The Tavern

4.7
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183 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived early from theatre musical. Seated immediately. Started with sharing a wedge salad and buffalo cauliflower that was outstanding. Everything was spilt for us prior to being brought to our table. Ordered crab cake. All lump crab and so delicious. Shared a highly recommended bottle of wine. Lovely evening for conversation and a great meal.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had dinner here before seeing a show. Our reservation was right at the time they opened, and they let us in 10 minutes early instead of having to stand in the cold. The service was outstanding throughout the meal, as we were frequently checked on to make sure everything was to our liking.
For the food, the fried pickle chips are easily the best fried pickles I have ever eaten! We ended up getting a second order because it was so good. Had the lamb bolognese for dinner, which was very filling, and wife had the chicken sandwich.
I would certainly eat here again!

DF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great little tavern on Camac with reasonably priced food and drinks. Small and intimate setting. Great staff and service. Very nice experience.

LL
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely fantastic meal at the The Tavern. Service was impecable and the food was outstanding. We had several of the appetizers including the pickles, buffalo cauliflower and shrimp. All were delicious. My sons had the meatloaf and a special of the day which was a ham sandwich . Both absolutely loved their meals. My one son said that their meatloaf was better than mine (that brat!) Anyway, I would highly recommend stopping by The Tavern for a fabulous meal if you are in the area. Well worth the trip!

NW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I always leave having had a nice meal at tavern.

L
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu is somewhat limited, but lots of great choices--it was hard to decide what to order. Ultimately had the salmon, with polenta and chard, and it was delicious!

JA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go for any meal. Good food and prices. Great staff.

H
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I love the Tavern - have been there a number of times, and it's a very pleasant, secluded relaxing place to eat in Philly - the service is wonderful - snarky with a side of sass, and just right. I was just a bit disappointed in the food this time - the menu seems to be a bit more limited, which might make sense, but my entree was just not that great - and the appetizer was tasty, but not perfect - dessert was the real hit - completely delicious, which was good because they just have one option.

I will go back - but just hope they get back to the entirely reliable and excellent kitchen they were in the past.

TJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were very attentive and the food Delicious!

DD
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to come and have dinner with the family or just have some drinks.

DD
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice place to eat and hang out for a drink.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The desert was not great.

L
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

This is an adorable place with very friendly servers. That being said, I'll have to say that the service was "relaxed" once we placed our order. It took a pretty long time for things to come out of the kitchen; not sure what the problem was. We didn't mind too much, because we were enjoying relaxing over our drinks and getting caught up with each other, but be aware. Once the food arrived, we enjoyed it very much.

RP
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Very friendly service, the food and drinks on the other hand were below par.

TE
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The 2nd floor piano bar is amazing as always. Was not really a fan of the comedy open mic upstairs would rather have prefered dance music but still had a great time at Tavern.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delish cocktails and the food was amazing especially the service

OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

there was a lot of noise from the bar upstairs other than that it was nice .

M
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific wedge salad and Crab cake. Really liked this place and will return.

JM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lamb Bolognese was delicious! Adorable space with friendly service, and reasonable prices. We ate here before going to the orchestra and will definitely be back!

OT
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent! Cute setting, decorated so beautifully for the holiday!

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went for a burger. Did not realize it was a gay bar. Food was good. Staff was welcoming.

RJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Somewhat limited menu but something in every category and haven't had a bad meal. Best Wedge salad ever, love the Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup, devilled eggs, Lamb Bolognese,Fish du jour, Roasted Chicken, steak.

OT
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael was an amazing server. Very personable, put up with our extremely obnoxious group!

Very alternative, never had an empty drink. Very good suggestions and we loved everything.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice experience limited menu

T
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks and food were excellent, we will definitely be going back.

T
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall2food1service3ambience1

Getting bit by the mosquitos. Food was poor

AR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had a great experience at the Tavern this past weekend. It was actually my second time there and I was not disappointed the second time around. The food was wonderful (My girlfriend and I ate every bite!) and the atmosphere is casual, yet romantic so you can easily go there with a group of friends or bring a love interest. They also have a piano bar located on the floor above, so after dinner we went upstairs and had a great time grabbing a few drinks and singing a few classics around the piano.

D
New York Area
157 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I needed a place that wasn’t too fancy or pricey. We were celebrating my husbands birthday and he requested something “simple”. This is NO way were negatives.
LOVED this place. Visited Philly for the weekend and this was a perfect way to celebrate to his bd. Small but cute place. Low ceilings and lots of wood. We ordered the philly style egg rolls ..think of it as a Philly cheesesteak sandwich mushed into an egg roll wrapper. Pretty darn good!
And we shared the bbq chicken dish and that too was really good.
A nice little spot that I wouldn’t mind coming back to next time we are in town.
Thanks for making my husbands birthday a special one.

P
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our food was pretty good. Nothing fancy here but server was so friendly. Good prices

SG
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Limited menu but we enjoyed delicious seared duck breast and lamb bolognese. Reasonably priced and friendly attentive service. We'll be back!

DD
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my family here for Mother’s Day and we couldn’t be more happier. The service was excellent and the food was outstanding. A great please to take your family for any occasion. I highly recommend this establishment.

CF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic! Our waitress Joelle was amazing!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

My date liked it as well, he had never been there before

A
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Outstanding cheese plate! Limited menu at first thought was elitist now realize is practical.

j
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dining experience for a family of six at the Tavern. Food and service were both excellent. Would definitely call this a neighborhood gem.

S
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Waitress had an attitude tonight. And they decided to drown my fish and potatoes in sauce. I've been there previously and it was great, same dish was on a plate and the service was good. Could be they had an off night.

LI
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Found this while on a business trip, and it was a good find for all of our group, vegetarians, omnivores and carnivores, alike. Service was excellent, and the local draft and wine selections were above par. Highly suggest...

DJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wait service very personable. Food cooked well and pleasing to the palate.

ER
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a dinner reservation, forgetting that it was St. Patty's day! I had selected The Tavern, based on previous diners' feedback and location, as we were coming from an event at the Kimmel Center. The bar was overflowing, but in the lower-level dining room, our table was waiting, with ample room to store our instruments in the corner. Our server was excellent. The menu is not huge, but the food is excellent (we all had different 'large plates'). The servings were not huge either, but when we go back we'll have the burgers, which looked amazing. Beer selection was very good, although only 4 beers on tap. Ambience is very nice and noise did not travel through the floor from the bar area above. Definitely recommending this local find!

KT
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Great service, nice food. Interior lacks charm but has a lot of potential.