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The Plough & The Stars

££ - £££American, Irish,
123 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3059
+1 215-733-0300
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good44%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (8 reviews)
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American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
123 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3059
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A very clean bar and restaurant. The women's bathroom was beautiful. The bartenders are authentic Irish and Scottish people. The woman bartender was extremely helpful. She pointed us to more bars in the area that were good for 40+.

Thank MKEtraveler2
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been travelling all over USA eastern seaboard from Hamptons Long Island, Newport RI and down to Philly and this place is up there at the top. The mussel starter was best I have ever tasted. First stop next time I am back in Philly from...More

Thank Gerry M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant was near our hotel, and after a long day of doing tourist things, we didn't want to venture far. It was a little early, so it was not crowded. The food was excellent. I had the braised beef with vegetables and mashed potatoes....More

Thank bachluvr
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We live in Philadelphia but occasionally act like tourists, like the other day when we went to the new Museum of the American Revolution at 3rd and Chestnut. We were looking for a simple lunch with good food and found it at this great Irish...More

Thank schmave
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a sort of Oasis in a big tourist area when you are really hungry but don't want to take the first thing you see after a full morning's sight-seeing. Competition is high and I was very satisfied with the service, food and price...More

Thank Simon D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although we stopped in at a time between lunch and dinner, so there were not many people there, the bartender, Erin was great and the food was too! We topped off the meal with a good Irish Coffee! we plan on going back when we...More

Thank Janetscharf
Reviewed 25 July 2017

Loved the sign outdoors so ventured in. Oh what a treat. The Scottish bartender was saucy and poured terrific libations. The regular patrons were very friendly and welcoming especially the Irish bartender and his two friends. We talked Philly, politics and past lives. Fun. We...More

Thank ScoutBooRadley
Reviewed 23 July 2017

Transport yourself to the British Isles when you enter this authentic looking Irish Pub. Menu looks wonderful - though we did not have a meal there. Will certainly return to taste the Shepard Pie. Great place to meet for cocktails - close proximity to newly...More

Thank Beth I
Reviewed 17 July 2017

We stumbled into the charming bar after a long day of sightseeing. It is comfortable and cozy and retains many charming and historic features. we found the wait staff to be friendly and knowledgeable. The bar to be well stocked and the food to be...More

Thank Jo C
Reviewed 11 July 2017

If you like to have a nice Irish pub experience in old city Philadelphia, this is the place to go. Nearby is the Irish Memorial and literally it is within walking distance. If you need to park your car, no need to search the streets...More

Thank Nicolas H
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Questions & Answers
3 June 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from rjfennell | Reviewed this property |
Yes to outside seating this time of year. Yes, I saw a small dog at an outdoor table.
3 March 2017|
Response from richardmanly | Reviewed this property |
There is traditional Irish music every Sunday from 5 pm to 9 pm
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$14 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
10:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
10:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3059
  • Public Transportation: Septa Buses 5,17,21, 33, 42,48, 57 New Jersey Transit Patco
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
  • Neighbourhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: +1 215-733-0300
  • E-mail
At the Plough & the Stars the owners are determined to bring the true taste of Ireland to Philadelphia, our food is described as Western European with a strong Irish influence. We were awarded by Citysearch as Philadelphia's Best Brunch. We have been featured numerous times on the Food Network and have cooked at the James Beard House in New York. Enjoy our famous Mussells Veloute, Striped Bass with Potato Crusted Scales or Guinness Casserole. Or if you prefer you can dine on our casual bar fare. We have installed the most sophisticated beer system in the US, imported directly from Ireland and installed by Guinness technicians. Each pint of the 12 beers on tap is perfect. The atmosphere created by the simple, yet powerful decor and fills a visitor to the Plough & the Stars, with an overwhelming feeling of awe and inspiration. The stage is set for an enjoyable and memorable dining experience. Weekend nights turn the Plough into one of Old City's favorite bar scenes!
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