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Not Rated.

45 Ratings
Ratings: 45
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.09%
Taps: 19
Bottles: 484
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

738 S 11th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19147-2651
United States
phone: (215) 627-3012

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @hawthornecafe

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2009)
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Photo of JD_Lombardi
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

JD_Lombardi, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of wpstafford
3.3/5  rDev -21.1%

I visited on a Sunday afternoon during the transition between the brunch and regular menu.

I was impressed with:
Beer selection - A fantastic offering of Belgian and American craft brews. A strong selection from Germany also. The two bottles I selected seemed reasonably priced at $3.00 and change.

Interior - This is a warm, inviting atmosphere to eat and have a beer. They have a fireplace that would be nice to read a book next to. I was disappointed that they only had tables and no bar. I seek out places where I might strike up a conversation and tables only limits that opportunity.

Service - Friendly and attentive.

I was less than impressed with:
Menu / Food - The menu was essentially soup and sandwiches with a couple appetizers. I ordered a turkey on a baguette. It turned out to be really white bread in baguette form. I expect a baguette to be dense with a chewy crust. This roll was mostly all air with a crust that flaked away because it was so dry. The chips are homemade, which is great, except my serving must have been from the bottom of the pot because I only had about four real chips and the rest was a greasy pile of fragments.

The owner approached me about my experience and I related the above. To his credit, he was genuinely concerned about my impressions and did offer a complimentary appetizer because I wasn't very satisfied with my meal.

They do have a keg system, but only offer draft beer in growlers, which I was told was because their filler system lets beer keep longer in growlers. I collect growlers and wanted to purchase an empty one. I was shocked at the $15.00 price tag for an empty growler. I'm used to paying more in the $5.00 price range.

All in all, I'd recommend you stop in and give it a try.

wpstafford, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of Beerisheaven
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%

Decided to give this much discussed place a try since I work in center city Philadelphia. Opened with quite a bit of fanfare.

Regarding the +'s, it has been redone nicely. A number of tables on one side of the room and some couches and chairs and a few tables on the other side of the room greet you when you arrive through the front door.

The counter for ordering food sits behind the dining area with the beer on display in the back. A number of large coolers contains the beers arranged in geographic locations and there is a large display of bomber bottles located on the floor outside of the cooler area.

I actually found the food to be reasonable and tasty. My chicken salad was quite good.

Regarding the -'s, the first would be the prices, oh my! I appreciate that this is Philadelphia, but this is essentially a beer takeout place akin to the Foodery with a small dining area for light food. The prices are high, we are talking $38 for a bottle of Temptation as an example. The growlers are interesting and offer a good selection. The empty growlers - $15. Selinsgrove and Ottos and other places offer empty growlers for $3-$4. You have to purchase a special top so the empty growler costs $16.50 before you fill it if you do not bring your own growler with you initially. You can bring your own growler but you still must purchase the top. The one real + here is that the growler fill system is top notch and should allow you to keep the growlers for an extended period of time relative to other places that simply fill growlers via the traditional tube. This is a real plus in that you can get very good beer and not be forced to drink it within a short period of time.

There are plenty of places located much closer to where I live (suburbs) that offer the same general selection at far reduced prices and fill growlers at more reasonable prices, although the fill system is not as advanced as here.

I hope this place survives but the prices will keep me from visiting on anything other than an occassional basis. Nice to see another beer place in Philly, just hope it makes it.

Beerisheaven, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of callmemickey
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%

I am going to keep this pretty simple. I have problems really liking this place.

-good location
-nice looking space
-has some rare stuff in bottles and for growler fills
-everyone is friendly

-some things are significantly more expensive than their competitors (ex. Ithaca LeBleu was $33 here vs $23 out at TJs)
-get rid of the stupid $15 credit card minimum (not only is it a pain in the ass it is also against the terms of your credit card agreement to enforce a minimum)
-how is it that this place has so many gaping holes in its selection and every time i am in there you are out of so many staples (aka walk across the street and get stone ipa from the distributor when you sell out)
-while you all have been nice, when I am looking at beers in the coolers please stop telling me every five minutes I can mix a six-pack and get a discount. I got it the first time you told me

callmemickey, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%

Visited Hawthorne's during their IPA fest on Jessup street, gotta love drinking pliny out in the street. Had a great time. This place looks great from outside and inside is just as inviting, very bright, not gloomy. Some seating once inside and further in there are some coolers with some beer in em, alot of beer. There is also beer sitting out of the cold in a not so safe place and they can get knocked over easily, be careful. This place is across the street from Bella Vista so I guess that's all I have to say about their selection. Besides that all the usual staples are on the shelf from a bunch of countries, USA having the most. Well this is philly and the prices are high, that goes without saying, and big whoop wanna fight about it, beer prices in philly is old news, some bottles here are highly marked up though, like whoa. Pick wisely. A nice growler selection with some rare treats from time to time, counter pressure filled I believe. I wish they offered pints. The food menu looked full and thought out and the food looked appetizing as well. If I was not busy drinking I would of got some, next time. Service was friendly, chris seems like a cool guy, did not meet heather. Will be back when Im in the area

BARFLYB, May 04, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%

Located at 11th & Fitzwater, not too far from South Street. I can't give this place a fully accurate rating as I haven't eaten here yet. But...here's what you can get. Draught beer (impressive rotating menu), growler fills (rotating), bottles (impressive beer garden), food (interesting, diverse menu).

