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Monk's Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
City Center West
American, Belgian, Bar, Pub, European
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264 S 16th St, Ste 1, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3357
11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great little bar and restaurant. Excellent beers, I never order french fries and after trying one fry our table ordered a whole side for dessert, they were wonderful. I wish the vegetarian Philly Steak Sandwich had more veggies on it, but it was pretty good. Great service.

Thank divinglama
West Berlin, New Jersey
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Good Belgian beer has become ubiquitious and this place is partially responsible for that. There is an extensive beer bible and they rotate the beers on tape. They occasionally have hard to find specials. The back room is very much like a small bar in Bruges. They have the usual bar food, hamburgers, but try the selection of mussels with... More 

Thank whelfand
Shakopee, Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Need I say more? If you are a beer snob, or just enjoy great beer, you will love this place. Dark, somewhat hidden restaurant that just seems to keep going, and very busy. The food was fantastic and the beer list was more than impressive. Would absolutely go back again if I was in Philly.

Thank Alyssa M
Buffalo, New York
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255 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 285 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Always a great meal when we are in center city. Its crowded, you'll wait for a table, and the noise level is high. There also is a huge beer selection and a competent staff to guide you. The waiter in the back is friendly and efficient. Food is better than you'd expect. There is a large menu, including great salads,... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I went here for an early dinner on a weekday. Monk's has an amazing list of beer to chose from. I had a burger that was very tasty! It came with fries and I believe a chipotle mayo sauce... omg...so good!! My boyfriend had a bratwurst and fries that was also very tasty. The service was great... More 

Thank jayjay85
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

HW and I had a magnificent meal presented by the wonderful waiter. The mussels and frites were fabulous. Our waiter was efficient and gave us lots of information about the city. We will return an our next visit!

Thank Lacy1994
Ellicott City, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hands down the best beer selection in all of Philadelphia. The beer menu is several pages! They have beers from all over the world. The food isn't bad either. the Mussels are great.

Thank _jordanselzer90
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely not your average bar food. Mussels, duck sandwich. Amazing beers (selection of 300) and flavors of food were on point. I had duck sandwich

Thank Arestrepo111
New York, New York, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love the great vibe and music, impressive beer list and good food. We were lucky that we didn't have to wait and got a table in the back bar area, though it was late on a Sat night. Bartenders and staff were friendly. Mix of locals and out of towners. If you nerd out on beer, like me, then... More 

Thank ckwokers
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is amazing. The food was great. The service was perfect. The beer!? Well your gonna need a few hours, because that list is long and the Tap menu is remarkable, especially because they have Russian River on tap. If in Philly it's a must. Plus! It's a super cool little dive style bar. My favorite kind.

Thank Jcoz689

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$12 - $30
American, Belgian, Bar, Pub, European
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 264 S 16th St, Ste 1, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3357
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center West
  • Neighborhood: City Center West
  • Phone Number: 215-545-7005

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?