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901 W. Butler Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19002 (Rt. 73 (Skippack Pike))
215-643-6300
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11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Dating back to 1681, The Broad Axe Tavern is one of America's oldest...
Dating back to 1681, The Broad Axe Tavern is one of America's oldest taverns. Reopened in May of 2009 after undergone a multi-million dollar renovation. We welcome you to come in to see and enjoy this historic land mark. The pointed stone, hardwood and slate tiled floors give the restaurant its old world charm. Its leather booths, wood tables and iron fixtures also give it a casual elegance. The menu is a eclectic mix of small plates for grazing, grilled pizzas, large plates and tavern sandwiches. Guest favorites include Steamed Mussels, Seafood Chowder and Crab Cakes, NY Strip Steak and our Award-Winning BBQ Ribs. A great place to meet and greet with sixteen craft and imported beers on tap, over 175 bottled beers from around the world for your enjoyment. Or try a bottle of wine from our 21 Club, 38 Special list. We also have high end Premium wines or one of our great wines by the glass. Daily drink specials include happy hour 5-7pm.
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  • 8
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Nice place, nice staff, but small portions and food took too long

This is a nice place, suitable for families, friends and couples. We grabbed a seat at the bar and the beer list was great. The food was good too, but the portions were pretty small and it took a long time to get (the bartender did tell us that the kitchen was slow that night). My fish tacos took... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
StaceNDan
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Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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Lansdale, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This is a nice place, suitable for families, friends and couples. We grabbed a seat at the bar and the beer list was great. The food was good too, but the portions were pretty small and it took a long time to get (the bartender did tell us that the kitchen was slow that night). My fish tacos took about... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews 35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Went here for an early dinner on a Saturday. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and beers on tap. The beer selection was really good both for beers on tap and bottled. The crap dip was awesome probably the best crab dip I have ever eaten. The mussels were awesome also. Prices were very reasonable.

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Liverpool, Pennsylvania
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376 reviews 376 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We found the staff to be very attentive. An impressive beer selection. My husband and I had burgers, my daughter had a salad and mussels. All were very good! The pub was a fun area to watch a college basketball game on the many TVs. Great old building very well restored. Has the oldest continuous liquor license in the US.... More 

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Philadelphia
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100 reviews 100 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We've dined here several times and had decent food and service--but then they weren't busy. We came on a Saturday night and had a reservation. The hostess seemed overwhelmed--there was a large number of people waiting to be seated and all had reservations. She actually forgot about us and 15 minutes later we had to remind her. When we got... More 

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Broad Axe T, General Manager at The Broad Axe Tavern, responded to this review

I apologize for your experience. And I did all I can to get to your table. Unfortunately, in my attempt to fix the issue for all our guests I had to focus on the main issue..by the time I got to your table I found $40 on a $70 check. Although the night was the toughest in a very long... More 

Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Food is very good and price is very reasonable. A wide variety of choices on the menu...something for everyone.

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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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176 reviews 176 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Love eating here after a movie, casual dining in a lovely historical setting. Menu has great variety. Servers are friendly and efficient generally, however we have had really slow service on a few occasions. Food is good, prices reasonable. Can get LOUD, especially if you are seated anywhere near the bar, so not a good choice for romantic dinners.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We've been a few times and always enjoyed our food. The range of food options is surprising - I expected good pub food, but the tacos were great. Service has been good (we had a great waitress a couple times and a fair waiter on a different trip). We had some trouble on our last trip with my dinner getting... More 

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Ambler, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I was very excited to eat at the Broad Axe as I visited there for a drink a few weeks earlier. The menu looked great and the overall atmosphere is very cool. We arrived on a Saturday night and the place wasn't very crowded. That was goos for us. We were seated right away. The server was slow and she... More 

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Hatboro, Pennsylvania
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95 reviews 95 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Greeted promptly at door by two of the staff who were genuinely happy to see you. Brought us to comfy booth table and had pleasure of great server, Wendy. Another great, happy employee of Broad Axe. This is a real change of pace of find great people in a venue with diverse menu. I ordered pull port sandwich which was... More 

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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206 reviews 206 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Drove out specially on a Sunday to check out the oldest bar in PA. Easy to find with GPS. Two parking lots. Nice clean and attractive exterior with the landscaping and ole stone building. We were greeted promptly by the hostess but we elected to sit at the bar. Interior is clean and comfortable. A mix of the old and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 901 W. Butler Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19002
    (Rt. 73 (Skippack Pike))
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Blue Bell
  • Phone Number: 215-643-6300

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 31
  • Cuisine: American, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

Description

Dating back to 1681, The Broad Axe Tavern is one of America's oldest taverns. Reopened in May of 2009 after undergone a multi-million dollar renovation. We welcome you to come in to see and enjoy this historic land mark. The pointed stone, hardwood and slate tiled floors give the restaurant its old world charm. Its leather booths, wood tables and iron fixtures also give it a casual elegance. The menu is a eclectic mix of small plates for grazing, grilled pizzas, large plates and tavern sandwiches. Guest favorites include Steamed Mussels, Seafood Chowder and Crab Cakes, NY Strip Steak and our Award-Winning BBQ Ribs. A great place to meet and greet with sixteen craft and imported beers on tap, over 175 bottled beers from around the world for your enjoyment. Or try a bottle of wine from our 21 Club, 38 Special list. We also have high end Premium wines or one of our great wines by the glass. Daily drink specials include happy hour 5-7pm.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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