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Monk's CaféMonk's Café

Type: Bar, Eatery

264 S 16th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19102-3357
United States

(215) 545-7005 | map

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Monk's is the place to be in Center City. Not too far from Nodding head either, which is pretty cool. I really like the atmosphere at Monk's. Tastefully done dark wood walls. Small, crowded rooms and winding hallway all make it feel old. Well it is an old building I suppose, which is nice.

The service is a little slow, but it gets quite crowded. Really a great selection of hard to find belgian bottles, maybe 10 lambic and 3 or 4 sour ales (oud bruin and flemish red). They also have all the Trappists and several other Belgians. They also have several Belgians on draught which I thought was kind og cool. I know that is kind of looked down upon, but that's how they used to do it and I think its a cool experience. I had Gulden Draak on Draught which ruled. I also really enjoy their house Flemish Red on Draught.

The food is really great. Very traditional Belgian fare plus some standards. I though it was pretty great that they give you a dish of spiced mayonnaise with your frites instead of ketchup.

Parking can be a pain in center city, and the prices are fairly high at Monk's, but it is a treat one is entitled to every now and again.

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Photo of govtmule
4/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I like Monk's. I went for the first time Friday night. I brought some friends who aren't BA's in the least. They came for dinner and I hoped they would try a few "new" beers.

I haven't been around the beer world very long. So, I went with a few that I hear about quite a bit around here. I had a Chimay Triple on tap, an Arrogant Bastard 22oz. bottle, and a Victory HopDevil bottle.

The food goes from burgers to expensive (~$25) Belgian entrees. The Belgian frites were awesome.

The bottle selection was extensive, and if I remember correctly they had about 7 beers on tap in the back bar and about 5 beers on tap up front.

Good times.

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Photo of slander
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Our lunch destination pre-Firkinteenth, we found the place fairly dead on this Friday early afternoon. We moved past the small open area of the front bar and a handful of tables and were seated in the rear of the room. There's about a dozen tables and booths in the front room collectively, some forward near the front windows and some well beyond the bar, near the hallway that leads you to the back room, but I'll get to that. We were seated in a booth that looked to be of old church pews and ordered off the "Front Bar Draft List", all of 6 taps. I went with the Monk's Flemish Sour Ale, their own private label beer made for them by the Van Steenberge Brewery, Belgium. Sick!! Great Flemish sour, deep red color, medium body, just wonderful. Ordered a basket of frites and a Brussels burger and ventured into the corridor to see this "back room" people were talkin' about. It's a much better room, wish I'd been seated there. It's got a bar with about 8 stools and as many tables, and a different draft list, a larger draft list, a draft list twice the size of the front bar draft list. That's annoying. If you're seated up front, your choices are the Flemish Sour, and wah wah wah Leffe Brown, Chimay, Hoegaarden, La Chouffe and Piraat. You'd think these were your only draft choices. They have some of these in the back bar also, as well as Cantillion Lou Pepe Framboise, Celis' cave aged Grottenbiere, Triple Karmeliet, Lucifer, and locals Brooklyn Saison and Heavyweight Biere D'art. Back at the table, our lackluster, no fun, waiter arrives with lunch. Phil's eating something that very very recently lived in a shell. Hmmmmn.
Combing around the extensive bottle beer list, crazy Belgians sorted by style (Lambics, Trappist Ales, Biere De Garde & Saison, Flemish Sour Ales, Amber & Brown Ales, Cave Aged & Miscellaneous) and then English, German, U.S. and others. The list is nicely diverse but it doesn't look to have been updated as of late.
It's a solid joint with a great selection, an absolute must if you're in this town.

