Monk's Cafe

(215) 545-7005 | View Website

264 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions   19102

39.947703 -75.168100

Open Hours

Daily 11:30am-2am

 
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More Categories: Coffeehouses

Bar & Pub Special Features: Notable Beer List

Cuisine: Traditional American, Belgian, French, Hamburgers

Price: $$

Tags: Cheap Eats, Dine At The Bar, Late Night Dining, Local Favorite, Notable Beer List

Payment Methods: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Neighborhoods: Rittenhouse Square, Center City

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Monk's Cafe
Monk's Cafe
Menu
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, Chicken Fingers, Flatbread And Dips, Frog Legs, Monk's Flemish Grilled Scallop, Pommes Frites, Smoked Salmon Sliders, Spanish Flies, Summer Wraps, Veal Cheeks... more

Reviews for Monk's Cafe

Monk's Cafe
Recommends

It gets pretty crazy in the front room and bar. Sneak off to the back bar for a slightly chiller experience with awesome bartenders who know their stuff.

Recommends

When you need mussels, don't go anywhere else. Come to the original. The lemongrass mussels and fries are head spinning.

Monk's Cafe
Recommends
5.0

Absolutely fantastic beer list! Plenty of Cantillon and other rare beers!

over a year ago

The food here is beyond amazing. Its a little dark and hole-in-the-wallish but its really a great place to grab food and they have a great drink selection.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

I had heard so many great reviews about Monk's and I went with a group of people. They somehow just FORGOT to seat us and we waited over and hour and a half and never got a table so we all had to leave. I wouldn't recommend it on that experience alone. I don't care how good the food is.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Just go for the beer!.. – I have read nothing but great reviews about this place.

I decided to see for myself. Well They do have a great

selection of beer. It stops there!...I had the Brussels burger and there award winning fries????..The burger

was cooked or order but I had search for it in my bun,

Too much bun and NO MEAT!!!..The fries WOW!!..I could have gotten better fries at Mc Donalds..Actually

they should just serve potato sticks. Service was so,so.

I think I could have done A lot better for 20.00 bucks. Next time I'll just go and have my Gyero at the Terminal Market with extra sauce.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great beer selection and excellent food – After reading some of the negative reviews...I felt like I should post my recent experience at Monk's.

I felt the service was very professional. Both bartenders were pleasant & prompt with service. Perhaps some of the complaining customers are used to be coddled or having their rear ends kissed...but nothing I saw of the staff could have possibly construed as rude.

As testament to that...both bartenders were patient & professional even when putting up with with the obnoxious group of early 20ish lawyers seated next to me.

The atmosphere was very cool. It's dimly lit, really good music over the house PA...just a really cool vibe.

I ate at the front bar. I had the Lapin a la Gueuze (braised rabbit and root vegetables) and thought it was perfect. I couldn't have been happier.

Overall...I think it was an excellent experience and I will definitely be going back. A word of warning...it's not the cheapest bar in the city...beers I drank were mostly in the $7-8 range. However...the quality is definitely worth it and personally...I think slightly higher prices chase away the riff-raff.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best Belgian in the city!!! – This place is a Philadelphia beer institution! Great atmosphere, incredible beer selection and awesome food! Love Monks!!!!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Falling Faster than a Lead Zeppelin – Monks use to have good food and great beer with horrible service. Now it has horrible food and horrible service that makes me forget about the beer. The new owner has been making bad changes every day since he took over a few years ago. I won't be going back ever again since it's getting painful to see it's demise.

Most people I know go around the corner now to Jose Pistoles since the beers are $2 cheaper for the same beers and at least there you can get a burrito that isn't too bad.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Monk's STUNK – I used to love Monk's cafe, but I have to say the last time I went there will REALLY be the LAST time. We sat in the back room where the bartender waited on us. He was sloppy, slow and tired and I kid you not we ordered 4 burgers and every single one was cooked wrong. I got medium rare and it had not a trace of pinkness. My friend got well done and it was pink. My other friend got Medium well and there was red liquid dripping off, forming a puddle on her plate. This was not a mix up in burgers, either, since we all ordered different types and they came with different toppings. We showed our waiter and he said they were training new staff in the kitchen which is why our burgers were royally screwed up. We did not drink beer, but instead opted diet soda, which was RC Cola, and as the bartender/waiter agreed, it was disgusting, syrupy, and flat. In fact, when the bartender/waiter came back to offer us refills, he said, sarcastically, "would you like some more of our EXCELLENT cola?". It would have been funny if we weren't trying to enjoy our dining experience. In addition, we ordered a basket of fries, and I don't know if the fries were always less than pinky finger size, but they are now, and dipping them into the sauce (the only good thing about the whole meal) was impossible because they were so short and kept getting stuck in there.

SO, what used to be great burgers and fries has turned into a disgrace. IF you go to Monk's, trust me, stick to the beer.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great Beer - Knowledgable Servers – This always busy, neighborhood bar delivers the goods. This place has earned it's place as a Philadelphia institution. These guys started the Belgian trend in Philly. Amazing selection of beers from all over the world with an emphasis on Belgian & US micros. They even have decent wine by the glass. The burgers rock & the mussels are the best I ever had. Try the Ghent (bacon & blue cheese) or Thai Curry mussels. The dipping sauce for the fites is addictive - sort of a spicy mayo/remulade sauce. I think the service is great. They are very busy and the wait for a table can be long, so just relax over one of their 250 beers until its time to sit down. I usually eat there earlier in the week or late nites on weekends. Dining out during prime time on Friday or Saturday nite is not for me. The food is great and is a very good value. They do not proport to offer fine dinning. There's a reason they are always busy...it is a corner bar with a top-notch beer list & very good food. The servers/bartenders really are friendly and know about all those beers.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Good food, loooong wait. – I decided to try Monks since my co-workers are always saying how much they love it there, and highly recommend the fries. I made the mistake of going hungry with my boyfriend, because after we finally got around to being served, our food took F O R E V E R to come! We after about 40 minutes we did decide to order an appetizer of fries, because we just needed to eat SOMETHING. When they finally got there, they indeed were delicious. But our food just kept taking longer and longer, and we saw people who sat down after us get their food and leave before we even got ours. So when it finally came, it was quite delicious, but for the price, I was expecting to be blown away a little more. I think I ordered a rabbit salad, and my boyfriend ordered filet mignon. Yes, it was tasty. But was it worth the high prices AND the wait? We still aren't so sure.

The staff did not seem too concerned with our wait. The waitress did not come to check on us very much.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Horrible Service – Bartenders are rude and obnoxious. Go to Eulogy, much better beer selection and way better service. Years ago this used to be my favorite place for good food and good beer; now, after multiple visits where i was treated horribly, I wouldn't go there if you paid me.

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Beer List (2007)
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Nominations Nominated for:
Bar Menu (2013)
Bartender (2008)
Burger (2008)
After-Work Bar (2007)
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Beer List (2005)
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