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For 2
7:00 PM
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The Tavern

141 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
  • 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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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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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
David Allen
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Cross street
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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]
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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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!

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

Great food, especially the wedge salad!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

vip69dodgedart (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Great food, great service, great value.

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.

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.