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7:00 PM
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The Twisted Tail

512 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for a Date (23)
  • Live Music (21)
  • Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Southern
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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
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Phone number
(215) 558-2471
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Leo Forneas
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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.
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Private party contact
Juliet Petrucci: (215) 558-2471
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Cross street
Between South and Lombard
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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.
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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.
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Free Live Blues Music Tuesday - Sunday
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 512 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DontGetOutMuch (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Love the sharing of food....brought in more conversation and laughs with my wife of 28 yrs. We really enjoyed ourselves. The portions were perfect. We left satisfied, but not full. Our palette was overwhelmed from appetizers to entre'. The service was great and not the scripted way....genuine. We will return.

vipOpenTable Diner (Miami)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

We were there before any music started. We would go again. Food was good and service was good also.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

I was seated with a very large and loud party that made it really difficult to think. Also, it was so dark I couldn’t read the menu.

vipkiki (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Yummy small plates and entrées. Waiter, Steve, amazing with his knowledge of gluten in the menu. Can't wait to go back

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Get the chef’s tasting! Totally worth the bang for your buck, and you get to have a little bit of everything on the menu. The service was lovely, and the server made us feel like we were the only people there even though it was a packed house.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

We just moved to Philadelphia at the beginning of February and my parents took us here for a pre-Valentine's celebratory meal. We opted not to get the Chef's Tasting because it would have been a lot of food for my fairly picky parents but we did order the KY ham, cheese plate (the "saint simons??? - I can't remember the full name - was to die for), chorizo taco, shrimp and grits, short rib, shishito peppers, and the beignets. The whole meal was wonderful, though the short rib lacked a bit of seasoning for my taste. I would absolutely recommend this restaurant to friends and family who are visiting Philadelphia!

vipPatchouli69 (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Amazing Thyme after Thyme drink! Delish cheese and meat board!!!!

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Birthday date. Loved the food and music!

vipMoodyFoody (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Food was good. Service could use improvement.

vipucityfacultymember (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

The Twisted Tail's bar area upstairs has a live Blues Jam, with dancing area, every Sunday evening. We went for this, and also entertained out of town acquaintances with dinner at the long back tables in this area. The music makes for a high sound level, but the food is great and includes the full menu of the restaurant, and it is a fun time. Highlights were the fried chicken, mussels, and the bourbon butterscotch pot de creme.