Chester >Food & Dining > Tavern 17
220 S 17 St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1901339.860153 -75.365528
Ripped-off – Celebrated my wife finishing her summer classes here. Stopped by for some drinks and snacks around 6pm. Waitress was here-and-there, not really there.
Ate some sliders...they don't have buns anymore?! Served on oversized bread slices.
Checked my bank account following night to see the staff thought they should add another 50% to my tip. Chk'd my copy of the bill to confirm.
Don't feel like going here again. Better food, wine and staff in many places in the city.
I hate this place. – Unfortunately, I have been here twice, and I hated it both times, and will not go back. The first time I went was with about 5 people after work for Happy Hour. At a place called Tavern 17, I was expecting it to be a tavern-ish place, but the vibe it has is quite the opposite. I felt like they were trying to be some swank Rittenhouse bar, but falling exteremely short. The staff is less than friendly, the specials are awful, and we were given a hard time when it came to seating us. The 2nd time we went (again, a group of about 5-6 after work), they switched our table while we were still sitting there!!
Also, the fact that there is no actual bathroom in the place, and you have to walk through the hotel is a little strange.
LOVE THE SLIDERS – I agree. The sliders are a deal and a half.
Worth checking out. Good drink specials. I was there last year and it wasn't fantastic. NOW, its definitely a place i would come back to. Will be one of my new happy hour spots.
Unique Find! – Want a beer and a good plate its the place to be. I went over to Tavern 17 with one of my friends for a happy hour drink and was pleasantly surprised. The selection was large and their sliders were awesome. I would definitely come back here to try dinner. Great find!
I think I just threw up a little – You know the feeling when you really want to be sick but can't? That's how I feel after just returning from Tavern 17. Everything was terrible. First we attempt to sit in a row of seats squished so they literally touch each other. Then, the "family style" appetizers arrived, consisting of 3-5 pieces of fried stuff per every 8-10 people. Some of us ate, others were left out. Then we wait. Then, the sauces for the appetizers came out, long after everyone had already finished the appetizers. I am fairly sure they were store-bought and microwaved, but it didn't matter since we were done with the over-fried, cardboard-like appetizers. Run out of the lovely luke-warm tap water that was already on the table before we arrived? Too bad! We wait some more. By the time we were getting ready to order a pizza to be delivered into the restaurant, we got our... BREAD! This was, of course, after they took away our small plates, so there was nowhere to put our bread. We wait some more. And more. Some people got their main dishes--the chicken (advertised as 1/2 chicken with pears and string potatoes) was different for everyone that ordered it, and resembled quail... though it wouldn't surprise me if it was pigeon. Uhh... I just almost threw up again. The vegetarians got panini sandwiches (normally a lunch food?), and others got dingy-looking salads that were wet and browning. We waited around, most of us left. Those that hung around got a "dessert", which was a pound cake from CVS with canned peaches on top and a spray of whipped cream. They ran out of canned peaches and gave others an unidentifiable canned replacement fruit. This cost $30. Un-freaking-believable! I have NEVER had such a bad meal before. Some people said this place has good happy hour sliders, but that is just not possible. NOTHING good could have ever come out of the same kitchen. It was like a Chef Jeff project (ex-convicts-turned-chefs) gone wrong, terribly wrong. Do not ever come here!
Truly Horrible – This was so terrible.
To advertise an "express lunch" but it takes 10 minutes simply to be seated, another 10 minutes to be asked if we would like to order drinks, another 10 minutes to receive said drinks, another 10 minutes to place our order, another 15 minutes for our food to arrive, another 10 minutes to receive the check when asked, and finally, another 10 minutes before our check is processed.
To make things worse, there was an error with one of the cocktails and our server was nowhere to be found - we approach the bar, and the tender was so incredibly passive aggressive about the possibility of HIM making a mistake. The food was good, but they were certainly small portions.
DON'T BOTHER. And we had two cocktails each and we were all disgusted and disappointed. We'll stick to our normal lunch spots, where we can relax and enjoy and not throw away $30.00 a head for such nonsense.
Good drinks and that's it! – Went with a large group of people. The service was not very good and the food was worse. When I looked around the table of about 20, NO ONE was eating their food. I had turkey and it was dry and awful. I do recommend the strawberry basil drink, but everytime I ordered one, it came out different (???) Definitely will NOT go back!
A stylish restaurant and bar take up in the old Warwick Hotel, currently flying under the Radisson flag, with offerings from early morning to late night. – In Short
From early am business meetings to late night cocktails, this hotel bar housed in a Center City grand dame, sets a contemporary scene with a dizzying array of menus, offers, specials, and deals. Take the $9 express lunch menu, delivered in 10 minutes or less. Or the chef's nightly suggestion, $25 from 5pm-7pm, and $35 from 7pm-9pm. Wine flights and beer specials add more options. The menu is billed as flights and bites with plenty of small plates for those looking to sample or grab a nosh while waiting for friends.
don't bother..... – Our first clue should have been when we made the reservation, the host said, "um, you do realize you are calling Tavern 17 right"? It was empty on a Saturday night. Service was blah, they were out of several beer selections. Food was mediocre at best. I had the roased chicken with squash and apples. The squash and apples were literally just chopped and maybe baked, no flavor at all. The chicken was extremely dry and also had no flavor. They were out of hummus for the appetizer we wanted. The tuna tartare was surprisingly good. The dishes had no creativity, no flair, and definitely not enough good flavor. The final straw was that in order to use the restroom, you have to go to the attached hotel and obtain a key from the fron desk clerk. seriously? We would not ever eat here again.
Bad – If this restaurant wasn't attached to a hotel, they would not have any customers, but they benefit mostly from unsuspecting hotel guests. The food is so bad that I had to write about it immediately upon finishing my lunch. My husband ordered a pork chowder soup that was actually fairly tasty, but overloaded with salt, so it was inedible. My Chopped Salad consisted of food of a "funky" consistency that I wondered whether the chopped pork was canned meat and the sliced avocado frozen from last year. It was quite unapetizing and I am the sort who will eat anything. My husband's turkey panini sandwitch was bland. It was hot and grilled on the outside, but the meat and cheese frozen on the inside. The waitress was some lazy zombie who looked like she would rather pump gas than serve. The place is very pretty and the decor very mod, but the clientele consists of foreign tourists and those who don't know that decent food is just around the corner. There is no reason to return here.
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