City Tavern

★★★★☆
A Triumph of Tradition
  • 138 S 2nd St

    Philadelphia, PA 19106

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  • 215-413-1443

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I have to say I had one of the finest meals ever at City Tavern.

You are instantly drawn to the exciting and inviting atmosphere. The staff are friendly and the service is exceptional. Each meal comes with a mini-history lesson that would make any Philadelphian proud and enlighten any tourist to how integral our city is to US history.

Just let the beer flow, and start with the appetizer sampler. Try the duck sausage, it's fantastic. If you're a vegetarian, try the West Indies Pepperpot soup, the most delicious bowl of soup you will ever eat. I had the medallions of beef, and it was superb. I recommend the Brawlers and the Thomas Jefferson Ale. After dinner, try the Madeira as an appertif and feel a little bit like George Washington toasting Thomas Jefferson. And the Martha Washington's chocolate mousse cake is the closest thing to eating heaven.

Honestly, I'm a history nut, and I couldn't help but feel a little closer to the Founding Fathers after the meal. It's a must for an Philadelphian and tourist alike.

Go to City Tavern for a wonderful meal and a wonderful experience.

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★★★★★

I have to say I had one of the finest meals ever at City Tavern.

You are instantly drawn to the exciting and inviting atmosphere. The staff are friendly and the service is exceptional. Each meal comes with a mini-history lesson that would make any Philadelphian proud and enlighten any tourist to how integral our city is to US history.

Just let the beer flow, and start with the appetizer sampler. Try the duck sausage, it's fantastic. If you're a vegetarian, try the West Indies Pepperpot soup, the most delicious bowl of soup you will ever eat. I had the medallions of beef, and it was superb. I recommend the Brawlers and the Thomas Jefferson Ale. After dinner, try the Madeira as an appertif and feel a little bit like George Washington toasting Thomas Jefferson. And the Martha Washington's chocolate mousse cake is the closest thing to eating heaven.

Honestly, I'm a history nut, and I couldn't help but feel a little closer to the Founding Fathers after the meal. It's a must for an Philadelphian and tourist alike.

Go to City Tavern for a wonderful meal and a wonderful experience.

Pros: Exceptional service & a vast & delicious menu

Cons: A bit pricey, but the portion sizes make up for that!

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Of you want to experience the 18th century in Philadelphia this is the place to dine. The severs are dressed in authentic 18th century apparel. The food is served in big portions to share with everyone. The food is very good, especially the beef tenderloin. It is a great place to hold a private party.

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★★★★☆

Of you want to experience the 18th century in Philadelphia this is the place to dine. The severs are dressed in authentic 18th century apparel. The food is served in big portions to share with everyone. The food is very good, especially the beef tenderloin. It is a great place to hold a private party.

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I sampled your food at a champagne tasting benefit this evening and I can't wait to try your restaurant. The appetizers you served were fabulous. If this is just a sample, I can't wait to dig in to a full meal. Delicious.

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★★★★★

I sampled your food at a champagne tasting benefit this evening and I can't wait to try your restaurant. The appetizers you served were fabulous. If this is just a sample, I can't wait to dig in to a full meal. Delicious.

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My sister and mother had been to city tavern before and said that it was fun and the food was good so I thought that it would be the same. We had dinner reservations at four pm. I ordered corn chowder, meatloaf and shared fried oysters with my sister. For openers I'm not a picky eater and it takes a lot for me to be totally dissatisfied. Anyway they sat us by a window which had flies constantly buzzing across the table. We laughed about it as we tried to squash them with our menus. Then throughout hte enitre service the waitstaff was getting linens out of this cubboard RIGHT next the out table, we laughed but in all honesty it gets annoying after awhile. Now onto the food. The corn chowder had clearly come from a can and I've had better at that. It was luke warm. I mean come on folks it's August on the east coast fresh corn is available EVERYWHERE and this is the best you can do for $6.50 a bowl!! Another reviewer talked about the bread being stale...true it had to be day old and was tasteless. The fried oysters were good in a nice cornmeal batter with a good dipping sauce so that was nice. I had meatloaf and my sister had a chicken and artichoke salad, which again canned artichoke and smoke chicken that had come from a roll like at the grocery store and cost $18.50!! that is just nuts in my book. My meatloaf was adequate but in all honesty by this point I didn't really care. I agree with others reviewers the waitstaff was fine the period costumes, I'll go for that, interesting building. Another thing the head chef if pimping his cookbooks on every table and in the lobby, if you are that great my meal wouldn't have been like this. Be a little be a little more tasteful for God's sakes and get your quality control in line. Bottom line way too Expensive, Poor quality, Lacking fresh ingredients....... Don't Bother

