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The Twisted Tail, Philadelphia, PA
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The Twisted Tail

4.5
4.5
1328 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Thank you for choosing The Twisted Tail! All reservations may be moved indoors at our discretion.

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.

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 33 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 558-2471

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Leo Forneas

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (215) 558-2471

  • Neighborhood

    Society Hill

  • Cross street

    Between South and Lombard

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Entertainment

    Free Live Blues Music Tuesday - Sunday

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,328 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Hot spot

  • Philadelphia

    Innovative

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  1. CJ

    CharlesJ

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The food was ok. The salmon was over cooked, it was very dry. The braised short ribs needed some mash potatoes to go with it, portion was too small. The crawfish mac and cheese was runny. The desserts took a long time to come out. Desserts were very rich and ice cream may have balanced it out. The atmosphere was nice. But for the price of $40 per person, it was not worth it.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    I enjoy the cuisine, especially the Restaurant week selections. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The one thing I thought was expensive were the drinks. A Tito’s and Sprite was a little extreme. Other than that, it was pretty good.
  3. C

    Clc468

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, awesome service and always consistent. Absolutely love the twisted tail!
  4. NA

    NiaA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    Went for restaurant week, the food that chose, the fried chicken was tasteless n skin taste like grease. My cornbread was dry, definitely not worth $8.. The mac n cheese was the best thing i ate. Very disappointed because the food looked good but just didn’t taste good.
  5. HM

    HeatherM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Twisted Tail for Restaurant Week. Excellent food, excellent service, excellent ambiance, and excellent price! We enjoyed the live music too.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Too loud for dinner conversation. Acoustic guitar player did not need an amp
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great good and service !
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome brunch ! Very accommodating as our party size changed. They were very pleasant and ambience was great!
  9. H

    Holly

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    My meal came out way after everyone at the table
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    As I first entered I heard a loud piano. I don’t mind background music but his keyboard playing was loud and his notes were sharp. It sounded like carnival songs and definitely did not add to the ambiance. We were all happy to be on the other side of the room. If he played the music a little quieter it would have been fine. One of the servers even mentioned how loud the music was when we were trying to order. One friend had a chicken sandwich and he said the chicken was so tough he didn’t finish it. We also ordered sweet Potatoe Fries. The fries at the top were fine but halfway down they were all burnt and thin and small cuts. I ordered the ribs under the sandwich and entree section. I specifically said to the waiter I would like the rib sandwich. She took my order but when it came out it was only three ribs on a plate for $18. There was a lot of fat on the meat and wasn’t seasoned well. We ordered Bloody Marys and the garnishes were one olive and one lime and one lemon wedge. This was by far the most underwhelming display of a bloody I have ever received. It tasted ok but the point of a good bloody is eating the olives and celery. This was my third visit and the first time they disappointed me. I will give it one more chance but they are on thin ice. Lol.
  11. KL

    KristinL

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, nice ambiance, loved the food…glad to have a new neighborhood spot! The live music was a little loud…but they were good so we didn’t mind.
  12. EM

    EatMan

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waitress extremely accommodating and helped make the dinner very enjoyable
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great experience! The service was exceptional. The food was very good. We loves the fried chicken, ribs, and Brussels sprouts. Great place to go for a wonderful evening.
  14. MF

    MandyF

    New England

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice menu and selections. Had brunch - great music
  15. H

    Happydiner

    Philadelphia

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Solid Sunday brunch choices and outstanding bloody marys! Service is friendly and prompt. Only complaint is the live music is always way too loud, especially if the performer decides to sing.
  16. B

    Brian

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love a good small plate menu! Plenty of variety, definitely a little something for everyone. Went here for date night with my girlfriend and got to try a number of different plates. Everything was amazing, ribs and cornbread were definitely a standout. Drinks also great, will be returning!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tapas style small plates to share. Food was great and the presentation was fun. Service was excellent. If you have Tatiana taking care of you, you’re in great hands. The room has a great vibe. Definitely worth a try!
  18. M

    Map4

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall2food3service4ambience3
    We wanted a quick, quiet dinner out after a very hectic few days, and chose to try Twisted Tale based on a check of the website, which says live music Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This was a Thursday… and there was live music. Don’t get me wrong, the ensemble was good, but the place is small and although we were as far from the musicians as possible, it was really loud. It’s a small place and all hard surfaces, so amplification really doesn’t need to go to 11. Guess I’m getting old, but sometimes you just want a quiet meal. Our food and drinks were good, but we had one course each and went home. Please update the website!
  19. JP

    JackPhilly

    Philadelphia

    100 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    The music makes up for the very slow service. Mikey Jr is fabulous!!! Food is good but not quite excellent. Chargrilled octopus was served on roasted potatoes. Too many poyatoes, not enough octopus, which was excellent. Fresh oysters with 3 sauces; remoulade, "hot sauce" and Mignonette. No issue, no problem, just a tough choice on sauce. I mixed the red with the hot but the Mignonette was good too. Shrimp n grits tasted great but the bowl was way too small to contain the dish & the shrimp were served tails on and with the disconnected heads in the bowl. The small bowl made it virtually impossible to get the heads out of the dish and to remove the tails without covering yourself with grits. There is no reason to serve the heads in the bowl; remove them in the kitchen. Whiskey flight was a great end to the meal.
  20. D

