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Monk's Cafe

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264 S 16th St, Ste 1, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3358
215-545-7005
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11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Good for:
Bar scene

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  • 44
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  • 11
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Belgian Style Restaurant / Pub!

This is a great Belgian style restaurant / Pub. They have a large list of beers from all over. The food looked very good too. We just had drinks. The place had a nice vibe and the bartender did a great job accomidating the busy atmosphere. This is definitely the place to visit if you like a good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Norwalk, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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24 reviews 24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This is a great Belgian style restaurant / Pub. They have a large list of beers from all over. The food looked very good too. We just had drinks. The place had a nice vibe and the bartender did a great job accomidating the busy atmosphere. This is definitely the place to visit if you like a good brew.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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170 reviews 170 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We only stopped in for a beer so I can't speak to the food which sounds like it could be excellent. The beer selection is quite extensive although most of it is bottled, not on draft, maybe a dozen on tap. The atmosphere is cool with a copper bar top but frankly a little worn. I'm not clear why it's... More 

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Germantown, Wisconsin
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38 reviews 38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Came here on the recommendation of quite a few friends. I showed up on a Wednesday night and it was packed. 30 minute wait or if you are lucky, a bar seat will open. After about 30 minutes a bar seat became available and I was able to sit for dinner. Their website said they had specific beers available but... More 

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Brewster, New York
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57 reviews 57 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Located in a VERY busy section of Philly. We ate on a Saturday night and place was packed. We were seated after only 10 minutes wait. Despite how busy the place was the service was excellent and the food was great. Try the muscles as they were very big and tasty. We ate in the front by the door and... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Listed as "one of the top 5 place"s in the world to have a beer".Amazing selection of over 300 beer's ,as well as some unique stuff on tap.The place is small with 2 separate bars and eating area's,but this only adds to the overall experience. We opened with mussels and a nice IPA. Next we went on to have some... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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79 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I took my brother-in-law here for a couple pints and some frittes. Monk's is billed as the best beer bar in Philadelphia, and in many ways it deserves that title. Monk's maintains a strong line of Belgian beers. It's their cornerstone. They also branch out into some of the more high-end craft brews. Their beer books have taken quite a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

What a fantastic bar. The beers are obviously a drawing factor but there's much more to there than the beer. The mussels were awesome, the service was great & the atmosphere was inviting. My husband & I sat at the bar, very cozy & were not made to feel rushed to leave. It was lovely.

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North Carolina
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19 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Friend recommended to go and so happy we did. Liked it so much, returned following afternoon, slushing 20 blocks through ice and snow (yes, it was worth it). Great selection of draft and bottled beers and the burgers and mussels were outstanding. Waitstaff very knowledgeable and very pleasant. A comfortable old historical building with wooden booths and a well stocked... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

It was awesome to get to monks and have a Pliny the Younger by Russian River brewing! Such a rare beer especially over here in philly! Waited about 20 minutes. Besides excellent beer choices and events, their food is amazing ! Get their mussels ! They do it right!

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New Jersey
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112 reviews 112 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This place is much bigger than it looks from the outside. Three different rooms, all of them meagerly decorated, but you come here for drinks and food anyway. Beer list is impressive, and food selections are spot on to go with it. Overhead music ranges from college rock to heavy rock, but it all encompasses perfectly. Staff was very helpful... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 264 S 16th St, Ste 1, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3358
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center West
  • Neighborhood: City Center West
  • Phone Number: 215-545-7005

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 30
  • Cuisine: European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:00 am

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