About Whetstone Tavern

Whetstone Tavern is a rustic yet refined American tavern featuring a seasonally changing menu inspired by the classic neighborhood taverns. Our goal is to provide a warm and inviting dining establishment where friends and family can gather and enjoy simply prepared dishes made fresh from local ingredients as much as possible. We aim to be a familiar restaurant that feels like it’s been a part of Philadelphia for generations.

700 South 5th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Gastro Pub

Hours of Operation:
Tavern M - F:
12pm - 4pm

Brunch Sat-Sun:
10am - 3pm

Dinner Sun - Thursday:
4pm - 10:30pm

Dinner Friday & Saturday:
4pm - 11pm

Cross Street:
Bainbridge

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(267) 239-0906

Website:
http://www.whetstonetavern.com/

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Whetstone Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Cozy (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Casual (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Authentic (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Fun (2)
Great Beer (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Whetstone Tavern was great. We were there a bit early for brunch, so it was nice and quiet..as it got busier, the atmosphere was still pleasant. The food was delicious...hearty portions of standard brunch/lunch fare plus a few signature dishes. I had the duck confit and butternut squash hash, which came recommended by our server and did not disappoint. They also have a bottomless mimosa option, which is worth it if you have at least three. What made the brunch was our server...she was so friendly, attentive, and accommodating. Coffee cups and water glasses were never empty...something I always appreciate! Would go back!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 23, 2018

I was whelmed. Nothing bad happened, it was a pleasant meal, but nothing special.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Waitress was a bit rude, but overall good experience

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This is near us so we've been meaning to try it, restaurant week gave us the opportunity, and we'll be back regularly now. (1) she had a rhode island clam chowder (light and fresh), i had a grilled caesar salad (served with whole anchovies, fresh I think. (2) we both had the fried pierogi filled with potato, foie gras, and jelly -- wow. (3) she had swordfish au poivre (meaty but not heavy) and i had duck confit carbonara (great chew on the pasta). (4) she had a pear crumble (great texture on the pear -- not mushy), I had lemon meringue cheesecake (again, great texture). She had a very drinkable house cabernet, my cocktail was tasty and light on the liquor -- which may be what you want, i wanted a bit more kick so i'll stick with wine or beer next time.
One thing to watch for: I did notice that the food was on the salty side. I have a salty palate so I didn't mind it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

This place was just ok. The main room/bar area is super nice but my friend and I got seated in this “secret” back room with no windows, no people, no fun and slur your wrist emo music. Totally ruined the dinner. Food was ok. Good choices for people on diet regimes. Waiter definitely hovered and you could tell he wa sin a rush to tune the table
Over...even though there wasn’t a wait.

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

We loved this place! Awesome service, fabulous staff! Lovely interior from the starry night wallpaper behind the bar to the tin pressed ceiling in the dining room. Looking forward to going back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 10, 2017

All four of us thought that the food was excellent and reasonably priced. Our server, however, seemed to be suffering from a case of "ATTYTOOD." She responded to our requests, but it was generally with an "It's coming" or similar comment.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 10, 2017

This is a great neighborhood spot. We normally get the burger and fries and eat at the bar, but we ventured in for brunch and were not disappointed. If the Duck Confit with seasonal hash is on the menu, get it. You can thank me later.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Good but not the best in the area. No big complaints though Worth a try might be your thing

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Food was good with very good potion size. The waiter was great! Very nice place . Very clean.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great corner place with great décor. Service was excellent and the food was great. We shared the scallops and the Hot Chicken sandwich. The sandwich was just OK - kind of a spicier version of Shake Shack's chicken sandwich, but the fries were perfectly done. Be sure to try the shishito peppers as an app if they have them. They were excellent.

A bit pricey for the portions and the beer selections, but overall very good. Will stay on our list.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

It will soon be difficult if not impossible to get a table here once the word gets out about the new chef and how the menu has changed. Some of the most inventive cocktails in the city. All at a reasonable price.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Casual, Late-night Find, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Went to Whetstone with my wife for brunch. The Duck confit eggs were fantastic! We split wings which were good as well. My wife enjoyed her omelet and the beer list was solid, would certainly recommend a visit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Dissapointing. Walked past on many occasions and it looked inviting. Sadly, the food was a mixture of failures. Generally too ambitious for the chef to execute.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Love the hot chicken. I crave that occasionally and will be back!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Food was excellent. Creative blend of ingredients in each dish. Brussels sprouts hot pot was amazing. Also, both of our mains, rabbit and pork shank, were delicious. Service started out a little uneven, but recovered as the meal progressed. Good cocktails and wines rounded out the experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Everything was terrific from the service to the meals. The calamari appetizer was the best I've had. My meal was the beggers purse and it was creative and delicious. Our whole party loved the food and the staff was friendly and attentive. Will definitely be back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Waiter was a diva with a tude. Food sucked.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Wonderful. Love the vegetarian options. The pasta is great and the vegetarian burger is even better than before!

