The Twisted Tail

4.5
572 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Casual
The Twisted Tail is a bi-level restaurant, bar and live music venue featuring a charcoal-fired grill, a wealth of bourbon selections and the rollicking ambiance of a "juke joint" (or old school Southern music hall). The inventive menu highlights ingredients in their simplest form, flame broiled over live coals for rich, authentic flavor.

Inside a warm, welcoming dining space makes The Twisted Tail South Street’s best place to catch a band - and a bite.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Southern
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
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Phone number
(215) 558-2471
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Leo Forneas
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Private party facilities
The Twisted Tail is a bar, restaurant and live music hall that can accommodate intimate groups of 12 or larger parties up to 200 people. The bi-level space features three distinct areas: an expansive dining room with a Bourbon Bar, the Club Room with cozy fireplaces and a shuffleboard table, and the Juke Joint where musical acts perform.
Whether you"re planning a corporate event, birthday party, business meeting, reception, baby shower or holiday party, we can make it memorable for your guests. Our menus and various spaces can be customized to fit your crowd. We offer a wealth of dining, or cocktailing, options as well as other amenities such as audiovisual equipment and live entertainment.
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Private party contact
Juliet Petrucci: (215) 558-2471
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between South and Lombard
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Parking details
Metered street parking is available in front of and behind the restaurant. The closest available parking garage is located on Lombard Street between 2nd and 3rd.
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Public transit
The closest public transit stop is at 2nd and South for the 40 Bus. For the subway, take the Broad Street Line to South Street, or the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street.
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Entertainment
Free Live Blues Music Tuesday - Sunday
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
572 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
66%
Very Good
22%
Good
6%
Fair
4%
Poor
1%
4.5
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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C
Washington DC
1 review
3.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

While the food was good, I felt like the menu was unnecessarily complicated. We were satisfied with each person getting an appetizer and an entree, but the staff kept pushing the forty-five dollar tasting menu which didn't seem like a deal at all.

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s
Philadelphia
24 reviews
4.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good find - 3 adults and a teen shared about 8 small plates of fresh interesting food. Decent beer list, but I did think that my $15 Manhattan (no top shelf specified) was a bit pricey!

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BS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Driving back from AC after a day of golf. Looking for a fun vibe and Twisted Tail was a perfect place. Loved our waitress from Nashville. So friendly and great. Loved the food selection and laid back atmosphere. Will make the drive down for Philly for this one again.

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EM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First time visit and will definitely return. Great shareable food and nice bar

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GF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience- we sat downstairs and heard a great acoustic set and ate a bunch of delicious small plates. All the staff were super nice - and the waiter really catered to our pace- we had a leisurely lovely dinner!
Highly recommend it!!!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding

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JP
1 review
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took my husband to Twisted Tail for Father's Day. It was the best decision we made because we could not decide where to go. This place has the best food and best ambiance. In addition, it has a little game room upstairs where you can sit and drink and play games and listen to the music. We will definitely go back.

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m
1 review
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance was perfect, music was great, and entertainment. Every items we had was delicious, slightly pricey. Didn't like they deduct their own gratuity, but I would have paid the percentage. They worked for it, service was very accommodating.

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JB
Philadelphia
48 reviews
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the tasting menu which turned out to be a very good value. The portions were huge and we ended up taking parts of two dishes home. The drinks were great. Service was exceptional!

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L
Philadelphia
2 reviews
2.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Server was intense and weird. Octopus was so gummy and chewy you could not eat it. Cocktails were good.

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SA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
2.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Food and beer selection was not my choice.

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BW
Philadelphia
1 review
3.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

So loud you couldn't hear the people across the table (band wasn't even on yet), didn't mix the juleps (and served without stirrer) so last gulp was a mouthful of sugar, and it was about 80 degrees in there. I left sweaty, deaf and with tooth decay. Maybe I'm just getting old...