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Photo of ark57
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Monk's doesn't look like much from the outside, and it sure is tiny on the inside, but it is a little piece of heaven in the middle of Philly. How many places can say that a Belgian Brewery brews them their own house beer? None besides Monk's that I know in the US. Their Sour Flemish Ale is reason enough to go there even if they had nothing else. Just take a look at the Monk's beer Bible to see what treasures you drink. The food is great too. I usually get a pot of mussels. I love their fries and bourbon mayo as well. They have even gotten beers from the US that aren't normally found in this region like Bell's. This is a mandatory visit for any BA going to Philly.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place is great in every way, except for the service. Fantastic selection of Belgians both on tap and in bottles. About 15 selections on tap overall with some really hard to find tap beers (Abt 12 for example). Atmosphere is cozy and dark with both a front and back bar. Prices are pretty good on drafts... bout $5 for most things, bottles on the other hand are kinda pricey. The service however could have been better. They know what they're talking about, don't get me wrong, but they're not that friendly. I sat down at a table with my buddies ready for a nice drinking session and we were gruffly told to get up because it was for dinner only (this was in the back bar). So, we stood around for awhile waiting for the bartender to get to us and got our beers. She was less than friendly as well. We finally got some seats at the bar... as we sat there the bartender was working the beer engine when a guy came up and asked for a DeKonnick Cuvee.... not 10 beers, just 1 beer. She quickly snapped at him saying "I'm not going to remember that, you'll have to come back in a minute." To adapt a phrase, what, can't she pump a beer and chew gum at the same time? The food was good, and was brought promptly, but it was just kinda dumped in front of us. Maybe this girl was just having a bad day, but it was not THAT busy.

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Photo of sparkydoyle
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Monks is my once a week trip into Philadelphia for some great beers and a burger. This is my flat-out favorite place to come for a beer--the prices on their tap Belgians are extremely reasonable, the food is excellent, consistent and served promptly. Mostly though, you meet a lot of really interesting beer fans and get to drink some great beers.

There's a downside to being cheap and excellent. The place is jammed with people most nights, but the tables turn over quickly--I've never waited more than 30 minutes to be seated, in more than 30 visits. The bar in the back has the more interesting Belgian's on tap, so leave your name at with the greeter, and tell him/her you’ll be in the back bar.

The crowd is diverse. A college crowd some nights. Older people mixing with younger ones. Football fans drink alongside serious beer geeks. Frequently, there are families enjoying a night out. Sitting at the bar, your chances of having a long beer conversation with someone you just met are fairly high.

A few people have complained about grumpy staffers, but lets give them a break--this has got to be the worst-designed restaurant on the planet. Servers coming out of the kitchen have to beat their way through the throng of folks waiting for their turns in the unisex bathrooms; then they have to push their trays of food behind a 30--foot gantlet of patrons sitting at the front bar to get to the front tables. When the front bar is crowded, this is particularly interesting to watch.

I’ve noticed the staff to be surprisingly open-minded and responsive to patrons with complaints about food and service, and if you’re a regular there, they remember you (for better or worse).

If you're doing a pub crawl through Philly and need to make a dinner stop, this is probably your best pick.

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Photo of BCMan
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Monk's is the standard by which all bars I go to is compared. This is the only place that I order my food before I look over the beer menu/bible. Monk's has the most impressive beer selection I've come across, so far. They have some of everything and something for everyone. The menu is a restricted. I always have the chicken aplle sausage sando...very good. If you like muscles, you'll love this place. Some of the down side is that it's always crowded, unless your their for lunch and it's still busy. The service is hit or miss. The bar tenders are usually rude because they think they are special for working at such a well respected establishment. The servers are hit or miss as well. Some of them are snotty and forget that their job is customer service. Some are rude about pushing their beer knowledge on you and making you feel dumb for asking questions. On the other hand, some of them are great. Very helpful and very knowledgable. The last time I was there this cute girl took excellant care of us. I love hot chics that can talk about beer on the level. All I need now is to get on that level. So, in review, beer selection is exceptional, sevice is hit or miss, for is limited but very good...and the rest rooms suck. I love this place! Oh, and lastly, it's not uncommon for them to not be able to locate a beer or simply be out of stop. Monk's opened the doors for several other establishments around the city and for that I am extremely greatful!