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★☆☆☆☆

My sister and mother had been to city tavern before and said that it was fun and the food was good so I thought that it would be the same. We had dinner reservations at four pm. I ordered corn chowder, meatloaf and shared fried oysters with my sister. For openers I'm not a picky eater and it takes a lot for me to be totally dissatisfied. Anyway they sat us by a window which had flies constantly buzzing across the table. We laughed about it as we tried to squash them with our menus. Then throughout hte enitre service the waitstaff was getting linens out of this cubboard RIGHT next the out table, we laughed but in all honesty it gets annoying after awhile. Now onto the food. The corn chowder had clearly come from a can and I've had better at that. It was luke warm. I mean come on folks it's August on the east coast fresh corn is available EVERYWHERE and this is the best you can do for $6.50 a bowl!! Another reviewer talked about the bread being stale...true it had to be day old and was tasteless. The fried oysters were good in a nice cornmeal batter with a good dipping sauce so that was nice. I had meatloaf and my sister had a chicken and artichoke salad, which again canned artichoke and smoke chicken that had come from a roll like at the grocery store and cost $18.50!! that is just nuts in my book. My meatloaf was adequate but in all honesty by this point I didn't really care. I agree with others reviewers the waitstaff was fine the period costumes, I'll go for that, interesting building. Another thing the head chef if pimping his cookbooks on every table and in the lobby, if you are that great my meal wouldn't have been like this. Be a little be a little more tasteful for God's sakes and get your quality control in line. Bottom line way too Expensive, Poor quality, Lacking fresh ingredients....... Don't Bother

Pros: Good waitstaff, fun costumes and nice building

Cons: Poor food quality

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Think tired theme park food. Is this Liberty Square in Disneyworld? That would actually be a gourmet step up. Stale sour dough bread. Dried out over cooked duck. A pathetic egg noodle side dish still swimming in a puddle of water topped with a vile brown gravy. The staff was pleasant enough and a turkey pie had pleasant flavor. But a peach and summer berry "cobbler' at $8.50 was a strange concoction....neither a cobbler nor a crisp and simply inedible.

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★☆☆☆☆

Think tired theme park food. Is this Liberty Square in Disneyworld? That would actually be a gourmet step up. Stale sour dough bread. Dried out over cooked duck. A pathetic egg noodle side dish still swimming in a puddle of water topped with a vile brown gravy. The staff was pleasant enough and a turkey pie had pleasant flavor. But a peach and summer berry "cobbler' at $8.50 was a strange concoction....neither a cobbler nor a crisp and simply inedible.

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We made reservations for 6 (5 adults and one baby stroller w/ 10 month old) on the same day with no issues. They seem to have ample seating - 4 indoor floors and at least 2 outdoor levels - from what I could see. They did a great job restoring the original feel of 1700's living in Philadelphia. The weathered wooden floors, pewter water goblets (yes you drink out of them), and serving staff and characters from the time in traditional outfits. We were a little skeptical about the restaurant based on billboards and on line description specific to the "costumes". Thought it was going to be cliche or childish. Were we wrong! It was great fun. They were very accomodating with our 10 month old - child friendly. The service was great and the menu caters to all tastes. It does seem to be heavily German inspired with brats and krout. It's not fancy food and won't knock your taste buds out of your mouth but it is good food. The pale ale is great refreshment after a day of Philadelphia sightseeing.
The food on the plate is more than enough to fill you up and if you have room afterwards; the desserts are amazing. Bottom line: great atmosphere for all ages at any point in the year with prompt, helpful service and delicious food. I do highly recommend going here at least once.

