The Good King Tavern

4.7
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446 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
The Good King Tavern is a fun, LOUD, cozy neighborhood spot located in the heart of Bella Vista at 7th & Kater. With a casual French-inspired menu & chalkboard specials changing daily, with bartenders stirring & shaking up cocktails, with wines ranging from "Good, Better, Best" pichets to a highly-curated bottle list, there is something for everyone within these walls.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
service
4.6
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4.4
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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great gem!

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Our first time here. The food was very good with a select but wonderful menu. My daughter kept on commenting a day later on the flavors.

Our server was very distant. But the assistant was attentive. We asked him a question on one of the dishes and he answered wrong( which we wouldn’t have known) He came back, very apologetic and gave us the right answer.

We had z a reservation for 2. I wish we would have been given the option of the high top or the 2 tops on the back. The 2 tops on the back are on the middle of the serving entrances and blocked from the main room which seemed to have more of the atmosphere. Next time I I will request to stay in the front.

N
Philadelphia
127 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good restaurant experience. The steak frites were very good.

TM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner! Food and service were wonderful. Cozy, perfect for a great night out. Will definitely be back.

OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall excellent excellent!

OT
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibes, very good food. A good night guaranteed, but definitely expensive for what it is - 3 people; one drink, an appetizer and a main course each = $180 with tip.

JR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for lunch on Sunday so I imagine this place is louder later in the day. The room was charming and the traditional French dishes were delicious--cocktails were good too!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Philadelphia. No complaints. Highly recommend the rotating duck special. Cocktail list is super unique as well.

a
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent grilled leek salad with an amazing pistachio dressing. Great and unique drink selection. My entree was a very tasty branzino with haricots verts and an out of this world tomato sauce. Only reason why I didnt give food 5 stars is because the potato leek salad my girlfriend ordered was overpowered a bit by the smoked salmon taste. I definitely recommend this bar/restaurant, overall!

MD
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new restaurant! Everything was delicious. Would recommend, would come back!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was out of this world with service to match

LI
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

food was good but portions are very small for the price.

PA
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed a meal at The Good King with my college student daughter after a trip to the Philadelphia Art Museum. The food is very good.
Our waitress was very attentive and had a very smooth cool style.
It would be nice if they had a bit more of a varied menu. It seemed like the choices the evening we were there were limited.
We will return in the future.

R
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We have not been here for quite a while and we were pleasantly surprised at how good everything was. We can’t wait to go back...

MT
London
10 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The best steak frites in Philadelphia. Don’t deny yourself, get there and experience a true gem of the city.

BI
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Experience

R
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall good dinner. Excellent sunchokes appetizer. Great cocktails and wine choice. Excellent service. Entrees were good. Definitely would eat here again

SC
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Start with some delicious fois gras and finish with the best burger in town. Never disappoints. One of the great spots in phila. Serving great cocktails. Now accompanied by the sister location upstairs - a wine bar. Great night out.

D
Philadelphia
164 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

A good neighborhood place. The chef tries.

P
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favorite restaurant!!!!! Would kill for the kale that rested under the duck.

MK
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking for a cozy, delicious meal while visiting Philadelphia for the Army Navy game. Found this gem and returned one more night it was so good. Make sure to make a reservation.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is great place.

The waitstaff was friendly, accommodating, and professional.

There’s a great bar.

The food is delicious.

Can’t wait to go back.

PB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A great go to place.

AG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Striped Bass I’ve had!
Go there for my wife’s birthday every year.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Engagement celebration

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I’m usually a big fan, but the food wasn’t great this time. The ham served with the raclette tasted like stale refrigerator, and when I mentioned it to the server, his response was, “that’s strange. It’s cut fresh on Saturday.” I replied: “It’s Sunday,” and we all kind of laughed, but nothing was done to remedy the situation.

M
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our citywide favorites. Food is always excellent, inventive, and reasonably priced.

j
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I'd love to be more specific about what led to this rating, but we left when customers seated before us were served well after we placed our order. When we raised this with the manager he blamed the lengthy cooking time of the duck breast. However, no warning to the effect was made when we placed our order. So, the food at the Good King Tavern looked very good, but I couldn't say for sure. I never got mine. Many customers seemed to get good service, but I couldn't say for sure. I never had any. Few customers seemed to have little need for intervention by the manager. On this, I can comment. He was quick to blame the kitchen.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the time we walked in to when I paid the bill the whole experience was exceptional and we can’t wait to go again the food was very impressive if I had any complaint my frites were just a tad too salty but they were so good I devoured them any way. Merci

OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

V nice, good cheese plate

J
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Very limited menu. On the other hand, there were many drink varieties. I know where the $ is, but don’t go there to get a great dinner.

F
Philadelphia
116 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

This is around the 4th time we’ve eaten dinner at Good King. I have to say if it was our first, we would not have returned.

We were exhausted and just wanted a burger and fries.
On other occasions, the burgers were generous. Tonight both burgers were nearly lost in the bun. They were also served without ketchup. When I asked for ketchup, after some delay, the waiter brought only one little cup so we had to request another little cup.

Even though we had a reservation, we were seated in the back ,which is lovely, except there was a large party celebrating a birthday with lots of singing and boisterous noise. We could not hear ourselves think much less have a conversation. There were empty booths in the front but we got seated in the back with the bday party.

So our Good King experience was not very pleasant tonite.

S
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. We enjoyed the French and the North-African inspired dishes alike. Cocktails were superb. More than one vegetarian option. Seafood was perfectly cooked. If I still lived in the neighborhood, this would be my go-to spot.

AD
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great cocktails. Great location. We've been going there for years!

TS
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Service was spot on. Really nice neighborhood venue

L
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Bistro French with a modern twist, in a cozy, neighborhood setting. Have had 2 meals here, both wonderful!

OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parking is not easy to find, so if you're trying to make a reservation time, give yourself plenty of time. There's no signage for the restaurant, but it's blue and on the corner. Once we found it, the service and food were excellent!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is just lovely

MM
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

If u can get passed the typical nonsense of having to deal with South St than it’s worth the trip. Our food was Delicious. The place is not a romantic restaurant but a good go to when you want a great meal with fair pricing. Service was friendly and prompt. Definitely going back!

S
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very loud atmosphere. Food was great - one of the best burgers in Philly!

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