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City Tavern - Permanently Closed, Philadelphia, PA

City Tavern - Permanently Closed

4.5
4.5
2777 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Chef Staib is well known from his fifteen time Emmy® Award winning program A Taste of History®, where he brings culinary history to your home. It all started over 25 years ago when Staib brought his philosophy to City Tavern with well prepared recipes based on tried and true traditions, not trends, made fresh daily from scratch. City Tavern has boasted the finest celebrations since 1773, the location of the first Independence Day celebration called "the most genteel tavern in America", by John Adams and the first unofficial "White House.” Over 230 years of hospitality, City Tavern has been the centerpiece of affairs immortalized in history. An evening at City Tavern will be remembered. Imagine sampling pepperpot soup, colonial turkey pot pie, roast duckling, Thomas Jefferson's sweet potato biscuits paired with ales which are the ales of the revolution made from Washington & Franklin's recipes -- all served by costumed wait staff.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food, Wild Game

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 1:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 413-1443

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Walter Staib

  • Private party facilities

    City Tavern's ten elegantly appointed dining rooms create the perfect atmosphere for every type of affair, from elegant cocktail receptions to smaller, intimate sit-down dinners. Our in-house Special Events Coordinator will assist you with every detail, from menu planning to period music and horse-drawn carriage rides. Contact us at events@citytavern.com for more information.

  • Private party contact

    Seth Nix, events@citytavern.com : (215) 413-1443

  • Neighborhood

    Old City

  • Cross street

    2nd & Walnut Streets

  • Parking details

    Parking: A city operated parking garage is located on 2nd Street between Chestnut & Walnut, look for the movie theatre marquis. Or less than a block away a community valet is available nearby where Dock & Walnuts intersect (in front of Positano Coast).

  • Public transit

    The Market-Frankford "El" has a stop at 2nd and Market Streets as well as the 21 & 42 bus lines drops at our door

  • Entertainment

    City Tavern's service staff is dressed in 18th century fashions. Enjoy period music played by our resident musician Mark Carroll every Tuesday- Sunday night from 5:30pm.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,777 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. CF

    ChristineF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a fantastic time at the City Tavern. Food is delicious, atmosphere is historic. Such a gem and unique experience. We will be back soon!
  2. D

    Dominic

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic. The last time I ate here was back in 2006 and 14 years later the food is still amazing. The restaurant truly honors the history of Philadelphia.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was one of the last patrons of this restaurant before it closed permanently. I was treated like a king while I ate at this establishment. I have nothing but good things to say about my visit.
  4. FS

    FrancesS

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely dinner. Crab cakes, pork, turkey pie and Martha’s cake. Our server Jay was on it! Great atmosphere. My friend bought the cookbook when we left.
  5. AO

    AnitaO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and food. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to travel back in time for a night
  6. HU

    HowardU

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    There meal was rushed, the server should have known not to serve entrees when appetizers were still being eaten. I also would have liked the server to provide a history of the tavern and be more friendly . The ambience was nice and the food was good.
  7. SC

    ScottC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was super nice and the food was REALLY delicious, as always. Kids menu is excellent, with good offerings and portiins for kids. We were a party of 7 and they put us at two adjacent tables as required by health guidelines. It worked out great and we felt very safe at all times. We left on a high and talking about when we would be able to come back.
  8. KM

    KimberlyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love City Tavern. The food and service are excellent.
  9. PS

    PandS

    Philadelphia

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been here many times and can’t say enough about the experience here. Always the best food and the service is top notch We ate inside and felt very safe. Tables are spaced more then what is needed. Our waiter was attentive and courteous. I have never had a bad meal here. Will be back again for sure
  10. K

    Katie

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything on their menu is delicious including desserts! A great place to take family visiting from out of town.
  11. CB

    CatherineB

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely dinner outside. Fried oysters were crispy outside and moist inside - a real treat. Dinner entrees were very good albeit huge portions. Wine selection by the glass was very good.
  12. RD