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★★★★★

We made reservations for 6 (5 adults and one baby stroller w/ 10 month old) on the same day with no issues. They seem to have ample seating - 4 indoor floors and at least 2 outdoor levels - from what I could see. They did a great job restoring the original feel of 1700's living in Philadelphia. The weathered wooden floors, pewter water goblets (yes you drink out of them), and serving staff and characters from the time in traditional outfits. We were a little skeptical about the restaurant based on billboards and on line description specific to the "costumes". Thought it was going to be cliche or childish. Were we wrong! It was great fun. They were very accomodating with our 10 month old - child friendly. The service was great and the menu caters to all tastes. It does seem to be heavily German inspired with brats and krout. It's not fancy food and won't knock your taste buds out of your mouth but it is good food. The pale ale is great refreshment after a day of Philadelphia sightseeing.
The food on the plate is more than enough to fill you up and if you have room afterwards; the desserts are amazing. Bottom line: great atmosphere for all ages at any point in the year with prompt, helpful service and delicious food. I do highly recommend going here at least once.

Pros: Ambience, Service, Food, Family Oriented, Plenty of Seating

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The romantic atmosphere implied in this restaurant's description was completely misleading. We went there for an anniversary dinner as a couple new to Philadelphia, but we were sat in the basement next to the kitchen in a table that made us feel like we were in a glaringly bright boiler room. Our waiter tried very hard, but sweat was literally pouring down his face -- appetizing! As we sat there feeling a little duped, the curtain fell as we started to notice tiny things like the plastic beer mugs, the fact our table was a folding picnic relic, and that the food was inedible. Neither of us could bring ourselves to have more than a few bites of the undercooked turkey pot-pie or the greasy wiener schitzel (both custom-priced for over-eager and gullible tourists). The only redeemable part of the experience was the beer itself which was brewed according to a presidential recipe. Every time we walk by City Tavern we are reminded of that laughably "romantic" dinner and how much we needed to put our experience into writing here.

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★☆☆☆☆

The romantic atmosphere implied in this restaurant's description was completely misleading. We went there for an anniversary dinner as a couple new to Philadelphia, but we were sat in the basement next to the kitchen in a table that made us feel like we were in a glaringly bright boiler room. Our waiter tried very hard, but sweat was literally pouring down his face -- appetizing! As we sat there feeling a little duped, the curtain fell as we started to notice tiny things like the plastic beer mugs, the fact our table was a folding picnic relic, and that the food was inedible. Neither of us could bring ourselves to have more than a few bites of the undercooked turkey pot-pie or the greasy wiener schitzel (both custom-priced for over-eager and gullible tourists). The only redeemable part of the experience was the beer itself which was brewed according to a presidential recipe. Every time we walk by City Tavern we are reminded of that laughably "romantic" dinner and how much we needed to put our experience into writing here.

Pros: None really

Cons: Practically everything

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Delicious baked breads, pastas and specialty dishes like lobster pie make going to this restaurant again and again a real treat. The dining rooms are all historic and are decorated beautifully.

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★★★★☆

Delicious baked breads, pastas and specialty dishes like lobster pie make going to this restaurant again and again a real treat. The dining rooms are all historic and are decorated beautifully.

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I went yesterday during lunch, I ordered the duck sausage for an appetizer, more like a duck hot dog and the sweet and sour cabbage was just a mushy mess. For my entree braised rabbit with veggies and egg noodles. I thought when you braised something it was supposed to come out tender, but it was tough and stringy and the vegetables were soggy drawning in a horrible wine sauce. On the good side the mashed potatoes and saurkraut were great, as well as the glass of Jefferson Amber Ale. My friends turkey noodle soup was also very good.

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★★☆☆☆

I went yesterday during lunch, I ordered the duck sausage for an appetizer, more like a duck hot dog and the sweet and sour cabbage was just a mushy mess. For my entree braised rabbit with veggies and egg noodles. I thought when you braised something it was supposed to come out tender, but it was tough and stringy and the vegetables were soggy drawning in a horrible wine sauce. On the good side the mashed potatoes and saurkraut were great, as well as the glass of Jefferson Amber Ale. My friends turkey noodle soup was also very good.

