The Twisted Tail

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689 reviews
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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.

Specials

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

The Twisted Tail will be serving a decadent Easter Brunch Buffet with a cornucopia of seasonal brunch items. Highlights include multiple Chef stations: carved Porchetta, Spring Leg of Lamb, omelets, and waffles.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful creative cuisine. Every item delicious! Great whiskey and wine list!

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MA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Love everything except the fact that the audio upstairs plays downstairs as well but it was live music that kinda don’t suit the ambiance of downstairs

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

This may have been the worst dining service I’ve had yet. I took my fiancé here for his 30th birthday dinner. I had called ahead to let them know it was his birthday so if they could do something special it would be greatly appreciated.
We arrived and were sat, then waited 29 minutes for a waiter. We finally had to flag a man down to take our order. Before so much as an “I’m sorry you had to wait” he said “are you just here to drink or are you going to eat?” Almost as if he assumed we were just there for drinks and there for not a priority to him.
We place our orders and the food was great but we weren’t checked in again but maybe one other time and we were interested in placing another order but were never given the chance.
By the end of the meal we then had to wait another 15 minutes to flag the waiter down for our check which he simply dropped on our table without a word. Needless to say they did not acknowledge my fiancé’s birthday ever which would be fine if they told me they don’t do so when I originally called.
The food was fantastic but the service was the worst. Will not be back.

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Philadelphia
81 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed dinner here after not coming for a long time. We had a bunch of small plates to share. Everything was delicious. Had the mushroom toast, shishito peppers, mussels, broccolini, lamb meatballs. Portions were also generous.
The staff were all very friendly and efficient, especially our server Chance.
We will be back again!

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BD
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good - slightly higher priced than I thought it should have been given it was for four slices of toast!

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KW
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Well worth the visit to the city to experience a great setting for dinner. Everything from the service to the decor, really nice. Only downfall was the seating upstairs, didn’t appreciate being squashed like sardines while trying to dine while bumping elbows with the couple next to me. Would come back, only next time request downstairs seating.

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CL
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff was very friendly and helpful. The food was delicious! Our server recommended a couple of cheeses from the selection. The food was served quickly. Overall, a great experience!

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HT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chance was super helpful and confident about questions regarding the menu.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

The waitress suggested the meal for $45 because there was 7 of us and there was barely any food. We could’ve gotten more food if we would’ve bought what we wanted independently. We choose the crab cakes and it wasn’t even enough for us to get our own crab cake. We had to split a crab cake! And our $80 bowl of “punch” barely had any alcohol in it.

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JK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Restaurant was great, went on a Saturday night with 3 friends. Food was tasty, service was a little slow but food was worth it. Octopus was a little too charred for my liking but cauliflower flat bread and corn bread were delicious

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food and the whiskey selection are EXCELLENT. The cocktail list is good, but seems to cater to sweeter tastes. Service was slow and inattentive. Would definitely return, but would sit at the bar.

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KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and drinks were great. Portions were a bit small but delicious. Prices a little high but good quality. Will definitely go back.

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MV
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday, the food was very modern southern cuisine and drinks were different but great! There was a live awesome band from Boston there that was so fitting for the restaurant and mood!

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NL
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food. Good drinks. Great vibe!!!
Definitely check the upstairs

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SF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

We were seated right away but nobody came to take out Ofer for 30 minutes. The limited menu was not posted online so the food offered that day was nothing we could really enjoy. The portions were very small and the food was bland and not enjoyable. I would not go again

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JT
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

A little disappointed with one of our favorite restaurants. We booked the restaurant over the weekend, through open table. Opentable posted the menu, which was completely different then what was apparently updated within the last day or two. We go to Twisted Tale with an expectation and the food we were served, although good, was completely different from their original menu. Most disappointing was no beignets! It was a pre fixe menu, so the portions were acceptable and the food decent. Service was off as well. Chalk it up to it being a holiday. But a little disappointing compared to their normal food and service.

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AK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

One of our courses didn't come out on time. The noodle dish we had was very overcooked with a broth at the bottom that didn't make sense. Everything else was alright but for the 49 dollar per person price was a little steep for the quality of food and service we received.

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OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food (wasn’t expecting that). Did the tasting menu for four people. Had plenty of food.

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EP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good small plates, excellent selection of bourbon! Food and drink reasonably priced!

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NH
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overal we both enjoyed our meal. The atmostphere was nice and I recoomend The Twisted Tail for a date night and special occasions.

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MT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great atmosphere and good food but the server made it an event that was worthwhile.

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FS
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

This is the best kept secret in Philly if you are a Foodie. Everything ordered was fantastic and very well presented. However, one should never have to wait at a bar for 15 minutes for a cocktail. Bartenders were just busy doing bar stuff and not paying attention to us seated at a not so crowded bar and it was Happy Hour. Ambience had much to be desired. I get that this is a bar/restaurant and in my opinion, the place would do better without the band on the first floor. What's odd about this place is that the food is NOT bar food. It's so good and doesn't jive with the rest of the place. Hence, the name, Twisted Tail? I would go again before the band arrives just for the food!

