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“Upscale restaurant, great history!”
Review of City Tavern

City Tavern
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Ranked #23 of 4,629 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, 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 February 13, 2013

Eat where the founding fathers did! Was nice to bring the family to experience the history there. Food choices even part of the period. Great ambiance. Even our two teenagers found it interesting. A stop here was part of our must see for Philly.

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Thank Bruna F
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

In addition to the ambiance- the food at City Tavern is excellent (I would recommend the Pepper Pot for anyone who likes a little bite to their food). The waitstaff was attentive and knowledgeable about the both the menu and the history behind the various dishes. I would recommend this restaurant as a "must visit" on a trip to Philly.

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Thank JB2T
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

It is a very authentic colonial area building with waiters that wear colonial costumes. The atmosphere is great, the food is ok, but it's one of those places you should try at least once.

Thank William S
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

I took my daughter and two grandchildren (age 2 and 5) for dinner after a day of sightseeing and the City Tavern was an inspired choice. It feels like stepping back in history, with candle light, pewter goblets. delicious colonial recipes (my favorite was the marvelousTurkey Pot Pie). The servers and musicians were in colonial dress, but there was nothing stiff or formal about the City Tavern. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming and there was so much for the children to see and learn that adults and kids were equally happy. The desserts were fabulous. A memorable evening for all.

Thank Barbara W
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

I recently had a birthday celebration consisting six family members. We were seated on the second floor of this three story building. As soon as you enter you are greeted by a pleasant hostess in the 18th Century dress. In fact, all of the wait staff is dressed this way. The tables at twilight have candles, the mugs and soup bowls are pewter. The meals are plentiful. And most important to me, at least, there was no rush. We arrived at 4PM and left at 7:30. They bake their breads and desserts in the basement. Fresh, fresh! I had the Prime Rib which was the special for the day. Excellent. Go and enjoy! Happy travels!

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