The Tavern

4.7
236 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 236 people are saying
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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
1 review
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
45 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
54 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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OutsideDiner
Philadelphia
12 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
54 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
46 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
51 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
2 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
3 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
15 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
45 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
46 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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and experience! Plan on going back many more times.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Had a splendid time! Tarmac is adorable with outdoor seating

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outdoor dining set-up on Camac street

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vipJonathanE
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are great, and pick a night when Michael, Donald, or any of their outstanding piano players are on. Martinis are great here!

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OutsideDiner
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Still not ready for inside dining, even at now 50%, so made outside reservation. Was a cool night, could have benefitted from heat lamps, but most probably cost prohibitive with everything else. Drinks were good, food good too, only had 1 dessert, was ok. Server was very nice. Not sure how restaurants, servers, etc. are doing it these days. We try to support as often as we can. It was a nice night out.

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vipEric
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Due to COVID -19 it limited things, but the service was great the service the waiters/ service staff made up for everything , there are some great talented singers here. I would return . food was fresh from the oil, and they are very attentive to needs.

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vipGiov
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friendly servers! Drinks are great and they’re quick! It’s a really nice place

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DaveP1
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four friends got together for dinner at Tavern.
Two of us shared appetizers of Roasted Butternut Squash Salad and Flatbread. Both were tasty and of ample size. Our friends had the Wedge Salad, also ample and delicious.
For entrees, my dining partner had the Crab Cake , which he said was very good, and the others had Pan Seared Salmon. They arrived with Polenta and Rainbow Swiss Chard. Done to perfection, it made for a fun dining experience that we agreed would be worth repeating.

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vipRick
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was a fun easy dinner. I would go back. The only problem we had was there was a cold breeze blowing from the air vent. They tried to close the vent, but it was still there. It was drafty through the whole dinner, and a man at the table next to ours had to put on his hat he was so cold.
That said, food was good, staff tried hard to fix the cold problem, and I liked the cozy nature of the Tavern.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We have been to the Tavern many times. We have celebrated birthdays and anniversaries there. We have taken important out-of-town clients and bosses to the Tavern and always been more than pleased with our experiences. However, we were somewhat disappointed with this visit.

We had a reservation, which is always a good idea for the Tavern. The ambiance was delightful. It is truly a very old Tavern and looks much the same way it did 200 years ago.

We were seated right away, but waited a good 15 minutes before our server even acknowledged we were there, even though she was attending to tables right next to us. It was another 30 minutes before we ordered.

We both ordered our usual seafood stuffed filet and baked potato. I truly believe the kitchen lost our order, because 4 tables who were seated after us, and ordered after us, got their food 10-15 minutes before we did.

When our food finally did get to us, my husband’s baked potato was cold and our medium rare filet mignon was a nice pink medium!!! It had been about 2 years since we had been to the Tavern, and I must say we were disappointed.

We drove an hour to get there and of course, an hour back home, and spent close to $200 on the meal.

We will go back and give it another try, but I don’t think I will get the filet again. Maybe the scallops!

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 236 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.