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“Great building, great service, and great food”
Review of City Tavern

City Tavern
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Ranked #14 of 4,506 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, 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 March 18, 2013

This was a very great experience with excellent food. The server was very friendly and attentive and spent time chatting with us about the recipes and history of the facility. The price was reasonable and the food was great. When we arrived, we were the second table. Within 20 minutes, the place was packed.

Thank Michael S
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Stopped in for before-dinner drinks on a Saturday night in March. The bar area did not appear to be particularily crowded and we were able to get a table for four. We were very disappointed in how long it took for the wait staff to recognize that we were even there...maybe 10 minutes. We wound up just walking out after waiting another 10 minutes after our bar order was placed. Wait staff was nowhere in sight and we were afraid of being late for our dinner reservation. The atmosphere is very quaint which is why i didn't give it a lower rating. I'd think twice about coming here for dinner after this experieice.

2  Thank Mare1208
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Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

From the food to the atmosphere, you really get a feel for historic Philadelphia here. Everything we had was delicious - green salad, pepper pot soup, pot pie, and Martha Washington's chocolate mousse pie, with shrub to drink. Will definitely eat here any time we are in Philly.

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Thank MrsKQ
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Just love this place! The menu is based on historic fare, and the building recreated to 93% accuracy based on original plans and descriptions. Jessica, our waitress, was dressed in a period costume, and an expert in revolutionary history. From the building and the origins of the foods served, to the influence of our founding fathers on the events surrounding the revolution, she made our visit extra special. How many folks get a history lesson while dining? Jessica was a fantastic server in so many ways...I highly recommend her and the City Tavern!

1  Thank Jarm D
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

We were excited to experience this restaurant and loved the decor, charm and place settings when we arrived. The bread samples were unique and quite good. However our server seemed to not want to be there or either did not want us there. He was disinterested and aloof with no warmth and barely a smile. He took our order and brought our food, that was about it. Never checked on us. I really resented leaving him a gratuity.The salmon was terrible and the tofu dish was bland and forgettable. Ridiculous prices for the food and service.

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Thank Debora D
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