Taps: 10 / Bottles: 53
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ithacabaron:
4.3/5 rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
A lovely little place just around the corner from a friend of mine's...I had heard of the place, but never bothered to stop by. The other night, we went in for a nightcap, and, believe me, I'll be back a lot now.
Atmosphere is simple and dark, with the main bar starting in the front, and the tabled area doglegging to the right. Tinned walls rise up around you, and the whole place is very comfortable -- this place is your classic neighborhood bar. the high ceilings keep all the smoke up there too, which is nice (that being said, in a few months, that might not be a concern at all anymore). I would have liked a little bit more comfortable seating in the back (tables and reasonably sterile pre-fab chairs) -- a booth or two to just relax and slouch around in would push things up another half point.
Quality is up to the Monk's standard -- very good and knowledgeable.
Service is very much like Monk's as well -- very good, and a little tense, a little on edge.
Selection is quite smaller than its big brother, but that's not the purpose of this bar. It's here to be a neighborhood watering hole that happens to serve good brew. I saw more Miller Lights on the tables around me than anything else, and if that's what pays the bills, so be it. Taps included Ommegang Witte, Monk's Sour, a Sly Fox offering, and a few other tasty treats. Everything's appealing. I had a Witte (4.00), and a Girardin Gueuze 350ml (8.00). Both were at the right temperature and served in correct glassware.
Another night, we went there, and the first round, all local craft brews for 5 people, with two baskets of pomme frites, was only 24 dollars. Very affordable. I haven't reviewed the food yet, but I will when I eat more. The frites were a touch salty, but good, and the bourbon mayo (as always) was fantastic.
By the way, I always mention the Grey Lodge as the neighborhood bar with good beer, but the Grey Lodge (as I stated in my review) is where you see new beers first in Philadelphia...some never get further, and others breakout into the mainstream. As a result, some are fantastic, and others are a little underwelming.
So, with that in mind, I'll say this about Grace -- it's where those beers that get past the Grey Lodge "make it." Everything on here is a winner, and they still keep Joe Sixpack happy too. You'll like it, your friend who only drinks Yuengling or Miller will like it, and you can get all the bourbon mayo fries you want.
Definately stop in if you're in the area -- in my opinion, it's in the top 10 for Philadelphia.
03-13-2005 23:13:24 | More by ithacabaron
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4.05/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
What intrigued me most about this place was, it is a bar under the umbrella of the "Monks", people. That, the greatest Belgian bar in the city has a hand in Grace Tavern, is a draw in itself. Among other intriguing notes were that, Grace Tavern is an atypical, down to earth neighborhood bar---with some great beers. It has a little bit of that feel one gets when going into, "The Prohibition Tap Room", which I rated a while ago. Both, cozy neighborhood Philly bars that have a very NON-neighborhood beer selection.
At Grace Tavern,, the atmosphere was relaxed, (I went on a Sat. afternoon), with a nice solid separation from a small but cozy dining area. I was at the bar. The bar and the eating area had a handful of people. I'd wager it gets a bit crowded at night. Would be hard to put 100 people in there. That is always a drawback in a review. I rarely get to many of these places during prime time.
I met and talked with one of the owners, (James) and he seems as knowledgeable as it gets when it comes to Belg Beer. I'm sure that is a trademark of the owners of these bars with "Monk", ties. In fact---James was telling me about the trips he and other owners take to Belgium just to seek great beers and find out exactly how to get them to the US.
Finally---Grace Tavern has the most incredible appetizer I have ever had at a bar...or anywhere.
Don't get taken aback when I tell you about it, because it involves...String Beans!...haha.
They are marinated and flavored and cooked and served like fries. It then comes with some of the best kick ass, spicy Cajun, (or Spanish?), dip. They are addictive....but it's getting addicted to ...string beans! Takes any guilt away.
IN FACT---in the front window of the bar...they have the Best of Philly Magazine's, award for the , "Best alternative for vegetarians at a bar instead of fries"...
(Who knew THAT was a category?,,,heh).
They should patent them.
I had a Saison Dupont and a Chimay on tap and, as a suggestion from James, I had a pretty heady and delicious, micro brew. It was a Clown Shoes beer...but don't know what exact one. I had a very nice time there.
One more thing---
Also in the window was another Best of Philly award.
It was for one of, "The Best 50 Bars in Philly".
Grace Tavern was---#1.
The only complaint I may have is, their website isn't that updated. They have good beers there, that aren't on it and beers that are on that site, not there anymore.
That is not close to enough to let me down. They will always have some good beer.
I'll definitely go back.
05-19-2012 16:35:44 | More by Dennycurr
3.66/5 rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped by here on a whim because it's Philly Beer Week and framboise De Amarosa was on tap but I came a day early for that, Oh well.
