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City Tavern Restaurant

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City Tavern RestaurantCity Tavern Restaurant

25 Ratings
Ratings: 25
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.28%
Taps: 8
Bottles: 4
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews by TheDeuce:
Photo of TheDeuce
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Simpy a must-go place.

"The most genteel tavern in all the land" -John Adams

Easy to find in the historic park, feel of a historic Revolution-time building is well done. The servers are in historic garb and everything on the menu except for the lobster is something that would have been served around the time of the revolutionary war (be sure to ask the servers why lobster wasn't, interesting story). Decor is hisoric, water is served in old school metallic chalices, beer is served in glass chalices. As for food, I had roast duck which was fantastic, the girl had venison, also great. As for beer I had Thomas Jefferson's 1774 Ale, very good, and Poor Richard's Spruce Ale, which was interesting, but tasting like I was (somehow) drinking a Christmas tree. Go figure.

You can walk upstairs to see the ballroom (now for private parties) where the gentlemen who signed our Constitution dined and ate, very cool. You can if you want to go upstairs one more floor but it is just offices.

Overall, a great dining expierience, lots of history, great food, interesting and historic beer, crazy dishes, decent service. An absolute must-try. You can go whenever you want for lunch, but dinner you need reservations (this is what the server told me).

TheDeuce, Mar 09, 2007
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

JohneHoodlum, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of jgasparine
3.83/5  rDev -4%

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!

jgasparine, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of VegasBill
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

VegasBill, May 30, 2010
Photo of DAAnderson
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

DAAnderson, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of Gavage
3.59/5  rDev -10%

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.

Gavage, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of DmanGTR
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%

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!

DmanGTR, Aug 16, 2008
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City Tavern Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA
90 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.