The Good King Tavern

4.6
369 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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EV
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
1 review
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
76 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
207 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
26 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
25 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
12 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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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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D
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood place. We went for oysters and sparkling wine. The duck special is always good. Good energy on a Thursday night.

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BL
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Like always, great food, drinks, and service.

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AP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Ambience was great! Food is pricey for the little serving sizes. Not too many appetizing options on the menu. But overall interesting and energetic atmosphere. The fries were delish!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in the city! Perfect for a date.

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SM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Really great all around. Food and drinks were all on point, service was attentive and the space has a really welcoming feel.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best pre Valentine’s Day dinners I’ve had.

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KM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a delightful meal at GKT. We went on Sunday specifically for the Raclette, and it did not disappoint. The delicious skillet of cheesy, garlicly potatoes accompanied by a small salad, ham, pickles, and mustard was a perfect appetizer to share. Generous portions for the Steak Frites and Shepard's Pie as well. Enjoyed our drinks and dessert too, we definitely plan to return.

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JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. The staff was very knowledgeable about the menu.

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P
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

First time at this restaurant. It was recommended to us by friends and we are grateful. We had the Lamb Shepherds pie and steak frites, preceded by the grilled gem lettuces. Everything was perfectly prepared and the service was very good. Will go back to try other menu itens

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J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and drinks were A+. My personal favorite was the oysters and mussels! The place is pretty small so I understand that the fitting tables must be a challenge, that being said it makes it less intimate when your table is an inch away from another persons table. It kind of felt like we were one big party sitting together instead of just the two of us.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food , friendly waitstaff can't wait to go back

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PW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Seating too tight. Service great. A bit more variety in offerings would be good.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

just perfect food fabulous

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O
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and cocktails. And house wine choices.
And awesome cheese plate. Could have had 2 of them!!

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