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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

The Twisted Tail Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (21)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
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Bar Seating (16)
Fit for Foodies (16)
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Happy Hour (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Cozy (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Fun (11)
Casual (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Tapas (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Authentic (8)
Romantic (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Great for Brunch (7)
Seasonal (7)
Great Beer (5)
People Watching (5)
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Sunday Lunch (4)
Notable Wine List (3)
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Pre/post Theatre (2)
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Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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Organic (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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!

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food5
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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

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food5
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Birthday date. Loved the food and music!

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food4
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Food was good. Service could use improvement.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Quick Bite, Happy Hour, People Watching, Tapas, Great Beer, Casual, Authentic, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2018

One of my favorite spots in the city--Twisted Tail never disappoints. Best bloody mary's and charcuterie boards, exceptional service, and live music is always a lot of fun. Highly recommend!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Live Music, Cozy, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Everything was great except the men’s bathroom sink and he lack of prices on the menu.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Portion size was great. Food was great. Service was great. Look forward to returning.

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Wonderful food. Just extraordinary. While we were there I told my friend this is one of the most underrated restaurant in Philadelphia. A must try. The brisket was phenomenal. So was the service. The server and staff were on point but I will mention that the drinks took a longer time to arrive than they should had. We were by the bar so it was clear that they were backed up. Still 5-stars because it was such great experience otherwise. Will be back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Always love the Twisted Tail. My husband and I had our wedding reception here over a year ago and went back for a little belated anniversary dinner and everything was just as great as we remembered.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We went here for restaurant week and had a great experience! The food was amazing - 4 shareable courses for $35. Lamb tenderloin, sausage and baked beans, arugula salad, cauliflower flatbread (my fave!), fried chicken, and ricotta gnocchi! Our waiter, Steve, was friendly and knowledgeable. Will definitely be returning to The Twisted Tail!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Authentic, Comfort Food, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

All 4 of us had the Restaurant Week menu, and overall the food was very good but all small plate portions. I (female) was satisfied and full after the meal but my husband and 1 friend were still hungry. The service was pretty slow. We were there for just over 2 hours on a Thursday. My husband and I have been here once before for their NY Eve party which was fun. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Casual
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food4
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service3
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Came to see The Bachelor Boys Band Showcase & loved it!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

On Friday, January 20th, we and two other couples had an early dinner (5:30) at The Twisted Tale. Our server, Myrtle, was very attentive, friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and drinks The ambiance was very nice albeit noisy as the evening progressed. It was Restaurant Week, affording four courses for $35. The meal options included several intriguing food choices for each course. The beverage selections were delightful as well.
Something can go awry in even the most efficient of operations. Three of our third course dinner entries were delayed in their arrival. After inquiring with Myrtle as to the delay, George, the owner, came to our table with two plates of appetizers, a sincere apology, an explanation of what went wrong, and assurances that the problem was being fixed as we spoke. George also covered the bottle of wine we had ordered.
How an organization responds to a problem is an indication of its character. Myrtle and George were empathetic, apologetic and very promptly corrected the situation. Their responses were above and beyond our expectations to ensure that this issue did not affect our overall enjoyment of the evening. Among the six of us, we chose almost every item on the menu. Each selection was enticingly presented and most delicious. We have already recommended The Twisted Tale to friends and family. Most assuredly, we will definitely be dining there again.

Tags: Fun, Live Music, Bar Seating, Authentic, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The Restaurant Week menu was good: nice selection and decent portion sizes. Our server was pleasant and knowledgeable about the menu and drinks.

The lighting is very dim, so bring your glasses and prepare to get it your cellphone light to see the small print menu. Additionally, as the evening progressed we had the distinct smell of trash. Given the periodic vibrations coming from below and the dumpster odor I would say we were seated above the trash compactor.

We would go back, just avoid sitting in the right rear portion of the restaurant to stay clear of the scent of trash.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great food and service!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We went for restaurant week this past weekend. The service was great. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly. Our water was refilled as soon as it was sipped. There were several food choices and this restaurant offered 4 courses. The food was excellent! Enjoyed the evening very much.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Went here for Restaurant week and it was a fantastic choice. Great bar, delicious food and wonderful live music.

Tags: Tapas, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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food5
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 18, 2018

It was so good but really dark. I had a hard time reading the menu.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Great food and great drinks!!! The food was fresh and tasty! Definitely will be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 18, 2018

We were seated immediately for our 5:30pm reservation. Our waiter was great at explaining some of the menu items. None of our food had to be sent back to the kitchen because it was incorrect. The food was delicious and came out in a timely fashion.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Everything was delicious and the service was awesome!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Went for restaurant week and the variety/food was delicious. 4 courses instead for the typical 3 courses. Happy hour pricing for drinks/apps is good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Seasonal, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Casual, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Comfort Food
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Very expensive, high level of noise, poor experience overall.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Service was excellent Anna and Ally were spot on and the pastrami sandwich was delicious. I will be back.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great twists on classic brunch foods. Very sweet menu items, but quite delicious. I recommend the orange zest pancakes.

We only went for brunch, but the bar and food menu looked quite extensive.

Service was good. Would go back.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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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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 (Savannah)·Dined on November 23, 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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 (Philadelphia)·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 18, 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 16, 2017

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

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 8, 2017

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

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 (Philadelphia)·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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