The Good King Tavern

4.7
383 reviews
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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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BE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was delicious! And the drinks were outstanding!! We will definitely be back!

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ME
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Appetizers and entrees were creative and delicious. The noise at the bar right next to our table was a bit distracting though. Too bad!

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F
Philadelphia
108 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Visitors from NYC we’re getting in late on a Friday and I needed to find a restaurant convenient to my Queen Village home that served food at 10pm.

Good King was the perfect choice: great cocktails and eclectic beer selections, good burgers and a few healthier choices, all in a quaint neighborhood setting.

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EC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Service was indifferent, food was not a good value, expensive and not very tasty.

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F
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great find! I have never had duck so good, and my boyfriend who is not a duck fan even loved it. Good wines and very knowledgeable team. Schnitzel and accompanying sauce was incredible. I will go back next time I’m in Philly.

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KG
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved our waiter. Was very knowledgeable and attentive.

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A
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neighborhood gem! I was in Philly for one night from out of town and found The Good King through Eater. What a perfect choice! From the music (80s punk/new wave) to the service (our server was impeccable - super knowledgeable, offered great recos) to the FOOD (the chicken! the grits! the cauliflower app was ohmygoodness!) to the crème brulee (I have to call this perfection out in a class by itself). Loved everything about it!

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BW
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This little place seems to try to be playing hide and seek. The sign is just their logo, a cut-out of a crown that reminds me of the one worn by the boy in "Where the Wild Things Are." Locals know where it is and frequent it. We took a table outside. The food is not tavern fare. While they call it French inspired, there are a lot of other inspirational influences. My wife and I lived in France for three years. Finding food this wonderful was not the norm, and certainly food this wonderful didn't hide behind a name with Tavern in it. We and a friend of ours decided to just sample dishes. It was a great move. Each dish showed inventiveness. The memory of the mussels with coconut, French curry and Anise makes my mouth water. The raclette was like none we had ever had in France or Germany. It was so much better. Sunchokes. Mmmm. The little puff pastries, mmmmm again and again. Three hours of mmmmm. I should perhaps keep this place a secret so there is a table available next time we go. This shy little hideout is worth seeking out. Life is good, Bob

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cocktails, oysters, chicken-fried rabbit, eggplant, Arctic char, and acorn squash fritters. The wine list is all organic. We had a delicious white Burgundy from Domaine Paul Pillot. Waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly. An assortment of locals and out-of-towners, young and old, were enjoying a beautiful Friday evening in this exceptional establishment.

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d
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Best rabbit outside of Quebec city.

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j
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our experience at the Good King Tavern. Cool relaxed vibe. Excellent food & service! We hope to return soon.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the house burger & schnitzel, and tried a few cocktails. All was delicious.

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AN
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always solid. Took my pops here and enjoyed the food and the ambiance. Drinks always solid. Food good and buttery as one would expect from mid-high French cuisine. Wait staff attentive, polite, and put together.

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JD
Philadelphia
198 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Love this little French bistro. Always great chalkboard specials to compliment the regular menu. We eat here several times a month. The rabbit is delicious, innovative tarts,nice salads and the duck of the day always excellent

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EV
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Good King Tavern is consistently excellent in its dishes, service, and ambiance. We love coming here as a treat after busy workweeks, and, if we are lucky and the weather is right, we try to snag a table outside. Inside is just as cozy, of course, but The Good King Tavern is located on one of the nicest blocks for sidewalk outdoor seating in Philly. The food here is always delicious and they have a consistently interesting and surprising drink menu as well. Their Steak Frites is the best I’ve had outside of France!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and great service

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l
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Good King. That is all.

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D
Philadelphia
78 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great casual bistro food. The mussels are excellent, rivaling the mussels at Parc. Friendly service. starters are very generous. My husband's steak frites was perfectly rare.

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KC
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The drinks were great, the food was good, and the service was unskilled.

I generally do not write bad reviews. However, I emailed the restaurant privately to let them know about the particulars of the service and did not receive a reply.

