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The Happy Rooster

City Center West
American, Bar, Pub
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118 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-2814
11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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570 reviews
364 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 611 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

I have eaten here since my last review and I can vouch that this is decent tavern food. And this place once had all the characteristics for a favorite neighborhood dive bar. Dim lighting, good bartenders, reasonable service, not too jammed. But at $10 for a shot of Jack Daniels on the rocks, I don't need a dive bar and... More 

1 Thank TommyBoy94
Aurora, Colorado
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

My boss and I came in here on a whim while wandering downtown Philly she really wanted Veal Parmesan and it was the special tonight. I had a couple of beers Yards Philly Pale Ale and Victory summer love which were tasty. We ordered Charred Corn Johnny Cakes for appetizer and it was awesome with the jalapeño aioli. She of... More 

Thank jayhawkfan2015
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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67 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

One of my favorite places to eat when in Philly. When you enter the place, you'll be singing "Here a cock, there a cock, everywhere a cock cock"...because the décor is all things rooster. Each time I've eaten here, the food is always on point....my ONLY disappointment is that they took the pistachio waffle & ice cream off the menu.... More 

Thank Wendy S
Cleveland, Ohio
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36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

We stopped here from a recommendation of a co-worker and we were not disapointed. This place has been here since 1968.. The food was very good. We enjoyed this place. Japanese Cowboy wings, fries and lobster roll were delicious. Had a nice view of the street outside and were able to watch the downtown Philadelphia action while dining. Service was... More 

Thank ohiolioness
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2016

This is a nice, cozy bar with good atmosphere and service. I've eaten here twice and enjoyed the food. It's not a big menu, but I've found things I've liked each time. The beer selection is pretty good -- all in bottles, nothing on tap. Last night, I had a burger, cooked perfectly. However, my dining companion ordered a lobster... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016

We sat just inside the door at the front bar and it felt like we were in a little bar of our own! We ordered food and expected pub type meals but the food was amazing! Definitely check this place out :)

Thank Valli C
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016 via mobile

I usually visit the Rooster several times a year as their menu changes with each season. On my recent visit I sat at the bar and ordered a lobster bisque, it was amazing with nice chunks of lobster in the bowl. So that whet my appetite for more and I order the roast chicken which literally melted in my mouth.... More 

Thank Cappy2200
Falls Church, Virginia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016 via mobile

I came here for a work-related group function, and am pleased with the location. The food's great, it's not too loud, and I was able to network and carry-on conversation. The roasted vegetables, macaroni and cheese, and fig flatbread are all winners.

Thank jessicaleigh16
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41 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

We stopped in during a one night stay in philly and were pleasantly surprised with the food quality and vibe of the place. It's a neat old bar with lots of character and things to look at. The Rooster Burger with an egg was excellent and the flat bread was decent as well. The bar tender seemed like he'd rather... More 

New York City, New York
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465 reviews
392 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

This place holds a special place in my heart from yesteryear. There is new mgt which may be able to restore it to prestige hopefully without ruining it. The new menu is not very interesting looking but granted I only tried one thing. When people asked for dessert, we were told there were no desserts. ??? Is there a restaurant... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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: 118 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-2814
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center West
  • Neighborhood: City Center West
  • Phone Number: 2159639311
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!

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