We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cavanaugh's Restaurant & Bar

University City
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
119 S 39th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3135
215-386-4889
Today
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 14 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 5
    Excellent
  • 4
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Quaint, good food but without any decor

We were absolutely taken back by the folding tables and old chairs. The painf was peeling on the walls. However ths wings were great and we were very surprised. The burger was ok and the beer was cold. The service was so so, the bar tender handled the entire restaurant. This made things a bit tough... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2012
Jager97
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

14 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Baltimore, Maryland
Top Contributor
189 reviews 189 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This bar has a really great location and is in close proximity to many things. It is also great for large groups because it has partitioned rooms where parties can have privacy. However as a lonely bar hopper or small group, its is terrible. the downstairs portion is deserted event at 7pm on a Friday night meaning its not a... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lexington, Kentucky
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I love the cobble stones, the original railroad outside and the history of Philadelphia. Cavanaugh's fit right in. Dark wood beams, carpet, small, the front bar has everything you need to complete the feeling of 1700's nostalgia of Philly. We went on a cool night and it just felt like I was in the 1700's. Loved it! All the locals... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Walked in to grab a beer after work. The place was dead about 6 ppl at the bar. Ordered a beer and the bartender gave it to me in a plastic cup, yuck. What is this a frat house? In looking around the bar I was the only person who had a beer in a crappy cup. I asked why... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012 via mobile

We were absolutely taken back by the folding tables and old chairs. The painf was peeling on the walls. However ths wings were great and we were very surprised. The burger was ok and the beer was cold. The service was so so, the bar tender handled the entire restaurant. This made things a bit tough with young kids waiting... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

We had an awesome experience here. The food was fantastic! The bartender even gave us a round of free shots! Highly recommend! I will definitely come here again the next time I'm in Philly.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

Staff are friendly and attentive, bar food is good and drinks are well priced. The bar can get busy but is usually chilled with a nice atmosphere. Check out the specials.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pennsylvania
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2012

My wife and I stopped in here before a show at the Blockley and at first we were reluctant because of how jam packed the place was with college students. There happened to be an empty table so we sat down and immediately were given great service. We got some Teriyaki wings and Potato skins, and a couple beers. Everything... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
ct
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

wanted to eat fancy, but spouse wanted to watch the knicks game. stayed in University City, so the only place with the station was Cavanaughs. Bar like, kitchen table type decor but despite my misgivings the food was pretty tasty! Salad was good, as were the French onion soup (!), ribs, burgers etc. Beer was fine lots of selection, service... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Trieste
Top Contributor
389 reviews 389 reviews
312 restaurant reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2012

If are dwelling in University City and are fed up with the varsity people go to Cavanaugh's on 39th & Samson for cheap beer (Yuengling at 2,75) and try their hamburgers

Was this review helpful? Yes
Philadelphia
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2010

We were in Philly to see a comedian and wanted a low key (read: cheap) dinner at a bar. Cavanaugh's was a good choice. There's a good selection of brews on tap and the burgers were very good. Service was fast. It's an average bar, but hey, that's what we were looking for.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Cavanaugh's Restaurant & Bar also viewed

 
Philadelphia, PA
 

Been to Cavanaugh's Restaurant & Bar? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 119 S 39th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3135
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > University City
  • Neighborhood: University City
  • Phone Number: 215-386-4889

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, American
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 am

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Cavanaugh's Restaurant & Bar staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?