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Hours of Operation

City Tavern serves lunch from 11:30am daily.

Dinner begins at 4:00Pm, Sundays 3:00Pm.

Our last reservation is Mon-Thurs = 9:00, Fri & Sat = 10:00, Sundays = 9:00.

However, we frequently stay open later.

Dress Code

Casual attire is fine, however many guests do dress for dinner.

Wheel Chair Access

City Tavern is a historically accurate reproduction so we do not have elevators.  Wheel chair access is available on our Wine Cellar level from our Walnut Street entrance where you will have a guided tour of our pastry kitchen.  Please make a notation in the comments section of the reservation requests.   Just have a member of the party stop at the main entrance or call when you arrive & we will be happy to escort you.

Do I need a reservation?

City Tavern does recommend reservation, especially on weekends & holidays.  However most days we can accommodate walk ins.

Parties of 8 or more. 

City Tavern requires a credit card number to hold the table, in the event of cancellation with less than 24 hours’ notice there could be a $50.00 charge

Parties of 14 or more & private affairs 

City Tavern is happy to accommodate large parties; in fact we create special prix-fixes menu to ensure your dining experience.  Please contact our in house Special Events Coordinator who will be happy to make all of your arrangements.  (Link to copy &

Seating request

City Tavern hosts many private affairs, so we never know which dining room will be available on a given night.  We will be happy to note the request and try to accommodate whenever possible, however, we are unable to make any guarantees

Meeting Chef Staib

Chef Staib is always happy to stop by & say hello whenever he is at the restaurant.  Although he is at the restaurant nearly every day (unless on location filming A Taste of History) it is impossible to commit to any particular day or time.  The best chance of bumping into Chef Staib is earlier afternoon when he is overseeing his kitchen staff with the day’s preparations.

Special Occasions

If you would like to make your visit even more special, we would be happy to make special arrangements. We can offer a champagne toast to meet you at your table; we offer a spectacular sparking Sparkling Rose from B&G, where we have documentation Thomas Jefferson ordered wine in 1805.   We would also be happy to arrange personalized cake made from Martha Washington’s recipe for chocolate mousse cake (a 6 inch cake for $25.00 great for 2-4 people).  This does require 48 hours’ notice. Please let us know if I may be of assistance with either of these options. You can either call the restaurant or email us at
Directions: For GPS purposes enter 143 S 2nd Street, Philadelphia PA 19106.  This needs to be tested


There is some metered street parking available in the area.  A parking garage is located on 2nd Street between Chestnut & Walnut immediately before reaching City Tavern or a community valet is located in front of Positano Coast nightly beginning at 5:00PM  (Pass City Tavern on 2nd Street make right on Walnut, make very first left after Positano Coast & follow the signs)


We are certainly happy to adjust our menu to accommodate your request. However, we understand people with food allergies have varying degrees of reactions.  As you may know, City Tavern takes great pride in preparing everything it offers fresh from farm to table.  On busy evenings we frequently operate two kitchens and an on premise bake shop where flour, nuts, seafood & dairy is used constantly and great quantities.  In spite of our stringent sanitation policies, we would not recommend taking the chance if your allergy is severe.  Just be sure to let your server know your concerns when you arrive.

Where do I learn more about Chef Walter Staib’s TV show, A Taste of History?

Please visit the website