937 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1914739.937084 -75.154601
Mon. - Fri. 11am - 1:45am;Sat. - Sun. 10am - 1:45am
Neighborhoods: South Philadelphia, Bella Vista/ Southwark
One of the first bars of its ilk to make brunch "cool." An excellent place to satisfy a craving for a Bloody or a Mimosa whilst slightly or extremely hung over.
One of a handful of amazing Philadelphia pubs that please meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. Great sandwiches (I like the tempeh club) and usually a great vibe. It does get packed during peak hours.
yummy veg options – went here on a thursday night and it was pretty chill; had a good vibe. we didn't get any drinks, just dinner. the tempeh club i had was a little salty but really tasty. they have a variety of vegetarian/vegan friendly choices which is always a relief. i will say that $8 for a sandwich in a bar is a little much but it was good enough that i'd probably pay it again.
wow, what a find!!! – i stumbled across this place recently and was so surprised that i hadn't taken the chance to stop by sooner. I'm fairly new to the city & am finally discovering the better places in this neighborhood. the service was better than i expected (esp for a tavern/pub atmosphere) and the food was great. the beer selection was amazing and i was bummed out that i hadn't made it in time for their happy hour deal- half price beers!!! whoa! when i asked for help choosing from the menu the bartender was quick to let me know that the burger was "award winning." The atmosphere was really chill & i felt at home from the get go. Worth checking out!
Their burger is amazing – They have a wide variety of beers on tap and bottled, but the very best thing is their burger. Is just the best I've ever had. Simply perfect. That fried hot pepper on top... addictive!
For drinks and a meal it can't be beat – Royal Tavern combines a high quality menu with a great atmosphere to make you want to come back again and again. The food prices could be a little lower and the service isn't always the best... but if you're in the mood for a massive plate of a nachos with a reasonably priced drink, then Royal Tavern is the place for you. Their sandwiches and soups are excellent as well- suffice to say I've never been disappointed by a meal at Royal. Unfortunately it's only gotten more and more popular over time and it can be near impossible to get a table on a weekend. If you're able to get a seat though, Royal Tavern comes highly recommended.
Duane the bartender – The Royal Tavern is a must when I come to Philly. The food is great, the staff is friendly, and the Bartender Duane is awesome!!!
Used To Like This Place – I used to think this place was cool until last weekend. If you're good friends with the bartenders at the Royal Tavern, you can treat other patrons bad and get away with it. Staff have attitudes. Bar stools are usually reserved for local friends of staff so if you go, might as well just sit in the back. Oh, and the food is going downhill. Used to have a decent menu, but it's changed and become more expensive. If you like attitude with your grub, then the Royal Tavern is for you.
A nice surprise – A friend of mine lives around the corner so we sort of tripped over the place. I was very impressed. They have a vegan/veggie selection on their menu which is very rare, and since one of the members of my party is vegan, we decided to try the food. Unfortunately I dont remember what we ate. It was some sort of vegan burger but it was amazing. The server was very attentive, the bartender was a good looking alternative boy;), it was an overall positive experience though the prices could have been a bit better, especially in Philly.
Bella Vista's slacker-chic neighborhood pub with real good eats. – In Short
The atmosphere is laid-back, with a deep-red walled, evening-only, pub with local brews and an alt-rock jukebox, opened by the owners of the Khyber. They're serious about bar grub here: Chicken wings are better than average, as are big salads. Standout sandwiches include a delicious duck club with cherry relish, a veggie concoction of spinach, goat cheese and pine nuts, and a popular brisket with cheddar with extra fries.
User review by placecard – I am a big fan of the Royal Tavern. The bar menu is quite large and pairs non-typical (for a bar) flavors together. The fries are done just right, crispy and browned, especially the 3 kinds with garlic and parsley. That said, I'm disappointed in the way the Mac and Cheese has changed for the worse since the Royal opened. It used to be a cheesy, homestyle miracle and is now a bland, creamy (not cheesy) mistake. I also miss the small salad that used to come on the plate, because the $7 version is only worth about $4-5, especially when it's missing the accoutrements. Daily specials are imaginative, but the basics aren't remarkable. Soup is not offered in a cup-size and serves as a meal, but rarely interesting enough to finish. Also the tapas for $10 was a total joke.
Diamond in the rough – The food here is unbelievably good, and it is the BEST BANG for your buck. The short ribs are excellent, and the guac burger is the best burger I've ever had, hands down. This place needs more press because I've never heard a thing about it - if I hadn't stumbled in, I would have not discovered this pleasant surprise.
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