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“Touristy but still worth it for out of town guests”
Review of City Tavern

City Tavern
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Ranked #14 of 4,459 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: City Center East
Cross street: 2 nd & Walnut Streets
Transit: The Market-Frankford "El" has a stop at 2nd and Market Streets as well as the 21 & 42 bus lines drops at our door
Description: Once called "the most genteel tavern in America" by John Adams and the first unofficial "White House," Chef Walter Staib's City Tavern has boasted the finest celebrations since 1773. With over 230 years of hospitality, City Tavern has been the centerpiece of affairs now immortalized in history. An evening at City Tavern is certain to be remembered. Just imagine sampling specialties, such as pepperpot soup, colonial turkey pot pie, roast duckling, Thomas Jefferson's sweet potato biscuits paired with ales the ales of the revolution made from George Washington & Benjamin Franklin's recipes -- all served by costumed wait staff. Watch an episode of A Taste of History on PBS, our Chef Proprietor Walter Staib will give you glimpse of what we do here at City Tavern.
Reviewed November 20, 2012 via mobile

I live in Philadelphia and know the famous history of the Old City Tavern. This is a place where the founding fathers met in 1774 so it's a must see with tourists. The restaurant burned in 1825 but was rebuilt. Anyway I dropped $400 there with a party of 6. The service was pitiful and the food average. I had the lobster pie ($42) and the lobster was chewy and metallic tasting. I could not eat it. The decor was nice though.

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Thank BobPhiladelphiaPA
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

Our party of three were expecting to have something really different and peculiar, but we were disappointed. Staff was not as friendly as we are used to find normally in the U.S., food was nothing special, and the taste of the beverage in the iron glass was really bad.

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Reviewed November 17, 2012

The atmosphere in this historic restaurant was relaxing, reflecting the history of the era represented. Servers were dressed in period clothing to further enhance the atmosphere. They have a variety of food choice. The Turkey Pot Pie is absolutely delicious - the best I have ever eaten. Recommend everyone visiting Philadelphia stop here for a meal.

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Thank Nani1995
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

My GO TO place for holidays, birthday, and events! ADDICTED!!!!! BEST food ever!!!!!!!! Have the Martha Washington Cake -- heaven on a plate! The vibe is great, especially in the evening when the candles are lit and the lights aren't on, a MUST DO at night! Exception food, waiters, staff. 100 percent worth the price! Don't miss it!!!

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Reviewed November 13, 2012

My group of 16 just returned from a long weekend exploring Philadelphia. We reserved an upstairs dining room for our evening at City Tavern, and had a wonderful experience. The service was excellent, as was the variety of items on the menu. And the the entrees were all fabulous! We'd highly recommend making a stop at this historic eating establishment a priority for anyone visiting Philadelphia.

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