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The Twisted Tail

4.6
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964 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 964 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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vipMeredithA
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The service was slow (we can blame COVID) but the outdoor dining space and food were solid. Would definitely go back and dine again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was ok. Portions were kind of small and could have used more seasoning but the drinks were really good and the service was excellent.

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vipawmasten
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We were seated outside in the 55°F weather without any heaters available, except if you were the hostess. The service was horribly slow, taking over 40 minutes from when we finished the salad until one entree arrived. When the waitress finally came to check and asked how everything was going, she didn't even recognize that only one person had food which was cooling in the outdoor environment while we waited for my meal to arrive several minutes later. The waitress checked on us only two times, never inquiring about beverages or anything else. In fact, she was apparently cold as well since she was rarely seen outside, mainly focusing on the indoor customers. The salads, while nice size portions, relived heavily on the dressing for flavor. Mine was bitter and over-dressed while my partner liked hers. The entree portions were very small for the price - hers was a bowl of 6 Gnocchi and a ton of Swiss chard; mine a small, flavorless piece of swordfish on a bed of fennel. The manager came by to apologize for the separate delivery of the entrees and took the drinks off the bill, but that was small compensation. We will never return and would not recommend this place to anyone.

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HRitchie
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I know the social hour and dinner menus by heart, but this was my first time at brunch. Interesting take on pancakes: appeared to have been baked in a tin, and they were a bit more like cake than a pancake that is so porous it eats the syrup. My companion's omelette looked a bit pale. But--it was all delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nick who served us was great and the whiskey selection is amazing. I would recommend this place to anyone. It’s one of my favorites.

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vipmorriszone
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect neighborhood restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The outdoor dining experience was good overall. My primary gripe with Twisted Tail was the wait time between us being seated and the waiter coming over to our table. I had to ask the hostess for someone to come over to the table.

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Sarah
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Twisted Tail continues to follow strict COVID-19 protocols with their outdoor dining and take out food/drinks. The outside area is relatively quiet and nicely decorated. Staff is friendly and the food is always great!

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JosieK12
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Food was awful and terrible. Will never recommend. Service was ok.

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JohnG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

having to eat outside is something I'm getting used to but the service and the food were very good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Well the original date was set by mistake for Sunday instead of Saturday which was ok we understood it was our mistake but when we asked if there was any reservations for that night we were told no. I took to look ok open table myself and walah reservations 4 open tables. I thought it was very rude of the hostess to tell us it was no more. Once i made the reservations i was asked was it for tonight and was i sure. I was also asked my last name even though i showed my reservations and asked did i just make the reservations. That was uncalled for. The only reason i stayed was due to me coming here before and i liked the food

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We were a party of 3 and they made each person order separate food, even though we were just there for drinks. They did not allow to share any food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was good. They didn't cut up my friend's Chorizo sausage on her taco, so it was like a very odd hot dog. The service was pretty slow, we were required to order everything at once, and we were the last to be served the entree, but not the last to be seated. It was pleasant enough and our waitress Katie was nice and did check on us, and apologized for the long wait without us asking. She chwcked on the food without prompting. Overall, pretty good!

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DanielleR
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great first time experience. The food was yummy,I had steak and potato the Restaurant Week menu. Servers was good and very nice. Everyone had their masks on and i felt safe.

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StevenR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Everything was great except the drink service was slow.

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ShantaeD
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I asked for a medium rare steak and it came back well done. Almost over cooked. Waited a while before the waiter came back to check on the meal.

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vipMike
Philadelphia
88 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Always great service and very good food. Excellent whiskey selection. I should have looked at the check more closely as the prices charged for drinks were not the same as the menu, but the food is a very good value so that makes up for a good bit of it.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THE FOOD WAS AMAZING AS WELL AS THE DRINKS WILL DEF BE BACK

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vipRich
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was a slight mishap on my wife's take out order earlier in the week and when she called to inform the restaurant, the owner took the call apologized beyond measure and invited us back and truly gave us the royal treatment. The food and the entire experience was amazing and talk about customer service! True class act in every sense of the word! Twisted Tail will definitely be in our regular rotation.

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AjSin
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The waitress had a bad habit of walking away from the table before we were finished asking her questions/telling her we needed more time. Very rude.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

What could have been better: 1) had to wait 20 mins despite having reservation 2) chicken and waffle meal was not as tasty as I’ve had in the past.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Food was outstanding. But our seating was terrible. No lights to see , no heater near us. I made reservations 7 days ahead to make sure we had Decent seats outside but that turned out not to be a good strategy. Service was perfect!!

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TahleaT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were very accommodating even though I got there right before they opened and were still setting up. They sat us outside and I liked that the eating area had a privacy fence. The waiter was nice and down to earth and the food was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was great, service was very slow but would go back again and give another try

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vipViv122
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We really enjoyed the 3 courses offered during restaurant week.

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vipKristenP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really good food with a NOLA-inspired twist. Something for everyone, whether you're a meat-eater or vegetarian. The beignets with the bourbon caramel sauce were amazing.

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KaraokePhil
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

We ordered from the Restaurant Week menu, which provided a good value. The outdoor dining was okay, but on uneven ground surrounded by construction. Not ideal and not the best COVID dining experience that we have had.

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Drew
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Was charged $6 for a glass of orange juice, I highly doubt this is the cost outside of restaurant week and was a ploy to make more money off the $35 advertised prefix menu

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vipDatengtdining
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was attentive and the food was extremely good with a unique choices. I would definitely eat here again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve never had a bad experience here!

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vipallisons
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We did Restaurant Week with a party of 2, and were able to sample 6 different dishes. There wasn’t a weak link among them! Everything was super delicious, and the service was excellent—everyone was extremely nice!

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Kevin
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ordered from the restaurant week menu and everything was delicious. The weather also cooperated and made sitting outside quite enjoyable.

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vipJaneW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Went for Sunday brunch recently. So nice to hear live acoustic guitar! Food always delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food
And drinks! Great service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job!

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vipBrianO
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great Bloody Mary’s. Sandwiches were delicious and the staff was very friendly. I’ll be back to try the Bourbon!

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vipChristine
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and great food!!

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vipMK16
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love the Twisted Tail! The food is outstanding and always perfectly prepared - salmon tartare toasts, burrata, cheese plate, prosciutto, salmon entree.....we are never disappointed. They also remember their customers and make each time we visit a personalized experience! Our "Cheers" restaurant. Incredible job with outside dining under difficult circumstances during COVID.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great eggs.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found was amazing- drinks were great. Outside set up was perfect for a Sunday brunch, even had a guitar player.

FAQs

The Twisted Tail does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and 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 964 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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