Black Powder Tavern

4.6
1176 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Since 1746, the building that houses this tavern has played a part in the establishment of our nation; first as a respite for stagecoach travelers expanding westward and later as a covert rendezvous point for George Washington, Marquis de Lafayette, and other leaders of the American revolution. It is believed that during the infamous winter of 1777–1778 at Valley Forge, a major figure in the Continental Army, master military mind Friedrich Von Steuben, designated the tavern as a secret black powder munitions stash for Continental Army couriers. All the while, the tavern continued to provide food, shelter and cheer to the hungry, weary soldiers fighting for their independence. Today, we honor our historic tavern’s tradition with a mission to raise the spirits of our guests. We invite you to experience the small and large plates, craft beers and revolutionary hospitality that is Black Powder Tavern.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1176 people are saying
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vipMelissaC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Awesome food. I got the french onion soup and chopped salad. My friend got the honey mustard chicken sandwich. Service was a bit slow but it was a very good experience. I will be back the next time I'm in the area!

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PaigeR
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere! Our server even took the time to tell us about the history of the building. Can’t wait to return!

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Josephv
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent and I would recommend going there if you have never tried it before!

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vipAlexaB
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Good food good service and overall great experience.

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cahill
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, delicious cocktails. The dishes are tried and true classic comfort food. Parking can be difficult durning prime dining hours due to location and size of lot.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Service was awesome from the waiter to the manager. Food not so good. I had meat loaf was not seasoned enough for me sister’s food was full of grease which manager took care of. I will try them again. Dessert was delicious as was the drinks.

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SharonR
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. People were distanced and following restrictions.

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KristineB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service at Black Powder is always impeccable. Just burgers and fries, but very tasty burgers and fries along with good choices for cocktails.

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JamesP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our time at the Tavern. Will return, looking forward to dining in the patio!

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michaelD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on a Sunday at lunchtime. Friendly greeting at the door and the waitstaff was also friendly and efficient.

Sandwiches are a nice size for the price. One in our party had the steak and egg entree. They felt it was a very good choice. Everyone was happy with their selection.

A nice craft beer list is available.

Definitely would return.

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vipMamie16
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the history of this place.
Great service and food.

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vipErica
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We really enjoyed it here. The food and service were great!

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Rich
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent mussels special. Only complaint was that it was noisy in the dining room.

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FrancesC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Black Powder never disappoints. Three of us shared appetizers of loaded chips & calamari, both delicious. Our main courses were equally as good, as was the service. We ate comfortably on the patio, & very much enjoyed our long overdue get together.

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Greg
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place for dinner with family and friends.

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AmyM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick service and excellent server. Made great suggestions. Highly recommend the poutine and maple glazed Brussel sprouts as appetizers.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Easter brunch

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vipAdventureFoodie
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

We made a reservation on Open Table and I was very disappointed when we were seated next to the bathroom door at a table for two. Due to Pandemic requirements, the Governor opened restaurants to 75% and also bar seating. Every table was filled to 100%. Our waiter did not come back to refresh drinks and I really felt ignored. I was very uncomfortable with every person in the establishment walking by our table either to use the restroom, wait staff going to and from the kitchen or going to the bar. I have eaten here several times before and never had this experience. I know restaurants are trying to recover from the Pandemic, however I am not sure I will return to Black Powder Tavern after this past experience. I am hoping the manager reads this and realizes that particular table is placed inappropriately and would make anyone uncomfortable.
I normally would have said something while we were at the restaurant, however never had an opportunity. When we came home I gave the experience a great deal of thought and felt constructive criticism would be better than loss of business, so I hope this gets quietly passed along to management. Thank you.

Black Powder Tavern
Responded on April 8, 2021

Hi, AdventureFoodie Thank you for joining us again. I appreciate your helpful feedback and sincerely apologize for your experience. Adhering to the various health mandates is very important to us. I would appreciate the chance to discuss this matter with you. Per OpenTable’s policy, I will message you my email address. Will you please reach out with your name, number and a good time to reach you? I will give you a call. Thank you. Bernie Bottmeyer General Manager, Black Powder Tavern

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Diegos
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly staff, food was really good, beer list pretty thorough. Our waiter was incredibly nice, knowledgeable, attentive. All staff wore masks and tables were spaced well.

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vipJeffE
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting from our of town, this was one of the few places we could get a reservation on short notice on a Friday night. Honestly, the food was absolutely exceptional. My son had the steak frites. He's a 16-year old carnivore who has eaten in some pretty nice steak restaurants and he thought this was one of the best steaks he'd every had. I had the chicken burger, which was equally fantastic, which I ordered with a side of sweet potato fries that were cut like steak fries... super thick... but really airy and light and flavorful. Super delicious. We will definitely be going back, and will plan ahead as we want to make sure we don't miss out next time and might not get lucky at the last minute again!

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JaeM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always greeted with a smile and receive excellent, attentive service.

