The Tavern

4.6
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199 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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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
37 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!

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MegaM2
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food! Nice cozy place.

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BarbaraM
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and our waiter was fabulous! I can’t wait to go back!

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vipfilterml
Denver
43 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great option in Philadelphia! Dining area is small so make a reservation. Jamie, our server, made the night! We had a wonderful evening!

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kc33
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The martini's were immense. Food was very good. Tasty meatloaf, roasted brussel sprouts, shrimp cocktail. Nice portions, reasonable prices and fantastic service on a very busy Friday night. What's not to like? We are definitely going back again.

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vipRobertC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

worst meal and service in over 25 years of philadelphia dining - in 75 minutes all we got was a round of drinks / no one came to refresh the first round drinks for over 75 minutes and no one came to tell us our food was over an hour late to the table - food was unseasoned and resembled boiled dog food - never going back again

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

New Years. Great food

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cozy restaurant with a pleasant, fun staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, delicious food. A little hidden but worth the search.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a cozy and intimate setting. Our waitress was excellent.

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marcc
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent as always. Michael takes great care of us. Consistent. Lovely.

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JasonC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really friendly place, incredible ambiance and some of the most delicious food I've had in a long time.

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vipCatherineM
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We stopped here before a show at the walnut theatre
Food was delicious and service was excellent
Able to walk to the theatre in 5 mins

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Rbo2330
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

With all the other very good restaurants in the area, the Tavern was very average. Food was just ok, service was slow and they forgot to tell us the specials, but servers were nice. On the plus side, the atmosphere was enjoyable with good live music.

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vipanother2bite
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
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.

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Chris
Philadelphia
4 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!

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DavidF
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.

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LynnL
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!

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vipNeilW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I always leave having had a nice meal at tavern.

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vipLexie
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!

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JeffreyA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipHappyeater
Philadelphia
47 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.

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TraceyJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were very attentive and the food Delicious!

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DanD
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DanD
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice place to eat and hang out for a drink.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The desert was not great.

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Luckyme
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.

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vipRachelP
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience2

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

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TinaE
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delish cocktails and the food was amazing especially the service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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

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vipMike
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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JohnnaM
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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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RobertJ
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice experience limited menu

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The Tavern does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar.

The Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 199 OpenTable diners.

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