesper. Will definitely visit here again.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Not as good as last time we ate here. Part if the lobster was tough and overcooked. Service was in the slow side.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Great location near historic area for lunch or dinner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great food (brunch) and service. Location is great if spending time in the historical section of Center City

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Authentic, Quick Bite, Hot Spot
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