Cons: Food

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I must admit that I am from the Philadelphia area, and have not visited City Tavern before. I always knew it existed, but never really had the opportunity to go there. A week ago, I made a reservation for myself and a guest.

I am not a big history buff, but I do not mind learning something new. City Tavern is a great place to do just this while enjoying some FANTASTIC food and excellent drinks. Upon being promptly seated for our 7:00pm reservation, we were greeted by a cordial waiter wearing knickers :P. He took our drink order and later gave us a brief history about the restaurant.

I won't bore you with the "during dinner details" but I did want to make it clear how excellent and worth the trip the food is. Whether you live in the city or are visiting from out of town, this is a great place to visit for a drink and definitely a bite to eat.

Don't be fooled by those glitzy, glamourous places in Center City with $150 cheese steaks and overpriced atmosphere - City Tavern may not be as hip as these places, but it definitely has some history.

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★★★★★

I must admit that I am from the Philadelphia area, and have not visited City Tavern before. I always knew it existed, but never really had the opportunity to go there. A week ago, I made a reservation for myself and a guest.

I am not a big history buff, but I do not mind learning something new. City Tavern is a great place to do just this while enjoying some FANTASTIC food and excellent drinks. Upon being promptly seated for our 7:00pm reservation, we were greeted by a cordial waiter wearing knickers :P. He took our drink order and later gave us a brief history about the restaurant.

I won't bore you with the "during dinner details" but I did want to make it clear how excellent and worth the trip the food is. Whether you live in the city or are visiting from out of town, this is a great place to visit for a drink and definitely a bite to eat.

Don't be fooled by those glitzy, glamourous places in Center City with $150 cheese steaks and overpriced atmosphere - City Tavern may not be as hip as these places, but it definitely has some history.

Pros: Convenient Location, Parking Garage almost next door, Helpful Staff

Cons: N/A

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I recently went to City Tavern for restaurant week, and I found everything from the food, to the colonial attire of the staff, and the music to be very pleasant. I ordered Goulash soup and chicken breast Mount Vernon, and I was very delighted with it. Whether you are visiting the city or already live here this place is a must visit.

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★★★★★

I recently went to City Tavern for restaurant week, and I found everything from the food, to the colonial attire of the staff, and the music to be very pleasant. I ordered Goulash soup and chicken breast Mount Vernon, and I was very delighted with it. Whether you are visiting the city or already live here this place is a must visit.

Pros: Atmosphere.

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A historic colonial restaurant steeped with tradition in the heart of the city. Upon entering the restaurant you are greeted by staff dressed to fit the era. They entertain you with interesting tales of the different President's meal choices and preparation of the impressive menu selections. The clavicord or the violin playing in the hall delighfully entertains you on the lower level while you enjoy a wonderful evening dining with family or friends.

A delightful restaurant with charming old century appeal that should not be missed.

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★★★★★

A historic colonial restaurant steeped with tradition in the heart of the city. Upon entering the restaurant you are greeted by staff dressed to fit the era. They entertain you with interesting tales of the different President's meal choices and preparation of the impressive menu selections. The clavicord or the violin playing in the hall delighfully entertains you on the lower level while you enjoy a wonderful evening dining with family or friends.

A delightful restaurant with charming old century appeal that should not be missed.

Pros: A wonderful experience for family or couples

Cons: parking can be challenging on Friday evening

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I visited Philadelphia on business, but also explored the city looking for pleasure. At the visitor's center I was told to try City Tavern for an interesting colonial experience. It was a great idea! The prices were moderate and the food was excellent. I keep thinking about the biscuits we ate. They were sweet and spicy. The restaurant is actually part of the National Park, so it is a really neat place to visit. They have the most beautiful table settings and the food really is worth the trip this historic place.

2
★★★★☆

I visited Philadelphia on business, but also explored the city looking for pleasure. At the visitor's center I was told to try City Tavern for an interesting colonial experience. It was a great idea! The prices were moderate and the food was excellent. I keep thinking about the biscuits we ate. They were sweet and spicy. The restaurant is actually part of the National Park, so it is a really neat place to visit. They have the most beautiful table settings and the food really is worth the trip this historic place.

