Spring House Tavern

4.6
934 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
The Spring House Tavern dates back to 1719 and has been owned and operated by the Burns family since 1948. We specialize in seafood and are especially well known for our crab cakes. We look forward to seeing you!

Support Spring House Tavern during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 934 people are saying
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4.6
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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fishfan
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice evening. Very accommodating...needed to change our reservation from outside to inside due to weather.

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Mark
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent as usual - definitely one of our favorite restaurants in the area.

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FoodieCM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good eats. Excellent crab cakes.

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vipDenny
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always.

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PhilipS
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is great here and the prices are reasonable .
Service is generally very good here . This time it was a bit slow but all restaurants are short staffed right now. The prime in was fabulous! We also love the crab cakes.

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Lefty
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful ambience excellent service food was very good.

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JoeyG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent!!!

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vipFredC
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Karen our waitress was a delight. She was very pleasant and upbeat.our meal was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Very disappointing, food was bad, overcooked fish, greasy crab cakes, over spiced soup. Overall lousy food and average service. Will not be back anytime soon.

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Mark
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Please post your time restriction on each table to allow your customers to know that they are on the clock. Then, all is aok.

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vipDramaMama
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Springhouse Tavern is one of the best restaurants in the suburbs! The quality and preparation of the food is always excellent, the service is stellar, the menu variety is fabulous as are the beer, wine, and cocktail offerings. We always have a wonderful experience there!

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vipVivianR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We don’t come here often enough! The food was delicious, the service outstanding and the free Mojito superb 😁

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vipSally
Atlantic City
37 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Like it outside and glad that they made it larger seating area in parking lot! However our table was in the sun and did not have an umbrella like some. More umbrella tables would be better! Crabcake platter was it's usual very good. Lavender Lemon Drop Martini that I tried for the first time was also good.

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vipFoodie
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Happy to be back at Spring House Tavern! Love their burgers and French dip sandwich. They also have a really nice patio for outdoor dining.

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MollyO
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old fashion professionalism. Great food and great service.

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BillK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Food has really changed. Crab cakes were terrible, not the lump meat they used to be. Also the crab imperial was substantially smaller, nut price was the same. Overall, I will not go back

Spring House Tavern
Responded on May 26, 2021

Bill, We have been fortunate during COVID to be able to maintain our supply of lump crab meat, which we continue to use in our crab cakes. Our crab cake recipe is still the same and they are often made by a chef that has been with us for 30+ years! Similar to many other industries that are experiencing shortages during this difficult time, we have been doing our very best to be consistent with the products we provide to our customers. Hope to see you back again in the future.

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MicheleB
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

First time there the last night and my husband and I were surprised how nice it was. We passed it many times and finally decided to try it. Food was delicious and service was great. Nice atmosphere. You have a choice of inside or outdoor patio. Made reservations on line., worked out perfect. A must!

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NancyP
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Karen was great. Food was delicious & good drinks.

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LizF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The spring house tavern was great! The outdoor dining area was beautiful, service was great, and food was delicious! We’ll definitely be back.

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viplovestodineout
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We are happy we tried it again after all these years.

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vipScotM
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent.
Not crowed
Bar seating very nice

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DouglasT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Booked same day on Mother’s Day. Prime rib and crab cakes were very good and Mom approved 😀

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BrianH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was cooked to perfection and the service was fabulous

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Friendly wait staff. Nicely spaced out/social distancing. Would go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We went to the tavern for Mother’s Day with a group of six. With the way staffing has been with Covid we anticipated it being slow, and Mother’s Day is usually slow to begin with. Our server was still attentive and kept our beverages filled, and it did take a long time to get our food but when it came it was hot and delicious and a good value. I would definitely go back there again

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Debbie
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner celebrating Mother's day dinner, the night before, with my 89 yr young mom.

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Donna
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never been here before. Experience was perfect. Good food, good service, good ambiance, good value. Would definitely recommend and would go there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mothers Day Dinner with husband

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vipjpershing2
Philadelphia
110 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed our meal. We started with the Crab and Guac appetizer which was delicious. My wife had the duck and I had the Mahi-mahi and both of us loved our meal. Our server did an excellent job especially dealing with a very crowded restaurant.

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WandaD
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food, service & drinks were all terrific, as usual. Just a tip here. Ask to not be seated in the Ebbet or Emmet room ( didn't catch the full name). No ambiance, and if you're seated next to the servers station, you get to hear all the clanging of dishes as they get placed into the bussing containers. That would be my only complaint. As I said at the onset, everything else was really good as per the norm here.

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CarolG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have never been disappointed with this restaurant. They have the best crab cakes!

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RonH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The water was so disgusting we couldn't drink it and my pie looked like it fell on the floor.

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RogerH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service, older clientele. Nice night>

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Karenm
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Food and service were wonderful! Outside patio is really pretty and inside is safe and great!

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JamesP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Ruff start getting our order in. Had better prime rib too much fat. The crab cakes tasted like feet and the fries were cold. Ice tea had a moldy taste and didn’t drink it. Idk if it’s a C-19 problem because in years past it was good there.

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JBar2248
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We waited at least 15-20 minutes to get menus and order drinks. The server was clearly dealing with too many tables, so I'm not blaming her. We arrived at 7:13, and were seated (outside) by 7:15 (our reservation time); however the hostess never checked us in, so I received a phone call at 7:30 from the restaurant (while I was AT the restaurant) asking if we had arrived.

It took a very, very long time to receive our drinks (about 1/2 hour) and it took so long for our food after we ordered our meals that we actually got up and left and asked them to box up our meals to take home, as my elderly mother was with us and she simply couldn't keep sitting outside in the cold (the outside heaters were completely useless...too high above the seating area and not aimed correctly. They provided no heat at all). We gave up and left the restaurant at 8:40 p.m. almost 90 minutes after we arrived because the service was so bad. We sat in the car with the heat on for about 15 additional minutes while they boxed up our food to take home. By the time we received the food it was almost 9:00 p.m.

Again, I don't blame the server. I feel the management did not adequately staff the restaurant for what they needed. Since everyone must make a reservation, you'd think they would know ahead of time how much staffing they would need.

Other problems:

1. My daughter went to the restroom and there was no toilet paper or paper towels. She overheard 2 women in the restroom say they had told the server about the lack of toilet paper over an hour earlier and no one had re-stocked.

2. Coffee was cold. We had to order it 3 times to get a hot cup of coffee for my mother.

Very disappointing experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We sat outside. It was very nice but they really need heaters or fire pits or something that will add a little heat. Dress warmer than you normally would for outside seating.

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JoAnneT
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our waitress, Kimberly, was great! Very pleasant and attentive, with great food and drink suggestions!

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beachgirl39
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always great food and drinks. Never have to worry about getting a typical ‘chain restaurant’ drink which is overpriced and weak. They change up the drink menu as well so there’s always something appealing. Both my bf and I had the specials- he, the veggie burger and, me, the salad with blackened chicken (recommended by our server- phenomenal!) both were nicely prepared and delicious. Manager stopped by out table which is always nice and rarely done anymore. Can’t wait to go back !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is outstanding!

FAQs

Spring House Tavern offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 646-1788.

Spring House Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 934 OpenTable diners.

Spring House Tavern does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/1950/spring-house-tavern.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.