Standard Tap

4.2
36 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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Standard Tap is a trendy gastropub that’s popular for its burgers. Inside the restaurant, you will be greeted by a large blackboard that lists the daily house specials in various colors and a jukebox machine that features various tunes. Apart from its main dining room, Standard Tap has two full service bars and a booth room on the first floor. Enjoy a specialty cocktail with your meal.

Tomato crab soup is a popular starter at Standard Tap along with an impressive list of various appetizers and small plates, including beef carpaccio, grilled octopus, duck liver mousse and mushroom risotto. For your main course, try an entrée such as the Berkshire pork chop, chicken pie and mussels chorizo. End your meal with a sweet dessert like crème brûlée or apple strudel.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 2:00am
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 238-0630
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Carolynn Angle
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Cross street
Poplar St
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Public transit
We are located 3 blocks north of Spring Garden stop on SEPTA"s Market-Frankford subway line.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I give it 5 stars on everything. It's a lively tap house, also a romantic spot. How's it both? It's due to a good policy; the downstairs w/bar is open seating (cheerfully noisy, a l'il loud for us). But the upstairs is for reservations, & (at least on a warm, muggy, Thurs. PM in June) most people ate outdoors on the deck; so we had the quiet, softly lit indoors almost to ourselves. We had a lovely anniversary dinner; food was delicious, & the portions left us comfortably full, just barely room for dessert. The sound track was mellow old-time jazz, which we liked too.

We live in West PHL, lots of great dining nearby. But now & then we trek across town for the historic vibes & current tastiness of the Standard Tap, too. Well worth it!

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GB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I guess I was expecting more since I saw it on the food network show. The menu was interesting and the beer selection was good. I would recommend it to those who are beer drinkers.

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BL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best bars in all of Philadelphia. The food is eclectic an excellently prepared, service is friendly, prompt, and knowledgeable. Draft list is all local craft (within like 90 miles). Go there, you won't be disappointed.

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SA
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Got to sample 6 amazing sour beers during Brunch plus great food.

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s
Denver
42 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went here for softshell crab. Both the sandwiches and the salad (which we saw but did not try) were awesome.

Huge portions and nicely presented.

This place is ahead of its time - the neighborhood is quickly becoming upscale.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

loved dining here for "Dine Out for the Environment" night, and knowing all the delicious food was sourced from local and sustainable farms. http://www.dineoutfortheenvironment.org. service was a little slow. and the party next to us got a little too loud for me to hear my friends across the table. but we will definitely be back

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d
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food always fresh and delicious. Perfect spot for beer fanatics. Excellent selection of micro brews. Hop Devil on nitro - THE BEST

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OD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My boyfriend and I were seated outside for dinner which was great. The porch was nice except the tables were extremely close together making it difficult to get up to even use the bathroom. Also, the only menu placed on the wall was behind me and was very difficult to see. Nothing had explanations and I had to ask the server many questions, which made it difficult to make a decision because I felt I didn't really know what I was getting. The beer was great and the list had many options. The food overall was not exceptional but it was fine. I had the grilled chicken and my boyfriend had the tuna sashimi. We would come back but probably just for drinks not dinner again.

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CJ
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

From the bartender to the hostess (mandy) to the waitress, service was friendly and accomadating on a busy Friday night. The menu is so much more then pub grub which is great for mixed groups (some were healthy and some were not)...

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k
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Went here for a date, was really surprised at the great ambiance and food. We both had oysters, my boyfriend had the mussels, I had an asparagus sandwich, and everything was great. They also donate $2 to CHOP if you order a brownie sundae, which was a great excuse for us to go ahead and splurge (it was huge even being split between us). Draft list is great, highly recommended.

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L
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had some very tasty food. It was very good upscale bar food. Burger was amazing.

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o
Philadelphia
100 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2014
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Not sure what the hype is over this place. The menu is very limited and pricey for its selections. Service was fair, at best, and inexperienced. Our server dropped a full glass bottle of water on top of my beer glass, chipping the glass. She simply said "Oops". She then seemed annoyed when we asked her to bring a fresh glass of beer since the other one had glass in it. She then returned to the table with a half full glass of beer! How tacky. She never offered to replace any of the food on the table, since it too could have had glass in it. Since we were almost finished eating, and since our meals were just okay, we just decided to leave. We won't be back nor will we recommend this place.

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Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I like Standard Tap, and I want to like it more, but the idea of only having a few chalkboards around the restaurant where the food and drinks are listed makes it difficult. I don't like standing over another couple's table so I can read the menu, and I don't like having to get up to read the beer list to see what I want next.

Having said that, the food there is always great. I had the Mako sandwich, and it was delicious. I'd never eaten shark before, and I'm glad I gave it a try.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2014
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A group of six old friends, in town for an academic convention, were given an alcove/booth in the second floor dining area. The food was excellent and promptly served and the beer and wine selection was impressive. We were able to schmooze for two hours and enjoyed ourselves tremendously.

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g
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is just a fun place to go and enjoy really good food and drink. Never disappointed with our meals. Waitstaff makes good recommendations.

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M
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Party of 3 sat on outdoor deck on 2nd floor. Cool spring day but the radiant heat made it perfect. Wine and beer list great, food was excellent and service attentive. Will be back.

