Monks Belgian Cafe

Monks Belgian Cafe

Gastropub
264 S 16th St (btwn Spruce St & Locust St), Philadelphia, PA 19102, United States
Hours:
Closed until 11:30 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 11:30 AM–1:00 AM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Drinks:
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Wi-Fi:
No
Outdoor Seating:
No
9.4/10

Based on 511 votes

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  • mussels
  • beer
  • french fries
  • burgers
  • duck salad
  • café
  • veal cheeks
  • casual
  • great value
  • good for a late night
  • lively
  • bourbon
  • authentic
  • cozy
  • spicy food
  • sliders
  • scallops
  • good for dates
  • cider drinks
  • good for a quick meal
  • Gregory S.

    Bartenders were knowledgable and the craft beers on tap were super rare. I'd make a trip back to Philly in a heartbeat just to come here.

    Gregory Schwender · 1 week ago
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  • Mark N.

    Try the Monk's Mussels - Mussels at Monk's Belgian Cafe in Philly. (via @Foodspotting)

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  • Greg R.

    Only place to get Pliny within a thousand miles.

    Greg Reese · March 1
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  • Amanda B.

    A beer lovers dream in bottles and rotating taps. They had Pliny the Elder the last time I was there.

    Amanda Bakay · February 22
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  • Ryan C.

    Come for the amazing mussels and stay for the truly extensive beer list.

    Ryan C · February 19
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  • Justin I.

    Great place to learn

    Justin Israels · January 19
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  • Mike T.

    Known for their mussels. Burgers are also great. Def a place for beer snobs

    Mike Thomas · January 17
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  • Leah V.

    There's not much to say. This is the famous Monk's. Educate yourself in beer and enjoy the bourbon mayo and mussel juice. Always a pleasure.

    Leah Vogely · January 2
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  • Joshua H.

    Always a great place to come and see what's on tap. Love Belgian beers and this place never disappoints.

    Joshua Haftel · December 27, 2014
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  • Elaine L.

    Great beer selection. Moules and frites are good as well as the veal cheeks.

    Elaine Lee · December 21, 2014
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  • Hector T.

    Steak, get the steak.

    Hector TheGreat · December 2, 2014
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  • David R.

    A serious beer drinker's spot. Along with Eulogy this THE place to go for Belgian ales.

    David Rosenbloom · November 24, 2014
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  • Andrew K.

    Get moules pomme frites - nummers!

    Andrew K. · November 23, 2014
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  • Dan M.

    Beer & Mussels!!!

    Dan Monbourquette · November 10, 2014
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  • Simon I.

    Get the flemish sour beers!

    Simon Ioffe · October 26, 2014
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  • Michael P.

    Damn straight those thai curry mussels are good.

    Michael Peppler · October 16, 2014
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  • Meg F.

    Tons of beer on tap. Decent chill scene.

    Meg Farmer · October 8, 2014
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  • Lance L.

    Burgers or chicken sandwiches, excellent mussels, definitely get the frites, best beer list in philly

    Lance Lacoff · October 4, 2014
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  • Cate B.

    Thai curry mussels were fabulous. In my experience, grabbing a place to eat at the bar ended up being more efficient than waiting for the hostess to sear us.

    Cate Barrett · September 29, 2014
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  • Devaki R.

    Best salmon EVER!!! ( loads of garlic)

    Devaki Roy · September 25, 2014
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  • Kathleen N.

    Mussels were a bit overcooked but the fries and delirium tremens more than made up for it.

    Kathleen Ngo · September 21, 2014
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  • Michelle C.

    Impressive beer selection covering every price point (my local microbrew was only $5). I also had the seitan (vegetarian) cheesesteak, but it was too greasy and the bread was too wet to finish.

    Michelle C · September 21, 2014
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  • Gary N.

    Wow, one of the best beer menus. It's a small bar, gets crowded fast, excellent service. Food is good.

