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McGillin's Olde Ale House


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2019 Winner

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Local cuisine, American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly

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all lunches include a free bowl of hearty soup from our self-serve kettle
Mussels Fra Diablo
steamed p.e.i. mussels in our homemade spicy marinara or white wine garlic sauce served over pasta with homemade garlic bread
Steak And Cake
our famous homemade crabcake paired with a 6 oz. chargrilled sirloin steak, served with veggie and potato
Chicken Parmesan
yo! south philly-whats up? breast of chicken lightly breaded, topped with melted provolone and red sauce, served with a side of pasta and garlic bread
Chicken Marsala
boneless, skinless, chicken breast sauteed in marsala wine, mushroom and shallots with veggie and tator, served with garlic bread
6 Pcs 10.49
Fried Shrimp
lightly breaded and fried gulf shrimp served with french fries and homemade cole slaw
Crab Cakes
the kite and key an electrifying experience...charged with maryland crab and lightly breaded, served with french fries and cole slaw
Mile High Meatloaf
a mcgillin's favorite! the ultimate comfort food - a generous portion of meatloaf and homemade mashed potatoes piled a "mile high" and topped with gravy and an onion ring, served with a side of sauteed vegetables and garlic bread
Seafood Combination
breaded gulf shrimp, fish and our famous crabcake all lightly breaded and deep fried, served with french fries, cole slaw, spicy cocktail sauce
Ivys Three Threes
three hand breaded gulf shrimp three coconut-dipped gulf shrimp (both fried), along with three chargrilled shrimp, served with french fries and cole slaw
Shepherd's Pie
a mcgillin's favorite! slow cooked chopped sirloin simmered with vegetables and herbs, topped with whipped mashed potatoes and served with garlic bread dinner includes a side salad
Add Grilled Chicken Breast 5.99
Add Grilled Salmon 7.99
Crispy Garden Salad
tossed mixed greens, with cucumbers, tomatoes and homemade croutons
Add Chicken Strips 6.79
Add Grilled Gulf Shrimp 7.99
Add Grilled 3oz. Petite Filet Mignon 4.99
Caesar Salad
who made the salad? caesar made the salad. crisp romaine, our own dressing (no raw egg) and crunchy, homestyle croutons
Cup 1.59
Bowl 1.99
Freshly-made Soup Du Jour
Crock Of Chili
a piping hot bowl of mcgillins sassy chili. served with fresh bread and butter
French Onion Soup
all sandwiches are served with chips, pickle and homemade cole slaw on your choice of bread or buns
R. B. Mcgillin
gabrielle's favorite hot roast beef (ma mcgillin’s secret rub) on a philly steak roll served with au jus and side of sultry horseradish
Philadelphia Cheese Steak
thinly sliced, lean sirloin steak, topped with provolone cheese (philly’s most famous culinary contribution)
Grilled Reuben
an eastern bloc special corned beef or turkey, swiss cheese and sauerkraut with russian dressing on grilled rye
Tuna Melt
shannon's favorite delectable open faced tuna salad served with tomato and cheddar cheese on rye
Crab Cake Sandwich
a rascal of a lunch crab cake sandwich served on a baker street broiche with tartar sauce
Hot Turkey
beth's favorite freshly roasted, all white meat, hand-sliced on bread, with mashed potatoes, gravy made the way your grandmom used to make it
Hot Roast Beef
the “conventional standby.” home roasted beef (ma mcgillin’s secret rub), open-faced sandwich served with mashed potatoes and gravy
Chicken Cheese Steak
skinless, all white meat chicken breast, chopped and grilled and packed into a philly steak roll, topped with melted american cheese
Grilled Chicken Breast
tammy's favorite one 5 oz. boneless, skinless,featherless, char grilled chicken breast. served on a baker street broiche with tomato, lettuce, chips, cole slaw and pickle
Chicken Marsala Sandwich
kate’s favorite. boneless, skinless, chicken breast sautéed in marsala wine and mushrooms. served on a baker street broiche with chips, cole slaw and pickle
Pizza Supreme
pizza with pepperoni, cheese, mushrooms, onions and peppers
Pepperoni Pizza
pizza with cheese and pepperoni
9 inch pizza. traditional with cheese
Vegetarian Pizza
pizza supreme no pepperoni
Barbecue Chicken Pizza
pizza with barbecue chicken strips
a fine breast of incredible proportions, only the sears catalog could compare
Roast Beef
an animal activist choice
Corned Beef
a novel choice, tennessee williams’ favorite fare at mcgillin’s a tragically delightful sandwich of thinly sliced corned beef
O Tuna
from the banks of the schuylkill-thomas eakins pined, oh tuna, oh tuna, ah tuna
Bacon, Lettuce And Tomato
better late than never ed rendell always does finally arrive
Mcgillins Special
the forerunner of all specials the “original special” choice of turkey, roast beef or corned beef on rye with cole slaw and russian dressing
Club Sandwich
not a weapon wielded by the i.r.a. triple-decked sandwich with turkey or roast beef, bacon, lettuce and tomato
With Tomato 5.25
Grilled Cheese
Liverwurst And Onion
the ultimate bar food. the bestwurst on fresh rye bread
Side 1.79
Basket 3.49
Old Bay Fries Side 2.09
Old Bay Fries Basket 3.59
Spicy Curly Fries Side 2.39
Spicy Curly Fries Basket 3.99
Add Cheddar Cheese 0.79
French Fries
“c’est la vie”idaho’s best, sliced straight and long, an american classic
(for Two) 8.59
Tex-mex Fries
a texas-sized portion of spicy batter dipped curly fries, smothered with jack and cheddar cheeses, jalapeno peppers and topped with salsa and sour cream
For 10. 7.49
For 25 14.99
For 50 26.49
Buffalo Wings
(as opposed to chips) our own blistering, crispy chicken wings served with blue cheese dressing, celery and carrot sticks.old bay wings. tossed in old bay seasoning with ranch dipping sauce $1.00 thai wings. tossed in a thai sweet and sassy sauce $1.00 bbq wings. tossed in a delectable southern sauce $1.00
Onion Rings
basket of sliced spanish onions, hand-dipped in beer batter and golden fried
Fried Cheese
mozzarella sticks coated with a seasoned breading and deep fried until crispy on the outside and cheesy on the inside. served with marinara sauce
Chicken Tenders
four tenderloins of chicken, all white meat lightly breaded and golden fried. served with a honey mustard sauce
Potato Skins
maryann's favorite cheddar & bacon. cheddar cheese and chunks of bacon, side of sour cream and chives
Buffalo Chicken Tenders
four tenderloin of chicken, all white meat, lightly breaded and golden fried, tossed in our famous wing sauce, served with bleu cheese dressing
jalapeno pepper, stuffed with cheddar cheese, lightly breaded and deep fried
fresh plump p.e.i. mussels from maine steamed in our own spicy marinara or white sauce
McGillin's Olde Ale House, Philadelphia's oldest continuously operating tavern, is known for large selection of regional beers, comfort food & friendly service.
$15 - $15
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
American, Irish, Bar, Pub
Takeout, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great bar with great service. The beers on tap are really good. Weordered appetizers that were great additions to the beers

