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City Tavern Restaurant

City Tavern RestaurantCity Tavern Restaurant

Taps: 8 / Bottles: 4
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

25 Ratings
Ratings: 25
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.28%
$$$ - a bit pricey


[ Bar, Eatery ]

138 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106-2827
United States
phone: (215) 413-1443

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(Place added by: WilliamPhilaPa)
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BrewMaster

California

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Everyone before me has covered the history on this place, so I'll leave it alone. I enjoyed a nice meal here with some friends and sampled their General Washington's Tavern Porter and Thomas Jefferson's Pale Ale. The porter is much better than the pale ale in my opinion.

The thing that makes this place fun is the authentic food, dress, and atmosphere. We were seated downstairs in a small room. Outside in the hallway there was a man in costume playing a harp, and playing it quite well I might add.

On my visit to Philly I made it a priority to stop by this place, taste the beers, and take in the atmosphere. I was not disappointed. The only negative thing about the place is the price of their bottled beers. I paid $15 for a six pack of the porter, which was outrageous but I promised to bring some home to a friend. Also, they would not mix a six pack with 3 porters and 3 pale ales. Too bad for me.

08-19-2004 15:04:43 | More by BrewMaster
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.3%

02-26-2014 15:25:37 | More by InspectorBob
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6%

02-20-2014 02:28:40 | More by BeerForMuscle
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Nagol

New York

2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

02-01-2014 18:52:32 | More by Nagol
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%

01-08-2014 20:42:18 | More by JohneHoodlum
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jgasparine

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 5 | $$$

Went here for the 4 course beer dinner during Philly Beer Week, 2011. Didn't see a bar... but I didn't need to. The history of the establishment, the decor, and the period attire of the staff made for an incredible atmosphere.

The beer was brought to the table in glasses... presumably poured from bottles. The Yards Ales of the Revolution were surprisingly good.

The service was above average- quick and friendly... and the food was simply amazing! And the beer paired exquisitely well with each and every course.

This was a fantastic beer dinner, and I look forward to my next visit to City Tavern... it was quite an experience!

06-07-2011 02:35:22 | More by jgasparine
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VegasBill

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$

This is definitely a tourist destination and guess what, while I was there a tour bus pulled up out front. But with that said it is a must see at least once.
I had the Mallard Duck appetizer and it was excellent. For beer the Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale, which was $8.00, wow a little pricey for me.
I was there at lunch and it was not busy so I could walk the different rooms and take in the history, of course very impressive.
There is also a pleasant area outside but I would think one would want be inside in this great old building.

05-30-2010 19:18:42 | More by VegasBill
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DAAnderson

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

The beer flight was exceptional, especially's Alexander Hamilton's pale ale - citrusy and smooth and George Washington's dark porter - rich, hoppy, and smooth. For the price ($10.75), the flight was a very nice progression of 4 beers. The food was comfort food at its best on a cold night. Tasty lentil soup, hearty turkey or lobster pot pie, a delicious braised rabbit, and a fine hot cobbler for dessert. Excellent period background music, and very friendly staff. Overall, a great and memorable evening. Delicioso.

03-01-2010 19:42:58 | More by DAAnderson
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$$$

I've walked by this place numerous times so we decided to check it out. We went to the bar area and grabbed a seat at a table. The waitresses were dressed in period garb adding to the colonial vibe of the building. Definite tourist spot here and when checking out the beer list I was surprised they only served the four colonial beers brewed by Yards - Gen Washington Tavern Porter, Thomas Jefferson's 1774 Tavern Ale, Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce, and Alexander Hamilton's Treasury Ale.

The waitress brought us our beers quickly and with a smile. The beers were quite expensive at $7.25 a glass which is just a 12 oz bottle pour. A sampler of four 4 oz tasters is $10.75.

Is this a Philly beer destination ? Maybe if you are in the mood to check out a touristy spot and feel some history, but all in all this was a one time trip for me.

03-31-2009 21:00:51 | More by Gavage
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DmanGTR

New York

4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$

If you're visiting the historical parts of Philly, this is a must try. "The most genteel tavern in all the land." The service was excellent. Your metal goblet was never low on water. The food was pretty good as well. A bit pricey but such is the places in a tourist site. All of the staff were dressed in colonial outfits. The tables are set decently well and the drinks are great. We ordered the George Washington's Porter, one that still uses Mr. Washington's original recipe. $7.50 for a large wine glass of it but it was quite worth it. The atmosphere was warm and classy, but still fit for the random tourist to walk in. You can sit inside or out depending on the weather. We chose to sit inside to see the decor. Various paintings adorn the walls and the trimming is nice, a little victorian style too. I ordered the Mallard Sausage and a Porter which went very well together. Will return for more!

08-16-2008 19:57:09 | More by DmanGTR
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City Tavern Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA
90 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.