    Gary Noe · September 18, 2014
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  • ISEPTAPHILLY

    One of our favorite spots, and a short walk from SEPTA's Broad Street Line or the 21 bus... cheers!

    ISEPTAPHILLY · August 25, 2014
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  • Matt S.

    the only place around here that consistently has pliny the elder on tap. so good.

    Matt S. · August 24, 2014
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  • Cassie P.

    Pommes frites are crisped to the T!

    Cassie P · August 21, 2014
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  • Terry K.

    Great beers on tap. A must when visiting Philly.

    Terry Kenneally Balton · August 11, 2014
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  • Elizabeth R.

    Love the mussels and the huge beer list! Plenty of interesting cider and fruit beer choices too. Love the fries and chipotle dipping sauce

    Elizabeth Rice · August 9, 2014
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  • Jason B.

    Amazing mussels. The small pot is plenty for one person. Great selection of Belgian beers.

    Jason Bessey · August 8, 2014
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  • Sheik R.

    Best Belgian beer selection I'll probably ever see outside of Belgium.

    Sheik Robinson · August 8, 2014
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  • Philly.com

    This likable and influential Belgian bistro is the region's undisputed beer paradise. There are surprises beyond the famous burgers and mussels, including stellar octopus and gueuze- stewed rabbit. Read more

    Philly.com · August 3, 2014
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  • Jane P.

    Great atmosphere. The trout I had was delicious, and the fries were up to Belgian standard which is very high. There was an amazing choice of beers from domestic craft brewers and Belgian.

    Jane Peach · June 13, 2014
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  • Chris S.

    Great burgers but even better mussels, great low key spot downtown.

    Chris Siaplay · May 22, 2014
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  • John A.

    Nice pulled pork sandwich. Good with a Stoudt's Pilsner.

    John Anastasi · April 26, 2014
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  • Chris D.

    Sour ale my man.

    Chris Dahms · March 5, 2014
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  • Chris D.

    Sour alw my man.

    Chris Dahms · March 5, 2014
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  • Lauren B.

    They do a great vegan burger here!

    Lauren Bieber · February 23, 2014
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  • John L.

    If it's your first time here you have to get the mussels, right light style is great. Have a go at their specialty brewed beer, you won't be disappointed.

    John LeMaire · January 8, 2014
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  • Steve

    They need to add the option to get double dipping sauce with the frittes!

    Steve · December 27, 2013
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  • Nick S.

    Beer is served far too cold. When asked for more info on how a beer tastes, we were told it's on the menu. Good beer selection. Allow beer to sit 30 mins before enjoying.

    Nick Suter · December 26, 2013
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  • Auri G.

    Best bar in the world period

    Auri Ghatak · December 16, 2013
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  • Michael L.

    One of the best beer bars I've ever been to. The beer list was epic (pages) and the duck salad sandwich was amazing.

    Michael Larkin · December 2, 2013
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  • Catherine D.

    Mussels on a cold night.... Can't go wrong.

    Catherine D · November 30, 2013
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  • Philadelphia Magazine

    Still kicks ass after all these years. Read more

    Philadelphia Magazine · November 18, 2013
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  • Patrick W.

    Be sure to check out the bar in the back. Their burgers are some of the best in town, and don't skip the fries, they're excellent. A good Chimay Triple is always a good pairing.

    Patrick W · October 12, 2013
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  • Sara Z.

    $5 Allagash white? Sign me up.

    Sara Zucker · October 7, 2013
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  • Amber D.

    Yummm get the mussels!

    Amber D · August 30, 2013
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  • Tyler M.

    The burgers are great! Try the Brussels burger with bacon and cheddar!

    Tyler Murphy · August 19, 2013
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  • Pete M.

    All of the mussels!

    Pete Marshman · August 12, 2013
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  • Krystal H.

    Be prepared for a long wait time. Excellent beer selection! Try the mussels.

    Krystal Henderson · July 28, 2013
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