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City Tavern, Phila., PA - Fine Dining at its Best

cheflynnie Jan 19, 2010 10:09 AM

My husband and I returned to the City Tavern for the first time in many years and we had a wonderful dinner. This restaurant is very charming, located in a historic building on the corner of 2nd and Walnut in Philadelphia, PA. The restaurant appears to have a number of small dining rooms, which allows the restaurant to manage crowds in each dining area. In our room, there were only two other couples which made it for a nice, quiet atmosphere.

The only downside to our meal is that we were sitting right outside of the kitchen, so there was lots of people walking past us. Of course, the pro's to this is that we were able to see and smell all kinds of wonders coming out of the kitchen!

The wait staff dresses in colonial garb which makes for a nice touch. We found our waiter (server?) to be extremely pleasant and highly attentive, but not in a way where we felt like he was part of our party! Courses were timed well so you never felt like you were waiting a long time for any food. Breads on the table were delicious. I had the soup special (lentil soup) and Hungarian Goulash which was absolutely delicious (a little spicy, though!). One of our dinner guests had the pepper pot soup which was divine! All of our meals were very good, and the portions are very generous. You certainly won't go hungry.

For four people, two glasses of wine, two beers, 3 soups, 1 salad, 4 entrees and one dessert (with 4 spoons!), came to $220 (including tax and tip). A tad bit pricy but not ridiculous.

This continues to be a great place to go. Especially if you like history and food with a "German" flair - the chef/owner (Chef Straub) has been seen on various tv shows (PBS, I think) and offers a great menu.

I'd give this meal a 5 star rating. :-)

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City Tavern
138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

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