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The Tavern

4.7
4.7
271 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
The Tavern, a cozy underground hideaway serving fresh American bar fare. The subterranean dining room is housed in the historic Tavern on Camac, a long-running piano bar and nightclub serving exceptional food to pre/post theater goers, and a solid crowd of the city’s “in the biz” hospitality professionals long after most establishments have closed their doors for the night. The Tavern boasts an approachable menu of refined bar food staples, all available from open until close, even after the bar has given last call. The Tavern makes for a great first or last stop for diners and revelers alike. Built in 1937, it is one of the nation’s oldest music venues and a natural home for The Tavern’s lived-in vibe and casual appeal. Exposed brick and wide, dark pine paneling make the space feel comfortable yet tucked away on picturesque Camac Street.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Gastro Pub, Burgers

  • Hours of operation

    Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–9:45 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 545-1102

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Please reach out to info@thetaverngroup.com

  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • Cross street

    Spruce

  • Parking details

    On street parking is available as well as a number of nearby parking lots and garages.

  • Public transit

    Stops We are located 1.5 blocks from the Broad Street Subway Line [Spruce Street Stop] and one block from the NJ Transit PATCO Line [12th Street Exit]

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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What 271 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Philadelphia

    Contemporary American

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  1. p

    phillysong

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Tavern on Camac is a gem. The bar atmosphere, and the piano bar are classic. The downstairs dining area is quiet, the service is wonderful andthe food and drinks are nicely priced and delicious. It was our first time, but I suspect we will be regulars.
  2. ES

    EdSt

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall a great meal with great service. Good value too
  3. WA

    WilliamA

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    The food and service is very good. If your gay or straight this place works.
  4. BC

    BroadwayCJ

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A hidden gem. The food was terrific and a fair value. Value is hard to find these days, but The Tavern does it right. Service was attentive and good ambience (real candles). Do not hesitate to dine here. This will be our new go to when we return to this neighborhood!!
  5. WM

    WayneM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I met a friend who has not been out in a restaurant in several years for his birthday (his choice). We were set in a corner table and had cocktails, appetizers and an entree each. Service and food were both great. We spent several hours catching up with each other and the wait staff were attentive but not intrusive. We left several hours later and ended what was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
  6. HJ

    HeresJay

    Philadelphia

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We go to Tavern every several weeks because we like their food, the service, and the funky atmosphere. Order anything on the menu; you’ll enjoy it!
  7. WA

    WilliamA

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I reall enjoy coming here. Very comfortable gay resturant with very good food. Seeing more customers from Knock come here since Knock has gone downhill.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly, attentive wait staff. Salmon was excellently prepared. Will be back.
  9. WA

    WilliamA

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food and service is great. It's also priced well for a casual dinner. Much better dining experience than Knock.
  10. WA

    WilliamA

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The Tavern is a great place. Small,cozy, good food and very nice staff.
  11. WM

    WilliamM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening! Great service, great food, terrific atmosphere, and just a perfect evening during our visit to Philly! Thank you.
  12. a

    apriltwocats

    New York Area

    56 reviews

    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We got there very late for our reservation, arriving at 9:45 pm. The server was friendly and fun, At 10:45 pm, with the restaurant closing at 11:00 pm, I asked if there was any coffee available (we had a long drive home and needed the caffeine). Even though there was none made and the restaurant was practically empty, our server made us a fresh pot! One note: the restaurant is downstairs from a bar. The night we were there, there sounded like a piano bar and singing was going on upstairs. It wasn't so loud that we couldn't hear each other speaking, but I wouldn't characterize the restaurant as a place for a quiet dinner.
  13. M

    Mike

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great place for casual dining before a show. Great service from friendly faces.
  14. HJ

    HeresJay

    Philadelphia

    65 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We like to go to Tavern occasionally for dinner — just because or after the theater. They have a really nice pub menu, the service is always friendly, and the price is great. Definitely worth the visit!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and Service were outstanding
  16. RB

