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Posted by Peter E. on 02/14/2013
I've been here a couple times and maintained a neutral opinion...decent menu but terribly cramped. Always bumping into other patrons/servers and knocking elbows with those seated next to you. This last visit, however, pushed me from neutral to negative. The one thing I figure a gastropub shouldn't/can't screw up are burgers, but they did. They hockey-pucked it...charred black on the outside and cooked far beyond well-done inside. I asked for medium because I can tolerate med-rare or med-well if a rookie is at the grill, but I'm offended that an established kitchen offered that to a customer. Both mine and my ladies burgers were entirely cooled down by the time they arrived and the melted cheese had already firmed back up and started sweating. I would be ashamed if I gave a guest a burger like that. The mussels are good, I can't deny them that. The servers are polite and on top of their game. The beer selection is diverse but expensive. Overall, there are so many great “gastropubs” in this city, and this one has become more of a hassle than a pleasant night out. Perhaps I’m just unlucky. Perhaps I’m making a big deal over a burger. When it comes down to the bottom line though, the food was bad and the atmosphere was unpleasant and tight. It’s a popular spot and I wanted to like it, but I won’t waste anymore money there when I have much better options just blocks away.
Posted by Rick & Peg on 09/24/2012
Seniors, wounded & drenched in wind & rain are treated compassionately by barman "Dr. Eddie". Fine wine, clean bar-towels to dry off. Clean-wipes & band-aids for wounds, good words and understanding (at time of need) - and good food & libations the next evening really showed us a wealth of help and "being a really good neighbor" at a tough time for us. Noise level on our follow-up visit was bit high, but with very good burgers, pretty decent wine, and "Dr. Eddie", a really fine experience for visitors from the North!
Posted by Liz on 02/27/2011
I've been coming here since I moved to Philly about 6 years ago and it's one of my favorite go-to spots. I'm not really a beer person and it's hard to find beers I really love at most places, but the selection here is great and I don't think I've had a bad beer yet. My favorite thing about monks though has to be the MUSSELS! I can easily just make a meal out of them, and all the different recipes are great (the one with bacon is definitely my fav!) go with a group and order a few different pots, you will not be disappointed. In general I've never had bad service, though I will admit I am never very critical of serving staff (working as a waitress myself for 3 years makes you a bit more understanding of minor mistakes and longer-than-expected waits.) I always recommend this place, it's a nice casual night out with good food and great beer.
Posted by Tamiz on 04/22/2010
This is a nice place, I always want the veal cheeks but someone near me always gets the mussels and end up doing the same! They are great! Service is a bit snobby, it is very dark, but the food and drink quality seem to make up for it. I reccomend going for lunch, much less crowded and sunlight allows for proper vision.
Posted by Dave on 05/18/2009
the location of where its at is crazy took us awhile to find it we finally got in sat down and love the way it looked in there very chill relaxed i love the different taste of beers and the foor was amazing!!
Posted by Ashley on 05/06/2009
I am honestly shocked by the bad reviews. I've had nothing but great food, superb service, and fabulous beer at Monk's and I consider myself to be quite intolerant of mediocrity where service is concerned! Whenever friends are in town, we make it a priority to swing by, even if just for a Belgian beer and the best mussels anywhere around. (Try the Thai!!) To the previous comment, no- I have never been to Belgium "like you have", but I don't think that the fact makes me unable to assess food quality. I love the pommes frites. To each his own, I suppose. To me, Monk's Cafe is just a good time.
Posted by yum on 02/06/2009
This is my favorite place in Philly. Great food and awesome beer! It can get crowded but if you can get a table you will not be disappointed.