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Philadelphia, PA, Pennsylvania

There is no other place in the world where you can experience authentic 18th-century American Culinary history. City Tavern offers a full 18th-century lunch and dinner menu and serves ales of the revolution, beers brewed with founding fathers’ recipes, as well as a full bar.

The restaurant has 10 dining rooms and gardens, which are the perfect setting for rehearsal dinners in Philadelphia; celebrating and enjoying the flavors and traditions of the past come to life.


Gary and I attended a conference in downtown Philadelphia recently. A friend recommended we go here. A TREAT! I highly recommend it to visitors, for a real authentic experience of Colonial dining. It was great fun eating in the old building, sectioned into separate dining rooms in each room and on several floors. The waitstaff and hosts were all in Colonial attire.Great family destination. We saw groups, families and friends all gather here for an excellent meal. The tableware is of the time period, including pewter-type (heavy duty) drinkware and candles on the tables. The menu reflects foods from that period, mostly meaty fare such as pork loin, turkey pot pie, lamb chops, steak, etc. TIP: A vegetarian would not like the menu choices. They served some special breads, including these delightful little sconelike muffin items that we loved.I found the pricing within reason, given the special nature of this restaurant. And the food servings and quality were excellent! I told another in my convention to go here, and he wrote me how grateful he was for that tip. Don't miss it if you can get there!

Andrea (08/06/2013)

This is the single greatest restaurant I've ever been to. All the food and beer made from original 18th century recipes from our founding fathers!

Brad (09/01/2012)
Contact Person Tom - Event Manager
Phone (215) 413-1443
Website City Tavern
Address 138 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19106
Is your facility handicapped accessible Yes
Is kosher catering available No
Is outside kosher catering permitted? No
Is the facility indoor only, outdoor only, or both? Indoor and Outdoor
Does your facility have guest rooms No
Does your facility have air conditioning Yes
Maximum capacity with dancing 300
Maximum capacity without dancing 300