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The Happy Rooster

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118 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
2159639311
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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: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks
Description: Conveniently located within walking distance of Rittenhouse Square, The...
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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    Very good
  • 7
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Looks like a bar but they have good, fresh food.

My lobster roll was on special and it excellent. My husband had the fish tacos and they were very good too. The interior of the place is a bit tired but we were glad we stopped in for the fresh seafood.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 6, 2015
Susan S
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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106 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

My dining companion professes to enjoy the Happy Rooster for evening drinks and food. I believe him because the interior of this place offers an old but funky vibe. Small place inside with only a handful of tables and a pretty large bar. Classic neighborhood layout. The menu was much more varied than the traditional burgers and wraps. I opted... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

My lobster roll was on special and it excellent. My husband had the fish tacos and they were very good too. The interior of the place is a bit tired but we were glad we stopped in for the fresh seafood.

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New York City, New York
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357 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

It has changed a lot since then when there was actually a dress code that was strictly enforced. Anyway, this is a great bar with some good food. I am not crazy about the crowd in the back bar but the front room is awesome. I have had some fantastic beet salad, buffalo shrimp which is a bit messy to... More 

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Portland, Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The Happy Rooster is a fun place to stop for lunch or happy hour. The food is nicely put together, the service is relatively quick, and the pub is compactly put together in a cozy-meets-claustrophic way.

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Atlanta
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39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

This is a small bar with cozy booths. The surprise is the home-cooked excellence of what comes out of the kitchen. I had chipped beef on toast, a dish slandered by schol cafeterias. Here the chipped beef tasted home-made, the toast was Pepperidge Farm, the simple white sauce tasty. My partner, a usually critical New Orleanean, was delighted with his... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This little spot is in the middle of downtown philly. It's a charming little bar with AWESOME food. My date and I were left speechless with how amazing the food was. The mushroom risotto and back pepper tuna was moist and had great flavor. The salmon was delicious as well. We went on Sunday night and the bartender bellows along... More 

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Philadelphia, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

Fabulous, professional, experienced bartenders. Seasonal specialty cocktail menu and house infused spirits make this a unique downtown destination.

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Saint Davids, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

As the name of the restaurant implies, happy is the way to go. Very nice personnel and cute bar. The food is good and they are known for their lobster rolls on split rolls. Nice to have on a winter day, reminds one of the summer. Best to make a reservation as it gets crowded at lunchtime. Telephone number -... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We picked Happy Rooster at random last night after the Oyster House couldn't seat us for happy hour (not happy about that!). The Rooster is a cool neighborhood bar that is popular with the Rittenhouse Square crowd with a seriously good kitchen. Our party of 4 had the veal chop, grilled salmon and two wonderful chicken pot pies baked with... More 

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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12 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

The exterior of The Happy Rooster led me to believe that the inside would be funky and modern. The doors have a cool stained glass mosaic of a rooster, and the corner location in Center City is excellent. The interior is tiny with about 6 booths on one side and a bar along the other side. The lighting was dim,... 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 30
Cuisine: American, Pub

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 118 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center West
  • Neighborhood: City Center West
  • Phone Number: 2159639311

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30
  • Cuisine: American, Pub

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!
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?