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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.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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
Between South and Lombard
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Free Live Blues Music Tuesday - Sunday
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.....
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.
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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