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The Twisted Tail, Philadelphia, PA

The Twisted Tail

4.5
4.5
1288 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.

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2 people

7:00 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 1,288 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
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. D

    Dwizzy

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went to Twisted Tail for restaurant week. One word to describe the food: Tastilicious!!! 😊 The ambience was pretty chill as well. This restaurant is a must on your list of places to eat.
  2. TP

    TeandraP

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Restaurant Week
  3. RK

    RayK

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Twisted Tail was amazing. The food was awesome. Got great service from our server James. I would definitely recommend to everyone to go to The Twisted Tail.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My gf and I were greeted as soon as we walked and were seated within seconds, as we had reservations. The ambiance was great, service was great, and the food was delicious and came out in a timely fashion. This was our first time dining here, but we will definitely be back.
  5. NP

    NPhillyGirl

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had the pleasure of dining at The Twisted Tail for Restaurant Week with a small group. It was a great evening with wonderful atmosphere hi-lighted by live music and great, attentive service. The food was tasty, and the menu had a nice, varied selection.
  6. SF

    ShannonF

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Food was subpar and service was absolutely horrible. For the money, try other places
  7. d

    dwolo3

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food is amazing- I am already planning to go back!
  8. J

    Jeannette

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was interesting and delicious and the service was excellent!
  9. FG

    FrancesG

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our table was ready when we arrived. Food and service were excellent. There was a band playing when we got there, so it was a bit loud. But it was a weekend evening, we had a 9 pm dinner reservation, and the band sounded good! So, the noise level is less of a criticism and more a statement of fact. Would come back here again.
  10. V

    Virginia

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Everything was delicious, but the courses they served us for restaurant week came out a little quickly. Other than that great value for what we received!
  11. A

    Adamt

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Menu was great, our server did an outstanding job , we’ll be back
  12. JA

    JeAn

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    I visited for Restaurant week and maybe that was the problem. The wait staff was very nice and quick to drop off or pick up a plate. The food however was not so good. Everything was consistently underseasoned. It seemed like perhaps the kitchen staff was not tasting dishes before plating them. The menu had tons of potential for big flavor, but the dishes fell short. The crawfish mac n cheese was dry and the crawfish chewy and overcooked. The wings had a lovely rub, but the meat was so dry it took many plunges into the dill ranch to get it down. The fried chicken had a beautiful crust but had zero taste. The dredge is one of the easiest places to up the flavor game, but it just didn't happen. The hanger steak was nicely cooked (medium) and had a lovely cilantro sauce, the one flavor-packed item of the night. The sauce was bright, fresh, and full of herbaceous goodness. The one highlight of the meal was the salad. It was crisp and had a wonderful vinaigrette. I know restaurant week is a busy and hectic time with quick table turnover and an abbreviated menu, but it is also an opportunity to bring in new dinners and showcase your food to people who might otherwise pass it by.
  13. F

    Foodie7

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, service and food! Would recommend for a date night
  14. G

    Geeluv

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Restaurant Week diner—A lot of food for the buck—4 courses
  15. MO

    MeganO

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came in for Restaurant Week prior to a concert and had a wonderful dinner. Twisted Tail is one of the first places I’ve been that still offers up “normal” portion sizes for all their restaurant week portions, instead of the smaller plates. The $40 per person for four courses, because of this, was an exceptional value. Great drinks, great food, great atmosphere. Love this neighborhood spot!
  16. E

    Erica

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our restaurant week meal was delicious, everything made to perfection. The service was so quick and friendly. The hostess even offered to move us if the live musicians set up next to our table were too loud. We will definitely be back!
  17. P

    Petra

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic. The tasting menu is truly the way to go.
  18. WB

    WayneB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Both the food & service were excellent. Great drink list. The music was outstanding. Mikey Jr. & Filthy Rich were great.
  19. L

    Ladydi

    Philadelphia

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great great city gem. Always enjoy the food and ambiance. Our server Chance was just great and so friendly.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing deal and the food was delicious!!!! Absolutely coming back ASAP
  21. SE

    SagrarioE

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The charcuterie board is the BOMB and the corn bread.... OMG right out of the oven!!
  22. N

    Nick

    Philadelphia

    151 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    151 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Food was great. The Mac and cheese was the hit of the meal. The corn bread was great and the wings were a hit. All good. Our grandkids were very happy.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Loved everything but the meat in the short rib ravioli was under-seasoned
  24. LL

    LovesLobster

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food from a unique creative menu!
  25. DK

    DebbyK

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Was a better place for a younger crowd. So loud we couldn't have a dinner conversation without screaming. Not the vibe I wanted but still a cool spot.
  26. v

    visotor

    Montreal

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a large group that booked last minute and late in the evening. They took such good care of us. They suggested that we order 7 dishes and do family style. It was perfect, everyone was happy, and we didn’t kill the kitchen. The food was epic. Thanks so much!!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I would definitely come back here , great food, service and pricing .
  28. CA

    CoreyA

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. TM

    TMM11

    Philadelphia

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 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.
  34. 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😊
  35. 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!
  36. 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!
  37. 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
  38. 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.
  39. 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!
  40. 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

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 1288 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 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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