The Twisted Tail

4.4
608 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us for a Southern family-style Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings for $49/person.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

We will be offering our regular dinner menu on Christmas Eve.

Monday, December 24, 2018

What 608 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was nice experience however was way to loud for me

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PM
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I thought this place was pretty good. My biggest complaint (which for me is a fairly big one) is they brought my husband's meal out about 10 minutes before mine, and the side dish we ordered came well after both of our meals. Also, my husband's swordfish came out literally one minute after we ordered it (hmmmmm??).

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AR
Poconos
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Horrible experience - the food was questionable, the first time I brought it up and mentioned something was about the wings we ordered wings and they were gummy and stretchy. When I brought it to the attention of my server, he argued with me. He continued to try to argue and justify the food for the rest of the meal and made me so uncomfortable I decided to get up and leave the table every time I saw him approaching. The rest of the food was sub par and It was a made that much worse by the treatment of our server.

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m
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Have I been to more sophisticated poshy restaurants? Yes. But there was something really surprising about the twisted tail. Our waiter was great and knew the menu really well and all his recommendations were perfect. It was restaurant week and I stress if the three courses - they offered 4. The food was very good Loved the atmosphere. Would definitely come back. It’s a neighborhood gem. Live music as well.

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MN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

went on my birthday,food was good,a nice Friday night crowd,will definitely go again

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EB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The first step into the restaurant is high. Once you get inside the bar is on both sides. The service is great and the food is delicious.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place for lunch. Must go back for dinner.

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MM
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for Restaurant Week and we were not disappointed. Great new options for tasting and loved the family style sharing. Awesome bourbon and whisky drink options.

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M
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Went there for restaurant week on Saturday night! They acknowledged my request for specific seating, had friendly and helpful staff. My husband loved the live band. Game room was fun. Nice crowd. Food was great.

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A
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I took 3 friends to The Twisted Tail for Restaurant Week. I had been previously and thought it was a fun place. Everyone enjoyed it. There was an issue with the steak being over cooked. The mgr came over, apologized & took care of it immediately. The table received complimentary beignets The server also apologized. Thanks for the great service. It says a lot a mistake is acknowledged and rectified without issue.

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VG
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and attention, most of the items we ordered were very good, great drinks menu, somewhat noisy

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AS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for our 5 year anniversary, since we had been there on our first date as well. Needless to say it wasn't disappointing at all, amazing food, perfect portions and great ambiance!

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RA
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The Twisted Tail is a unique little place. They specialize in bourbon tastings and cocktails, and their food menu was just as interesting. My partner and I came here for Restaurant Week and really enjoyed our meal. The place itself is a bit loud, and the live music right behind us did not help alleviate the noise levels, but the signer was good so it wasn't terrible. The service was great and so was the food. They start the meal with a snack to go with your drinks, most places serve a bread basket, but the Twisted Tail instead serves a paper bag with a buttery rosemary bacon flavored popcorn, a great choice. We both took cheeses for our appetizers (I had the burrata, he had the whipped ricotta) and both were yummy and plentiful for an appetizer. For our entrees we ordered the braised short rib and the fried chicken. My short rib was perfectly cooked and butter soft. My partner's fried chicken was ridiculously large and perfectly crispy.
Lastly, desserts. The restaurants specializes in bourbon, so of course it had to be incorporated in the desserts. The beignets are accompanied by a delicious bourbon caramel, highly recommended. I ordered the chocolate mousse, which was good, but would have been more appropriately called a chocolate pudding. Overall, I would recommend this place.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most amazing meal at The Twisted Tail. If we could eat there every day, we would. 100% recommend.

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SM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Glad it was restaurant week. We found our food to be a bit bland some dishes were dry. Our server was great

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D
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! The braised short rib was to die for! The service was also amazing!

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TF
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My only complaint is that we were seated near the air vents. The cold air made a few of my friends uncomfortable. It was a nice chilly evening out.

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LL
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Chris the waiter guided us through another great experience at the Twisted Tail!! The whiskey of the week was a treat, the menu had something for everyone, and the team approach to service even included the owner tonight!! Thank you, hope to be back soon...

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing - the staff, food and music was incredible. 10/10

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RT
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food & atmosphere...you will not be disappointed!

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DF
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative menu with good Southern influences that are worth experimenting with Tapas. The variety of bourbons are top notch and the Teeling Single Malt is really smooth. Incredible Blues band with great dancing vib. Worth a special night in the city!

