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The Twisted Tail, Philadelphia, PA

The Twisted Tail

4.6
4.6
1481 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Thank you for choosing The Twisted Tail!

High Top tables are only available on the weekends, and are located on the second floor. They are communal style tables, and you will get to enjoy the band after 8:15PM.

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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Southern
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (215) 558-2471
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Leo Forneas
  • Private party facilities
    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.
  • Private party contact
    our Private Dining Coordinator: (215) 558-2471
  • Neighborhood
    Society Hill
  • Cross street
    Between South and Lombard
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Entertainment
    Free Live Blues Music Tuesday - Sunday
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,481 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia

    Hot spot

1,481 Reviews
  1. WendyC

    Orlando

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Restaurant was not busy by any means but I waited for over 30 minutes for someone to take my order. My wine glass was dirty when it arrived and the food was very bland.

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  2. BruceL

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very good small plates, excellent flavor and good value. Very attentive servers, only negative is location and parking.

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  3. AmyW

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific service, great fun and ambience. We’ll be back

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  4. NeillH

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you are in the Philly and want an amazing meal don’t skip it. Make time to try it. Quietly one of the best kitchens in the whole city

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  5. StaceyG

    Poconos

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food wonder atmosphere our waiter was super attentive and friendly we enjoyed ourselves

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Well....it's Valentines Day. I caught a flat after dropping my wife off in the restaurant to find parking. We explained to the restaurant, that we are probably missing our reservations since we had to wait in my vehicle for roadside. While we we waited, manager by the name of Anthony, was AMAZING!!!! He took our order and served us food, in my vehicle while we waited for roadside. Everything was AMAZING and we will be coming back for my wife's birthday next month. This was a Valentine's Day for the books! 

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  7. Cristian

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food, service, and live music, for a good price

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  8. Mike

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is always great. We shared the burrata, pork belly and the fried chicken. Everything was delicious and it was hard to pick a favorite. Our server was very friendly and helped us narrow down what we wanted to order. The drinks are always on point too

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Smoked salmon benedict was very good. Egg could have been cooked 30sec less and the hollandaise was unexpectedly mustardy. Not bad just unexpected.

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  10. DowntownShelleyB

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always fantastic! Second floor bar is my favorite. The swordfish was incredible.

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  11. KimberleyW

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambience, food, drinks and service was Amazing. The double cut pork chops with the broccolini, oyster mushrooms and leek cream sauce was absolutely delicious! We cannot wait until we go again and I’ll be ordering the same exact thing!!!

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  12. daisyjena

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    ✅Service ✅Food ✅Drinks ✅Location ❌Being seated directly next to entertainment. Was seated while VERY talented keyboard & vocalist must have been on break. Our party of 5 socializing, enjoyable. Five minutes later break must have ended, entertainment resumed, couldn’t hold another conversation the remainder of our reservation. Disappointing. Ruined brunch.

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  13. SueO

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I can't say enough about the Twisted Tail. I will definitely be back. The service was exceptional!! The hostess, Deesarine, was beyond amazing, and Colleen was very helpful in showing us around. I will be back for sure.

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  14. KathyW

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is wonderful; grilled octopus and fried chicken standouts! Noise level really needs work; much too loud.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Restaurant week menu was delicious! Best pork belly we’ve ever had!

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  16. AliciaR

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing and the wait staff was so sweet!

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  17. DcourtneyB

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The scallop ceviche was not as expected. Was not a fave at all.

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  18. AngelaC

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and great service. Decor was rustic and quaint,very clean.

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  19. KarenW

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fantastic. Pork belly and octopus were great. Bryan,at the door was friendly and polite. Our server,Daniel was phenomenal. Answered our questions and check on us often

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  20. PF1036

    Atlantic City

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food, service and ambiance. Wonderfully large & varied choice of whiskeys, particularly bourbon.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for restaurant week and had an amazing time! The pork belly is AN ABSOLUTE MUST!!! It’s not on their regular menu but I hope they add it because I would come back regularly just for that! Our server was great, the managers stopped by the table regularly to check in and give advice on the menu (and they were right about every choice!), and the live music was perfect for the atmosphere! Highly recommend!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for restaurant week. Food was excellent; server Nick was knowledgeable and attentive.

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  23. LoriP

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and excellent service. We loved every dish especially the ceviche The popcorn for the table to share while waiting for our meals was a nice touch.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for restaurant week - had a blast! Food was tasty and staff was great.

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  25. OccasionalDiner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for restaurant week. The servers were attentive but not overly so (people came by and filled out glasses without asking, the bartenders came by asking how our drinks were, etc). The food was magnificent and we were all very happy!

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  26. Indigo

    Philadelphia

    58 reviews

    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was quite tasty, the cocktails were nice and the wine list was pretty good.

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  27. SheraeP

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have never been to a restaurant where everything from the atmosphere to the food was a 10/10. This place was everything and above. The service was amazing I will definitely be back.

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  28. michellec

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for restaurant week! I was great to try a new place! Overall the food was delicious and sevice was top notch!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a great little spot. The service and food are exceptional. I love the look of the place and the atmosphere is chill. Definitely returning.

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  30. MaryH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went during restaurant week and picked that menu. Service was excellent and atmosphere was fantastic! Loved the refined and cozy yet bustling atmosphere and live music that was not overpowering. The food and cocktails were solid and prices on point for the upscale nature of the place. Nothing really knocked my socks off, but, everything was good, not disappointed at all and can't wait to go back and try more. Sadly, I was not with whiskey drinkers so I did not explore that menu, I look forward to doing that next time.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful time at the twisted tail we were there to celebrate and engagement. It happened to be restaurant week. The food was absolutely amazing and our server Chase was phenomenal 10 out of 10 I highly recommend.

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  32. NogaL

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food at an affordable price. We chose the chef’s tasting menu and were able to choose three appetizers, two entrées, a side, and a dessert for only $45 per person. Will definitely come back!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service, great live music that wasn’t too loud!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    amazing!! hunter, our server, was so fantastic. would definitely go again!

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  35. LindaE

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dining experience. Food, drink and our server were top notch!

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  36. NYEater

    New York City

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is solid comfort food, but elevated -- succulent smoked ribs, crispy duck confit with coddled eggs (YUM!), positively spot-on shrimp and grits, and very good cocktail and wine selections. The place is unpretentious while at the same time, more than a notch above your standard tavern vibe. A nice neighborhood feel and a welcoming staff. It's the kind of place that I wish was at the end of the block instead of across town. There is also live music upstairs, but we ducked out early to beat the storm. We'll definitely be back.

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  37. tania

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing staff! Fresh oysters but Mac and cheese was a bit under seasoned for my taste. Otherwise, all good!!!

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  38. StephenM

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service are excellent! Menu is unique but very accessible. Great live dinner music and great cocktails and drinks.

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  39. 1234

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was OK at best for the price. One of our dishes really was terribly executed and we told them so. They did nothing about it. Everyone was very nice, server could have been warmer. Loved the live music which is what we came for.

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  40. VickyM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really fun time and fun crew. Food was okay but a 4 course meal at that price?? I’m blown away!! Wouldn’t visit again but no regrets

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Twisted Tail does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Twisted Tail also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 558-2471.

The Twisted Tail is rated 4.6 stars by 1481 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Twisted Tail

509 S. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Between South and Lombard
  • Neighborhood
    Society Hill
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Southern
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Leo Forneas
  • Entertainment
    Free Live Blues Music Tuesday - Sunday
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (215) 558-2471
  • Private party facilities
    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.
  • Private party contact
    our Private Dining Coordinator: (215) 558-2471
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