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The Happy Rooster

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118 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
2159639311
Today
11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Lunch
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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  • 13
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great take on the classics

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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Good for:
  • Lunch
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Atlanta
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70 reviews 70 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

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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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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Port Norris, New Jersey
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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372 reviews 372 reviews
319 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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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Philadelphia
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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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 0 - 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?