Pros: Food, Service, Location

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City Tavern was recommend by friends, so when I moved to Philly I could not wait to try it. From the moment we walked time, we were sent back in time. Our waiter could not have been nicer or more informative. Between the food, the 18th century costume, the historical stories it was a great time. Even my two children enjoyed having Martha Washington's turkey pot pie.

It was a great experience and I cannot wait to take new friends!

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★★★★★

City Tavern was recommend by friends, so when I moved to Philly I could not wait to try it. From the moment we walked time, we were sent back in time. Our waiter could not have been nicer or more informative. Between the food, the 18th century costume, the historical stories it was a great time. Even my two children enjoyed having Martha Washington's turkey pot pie.

It was a great experience and I cannot wait to take new friends!

Pros: History, Great Food

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My wife and I were staying across the street at the Sheraton and decided to dine here. We did not have reservations, but were accommodated quite quickly. The menu boasts a variety of choices. We had the crab cakes for an appetizer - served with a nice, creamy dipping sauce. My wife decided on Beef Medallions while I had Roasted Duckling. The medaillons were 'melt in your mouth' good! The duckling was savory, served with a sweet glaze. Try one of the specialty ales! I had the George Washington and a Thomas Jefferson. My wife also decided to try another special tavern drink called a shrub. Overall, we enjoyed our experience at the tavern. I will return the next time I am in the Philly area. I hope others have a 'historic' experience too!

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★★★★★

My wife and I were staying across the street at the Sheraton and decided to dine here. We did not have reservations, but were accommodated quite quickly. The menu boasts a variety of choices. We had the crab cakes for an appetizer - served with a nice, creamy dipping sauce. My wife decided on Beef Medallions while I had Roasted Duckling. The medaillons were 'melt in your mouth' good! The duckling was savory, served with a sweet glaze. Try one of the specialty ales! I had the George Washington and a Thomas Jefferson. My wife also decided to try another special tavern drink called a shrub. Overall, we enjoyed our experience at the tavern. I will return the next time I am in the Philly area. I hope others have a 'historic' experience too!

Pros: Great Food, Location, Ambience

Cons: None

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City Tavern was recommended by friends from Philadelphia. When my family and I arrived we were greeted by a very pleasant girl dressed in an 18th century outfit. The restaurant was beautiful, it really felt like went back in time. We expected Thomas Jefferson to walk by at any moment. Although Jefferson was not have dinner this night I had the chance to try his ale, Washington might have been a great president but he was even better at brewing beer. Dinner was great, I had the venison and my wife had the duckling. Even our very picky children enjoyed a mini turkey pot pie from Martha Washington's recipe. Dinner was not only execellent but our friendly server made it a history lesson. (If high school would have been like this I would have higher grades in history.)

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★★★★★

City Tavern was recommended by friends from Philadelphia. When my family and I arrived we were greeted by a very pleasant girl dressed in an 18th century outfit. The restaurant was beautiful, it really felt like went back in time. We expected Thomas Jefferson to walk by at any moment. Although Jefferson was not have dinner this night I had the chance to try his ale, Washington might have been a great president but he was even better at brewing beer. Dinner was great, I had the venison and my wife had the duckling. Even our very picky children enjoyed a mini turkey pot pie from Martha Washington's recipe. Dinner was not only execellent but our friendly server made it a history lesson. (If high school would have been like this I would have higher grades in history.)

Pros: Great Food, Friendly Servers, Rich History

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Recently moved here from NYC, I have heard of City Tavern and Made this living Museum one of my first stops. I was not dissappointed and have returned many times. I am slowly moving down the menu and ordering new foods down the list. However I must admit I cannot refuse the crab cakes and the Matha Washington Choc Mousse cake. I have them every time. The service is always friendly, and the food is very very good. On several occassions, my guest and myself were treated to live Harpsichord and Harp music, which we were told perform quite often. When my friends and relatives now come to visit, there's only one place to make reservations.

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★★★★★

Recently moved here from NYC, I have heard of City Tavern and Made this living Museum one of my first stops. I was not dissappointed and have returned many times. I am slowly moving down the menu and ordering new foods down the list. However I must admit I cannot refuse the crab cakes and the Matha Washington Choc Mousse cake. I have them every time. The service is always friendly, and the food is very very good. On several occassions, my guest and myself were treated to live Harpsichord and Harp music, which we were told perform quite often. When my friends and relatives now come to visit, there's only one place to make reservations.

