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

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food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Bar Seating (13)
Casual (13)
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Comfort Food (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Great for Brunch (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Special Occasion (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Authentic (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Business Meals (4)
Cozy (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Great Beer (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Live Sports (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Romantic (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Healthy (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 8, 2018

The portion size for one the more expensive entrees was ridiculously small. First time here and probably our last I was out with a big group

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·Dined on February 8, 2018

We stayed at the Kimpton and found it was better to reserve a table through OpenTable then the maitre de. We asked for a table at the restaurant and was told the wait would be 1hour , but on Open table it was listed 30 -45 minutes less. When I told the Maitre de about this he was awful rude unfriendly and impatient. He told me rudely the only reason I got a reservation on Open table was because it was an outdoor table still listed available in winter. He said do you want a table or not? As a guest of the hotel, and after having a reservation for 18 the prior day, you would think your patronage would be appreciated. He was god awful! I loved everything about the hotel, but this guy was not professional . He couldn't handle the job. We eventually ate our lunch and drinks in the lobby. The waitstaff was professional, the bar tenders hard working, but the host has got to go. The absolute worst!

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Food was tasteful. Alittle pricey for what you get. Service excellent. Would go back definately.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Food was good. Extremely noisy.

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·Dined on January 31, 2018

Food was WAY below average and terribly executed. 20$ burger was cold..COLD.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Pleasant and polite, but super slow server- missing much of the time. So slow the hostess helped him out a bit.
The food was so good, and we made it to our show on time, so it all worked out....

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Well over priced. Food was okay and portion size was small.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Best Salmon and asparagus EVER!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This is my second time to the Red Owl, and the service and the food is incredible. We had Maggie as our server, and she was fabulous. I went with friends and we enjoyed getting to sit upstairs in a cozy booth. I love their burger and fries- though my friend had the duck leg which was also so savory. They have gluten free bread and they had a gluten free chocolate cake too! Thanks Red Owl for another awesome dining experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was good, a little pricey for what it is. I was hoping to experience Philly's Restaurant Week and while Red Owl was participating in it they did not have it available for Saturday lunch.
Other restaurants clearly stated online if they were not offering the Restaurant Week menu on the weekend, but Red Owl made no mention of it. I would have selected a different restaurant had I known this. This was extremely disappointing.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great place. Good food. Great food. Service was great.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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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vip
 (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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Love the food and service

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vip
 (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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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vip
 (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 25, 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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 (Chicago)·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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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 (Baltimore)·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 9, 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 9, 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 8, 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 6, 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 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 25, 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 23, 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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