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The Twisted Tail, Philadelphia, PA

The Twisted Tail

4.5
4.5
1261 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Thank you for choosing The Twisted Tail! All reservations may be moved indoors at our discretion.

The Twisted Tail is a bi-level restaurant, bar and live music venue featuring a charcoal-fired grill, a wealth of bourbon selections and the rollicking ambiance of a "juke joint" (or old school Southern music hall). The inventive menu highlights ingredients in their simplest form, flame-broiled over live coals for rich, authentic flavor.

Inside a warm, welcoming dining space makes The Twisted Tail South Street’s best place to catch a band - and a bite.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 558-2471

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Leo Forneas

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (215) 558-2471

  • Neighborhood

    Society Hill

  • Cross street

    Between South and Lombard

  • Parking details

    Metered street parking is available in front of and behind the restaurant. The closest available parking garage is located on Lombard Street between 2nd and 3rd.

  • Public transit

    The closest public transit stop is at 2nd and South for the 40 Bus. For the subway, take the Broad Street Line to South Street, or the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street.

  • Entertainment

    Free Live Blues Music Tuesday - Sunday

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,261 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

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  1. CA

    CoreyA

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Pork chops were really good. Short rib ravioli and fried chicken both lacked seasoning and salt. Too bland. Pineapple margarita was a great drink but 15 dollars is a steep price.
  2. ES

    EricS

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere; did the tasting menu which has a value that’s really hard to beat. The only minor suggestion would be larger tables since the tasting menu comes with many plates and there was barely enough room for them.
  3. IT

    IreneT

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing salad and grilled peaches. Amazing wonton tuna tartar appetizer. Mac and cheese. Everyone loved everything. Beautiful clean atmospheric space.
  4. LM

    LaurenM

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I think our waiter was Chance. He was amazing and all of his recommendations on point. Wings delicious as were the mussels and fried chicken. The whiskey list is so lengthy and the bartender (don’t remember her name) was very knowledgeable. Blues band was great but a tad too loud for us.
  5. LT

    LeeT

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is one of our favorite date night dinner and cocktail spot. The cheese boards are top notch and every course that follows is as good as the last. Cocktails are in point as well and the staff is extremely knowledgeable on their menu. Definitely check them out.
  6. TM

    TMM11

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    enjoyed the food, the waitress was not very aware of the menu. there was live music upstairs and the AC on a hot day was great to enjoy a dinner with friends.
  7. BP

    BernadetteP

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time dining at Twisted Tail, had a really great experience we did the family style menu $45.00 pp, - we could choose 3 appetizer style tapas - chorizo taco, short rib ravioli, peach salad followed by 2 entrees mussels delicious and hanger steak. Then we had a choice of one desert choose a lemon tart light and refreshing. Drinks were also great. Great modern interior and upstairs had a great blues band playing, Billy the kid and the regulators. Would def revisit great experience😊
  8. BS

    BarkleyS

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were amazing. We decided on the tasting menu, which was a great way to try a lot of items at a slightly reduced price. Everything was delicious, but that beet salad is still on my mind! And the red velvet lava cake is a must try if you have a sweet tooth! Would definitely go back!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Menu rotates to keep things fresh but food and drinks are always delicious, and hospitality is unparalleled. One of my absolute favorite spots!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for a birthday celebration. Food and drinks were great. Drink service was a bit slow but we were in no hurry
  11. G

    Gourmetdiner

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good for something different from higher end restaurants. Quirky. Live music nice but noise level high making talking a bit difficult. Great wait staff. Reasonable prices. Desserts fantastic. Fried chicken a bit over cooked. Lamb lollipops and hangar steak delicious. Octopus great flavor but also overcooked. Difficult to cut and a bit too chewy. Nice outside area for pleasant weather. Would return for a casual evening but sit outside so not as noisy but still able to hear music. Cocktails different and enjoyed. Wine by the glass okay; nothing outstanding.
  12. TG

    TommyG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall1food4service4ambience4
    Consistently good food served by a cordial, energetic hospitality staff. The cocktails were terrific!
  13. MJ

    MichaelJ

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Very good restaurant Service a little spotty Food came out at different times
  14. M

    Melanie

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our server was amazing!!! The food was very good (omelette was just OK) but would definitely come back because the server made it a great experience.
  15. DM

    DeMarisF

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Father’s Day brunch! Food was delicious and service was excellent.
  16. QD

    QueD

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the ambience and the food was great. Staff is friendly too. Last minute reservation and worked out perfectly. The short rib ravioli, oysters, mussels, and the lamb chops were so good.
  17. j

    jons

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Beet salad and Mixed salads both very good. Fried Chicken and Trout also very good.
  18. NH