Pros: Ambience, entertainment, history

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ONE OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE AND PROFUNDLY DISGRACEFUL RESTAURANT EXPERIENCES EVER.

Soup of the day the best item served beef barley). Romaine & Roquefort salad POOR with lousy dressing.

PRIME Rib over 50% fat/grissle; cold, tastless, tough. Rack of Lamb a disgrace -"Frenched" rack absurdly hacked into chops BEFORE cooking; ordered medium, arrived well done, fatty & dried out.

Entrees to come with mashed potatoes & fresh veggies. Veggies literally thrown on top of "mounded" mashed; entree thrown over that. One big mess - looked like it was scraped from a discarded plate; No room to manhandle/cut the tough entree. ALL FOOD COLD.

Desserts a joke - typical "buy-out" - cake with petrified whipped cream rosette & "instant" creme brulee.

Server clueless.

HORRIBLE for $100.00 PER PERSON.

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★☆☆☆☆

ONE OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE AND PROFUNDLY DISGRACEFUL RESTAURANT EXPERIENCES EVER.

Soup of the day the best item served beef barley). Romaine & Roquefort salad POOR with lousy dressing.

PRIME Rib over 50% fat/grissle; cold, tastless, tough. Rack of Lamb a disgrace -"Frenched" rack absurdly hacked into chops BEFORE cooking; ordered medium, arrived well done, fatty & dried out.

Entrees to come with mashed potatoes & fresh veggies. Veggies literally thrown on top of "mounded" mashed; entree thrown over that. One big mess - looked like it was scraped from a discarded plate; No room to manhandle/cut the tough entree. ALL FOOD COLD.

Desserts a joke - typical "buy-out" - cake with petrified whipped cream rosette & "instant" creme brulee.

Server clueless.

HORRIBLE for $100.00 PER PERSON.

Pros: QUASI COLONIAL MOTIFF

Cons: TOO NUMEROUS

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City Tavern is a great place to go for lunch or dinner. They sell really excellent soups and salads. Their menu is large and has something for everyone. My favorite entre is the Chicken Breast Madeira or the Medallions of Beef Tenderloin. They also have a wonderful dessert selection, all of which are baked in-house. The dcor is very nice and the building is beautiful. It is a historic site. They offer private party availability and can hold up to 500. The waiters and waitresses even wear authentic historic attire.

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★★★★☆

City Tavern is a great place to go for lunch or dinner. They sell really excellent soups and salads. Their menu is large and has something for everyone. My favorite entre is the Chicken Breast Madeira or the Medallions of Beef Tenderloin. They also have a wonderful dessert selection, all of which are baked in-house. The dcor is very nice and the building is beautiful. It is a historic site. They offer private party availability and can hold up to 500. The waiters and waitresses even wear authentic historic attire.

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Having read so-so reviews a few locals tried the City Tavern for a weekend lunch out on the tree covered cobblestone back porch. It was a relaxing experience with cool breezes and pretty decent food. The meal started off with a selection of three breads including nutty biscuits and and molasses bread. Skip the cornmeal encrusted oysters, and steer away from seafood, particularly the non-lump crabcakes. You will fare better with more colonial fare including very good prime rib and probably things like pot pies and gamey things. Our son (lots of kids there so no problem with that) enjoyed chicken from the extensive kids menu. Desserts included a well-above average chocolate mousse cake and a raspberry almond torte. Servers were in colonial garb, our waitress was great and the service was not slow at all. Overall a great place for a stop between historic sites.

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★★★★☆

Having read so-so reviews a few locals tried the City Tavern for a weekend lunch out on the tree covered cobblestone back porch. It was a relaxing experience with cool breezes and pretty decent food. The meal started off with a selection of three breads including nutty biscuits and and molasses bread. Skip the cornmeal encrusted oysters, and steer away from seafood, particularly the non-lump crabcakes. You will fare better with more colonial fare including very good prime rib and probably things like pot pies and gamey things. Our son (lots of kids there so no problem with that) enjoyed chicken from the extensive kids menu. Desserts included a well-above average chocolate mousse cake and a raspberry almond torte. Servers were in colonial garb, our waitress was great and the service was not slow at all. Overall a great place for a stop between historic sites.