    RobertD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The ambience was very good and the service was friendly and informative. It is definitely worth the visit. The bread, beer and esp. the duck was great.
  13. SB

    ShariB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious hearty meal. The menu was authentically diverse. The fried oysters were the best I ever had. It was a fun and unique experience. Don’t hesitate to ask questions the staff is historically knowledgeable.
  14. GR

    GeorgeR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to City Tavern to celebrate our wedding anniversary and we loved it. I was actually there years ago for a company Christmas party wlicex it then too. We will definitely be back in the future
  15. JF

    JerryF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time, the meal and setting were outstanding. We spent two days in Philadelphia and ate dinner at the City Tavern the last night. What a great way to end our stay!
  16. D

    Docksideswimmer

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely try the pepperpot soup—a Phila colonial signature but made with beef, not tripe. The oysters were wonderful. And don’t miss the turkey pot pie—extraordinary.
  17. R

    Reggie

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    We have eaten at City Tavern many times and still love it! We did sit on the back porch and obviously the ambience is not there but this is the only way we will go out now. We chose to eat outside. The duck was fantastic, especially the mango chutney. Fabulous mashed potatoes. Not a big Zucchini lover but it was good. I thought carrots or green beans would go better with duck. My husband loved his pork chop and kraut. Mushroom barley should was wonderful. Dessert was raspberry torte with cinnamon ice cream, also a winner. Our waiter was wonderful.
  18. DF

    DonnaF

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    City Tavern is always spot-on. During the Pandemic, they have limited indoor and lots of outdoor seating. The outdoor seating is on the porch or under covered pavilions, so there is no significant issue if it rains. The food is based on Colonial recipes, and is always first-rate. They have standard offerings and things like veal and rabbit as well. They start you with Colonial era bread - including pumpkin muffins, which are awesome. All of the food is very well prepared and the servings are generous. (Staff dress in Colonial garb, too.) If you are doing a history type tour of Philadelphia, you must include City Tavern.
  19. SJ

    SouthJersey

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Everything was great at City Tavern. Food and ambience were both excellent.
  20. QB

    QueenB

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a few days in Philadelphia with the kids (ages 4-10). We tried to see some important places and wanted to give them an authentic as possible experience. City tavern was perfect. We appreciated the outside dining option during covid. We had a wonderful server-friendly and helpful. Kids loved their options. It was the right mixture of old world and new for us. I appreciate that there is a restaurant that gets it right.
  21. MM

    MarioM

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was surprisingly good for what I was told was a tourist restaurant. Get the mushroom toast. it's awesome.
  22. c

    carolh

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was wonderful to be back in the historic ambiance of Old City Tavern. The menu was outstanding as selected for restaurant week. Service was 5 star; I give great accolades to the waiter having to take care of an annoying patron at another table.
  23. PN

    PNKJN

    Philadelphia

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Using fresh ingredients and old authentic recipes the entire meal was very well done. Good service and a very pleasant day outside, plenty of room for social distancing. The only negative were some pesky yellow jackets who were attracted to our wine, so we moved the glass to an empty table and they followed.
  24. C

    Chloe

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All outside tables were spaced over 10 feet from each other. Everything was wonderful.
  25. s

    susanc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Greetings, this is not a restaurant to go to if the only thing your interested in is a phenomenal food experience. However, if you love history and appreciate great customer service - this is definitely the place!!! The food is certainly good, but nothing exceptional. You're really paying for the ambiance, which was absolutely wonderful!!!!!!! Plus, if you're a fan of Chef Staib, which I am, you will love it here!!!!!
  26. a

    allanj

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A relaxing atmosphere coupled with a great menu. The prices are very reasonable and the service excellent.
  27. j

    jeffrey

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful meal at the city tavern. Their bread is amazing, love the beer selection. I ordered the Yard's brewery flight, very thematic at the tavern. The desserts are amazing. Love going to the City Tavern.
  28. MO

    MONT

    Philadelphia

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was good. The service was excellent. The food was excellent and delicious.
  29. FR

