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When taking a meal at City Tavern, Philadelphia one is overcome with the history of this establishment. The diner is subject to an epoch where gentlemen like John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Stephen Hopkins, etc amassed and discussed their upcoming break from England.

In 1772 inhabitants of Philadelphia met and mandated “a large and commodious tavern that will be worthy of [the city’s] standing as the largest, most prosperous city in the colonies.” Opening for business in December 1773 the restaurant soon became the unofficial meeting house for those concerned with the happenings within the colonies. From September through October 1774 delegate from the first Continental Congress assembled at City Tavern before and after each congressional session.

Exploits of 1776 witnessed the eatery as a whereabouts where    Continental and British prisoner’s of war were held,. The City Tavern also the scene of military court-martials.

The City Tavern is now a famed eatery where travelers can enjoy the historic atmosphere of Philadelphia. Situated on Walnut Street, the restaurant is enclosed by the city’s colonial past. As you amble through the revolutionary street,s one is overburden with awe and with pride for our founding fathers.

In March,1834 a fire raged within the interior of the tavern. City Tavern and its history seemed lost to the ages. From the first Independence day celebration (1775) to to the beginning of the Pennsylvania Society of Cincinnati (1783) in the northwest dinning room, Philadelphia’s citizens morned the public house’ passing.

Then in 1948 the Congress of the United State granted the National Park Service authorization to “preserve certain important building and sites of significant national importance… including the site of the original City Tavern.” In 1976 after considerable restoration City Tavern reopened. The city of Philadelphia through period photographs, written accounts and surveys had their famous landmark again. It you are in Philadelphia and wish to commune with revolutionary spirits from a bygone time there is no better eatery then City Tavern.

City Tavern address is 138 South Second Street at the intersection with Walnut Street. It operates for lunch and dinner. For Reservation call (215) 413–1443 or go on-line at