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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.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Contemporary American, Gastro Pub, Burgers
Hours of Operation:
Sun - Thurs 5pm to 12am, Fri and Sat 5pm -1am
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
On street parking is available as well as a number of nearby parking lots and garages.
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
The Tavern Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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