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C
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Philly-born and -bred, but I have to move away for a bit. Where do I have my last brunch with my peeps? Standard Tap. I favorite place in Philly - and that is saying a lot as we have an incredible scene. Love you guys. Keep up the magic. I'll be back!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

the food was amazing. the only issue was that they did not have a menu except for one posted on the board. the writing was about an inch big and unless you were at the table right in front of it you were not able to see it. It was a little dark which was fine but when trying to read a chalkboard it made it a little difficult. our server was knowledgable just i felt because we were a table of two we were not taken care of as well if we were a larger party

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DW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Little seedy looking when you first walk in, however it was surprisingly good. The staff was excellent and the food was really good.

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R
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great brunch spot! Menu changes with the season--- one of the few places that takes reservations. Will definetly go again

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D
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Great local microbrew selection of beers. Food was okay at best, but service was great. Love the atmosphere in the restaurant. It was a very vibrant bar scene. Overall good, but not great. About a 6.5 to perhaps a 7 on Scale of 1 to 10.

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q
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We each had burgers which were quite good.. but a bit pricey for what they were.. We shared a ruby red fried shrimp appetizer which the shrimp were tasty but tiny.. The dessert was a gem... fried apple pie with vanilla ice cream... that was the best thing we had.. The special craft beers I ordered were quite good and the martinis my girlfriend had were made nicely.. Liquor prices here are a bit high... Overall this is a fun place to go with a lot of energy on a weekend.... The food and drink is good too.. but if I had one criticism... its a lot of money to spend for what you get.. The value could be a little better..

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We attend brunch for the wood and smokey beer event. The food was very good and well matched with the styles of beer. Portions were medium to large so you really filled up. Specialty beers were offered in flights so you could try many without getting into too much trouble. It was crowded but not packed; it was worth making a reservation to ensure a seat. Highly recommend!

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e
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2014
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

My favorite place in the neighborhood. Good food, beer and service. Mussels were a terrific cold night dinner for an evening out with my daughter. We also enjoyed the liver pate.

2016 update-We've been coming to the Tap almost since it opened. Times have changed! You're less likely to get mugged walking over, but now reservations are required. The kitchen has slipped a notch, too. But it's still worth a visit, especially for the great beer list.

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f
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Went for lunch with friends, and was not disappointed! I had a great Smoked Turkey and sopressata sandwich, on focaccia bread. Very tasty! others had the cheeseburger, and Avocado BLT, and had good comments on their taste as well. Definitely worth it.

since is was a Sunday Lunch, we did not try the beer list, but it looked like it had plenty of winners.

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p
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Standard Tap is very consistent - menu diverse, great drinks and super atmosphere. Love it when they have seafood in such as for V-day they had a shellfish platter that was amazing. Had the Duck Mousse which was decadent and to die for !

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

I was there to be by myself and was hungry and the side conversations were a bit too overpowering, it made me feel very sad, the food was beautiful I wish the service could have directed me better, otherwise very nice.

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F
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had a wonderful time at tap. I had dinner with a friend and everything about the night was amazing. The staff was kind, the menu was vibrant, and the food was tremendous. I am definitely going back in the near future.

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N
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at Standard Tap and I really enjoyed the experience. Our server was outstanding... knows her beers! I told her what I like and she gave me 4 great beers (did a flight for $10). I liked the option of trying small quantities of several different beers, something I typically do with wine at other places. In any case my salad (apple, pecans and goat cheese) was really yummy and large enough to share. My burger was one of the best that I've had anywhere. This place makes me wish I lived in their neighborhood.

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OT
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, beer and setting. Will definitely be going back!

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b
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I brought my wife here for her birthday. Parking close can be hit or miss. There is a bar and dining area as soon as you walk in the door which was quite noisy and was obviously very busy. The downstairs dining area was very open with easy access to the downstairs bar. We decided to go upstairs where it would be a bit quieter. There was another bar at the top of the stairs with a more intimate and cozy dining area. Menu's were written on chalkboards with a general description. If you want to know specifics you will have to ask the server but there appeared to be a large selection of different proteins and vegetarian options. There was a great beer selection and the food came in a timely fashion, it was hot and was very tasty.

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DV
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Brought a friend who was visiting us here because we knew the relaxed vibe was perfect for him. We had a nice relaxed meal, no rush from the service staff. Enjoyed great beer and hot toddy. Food was rustic and served hot. Only drawback was a large party who was quite raucous. However, I did notice they were approached by staff who managed to get the noise level down somewhat.

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F
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to The Standard Tap for years! Never been disappointed with the service or food! Love this place!

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TP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great place and it's still all about service & food/drink.

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Z
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Definitely one of the best places in Philly. Good food, good drinks, great service!!!

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C
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2013
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible spot. Great beer selection and amazing food. The food is fresh and thoughtfully prepared, and each table is attended to by friendly, professional servers. The only bad thing about Standard Tap is the lack of convenient parking nearby. We parked in a two hour only spot and got a $26 dollar ticket. I guess we could have moved the car, but we were having too much fun. Go to Standard Tap. You won't be disappointed

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