Red Owl Tavern

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$31 to $50
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American
Centered in Old City Philadelphia, Red Owl Tavern is a modern American tavern featuring delicious local plates served just steps away from the Liberty Bell. Hand crafted sandwiches, bright salads and hearty classics create a menu perfect for everyone at your table. Sharing center stage is Red Owl's cocktail program focusing on prohibition era classics.

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RM
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cheesesteak was so worth it!

r
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Bar staff are fantastic

Food is very good. It’s pretty lively so not for quiet meal.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was delicious. We had the pierogies, burrata toast and wedge salad for appetizers. For entree we had the short rib cavatelli, roasted Amish chicken and lobster Mac n cheese. All very good especially the short rib cavatelli. Service was very good. The food served was timed nicely no rush. Overall great experience

D
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Ate in hotel after long day. Had reservation and place not crowded yet tried to sit us at a small table in middle of noisy walkway when nice booths available. Moved us on request but annoying. The service was a bit rushed. We hated a Caesar Salad which was average. My husband had short ribs which he enjoyed and I had strip steak the steak was cooked well and flavorful but had too much salt. Twice baked potato was a bit sloppy but also tasty. Probably would not return given all the amazing restaurants in Philadelphia.

A
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Took a long time for dessert to come out. Nice they leave water bottle on table. Cheesesteak was just ok. Long hike and steps to bathroom. Great location. Kids pasta was dry with an odd sauce that comes on the side.

S
Savannah
23 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always have liked the Red Owl. Convenient, nice decor, solid food and drink menu.

ES
New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Very limited menu on weekends
Food was ok but overpriced
Service was sporadic

D
Baltimore
36 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We had looked forward to dining at The Red Owl for quite some time. We were seated and Eric took our order. Approximately 30 minutes later our appetizers were delivered. Forty minutes later our entrees were delivered.
We had to ask other staff when our meals would be delivered. Eric saw nothing wrong with all of these delays. We opted to leave after an extremely disappointing experience. I asked to speak with the manager. After waiting yet another 10 minutes, we left The Red Owl thoroughly disappointed.

MR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ll be back!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was really good and our waitress was wonderful! Even gave us a free dessert! Definitely will go back again sometime!

EB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Been frequent diners in recent past. Food was not like before. Bar food trying to be restaurant food. Over salted. Won’t be back.

CC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I took my team to Red Owl for our annual team dinner after an evening of Axe throwing at Kick Axe. The staff at Red Owl provided excellent customer service, including their General Manager sending over multiple free appetizers to get us started. There was an issue with one of the steaks we ordered (ordered rare but came out well done) but the staff worked quickly to remedy the situation and the Chef personally delivered the new steak and apologized. This may not seem like a bid deal but our team just spent multiple days in team meetings talking about taking ownership of our mistakes and how that goes along way to improving the Customer (internal and external) Experience and Service. To see this live and in action definitely struck a cord with our group and made a disappointing experience easier to digest. Overall the team had a great experience and will be on our repeat list should the team stay in Old City once again (typically stay in Center City closer to our offices.)

JJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Overpriced and underwhelming. Salads came out soggy and swimming in dressing. Entrees were cold, proteins overcooked, and sides undercooked.

JA
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I would have liked to have seen more diet friendly foods or vegetarian options. There was a large amount of deep fried foods and not must choice other than a salad.

KG
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food service was a bit slow but my bartender was amazing. the burger had mayo even though i requested it without it. The drinks were so delicious and the dessert was awesome!!!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A friend and I stopped in for brunch and was blown away with how the restaurant looked so quaint and rustic. You can be dressed up or down and still fit right in. The food was AMAZING!! Nothing disappointed. I plan to go back and try some of the other menu options. I can only speak for brunch when I say you cannot go wrong with choosing this as your next dining option!

C
Charleston
34 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent dinner at Red Owl Tavern tonight! We ordered the Caesar salad to start, then Steak au Poive and the roasted chicken. The salad was crispy and delish, made from local lettuces. Both the chicken and steak were cooked perfectly and were amazing!
We will def be back next time we are in town.
Server Francis was also very helpful; thank you!

KC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great visit! The food was on point and the staff was beyond excellent. Everyone we encountered was fantastic. Thanks for a great lunch!

K
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice waitress.

DA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Restrooms are not very conveniently located. Quite a hike.

CH
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The restaurant would benefit from additional staff. The wait staff seemed a little inundated.

Red Owl Tavern
Responded on October 1, 2019

Thank you for your feedback and know that we would love to host you at the Red Owl Tavern in the future to show you how great we can actually execute!

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A
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Red Owl is always my primary "go to" restaurant when I visit Philly. The food is always amazing, the crowd is always friendly, and the service is always outstanding. I visit Philly at least once a month and each time I'm at Red Owl I meet strangers that seem like friends. Good vibes, good food, good people, and great service! Every time!

