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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.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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;
Corner of 5th & Chestnut
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Valet is $25 with validation
Or selfpark at Autopark at 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)
Market East Station
- When exiting the station walk East on Market Street until you reach 5th street. Make a right onto Chestnut St.
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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Entree prices high for small portions. Food was good. $1.50 charge for bread. When bill came, 3 items were $1 more than we thought. Manager came over - $1 was for ice in his Jack Daniels, another $1 was for a cup of $5 coffee that we thought was $4. I remember husband saying coffee was $4 and cappuccino $5 if you want it, but manager brought over menu saying it was $5, The last $1 was a mistake on my entree and he took that $1 off the bill. Really ????Trust me, it wasn't the $3 but good business would have been to wipe it all off the bill or make dessert on the house. This is first time I've written a negative review of a restaurant.
Given the reviews on OT I had hoped for a better dining experience at the Red Owl. My family decided to try this restaurant given its proximity to our hotel. We ordered one appetizer of calamari (the best item we tasted) and each had the Harvest Greens salad. Aside from the greens being drenched in the vinaigrette, we were lucky if we had more than a quarter of the poached pear, 2 or 3 pecans and little to no blue cheese. My nephew ordered the kid's pasta meal and commented when it came to the table "this seems like a little serving"!!! The waitress had dropped an entire glass carafe of cold water on the table which soaked my sister. The compensation was a free dessert which none of us really wanted although we did settle for a bowl of ice cream with a few m&m's on it. The entire bill was not inexpensive given the overall bad quality of the food. All in all this is probably the only restaurant I have visited and booked through OT that I was not impressed with at all.
We ordered simple eggs and a bagel. We waited 40 minutes for them. Then our waitress never showed to take our bill, (after we waited for the bill a considerate amount of time after finishing) so we had to give our payment to another waitress to process is for us so we could leave. We were there for 2 hours just to eat eggs and a bagel.
The Red Owl Tavern has the advantage of location, Independence Mall, but I can't help but wish it were a bit more warming and welcoming than its 'industrial chic' look projects. I always find myself a bit at sea with their menu and end up too often with the charcuterie or cheese board. Red Owl is good for a causal snack and drinks but less of a destination for a full meal.
We came on a Mon night for the clam bake special. Between the two of us we had 5 clams that weren't opened. I felt silly returning them but there were so few to begin with and it was a clam bake after all. Tha lobster was dry as a bone too. The seasonings were lacking as well. I would not recommend. Other items on the menu are very expensive. I believe you can receive a much better value in the city. It does have a nice bar and atmosphere though.
We looked on line at the menu and when we arrived the menu was different and did it was not listed on the printed menu. I asked the server if they had it and she said no, they weren't service g it anymore and we're having problems with the website. Ok, fair enough. The server was fine, however, the food was well over priced and seriously underwhelming. The calamari was alright, but the pasta was worth maybe five of the eighteen dollars we were charged. We will not be going back.
Red Owl Tavern has a varied menu, suitable for eating there any time of day. We enjoyed their gluten free bread to have a breakfast sandwich. We also enjoyed the tours and granola on another day when we wanted a lighter breakfast.
Their Monday lobster/clam bake is fantastic, chick full of the lobster cleared out of the shell plus mussels, clams, shrimp, potatoes, & corn on the cob.
Drinks are inventive and fun.
Their cheese plate is full of varied cheeses & they accommodated us by substituting toasted gf bread for the usual crackers.
It can get noisy, and generally has a bar-like feel. Thus, the Tavern name!
I made this reservation for the specific purpose of dining while enjoying the Philly Pops on the evening of July 3. The concert is in front of Independence Hall diagonally across from the restaurant. The restaurant which is part of the Hotel Monaco either refused or had no clue how to turn down the loud music coming from the outside speakers, thus the Pops was totally drowned out. If we hadn't ordered, we would have left like everyone did when they realized what happened. Our food was fine, but the distraction was unbearable!!
in the ecening
The decor and ambiance is really cool. However, there was a large party waiting in the lobby area, close to where we were seated, and they were extremely loud and disruptive. Service was a bit slow (we waited a while after we finished eating until the waitress came asking about dessert, and at that point we just wanted to grab our check & leave). Also, for the prices, some of the portion sizes were extremely small (particularly the scallop dish). My friend ordered the steak frites and was disappointed in the quality of the steak & how it was prepared. However, we did get the crab & corn fritters as an appetizer and those were delicious!
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