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MM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ended up getting the Chef's tasting menu for dinner... excellent assortment of food, all high quality, and the price was really affordable based on the quality of food in the tasting menu. Although this place is known for it's Whiskey/Bourbon list, the wines by the glass were respectable. Best of all was the VERY professional wait staff as well as the manager, who timed everything perfectly.

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OT
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Ended up at this wonderful restaurant and loved it. 2nd time there and it was terrific again. Ask for server Shawn. between the food and Shawn, we will be back.

I will say the screaming young ladies at the bar waiting for their table were annoying to me but I am old and it was a Saturday evening. Maybe I will be mindful of the time we go next time. lol :)

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IZ
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant offers family style options and first-timer tasting combinations; live music and swanky bar scene.

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SP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was not spectacular. We had the chef's tasting, which was three appetizers, two entrees and a dessert. Everything came out as it was cooked, which they informed of us of. Nothing was very special. The chorizo taco came out as a full chorizo sausage in a taco shell, which was just a weird choice. The entrees were okay; the skirt steak was a little too smoky. I just wasn't wowed by the dinner.

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M
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was awesome! Service was great! Loved the live band! Our waitress knew the menu and specials very well with great recommendations! Drinks tasted a little watered down, but 10 mins laters they kicked in! LOL! My first dining experience here, but it won’t be my last!

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SM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I have a mixed review of the restaurant. They seated us late even though we had reservation (difficulty finding our reservation as well even though they called that morning to confirm and ask if any dietary restrictions which weren't passed along any where). Once seated we got our first round of food quickly. There was a lag in which we followed up to see why the wait and waiter indicated kitchen was backed up. An hour later waiter came back to apologize and say our ticket had dropped down and kitchen only just found it. Told our desserts would be comped but when we got the bill it was still included so had to have manager come to table. Food depending on what you got was either yummy (ribs, shrimp and grits) or just okay/not good (mac and cheese was watery and sea bass was overwhelmed with pesto). Drinks were good however. Just one thing after another happened unfortunately ... perhaps just an off night....

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MF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Twisted tail was a good experience. I do really enjoy the food and the overall ambiance. However if you are looking to have conversations or loud music is a bit of a bother for U, I would recommend sitting downstairs towards the back of the restaurant. Sitting closer to the front will definately be a bit loud with the band just over top of you and I am one who loves to hear music when I go out, but when I am tryna have conversations could benefit from hearing it a little "less loud"...my only real complaint is that the service from the bar seems to be extremely slow! I have been to this establishment several times and that's the one thing that I can always count on, my drinks comming out long after I've ordered them. On one occasion I even recall actually getting up from my table where I was being waited on and going to the bar myself to check on drinks because service was so slow. Even at this last visit, I had 2 drinks and was prepared to order a 3rd but the thought of waiting another 25 mins to get it turned me off. I dont know if its the waiters who isnt putting the order in right away or of its the actual bartenders who are slacking, but either way it should be corrected because it's too nice a spot to have this be the reason that loyal customers turn away

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Great food! Definitely will go back.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went with friends on a Friday night. This place is awesome! The food was delicious, good portion sizes, great ambiance and a very attentive staff. Didn’t feel rushed at all and everyone was friendly. The live music at the end of the night was also a pleasant surprise. Also love how their restaurant week menu is representative of their actual menu.

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FN
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for restaurant week, food selection was really good tastey and our server was knowledgeable and really nice.

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LS
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went here for restaurant week which was a great value, but our waiter explained usually the dishes are served family style. The meatballs and crawfish mac & cheese were standouts.

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AF
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our experience at the Twisted Tail! It made for an awesome date night, and their menu for Restaurant Week was amazing. 10/10 would recommend to a friend!

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KD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was delicious and homey. The specialty thyme after thyme drink was yum. Service was solid. Will def go back.

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P
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fried chicken was amazing! The service was wonderful as well, it was a great first time experience!

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SF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Was hesitant to try TT in the past thinking fried foods would dominate; happy to find such a diverse menu and one perfect for Restaurant Week which amounted to two of us sharing six plates + dessert. Ambiance was great, hostess and wait staff very friendly, and our choices were almost all hits, especially the short rib entree. Bar - and huge 2nd floor - looked like fun for a future stop with a great list of bourbons, scotch, beer, and music. Would've given servers 5 stars for effort but I have to agree with with some reviewers that the random order of dishes can be odd, especially when one diner's dishes all come out before the other's first. But all in all a pleasant surprise worth repeating.

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PP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happened to visit for a Birthday celebration during restaurant week. The food was served tapas style and everything was excellent. Service was fantastic. Great atmosphere. Great punch bowl drinks!

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place. Great ambiance, prices were wonderful and food was more than worth the visit. I would recommend this place to anyone.

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Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Wide selection of choices, not much ambiance. Food comes out at different times which was annoying. Party was so there first courses when I received mine. When entrees came out, only 3 out of 4 received then as we finished the 4th entree came out. Don't get the beginets, the only good thing about them was the caramel sauce. Glad I tried but don't need to return

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