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Sama
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, ambience, and service in a local gem of a restaurant! My husband and I would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good service and great atmosphere. Food was out quick but didn't feel rushed at all. Great place for a casual weekend outing!

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MMTS
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Never disappointed
Good food, great service!
Salmon is always delicious

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vipDCFinc
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good place to grab a bite any evening or weekend. Waiter was very attentive and appropriately attentive. My son's burger looked great and it was a big WIN that they offer Gluten-free rolls. It's still difficult to find GF options these days so any restaurant that has that is a family fave! Parking lot on-site is a bonus and the menu offered plenty to choose from.

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vipGateway
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for lunch or dinner. From the second you walk in the door, the staff always makes you feel welcome. Nice selection of beers and the food is always of a high quality.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Disappointed at Lunch. Food not up to Pre-COVID standards.
Long wait for food and not prepared as ordered. Fault lies with kitchen, not the server realized his mistake and he was sorry for that .
When told manager of problem, he was extremely curt and was brisk saying “you want to leave now” and then attempted to pull a plate away. Very insulting for your guest !
Prior to COVID, we had been regulars at this restaurant many years .

I don’t know what is that manager name that was on duty on 3-27-2021 but let me tell you Pal , you are the worst , Unprofessional Very Rude , dirty outfits guy I have ever seen . , I had been in hospitality business at list 14 years or more , Ran fine restaurants and worked 12 years or more !! .. ,

For your information I have been In Black power many many times , Our Visit today definitely wasn’t pleasant so I definitely had to share my lunch break story to co -workers family , friends who a-visit theirs quit regulars , When they knew what happed today ..they the one who ask me to write this review .



i hope this message would read by owner And CEO Of Black Powder . ..I would love to provide you more information if needed . Thank you

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margocooks
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great ambiance near historic Valley Forge Park! Drink specials run seasonally, along with an extensive beer and wine list. We skipped appetizers and settled in on a good burger, fish & chips, and cedar planked salmon. Everyone's dinner was very good and daughter and I took leftovers home. Hubby finished his salmon that had a really good glaze/topping made with fried capers.

This place is a personal fave of mine. Outdoor seating available although the weather looked iffy so we ate inside. Plenty of physical distancing and barriers in between tables.

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vipGeorgeC
Philadelphia
76 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service, and safety. Only negative- charged my wife for two diet cokes- chintzy bad move.

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JosephA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and excellent service.

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vipMichelledenglo
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was good. Went for lunch. We had the corned beef and cabbage and it was $25.00 which is outrageous. I did not know the price before hand as we were never offered any special menus items like we saw other customers getting. But we figured it was St Pattys day and they would have if. Never in my wildest dream did I think it would be $25.00. Very disappointing

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vipAnna
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So much nicer inside than what it looks like it might be from the busy street. Blake, our server, was attentive and cheerful but not overbearing, the food and drink were wonderful especially the prime burger with perfect fries paired with a Yard's Golden Ale. The onion soup was also good, and next time I must order the Harvest Salad. I had a bite of my fiance's and was jealous. My fiance got the pot pie and remarked in amazement how much chicken is in it - he showed me a "small" piece that was a mouthful. The staff even ran outside to bring my hat which I left on the seat! Many thanks, will return with friends.

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AnyaL
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Ryan, was excellent. The food was very good.

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Jaywhoa
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time. We're here twice in a row for hockey tournament

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Historical tavern with a great menu. The burger was a bit messy and slid apart easily, but was tasty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
117 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around. The food was delicious, perfectly prepared and presented. Our server was polite and professional without being overbearing. He anticipated our needs and exceeded our expectations. The room was beautiful and spotlessly clear. Five stars fro us!

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vipKathieB
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I ordered the fish tacos. Had no idea that blackened meant very seasoned. Couldn’t eat it

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Irab
Poconos
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The Brussels sprouts appetizer as well as vegetables served with dinner were cooked perfectly. We also were happy with the scallops and the Cajun Mac N Cheese.

Fortunately, we were in the back room at a table with plenty of distance from others. The hostess stated that were at 50% and I am not sure how as every table was full including booths back to back with no separation.

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vipTonyg
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a very nice time with good service and food that was delicious.

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Scoop
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Service was ok. Bar tender took it upon herself to split our salad when we did not request it— we like to share the same plate. Chopped salad was good though.
We ordered the scallop dinner as an appetizer— at full price. Scallops were done will and the grilled Brussel sprouts and onion medley were a nice accompaniment.
My wife’s NY Strip was a little more on the rare side as opposed to mid-rare that she asked for. Meat was tough— you could tell it had not beef aged. If a restaurant is going to charge $35+ for a steak it should be better quality.
I ordered the pork schnitzel. It was fried a little to long and you could taste the French fries that had been the main use for the fryer. The sides were sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. Now, if you are going to do a schnitzel the chef should pair it with potato dumpling or spatztel.
We had brunch here last year and it was wonderful. I think we will just stick with that.
We won’t be coming back for dinner.

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Black Powder Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 1176 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.