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About The Twisted Tail

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.

509 S. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Southern

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am

Cross Street:
Between South and Lombard

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 558-2471

Website:
http://www.thetwistedtail.com/

Entertainment:
Free Live Blues Music Tuesday - Sunday

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.

Executive Chef:
Leo Forneas

Private Party Facilities:
The Twisted Tail is a bar, restaurant and live music hall that can accommodate intimate groups of 12 or larger parties up to 200 people. The bi-level space features three distinct areas: an expansive dining room with a Bourbon Bar, the Club Room with cozy fireplaces and a shuffleboard table, and the Juke Joint where musical acts perform.
Whether you"re planning a corporate event, birthday party, business meeting, reception, baby shower or holiday party, we can make it memorable for your guests. Our menus and various spaces can be customized to fit your crowd. We offer a wealth of dining, or cocktailing, options as well as other amenities such as audiovisual equipment and live entertainment.

Private Party Contact:
Juliet Petrucci: (215) 558-2471

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

We're open and offering our regular menu on Christmas Eve.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

After 6 PM, we'll be offering a special 4-course prixe fixe menu for $85, which includes admission to our NYE Masquerade Party and a Champagne Toast at midnight. Early diners between 5-6 PM will be offered a three course menu for $55. Cancellations must be made 2 days before date. Fees may apply

The Twisted Tail Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (18)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Good for a Date (15)
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Live Music (14)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Casual (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Fun (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Romantic (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Cozy (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Authentic (6)
Healthy (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Business Meals (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Tapas (4)
Great Beer (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Scenic View (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Very nice environment. Good food.
Rich drinks menu.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Three of us went. Music was fantastic. Drinks were okay, host was wonderful!, waiter was nice. 2 of us were there to celebrate our 60th birthdays. They could have comped us a dessert for that. Guess not, paid 9.00 for beignets. 12.00 for 3 ribs, a little dry, the cheese plate was great, they could barely spare the 7.00 cornbread. My friends got the duck and fried chicken. Might go there again for the music.. very expensive.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Had an early dinner with the wife and kid (5:45 reservation). Very nice ambiance. Happy hour crowd was dying down and it was very pleasant and quiet. Perfect for catching up with the family. I'm sure the place gets lively later if that's more to your liking. Chose your time wisely and you'll have a great time. Food was really good. Every dish was liked by all of us. Service was super!

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Disappointed in the pre-set Thanksgiving meal. While a couple of vegetables were delicious,
it was surprising to find baked beans served alongside Thanksgiving traditional food.
We were told that each table would receive a 'whole' pie to share. The pie turned out
very small - more like a single serving - the filling was 1/4" high max.....

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

I chose this restaurant for Thanksgiving dinner for a party of 4. The other 3 in my party appeared happy with the meal, but since I was the one to make the choice, I was more critical and was disappointed. The overall meal was fine and that service was good. However, prior to the meal, we sat at the bar and I had imagined we would spend the wait time ordering some appetizers. No such luck. The only choice was a selection of cheeses, and after asking the bartender twice if I could order and being ignored twice I gave up so as not to dampen the mood of the others in the party. We were hungry. It was a missed opportunity for the business not to have had a selection of appetizers. Then at dinner, the manager/owner? came out to tell us the wine we selected was sold out. Not good as there was a limited selection. Our dinner reservation was at 5pm, so not that late on Thanksgiving day. We made do with the so so wine I had been drinking at the bar. Then we learned with the pies for dessert, they were all out of ice cream..so no vanilla ice cream with the apple pie. They didn't even offer whipped cream as an option.
We had a pleasant time but see no need to go back again.

Tags: Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

My dad flew in for the holiday and I was so worried about finding a place for Thanksgiving Dinner. The Twisted Tail provided a fantastic meal at a good price (and some great music too!), and I can’t wait for my next meal there.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We ate thanksgiving there. It was really good food. The sides where served family style, which I thought was really nice. Food was delicious and the staff friendly. They even called to confirm our reservation. It was fun and I would do it again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Excellent food as always. Wait staff is well educated about the menu. Bartender mixed up a drink for me spontaneously based on 2 ingredients (tequila and grapefruit juice). Great place and welcoming to all.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Second time here. Did the tasting menu and had lots of dishes to try, including dessert. Excellent!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 17, 2017

The shared menu experience for $45/each was perfect!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Wonderful little place in society hill area of Philadelphia. Highly recommended. Good compromise between pub and restaurant. Excellent food.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

What a cute place, food was very good portions were a bit small for my liking though. Would definitely good back

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Nicki (live music) was amazing. We loved the tuna, fig salad, and wings. I would not recommend the octopus— it was very tough and did not pair well with the (also dry) potatoes. Wine was average. Overall good value. We will be back to sit at the bar and listen to Nicki on Tuesday nights.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food. Awesome cocktails. Love this place.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Excellent food, lovely outdoor seating area. Really enjoyed the breakfast/brunch items, including the Bloody Mary, which was very good.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Tried about 12 different things on the menus and the only things worth eating were the muscles, hanger steak, and brussel sprouts. The mac and cheese was ok. Everything else was either under cooked, over cooked or too fatty to eat. In addition to the poor quality of food, they have live music on both levels and it is so loud you can't have a conversation with other people at your table.

