The Tavern

4.7
246 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 246 people are saying
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TonyL
New York Area
4 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.

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DM62
San Francisco
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.

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ArlDCDiner
Washington DC
27 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.

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vipRick
New York Area
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.

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MJay
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MattySims
Philadelphia
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.

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Duran1963
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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

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FOPJ
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great little spot, with nice outdoor seating

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susanm
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food and service

DM
DaveM
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.

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vipEatoutoften
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the service was excellent and we enjoyed a great meal with friends. The burgers and sides were excellent.

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vipIsabelB
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Faboulus and friendly pretty much sums up our experience at The Tavern. Thank you Michael for making a great night beyond compare. And to the new friends we met, simply ❤️

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Much better than expected. Everyone was warm and nice.

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vipZulager
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Philly on our annual baseball trip. We needed somewhere for dinner after the afternoon game. The Tavern was great. Michael made us feel welcome and provided some of the best service we have ever received despite being short staffed. He was attentive but not intrusive. The food was fantastic and delivered right on time. It was a little hard to find but that just added to the ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here. Sat outside. Awesome service, food, vibe. 5/5 all the way around.

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Nard
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had a nice relaxing feeling it was cozy food was good so yes I’ll go back

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vipPhillyKeith
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’d have to call this one of the best kept secrets in Philly. The food is always fantastic. Arrive is always great and friendly. And they make a good drink ;-)

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time!

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vipNurika
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always such a fun place to grab a drink and a burger and join the guys at the piano bar! Such a low key and fun atmosphere

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NJ12
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

nice outdoor seating area, closed off from traffic. great for early dinner with kids. food and service were excellent

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RestaurantSupporter
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We've been here several times, had been awhile. Great night for outside dining. Like many places, short on staff, the server was frazzled and apologized several times. We were fine, nowhere to be, enjoyed the beautiful night. I had made the res for 4 people online, looked over the menu, had my heart set on crab cakes, were not on the menu, apparently the one online is very dated. Had the scallops, were good. Others seemed to enjoy their meals (salad, flatbread, and chicken fingers...). One person is a big dessert person. Recall last time they had only 1 dessert, this time 2. I got one he got the other. Both good.

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vipColleenM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Really good food and excellent service. We went upstairs to the piano bar after dinner and loved it also

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vipNurika
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m so glad this place survived the pandemic. Great drinks awesome burgers snd fun atmosphere. Love it!

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vipjaperj
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was genial and the food was delicious. Great venue to eat, drink and people watch. Fun night!

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vipHeresJay
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We love coming to Tavern; we eat there several times per year. The food is very good, and the menu is basic but very enjoyable. Servers are always friendly and accommodating. Their biggest issue (before the pandemic and since the reopening) is that they are always in a rush, and they rush their diners. We almost always receive our entrees before we’ve had enough time to finish our appetizers. That’s not always terrible, but their indoor tables are quite small, so there isn’t room for all the tableware with cocktails, apps, and entrees. We hope that they learn that dining can be a relaxed experience — especially when they don’t have a ton of diners, and people aren’t rushing off to the theater or other activities after dinner. Try the Tavern for sure, but be prepared to have to manage the kitchen yourself.

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vipmajorettefoodie
New England
52 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The Tavern is an adorable place, very quaint. The menu was not very limited

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SusanC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining. Menu small but the food is very good. Great drinks! Service was very good. Fun girls night out.

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Colby
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was so kind and wonderful. We had to sit inside due to rain, but even so, the social distancing was enough for comfort. Food was delicious! The menu is limited but everything we had we loved.

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DanMac
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience2

Their Brussel sprouts were absolutely amazing. The dry martini with blue cheese stuffed olives received rave reviews from my husband, and they make a mean Titos Rose Kennedy as well. I think we found a go-to.

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Casey
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat outside and had Michael as our waiter. He was wonderful, got everything we needed and more!!! Food was great! Drinks were also amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cozy cellar dining with excellent drinks and meals. Limited menu but all well done

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PNUT61
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The burgers and salads were fabulous! What a quaint dining area - down below.

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vipBillC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place great entrees NY Strip was better than or at least as good as anuSteak houses in Philly I have been to and love the buffalo cauliflower! The short bartender makes a mean Long Island Iced tea.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated a birthday. We had to sit outside, and it was cool. The outdoor heater was helpful, but the website on Open Table did not specify that dining w I’ll be outdoors.

Service was very attentive, food was great.

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DanD
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have a night out for any occasion. Delicious Food, environment is super chilled, and the service is welcoming and excellent. Highly recommend!

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vipAndrewoutandbout
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A great dining experience. The staff was wonderful and very attentive. We ate outside, and it is quite spectacular, some of the best outdoor dining in the city. I hope they can keep it that way post Covid. Also the staff were all very observant of Covid prevention measures and felt absolutely at ease on that front. Food was good (loved the deviled eggs).

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I booked a table for two at 7 o’clock for Friday Oct 30 on open table. When we arrived at the restaurant they said that they did not have a table for us and that they only take reservations by phone. They offered to set us at 8:30.They also said they were having trouble with OpenTable continuing to take reservations for them even though they had tried to eliminate the app. They said they had lots of people come in who they had to turn away. We didn’t eat all day and anticipating this dinner. Very disappointing. If you want to eat here do not use OpenTable.

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TiusD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The outdoor seating is a nice addition to Camac St. Good ambiance and efficient/friendly service.

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vipPhillyKeith
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect place to grab drinks, enjoy fantastic food and have perfect service. All for a great price.

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vipveggilover
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ordered the autumn salad and miso salmon. Everything was delicious. The portions are very generous. The one salad we shared was enough for more than two people. We ate outside and enjoyed the heaters for a little warmth. Service was terrific. This was our first time and we will return!

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 246 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.