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Monk's Cafe
Belgian Restaurant$$
Today 11:30 am – 2:00 am
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264 S 16th St Philadelphia, PA 19102
264 South 16th StreetUSPennsylvaniaPhiladelphia19102
(215) 545-7005monkscafe.com
$$Belgian Restaurant, European Restaurant
Belgian Restaurant
European Restaurant
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Today 11:30 am – 2:00 am
Monday 11:30 am – 2:00 amTuesday 11:30 am – 2:00 amWednesday 11:30 am – 2:00 amThursday 11:30 am – 2:00 amFriday 11:30 am – 2:00 amSaturday 11:30 am – 2:00 amSunday 11:30 am – 2:00 am
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Mussels, fries, craft ales & other Belgian-accented offerings dispensed in a brewpub setting.- Google
"Had my first pint of Russian River Pliny The Elder here on my birthday."
"The mussels Ghent were top notch."
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Angel Fultz
2 months ago
Amazing! I came here for the mussels and discovered the added bonus of so many beers! Make sure that you come prepared to spend some money...imported beers are not cheap. Regarding the mussels, it's a big ol pound and a half. I'd be happier with a smaller portion or a different pot. The mussels up top were a bit dry. However the ones down in the bottom in the broth were fantastic! All in all great experience and I'll be back. Oh...plan on at least a half hour wait if you're popping in during the evening on weekends.
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Abhi Tulapurkar
2 months ago
Overpriced and overrated! This once used to be a great place to sample Belgian brew and food. But now I find it extremely overpriced and overrated. Food is no longer great and beer is expensive. Plus they have an attitude (e.g. They won't let you sample the beer on tap or offer a sampler on the menu. You should know your Belgian brew well before walking in), which I guess comes standard with so called European place. This stop can be skipped from the Philly tour now.
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Robert Baker
5 months ago
If you're looking for good food and service you won't find it at the Monk's Cafe. Our group of six is visiting Philadelphia found favorable reviews online so we decided to try it out. When we got there, we were told it would be a half hour wait. Time must move more slowly in the cafe as we waited outside for over an hour. But, we were determined to try to place that had earned hundreds of favorable reviews. When eventually got our table and ordered our food. I ordered the mussels and the duck confit. The fries that came with the mussels were stone cold. But, they brought me a fresh order a fries within a few minutes. The mussels came warm, but were quite bland-- the sauce was not well prepared-- which was disappointing considering they cost $15.95. As for the duck never made it to my plate because the waiter forgot to input my order. (But with how things were going that may have been for the best.) Rest assured, when we got the bill, I had nothing reduced from my order. TLDR; The Monk's Cafe includes specials such as poor service, cold fries and tasteless mussels while specializing in forgetting to input your order and doing nothing to remedy the problem.
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Mallesh Pai
3 months ago
Excellent beer list, check out the fries and the (extremely hot) spanish flies (i.e. chicken wings)
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Carol Chan
2 months ago
To be honest, I was a bit turned off when we first entered - dark, dingy, and filled with nauseating, reeking alcohol smell. But with glowing recommendations, my husband and I decided to ignore the first impression and stuck around to give Monk's a try. Even though neither of us drank, we were impressed by the food alone. I was pleasantly surprised by the ginormous portioned smoked duck salad - the skin was perfectly crisped, the meat was flavorful, tender and juicy. The pairing of craisin, blue cheese, and candied walnut was genius. My husband ordered one of the famous burgers - nothing crazy over the top, well made and delivered exactly what my husband was craving. He loved the sauce that was served along and especially enjoyed the side of crispy fries. Overall, service was what one expect from a hole in the wall bar - couple of water refills when requested and that was it. Nevertheless Monk's won me over with their food! I would never expect such gourmet meal from a bar. Only wished we were in town longer so I can try out their mussels!
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Dice L
2 months ago
Great beer and food. Kids got a hamburger and chicken tenders which both looked great. The mussels Ghent were top notch. Way cool ambiance in this place. Perfect place to enjoy some great food and even better beer.
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Nicholas Coffman
5 months ago
Had my first pint of Russian River Pliny The Elder here on my birthday. Amazing mussels, pretty great wings, right and cozy space. The bottle selection of Belgian beers is astounding, my wife and I split one and then moved on to drafts. Great spot, will be back.
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Myron Tan
11 months ago
Russian River Damnation was served in a pint glass and Deschutes' Black Butte Porter in a small Pilsner glass. I looked around and saw many other beers being served in a standard pint glass (not even a nonic). Really enjoyed the ambiance of the small space and obviously the selection. With that being said, I had very high hopes for this place. I had to ask for a snifter so that I could pour my beer into it. And I was given weird looks for this. But no one in the restaurant seemed to care or bring it up.
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