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The Tavern

4.7
141 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Pre/post Theatre
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Gastro Pub, Burgers
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Hours of operation
Sun - Thurs 5pm to 12am, Fri and Sat 5pm -1am
Closed Tuesdays
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Phone number
(215) 545-1102
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
David Allen
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Spruce
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Parking details
On street parking is available as well as a number of nearby parking lots and garages.
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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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 141 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.6
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Stephen (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Made a last minute reservation for Valentine's Day and we had a great time! Food was outstanding and fairly priced. I had the Lamb Bolognese with house-made pasta. Cooked perfectly. My girlfriend had the Short Ribs, which I regret not getting myself because they were so damn good! We did not order cocktails, but the list of house cocktails were intriguing. They also had a great selection of craft beer and wine. Though it was a busy Valentine's Day for the staff, our server was great. He made great recommendations and was pleasant, not rushing us whatsoever. I worked in food service for about 10 years and, in my opinion, they could have used one more server that night to improve the service. The chef was running food at one point, indicating they could have used one more set of hands. Not a big deal to us, but worth mentioning. Overall, I highly recommend this place and hope to go back soon!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food, especially the wedge salad!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Haven’t been in a while, bit still one of my favorite places, food is great, service is always stellar.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

What struck me first is the spaciousness for such a small room. The aren't many tables (so make a reservation if you're going during peak hours) but they're not piled on top of each other. And even when the room was full the noise level was surprisingly low. The menu is typically creative of what you find in restaurants these days (that's a good thing) and well executed.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

The tavern was a wonderful spot for New Years Eve. Good food in a quiet, relaxed atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

This restaurant was such a cute spot in the neighborhood. A great beer and cocktail menu with excellent food and service. Would highly recommend checking it out!

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vipWsquared (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

Fabulous food, stunning drinks, and great, personalized service in an off-the-beaten-path underground lair. Hard to peg the vibe, maybe upscale dive bar, and it was loud, with a piano wafting in from the ground floor restaurant above, rock Muzak over the speakers, and the Eggs game on the Telly. They were happy to turn one of these off for us as it was getting cacophonic in our corner.

I can’t overstate how good the food was. Hard to screw up a burger but also hard to make really good ones. These were excellent. Best boogies in philly so far for us. They grind the meat there, as one should, but most do not.

The chix tenders with panko and hard cheese (Asiago? I forget) were best I ever had.

Did not try dessert, but will next time.

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vip69dodgedart (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Great food, great service, great value.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

Just a quick walk from the Hilton/doubletree, that was nice. The restaurant itself is downstairs and as others have mentioned very small but we liked the intimate vibe. Unique cocktails and appetizers. My only complaint is several of our meals were over salted. They had a stroganoff special and the meat was very tender and the flavor was excellent, just too much salt. Same for the lamb dish. Burgers and chicken did not seem to have this issue. I would still go back and maybe mention “light salt” to be safe.

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CecilS (Bahrain)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

Celebrating my recovering of bilateral lung transplant in July. It was my first time out in six years. I danced till I fell literally fell on the dance floor. Great group of people friendly and the piano was heavenly.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 7, 2017

Great food! Excellent service! Will definitely be back!

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RoxRaised (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on December 7, 2017

First timer but will definitely return. Great history, great food, great service. Definitely an exceptional value.

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vipPatrickV (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent food at a very reasonable price. Would recommend before a show on Broad Street only a short walk away.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

Tavern is way better than average bar food -- a really good burger and fries but also porchetta, lamb bolognese, grilled cheese and tomato soup, and many other things. The staff is great. The place is consistently excellent.

