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  • American (Traditional)
  • 138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia PA19106 39.9476726 -75.1442581
  • (Btwn Walnut & Chestnut St)
  • (215) 413-1443
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User Ratings (Based on 8 reviews)

Food 3.6 Value 2.8
Service 3.4 Atmosphere 3.0

Other Restaurant Info

(215) 413-1443
Reservations Recommended Major Credit Cards
Mon-Thu: 11:30am-9pm Fri-Sat: 11:30am-9:30pm
Lunch, Dinner
Group Dining, Kid-friendly, Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Online Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards

User Reviews

  • 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.

  • City Tavern

    Posted by Claire on 05/13/2008

    Very Disappointing!!!

    Party of 8 all felt the waiter to be unattentive and uninterested. Salads done very nicely, but $6 for a "cup" of soup that tastes like water? Beef medallions and Trout were nothing special, but the Pot pie undercooked, and filled with nothing but peas. Tenderloin tips in dijon sauce was overly "dijon" and after 2 bites, d unedible by everyone at the table. Mashed potatoes that were served with dinners tangy/borderline sour and vegetables served (zucchini and squash) oily and bland. A waste of time and $370.

  • City Tavern

    Posted by The New Locals on 03/27/2008


    Our first mistake was believing a review (on a different site that rhymes with "nitty-perch") that stated the City Tavern was romantic. Minutes into sitting in a brightly lit room in the hot, hot basement at a folding table covered by a threadbare tablecloth, with our server SWEATING over us to explain the history of the tavern and its gastronomical fare, we realized, oh no, this was not romantic at all. It was barely palatable. Still, we clinked our beer glasses. Plastic! The beer may have been the highlight of the meal... if you can call undercooked turkey pot pie and schnitzel soaked in butter and grease a meal. It was single-handedly the most disappointing dining experience in Philadelphia that we new locals have had. The fake costumes, the mediocre food, all a complete sham. Just look under the tablecloth!

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