The Twisted Tail

4.6
1083 Reviews
$30 and under
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
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
What 1083 people are saying
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4.5
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Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ElizabethM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is awesome. The service was great. I highly Recommend.

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vipneighbor
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have lived in the neighborhood for a long time and just "discovered" the Twisted Tail. They have the best happy hour in the city that I am aware of! Lots of very tasty offerings for very reasonable happy hour prices. Service was exceptional; friendly and timely.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved our meal and Ender was great. The entire staff

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EliseC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was fantastic! Live music on a Sunday night helped drive the Sunday Scaries away, and the entire staff was so nice and accommodating. Definitely going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Our waiter was nice. The service was great. The food on the other hand was lack luster. It was not seasoned.

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JoelG
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We enjoyed our experience went there to be with friends and the music is always the best. There were a few misses in service. Well worth it to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Out of fried chicken… only reason we went. Food came out in no particular order, we had sides for dinner before appetizers. Unfortunately staff was light and waiter was all over the place and could barely attend to us. Not his fault, but worth noting.

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LatifahR
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a an amazing experience. Great service great food great atmosphere.

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vipJBMH
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here but not the last. We came for a quick bite before a movie and it was perfect. Fast and friendly and the cheese plate was amazing! So good, In fact, that we dove right in and didn’t even take a picture. We also had the fried chicken sandwich. Yum. Perfectly friend chicken breast, nice size, toasted bun, LT & pickle, couldn’t have asked for better. Happy hour menu was very varied and included good drink specials too. Our server was great in explaining everything but I didn’t really get his name because he was masked. The noise level was loud, not the music, the people, but we could still converse. Will definitely be back here. TYTT

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AlexC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, fun ambiance. Noise was a bit loud for us and didn’t change when we mentioned it. Would definitely go again!

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vipAlexK
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun place with interesting food and friendly service.

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vipKenB
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A little too loud for my taste. Music should provide ambiance but allow for casual conversation. It was hard to hear others at the table. Food was very good. Cheese plate was great. Crab cake was great! Mussels were pretty good, but a couple of them seemed undercooked.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. Our waitress Molly was great!

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StephanieS
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing menu for food and drinks. Everything I tried was amazing.

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PeterK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The happy hour was great. Delicious wings. Great ambiance.

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Nell
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Our server, Steve, was great— super friendly.
Unfortunately, the restaurant was out of everything I tried ordering, at least 3 items (food and drinks). It was disappointing because the menu was small to begin with. We dined in at 6:00pm so right before the big dinner rush. I couldn’t imagine if we had came any later, we would of been s.o.l.
2.5/5

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RobP
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner! The food was amazing. Drinks were fantastic. Ambience was perfect. I can't recommend this restaurant enough. You've got to check it out even if you've been before. It's got even better!

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vipDebbieK
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entertainment was was awesome!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the twisted tail! Great food and cocktails.

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ChristopherP
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was too sweet and overpriced. Service was good.

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vipSunny
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great music, good food and delightful service.

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vipTracyF
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, music fabulous, can't wait to go back!

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JimC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was good and the restaurant was lively. Our server was good, he made some recommendations. I had the crabcake which was good but when I saw the table next to us get the fried chicken and Mac n cheese , I wished I had ordered that. Oh well , maybe next time.

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Alex
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! Molly was phenomenal and my little brothers REALLY enjoyed the mac & cheese and buttermilk chicken sandwich. THANKS!

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vipCarmenR
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We’ll be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Katherine and Nick were terrific. Hospitality and food were amazing.

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Foodgazor
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is an underrated gem. The chef is way talented and serves perfect dishes without fail, from gnocchi with wild mushrooms to pork chops to crab cakes to tomato salad and beets on cream, the Twisted Tail can do no wrong.

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ShariM
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was great. Food was good but the portions for the price was disproportionate. Good food selection for Brunch.

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vipBusinessTraveler
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service!! Our server recommended excellent choices the entire evening and made our dining experience one of the best! As he recommended, I strongly recommend the shrimp and grits. Sorry Charleston, SC… the Twisted Tail has the best shrimp and grits I’ve ever tasted. This place is a hidden gem!

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Marie
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and it came out quickly. Ender took such great care of us. Excellent food and service!

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vipMargeK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking for a restaurant after attending the flower show. What a find. It was so so good.

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Delish
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Would love it if you could have more vegan options. Love the drinks.

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vipScott
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic with great food, drinks and service

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Kelly
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for an impromptu date night and loved it! Cocktails were delicious, food was fantastic and service was great! They were very attentive - the manager even came out to address my food allergies which I really appreciated!

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ElaineL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it - thank you. Ambiance, food, location, vibe--all just right.

The Twisted Tail
Responded on June 3, 2021

Thank you Elaine. We are glad that you had a great time and look forward to seeing you back again soon!

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MatthewD
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite spots..... and the smoked crawfish & mac 🤩🤩🤩

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Sofia
Charleston
32 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Twisted Tail was excellent! The food is meant to be shared family style, which was awesome because we wanted to try everything on the menu. The entrees are a good portion, and we ended up taking some home. We loved the cocktails and the bartender even made a delicious mock tail! They even offer several whiskey flights!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My wife took me here on my birthday for dinner and to taste some whiskeys. The food was excellent, particularly my grilled salmon with eggplant my wife’s fried chicken. There was also a blues duo playing in the background, which added to the experience without dominating it.

What really made the night special was the excellent service we received, and, especially, the time the owner, George, spent with us recommending whiskeys based on what we liked, talking about his restaurant, and how he acquired the bottles.

We live almost an hour away, but we’ll definitely be back.

The Twisted Tail
Responded on June 3, 2021

Thank you for your comments. I look forward to hosting you again, whenever you are in town. George.

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SRdun
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for restaurant week and loved everything! The atmosphere, the location, and the food was amazing. The 2 man band was awesome too

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AmyG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful menu choices for Restaurant Week! Live music was a plus. Distanced seating helped keep the noise level down. Appreciated the attentive service and welcoming from the manager.

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 1083 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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