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

marc kadish take note: if you want to have a true beer bar and not just a half assed/poorly run attempt at one, take a trip down to philly and take a page from the folks at monk's, which is truly an awesome beer experience. though i've never been to belgium, the dark, woody interior here is quite reminiscent of the pubs i've visited in ireland and france. it's definitely got a european feel to it. the back bar has approx 3x more offerings on tap than the front, but they're all good, so a seat at either is worthwhile. some stuff on tap during my visit included: chimay triple, cantillon grand cru, stone double bastarad and smoked porter, etc. if tap beer isn't your bag, you are presented with (literally) a beer bible that explains a ton about beer, brewing, glassware, etc and lists beers by style (but not price which there were listed by in the back of the only pet peeve of this place. you see a beer you want in the front of the bible and order it, without knowing the price, which can be quite high with some brews.). basically, if it's distributed to the philly area and it's good, monk's seems to carries it. the bottle list is too big to spell out, just go to their website for a glimpse. the wait staff was professional, knowledgeable and always serves in the proper glass at the proper temps. food was quite enjoyable as well. can't wait to head back again. everyone should try to hit this place at least once.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

What can I say I was in Philly on a business trip the night before a stressfull sales meeting and needed an escape. Escape is what I got. I was at the back bar, eating a authentic Belgian Rabit dinner and drinking a Flemish sour ale.

It was great. The selection of beers were incredible and the menu was unique. There are two bars front and back, and I reccomend the back cause it's bigger and has more of a Belgian feel to it.

If you go to Philly you must stop by Monk's but if you are on the other side of town try Eulogy another Beligain style bar and some say a Monk's rip off, but also good.

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Photo of qbushido
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I was very pleased to find this bar on my last trip to philly, a few minutes away from my office there, when I walked in I thought that maybe I was mistaken in showing up. It looks more like a restaurant until you get to the back bar which has in my humble opinon the best beer bar feel I have ever expierenced. The back bar is just big enough to not have people on top of you, but to feel like you can actually interact with the people near you and the bartender.

The beer they had on tap was all very good, the bartender was knowledgeable and the menu of beer they give you is just classic, well organized, with nice descriptions of the beer available. If you are lucky the owner of the bar will be there, the man has a wealth of beer knowledge. The thing that impressed me the most though was the food, I cannot speak highly enough about the food here, the best bar food I have ever had. if you are anywhere in the philly I highly recomend this place.

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Photo of Nay
3.58/5  rDev -18.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Best Belgian beer bar outside of Europe. European indeed: crowded, smoky, with long waits for dinner. But where else can you get Cantillion and your choice of gueze. Looking for a good stout or American pale ale? Try Nodding Head a few blocks away.

Food is very good and can be inexpensive. If you like wings, look elsewhere. The wings are not Buffalo wings but full size chicken wings with a nasty, chunky, overcooked, tomato paste devoid of Tabasco, but peppery hot.

And there is a back bar with different beer on tap. This is sometimes overlooked by first-timers due to the crowds.

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Photo of saltydog
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

An incredibly devoted and excessive bar, dedicated to the best in Belgian beer. Always a great selection on the taps in the back room, and a very substantial bottle selection as well. I still remember the day I went there and saw 3 Cantillon's on draft! I don't get to Philly as much as I'd like, but it's probably just as well, as I don't think I could afford to have this as my local!

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Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

It was my birthday, so I told my wife we were going to Monk's for dinner. I've visited several times, and there is just something about the place that gets the blood pumping. As usual it was packed, but I thought getting there at 6:00 the wait wouldn't be too long. I was wrong as we didn't get a table until 7:30 ! But as with other trips I did not fret as the beer selection is phenominal. We walked to the back bar (less crowded) and I reviewed the menu for my first selection. They had Prescription Pils on tap, so even though I wanted belgian beer, I couldn't pass this one up.