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank DavNee51918
Reviewed 5 days ago

My family of four with two teenagers was looking for a non-chain, fun place to spend our first dinner/night out in Philly. We found it at McGillin's. What a fun place! Our food was good (my chicken marsala was not good but everyone else in...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank AZFamilyTravels
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped by McGillins for a couple cold drafts. Try their own ale, it was delicious. It has a great atmosphere tucked away on a side street near 13th. Warm greetings from the owner’s son, and staff and bar were friendly and talkative. Place has tons...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank jimrv30887132b
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Authentic style Irish pub with some great charm. The staff and drinks here were excellent! Such a little gem in the heart of down town Philadelphia. Can’t wait to go back!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank bishopryan10
McGillin's Olde... H, Owner at McGillin's Olde Ale House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your enthusiasm. We can't wait 'til you come back!

Reviewed May 12, 2019 via mobile

Got to love a place where you can still get liverwurst on rye! It was excellent and my husbands burger was loaded with bacon and melted cheddar. Beers were good the prices amazing. Seriously a must place to stop in for a bite in the...More

Date of visit: May 2019
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McGillins, Owner at McGillin's Olde Ale House, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2019

Votenochains: Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave such a nice review. Hope to see you again! Cheers!

Reviewed May 7, 2019 via mobile

Good food. Good staff , great experience got here early there where 9 of us, no problem to get a big table. Food and drink all came together, a great night out l, definitely worth a visit.

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Craig88mph
McGillins, Owner at McGillin's Olde Ale House, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2019

Craig: Thanks for stopping by. Glad you had fun! Irene

Reviewed May 4, 2019

Iconic old place in an alley right in downtown. We went on Friday night - got there early for a drink (5ish). The bar has no Air Conditioning and can get pretty hot on a nice day. As the hour went by the place got...More

Date of visit: April 2019
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McGillins, Owner at McGillin's Olde Ale House, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2019

TXRen: Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words about McGillin's. We do hope you'll visit again and when you do, you may want to stop by for lunch or mid-afternoon, especially earlier in the week when things are quieter. We tend to get...More

Reviewed April 23, 2019

I guess this is worth a stop if you want to say you’ve eaten in the oldest restaurant in Philadelphia I didn’t think it was anything special and they were slow to serve the food and it was cold but other than, this place was...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Greg D
McGillins, Owner at McGillin's Olde Ale House, responded to this reviewResponded April 30, 2019

Greg: Thank you for visiting McGillin's. We're embarrassed to hear that your meal wasn't hot and speedy. Please except my apology. As a family-owned and operated business, we take great care with the tavern and that's not usually how we operate. And, if we had...More

Reviewed April 20, 2019 via mobile

Friendly people and service, but food not to my liking. Ordered the fish and chips special. Literally only one small piece of fish which was surrounded by lots of breading. Got the buffalo wings too, not too bad but sauce was very thick. Mozzarella sticks...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank lysoc09
McGillins, Owner at McGillin's Olde Ale House, responded to this reviewResponded April 30, 2019

Lysoc: Thank you for visiting McGillin's. Glad to hear that you found us friendly. as a family-owned and operated tavern, we strive to have a welcoming atmosphere. Sorry, though, that the meal was not to your liking. Wish you would have talked to a manager...More

Reviewed April 10, 2019

Worth a trip to one of oldest bars in town. Full of character and characters! Great choice of beers and bar food

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank drpeterr23
McGillins, Owner at McGillin's Olde Ale House, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2019

DrPeterr: Thanks for stopping by. Love that line - character and characters! Glad you enjoyed our beer and food. Hope 2cu again! Cheers!

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February 22, 2018|
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Response from McGillins | Property representative |
Mary: So sorry that we just saw your question. Fortunately, these folks gave you good advice - we do not take reservations. We are first come/first served. We try to seat everyone as quickly as we can. They're also right... More
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February 12, 2017|
Response from McGillins | Property representative |
No, I'm sorry, we do not have an elevator and, unfortunately, our bathrooms are on the second floor.
October 25, 2016|
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Response from McGillins | Property representative |
Our menu is like a book - so we're sure you'll find something that works for you! You can check it out on our website.
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