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About Rose Tattoo Cafe

Rose Tattoo Cafe, a favorite American Bistro housed in an over 100 year Victorian building in the historic Art Museum area is a family run business & has been serving the area since 1989. From the romantic ambiance on the balcony surrounded by plants & flowers to the lively bar with its original pressed-tin ceiling, the eclectic menu is memorable & perfect for romantic diners, drinks & appetizers after a long workday as well as business meetings. We have won Best Romantic Restaurant for the past 3 years. Great for lunch, dinner, lite fare & groups.

1847 Callowhill Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 11:30am to 3:00p
Light Fare: Tuesday : 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Wednesday - Friday: 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00 pm;
Sunday: 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Cross Street:
19th & Callowhill Streets

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 569-8939

Website:
http://www.rosetattoocafe.com/

Parking Details:
Parking lot across the street (pay at kiosk inside lot). Meter parking (quarters until 6:30 pm) and kiosk parking on callowhill st (until 8:00 pm)

Private Party Facilities:
We offer private area for 20 to 60 guests.

Private Party Contact:
Helene: (215) 947-0117

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Rose Tattoo Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (27)
Good for a Date (25)
Cozy (24)
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Romantic (21)
Casual (17)
Special Occasion (15)
Bar Seating (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Authentic (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Business Meals (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Fun (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Rose Tattoo was nothing short of AMAZING!! Will definitely make a trip back. It is most certainly a neighborhood gem.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

There were 4 of us that had dinner. Ordered mushroom soup, house salad, lamb chops (they are sooo good) a pasta dish, baby back ribs and a filet sandwich. Everything was delicious and very nice portions. Love going to Rose Tatoo...

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

the food is consistently wonderful and the wait staff are wonderful to work

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Everything was fabulous for our lunch outing. Great service, food, and ambiance!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The Rose Tattoo is our "go to". The food is aways really very good and reliable. The simple Wedge salad is elevated! It's served at the right cold temperature with a perfectly cooked egg and crisp, bacon. The fresh house-made pasta is delicious especially with the clams in white broth. The Chef's specials are well conceived and imaginative.
We used to eat at RTC more often when we lived in the city. We recently have eaten there a few times before a music event that started later in the evening. We we so happy that the food remains still good after all of these years. We're looking forward to the next time.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Fine place for a quick bite to eat. This was very convenient to the Franklin Institute.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Rose Tattoo is always a lovely experience. The desserts are sublime and every dish is thoughtfully prepared.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great neighborhood place - always good food and friendly atmosphere

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Rose Tattoo was so warm and cozy. I got together with some friends and family and we all enjoyed our meal and it was quiet enough for us to talk. Food was great and I enjoyed a special beer on tap.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer, Cozy, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Excellent food and service. A bit pricey but enjoyable

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

A really good restaurant. Great food and atmosphere. Highly recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Always a perfect place for a tasty, well prepared lunch or dinner. You can not go wrong.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

took my beautiful girlfriend there for her birthday... awesome evening at the rose tattoo. it was way beyond our expectations..

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Once again Rose Tattoo hits a home run. I have never had a bad experience here. Service impeccable food delicious . Thanks again for a great time.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fun, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

My husband and I took our 95 year-old aunt to dinner. She has a great deal of trouble hearing. I requested the quietest table and they obliged. It was a pleasure to be able to talk and to have our aunt be comfortable. The waitress couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating. And the food was all delicious. We were so grateful to have had such a pleasant experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

I have always had a wonderful time great food wonderful staff I would suggest it to anyone .

Tags: Quick Bite, Authentic, Cozy, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great service. Delicious food. Reasonable prices. Pleasant atmosphere

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We frequently go to Rose Tattoo before attending an Author Event at the Library. We went again earlier this week and we were disappointed - not in the quality of the food. It was good, as usual. But "usual" is the problem. The menu has not changed in forever and the "daily special flatbread" was the same "daily special flatbread" it has been very single time we've been there. If you don't go frequently or are looking for a new place in Fairmont, I strongly recommend Rose Tattoo. We, however, will be looking for someplace new.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 1, 2017

This is one of our favorite places. It was my boyfriend’s birthday but he was disappointed that the menu had been changed and his favorite meal was gone and they were unable to accommodate. It was slow in there but we were seated right between two other 2-tops instead of allowing us to spread out. The people around us were having loud conversations so our fave place was a bummer tonight.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great dinner, atmosphere and service. Will definitely return

