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City Tavern

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  • American (Traditional)
  • 138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia PA19106 39.947673 -75.144258
  • (Btwn Walnut & Chestnut St)
  • (215) 413-1443
  • 0

User Ratings (Based on 10 reviews)

Food 3.8 Value 3.3
Service 3.6 Atmosphere 3.4

Other Restaurant Info

(215) 413-1443
Reservations Recommended Major Credit Cards
Mon-Thu: 11:30am-9pm Fri-Sat: 11:30am-9:30pm
Dinner, Lunch
Accepts Credit Cards, Bar, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Kid Friendly, Online Reservations, Outdoor Seating

User Reviews

  • City Tavern

    Posted by Suzanne on 03/31/2015

    Just what I hoped for

    Have visited Philly before and wanted to try City Tavern. Finally got the chance tonight on our latest visit, and in a word, excellent. Husband had the duck and said it was the best he ever had. I had the Chef's home-made veal sausage - delicious. Finish with Martha Washington's chocolate mousse cake and you'll be in heaven. Really nice staff too.

  • City Tavern

    Posted by marzi on 08/31/2014

    As Good as Ever

    Pepperpot soup and cornmeal oysters were great. Entree salad of crab and pork tenderloin were excellent. Best mashed potatoes of any restaurant in years. Great service and knowledgeable staff.

  • City Tavern

    Posted by Anonymous on 04/14/2014

    Must Eat Here!

    I read some negative reviews and had some locals roll their eyes BUT if you are visiting Phily, you must eat here.! We ate here after exploring Independence Hall, etc so it kept with our theme for the day. The food was OUTSTANDING! From my rochefort salad to the beef medallions to Martha Washington's chocolate cake...OUTSTANDING! Try Washington's porter and Jefferson's ale....fabulous beers...we left with a few 6-packs! They have a great wine selection as well! The service was top notch...almost like they had been waiting for US all day. Very friendly, very attentive. We really couldn't have picked a more perfect place to have dinner. So ignore the locals when they say it's a tourist trap. So what if it's geared for us, the tourists! Ignore the negative reviews; there is always going to be an unhappy customer no matter where you go. It is worth every penny and, should I ever be in Philly again...it's top of my list!

  • City Tavern

    Posted by Lawrence N on 01/17/2012

    I won't go to Philadelphia without at least one meal here

    A wonderful 18th century experience without having to travel to Williamsburg, great food and service in a fantastic restored historic tavern. I have eaten here three times over approximately 7 years and have never been disapointed.

  • City Tavern

    Posted by Adam from TX on 05/03/2011

    Excellent, don't miss

    Excellent colonial fare. We went back the next day for lunch. Fabulous pot pie and the best fried oysters I've had in a long time (and we've eaten at "the best" from coast to coast). A "don't miss" for the historical Philly experience. Atmosphere reminiscent of Liberty Tree Tavern at WDW for you Disney fans.

  • City Tavern

    Posted by 1728 on 03/20/2011


    We spent a bundle but it was worth every penny. The beer sampler is great. Scrumptous chocolate mousse cake ala Martha Washington.

  • City Tavern

    Posted by eatz on 02/22/2009

    I will go back

    I was suprised the other reviews were so bad. I regularly eat out and enjoy a wide variety of ethnic cuisines. German food is not known for its flair that you might expect from a place like Amada or Tequila's. Which are two of my favorite places in the city. If you want good comfort food this is a great place to go. The pot pies hit the spot and I thought the crab cakes where in the top ten I have had in the city with Lemon grass probably serving my favorite crab cake. The only thing I was disappointed with here was the bread that I think servers might pre-cut in the morning. If it was a little bit more moist I would have been very happy with the authentic bread recipes. If you aren't a real adverturous eater or just want some food that hits the spot on a cold day I would recommend this place as a "safe" restaurant to go to.

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