Grace Tavern is on the way to Ressurection Ale House, it's a hop skip and a jump away. i've been eyeing this place up for years because of all the craft neons in the window. Does not look like much from outside and once inside, it reminds me of a slew of other Philly bars. Inside, there is a parch for your drinks on the wall with some seats, to the left a full bar with seats and a very small dining type area, although i this is not the place to go for awesome food. Very dark with minimal swag on the wall. Booze, wine, beer and a small selection of bar food. about 10 or so taps in total, a nice selection of locals, some belgians and some american imports. A old style cooler full of bottles of varying styles. Since this is owned by the boys at monk's I was expecting s bit more. the selection is what it is, but not what it could be, and im thinking this bar is just not geared towards being the dopest, just your average neighborhood bar here. service was ok but also a bit standoffish. since this is monk's affiliated, this does not surprise me at all. I could see myself coming here if I was on a neighborhood bar crawl and this was one of the spots, but nothing beyond that.
06-07-2011 06:02:58 | More by BARFLYB
3.88/5 rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Grace Tavern is a quaint neighborhood beer bar/restaurant in the Graduate Hospital/South Philly area that looks like a dump but is actually a great craft beer destination with really good food.
Teeny tiny with a small bar, a couple of high tops and three tables in the back of the restaurant. The crowd is consisted of mostly younger hipsters but the place has a dark laid back vibe that I really enjoyed.
The menu is small but they serve high quality gastro pub cuisine. Artisan sandwiches and apps as well as mussels and two or three entrees. Also, some vegan dishes for those who have dietary restrictions. The service isn't bad but the bartender serves everyone in the building including the bar and all of the tables. This mans you might have to wait a bit but they are always at least knowledgeable and friendly.
The draft list consist mostly of locals but they have a pretty extensive bottle list for such a small place representing lots of quality American craft breweries and tons of Belgians. This was the first place in the Philly area where I was able to find Rochefort 10.
This place is off of the beaten path but is worth seeking out.
04-13-2011 08:06:00 | More by corby112
3.25/5 rDev -19.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in here on our between Resurrection and Monk's; beer selection was decent, but our bartender didn't seem to want to serve us. A group of six, who all ordered at least two beers each, along with a shared bomber should probably get at least a little conversation. There were 2 people sitting at the bar who were finished eating; other than that, the place was empty. We asked her opinion on a couple beers and she basically just told us the style of each beer. Either way, it was just a pit-stop on our way!
01-11-2011 19:54:05 | More by bellabellebell
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is exactly what you want in your regular bar. Tasty sessionable beers, cheap sandwiches and deep-fried goods, an interesting crowd, and cool bartenders. The taplist isn't the best in the city, but they have an interesting collection of mostly local beers served promptly and cold. The food comes out fast and hot as well.
The walls are filled with old photos, the bathroom is gross, dark wood everywhere and a big screen television. This is the perfect bar to unwind after work: an unpretentious place that serves tasty burgers and sausages and has the Phillies game on.
06-30-2010 02:37:58 | More by Soonami
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Decided to stop by Grace Tavern after getting some good reviews from some friends. It's slightly off the beaten path, in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood in Philadelphia, but certainly not a far walk/cab ride from Center City.
It's a pretty small place. A bar to the left right when you walk in, with a small counter/shelf thing on the left to set a beer or some food down. There are a few tables in the back in a small dining area.
They rotate a decent selection of drafts, as well as some bottles. I was disappointed that they charged $5 for a half pint. The beer looked like it came in a small juice glass. I was thinking it would come in at least a goblet. They could lower the price some there.
The real reason I wanted to check out Grace Tavern was for the burgers. I heard they were great, and they most certainly were. It came on a real soft, tasty roll. The meat was tender, juicy and full of flavor. The cheese and bacon wasn't gooey, or greasy. Grace Tavern is owned by the same people the own Monk's. I've heard they use the same meat for the burger, but the soft bun was definitely better than the hard one that Monk's serves. The fries were also great, with Monk's style sauce on the side.
Service was pretty good. Although it is a small place, it was completely packed. Only 2 bartenders were working the bar, and waiting the 6 or 7 tables in the back, and no one really had to wait too long for a drink or to order food. Well done. I will most certainly be back for more!
12-08-2009 17:04:13 | More by sbw138
4.22/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
this place is wonderful
its one of the other restraunts from the people that own monks
the food menu is very cool. They seem to have alot of spicy/ cajun food. no mussels, but thats ok. The blackened green beans are are very cheap $2 for an order that will leave you pretty full. And probably overall the best food for the money in the city, the food is soo good and cheap. Im pretty sure all sandwhiches are under $8. The tuna is amazing and you can usually get some of the monk's bourbon mayo which makes me drool. They have about 5o bottles to choose from in probably the coolest fridge I have ever seen. Really cool and diverse bottle selection, and the beer is very cheap. Cantillon was $10 for a bottle. and most beers are under $5. The draft list is different almost every time I go there, it seems to be mostly domestic. They arent afraid to put weird stuff on draft (they had Rogue Menaige a frog) They quite often have southhampton double white tho.
on and parking is usually pretty easy and they serve food till 2 am everyday....
run dont walk to this place
its also never really that crowded...
12-05-2008 02:35:42 | More by gdfan47
Grace Tavern in Philadelphia, PA
90 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.