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Came here after visit to the Barnes. Had Sea Bass and Filet Mignon medallions. Service was great as was food. Really great location if you're at any of the museums.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We're from out-of-town but visit Philly occasionally. We had tried the Rose Tattoo on our last stay a few years ago and found it an excellent value. We were happy to find that it still is --
good food, reasonable prices, and charming ambiance. We'll be back!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

I was pleased that I was able to make a reservation online several weeks in advance, since I was meeting family there. So many restaurants don't let you reserve for small parties. I was concerned about parking but there turned out to be a municipal lot across the street with plenty of parking even on a Friday night. We were seated right away even though two of our party were running late. The food was delicious, the service was excellent, everything was great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Had not been to the Rose Tattoo in several, maybe 15 years. Had a poor experience after many trips and did not have the opportunity to return. Food and service were excellent this time. Just thought the bill was a bit pricey. Might be why the restaurant was relatively empty. definitely worth driving here if you have deep pockets......

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 17, 2017

I ordered the salmon with shrimp and lump crab meat.
The salmon was small (not eaven 6 oz.), though tasty and cooked the way I requested, accompanied by one small shrimp a little bit of crab.
The dish was described as being more sumptuous.
My friend ordered a filet which came with a lovely array of veggies. I would have liked those veggies to have been served with my dish instead of getting all green beans.
All in all, not worth the price.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great Dinner. WE had the lamb chops as appetizers and they are so delicious....we also had a pasta dish, ribs, shrimp, jambalaya and scallops. Everything was tasty and super big portions. Also the mushroom soup is the BEST!!!! Thank you for a delicious evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Every time we come to Philadelphia we go to this restaurant. The food is fabulous. The service this time wasn’t as good as in the past, but we will go back for the ambience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I'm originally from Philly and always enjoyed the experience in the past. My recent visit will be my last. I felt rushed by the server and the food was fair. They gave me a scribbled hand written receipt and when I asked for an itemized receipt (I paid on my corporate card) it was a struggle and the server had an attitude. This was to be a nice place and it's a shame that it's gone down so much.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

A favorite spot for my wife and I. Reliable menu which never seems to let down in terms of preparation and presentation, service just right. The bar is comfortable and friendly.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 11, 2017

I had no expectations going in. I had walked past The Rose Tattoo for years and never thought about dining there. Well, my loss! We had tickets to a Free Library Author Event and wanted to eat beforehand. On a whim, I made reservations for The Rose Tattoo.

I was surprised as soon as I walked through the door. It is so quaintly beautiful inside! I had no idea they had two bars. (Okay, I didn't know they had ONE bar...) I had a cocktail at the bar before dinner and it was fantastic (Elixir Manhattan). I was not the only one at the bar having one, so others share my opinion. The bartender was friendly and attentive without being intrusive.

The food was really excellent too. As was the service. Again, very attentive without being intrusive. We had to leave for an event, so we could not linger and enjoy the ambiance (and the dessert menu), but The Rose Tattoo felt like a place where you could sit and really take you time enjoying your meal.

We will definitely return. But next time, we will make sure we have enough time to really take advantage and enjoy this wonderful gem.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Very indifferent food. Overpriced for what it offers.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 8, 2017

My first time there...would definitely go back...had a cozy spot at the bar...had a great bartender also...great food and drinks :)

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Warm, friendly dining place. Always dependable. Food always excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Excellent food - love the mushroom bisque!!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great value
Delicious
Not noisy
We come often
And it is always terrific!

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Been coming here for years. Always consistent. It was a last minute switch from a normally good restaurant that was not where we wanted to be do to a large, loud crowd. So glad we changed

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Absolutely charming place: atmospheric and pretty, and the food was wonderful. We went for lunch which was reasonably priced, and the place was peaceful and the staff attentive.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 22, 2017

As always, we love the "Rose!" Wonderful menu Excellent food , Excellent service in a New Orleans ambiance. Consistency all around. We are looking forward to our next visit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Quiet dining for a family of 5. Disappointed they didn'topen 'til 4:00.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 7, 2017

We love Rose Tatoo Cafe. My husband had the delicious mushroom soup and a burger. I had lamb chop appetizer and salmon sandwich. Always yummy!!!! Thank you!!!!

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Casual
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