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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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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good47%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (11 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 3 days ago

We went with friends on a Sunday evening for a bite to eat and to listen to the music. On Sundays they have live Irish music. This night it was a three man band and they were quite good, playing all sorts of Irish tunes...More

Thank Judy C
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Food was excellent! Service was great! Atmosphere was lively with a positive vibe. Get the steak frites or fish & chips!

Thank miscalane
Reviewed 13 April 2018

We were waiting for our table around the corner at Han Dynasty, so rather than hang around the entry, a drink at The Plough seemed like a good idea. And it was! An excellent array of draft and bottled beers (I had my first draft...More

Thank Mark M
Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Honestly, where do you start? Go and Bing it - there must be more to life than Google? It is a converted bank at a street corner. Mine host is a cheery Ulsterman. The log fire is roaring, the beer is good, Rosie the waitress...More

Thank louisdunn
Reviewed 11 March 2018

Very nice Irish bar and restaurant located in a renovated old bank building. Main floor bar and table seating with additional seating in front of a massive fireplace. Additional upstairs seating open to main floor.,,Variety of drafts, including creamy Guinness! Good Irish coffee. Nice menu...More

Thank UrbanMonkey48
Reviewed 27 February 2018

The Plough & The Stars is a nice Irish bar/restaurant in a historic building in Olde City. We dropped in for drinks right before the end of their happy hour and liked what we saw. There is an attractive long bar in the back and...More

Thank Mark G
Reviewed 1 February 2018

I've been to the Plough a few times. The location is very convenient near Independence Hall. It's a charming establishment with staff, service and food to match. I've had the shepherd's pie and fish and chips, but my mainstay is now the Guinness casserole. It's...More

Thank THEJetSetGirl
Reviewed 7 January 2018

If you are poking around Independence Hall and other nearby attractions, this is a great place to stop for lunch, afternoon snack, beer, etc. Great service and terrific ambiance. Well worth the little stroll to get here from the main tourist areas.

Thank alydar
Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

Subtle inviting street lighting and warm entranceway glow drew us inside for a look. And, what a lucky find. Charming host and owner. Cheery - friendly atmosphere and service. Excellent draft brew and menu selections. Artfully prepared dinners with flavors that compete with the uptown...More

Thank George D
Reviewed 12 December 2017 via mobile

The Plough & The Stars is one of our favorite places to eat while in Philadelphia. Usually we go for an event somewhere and have dinner here. Always warm, cozy, and inviting. Shepherds Pie is my usual go to meal while here and someone else...More

Thank HolRaff
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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
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, 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 Centre East
  • Neighbourhood: City Centre 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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