The tap menu always surprises me with things I never see, like Hommelbier, Tripel Karmeliet, and Freeminer Deep Shaft Stout. The menu states 200 World Class beers, but there were to be no bottles for us that night. I also had a great filet mignon with a LaTrappe Quadrupel steak sauce. It was out of this world. We started with the Rodenbach Mussels and they were also great. The only setback is the huge crowds - but it is nice to see so many people like this place. Can't wait to return.

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Photo of thefireman
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Hard to add to what others have posted here about Monk's. The beer list is terrific, the prices reasonable, and the food is good. I've been there many times with and without our 9 year old daughter, with no problems. The key to that is that people should realize that children are ok in the mid afternoon at the latest, and should never be at a bar in the evening. Also glad to avoid the twenty somethings that can ruin a place in a hurry.

No, this place is for adults, and can be ok for families if done approprietly. A little common sense, maybe?

The service is fine, but not exceptional, but I can see how difficult it is because of the shape of the place. Don't change it, though. Gives the bar character.

Monk's Update 4-1-05

Still the flagship kickass bar in Philly. We get there at least twice a month, so the staff knows us. I have Never been let down.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.6/5  rDev -18%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5

THE GOOD: Monk's certainly lives up to its reputation. With at least 100 Belgian brews listed, they carried brands that I have never even read about. Their sour house beer is quite good, brewed especially for this place. There truly is no equal of Monk's and it is definitely worth a pilgrimage just to reassure yourself that places like this do indeed exist.

THE BAD: Sorry to say it, but size does matter. There's not even enough room in this place to change your opinion. Service is slow and grumpy (I had to retrieve my own menu from the hostess stand) and I didn't get to try the food. It is a wall-to-wall, shoulder-to-shoulder, can't-even-sit-down, muscle-your-elbow-up-to-take-a-sip kinda place. And this was all before 6pm.

After enjoying only a single beer, I had to step outside for a few minutes to take a phonecall. Honestly, I physically could not get back into the establishment and had to move on. A great place in concept and well worth a visit but what good is seeing the Gates of Beer Heaven if you can't reach it?

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Photo of PopeDX
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

The service was great, and of course the selection of beer was incredible. Treats like Chimay Cinq Cents on tap and their own specially-brewed sour ale (great!) put a big smile on my face. Our server made sure our glasses were never empty long, although they were having tap problems at the time and couldn't serve all the beers on their tap list.

The only real problem I had was with the food. We started with the mussels, Monk's style. It was about $15-$16 for a "large pot" which couldn't have been much more than a pound of mussels ($2). I was really looking forward to the mussels. They were okay, but nowhere near the best mussels ever. I've had better mussels at half the price for the same amount. They came with a small basket of fries, which were good but there were too few given the price of the pot.
My date had the Blood orange chicken for dinner and I had the rack of lamb. Both were good, but nothing special. They really showed no sign of being cooked with the beers they were supposed to have been cooked with. They both were smallish portions, especially the lamb at $18. The potato and veggie "pancake" that came with it was exquisite though. We both ended up getting dessert even after each having eaten a platter and split a "large pot" of mussels, because we were still hungry. She got this chocolate thing filled with crème brulée, which was really good and I got a blueberry and peach tart which was not quite as good.

Overall I'd go back again, but probably just stay at the bar, or maybe sit down and just get a sandwich. The beer is great, nay, amazing, but the food is nothing special and overpriced for the portions (of the mussels and platters at least).

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Photo of dmarch
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

If it wasn't for the 250 character minimum, my review would simply be "beer heaven." It's very cramped and dark, but it still gets a 4.5 for atmosphere. For some reason it just feels right being there. The service is exceptional. A server who knows as much about beer as you do, and they like to talk about it. They pour it correctly and serve it in the proper glasswear. The selection is fantastic. Not as many micros as I'd like to see, but face it, if you've come here you've come to drink belgians. Come early because it get's crowded quickly.

