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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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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
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Good for a Date (9)
Comfort Food (7)
Great for Brunch (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Business Meals (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Fun (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Cozy (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Authentic (2)
Healthy (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Romantic (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great Beer (2)
Tapas (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined 7 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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 (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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 (New England)·Dined on August 5, 2017

So pleasantly surprised by the local feel and good food In such a touristy area!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on August 2, 2017

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.

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·Dined on July 30, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 20, 2017

This was the best Lobster Bake I've ever had! Service was great too!! Thanks to everyone who made my experience AMAZING!!!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 19, 2017

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 17, 2017

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Went for their Lobster bake summer sale as it was great! Cocktails were a pleasant and delicious surprise, and the outdoor seating right by Independence Hall was awesome.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 8, 2017

My second visit there over the past year
I was a bit rushed on my first occasion to doing there and didn't really have the opportunity to appreciate it
Went Saturday with my girlfriend and my son-in-law and thoroughly enjoyed the food .

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Red tavern was a random find. It was a great choice! Definitely recommending to friends

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, People Watching
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Good food. Lively atmosphere. Steps from historical sites.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 7, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Poconos)·Dined on July 4, 2017

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!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 3, 2017

After an event on Independence Mall

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on July 3, 2017

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!!


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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 2, 2017

A very enjoyable night from drinks at the bar to the meal itself you will not be disappointed.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 1, 2017

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!

Tags: Quick Bite, Bar Seating
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