Definitely won't be returning.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

I tried it because of the reviews, 75% of my party had "stomach issues" after we had brunch, the cocktails were mediocre, as well as the service; we will return to Farmicia next month.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great food, but it was the service that really stood out. Every person on their team was friendly and accommodating. We had our toddler and newborn with us, and they made up a custom fruit plate for my toddler even though it wasn't on the menu. We've also popped in for late night drinks another time, and again, great food and even better service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 8, 2017

This place has the potential to be incredible but if the manager doesn’t start ensuring his/her waitstaff are doing their job the place will continue to get reviews like this. Service was a joke. I could have served everyone in the place blindfolded and did a better job. Our waiter just didn’t care about anything. No people skills no good demeanor just walked around avoiding work. Disgrace. If I owned the place he’d be looking for a new job. Employees can create a reason to come back. This guy ensured we won’t.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I would definitely go back for drinks, but not food or brunch. I was with a group of 4, and our meals were brought out plate by plate about 5 minutes apart. All of the food was cold by the time the last plate arrived. It was very awkward. Food service 101 says to bring out the entrees for the entire party at the same time.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Loved our experience. The food was very good. MUST HAVE THOSE RIBS AGAIN!!!! Waiter was excellent, helpful, friendly and attentive. The musician playing in the bar was very good, noticeable, but not overpowering. I want to go back!

Tags: Comfort Food, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fun, Live Music, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We walked past this restaurant twice before I looked up the reviews online. I was pleasantly surprised that the basil lemonade was so refreshing. The scallops, lamb chops and wings were very tasty. The macaroni and cheese, not so much. However, I would go back again.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

I love coming to this restaurant. I had the Veggie omelet and it was really good.
The service is always perfect! Everybody makes sure you are comfortable and listen to your needs. I will be back soon!

Tags: Organic, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

We wanted to try something out of our norm of restaurants and lucked up and found this place... the service was good. She tried to keep up with our orders and refills as we sat outside and her other patrons were seated inside. She did well. I had the southern chicken which was just ok in my opinion. Some parts seems better seasoned than others... the mac and cheese with crawfish was really good as well... overall I would return

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·Dined on September 18, 2017

I really enjoyed our time here however, all of the courses came out at once and that was a little overwhelming; however, that may have been because it was restaurant week.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Special place in the city. The perfect mix of social and sit down. The food is exceptional at the very least. A very versital bar. Go as soon as possible!

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·Dined on September 15, 2017

The table seemed a bit small.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We went for dinner during Restaurant Week, and what a find! Our meals were delicious; from the crawfish Mac n' cheese and fried chicken, to the swordfish and pecan pie. Even the salad was delicious- simple but perfectly dressed. We will definitely return!

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 12, 2017

The food was delicious. The host Nikki was wonderful, very pleasant.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Casual, Authentic, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Came in for lunch and not sure about what I wanted. Everything looked good but I chose the pastrami sandwich with a pickle and a side of sweet potatoe fries. It was all delicious. Both Anna and Nicky had everything under control and running drinks and food for all the patron's, while doing other stuff to make sure that everyone has what they wanted. I will be back in soon.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We were visiting an art display on South street so selected this restaurant in Society Hill because of its proximity and availability on a Sunday. The restaurant was able to accommodate us 1 1/2 hours before our scheduled time, which was very nice. However, we were originally seated at an attractive table but next to a large noisy group. We asked for another table and were seated in another room not far from another noisy group. This bar attracts a 20+ age group at least on Sunday afternoons. The food and the selections were excellent. We shared a butter lettuce and fig salad that was wonderful. My friend's crab cake was all crab and my shrimp BLT was spicy and tasty. Unfortunately, the wait service was not attentive or accurate. They brought the wrong tea for my friend and had to be reminded about sugar for my coffee.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 1, 2017

It was fantastic

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Love this place!!! Food was off the chart not to mention the music!! Total win win!! Highly recommend this place. Will definitely be back!

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Anchorage)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Another great visit! Great selection of cheeses and artisanal hams, go well with craft whiskeys and bourbons of which there is a large selection. Short ribs are perfectly cooked and if you are lucky they might have a special of house-made short rib ravioli with truffle oil that is shockingly delicious! Great gourmet "twist" on traditional American regional cuisine like fried chicken, and shrimp & grits. Most fun with a large group so you can sample multiple dishes.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Our server was awesome. Very descriptive when describing each item on the menu. Food was really good ; bit pricey but worth it. Overall we really enjoyed our dinner!

Tags: Tapas, Fun, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Music
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

Food was awesome. Must have the Beignets! Chris our server was great! Whiskey was delicious. Highly recommend

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2017

First time dinning at Twisted Tail. Creative menu options made for sharing make this a fun spot that I would definitely recommend.

Tags: Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We had the best time. Our waiter, Sean, was the best! Heard a great band , Vin Mott Blue Band! Too bad they are not returning until December - they were awesome!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Second time eating at Twisted Tail and it did not disappoint! The food was creative, locally inspired and delicious. And their specialty cocktails are always top-notch!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fun, Cozy, Paleo Friendly, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

I enjoyed my time here. Lovely live music as well.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food
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