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I live in Philly, and have been here a couple of times. The food is pretty good - better than I expected given the touristy nature of the place. The service, as many others have mentioned, was poor. One of the meals was brought out cold and when we sent it back to be heated up, we never saw it again. The waiter was rude and indifferent.

A recomendation I would make is to go here for desert or drinks. There is a lounge with period furniture and a harpstichord. We were there on a saturday - I'm not sure if they play every night. In other parts of the restaurant, there were other musicians. The beer (which is brewed especially for City Tavern) is excellent, although a little pricy ($6.50 a pint). The desert my wife had (chocolate mousse cake) was very good as well.

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★★★★☆

I live in Philly, and have been here a couple of times. The food is pretty good - better than I expected given the touristy nature of the place. The service, as many others have mentioned, was poor. One of the meals was brought out cold and when we sent it back to be heated up, we never saw it again. The waiter was rude and indifferent.

A recomendation I would make is to go here for desert or drinks. There is a lounge with period furniture and a harpstichord. We were there on a saturday - I'm not sure if they play every night. In other parts of the restaurant, there were other musicians. The beer (which is brewed especially for City Tavern) is excellent, although a little pricy ($6.50 a pint). The desert my wife had (chocolate mousse cake) was very good as well.

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I was suprised at the negative reviews. We ate here in mid-week in March with a 2 and 4 year-old. The staff was wonderful - kindly seating us away from groups of adults and interacting with the kids, while providing us with great service.
The food was delicious. I loved the bread and lobster pot pie, while my husband especially enjoyed the beers!

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★★★★☆

I was suprised at the negative reviews. We ate here in mid-week in March with a 2 and 4 year-old. The staff was wonderful - kindly seating us away from groups of adults and interacting with the kids, while providing us with great service.
The food was delicious. I loved the bread and lobster pot pie, while my husband especially enjoyed the beers!

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My husband and I ate here for Sunday lunch on our anniversary and really enjoyed our experience. The food was good-- particularly "Martha Washington's Pot Pie"-- and the Thomas Jefferson beer was very unique. The food came a little too quickly as we would have preferred to enjoy each course at a slower pace, but our server was attentive. The overall experience was very pleasant and added to the historic charm of Philly.

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★★★★☆

My husband and I ate here for Sunday lunch on our anniversary and really enjoyed our experience. The food was good-- particularly "Martha Washington's Pot Pie"-- and the Thomas Jefferson beer was very unique. The food came a little too quickly as we would have preferred to enjoy each course at a slower pace, but our server was attentive. The overall experience was very pleasant and added to the historic charm of Philly.

Pros: Unique charm, Good service, Fairly priced

Cons: Somewhat rushed

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Paid first visit on Mother's Day. The building, although a replica, is impressive. The food was good, but not great. The service was friendly, but on three occasions servers came to remove plates from our table when we were clearly not finished. While I recommend this eatery just for the historical kitsch value, there are better restaurants in town.

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★★★☆☆

Paid first visit on Mother's Day. The building, although a replica, is impressive. The food was good, but not great. The service was friendly, but on three occasions servers came to remove plates from our table when we were clearly not finished. While I recommend this eatery just for the historical kitsch value, there are better restaurants in town.

Pros: Beautiful building, Live music (of sorts), Historical atmosphere

Cons: Rushed service

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I am a resident of Philadelphia, many restaurants to choose from, but as of last Saturday, I now consider City Tavern my favorite. It was quite busy, however that didn't stop our server from being extremely attentive. As my husband is a homebrewer himself, it was so intriguing to taste the Founding Father's own beer recipes. Our server Cecilia, I believe, even recommended different beers to have with different courses on the menu. The Harp sounded beautiful and the harpist even played happy birthday for my husband. I would highly reccommend this restaurant whether it be a date or a family night out. The restaurant had a nice mix of people all soaking in the ambiance while dining upon 18th century gourmet fare.