    Datl

    Baltimore

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    This is a drinking and party place. Not a pleasant dining establishment. The lamb chops were cold and overcooked. The fish was farmed and tasteless. The apple salad was too tart. The beets were good. The beignets were raw balls of dough.
  21. NH

    NeillH

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Probably one of the best kitchens in the city , currently! Always amazing.
  22. RC

    RCitron

    Atlantic City

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an incredible meal at the Twisted Tail. First of all, if you love bourbon, rye, and whiskey, they have an excellent cocktail list and an impressive list of straight liquor to sample. I got the fried chicken entree, and I have to say, it was one of the very best fried chicken meals I've ever had short of Louisiana - the breading was crispy and not too greasy, the rosemary honey was divine, and the chicken itself was full of flavor and almost fall-off-the-bone. Ambiance is lively but friendly, not too fancy but still quite nice, and you definitely feel at home there. Highly recommend if you're looking for a fun and yummy night out!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and our sever, James, made amazing recommendations and we enjoyed everything!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Poconos

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect dinner after a hectic day!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was amazing - the thanksgiving spread was so filling!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We attended Thanksgiving dinner last year and it was so good we returned this year. The restaurant did not disappoint us. The food, the service were excellent. Thank. you again for a wonderful Thanksgiving.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    The food was delicious but the waiter spent a lot of time schmoozing with an older couple at the next table, didn’t pay us much attention after he served our entree. We had to ask the bus boy to bring us a box to take the extra food home. The dessert was meager. One tiny pie for two people.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We liked this place the few times we came for late night dinners. It just wasn’t great for Thanksgiving. Actually, that’s being kind. The turkey was dry. The stuffing was dry. The yams were tough. I asked for salt and gravy. I got the salt a half hour later and the gravy never came. The 4 inch “pie” was served in a to-go box (made us feel like we weren’t welcome to stay and have coffee) and there were two for four people. The filling in the pumpkin pie was the same thickness as an iPhone. It was more like a cookie. The pastry so tough that you couldn’t cut it. We broke it in half and ate it like a cookie. There were three types of pies to choose from. But since you had to split this tiny “pie” with someone, (seriously… a Tasty Cake pie size) four of us could only choose between two. In short, for a reservation before 1:00 there was ZERO excuse for this.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, exceptional food.
  30. t

    ttc222

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Perfect place to celebrate our anniversary. The aero was great and the food scrumptious! Would highly recommend.
  31. SK

    SharynK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating a milestone event and looking for an intimate restaurant with excellent food. The small plates and cocktails at The Twisted Tail were phenomenal. We sampled numerous meat and vegetable dishes. None of them were disappointed. Someone in our party (who will remain nameless) wanted to lick his braised short rib plate. Our server was attentive and came back quickly with answers to any questions. We were excited to enjoy some live music with dinner. It was sometimes difficult to carry on a conversation from our table close to the bar, but I'll take it for the opportunity to support live musicians.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious brunch and great service !! Loved the Drunkin Pumkin drink !!! Perfect for family get together !
  33. B

    Baygirl2021

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu and cool vibes. Be back to try the Bornon.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience and we were able to actually try their food tasting menu that doesn’t constrain us with choices. The lady at the bar was sweet and friendly. The ambiance was amazing too. I highly recommend the mac and cheese. A must visit.
  35. LK

    LaurenK

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience3
    Booked for my birthday. Food is excellent always. However, we had the worst service imaginable. I came here 5 years ago for another birthday of mine and it was wonderful. This time, not so good. Server was barely attentive, no one took the time to put drinks in front when dropping, they slammed them on the end of the table. My husband asked to have a special birthday set up for dessert. They slammed donuts in front of me and ran away. No happy birthday, no thanks for celebrating here, no candle, nothing. Manager never came over to see how it was. Drink took 30 mins. I managed to get two in a 4 hour period. It was awful. Quick bite no special event type restaurant. Won’t be back. Wouldn’t have tipped her much. Unfortunately they added gratuity automatically. Beyond awful. She was also rude, wouldn’t explain things. Not sure what else to say.
  36. TR

    TimR

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great meal --- server (Tim) was outstanding. Our (4) meals were on-point and delicious. Just a fabulous experience in our little neighborhood.
  37. MM

    MiMi

    Philadelphia

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    There’s live music which was nice but made conversation difficult, very loud. Food was good. Service was delayed because they seemed short staffed but overall nice and good food!
  38. CC

    CClark

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Snappy Spot. Walked in and thought about how pleased I was. The food was fantastic, and the decor was well-designed.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Extremely special occasion that we noted when making the reservation, and it was not acknowledged by the hostess or server even once. We had an incredible experience when we hosted an event at Twisted Tail last year, and were disappointed to see that the impeccable service, drink and food quality, and staff kindness has notably diminished.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I like the menu here since it changes seasonally. My boy

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

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 4.5 stars by 1328 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 33 times today
Google Map for The Twisted Tail

509 S. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between South and Lombard

  • Neighborhood

    Society Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Leo Forneas

  • Entertainment

    Free Live Blues Music Tuesday - Sunday

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (215) 558-2471

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (215) 558-2471

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