The Twisted Tail

4.7
1057 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 1057 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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4.5
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Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Foodgazor
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
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
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
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 2 days ago
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!

MK
vipMargeK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience4

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

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vipScott
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic with great food, drinks and service

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Kelly
Philadelphia
9 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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vipSofia
Charleston
29 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
11 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.

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rkelly1230
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We went for Restaurant Week and the menu was awesome! So many choices and everything was so good. The heirloom tomato salad dressing was delicious and the burrata was so good! I also got the chorizo taco, which was a bit spicy, but yummy! The cilantro "sauce" that came with it was soooo good! I also had the flank steak and a beignet and no complaints! The cocktail menu was varied and our cocktails were delicious! Our server was a little overwhelmed, but the manager stepped in and made sure our visit was great. I would definitely return.

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Chowhound
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Came here for restaurant week. It was a bit busy so the hostess told us a table had to get bussed but that we could wait outside and she would get us when the table was ready. After 10 mins, we popped back in to see if the table was ready, but another group was already sitting where the hostess told us she would put us. So we waited another few minutes while they cleaned another table for us. That was the only negative experience. Other than that, the food and our server were great. I had the salmon tartare and the burrata, which were both excellent. The fried chicken was cooked well but could've used more seasoning. For dessert, I had the strawberry rhubarb crumble, which was also good. For drinks, I had the Kool Kat, which was really refreshing and not too strong. Overall, a great dining experience and would definitely come back to try the other dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The ambiance was great and the staff did well enough... however the food was not seasoned at all... the grilled wings were grilled but not seasoned... the steak was cooked well... but not seasoned... the crawfish macaroni and cheese was dry... the beignets were good ... and the basil lemonade was very good

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

My mom and I went during restaurant week and honestly, I was not impressed with the food at all!! The grilled wings had no flavor, the cornbread was extremely dry, the chicken had little flavor, and the beignets were basic pieces of fried dough. I don’t know if the food tasted like this because they pre-cooked the food and just reheated it or if the food just generally lacked flavor. The only good thing I had was the crawfish macaroni and cheese. Maybe I need to visit when it’s not restaurant week.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attended restaurant week and everything was amazing! There were 4 courses & plentiful portions. The crawfish mac n cheese & bbq ribs were very tasty. Instead of bread, hot butter popcorn was served. Nice touch.
The service was great. The entire staff was friendly & helpful. Silverware & used plates were replaced immediately.. My blackberry cocktail was delicious. There was so much food - I needed a carry out container for leftovers. Great value. Highly recommended!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was great. Portion size was unbelievable. Could have turned up the level of seasoning for us but otherwise everything was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Place is a vibe. Soulful and comfortable. Ambiance and staff delightful

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vipMVSMRS
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fried chicken entree is great.

Disappointingly small pour of cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent dinner with friends during restaurant week. The food came out at different times, which was fine. I had the beet salad and mussels. My husband had the hangar steak. Everything was great!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for a date night. Warm and casual ambiance and delicious food. The beet salad was quite tasty and my waiter told me all about the bourbon and whiskey options. I will definitely return.

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Fraser
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went for restaurant week and i did not feel limited by the menu at all- it was actually REALLY hard to decide bc everything looked delicious. I enjoyed everything, even with the restaurant having run out of the shrimp ceviche that was my #1 choice. We sat outside, and other than one of our tables being a little tippy, it ended up being great bc the noise level really wasn't bad and the evening cooled off to a perfect temp. Our waiter was appropriately attentive and food came out well timed. The panna cotta with pineapple coulis was really good. I would definitely go again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Was our first time here, and the experience wasn't great, but the manager handled everything, which made the experience better. The food was great, but was very delayed and definitely made the experience worse. However, because of the way things were handled, we will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was a great outdoor dining experience. Staff was incredibly friendly and accommodating. Our food and drinks were great too.

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twisted
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food was ok. Chicken wings needs a lot more seasoning, they had no taste.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience2

I love the twisted tail. One of my favorite restaurants in the area. Last night was just ok. The music was so so loud. It was very busy due to the restaurant week and service was somewhat affected. Overall, excellent food as always, just the experience wasn’t the greatest.

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StephanieS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was good, and they were mindful of our food allergies which is much appreciated. The waitress was very friendly too.

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vipDebbieA
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to Twisted Tail & we were very impressed!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We went for restaurant week and they were out of a few things on the menu and others weren’t as expected (chorizo taco looked like a sausage sandwich), but I would go back to give them another try…the ribs were really good!

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Mmmmmm
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Went for restaurant week, they ran out of our choices for the courses but comped our whole meal! I'd definitely return for normal business outside of restaurant week!

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Lindsey
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really good ! Service was great . Amazing vibe & music

DR
DougR
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Very nice vibe inside. Well appointed rustic eclectic look. Food portions are on smaller side but were really....really tasty. Servers were super friendly although night we were there service was a little slower than hoped. Only criticism was the live music. Music didn’t fit the theme of restaurant and it was crazy crazy loud. Sorry....but just didn’t fit. Give it a try. You will love the food and won’t be disappointed.

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jeaninem
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Great meal for our anniversary!

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MichaelP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour

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vipRedsCoverly
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Our waitress provided very poor service; the kitchen was a little behind.

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NadineD
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Mother’s Day Brunch, was delicious the portions was small . I didn’t like sharing the appetizer of 2 lollipop lamb chops nor share the desert for 39.95 person .

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Hansfrom14blocksaway
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

they have never failed us! keep it going, George ....

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 4.7 stars by 1057 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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