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Hours of Operation

Most days you can simply stop in, we do recommend reservations
just in case.
Casual attire welcome

Lunch from 11:30 am
Dinner from 3:00 pm
Reservations accepted through 9:00 pm Weeknights;
10:00 pm Fridays & Saturdays
*City Tavern will close 2 Mondays February (12th & 26th) while we upgrade some of our equipment.  We will open Monday February 19 to celebrate Presidents Day serving the first Presidents favorites dishes.  

Spring will be here before you know it, join Chef Walter Staib & make your Valentine’s Day, Easter or Mothers Day celebration one to remember!

Wednesday February 14, 2018 Valentines Day
3:00-8:30pm The most romantic evening in Philadelphia will be enjoyed by those who join Chef Walter Staib at City Tavern.  The evening’s tone will be set by the sounds of the harp greeting you at the door.  Enjoy champagne while you savor a four course Lovers’ feast at your candlelit table.  Every detail has been arranged, we will even make sure a single long stem rose completes the evening.  $79.95 per person (This includes a bottle of sparkling wine for each couple).  Call 215-413-1443 (Our regular a la carte menu will not be available this day).
For the complete menu click here.

Sunday April 1, 2018, Easter
11:30am-2:30pm Chef Staib will offer a three course plated brunch featuring a choice of four appetizers, 10 entrees & 6 dessert prepared by our very own pastry chef.  $42.95 [er person, $26.95 per child 12 & under.  We will begin accepting reservations February 15th.  Please note we will require a credit card number to confirm.  Please call 215-413-1443 for reservations.  (Our regular a la carte menu will not be available for lunch this day)
3:00-8:00pm Chef Staib will offer our regular a l acarte dinner menu dedicating our specials to traditional Easter favorites including Country Ham & Leg of Lamb. For the complete menu click here.

Sunday May 13, 2018, Mothers Day
11:30am -8:00pm Chfe Staib will put aside our regaulr menu to celebrate Mothers Day.  This menu will feature a 4 course prix fixe Mom will remenber for years to come. We will begin accepting reseravtions March 1 lease note we will require a credit card number to confirm, please call 215-413-1443 for reservations.  (Our regular a la carte menu will not be available this day) For the complete menu click here.

Parties of 14 or more
Private Affairs & Groups 

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Parties of 13 & less

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Enjoy live period music by our resident musician Mark Caroll every Wednesday through Sunday nights from 5:30

Reservation FAQs

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 8:30, Fri & Sat 9:30, Sundays 8:30.

However, we frequently stay open later.

Dress Code

Casual attire is fine, however many guests do dress up a bit more 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 reservations?

City Tavern recommends reservations, 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-fixe menus. 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 requires 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.


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)