About The Tavern

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.

243 S. Camac Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Gastro Pub, Burgers

Hours of Operation:
Sun - Thurs 5pm to 12am, Fri and Sat 5pm -1am
Closed Tuesdays

Cross Street:
Spruce

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 545-1102

Website:
http://www.thetavernphilly.com/

Parking Details:
On street parking is available as well as a number of nearby parking lots and garages.

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]

Executive Chef:
David Allen

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine

The Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.6

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Seasonal (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 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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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 6, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food is fantastic. Get the pork sammich.

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 (New England)·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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vip
 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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·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.

Tags: Great Beer, Quiet Conversation
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 (Edinburgh)·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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Great Beer, Fun
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 3, 2017

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

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 (Philadelphia)·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!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Miami)·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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Fun, Outstanding Value, Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Limited menu but tasty! Great for before theatre!

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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 2, 2017

food was great. only 1 drawback. the waiter was very nice and appeared to truly enjoy the fact that we enjoyed our meal. the only drawback was that the waiter was wearing the red Tavern t-shirt. Just appeared to be the attire for maybe the bar, but not for waiting on tables in your so beautiful restaurant area.
We were there on a Thursday night - maybe a slow night. 1 more thing, we checked out your menu on the web, and decided to have the Coulotte Steak. We were disappointed to find that mean was not on the menu anymore. However, the entres we ordered instead were delicious

Thank-you

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Out waiter was great and the fried chicken small plate was delicious!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 4, 2017

First time here, comfy, cozy, service was attentive but not hovering. Food was above average.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 4, 2017

The place is cozy, the food is quite good and the waiter was helpful but not obtrusive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 1, 2017

Great restaurant.. warm, cozy, wonderful staff, delicious food -- well-prepared, creative, homey, yummy, -- simply a city treasure that you'll want to return to again and again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Good food and friendly wait staff. It's pretty small so not great for a large party. The wedge salad was way better than I anticipated and the grilled calamari and clam dish is the best.

Tags: Tapas, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Our party of four each ordered something different and everything was delicious. The duck breast with celery root puree was out of this world. My friends had the burger, clams & calamari and l as my bolognese- all enjoying their selections. The spicy deviled eggs and parmesan fries were great as starters.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2017

The food and drinks were excellent, as was the service. We shared a few plates - they were all excellent, but the lamb bolognese was truly exceptional. A great find.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Had a great time with family, Waiter was friendly and fun, food was great, love the atmosphere

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Consistently very good, from service, to the dishes to the atmosphere. A great neighborhood spot, unpretentious, welcoming, warm, friendly with a well thought out menu.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Great neighborhood feel, warm, welcoming and friendly. Menu is varied, creative and most importantly the food tastes great, consistently great!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 5, 2016

have been here many times and they have never disapointed

Tags: Vegan, Happy Hour, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2016

We eat here frequently. The food is always creative and tasty, and the service is great.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Great spot, neighborhood feel, dishes are always on point, especially the lamb Bourgogne over home made linguini, perfect!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Great service in an always great atmosphere with delicious food!!!!☺

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Friendly atmosphere. Food was very fresh. Enjoyable and positive experience.
Great show in night club area.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Great tucked away spot, the menu is creative (highly recommend the lamb bolognese over homemade fettuccine) and the guys who work there are consistently on point welcoming and friendly. If you're looking for delicious sensibly priced dining in a warm and friendly atmosphere look no further than The Tavern.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 1, 2016

Close to the Kimmel for a casual meal. We enjoyed the fried pickle chips, wedge salad, crab cake(roasted corn salad underneath) and chicken nuggets (which were more like chicken balls -all white meat and a yummy honey sauce). Service was attentive and friendly. We would definitely go back!

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2016

The Tavern is always wonderful, and this night was no exception. We took friends who'd never been, and they loved it - vowing to return. The food is terrific, and the drinks are really excellent, and very well priced. The server is low-key and most entertaining. It's quiet, so easy to talk and be heard - and enough space to not feel that you're leaning over someone else's table. It's an attractive room, and one of Philly's small gems - we will happily go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Outstanding Value
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 6, 2016

The offerings are unique, food great, comfortable setting good service. Very enjoyable.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 21, 2016

The food was superb, we split the burger and ordered a few appetizers to share. Everything was spot on!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 25, 2016

Excellent food, service, atmosphere, music, and decor. Most importantly, excellent food. The fried green tomatoes, cheese plate, and sockeye salmon were fantastic. For dessert, the popovers with chocolate sauce were divine. Our server, Edward, was absolutely perfect - friendly, fun, attentive, and knowledgeable about the menu. I will eat here again!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 25, 2016

Service was attentive and friendly... food was good and the price was right!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 18, 2016

Limited menu but very good food at reasonable price. Tucked away on small interesting street. We were not there late but noticed they are open until 2am. Did notice that house wine by glass upstairs was $1 more than downstairs.

Tags: Late-night Find
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 30, 2016

We had a pre show dinner here. My first time at this place. I will definitely come back. Good cocktails. I had the grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup. It was very good. My friend had the burger and said that was very good. Good service.

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