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★★★★★

I am a resident of Philadelphia, many restaurants to choose from, but as of last Saturday, I now consider City Tavern my favorite. It was quite busy, however that didn't stop our server from being extremely attentive. As my husband is a homebrewer himself, it was so intriguing to taste the Founding Father's own beer recipes. Our server Cecilia, I believe, even recommended different beers to have with different courses on the menu. The Harp sounded beautiful and the harpist even played happy birthday for my husband. I would highly reccommend this restaurant whether it be a date or a family night out. The restaurant had a nice mix of people all soaking in the ambiance while dining upon 18th century gourmet fare.

Pros: Cookbook of Recipes, Ambiance, Excellent Food

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Though City tavern has lovely historic architecture and a great location, it is not a food destination by any means. The theme-park atmosphere (waiters in colonial costumes) and the amateurish service do not justify the high prices. We had to ask for bread, we had to ask for knives, the wine we ordered was slightly different from the wine list without any mention, etc. The mealy, overly cold tomato salad and soggy turkey pot pie crust were mediocre at best. And our server never thanked us even though we remained pleasant and polite and left a normal tip.

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★★☆☆☆

Though City tavern has lovely historic architecture and a great location, it is not a food destination by any means. The theme-park atmosphere (waiters in colonial costumes) and the amateurish service do not justify the high prices. We had to ask for bread, we had to ask for knives, the wine we ordered was slightly different from the wine list without any mention, etc. The mealy, overly cold tomato salad and soggy turkey pot pie crust were mediocre at best. And our server never thanked us even though we remained pleasant and polite and left a normal tip.

Cons: Too expensive, too cutesy, lame food

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I took my friend from out of town, here on her birthday. The service was the worst I have ever experienced in my life. We waited 45 minutes, after being seated to get our first drinks. I can't even tell you how long it took for us to get our meal. If we had an apologetic and sincere waiter I would be less upset about it. But he was just plain snotty. All I asked is for my friend to have a birthday candle in her slice of cake. But he forgot... when I asked him about it he, said to me "its too busy, for that." I will never go back there again, and urge others not to waste their time and money.

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★☆☆☆☆

I took my friend from out of town, here on her birthday. The service was the worst I have ever experienced in my life. We waited 45 minutes, after being seated to get our first drinks. I can't even tell you how long it took for us to get our meal. If we had an apologetic and sincere waiter I would be less upset about it. But he was just plain snotty. All I asked is for my friend to have a birthday candle in her slice of cake. But he forgot... when I asked him about it he, said to me "its too busy, for that." I will never go back there again, and urge others not to waste their time and money.

Pros: historical

Cons: rude waitstaff, long time for food

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Very disappointing. There was a group of us and none of us were happy with our meals -- the food was awful. The service was terrible and the manager could have cared less that we had an unpleasant experience.

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★☆☆☆☆

Very disappointing. There was a group of us and none of us were happy with our meals -- the food was awful. The service was terrible and the manager could have cared less that we had an unpleasant experience.

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It's worth going here just for the atmosphere. It's 1776 and you can have the favorite libation of one of the founding fathers. Add to this some historic food pairings and yummy desserts and you will have a wonderful if pricey meal.I loved

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★★★★★

It's worth going here just for the atmosphere. It's 1776 and you can have the favorite libation of one of the founding fathers. Add to this some historic food pairings and yummy desserts and you will have a wonderful if pricey meal.I loved

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City Tavern is a great lunch or dinner destination for tourists visiting Philadelphia. Prices are definitely cheaper for lunch than for dinner, but the menu looks about the same for both, so go for a late lunch here. Of particular note is

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★★★★☆

City Tavern is a great lunch or dinner destination for tourists visiting Philadelphia. Prices are definitely cheaper for lunch than for dinner, but the menu looks about the same for both, so go for a late lunch here. Of particular note is

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City Tavern reminds me a lot of a themed restaurant in Disney World. The whole atmosphere is top-notch, and the wait staff is costumed in clothing from the late 18th century. Prices are pretty steep here, as it's a major tourist and bus

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★★★★☆

City Tavern reminds me a lot of a themed restaurant in Disney World. The whole atmosphere is top-notch, and the wait staff is costumed in clothing from the late 18th century. Prices are pretty steep here, as it's a major tourist and bus

 

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