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Red Owl Tavern

4.4
1159 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 1159 people are saying
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Momo
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third or fourth time here. Always a great experience. Food was delectable

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AmyG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I stayed at the Kimpton hotel and the restaurant is accessible through the lobby. We had dinner and brunch there. Both meals were great.
Burger and lamb shanks for dinner and avocado toast and chicken and waffles the next morning. We would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to the Red Owl Tavern for a dinner out. Very friendly waitstaff who made excellent menu suggestions. Ordered the truffle fries - huge portion, so crispy and flavorful. Then had the roasted salmon - the flavors were delicious, the brisket Mac and cheese - huge portion and the Mac and cheese itself could have been its own rich meal. We wanted to try the tiramisu but just couldn’t make room. Will definitely return.

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vipVine008
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as was our server Jenay (not sure if spelled right)

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MattS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've lost track of how many times I've gone to Red Owl Tavern. It's always a reliable excellent meal. Staff are attentive and ambience is fun.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

The service was poor. Our soup appetizer took almost 29 minutes to arrive. AndFour out of Five of use received our meals and at the same time. When the 5th entree came it was totally different than the salmon I ordered. No farro ams half the size. The impossible meatballs were impossible to enjoy. Tons of odd spice not mentioned on the menu. The price of $35/entree was outrageous for what was served.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Stayed at Hotel Monaco over Christmas and had three meals at Red Owl. Friday night (Xmas Eve) dinner was outstanding. Saturday morning (Xmas) brunch was also outstanding. Saturday night (Xmas) was a bit off. Two of two steaks were not cooked correctly with one being sent back and still was not cooked properly. HOWEVER. Staff could not have been more cordial and accommodating. Our waitress for all three visits was Allison and she was a fantastic waitress. We enjoyed her banter and she was very on top of things. Unfortunately it was a very long day for staff on Xmas as they were terribly understaffed due to employee call outs. The manager was quick to fix the problem with the steak issue and we left feeling very satisfied and happy. We will definitely be back as we enjoy this tavern/restaurant very much, and know that Xmas dinner was just an unfortunate blip.

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RobertS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were great! Definitely be back again, but won’t use open table since we recieved no points!

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BrianQ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food, great value, good atmosphere.

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MSuper2
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Considering Covid and Christmas, Red Owl delivered nicely. Atmosphere is really great and food, service, and safety all were just fine. A good choice in this part of town.

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JoeB
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My team and I went to Red Owl Tavern for our Christmas lunch. We all wound up having the Chicken sandwich. All were excellent! We went right at 12:00, so service was not super fast, but is totally understandable due to the time of day, and a full restaurant. Highly recommend Red Owl!

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julz
West Virginia
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good mimosas, food very fresh and flavorful. Service was courteous and efficient. Super loud atmosphere.

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HowardandEmma
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The service, welcome and setting was outstanding. Your staff does a wonderful job taking care of the customers and making them feel welcome.

I honestly think we expected more from the food and maybe our view came from personal preference. My husband orders biscuits and gravy. The gravy was not very hot and he mentioned that the sausage was sparse and finely ground. He mentioned that it didn’t have much flavor.

I was sincerely expecting more from my avocado toast which is one of my favorite breakfasts. I was looking forward to something somewhat light, fresh and colorful. I should have reviewed the description better before ordering. The bread was enormous and the black beans didn’t appear to be drained making the entire plate look “muddy” and not very appetizing. While the inside of the bread was light and had good texture, the slice was enormous. This was a heavy breakfast with a fried egg and next time I will read the description thoroughly.

My daughters pancakes were the best out of all of our meals. Light, flavorful, full of blueberries. Excellent.

I think if we make it back to Philadelphia, we may select a different breakfast option.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was perfect! Our server was delightful!

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vipANEN
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A real good spot for brunch...bar area is huge and service was great. Food delish!

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JamesD
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Do not make a late reservation at this restaurant!

My party arrived on time for our 9:30 PM reservation on a Friday night and were promptly seated. Within 20 minutes, before we even received our drinks, the server pushed us to provide our entire order saying the kitchen closed at 10. By this point, they were also out of about a third of the menu. The cooking was either rushed or maybe it's always disappointing. Our second course of entrees arrived about five minutes after our appetizers. The server was very friendly but otherwise the entire experience was very frustrating. Will never go back. I recommend others join me in experiencing one of the many other good options in the area. A restaurant should not offer reservations for times they cannot accommodate.