The layout is simple, but very nice, almost like you're, well, basically eating in a polished-up bottle shop. Several tables, outside dining, a fireplace. There's a certain charm to it, though without a bar, it's quite awkward, and when I go here I subsequently feel like a fish out of water. Staff is knowledgeable and generally friendly, but can be a bit distracted. Unlike the similar but unbearably terrible Choice City in Ft. Collins, at least there is some order to the process here, mainly, there is a "bartender," so the cashiers aren't unnecessarily burdened with the duty of being the drink dispenser as well.

I very rarely go here--mainly because of the lack of a bar--but it's definitely a nice place and worth checking out.

Rifugium, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of Seanibus
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%

Color me not so impressed. Sure, it is clean and welcoming inside, but the selection falls short of the Foodery outlets and the price I paid - for an Exit 1 from Flying Fish: $13.85 before tax - did little to inspire my loyalty.

By Philadelphia standards, this place has a good selection, but I saw relatively little that wowed me in terms of unusual offerings. The only surprise on the shelves was the Third Eye IPA from Steamworks in Durango. There seemed to be a overdose of Bruery beers. They had a couple of mildly interesting selections from out and around, including St. Somewhere from Florida, Dark Horse from Michigan, and Terrapin from Georgia, but its not anything that you would NOT know if you're deeply rooted in the beer lists at some of the local pubs.

Bottom line is that this place is far better than most bottle shops in Philly (with the single exception of the Foodery) but it just isn't anything special by the standards of nearby states with more or less normal beer sales laws. And expect to take it in the wallet when you go to the register.

UPDATE: Suddenly I see Steamworks beers all over the place elsewhere on the East Coast, so that seems like less of a coup for Hawthornes.

Seanibus, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of PSUDREW
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%

finally got around to this place 2 weekends ago. Really nice. great, homey atmosphere. Service was OK. as a diner, I prefer more coffee refills, but, all in all, they weren't miserable. The omelet special I had was interesting. a nice omelet to be sure, but not necessarily what I was expecting, but still really good. A nice breakfast spot w/ a nice drought list...who can't enjoy that? As far as the take out beer -better price wise, and close to selection wise then the foodery. and who can't appreciate that. 12 oz bottles run 2-4 buck. Bombers and 750...well 8-25 buck (not the best price...but not horrible). All in all a pretty enjoyable place, the brew, the food, and the atmosphere - a nice place place to find.

PSUDREW, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of Cbfree
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%

I am still torn about Hawthornes. I am not sure what they want to be. Are they a take-out shop or a dine in luncheonette? And I think that is the problem, they don't know what they are either and it causes problems. The prices seem high for a take out but good for a drink in, the food is hit or miss depending on who is working. Most of the time it is lunch counter service but on weekends for brunch full service yet you still need to get the beer.

I just think if they want to treat it separately, do like Capone's and have the bottle shop separate and run the luncheonette separate. I would cut down on some of the confusion and make it easier to do see them for what they are and not a muddled mixture that seems to change each time I come in.

Cbfree, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of coachdonovan
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%

This was the first stop on an afternoon pubcrawl of South Philly after the Winter Beer Festival was cancelled. It's an upscale vibe that reminded me of a cafe you'd see in New Orleans. There is a couch and fireplace off to the side; the rest of the seating are tables. It's a pretty relaxed atmosphere and during our time here I heard more than one Marley/reggae song. We didn't eat but the menu had plenty of breakfast/brunch/lunch options. Bonus points for using a brand of recycled toilet paper.

The bottle shop is the biggest draw here. Prices can be high but you get 10% discount for 6 and 15% for 8. For some annoying reason, bombers don't count towards your volume discount. Bottle selection was huge - and current, as they had plenty of current BA buzz trifecta: Nugget Nectar, Hopslam, Hoptimum. I did also see RR Consecration. There were only 5 draft offerings. (Well, let's call it 4.5 since one was a house shandy of half pale ale and half lemonade. I have no idea why this was on the menu in the middle of January.) The other four were Founders Double Trouble, 21st Amendment Fireside Chat, Southern Tier Choklat and a Belgian strong. After reviewing the website later, I see there are lots of growler options. Why offer beers in Growlers but not on draft?

Aside from those head-scratchers, this would be a good place for pretty much anyone, including kids or seniors. The bottles are in the back and out of the way. It's not so much a beer far as it is a nice cafe where you can also buy good beer, although it's important to note that any of the bottles can be consumed on-site.

coachdonovan, Jan 24, 2011
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Hawthornes in Philadelphia, PA
93 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.