    NeillH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Still my favorite spot in Philly, perfect cocktails, perfect portions of amazing food. Never a disappointment. Don’t miss it!
  19. HJ

    HeresJay

    Philadelphia

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We met friends for dinner before a movie. We all loved our food, cocktails, and dessert. The service was fantastic. We all plan to be back!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent The only complaint was the noise level, mainly due to patrons, nothing to do with the restaurant
  21. NH

    NeillH

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Don’t sleep on this spot! Its an amazing kitchen and unique atmosphere!
  22. DZ

    DoctorZaius

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You can never go wrong eating at the Twisted Tail. Food and service are outstanding and you can’t beat their excellent whiskey selection.
  23. S

    Scott

    Boise

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Twisted Tail continues to be the best place for small bites and whisky. We had the burrata, tuna, ribs, and wings. Everything was excellent. The owner, recommended a rye I had never heard of, and it was a good choice. I will definitely be coming back here again and again.
  24. IM

    IainM

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    Incredibly noisy. Food was okay but very pricey. We had intended to stay for the band, but the starting time was pushed back an hour because of a party. Very disappointing. We would not go back.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Loved it overall! Nice service and food was yummy
  26. D

    Darboux

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Wine and appetizer (burrata) were fine. One meal was ok (skirt steak) but second entree- short rib was not. A large hunk of meat- well-cooked, but basically naked on the plate. The sweet potato purée was a single squiggle of potato drowned in the sauce and the bit of horseradish gremolata had never even gotten near a horseradish for flavor. The requested meat in a take-home container was simply that-the chunk of meat and no sauce whatsoever.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    It was nice the food wasn’t seasoned much but overall nice ambiance and great for solo dining
  28. B

    Bhick1

    Philadelphia

    136 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    136 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Relaxing brunch, very casual and comfortable.. brunch menu was nice, good portions and flavor.. nice bloody to enjoy the morning.
  29. JS

    JenniferS

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Greater waiter who took good care of my celiac/gluten free needs. Wonderful jazz piano playing throughout lunch. Easy parking. Delicious food.
  30. AV

    AnthonyV

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent server and food. Had a little snag with an order not coming out until eat later than the rest of the food (all ordered at the same time), but otherwise excellent.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were here to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday. The staff was incredible. We left very full and happy.
  32. B

    Butterflibetty

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Went for Easter brunch. The waiter was okay, maybe new or too busy to be interested with our table needs. Four out of the six orders were not made correctly and had to be sent back. Three of them were not completely cooked when they came out again. We were comped one of the meals. So overall it was fine but I wouldn't go back there for a holiday.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was very enjoyable. The service was great, all of the bartenders and waiters were very nice. The live music was a great touch
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easter Brunch. Excellent food and service. Fabulous live music
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Easter Brunch.
  36. L

    Louisa

    Baltimore

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful venue. The downstairs bar is stunning. Great service, creative menu, and delicious food. We will return to Philadelphia simply to visit Twisted Tail again.
  37. BB

    BenB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time. The restaurant is cute. The food is fine and flavorful. The beer choice is great.
  38. C

    Carol

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I aways wanted to try this restaurant and finally did with great disappointment. Service was slow even though the place was almost empty. My fired chicken was good and it came with a fired sweat potato but my 3 companions had very disappointing meals. Two ordered the short ribs and it came with nothing else. My husband's pork chop came with a small amount of spaetzel. Prices were high for what we got.
  39. f

    foodiewhotravels

    Columbus

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. The tuna was excellent but so was the cheese board and salad. Dessert was also great. Would definitely go back
  40. d

    dwgroucho

    Philadelphia

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We love the Twisted Tail and go often. Food is delicious and quite sophisticated but never fussy! Service is exceptional - friendly, warm and efficient - ALWAYS! We live nearby and don't know what we would do without them!!

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

The Twisted Tail does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Twisted Tail also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 558-2471.

The Twisted Tail is rated 4.5 stars by 1261 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for The Twisted Tail

509 S. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between South and Lombard

  • Neighborhood

    Society Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Metered street parking is available in front of and behind the restaurant. The closest available parking garage is located on Lombard Street between 2nd and 3rd.

  • Public transit

    The closest public transit stop is at 2nd and South for the 40 Bus. For the subway, take the Broad Street Line to South Street, or the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Leo Forneas

  • Entertainment

    Free Live Blues Music Tuesday - Sunday

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (215) 558-2471

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (215) 558-2471

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