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RM
Philadelphia
1 review
3.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Need better specification of beer ad/menu was expecting Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale but had the Stout version disappointed

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for brunch! Food was amazing. Atmosphere is nice! Will definitely go back!

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LL
New York Area
18 reviews
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Too many good things to say about the Twisted Tail! The service is excellent with waiters taking the time to explain and pitch the wide variety of drink and food options. I was sold on the special bourbon made just for them, and it was amazing. Scallops, steak and salad were perfect - gotta go back to try the rest of of the very creative menu....

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T
Birmingham
1 review
2.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was amazing, and service crew was nice- even offered to charge my phone, however they didn’t check in on us at all. We waited over 20 minutes for the appetizer and plates were delivered at different times. There was no attempt to even refill drinks, bring napkins or ask if we needed anything. Wait person walked by us four times to clean tables. They were not very busy. The table next to us had a server that was frequently checking on them so it was our server that ruined it. Pricing was a bit higher than expected for the what we ordered.
Nice atmosphere!

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DW
Philadelphia
7 reviews
4.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great selection of different Cheese to go with Wine. Great for an appetizer.
When you go DO NOT miss getting the Grilled Swordfish. Excellent meal.
I also HIGHLY recommend the Brussel Sprouts. The sauce that comes with
them is exceptional. Your Mom/Grandmom will also be proud of you for getting
them and eating ALL of your Veggies!!

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JW
1 review
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Found this restaurant using Open Table reviews, and it did not disappoint. Food was outstanding -- delicious and creative. Cocktails were amazing. Service was friendly, but because it is a tapas restaurant, the food comes out as soon as it is ready. Unfortunately, of the 6 plates we ordered, 4 of them came out within a 5-minute timespan. There wasn't enough room on the table for everything (but they piled it up anyway) and there wasn't really time to enjoy the food as it came out. That withstanding, I'd definitely come here again.

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KA
1 review
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time, and the food and cocktails were amazing! Everything we tasted was unique and delicious. Thanks for making date night on our vacation so special!

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OT
Philadelphia
38 reviews
5.0Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fun and creative, designed to share, which we love. Lots of variety and choices. Waitstaff was attentive and knowledgeable. Will definitely return!

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MH
New York Area
2 reviews
5.0Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place. Affordable and worth the price. Good service too

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R
Philadelphia
3 reviews
5.0Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn't have been happier with my first dinner experience at The Twisted Tail. A friend and I chose to do the chef's tasting, which was $45 per person for a choice of 3 small plates, 2 entrees, 1 side and a dessert to shared between us (I'm assuming they take into account the number ordering for correct portion size) Food was excellent!! Our waiter was very friendly and helpful!! Highly recommended!!

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MR
Nashville
1 review
5.0Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place was fantastic. I was there for a business dinner and sat right by the entertainment, so my one suggestion would be to ensure you are not sat next to the singer/band so you can hear. It was a little loud for a business meal... perfect when there were musical breaks though!

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
4.0Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was incredible! Would definitely go back for that. Service was just okay. Took a while to be greeted and get our order. We ordered a second round of drinks and it took almost 30 minutes to get. Server was not attentive at all and only seemed to care about certain tables. Obviously our table was not of relevance. Overall good experience, but service was lacking.

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AL
Washington DC
1 review
4.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my 4th time to Twisted Tail for a group brunch gathering, 5-8 people. Each time we had plenty of space at a nice table on the first floor. We usually go around Noon, and this place does not tend to get super crowded that early. There's always ample parking in the immediate area, either metered, parking garage or street. So, its easy as a meeting spot for people coming into the city from surrounding areas.
The service is consistent and friendly. They don't rush you out, so its a nice place to get time to talk.
The food is always good and the drink options are good as well. Prices are moderate, but seem reasonable for what you get.
Would definitely recommend this place for other groups.

