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Monk's Café

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Monk's CaféMonk's Café
BA SCORE
98
world-class

413 Ratings
Ratings: 413
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
Taps: 20
Bottles: 218
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

264 S 16th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19102-3357
United States
phone: (215) 545-7005

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Reviews by mdfb79:
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mdfb79

New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Went to Monk's Cafe in Philly last weekend with my girlfriend, her brother, and some of his friends. Since a car crashed into the front of the bar, you had to enter through a side alley into the back bar. We were met at the front of the alley by a hostess, who told us we couldn't walk down the 25 foot alley by ourselves; we had to wait for to be escorted by another hostess.

Once we got inside we asked the bartender if we could be seated (tables are only for people ordering food), but she told us we had to go back outside and ask the hostess to seat us. It was a pretty awkward start to the Monk's experience, but it picked up from there. We asked a waitress if she could seat us and she did so no problem. Both waitresses we encountered were very nice and knew their beer. Some of the people in my party weren't sure what they wanted and the waitress was very helpful.

In terms of the beer itself, I was pretty impressed. They had about 15 beers on tap, including bourbon barrel aged Allagash Black, Consecration, and Damnation. Most beers were only $6.50 too, which coming from DC bars I found pretty reasonable.

The bottle list was pretty large, especially the Belgian section. I noticed some stuff like Fou' Foune, Angel's Share Grand Cru, and De Struisse Pannepot 2006, as well as many more Cantillon beers. While some of the prices were expensive (Fou' Foune was $50 a bottle), others were quite reasonable (the Pannepot was only listed at $12 a bottle). I ordered several beers and the only one out of stock was the Pannepot.

In terms of food, I ordered a small bucket of mussels which were cooked in a Cantillon beer. They had many different kinds that were all reasonably priced (half cooked in different types of beers) and I thought they were great. Someone else ordered the frogs legs and the scallops, both of which I'm told were very good as well. The frites were ok.

Overall I really enjoyed Monk's and would definitely go back next time I'm in Philly.

08-25-2010 00:21:09 | More by mdfb79
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MWilcox20

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Amazing place and a must when in Philly. There may be some better places to get a beer in town (Eulogy, Tria) but Monk's is a classic and usually has some amazing stuff on tap. Went there last week and had Lost Abbey Deliverance - rocked my world. Monk's has an epic reputation and is well worth the visit.

Also the mussels are incredible :)

08-25-2014 17:58:42 | More by MWilcox20
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MicroBeerMan1980

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Wonderful selection, and the food is great!

08-25-2014 07:49:04 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
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KornWallace

New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

I was at Monks for their Pliny the Younger offering in March. The bar itself is a little on the small side, made even smaller by the large number of people who were there for the special offerings that day.
That day their offerings were amazing, as to be expected, I did take a look at their bottle list while there and there seemed to be a good deal of bottles that I would have loved to have tried. While I was there I had one of the burgers which was very good.
The pricing was pretty expensive as was to be expected. The bottle list was slightly over the price points I would have expected.
The servers that day were overwhelmed. They did what they could and remained calm cool and collected throughout the day.

08-23-2014 15:19:11 | More by KornWallace
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

08-22-2014 16:54:22 | More by Slatetank
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BigRizz62

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

08-19-2014 15:43:16 | More by BigRizz62
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SFNC

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

08-17-2014 20:56:35 | More by SFNC
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.1%

08-16-2014 21:25:20 | More by Lehighace06
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MattXT

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -9.5%

08-16-2014 20:40:53 | More by MattXT
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mklisz

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

08-13-2014 17:28:26 | More by mklisz
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Monk's Café in Philadelphia, PA
98 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.