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The Happy Rooster

118 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (City Center West)
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Ranked #622 of 3,741 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: $0 - $30
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Sat 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Cuisines: American, Pub
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Dining options: Lunch
Neighborhood: City Center West
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
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English first
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

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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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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104 reviews 104 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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77 reviews 77 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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73 reviews 73 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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132 reviews 132 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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

Myerstown, PA
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013 via mobile

We stopped for drinks and were not impressed. The bar vibe was very unfriendly. We felt like we were crashing someone's house party uninvited. We're not acknowledged by the waitress and had to order drinks at the bar. Cool decor though

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

It's great to hear that you loved our decor, but disappointing that you found our service sub-par. Customer feedback is very important to us, so we will definitely discuss your review with our staff. Thank you for bringing this situation to our attention and we hope you'll visit us again soon and give us the opportunity to provide you with... More

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

My how the times have changed. When I first frequented the Rooster in the 1990's it was a tired sad place. The renovations and the direct access to the rear bar have really jazzed the decor up. The monthly/weekly specials on the board outside the restaurant provide tremendous value. It looks like another Philly mainstay has managed to come into... More

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

It's so great to hear that you've enjoyed all of the renovations and work we're put into The Happy Rooster, Merv! Great food, cold beer, awesome atmosphere — that's what we've worked so hard for, so it's great to hear that you think we're hitting our mark. Thank you for being a loyal customer for the past 20 years and... More

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