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City Tavern

138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2897
+1 215-413-1443
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“turkey pot pie” (105 reviews)
“corn chowder” (96 reviews)
“duckling” (36 reviews)
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138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2897
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had a wonderful lunch at the historic City Tavern in Philadelphia. As we stepped through the door, we were transported back to the 18th century, complete with Tavern staff in authentic costume and character. The menu is filled with dishes that reflect that time...More

Thank mangiabene48
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went there for lunch in this re-created historical building. They actually used the original plans for the building to exactly replicate it. Many prominent Philadelphians we're here, including George Washington's inaugural ball. There's some history on the menu but I would recommend asking for...More

Thank Cheryl F
Reviewed yesterday

The food and atmosphere are great. It took a while for our food to come out, but it was worth the wait. I ordered the chicken dish (forgot what they called it), it tasted great, the mashed potatoes were excellent! You really get the feeling...More

Thank 274traveler
Reviewed 2 days ago

Due to the claimed historical significance of the building, we were concerned that we might be disappointed in the actual quality of the food and overall experience. We were not. The food was excellent, and the service, especially by our server Rafael, was excellent as...More

Thank teegeejay
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Family had lunch here, fantastic service from Alyssa and a great atmosphere. Phenominal food and would come back. :)

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Ate at City Tavern as part of the Historic Philadelphia tour (historicphiladelphia.org). We had the turkey pot pie, which was excellent. Large pieces of turkey in a light sauce with vegetables and flaky crust. The desert was a peach cobbler...good, but way too sweet. The...More

Thank Kirk S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My husband had to return to Philadelphia to see his surgeon so we decided to visit City Tavern. We were enjoying a scrumptious meal ( I had medallions of beef) when in walked none other than Chief Walter Staib. What a treat. He was warm...More

Thank 136sandig
Reviewed 3 days ago

My dad had the rack of lamb and I had the turkey pot pie! Both dishes were spectacular and our waitress, Alyssa, was great! Chef Staib even came and visited us! I'd definitely recommend this restaurant to my friends and family! Spectacular food and spectacular...More

Thank Sierra O
Reviewed 3 days ago

Hats off to Chef Staib! City Tavern is always a pleasure to dine. The historic atmosphere makes one feel as though they are dining in colonial times. Alyssa waited on our fun group this last visit. She was fantastic. All of our food was prepared...More

Thank CocoBeanhead
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Love the beer, mixed drinks, as well as the food and atmosphere! Thanks Rafael for the great waiter service and to the harp player and the many attendants who were just outstanding. The portions are more than anyone could eat, except for my 16 year...More

Thank Kyla W
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Amy L
15 May 2017|
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Response from ChefStaib | Property representative |
Metered street parking is available, but fills up quickly. There is an enclosed parking structure on 2nd street at the Ritz movie theater complex just a few yards away from our front door. One street over, on front street... More
2 December 2016|
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Response from Eileen S | Reviewed this property |
Sheraton Society Hill is a very short walk and a lovely hotel.
25 October 2016|
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Response from Barbara P | Reviewed this property |
yes, but they bring a old fashioned bread basket to the table even if you order a gluten free option.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$30
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
Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 09:00
11:30 - 09:00
11:30 - 09:00
11:30 - 09:00
11:30 - 09:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2897
    (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
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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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