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Photo of vitesse
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

just a great beer bar. huge selection of beers. everyone knows that, right? if you do plan on hanging out there and having more than a beer or two, make sure you eat something. i made the mistake of ordering like five beers and didn't order any food. anyway, those belgians will sneak up on you and then kick your ass inside out. don't get torn up, order the mussells. they looked good.
anyway, it's real small and the service isn't super efficient, but they obviously love beer and serve each one in the perfect glassware.
this one is worth making a seperate trip to.

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Photo of nomad
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

It's hard not to address the many problems those below have had with the place, so i'll be the Monk apologist. Call me Ricoeur...

Yes, it ain't a kid's place. In philly, this bar is for adults, not families or twentysomethings out to glare at each other's chests, and so it is full of beer, adults, and a tiny bit of second-hand smoke. I will say that they have a pretty good air system, so good that I couldn't smell the guy next to me at the front bar with a cigarette in his hand.

Yes, service can be tough but that's cause the layout of this place is ridiculously bad. I hope the management gets a break on rent because the property is shaped like a squirming snake that's 5 feet wide. Saturday nights are gonzo here, and even Monday nights can be a little packed. Let's just say that the bartenders and bar backs work their butts off trying to take proper care of all the massive amounts of quality and quantity beers and their glasses in a timely fashion. They can also throw some serious attitude at you, too. Eh, you learn the unwritten rules eventually.

I think the food is very good, not too Americanized. I highly suggest getting one or two of the appetizers if you stop by for a drink with a couple of friends but don't want to go all out. Eat at the bar, because the service there is fast, and you don't have to endure the long seating list. Burgers are way better than you'd ever expect.

Big cheers for carrying hard to get Imports on top. Yes, there are bars in your hometown that have more micros, but does your bar carry Cantillon, Old Crustacean '99, or Popperings Hommel on tap? It's hard to even find those in a bottle sometimes. Lastly, when you pay 5 bucks for a pint here you know you're getting your money's worth. The bottle selection is stupendously low-priced, too. It ain't a 5 spot for bud light at Rouge on Rittenhouse Square... So, come find me at Monk's, I'll be at the back bar on Fridays.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

You must make it here if you are in Philly or anywhere near Philly. There was quite a good selection of taps and bottles including many things I have not been able to try yet. It was a bit crowded when I went, but it did not take much away from this place. The service is quick and polite as well as helpful. I shall return here without a doubt.

Very nicely decorated. It has very dim lighting which I thought added a nice relaxing feeling to the place. I sure wish I had spent more time here, but it provided a great end to a long night.

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Photo of Marty
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I was very excited to visit Monk's. I had very high expectations, and I expected that those expectations would be met as expected.

My friends and I drove into Philly on Sunday afternoon, and after spending a few hours at the art museum, we arrived at Monk's very thirsty. The one and only Michael Jackson was hosting a beer tasting dinner that evening, so we were hoping to sneak in before they closed their doors. Unfortunately, although it was still only 5pm, they were already prepping for the big show. You're probably thinking that I'm just blabbering right now, but there's a point to all this. The point is that, instead of simply turning us away, the nice people at Monk's were offering a free limousine shuttle to their sister establishment, The Nodding Head, located four blocks north and owned by the wife of the guy who own's Monk's. I thought that was mighty nice of Monk's!

The next day we came back around 3pm, so HERE at long last is my review:

The atmosphere was pretty much what I expected. Monk's isn't necessarily known for its decor. It was pretty dark, so the few lights around the bar gave it a warm, welcoming feel. But apart from a bunch of old-school beer signs on the walls, the place was pretty spartan. I can't speak for the back bar, though, because I never made it back there.

