Established in 1773 and referred to as "the most genteel tavern in America” by John Adams, the bright red brick building blends into the feel of Old City, however the inside is anything but ordinary. The 20th-century building is meant to mimic the 18th-century building which stood on the grounds, a tavern frequented by many of the Founding Fathers, including Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Ben Franklin, and Paul Revere. The atmosphere and the food mirror Revolutionary-era traditions, with waiters and waitresses dressed in period attire serving food to match the taste of America’s Founding Fathers.
Headed by Chef Walter Staib, the restaurant offers visitors an extradinary opportunity to visit the culinary past. Chef Staib is an author, Emmy Award winning TV host, James Beard-nominated chef and culinary historian. He brings 18th century cuisine to life on numerous cooking shows, including appearances on the “Today show,” “60 Minutes” and the Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate” and “Iron Chef.” As if it couldn't get any more interesting, Chef Staib is also the only modern chef to have cooked in the homes of the first five presidents.
Stop by for dinner on Wednesdays through Sundays and hear live period music by the restaurant's resident musician. Enjoy 18th-century gourmet cuisine by candlelight, and step outside after your meal to truly feel transported to the stone roads of Revolutionary Philadelphia.
Cover image credit: City Tavern