    RBEAWB

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Surprisingly great experience. Expected it to be good, but delighted that it was very good. Our excellent waitress ( hometown Pittsburg) could not have provided better service and warmth. Will be back. Great crispy Brownie for dessert. Homemade w a ton of churned whipped cream. And I don’t eat them that often, but this was yummy! Bravo The Tavern on Camac!
  17. t

    timetoimpress

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A remarkable place to have a quiet dinner with someone special.
  18. v

    vangidigs

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Tavern was extremely accommodating. We called and they held our reservation when we were stuck in horrendous traffic (we arrived an hour late). The food was outstanding and the service was excellent. We will definitely return, highly recommend this restaurant!
  19. l

    luvtoeatout

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate in the downstairs restaurant. The hamburgers were the best we’ve had in a long time. The waiter was fabulous. I would definitely return.
  20. FL

    FoodLion

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a hidden gem !!! Went to dinner before a show at the Forrest & will be going back. The menu has something for everyone and everything from Service, drinks and food was Great.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Dinner choices are very good and change often
  22. JM

    JeanneM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was exceptional. Our service friendly and efficient. The prices for food and alcohol very reasonable. We will return often and tell our friends about this hidden gem!
  23. JK

    JamesKfromWI

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Had a lovely dinner in this cute basement restaurant. The food was fresh and delicious. It was not too pricey for the great atmosphere and food.
  24. c

    coki

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food with a limited menu. Comfortable setting. Reasonably priced.
  25. C

    Chris

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious dinner, friendly service
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    They were not open.
  27. M

    Mark

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the burger. And the fries. Easy to talk to your date.
  28. t

    thegourmet

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance and the food are outstanding. However, this cannot be matched to the service by Michael. He is always warm and welcoming. When you are a regular like me , he knows your name and you feel like you are at a friend's house.
  29. HH

    HungryHungryHippo

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was delicious food and a cozy little atmosphere.
  30. D

    Dorothy

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The service was excellent. The food was ok. Friendly atmosphere and a great place for drinks. The drinks were on point.
  31. TL

    TonyL

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Good overall. Entrees we wanted were unavailable. I didn’t get what I ordered but it was close enough. Drinks were well executed. Nice atmosphere if you’re looking for gay friendly.
  32. DM

    DM62

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Having only ever spent time at the piano bar upstairs, I wasn't sure what to expect of the restaurant. I was not disappointed. Cozy and intimate, with a casual vibe, and outstanding service, it was a delight. Our waiter was very conscientious about managing the flow so that diners would make their theater reservations. The food - scallops for me and salmon for my dining partner - was excellent. The Brussel sprouts were to die for. Would definitely recommend it.
  33. AD

    ArlDCDiner

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Best part was our very attentive, interesting and informative waiter. I had the beet salad which was large and good. Flat bread was so-so. I'd eat here again.
  34. R

    Rick

    New York Area

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Great location. Easy food that tastes good. Nothing fancy, but a nice staff who are very helpful. Would go there again.
  35. MJ

    MJay

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is always good, drinks are made well and the staff is always welcoming.
  36. MS

    MattySims

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great service. Great experience. Cocktails were excellent. It’s always a good time at tavern.
  37. D

    Duran1963

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great atmosphere - old, gritty world charm. Food is great for the price.
  38. FO

    FOPJ

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great little spot, with nice outdoor seating
  39. s

    susanm

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good food and service
  40. DM

    DaveM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great service, good food, historic setting and is very welcoming. To eat indoors you must show you vaccination card, a real plus.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Tavern offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 545-1102.

The Tavern is rated 4.7 stars by 271 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for The Tavern

243 S. Camac Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Spruce

  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • Hours of operation

    Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–9:45 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Gastro Pub, Burgers

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    On street parking is available as well as a number of nearby parking lots and garages.

  • Public transit

    Stops We are located 1.5 blocks from the Broad Street Subway Line [Spruce Street Stop] and one block from the NJ Transit PATCO Line [12th Street Exit]

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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