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Went out for a spontaneous later evening bite to eat. We enjoyed splitting a few apps and drinks. Our waitress was very attentive and friendly with all the table she was attending- very welcoming personality. The whole atmosphere was very cozy casual. Overall, a nice neighborhood spot for some delicious food

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, People Watching, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Nice neighborhood joint. Food was okay but nothing to write home about. If I lived in the nabe, I might pop in but def not a destination restaurant. They did have a kids menu - typical stuff, as if the only things kids eat are burgers and nuggets. But still, appreciated that the time had a menu for kids.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Food was decent but execution was not great. We were at our table for an hour before we were served our appetizer. The cheese curds were not worth $11 for the few curds on the plate - go to Bud & Marilyn's and get 3x the amount for less money. The food was good, but it took another 30 minutes after our appetizer to be served our entrees, three of which had been sitting for too long and were cold by the time they hit our table. Again, the food was good, but the execution of the meal was off.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Group of three. Everyone was pretty underwhelmed. I had the white bean burger (vegetarian) and it fell apart in my hands. Taste was fine but nothing special. Others ordered the regular burger (said it was just ok) and the beggar's purse (didn't care for it). The place wasn't bad but we were not impressed. Very cute space though.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Whetstone is our go-to place to eat, drink, and relax in our neighborhood. We love coming for the happy hour burger & wine, and the brunch is excellent! The atmosphere is vibrant but casual and laid-back at the same time. The service is especially good during brunch.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Love the brunch and new additions to the menu by Eric!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2017

The menu is very limited and the food was alright. My friends and I got the $25 for bottomless mimosas EACH (excluding the meal) deal. I specified that because they did not. They intentionally took SO long to bring each round just so we won't really have that much within the time limit (so they'll make profit obviously) & they do not do pitchers like a lot of restaurants do. The waiter was extremely rude and the manager also was big she excused him because he was "frazzled" due to the business of the restaurant but that doesn't justify him being rude because he was NOT being rude to other customers. we paid for unlimited drinks but they limited us and did not give us any after a certain amount of rounds (and they also exaggerated the amount we had) and TBVH the mimosas tasted like orange juice with a tablespoon of champagne. STOP false advertising, don't do "bottomless" if it really isn't so. The food was alright, nothing standing out. Family friendly too.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Excellent bartenders that really know their classic cocktails

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Just when I think I know everywhere there is to go in Philly for fine food and craft beer, I get surprised by a place I've never been. I would definitely go back anytime due to the selection, price, quality, service, and honestly? It wasn't packed to the gills like many Philly establishments I've been to, so it didn't feel overwhelmingly crowded. Very relaxed and laid back atmosphere. Pierogies were handmade. Burgers were amazing (friend had beef, and I had the white bean burger...both highly recommendable). Had around 20 craft beers on tap of all varying styles. Nothing more to say except go check it out if you're in the South St. area. It's only a block away and feels like a well kept secret.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Pretty restaurant, good food and service. Reasonable prices.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 9, 2017

We went to celebrate my moms birthday and it was an outstanding experience. Great staff and the food was creative but familiar. Defintely recommend the mussels.

Tags: Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Brunch was outstanding! Our server, Adeline, was on top of everything! Her server style was like that of a fine dining restaurant even though we were there for brunch. Brunch items were amazing especially the waffle with lemon and marscopone. Stop in and you will not regret it!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 28, 2017

Loved the relaxed, cozy feel of this restaurant. We will be coming back to try more dishes, but everything we ordered was fantastic.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Great food, great service, great ambiance! A definite must visit!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Food was insanely delicious and the staff was very friendly. The chef also came out to greet us and tell us about different plates on the menu. It was our 3rd time there

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Very pretty restaurant, good service, good but limited menu.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 4, 2017

We've gone here often for drinks and apps, but we have recently discovered this place for brunch and it has quickly become one of our favorites. The food is great, and it is clear the chef takes great pride in what he does. Service is usually pretty good, and prices are reasonable and at least comparable to anywhere else. Definitely a great spot for brunch.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 23, 2017

I came here for the happy hour specials advertised as $5 sandwiches.
I was told once long ago, yes all the sandwiches!
So when i came here finally my husband ordered the sloppy joe and i ordered the burger.
I got a burger. on the small side. no fries. she said it was just the burger that was $5. and that it is a single patty, and no fries come with it. So i ordered $5 fries. And then i ended up ordering another burger because again, on the small side.
So in the end we spent the exact same amount as if we didn't do happy hour.

Why advertise "$5 sandwiches?" And especially annoying that the "all" sandwiches i was once told has turned into just A burger. Just say "$5 burger" for happy hour on the billboard.

On a side note, my husband didn't like his sloppy joe. It wasn't very BBQ-y or flavorful sauce, and coleslaw wasn't tangy... it was a flat sandwich. While the pulled beef and coleslaw really just makes you wish it was carolina style, it needed tang, or vinegar.

I wish he had gotten the Fried Chicken Sandwich because then i would have been happy to share.
On the plus side it is a good burger. And at least by ordering 2 of these burgers + plus fries, it was WAY more filling than when i had come in for the regular burger plate before and left annoyed, hungry, and needing another burger but not willing to pay $17 for it again... maybe they increased the size of the regular priced burger? Because it used to be the exact same size as the $5 happy hour burger....

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Always a great meal at Whetstone. Brunch, lunch, dinner, or even just drinks.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Great food. Good scene.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 7, 2017

We always enjoy eating at Whetstone, as it is in our neighborhood. I love their house salad which is light but very tasty due to the vinaigrette. We have always loved the mussels with the Bloody Mary sauce. However, the mussels recipe has changed, by adding some peppers directly to the sauce. Totally unnecessary! The mussels were already a bit spicy and with the added peppers, it just adds more spice without adding more flavor. The waitress said you can order without the peppers (which I learned after the fact), but in my opinion, the original recipe was perfect.
My honey also got the wild boar shepherd's pie, which he loved. We both shared the apple crisp which was also delicious.
We will be back but will order the mussels without the peppers!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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