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“Interesting place with good food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Happy Rooster

The Happy Rooster
118 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (City Center West)
2159639311
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Ranked #654 of 3,786 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: $0 - $30
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!
Canberra, Australia
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“Interesting place with good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We found this small restaurant/bar just a short walk from our hotel so we had dinner there on our first night. Walked in hoping for a table and were in luck.

Great decor, low lighting, and a lively, upbeat atmosphere. Was quite busy the night we were there - was a Friday so I guess people were there to wind down (or was it up?) at the end of the working week.

Our server was certainly earning her keep - she seemed to be the only one looking after the diners and there were quite a few of us. The food was great - what we would call above average 'pub' food. I had the lobster macaroni gratin (seriously - it was very good) which was a starter but more than enough for a main, he had the bouillabaisse and we shared a side of brussels sprouts with parmesan and balsamic, simply because it had been ages since we had seen them on a menu. Delicious. Then an easy walk back to the hotel feeling quite pleased with ourselves for finding something so good, so close.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Deborah J, Owner at The Happy Rooster, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
It's great to hear that you loved the Lobster Macaroni Gratin! Good food, good service, authentic Philly vibe — that's our game plan, so we're very happy that you had the chance to stop in on your trip to Philadelphia. Thank you for taking the time to write us a review and we hope you come dine with us again on your next trip to the States!
All the best,
The Happy Rooster Management
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English first
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“mediocre”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We just went for drinks - it was O.K. - service was pretty slow (and drinks were pretty expensive) so we went elsewhere.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Deborah J, Owner at The Happy Rooster, responded to this review, July 26, 2013
I'm glad that you stopped in and visited us, but very disappointed to hear that you found our service sub-par! Since you've written this review, we've worked hard to make a ton of improvements. We hope you'll give us another chance and let us know how we're doing!

All the best,
Happy Rooster Management
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Good times at the Happy Rooster.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012 via mobile

We stopped here for a drink after doing some sightseeing. The bartender was fun, the drinks were good. We ended up staying quite a while. Highly recommend!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Deborah J, Owner at The Happy Rooster, responded to this review, July 26, 2013
It's so great to hear that you had a good time with us! Great drinks, friendly staff, great times — that's what we're all about, so it's great to hear that we're doing a good job! Thank you for your compliments here on TripAdvisor and I hope you come visit us again soon!

Cheers,
The Happy Rooster Management
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Trenton, New Jersey
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Cool bar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

In Philadelphia for business, stopped in for a quick drink at this very cool bar with rooster designs, lamps, decor everywhere. Loved the atmosphere, food looked good (from a distance) and I plan to return to try out the food soon.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Deborah J, Owner at The Happy Rooster, responded to this review, July 26, 2013
We're so happy to hear that you had a chance to stop in with us while you were in Philly, Tess! We work hard to run one of the best bar/restaurants in Center City, so your compliments here on TripAdvisor mean so much to us! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review and we hope to see you for a Lobster Roll on your next trip to Philly!

Cheers,
The Happy Rooster Management
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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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“Intriguing, atmospheric”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

Quite a place this.Old building, a traditional bar area with some interesting clients. Short but inviting menu, I had steak, my husband had slow cooked pork. Both delicious. Good selection of beer. We had a very nice time.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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