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.

Monk's Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
City Center West
American, Belgian, Bar, Pub, European
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
264 S 16th St, Ste 1, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3357
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Open now
All hours
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

524 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 518: English reviews
Level Contributor
53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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
Level Contributor
14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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
Level Contributor
21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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
Level Contributor
32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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
Level Contributor
42 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
297 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like beer this is the place for you - and the best part is the food was awesome as well. Some bars just kind of focus on the drinks and the food is an afterthought but you could tell these folks care about both. Had a few Russian River beers here (my first Pliny the Elder, and a... More 

Thank Riptor3000
Kansas City, Missouri
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I always make a stop here when in Philadelphia. The atmosphere is great, a bit cramped but you know you're in good company. The beer bible is a bit hard to read in the dark lighting. Cant say the food is off the charts, its standard pub fare, nothing spectacular.

Thank Tim N
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
145 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very tiny, hoppin' (pun intended) Belgium cafe -- one of the best beer lists in the country - really. Not much space - plan to be comfortable rubbing shoulders with everyone.

Thank Bob G
Level Contributor
9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been here several times. We have been just for drinks and small plates and for dinner. It is a fun place to hang out, relax, people watch, and enjoy the city!

Thank beachfamily
Baltimore, Maryland
Level Contributor
62 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I came here with my boyfriend and another couple, and we loved it. My boyfriend had been before and loved the food and beer selection, so before a wedding we attended in Philly, we came here. Everything about this Cafe is great: the service, food, and drinks. I ordered pulled pork which was awesome (with an interesting, fun twist of... More 

Thank Panner1995

Travelers who viewed Monk's Cafe also viewed

Philadelphia, PA

Been to Monk's Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Monk's Cafe and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Monk's Cafe 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?