Philadelphia Restaurants

City Tavern

  • 138 S. 2nd St. Map It
  • Old City
  • American

Published 01/10/2017

Fodor's Review

You can time-travel to the 18th century at this authentic re-creation of historic City Tavern, where the atmosphere suggests that Founding Fathers such as John Adams, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and the rest of the gang might have dined here (they didn't; the restaurant was built under the supervision of the National Park Service in 1994, to the specifications of the original 1773 tavern). The food is heavy and rich—West Indies pepper-pot soup, cornmeal-crusted oysters, and braised rabbit are prepared from enhanced period recipes and served on handsome Colonial-patterned china or pewter. Happily all is not authentic—the restaurant makes good use of refrigeration and electricity.

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138 S. 2nd St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106, USA

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Published 01/10/2017


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