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Royal Tavern
American Restaurant$$
Today 11:30AM–2AM
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937 E Passyunk Ave Philadelphia, PA 19147
937 East Passyunk AvenueUSPennsylvaniaPhiladelphia19147
$$American Restaurant, GastropubToday 11:30AM–2AM
Friday 11:30AM–2AMSaturday 10AM–2AMSunday 10AM–12AMMonday 11:30AM–2AMTuesday 11:30AM–2AMWednesday 11:30AM–2AMThursday 11:30AM–2AM
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A creative American bar menu & diverse drink list is served up in a hip setting.- Google
"The star was the Merguez sausage plate."
"Great craft beer selection."
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Christopher OCallahan
3 months ago
I'm not an early riser. We went for brunch. I guess to start, the best compliment I can give is that Royal Tavern is worth waking up for. First, the Bloody Mary. I only sampled a friend's and absolutely regret not getting one for myself. great tomato flavor and a hell of a kick to it. Absolutely delicious. Now for the food. Orders at the table were the Strawberry Crumb Pancakes, An omelet with potatoes and toast, a Merguez Sausage plate, and my tater tot scramble. The omelet looked like an omelet. A nicely made omelet, but nothing special in and of itself. The pancakes looked great, a good amount of strawberries, and plenty of the crumb topping. the bite I had was quite delicious. The star was the Merguez sausage plate. I totally had order envy for a food I don't particularly care for. it may have been the best looking plate of food I've seen in some time. The sausage came over a tomato type sauce, with 2 beautiful eggs sunny side up, and a hash that had some peppers,probably poblano, in it. In hindsight I feel as if I'm a failure for not taking several food porn pics of it. judging from my friends reaction it was as delicious as it looked. Now for mine, the Tater Tot Scramble. Compared to the sausage plate, this looked...bland. It was exactly what it said it was, scrambled eggs with tater tots, a pinkish sauce on top, and some toast. It was fine, but compared to the other plates, it was not nearly as drool inducing. Some parsley or a tomato or something would have made the plate far more appealing. Then I took a bite. Perfect eggs and the tater tot crunch. It didn't matter what it looked like, this was delicious. A few bites in, I hit the center which is where the jack cheese and onions were hiding and reached another level of taste bud satisfaction. The chipotle crema added a creaminess, but I didn't taste too much of the chipotle. I wound up adding some Sriracha that they were kind enough to leave on the table because I like heat and really, why wouldn't you? Our server, who's name I forget sadly, was awesome. She clearly knew the menu well and helped two of my friends down the path to meals they enjoyed greatly. She was quite attentive, but not annoying, throughout the meal. She was clutch in having our drinks refilled before we knew we needed it. Will definitely be back next time I'm in town.
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Anish Sukumaran
2 months ago
Wait was really long on a Friday night. Food was great.
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Mike Lukachek
7 months ago
Stopped in for lunch. Not much from the outside, but excellent food and drinks. My wife said best burger ever. I enjoyed the seaweed salad, and awesome bloodymary, delicious horseradish flavor!!!
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Micah Shender
2 years ago
Pros: the food at Royal Tavern can't be beat, and it's a great place to go with your vegetarian friends to boot. I go there a few times a month -- don't miss their bacon bloody mary. Worth trying are the wings, soba noodle salad, mezze (share this with someone or get it as a meal), calamari, chicken frankie, Angus burger, grilled cheese, and fish and chips. I've never had anything bad there. Cons: the place is extremely dimly lit and, on a busy night, you can't hear yourself think. For whatever reason sound really carries in there. Also, the kitchen and service is extraordinarily slow. Weeknights aren't too bad and brunch is usually safe, but if you're going during a weekend night you should expect to spend about 2 hours there just waiting for and eating your food.
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Glenn Constantino
4 months ago
I drive from NJ with friends all the time just to get their burger. Best bar food hands down. Highly recommend. Every person I've told about royal tavern absolutely loved it. Try their bloody Mary, made me like bloody marys
Christopher Corso
3 months ago
Great burger, awesome staff. The manager who was tending bar while we ate lunch was very cool.
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Karleny Nunez
a year ago
I checked out this place today and it was pretty cool. When I first walked in I was surprised because I saw a bar full of people I was tempted to leave. But, then a waiter called me over and have me seated. It's pretty dark in there just enough light for you to look around and eat. For a appetizer I ordered the grilled octopus salad and it's so flavorful right balanced salad. For my entree I had the Angus burger oh boy I loved it! I'm not a person who likes burgers that much, but this burger is so good! Pretty big too I was very satisfied and content. I would defiantly be back!
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Peter Levendis
2 years ago
I've been here a few times and I haven't had a bad experience. Possibly the best burger I've ever eaten. Great craft beer selection. Many vegan options if that's what you're into. Wonderful servers. I go here at least once a month.