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Frogkiss (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

The only issue I had with the Tavern is that it was difficult to find. Thankfully, one of my friends had been there previously and knew the way. I rather think that is by design, as it is a small space and allows the server to provide excellent service which would not be possible with a large crowd. My choice of cocktail was the Tavern Old Fashioned: a little sweet for my taste, but made with quality ingredients. The Tavern features small plates (my friends and I had sweet potato gnocchi, beet salad, a delicious wedge salad, and pan seared scallops), sandwiches and big plates (I had the lamb Bolognese with house-made fettuccine, mint and Parmesan). I would definitely go again next time I'm in Center City Philadelphia for a show.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

If you don’t order the sweet potato gnocchi, you’re missing out! The wedge salad, pickle chips and deviled eggs were outstanding.

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ks44140 (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on November 5, 2017

The food and service was very good. $3.50 for a cup of coffee was a bit much.

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AndrewD (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

I've eaten here a bunch of times and the food has gotten progressively worse. And this time the drinks weren't so great. And finally, the regular waiter is just plain nasty. He always seems overwhelmed and just isn't nice. Probably last dinner here for a while.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

Food is fantastic. Get the pork sammich.

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Brad (New England)
4.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

Food was delicious (I had the Porchetta). Garlic fries were amazing, as well as the fried pickles. I ordered a drink that ended up being a little too strong, but I followed that up with 2 beers from their selection and was more than satisfied.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on September 16, 2017

When the staff of a restaurant you've never visited, in a strange you're not familiar with, welcomes you like an old and valued friend, you know you're in the right place. The service was warm and inviting without every being cloying or intrusive. My meal was fine (I had the vegetarian edamame-black bean burger - a tad mushy but tasty - with delicious garlic fries) but the comfortable atmosphere as I dined alone between shows at the Opera Philadelphia Festival was the best part.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on August 5, 2017

Very pleasant restaurant. Food is good. Beer is very good. Service was great. Quiet space for meeting with friends. Nothing to go out of the way for, but a reasonably-priced, solid choice for getting together with friends.

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Lauren (Edinburgh)
5.0  Dined on June 26, 2017

The service was good and the food really, really delicious. I had the mushroom & black bean burger; it was more than I'd usually pay for a burger and we'll worth it. It was really convenient to grab a bit to eat here then head upstairs to the piano bar, where I the locals to be very friendly and welcoming of myself and the other travellers I was with. I highly recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on May 15, 2017

Quaint and secluded which was good for dinner conversation. Later on we participated in a lively Quizzo game which was a fun surprise and a great way to wrap up the evening.

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vipKate (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on April 3, 2017

Great food and great service!! The vegetarian burger and grilled asparagus were delicious!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on April 1, 2017

Great service for our daughter's 21 birthday! The waiter was kind enough to buy her her first drink! We had a great meal in a quiet atmosphere with our family, decent food. The cheese board was the hit as the appetizer. We quickly visited the piano bar upstairs and that was a hit as well. We would definitely return! Everyone was so friendly to our family and newly 21 year old!

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FleurD123 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 16, 2017

Went here for my dad's birthday because he lives in the neighborhood. It is comfortable, cozy and the food (sophisticated comfort food) is out of this world! We had the small plate short ribs w/grits and a wedge salad and my sister had a big pork chop. Divine! We had two orders of the popovers with butter and jam--I'd go back for those alone.
The dining room is small (think cruise ship coffee shop) and conveniently adjacent to the bar. The service was wonderful (our server Michael, who also handled the reservation when I called and put a Birthday candle in some vanilla ice cream for my dad) was warm, friendly, thoughtful and seemed genuinely glad that we had come there.

Tavern was a five star experience at a neighborhood gem.

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on March 12, 2017

I live in ny was visiting philly for the flower show. Went there with friends on a prior visit. Just love it never disappointed with the Tavern.

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vipsilverphl (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on March 11, 2017

Limited menu but tasty! Great for before theatre!

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2tallguys (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on March 10, 2017

Always enjoy but the menu needs a refresh and more dinner entrée choices ... have come to Tavern for years but suggest it is time to step it up a notch.

Do not get me wrong was great but just need a fresh menu.

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