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Sassafras International Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
City Center East
American, Bar, International, Pub
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48 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2810
+1 215-925-2317
17:00 - 02:00
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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

I still haven’t found a better Moscow mule, and I’ve tried plenty in my search. Staff is great, love the classic bartender in white smock look. Food is great and the drinks are better. Hope they don’t change the antique mirrors and tile even though they show their age.

Thank scott_welpe
Granite Shoals, Texas
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53 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Found this place while heading somewhere else. The food was great and bar has a good selection. Will definitely go back.

Thank mccaskill2016
Spartanburg, South Carolina
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46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

We were lost and found this place by accident. There was a burger lunch special, service was quick and the food was wonderful.

Thank Shaw8bro
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Great staff and nice drinks.. Good selection of beer as well. The atmosphere was great and relax as well as the music.

Thank Ola J
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

We happened across this place on our way to dinner at the 2nd floor brewery. Service was top notch as was the beer, wine and cocktails. This place is full of character with a great inclusive atmosphere. Try the Moscow Mule!

Thank Lefler
upstate ny
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

We were just talking a walk through the neighborhood when we heard the music and saw the signs out side for watermelon sangria. Didn't take long before we were seated at the bar having some great sangria. Good bartender, good drinks, and good music made for a great end to our walk that night. Not much room the the 3... More 

Thank cosmony
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248 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

We stopped here over 4th of July weekend and there was one person on staff...one. He was absolutely slammed. The place was packed and lots of people were ordering drinks that take some serious time to make. Not only was this guy making drinks and staffing the whole bar, he was the waiter for tables as well. We wanted to... More 

Thank HopheadWI
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

The bar is the most interesting in Old City. A group of us went for drinks and food. The burger was great and the Guinness was cold and fresh - the fries are amazing and the service was perfect. The music was first class as was the entire experience.

Thank richardawolff
Satellite Beach, Florida, United States
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

I stopped here for a quick drink and snack before I caught a cab back to my hotel. The bartenders were super friendly and the cocktail they served up was great. A random stop turned out to be very fun. Neat pub, I highly recommend.

Thank HAPDigital
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

I love this joint. Stumbled upon it while trying to find a late night place to drink. The place has the feel of a dive bar with big band quietly playing overhead. The bartender was outstanding. I ordered a vodka soda and half way through saw the bartender making old fashions the traditional way. No shortcuts. I asked him to... More 

Thank Tim G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
American, Bar, International, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Full Bar, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 48 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2810
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
  • Neighbourhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: +1 215-925-2317

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?