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“Pork Chop like the good old days!”
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City Tavern
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Ranked #14 of 4,522 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, Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, 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 October 6, 2013

We came here one night and were seated in the basement at a sort of rough hewn table. Although not the greatest (but maybe authentic), still no problem because we explored the whole place. Lots of stairs, but all quite beautiful. Although a reproduction of the building that earlier burned down, it definitely has the feel of the original to a T. Nice accommodations. Food took a while to get served to us, but it was definitely good tasting and theoretically authentic to the period. Our waitress was friendly/helpful, dressed in period garb. We didn't see any ghosts or supernatural activity, but it is said to be haunted by a bride to be who died in the aforementioned fire, and a dueling waiter, adding some mystique to the place.

The best: The building itself is really quite lovely. Good ambiance in the place.

The worst: Food takes a while and is tourist expensive. Come prepared to spend.

All in all, a nice night out with family, good food, and some history to boot! Recommended at least once!

Thank Gregory M
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

If you are there to relive our nation's history, this is a special stop. We chose to have lunch because of the pricing for their dinner menu. Reservations are welcomed, but at 2pm in October there were plenty of empty seats.

Thank Betty M
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

Try one of the vintage ales...I opted for the Alexander Hamilton. Good soups; pleasant staff; a well done replica of the original from the 1800's

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Thank DianneWheatley
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

An old historic landmark in Philly. Tastefully decorated, knowledgeable staff regarding the history of the building and surrounding area added to a wonderful lunch experience. Reasonably price and very good choices on the menu. Would definitely eat there again.

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Thank Donald L R
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

We ate here on our first night in Philly because it was right across the street from where we were staying. Not overly impressed. I had researched the place beforehand, but still it seemed extremely overpriced for what you get. The soup "special" was way too salty. I ordered the rack of lamb cooked medium, but it came out over cooked and dry. My Dad had the turkey pot pie, which was huge, and looked worth the price, until he found several huge lumps of gristle in it. Our waiter seemed distracted an unenthusiastic. Overall, I don't think this place is worth the price you pay.

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Thank ukchic1
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