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City Tavern

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
City Center East
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138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (2 nd & Walnut Streets)
+1 215-413-1443
Tue - Fri 15:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 11:30 - 22:00
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Neptune, New Jersey
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

An awesome experience! Greg our server not only made wonderful suggestions but gave us tidbits of history that truly gave us a taste of history ! We ordered entrees we have seen Chef Staib make on TV! Rabbit, duck, fried oysters and turkey pot pie! It was all delicious! Dietary restrictions were not an issue. They were very accommodating and... More 

Thank Kupcakes1
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This restaurant specializes in a menu based back in the golden age of the founding fathers. Don't think it is meat and potatoes though. It is delicious and extremely diverse menu. The environment is fantastic, like a historical step back in time. The pewter water goblet you will want to steal they are so awesome. My husband had the venison... More 

Thank Srkint
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Greg made our day. He was very welcoming to our rowdy crowd of 8 and had noooo trouble accommodating my food sensitivities. This is a rare experience for me especially in restaurants that don't heavily advertise as being food allergy-friendly. Each course was delicious and it was a wonderful & memorable experience. Thank you Greg & City Tavern!

Thank Antonina B
Tours, France
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

FanTAStic meal! Greg made it an amazing birthday celebration! Highly recommended for the food, atmosphere &service. Martha Washington's chocolate mousse cake is not to be missed. And the veal sausage, and the duckling, and the crab cake, and all of our dietary restricitons weren't a problem (gluten, dairy, &nightshades).

Thank gourmande820
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Excellent meal, very nice place, early american experience, Greg was a very nice/helpful waiter. Relaxed and quiet.

Thank 371billt
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I have eaten at the (reconstructed) City Tavern on sever occasions, each one quite enjoyable. We enjoy the atmosphere that recreates what our founding fathers encountered on their visits while in Philadelphia attending the Continental Congresses and other meetings. The period costumes worn by the staff and the 18th century music is very enjoyable and adds to... More 

Thank ervul
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42 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had lunch here, all were very good and portions on the larger side (turkey pot pie, salmon, tofu), so it has a good value for the money. The portions were tasty, but a bit high on calories probably. They do have soup and salad options too though. Lunch prices not on the cheapest side, but not bade either based... More 

Thank caligal10
Bridgeport, Connecticut
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This restaurant was recommended to us by several "local people". We were really excited to dine in this establishment after finding out George Washington, Jefferson and Franklin visited this establishment to drink and eat. Many of the dishes were typical to the types of dishes they would eat in the 18th Century. We highly recommend you make reservations because it... More 

Thank Andres72423
Long Beach, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A bearded harpist performed for visitors on the night we visited this reconstruction of the original tavern built in 1773. The staff works in period apparel and, with luck, you'll be waited on by Leah. The food is excellent, the prices reasonable and the 138 South 2nd Street location makes it convenient. What's not to like?

Thank richardmanly
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Date night on a Saturday night before a movie...my bride suggested we ought to try it at least once. Seated at 8:10 for an 8:00 reservation--entrees arrived at 9:25pm. Pleasant "historical" environment but high end institutional food. Fine for a tourist family but not a "serious" restaurant especially at this price point.

Thank Jimfromphilly_11

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Soups, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
15:00 - 21:00
15:00 - 21:00
15:00 - 21:00
15:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
    (2 nd & Walnut Streets)
  • Public Transportation: The Market-Frankford "El" has a stop at 2nd and Market Streets as well as the 21 & 42 bus lines drops at our door
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
  • Neighbourhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: +1 215-413-1443
Once called "the most genteel tavern in America" by John Adams and the first unofficial "White House," Chef Walter Staib's City Tavern has boasted the finest celebrations since 1773. With over 230 years of hospitality, City Tavern has been the centerpiece of affairs now immortalized in history. An evening at City Tavern is certain to be remembered. Just imagine sampling specialties, such as pepperpot soup, colonial turkey pot pie, roast duckling, Thomas Jefferson's sweet potato biscuits paired with ales the ales of the revolution made from George Washington & Benjamin Franklin's recipes -- all served by costumed wait staff. Watch an episode of A Taste of History on PBS, our Chef Proprietor Walter Staib will give you glimpse of what we do here at City Tavern.

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