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The Tavern, Philadelphia, PA
The Tavern, Philadelphia, PA
The Tavern, Philadelphia, PA
The Tavern, Philadelphia, PA
The Tavern, Philadelphia, PA

The Tavern

4.6
4.6
290 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


Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Gastro Pub, Burgers
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:45 pm Fri, 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

What 290 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

290 Reviews
  1. FayeT

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love intimate spaces! I’m so glad we came here for Valentine’s Day! It’s exactly what I was looking for. The food was amazing and Jeff are server made us feel welcomed and comfortable. We went up to the piano bar after dinner thinking we were just going to have one drink, but ended up staying because the pianist that night was lively and engaging. The music he was playing was kind of showtuney and fun. We will definitely be back :)

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  2. mountedsailor

    Philadelphia

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was yummy! Liked the decor, server was friendly.

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  3. PaulS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food served in a cozy atmosphere with excellent service. A good value in the Gayborhood.

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  4. RobS

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The new chef, Henry, made an excellent beef Wellington. It was a terrific surprise. Highly recommended. The meat and mushrooms were perfect.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food here was mediocre at best. The deviled eggs had little flavor, the friend pickles tasted frozen and, most bizarrely of all, my pumpkin cream bucatini pasta had the consistency of paste and tasted as bad. I barely ate half of it. The staff is very friendly and the drinks were good, but my meal was not enjoyable.

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  6. BillM

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were great! Looking forward to getting back.

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  7. Phillydiner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Arrived on time for my reservation. very disappointed to find a sign on the door saying the restaurant was closed. Tried again on Tuesday, same situation. Understand that these things happen, but the Tavern should have turned off the ability to make a reservation through Open Table.

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  8. BurgerFasterStronger

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Matthew was perfect. The burger was perfect. I love it here.

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  9. CenterCityCouple

    Philadelphia

    112 reviews

    5.0

    112 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had not eaten at Tavern for a few years. We went back last night and do not intend to ever stay away that long again. My wife had the tomato soup which was unbelievable and potatoes in garlic (I believe) which she loved and took the leftovers home. I had a hamburger with lettuce tomato, sauteed onions and the house sauce which was exquisite. Loved the hamburger. We sat and ate at the bar, talked to John the bartender and watched Golden Girls on the tv. Cannot wait to go back.

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  10. PauletteH

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great meal at The Tavern last night. My husband and I were in Philly for a play and decided to stay overnight. The Tavern was a 5 minute walk from our hotel. We both decided on the Tavern burger and homemade French fries. The burger was an 8 oz. sirloin burger served on a brioche roll. They were cooked exactly how we asked for and the fries were hot and crispy. Thank you for the delicious food and service. Will definitely stop in again when nearby.

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  11. CarlM

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good food and portion sizes. Service was a little slow, probably due to the fact that there was only one waiter for all tables. We weren't in a hurry, so it was not that big a deal. Everyone was very friendly. The outdoor signage should be a little better to indicate that the dining is in the basement, so you don't have to wander through the bar to find the "T" with an arrow pointing downstairs.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Matt, our server, was great. We were the only 2 people in the whole restaurant. Ordered deviled eggs (very good), Wedge salad (beautiful, but needed more dressing - Matt brought more upon request), Chicken fingers (delicious, with mouth watering honey mustard for dipping) and Grilled Cheese & Tomato soup (very good). I’ll be back.

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  13. BroadwayCJ

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Tavern is our new go to before we head to the theater. A true hidden gem. Nice ambience, delicious food that is not overpriced. It is quiet with attentive service. Do not hesitate to give The Tavern a try.

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  14. JamesG

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice, quiet, intimate dining space. Never disappointed with menu selections. Not extensive but something for everyone. Good portion sizes.

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  15. WilliamA

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I've become a regular here. The staff are friendly. The food is very good. The drinks made expertly. Overall a good dining experience.

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  16. Philadelphia1323

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    I did not think the food was good, but the service was excellent.

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  17. WilliamA

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is always good. Very reasonable pub pricing. Service is relaxed and friendly.

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  18. GregP

    New York City

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and great value. Intimate dining spot. Great specials and regular menu.

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  19. phillysong

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  20. EdSt

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall a great meal with great service. Good value too

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  21. WilliamA

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The food and service is very good. If your gay or straight this place works.

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  22. BroadwayCJ

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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!!

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  23. WayneM

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  24. HeresJay

    Philadelphia

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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!

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  25. WilliamA

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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.

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  26. JamesG

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly, attentive wait staff. Salmon was excellently prepared. Will be back.

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  27. WilliamA

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service is great. It's also priced well for a casual dinner. Much better dining experience than Knock.

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  28. WilliamA

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The Tavern is a great place. Small,cozy, good food and very nice staff.

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  29. WilliamM

    Puerto Vallarta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful evening! Great service, great food, terrific atmosphere, and just a perfect evening during our visit to Philly! Thank you.

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  30. apriltwocats

    New York City

    56 reviews

    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  31. Mike

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for casual dining before a show. Great service from friendly faces.

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  32. HeresJay

    Philadelphia

    95 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and Service were outstanding

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  34. RBEAWB

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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!

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  35. timetoimpress

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A remarkable place to have a quiet dinner with someone special.

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  36. vangidigs

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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!

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  37. luvtoeatout

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  38. FoodLion

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  39. JeffT

    Philadelphia

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Dinner choices are very good and change often

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  40. JeanneM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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!

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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 4.6 stars by 290 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


Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Tavern

243 S. Camac Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Spruce
  • Neighborhood
    Center City
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:45 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:45 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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