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FS
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food and service, just way too loud for us. The seating is around the bar, guess that is to be expected especially on a Friday evening.

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DG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Had a great experience at Twisted Tail. It started with the the friendly people at the front of the restaurant and continued with our excellent server. The food was very tasty and our party was impressed with the quality of the food. The menu is small but very effective in it's variety. The only thing that prohibited me from rewarding it five stars was the desserts. After an excellent meal, we didn't feel that the dessert top off a well put together menu. It felt more like an after thought and the taste was average at best. All and all it was a good experience and I will definitely visit the establishment again.

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D
Louisville
28 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall a very good experience. Excellent service with attention to detail. Very reasonably priced a la carte menu. Would go again.

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PA
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was great. Cool place. Great location. I think we were inconveniencing the server who seemed annoyed we were there.

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New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great dining experience! The food is so good. The happy hour prices were awesome for both food and drinks. We sat outside and it we perfect for us and we were with our young children. I would definitely recommend and return to this restaurant in the future with out without kids!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Twisted Tail is hands down now my favorite restaurant in Philly. The ambiance is cozy, yet trendy. The food is amazing and the staff provided the best service I’ve had in a long time. The front of house team were friendly, informative and helpful (from setting up table decorations for a birthday celebration to ensuring we selected the right spot in the restaurant to celebrate - thank you Juliet!). Our server, Steve, was knowledgeable, amiable and on top of his game - we never longed for drinks, food or that extra napkin after you spilled your water glass. The food was out of this world - creative, imaginative and delicious - our party almost did our own tour of the menu - sampling the lamb chops, tuna tartare, beef tartare, oysters, burrata and tomatoes, Spanish octopus, charcuterie board, hanger steak, fried chicken, shrimp and grits and kids menu items! Also the beverages crafted by the bartender, Pat, were just what the doctor ordered from (juleps to a bourbon punch bowl)! We also got a chance to enjoy the dancing and phenomenal jazz on Sunday night. What a treat all around! Thank you to everyone who went the extra mile to make our first visit and soon to be many more visits so special! Salute!!

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S
Philadelphia
97 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Go for the food; the 4 of us chose the chef's "tasting menu", where the entire table had to agree on one dish from each “category” and two dishes from the "larger plates” category. It's designed to be a small-plate sharing menu, and the chef's tasting menu resulted in actually too much food; we ended up taking home quite a bit of it. Everything we tasted was superb (well, the asparagus were thin and, I think, over-grilled). I think we could have ordered a la carte and tasted more variety, although a smaller amount of each. The one negative was the noise level; they were setting up downstairs for musicians, so we asked to go upstairs (we wanted to talk and all catch up with one another); the bar alone upstairs was noisier than even the music downstairs, so down again we went, but between the noise of the downstairs bar and the downstairs music, we ended up nearly shouting at one another. On the basis of the food, I would return, but if I do decided never to go back again, it would be because it's too noisy.

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JB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu and great atmosphere. Live music was great without being so loud that we couldn't enjoy conversation at out table.

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b
Chicago
73 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Menu is very creative and the meal and drinks were great. The seating areas are very noisy but it is a bourbon bar, as we were reminded by our server. Not a good place if you want a quiet dinner but very energetic. Great service.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

The fried chicken is incredible; the whipped ricotta is a delightful surprise and very light.

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SN
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was my birthday and I had never been for brunch. We went specifically for the Chicken & Waffles. Originally we were told they were out. Then they had them and we were happy, only to find out they were out of syrup. Major disappointment. The cheesy grits and the crawfish Mac and cheese appetizers were great. But the main course wasn’t. I’ll give them another try, just not for brunch again.

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JS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great options and even the salad was unique. Cute location

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RB
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Steven, our waiter was great as was the drinks, ribs , and live music. Will definitely go back again.

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LH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go to spot in the city and we are never disappointed! Chris, our server, was very attentive , knowledgeable and passionate about the spirits and food. We had a leisurely meal and drinks without feeling pressured or neglected . Just perfect as usual ! Smoked ribs , short rib, cheese board , pasta and desserts . If you must choose one desset get the beignets!! Also if you want it a bit less energetic ask for a table away from the bar. We were right next to it and loved the vibe but it can get very loud.

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
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
Dined on July 10, 2018
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
4 reviews
Dined 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
10 reviews
Dined 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
Dined 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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