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BF
1 review
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a reservation for 8:30 so that I could eat dinner and then enjoy the live music that started at 9. We were sat right away and greeted within minutes. The food was amazing, the live music was awesome, and the drinks we ordered came out to us right away. If you haven’t yet been here, I highly recommend this as a place to go to for a late dinner and drinks afterwards.

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OT
Kansas City
9 reviews
5.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great selection in food and wine!

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SJ
Los Angeles
4 reviews
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and vibe are exactly what we love! The grilled octopus, fried chicken, and gnocchi are amazing! So is everything else on their diverse menu! Cannot wait to go back!

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P
Philadelphia
1 review
4.0Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food including great BBQ, some small plates and some full size entrees, timing was a bit odd as they came out at all different times leaving some folks hungry. Great live music and bar games upstairs but felt overpriced for what it was ($28 for two draft beers and a tequila on the rocks) - that said the price meant it was a mixed age group crowd and not too packed which was nice.

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f
Philadelphia
6 reviews
4.0Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food , good fun, good drinks

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JN
Philadelphia
46 reviews
5.0Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a great time here. Hand crafted cocktails were great, I enjoyed the Kool Cat. Its suppose to be tapas style but I found the portions were big enough, and they encourage sharing your plates. The swordfish was yummy, ribs were good sized with a little fat on the ends. Mac and cheese yummy and the mushroom salad really good too. My husband loved the blueberry ice cream! We lucked out with a good parking space, meter readers were very active and we saw a few tickets, so pay for your space!

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OT
1 review
4.0Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food

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C
Philadelphia
3 reviews
4.0Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The food and ambiance was outstanding at The Twisted Tail. I only had one small issue. My issue was with how our entrees came out of the kitchen. With a party of 8, I understand that plates cannot come out at the same time, but we waited 15 or 20 minutes from when the first plate was brought out to when the next few were brought out and so on. It was uncomfortable and food got cold while people waited to get other entrees. Overall, the food was delicious and we had a blast!

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MK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
5.0Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service! Tapas style. Amazing bourbon menu.

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G
New York Area
11 reviews
2.0Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very disappointing Easter Brunch at Twisted Tale; a place we usually love. The rather mundane buffet had limited selections, missing items from the listed menu, hot items that were served cold, and they even ran out of their signature fried chicken, ( told by the server and manager they had none left for the rest of the day and dinner service ). This reflects poor management, planning and effort to fully cover their reservations and provide a quality, consistent dining experience throughout the holiday.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband & I enjoyed the Easter Brunch. Plan to return for their regular menu.

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f
Philadelphia
18 reviews
4.0Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food for sharing - all was really tasty; drinks are pricey but worth it, as you can taste loads of different bourbons, ryes and such that aren't available in a lot of places; and the music upstairs after dinner was really fun!

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d
Philadelphia
1 review
5.0Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Waiter was amazing as was food. Took young kids and they loved it!!!

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f
Philadelphia
11 reviews
4.0Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I'm working on Easter so Dad and I decided to meet for brunch at the Twisted Tail on Saturday before. The décor is beautiful, and the place is energetic and the food was great. The brunch selections were creative and delicious. My only negative was the prolonged wait we were subjected to. Several people came after us and were served and left before we received our meal. About 15 minutes after we placed our order, the waiter cheerfully informed me that the special, that I had ordered, was no longer available. Ok, so I ordered another item. Our reservation was at 12pm, we were finally served- Dad first at 1:19, me at 1:30 and daughter- who had the same as me- at 1:40. All the time, the manager, who was going from table to table chatting up the customers, never came to us to see why we sat so long or to inquire about our experience. We weren't loud or rude, (Dad doesn't like to make waves). He actually spoke to us once...to say goodbye as we walked out. So a D for the experience and a B+ for the food. I don't know if the food was good enough to warrant a return visit, I'll have to think about that.

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MH
New York Area
2 reviews
5.0Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very NICE
Mix drinks were top notch.
Service was EXCELLENT as well as the shrimp n grits.
Lamb meatballs
Even down down to the popcorn to nibble on

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