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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
+1 215-545-7005
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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58 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is a bit small, nicely dark with an interesting menu and a great beer selection. Note that they specialize in Belgian styles, so if you are not a fan, you might want to try a different spot. That being said, there are many things in that style that surprised me. The bar tender was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic... More 

Thank Bryanthecaveman
Philadelphia, PA USA
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

That's what you come here for--mussels and beer. And they do both very well. I've eaten here several times. The vibe is nice even if it can get pretty crowded. The tables for two are small and it can be a challenge to manage the space comfortably during a meal. Honestly I don't know why you would order anything else... More 

Thank RockDoc50
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111 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They do not take reservation so the six of us showed up. Did not look good given the number of people waiting, but they were all couples and they seated us immediately on a table for six that was just waiting for us! The beer list was impressive, and the waiter extremely competent and attentive. Food was OK, I had... More 

Thank Nicosne
Delmar, New York
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived with a large group and grabbed drinks while we waited for a table. Everyone's food was great and was worth the wait. The prices are very reasonable and the portions are perfect. Everyone has said the mussels are the best menu item!

Thank delmartian88
Tucson, Arizona
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299 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Quaint place with lots of beer selection. My table mates had mussels and I had the Vegan dish of the day. All delicious. We would return.

1 Thank Carol R
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Gigantic beer list, couldn't believe it. The waiter was great about helping me pick a local specialty. My husband and I decided to split a sandwich and they actually brought it divided between two plates, which was a nice touch. We had a good time sitting comfortably by the window and could easily hear each other.

Thank Jenna N
Riverside, New Jersey
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108 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

I am going to write about food. it is top-notch. Right after a concert, took short walk to eat. This place is everything I expected. We chose different stuff - pulled perk sandwich, duck salad, mussels. We all decided that the other person at the table got the best stuff. In other words, if we could have eaten three dishes... More 

Thank Peter S
Ottawa, Canada
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 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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147 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

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 

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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: +1 215-545-7005

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