The Twisted Tail

4.6
1176 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 1176 people are saying
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AngelaG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic! Our waiter was very attentive and very knowledgeable about the menu. He was patient with our large group and made us feel like we had his total attention. We will definitely be coming back for both the food and the service.

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MA126
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was great! I would recommend.

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Cass
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for restaurant week and the food was amazing! There was a live musician and everything was really great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Loved the choice of complimentary popcorn instead of bread! We ordered the whipped ricotta, shishito peppers, grilled shrimp, mac n cheese, fried chicken, short rib, beignets, and brownie for restaurant week. We also had the bourbon apple cider, which was by far our favorite thing that night. The ricotta was also excellent. The food had good texture, but was a little bland overall. Still good, but nothing blew us away. The brownie was extremely disappointing if you were hoping for a dense, chewy brownie. If you like cake brownies, you might like it.

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TF1234
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We had a great experience. Food was great. Great atmosphere albeit a bit noisy with the entertainment playing. My only constructive comment would be that the services was bit disjointed with regard to server knowledge and engagement as well as food delivery, but that may have been a one off. Don't let that deter you though as overall it was great. My Old Fashioned was fantastic.

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vipVine008
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome! The service, the food and the drinks were fantastic!

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LisaS
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service was very good. Some of the portion of the small plates were very small.

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Jessica
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good! The mussels were amazing and the broth they were in was my favorite!

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DebbieF
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is always excellent. I would recommend the crawfish Mac & cheese and the Short rib.

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LoriA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed a great night out with my son and his girlfriend during restaurant week. The waiter was attentive and had a dry wit that I genuinely appreciated. The food was fabulous. I had the heirloom beets, fig salad, Blue Bay mussels and beignets. My husband had the whipped ricotta, chorizo taco, fried chicken and beignets. Our son had the Lioni burrata, crawfish mac and cheese with the grilled hanger steak and beignets. His girlfriend had the whipped ricotta, cauliflower flatbread, roasted salmon and beignets. I tasted a bit of my son's steak as well as a bite of my husband's chicken and can say that while I thoroughly enjoyed my mussels the hangar steak was tender and had a great flavor thanks to skilled grilling and a tasty chimichurri--I wanted more of it. The chicken was moist, tender and flavorful.

Covid note: We were asked for our vaccine card and the waitstaff wore their masks the entire time. Tables were not on top of each other, which we appreciated.

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vipdonnas
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Used to be great.

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Peter
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family brunch get together was wonderful. Didn’t know what to expect but it was awesome all around, food, atmosphere, service, food and as an added bonus great tunes emanating from a terrific guitarist/singer. Well done. We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service for restaurant week. I highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had an enjoyable meal during restaurant week. It is very relaxing and not rushed. The complimentary popcorn is a nice touch with the carafe of water. The lighting is perfect and it is decorated so nicely. The kale salad and crawfish mac and cheese were delicious. The hangar steak and mussels were flavorful. The fried chicken was a bit dry but the sweet potato was perfect! The beignets and brownie with marshmallow ice cream were excellent. It was our first time but it exceeded our expectations. The whiskey flight was a hit too!!

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Tony
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anthony was our server last night. He was awesome. Very attentive and took our orders fast even with a full restaurant! He was super friendly and had a great personality! Will return because of him!

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LacyB
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Super friendly staff and tasty (vegetarian) dishes! I recommend going a bit early because the later it gets, the busier the servers are and we were forgotten about for 30 minutes while we waited for the check. I'd definitely recommend visiting the Twisted Tail!

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KayeL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My experience with the Twisted Tail during Center City Restaurant Week was amazing. My server Josh was both courteous and attentive. My mother had some questions about the food (which we loved) and he answered all of them, even consulting the chefs when needed. The food was also excellent! Our favorite dishes were the whipped ricotta, the kale salad, and the ricotta beignets. We will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holiday family dinner from out of town

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vipYvetteB
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great service

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jessr
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I found this place online when I was planning a trip to Philly for the Christmas market.
We were not disappointed! Great vibe, friendly service and amazing food! Our server even gave us popcorn to go for the Christmas trolley ride. If we come back to Philly it will be on the list of places to get back to!