The quality of the beers I tasted was exceptional. I had three draught beers: Victory's Storm King Stout, Chimay White, and a Leffe Brune (Brown). The two Belgians were served in their own trademark drinking vessels, and the Victory came in a standard tall pint glass. Sooo goooood.

As far as service goes, the bartender was very well informed and friendly. When I initially sat down at a table, I had a waiter that was not very friendly. Maybe he was peeved at us for ordering *just* beer and french fries with maynaise (which, by the way, was delicious).

The selection at Monk's was rediculous. I really don't feel a need to elaborate on that. Rediculous.

If you're ever visiting Philly, do yourself a favor and get down to Monk's Cafe on 16th and Spruce. Battle the crowds for a parking space on the street, go drink several beers at Monk's, then walk north a few blocks and up to the top of City Hall while you sober up. It'll be fun!

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Photo of Erix
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Finally got to check out this bar. Went on a Saturday for lunch at around 1pm. A nice little place, small and narrow, but big enough for the afternoon crowd we faced. I can't imagine how packed it gets for dinner though. Selection was great with a huge number of Belgian bottles available, and a nice number on tap as well. They were unfortunately out of many of the things I asked for, but I did get to try the Froach ale for the first time, as well as several abbey ales. The main thing that took off points in my book was the service. The staff was quite knowledgable and helpful; when you could get their attention. And if you go in with a group while one person parks the car, dont expect to get a table. You will not be seated until the entire group is there, regardless of it you are a large group just waiting for one last member. Foodwise, the mussles were incredible, but I wasnt blown away by the Rodenbach marinated octopus appetizer. I would definitely highly recommend this place, and cant wait to go back again.

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Photo of pubscout
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This review will probably raise the ire of those Monk's Cafe purists who believe that the place is a solid five all the way around, but they shouldn't fret.

In terms of beer--which is what this site is all about--it's a five for sure.

A couple of beer geeks and I hit the cafe one summer afternoon about 3 PM, which, judging from the other posts, was a good time to get there. We were escorted directly into the back room. That convoluted separation was one of the things I didn't like about the place, even though I was immediately delighted and impressed with the big Lucifer's Tap Handle that dominated the bar.

A place can't be held accountable for limits on its physical configuration, but I like my pubs to be view-inclusive if possible. The setup made me envision some interesting body contortions when the place gets busy, which might be great if you have to squeeze by Brittany Spears holding a Nodding Head Ich bin Ein Berliner Weisse. But God forbid if NY's 500 lb. Congressman Jerry Nachman wants egress or ingress.

Apart from that, I found the food to be adequate, nothing more, and certainly nothing to gush about.

But I didn't visit Monk's for food; I visited it because my beer life would have been incomplete without doing so, and it was another necessary notch in my pen.

Great beers on tap, an incredible selection of others, and the sense that one is quaffing on Sacred Ground makes the Monk's Cafe a bona fide beer destination.

Don't miss it.

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Photo of jmatthew
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

From a Philly native, Monk's is the best. It deserves in every right its prestigous reputation. The beer menu is just large enough to not be ridiculous and the selection is well thought out, featuring not only premier Belgians but also well chosen Americans. The atmosphere is appropriately appointed, particularly in the back room where the best taps are. And the Belgian fare is excellent: great burgers, mussels and pommes frites. Hands down, this is the place to go in Philly. And if the crowds annoy you, try going there for lunch when it's quieter.

(Remember, crowds are a sign that you're in the right place)

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Photo of jrancan
5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Prior reviewers have pretty much said it all, but I thought I might as well throw my 2 cents in. Of the countless times I've been here, I have never had a problem with either the exceptional food or outstanding beer. Although the taps are usually reserved for hard to find Belgian's, July brought about the tapping of 7 or 8 great American selections, Arrogant Bastard, J.W. Lee's Brooklyn Best Bitter (cask), Rogue Double Incinerator, Tupper's Hop Pocket etc. Outstanding!!
The one small issue I have is the crowds, but I guess that's what happens when a place this good comes along.

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