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City Tavern
Today 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
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138 S 2nd St Philadelphia, PA 19106
138 South 2nd StreetUSPennsylvaniaPhiladelphia19106
$$Bar, American Restaurant
American Restaurant
Traditional American Restaurant
Today 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am – 9:00 pmTuesday 11:30 am – 9:00 pmWednesday 11:30 am – 9:00 pmThursday 11:30 am – 9:00 pmFriday 11:30 am – 9:00 pmSaturday 11:30 am – 9:00 pmSunday 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
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A reconstructed Colonial tavern where servers in period dress deliver old-fashioned American fare.- Google
"The corn chowder was great and the sweet potato biscuits were awesome."
"Delicious recipes from the good old days."
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Indie Horror
in the last week
Visited here on July 4th in 2014. There are not too many places where you can go and eat like our forefathers but this was definitely incredible. After strolling through Old Philadelphia and seeing where the Declaration of Independence was signed and the Constitution was debated and written we rolled down to City Tavern. The staff was incredibly friendly and the food was amazing. Probably the best meal I have ever had. Everybody got something different and were delighted by their choices and we're super happy we spent the extra money and put in the reservation for the Martha Washington cake as I don't think I've ever had a better cake. The Turkey Pot Pie was fantastic and the portions are plenty, even for a family that eats a lot. I would go back again in a heartbeat. Philly doesn't realize how great they have it with this place.
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Joshua Siegel
3 months ago
Went here for lunch this past Saturday. Despite growing up in the Philadelphia area I'd never been. The place was amazing. I ordered a beef turnover which was incredible. The service was excellent and friendly, but I'd have to say the best part was the colonial decor. Very cool, well worth the visit for that alone. There's also a bar on site which seemed like a nice place to have a few tankards of ale (though they actually only seemed to serve water in the tankards and beer in glasses, still pretty cool)
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Response from the owner - 3 months ago
Thanks for visiting and we hope to see you again soon!
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David McCleary
in the last week
Authentic staff and cuisine, tasted excellent. Ambiance was great. Courteous staff
Laurie Kocsis
10 months ago
Second time here... Love this place! Food is good, decor is charming and staff is very friendly! Our waiter was fantastic with his history tid bits and funny stories. Would go again in a heart beat.
Isanuk Barry
in the last week
Very disappointing.I am a history buff so i really wanted to enjoy the experience.However the service was terrible.We had a 7:30 dinner reservation on a Friday night.We were seated at 7:45.The runner came over and gave us water and talked about what a terrible day he has been having.That was the last contact we had with staff.No one came bye to take our drink order,bring bread or even acknowledge us as the minutes kept ticking bye.After about twenty five minutes we tried getting attention of one of the waiters-but they moved around the room with blinders and never looked in our direction.They seemed frantic and confused as one waiter made at least five trips to bring food to a table of eight as the orders seemed to be wrong..At 8:15 after giving them a half hour we gave up and walked out.As we walked out we still weren't acknowledged and was told have a good night by the front desk staff who had just sat us a half hour before.One would have thought we would have been asked if there was a problem,but they appeared clueless.Clearly the staff needs training
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Response from the owner - in the last week
Please accept our most sincere apology, I have just read your feedback & I find myself at an absolute loss for words. Please know Chef Staib has set the highest standards for City Tavern. It is clear we did not meet these expectations the night of your visit. I will not insult you trying to make excuses; it is simply unacceptable. Be assured I will be taking immediate measure to ensure nothing like this is ever repeated. I am Chef's Staib's director of operations. We take customer feed back very serious, I would like to invite you to contact me at & I will be happy to speak with you in more depth.
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Jennifer Russell
3 months ago
I'm a Philly native, born and raised and even though it's a tourist attraction, I still love coming here. The food has that home cooked flavor to it and you can't go wrong with their drinks selection. It's pricey but definitely worth a visit.
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Gary Ruf
3 months ago
Food was very good. Atmosphere, overlooking Philadelphia on a winter night and the chello playing was wonderful.
Sharon Dickson
12 months ago
We were there for lunch on Sunday and the service was very efficient. Had the founding fathers beer sampler, it was good. The corn chowder was great and the sweet potato biscuits were awesome. Serving sizes are shareable.


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