I would recommend looking else where. There are too many great options in the area to spend money on bad service.

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NO
Orlando
19 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A short wall from our home. Excellent food! We had the grilled lettuce salad and the scallops. Service was friendly. We will be regulars.

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BM
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went to The GOod King Tavern with my husband and son. Had a very nice experience. Food was great, service was great. Would definitely go back.

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MM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a bit pricey but the food and service was excellent.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently outstanding food. One of the best restaurants in the city and we eat out regularly.

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DD
Philadelphia
216 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service but disappointed in burger and pate bronzino was good burger and fries too salty

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E
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went to Good King for a celebration.This was our 3rd visit. My husband had the steak frites and the steak was cooked perfectly for him-medium well. The branzino over lentils was delicious. The filet was delicious, very moist. My son who chooses duck whenever he eats out, thoroughly enjoyed it. The wine list was extensive and when I had a hard time choosing our server suggested a wine I had never tried and it was delicious-light and fruity just as she had described it. We went for an early dinner and the only thing about GKT is the noise level. I didn't expect it to be quite so noisy so early. However, the restaurant is a great local place that serves great food at reasonable prices so we will be back.

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l
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I would recommend Good King, but hesitate only because it would bring more traffic to that part of town and less chance of ME getting parking space so that we could eat there! Apps were the squash barbajuan for me and escargot for my husband. He doesn't eat squash and I don't eat snails, but we would both have been happy to share the other's appetizers, they were that good. I could eat the escargot sauce all by itself and may do that once or twice. I had the beef tartare and compare every tartare to that of Chef Calmels from Bibou - it passed the test. My husband had the duck confit and salted potatoes and left nothing on his plate. Service was excellent and we look forward to going back often (as long as we can find a spot to park!).

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The menu was very limited so we opted for the burgers which turned out to be very average.

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MW
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

On a very cool April night, recently, the Good King Tavern was a comforting, welcoming place to visit. Food was excellent. I tried some nicely cooked and spicy duck wings for an appetizer and an especially hearty French variation on Shepherds Pie

They had a very excellent Spanish cider on hand

Would gladly return

The staff were friendly and professional

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CC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to this place on a recommendation for their wine list, and was very much pleasantly surprised. I’m not usually the biggest fan of whites, but the one that was recommended to me went perfectly with my food, and was incredible. Worth the trip.

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B
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Really just a note of caution not criticism, their Sunday menu really has nothing to do with brunch. Only an omelet special, but if it is breakfast/brunch things you want (eggs, french toast etc., this is not the pace. It is also fairly pricy.

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f
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love everything about the GKT. Food, service, wine, spirits, atomosphere are always spot on! Wish there was at GKT in our neighborhood! (Chestnut Hill/West Mt. Airy) We would meet friends and eat there all the time! (hint, hint) : )

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O
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shining example of a restaurant rocking a relatively limited menu - it's always best when a chef keeps it simple, makes every ingredient sing and knocks each dish out of the park. Everything was delicious; I'm still dreaming about the roast chicken and grits!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best French bistro period.

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SP
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

We really liked the tavern and the area. Help were excellent and friendly. Would have liked a larger food selection for dinner. Bar snacks and appys were very good. Great place for cocktails and small meals.

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NL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Love this place! Great food and drinks. Our server seemed a bit exasperated that we didn't order more and took some time to decide. Nothing that would stop us from returning!

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g
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, nice server and atmosphere

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HH
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quaint, quirky neighborhood place with funky music, great service, tasty, inventive cocktails and a fab wine list. All that being said, you need to come here for the food! Some of the best French fare I've had outside of France. Everything we had from the escargot to the foie gras to the parmentier was exquisite. If you love French food and you're in Philadelphia, you must try GKT for dinner.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

It was ok except that the steak frites were disappointing to me. The frys were good but the steak had no taste. I mentioned it and they did not charge for that dish so I left a large tip.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service! Hostess was very accommodating for our stroller and waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful with the menu. Great overall experience

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a
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Creative menu, excellent wine list and a great value

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