    FRANKD

    New England

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff and great food. A menu with lots of goodies from which to choose.
  30. g

    gobirds

    Philadelphia

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lobster Pie best thing to eat in Philadelphia
  31. T

    Thomas

    Nashville

    25 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    The place has just gotten old
  32. CH

    CatherineH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The highlight for me was meeting Walter Staib. I'm a big fan of his. I just love his show. It's excellent. My waitress was excellent, too. She even tried to find me a cab! The food was excellent!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and very peaceful outside. They’re doing the best they can with the pandemic situation. Would return again!
  34. RL

    RestaurantLicks

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We were seated in the garden. Everyone was socially distanced. Our waiter was excellent. The food was very good. I had the salmon, my husband had the lobster pie, and our son had the rabbit. The rabbit was everyone’s favorite. Love the atmosphere at this restaurant and the authentic 1700’s fare. Thank you Chef Staib for this gem of a restaurant in the heart of Old City Philadelphia.
  35. E

    Edisontchr

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was outstanding! We went on a Sunday and expected a lunch menu which wasn’t the case. We ordered from the dinner menu and while the price was surprising the food was worth it!
  36. PS

    PhilaStar

    Philadelphia

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the al fresco dining in the grassy yard. With candles and hurricane globes, it was very atmospheric- romantic! Each and every food item was well prepared, nicely presented, and delicious! And not too expensive if you make select choices. The prime rib special was much more costly than standard menu items. We fared well!
  37. f

    family4

    New England

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Food offerings were great. But 3 of us chose beef tenderloin medallions (1 medium rare, 2 medium) and all 3 arrived well done. Mashed potatoes were ok but were far from creamy. Vegetables were uninspired, soaked in butter. My son loved the salmon. Appetizers and drinks were good. Overall wouldn’t have been so disappointing if the prices weren’t representative of the very touristy area and oldest tavern story. All in all - decent food - though 3 overcooked beef tenderloins- and a lovely atmosphere but overpriced. For those prices the execution needs to be top notch.
  38. K

    Kenny

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were eating outdoors on a beautiful summer day. The host and server were friendly and welcoming. I spoke with Chef Staib about his delicious meal. The food is hearty but tasty and fresh. I hadn’t been there for a while but plan to go back soon.
  39. MV

    MelissaV

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    My daughters cup had lipstick on it. My other daughters napkin was burnt on one side of it. Their salmon was dry. We had just eaten there two weeks prior and the service and food was so much better. I do not know what happened this time.
  40. CR

    ChadR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great meal, dined outside, gorgeous weather and setting. Appetizers were delicious (mushroom toast, oysters and crabcakes). Entrees were outstanding (trout, pot pies and venison sausage). Service was right on. Definitely will return.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

FAQs

City Tavern - Permanently Closed is rated 4.5 stars by 2777 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    2nd & Walnut Streets

  • Neighborhood

    Old City

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 1:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food, Wild Game

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking: A city operated parking garage is located on 2nd Street between Chestnut & Walnut, look for the movie theatre marquis. Or less than a block away a community valet is available nearby where Dock & Walnuts intersect (in front of Positano Coast).

  • Public transit

    The Market-Frankford "El" has a stop at 2nd and Market Streets as well as the 21 & 42 bus lines drops at our door

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Walter Staib

  • Entertainment

    City Tavern's service staff is dressed in 18th century fashions. Enjoy period music played by our resident musician Mark Carroll every Tuesday- Sunday night from 5:30pm.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (215) 413-1443

  • Private party facilities

    City Tavern's ten elegantly appointed dining rooms create the perfect atmosphere for every type of affair, from elegant cocktail receptions to smaller, intimate sit-down dinners. Our in-house Special Events Coordinator will assist you with every detail, from menu planning to period music and horse-drawn carriage rides. Contact us at events@citytavern.com for more information.

  • Private party contact

    Seth Nix, events@citytavern.com : (215) 413-1443

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