The Twisted Tail

4.7
982 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 982 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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4.5
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipNakiaB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The hospitality was top notch, we had an issue with the air and they moved us, right away!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and very well made. Great choices of small plates/apps and entrees. Cocktails and libation choices extensive. Ambience of restaurant is excellent; and was made even better by an absolutely fantastic piano player providing great jazz/blues music (at the right volume) and entertaining everyone. Service was excellent - overall an outstanding experience! Highly recommend.

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vipAlishiaK
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a perfect night out with visiting friends and brought our two daughters (both under 2 years old). Our older daughter LOVED the live music (Saturday night). The service and food were excellent. The Twisted Tail is a sure hit for guests and a great place to show off the best of Philly dining vibes.

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JazminD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food amazing service and nice and quiet.

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vipDDiniz
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered the octopus and chorizo taco, both of which were very tasty.
Service and ambience are great.
There was live music inside which would have made it a bit loud but we sat outside so it was perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great time! Would recommend to anyone.

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johnl
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Friday happy hour was great , server could have been a little better

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karryd
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great choice for our family of 4. Something for everyone

BG
vipBeaGL
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

This is our fav neighborhood go-to. We love the food, were a bit disappointed that the menu hadn't changed. Would love to see some variety for us regulars.

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BrittP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our experience at twisted tail. The ambiance was perfect for our date, the food was delicious, the drink menu had plenty of options, and the service was outstanding. Best meal we had in Philly!

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NicoleK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table for 2 there for brunch. It was delicious.
Bacon for the table had their delicious syrup on it.
Chicken and waffles and crab eggs Benedict was worth every Penny
Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everyone was so friendly, we did the taster where you spend $45 a person and get a TON of great unique food (scallops were a little fishy tho). We also signed up for the bourbon club, so we will definitely be back!!

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Hansfrom14blocksaway
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

we would not have been back on the first Sunday after re-opening if we weren’t already convinced that The Twisted Tail is always a good experience. WE ARE LOYAL CUSTOMERS!

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vipcentercityeater
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent brunch menu
Chicken and Waffles delicious
Kids options
Craft cocktails are very good

GB
GroovyBrunch
London
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just as I remembered, the food was great the people were nice and I was so happy they were open again!

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PD16
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Fun atmosphere!

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HarrietS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, food was excellent

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AndreaE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good to be back with good food, great music and the wonderful staff!

PM
PieretteM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a great time. Services were very good. They ran out of turkey on Thanksgiving but stuff happens.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places in Philly

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Sean
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it here, great food, friendly staff, awesome set up for outdoor seating.

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MilissaM
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Covid safe atmosphere. We were not seated near another party. The server was super nice, sorry, but I don't remember his name. I thought the crab cake was excellent, no filler! My husband loved the short rib and we shared the wings, also very good.

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vipjeev
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great experience. would love for it to keep outside seating open throughout the winter

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. Josh was an AWESOME server.

MA
vipMeredithA
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The service was slow (we can blame COVID) but the outdoor dining space and food were solid. Would definitely go back and dine again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was ok. Portions were kind of small and could have used more seasoning but the drinks were really good and the service was excellent.

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vipawmasten
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We were seated outside in the 55°F weather without any heaters available, except if you were the hostess. The service was horribly slow, taking over 40 minutes from when we finished the salad until one entree arrived. When the waitress finally came to check and asked how everything was going, she didn't even recognize that only one person had food which was cooling in the outdoor environment while we waited for my meal to arrive several minutes later. The waitress checked on us only two times, never inquiring about beverages or anything else. In fact, she was apparently cold as well since she was rarely seen outside, mainly focusing on the indoor customers. The salads, while nice size portions, relived heavily on the dressing for flavor. Mine was bitter and over-dressed while my partner liked hers. The entree portions were very small for the price - hers was a bowl of 6 Gnocchi and a ton of Swiss chard; mine a small, flavorless piece of swordfish on a bed of fennel. The manager came by to apologize for the separate delivery of the entrees and took the drinks off the bill, but that was small compensation. We will never return and would not recommend this place to anyone.

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HRitchie
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I know the social hour and dinner menus by heart, but this was my first time at brunch. Interesting take on pancakes: appeared to have been baked in a tin, and they were a bit more like cake than a pancake that is so porous it eats the syrup. My companion's omelette looked a bit pale. But--it was all delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nick who served us was great and the whiskey selection is amazing. I would recommend this place to anyone. It’s one of my favorites.

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vipmorriszone
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect neighborhood restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The outdoor dining experience was good overall. My primary gripe with Twisted Tail was the wait time between us being seated and the waiter coming over to our table. I had to ask the hostess for someone to come over to the table.

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Sarah
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Twisted Tail continues to follow strict COVID-19 protocols with their outdoor dining and take out food/drinks. The outside area is relatively quiet and nicely decorated. Staff is friendly and the food is always great!

JK
JosieK12
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Food was awful and terrible. Will never recommend. Service was ok.

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JohnG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

having to eat outside is something I'm getting used to but the service and the food were very good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Well the original date was set by mistake for Sunday instead of Saturday which was ok we understood it was our mistake but when we asked if there was any reservations for that night we were told no. I took to look ok open table myself and walah reservations 4 open tables. I thought it was very rude of the hostess to tell us it was no more. Once i made the reservations i was asked was it for tonight and was i sure. I was also asked my last name even though i showed my reservations and asked did i just make the reservations. That was uncalled for. The only reason i stayed was due to me coming here before and i liked the food

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We were a party of 3 and they made each person order separate food, even though we were just there for drinks. They did not allow to share any food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was good. They didn't cut up my friend's Chorizo sausage on her taco, so it was like a very odd hot dog. The service was pretty slow, we were required to order everything at once, and we were the last to be served the entree, but not the last to be seated. It was pleasant enough and our waitress Katie was nice and did check on us, and apologized for the long wait without us asking. She chwcked on the food without prompting. Overall, pretty good!

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DanielleR
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great first time experience. The food was yummy,I had steak and potato the Restaurant Week menu. Servers was good and very nice. Everyone had their masks on and i felt safe.

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StevenR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Everything was great except the drink service was slow.

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ShantaeD
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I asked for a medium rare steak and it came back well done. Almost over cooked. Waited a while before the waiter came back to check on the meal.

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 982 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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