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The Happy Rooster

118 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (City Center West)
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Ranked #646 of 3,780 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: $0 - $30
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Cuisines: American, Pub
Neighborhood: City Center West
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Dining options: Lunch
Description: Conveniently located within walking distance of Rittenhouse Square, The Happy Rooster is a Philadelphia icon that has been serving delicious food for over four decades. With the exception of a whimsical rooster-themed stained glass window, the exterior of this corner bar is unassuming. Once inside however, quiet music and low lights create a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy drinks or a fabulous meal. Perched throughout in every size and medium, roosters definitely rule this roost!
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English first
Port Norris, New Jersey
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Nice bar. They didn't have food though on a Sunday night which is what we wanted. Quaint, dark, solid drinks and service.

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New York City, New York
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361 reviews 361 reviews
308 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

I came here as a teen when Madeleine and Doc were there. They were very friendly with my friend's parents. In fact her mother had a rooster collection just like Madeliene. I have been back off and on over the years while Madeleine was still alive. I just moved back to Phila after 20 years and have had drinks there... More 

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38 reviews 38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This used to be a great, funky bar with inventive food and fun drinks. No more. Tonight I had dinner there and it was genuinely awful. The mussels were not fresh, terribly overcooked, and in a "sauce" which was totally tasteless. The stale toasted bread that came with it was too hard on the teeth to actually eat. The steak... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

A small bar and nostalgic leather booths set the scene for a fun dining experience! The mussels, fish tacos, guac and lobster roll were promptly delivered and did not disappoint.

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Whitehouse Station, New Jersey
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48 reviews 48 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

My wife and I spent a day in Philly last week and stopped at this restaurant for lunch. Luckily, we were able to be seated at an outdoor table on what was a gorgeous sunny day. We both ordered the lamb gyro, which was one of the tastiest (and neatest) gyros we have ever tasted. The sides of french fries... More 

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Holden Beach, North Carolina
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132 reviews 132 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

So this place is surrounded by modern looking, hip restaurants and bars... It could be easily overlooked. Take a couple of steps in and you will feel like you are on the set of Cheers. This is an actual local bar in Center City!!!! Come with eyes wide open and you will enjoy the libations and the people watching.

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86 reviews 86 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014 via mobile

Enjoy the cozy bar atmosphere and have some good food. Rock octopus app very tasty as well as the chicken cheese steak and fries. Good service and great music added to our nice time.

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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92 reviews 92 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

I really like the Happy Rooster. I've been here several times over the last few years because of the neighborhood bar feeling I get when I go. I'm not from Philly but I travel there often and usually stop by the Rooster every trip to have a cocktail or take a business associate to experience it. There are some tables... More 

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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186 reviews 186 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013 via mobile

We stumbled across this place late - around 10.15pm on a Monday night and it was open and hopping (it was during the holidays) filled with 'characters' it was great people watching. The food was good too, above average I'd say. I had the chicken pot pie, it was delicious. My friend had the wedge salad - good, French onion... More 

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89 reviews 89 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

This is a small, old place which I have never previously been to though I have spent plenty of time in Philadelphia. Nice, comfortable atmosphere with lots of dark wood ambiance. We only sat at the bar and drank wine, but it proved to be a wonderful place to join friends for drinks. Very, very comfortable place. Not pretensious, not... More 

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Deborah J, Owner at The Happy Rooster, responded to this review

Great drinks and a wonderful ambiance? Sounds like a successful night out to us, Walter! It's great to hear that you discovered us on your last trip to Philly. Thank you for the wonderful compliments and we hope you'll visit us again on your next trip to Philadelphia. Till then, The Happy Rooster Management More 

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Additional Information about The Happy Rooster

Address: 118 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone Number: 2159639311
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center West
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
Average Prices: USD 0 - 30
Cuisine: American, Pub

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