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vipTooMuchHoumus4me
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Warm ambience, live guitar music and a happy hour menu, with a bartender drink of the day. The complimentary popcorn is delicious as well as the fig salad with blue cheese. The Shishito peppers also delicious.
My only critique is that I wish there were more vegetarian options.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Great as always!!

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vipJennyH
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic! I forget his name, but he was informative and polite and made our meal so much better!
The piano player set the ambiance for a perfect Sunday brunch!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Waitstaff was great!

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vipHeresJay
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really nice meal after a concert. It’s fairly convenient from home, so we’ll definitely be back.

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Vanvee
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic...very knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. All of the food was delicious. I order tuna tartare whenever i see it on a menu and this was by far the best i have had! We shared mostly apps and and all were really good. Ribs, octopus, shrimp and grits...all outstanding. Will definitely go back!

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vipucityfacultymember
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food and an incredibly accommodating staff who let us eat outside despite having shut down their outdoor service a few days earlier. Try the fried chicken and don't miss the sides of cornbread and brussels sprouts.

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PhillyFoodLover24
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The twisted tail is a great place! The food was fantastic, the ambiance was great, and they have an amazing selection of food, drinks, and whiskey! I’ll definitely be going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The live music is amazing- we may just go back for that and drinks! The service was extremely slow and the food was just ok. Took a VERY long time for them to bring our food out

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MeravA
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Thanksgiving meal ever. Loved the food, service and location. Highly recommended

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joycek
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Service was good. Thanksgiving meal concept of family style dining was fun - bowls of Brussel Sprouts, green green beans, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, and stuffing were either very undercooked or very dried out (stufffing seemed to be microwaved). Kale salad was nicely dressed. Had to ask for serving utensils. It seems this is a Thanksgiving policy since we've experienced this issue last year as well. The menu was reasonably priced for a major holiday, however wouldn't recommend.

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EatMan
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and presentation was good and the rest airy was attentive to my wife’s Celiac disease and other allergies. The only negative is that she couldn’t have any of the desserts due to her celiac. It would have been nice if they at least had ice cream.

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Spicey
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The food was good but the piano/singer was too loud and ruined the atmosphere of Thanksgiving celebration.

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Nsnakzincoeolan
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Went for the thanksgiving dinner but they seat a family of 4 at the smallest table I’ve ever seen and then pack it with food , drinks , water cups , pitchers. I was seated at the corner near the back kitchen and bar so a lot of action and i had my chair kicked once or twice by waiters rushing back and forth . The turkey was almost tasteless and you couldn’t taste the ham from all the sugary glaze they pour over top of it but was like ham steak now real ham. The sides were pretty bland and could have used a lot more love . I Would have added bread and butter before food came out if I was them and the pies were so tiny. For $230 it should have been good but it wasn’t that great . Should have stayed home and cooked.

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Barbara
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. My husband is in a wheelchair. Everybody--and I mean everybody, including the owner--facilitated our entrance & exit. Food was yummy too.

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vipAnAmericaninFrance
New England
52 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Thanksgiving
Good food but no opportunity to manage dining to limit food waste

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Larissa
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Dinner was delicious and plentiful! The turkey was the best I’ve ever had and I don’t say that easily.

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AnnaS
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

We went for Thanksgiving, and they seemed to be off their game. Normally, their food is excellent. The steak was unseasoned and too tough. The roasted brussel sprouts were delicious as was the roasted sweet potatoes. The green beans were undercooked and the stuffing was similar to corn bread croutons.

Would recommend for normal service, not Thanksgiving. They suck at that.

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vipNiya
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service as usual. Had a nice pre-Thanksgiving dinner with my daughters and it was lovely. Short ribs are my fav.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Service was slow due to understaffing on a busy night, food was bland and unappetizing but couldn’t point any of it out because we couldn’t find our server. Tar tar shouldn’t be grey nor should it be squished, not to mention the burnt toast that went to our table. There wasn’t a sweet potato on my chicken plate however apparently that fried stick was a sweet potato….Should really focus on quality control before sending food out of the kitchen

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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 1176 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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