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Monk's Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
City Center West
American, Belgian, Bar, Pub
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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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Ottawa, Canada
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Everyone says you must visit this spot for their beer selection, and I certainly won't disagree with that. The vibe is very cool, even though it can be incredibly packed. Be prepared to squish yourself against the wall, and if it is a table you want you may have a bit of a wait. We had a great time meeting... More 

Thank Alinum
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went here and had an amazing amount of beer to choose from and our bartender was very knowledgeable. Wish I was closer, I'd be here all the time!!

Thank Jade D
Englewood, New Jersey
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145 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here for lunch and had a truly enjoyable time. I stayed with the Belgian theme and mussels with frites. They serve it several ways to your liking with a basket of frites and aioli. A nice roll accompanied them to dip in the broth. They have the most impressive beer selection I have ever seen. Especially impressive was their... More 

Thank bphman
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a super time. They've got a massive selection of beers from around the world. The food was excellent, and our waiter was friendly, and knowledgable. Highly recommended.

Thank Robin W
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50 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped at Monk's w a party of four. All of us greatly enjoyed our meals, burgers, pulled pork, and frites. The food was outstanding. The menu was so sticky it was gross to handle. The music was obnoxious. It was loud enough to prohibit conversation at our table and to make matters worse, I am not even sure what... More 

Thank Trombadave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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196 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great pub with excellent food. The service is OK but did I mention that the food is excellent? Great selection of Belgian and craft beers.

Thank Vijante-gigante
New Jersey
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have always heard how good the burgers were at Monk's so since we were in town we decided to stop in. It was a Friday afternoon just past the lunch hour rush. We were seated immediately. We both ordered different burgers and they came with "shoestring" fries with an awesome dipping sauce. The burgers were excellent, cooked the way... More 

Thank Bonnie T
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This pub has an increidble variety of beers. Is beer paradise in here. The food is also great. We couldn't find a table so we stayed at the bar. The bartender was super nice and knew all about beer. He would keep on recommending us beer according to our taste. Super nice.

Thank Ana P
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place, crowded and a bit noisy, but worth a visit. Super mussels, reminds me of Brussels.Get there early as it fills up quickly. Iconic restaurant in city center.

Thank SGCae
Williamsburg, Virginia
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

My wife wanted to indulge my Belgium Beer fantasy. They had a large selection of bottled beer but the taps 37 or so I asked to try just one because for $9 I hoped I would like it. I was told no, no samples we get small batches and don't sample so if you don't like it you bought it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$12 - $30
American, Belgian, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Local cuisine
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?