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TinaR
Adelaide
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Breakfast was ok, it was quite loud but overall good, I believe a large wedding party was leaving, so it was very energetic in the restaurant.
Bloody Mary was good!!!!

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JohnD
Mainz
7 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The location was fantastic, the food was solid. The appetizers salad and entrees were delicious. The only knock was that the black trumpet mushrooms that accompanied the Salmon was a bit salty. Definitely will go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving meal. Had to take our desserts home due to being so full.

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JessicaR
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Maybe good for a weeknight burger and beer, not for thanksgiving. Loud, TVs, inattentive service, waste of money.

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MikeM
London
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food preparation was a bit too sophisticated and mysterious for me.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

It was a Thanksgiving Pre Fixe, went early at 5pm. There was only 1 waiter. Chicken came raw and medium steak also came bloody.
Overpriced drinks and food considering the portions. Big disappointment.

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ToddA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was decent and service overall pretty good however watch your bill as they added a 20% tip twice to my bill. I pointed it out and they said it was corrected however as of this writing I have not seen it show up on my credit card.

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NicoleM
New England
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super accommodating service - really friendly team
Food was delish

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vipRosebowlvisitor
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

I am a pretty healthy eater. The food here was greasy and not a good fit for my taste preferences. If you enjoy greasy bar food in a fun environment, this might be a good fit for you. Service/server was very good. Host was mediocre. Great location

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vipginger
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Even though we had reserved weeks ago for 6, they squeezed us into a booth for 4 with a chair on the end. I ordered a Caesar salad, but the romaine wasn't very fresh.

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Mimi
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice service, food was good, cooked well. Very convenient to lots of sites.
Pleasant, comfortable place

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Long wait for drinks to come from bar even though not that busy. Dessert selection has declined from prior years' visits.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both excellent. This was our second time and we will definitely return again.

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jim2dine
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A little pricey, but food and beverage were awesome.. service was good to

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PaulS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and dessert!!! Nice atmosphere. Visiting from out of town

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food4service2ambience2

If you are ok selecting wine from the old inventory which is being purged and discontinued then perhaps this is a stop for you. As a paying customer, I would prefer to drink wine I enjoy. The wine list had more wines crossed off than available. The attitude toward service and satisfaction will leave you utterly dissatisfied.

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AlyssaT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I was really upset about not being offered outdoor dining after having confirmed it on Open Table and by phone.

The food was great and service was great, but I feel like I let down my out of town guests who only wanted outdoor dining.

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Dahonorian
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good and the service was nice. Good place for a Friday night out.

JB
vipJustBee
Atlanta
101 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice afternoon cocktail and frites at The Red Owl Tavern. The Manhattans were perfect. Excellent service from host and server. Thank you.

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Magpie
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The meals were tasteless, almost cafeteria like. The service was unattentive, no upselling, no explanation of menu. It felt like a chain restaurant.

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KurtS
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Waitress was OUTSTANDING and the food was very good! Would rate this as a top restaurant for breakfast in Philadelphia.

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JohnW
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was very good. The restaurant texted me that our table was ready, I replied that we were on our way, and when we arrived, our table was not ready. It is also incredibly frustrating to place our order, be visiting with friends who we haven't seen for a long time, and be interrupted by people we have never seen before carrying plates of food, and they have no idea what the dishes are or who they belong to . We had to interrupt our conversation, figure out among ourselves what we ordered and decipher what was on the plates. What are we tipping for, if not to have hot food efficiently delivered to the person who ordered it?

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vipPhillyByChoice
Philadelphia
125 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The Tavern Burger and fries are terrific! Wine is expensive ($15 per glass) for such a casual place. Location is good but the ambiance always seems a bit cold to me.

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Hammer
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

They were wonderful in accommodating our large reservation and the waiter was excellent, despite having to run back for more carafes of coffee and water. They were out of some foods because of the heavy weekend wedding parties but everything was good. Very COVID safe

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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 1159 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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