K
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

First time coming here for me and my friend so I wasn’t sure what to expect. It’s in an area where there are a lot of tourists but the place feels big and open which I liked. The waitress we had was ok but took a significantly longer time to first approach our table than she did with the tables she had after us I noticed. We went for brunch. We ordered the mimosa special that mentioned a bottle to share and various juices, but when we ordered we were told you have to get and walk over to add juice to your mimosa. I’m sorry but I don’t see why any customer would like this as compared to having small carafes sent to the table like most brunch spots do. Our waitress could have offered to Atl east bring our orange juice with our bottle but she just brought the bottle and glasses. I later asked for a carafe of OJ and we just used that instead of getting up for each new pour.

The food...the big cinnamon roll they have was disappointing. For some reason they didn’t have the apricot glaze and normal presentation but instead had chocolate in it? Thankfully we liked chocolate too lol. The actual roll was too airy for me for a quality cinnamon roll and the icing was way too light and tasted closer to whip cream than icing. The eggs Benedict I ordered was the best part of the meal however it took 2 tries by the cook. The first time my eggs Benedict came out with the eggs wayyy overdone. It’s frustrating because too many times restaurants prejudge me and assume I want my eggs well done maybe because I’m black? We are not all alike. I like my eggs runny. I like my poached eggs POACHED. The manager at least did come out and apologize and confirm the 2nd dish was better and it was. The waitress had a very nonchalant attitude, not mean but i just didn’t like it. I also unlike common belief am a very good tipper but I’m happy I wasn’t paying and having to tip on this date lol. Doubt I will go back with all the restaurants I have to choose from in old city closer to me.

Red Owl Tavern
Responded on October 1, 2019

Kendra, I wanted to thank you for your feedback concerning your most recent experience at the Red Owl Tavern. We will take this information and work towards executing at a higher level.

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MM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Celebrated a friends birthday. Always enjoy this going to this restaurant with their attentive service and good food. Great location as well. I recommend you try it.

MS
Savannah
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Family reunion

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Second time coming (loved it the first), service is always impeccable. Last time we came here for a break from cheesesteaks but ended up getting talked into one and it was amazing. We came back for the cheesesteak but found it to be a bit over seasoned. My wife had to order a ceasar salad to go and didn't eat anything except the crutons and grilled chicken (( which was $4 to add )) because the ceasar dressing was horseradish and mayonnaise.... That's it. We'll of course be back the next time we're in Philly and I'll just mention I'd prefer my meat a little less seasoned. 😊 Oh! Also they were out of the Puree for the Bellini bar and while they substituted with juice which was totally fine, I'd come to expect more from a place that saw me not eat my cheesesteak order something else and still charged me for both.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside. Everything was good. We'll be back.

MS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was really good across the board. Had a really nice experience.

OT
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall1food4service4ambience1

We used to be regulars there, but this was our last time. The music was so loud that my guest had put ear plus in! It was all made worse because the manager wouldn’t turn the volume down.

CN
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Service was excellent, food was not good at all. Our server was very attentive, service was excellent so you would really feel bad to complain about the food.

JA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Great location and fun vibe, but you can find MUCH better food in Old City/Society Hill - especially at this price point. Check out Amada just up the street for incredible cuisine and exceptional service!

OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Oatmeal
Was watery and not good. Not exceptional food

OT
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Menu was not kid friendly or vegan friendly.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and wait staff

MF
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We experienced the rudest waitress...we mentioned that it happened to be our sons 40th birthday...she then replied we charge $25 for forks and plates..in a very nasty attitude..it was a very pricey dinner for awful service and not great food...we were all very disappointed...

Live in the neighborhood and would not recommend it ...

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grits are AMAZING!!

Red Owl Tavern
Responded on August 4, 2019

Thank you!! We are huge fans of the grits, too. Hope to see you back at Red Owl soon!

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Taking friends on the Constitutional Walk prior to dinner

Red Owl Tavern
Responded on August 4, 2019

Thank you for the five stars! You definitely enjoyed a little bit of all the historic district has to offer. Please join us at Red Owl again soon!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food !

RT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The manager was absolutely wonderful and our waitress Alyson was the best!!! The crab fitters are a must and the bannana ice cream desert recommended by Alyson became the desert of choice in our section....everyone started ordering it.

Red Owl Tavern
Responded on August 4, 2019

Thank you, Roberta! We have passed along your kind words. We hope to see you again soon!

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BE
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No complaints about this place. Ambiance, Servi6, Food all was superb! My 13 year old daughter even loved it. Will definitely be returning.

Red Owl Tavern
Responded on August 4, 2019

Thank you so much for these kind words! We look forward to your next visit to Red Owl Tavern!

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