Monk's Cafe

Monk's Cafe

Gastropub and Belgian Restaurant$$$$
Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
  • The experts at Men's Health Mag and Philadelphia Magazine recommend this place
    • Men's Health Mag
    • Philadelphia Magazine
  • KevinTranz
    "Their Belgian beer selection is one of the best in the city."(11 Tips)
    Alex G.
    "Best imported beer selection in Philly, knowledgable staff."(34 Tips)
    Mark N.
    "Try the Monk's Mussels - Mussels at Monk's Belgian Cafe in Philly."(68 Tips)
    Colin K.
    "Best seitan cheesesteak in the city and great beer selection too!"(5 Tips)
233 Tips and reviews
  • mussels
  • beer
  • french fries
  • burgers
  • lively
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  • Peggy L.
    Peggy Li1 week ago
    Mussels were truly phenomenal. Worth trying even if you usually don't love mussels (I was skeptical, but trusted all the rave reviews about them…).
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin Cooley3 weeks ago
    Be sure to make reservations during peak hours
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronMarch 27
    Belgium bar with over 200 beers. From all over and they make there own house sour beer. It was a big place with 2 bars . The bartender in the back was great. Famous for the mussels. Real nice feel.
  • Alex G.
    Alex GrayMarch 24
    Best imported beer selection in Philly, knowledgable staff. Amazing atmosphere. If you want to go for dinner, be prepared to wait for a table
  • Michael L.
    Michael LeisMarch 2
    Been here 5+ times
    A philadelphia institution of great beer selection, frites, duck salad sandwich and of course the mussels.
  • Alex S.
    Alex StillOctober 30, 2017
    Pliny and Blind Pig on tap all the time. The other beers are also great so try them, too
  • Patricia R.
    Patricia RamirezOctober 15, 2017
    Monk's Mussels still my all time fave item on the menu!
  • Kelsey H.
    Kelsey HuseOctober 12, 2017
    Beer and burgers! Their house sour is 👌👌
  • Czarina B.
    Czarina BehrendsSeptember 19, 2017
    Everything we had was superb. The mussels are delicious and plentiful.Also comes with fries. The beer selection is out of this world.
  • Sam K.
    Sam KrasnikSeptember 10, 2017
    Great food and amazing beer selection. Loved their private label Flemish sour
  • Karla S.
    Karla SosaJuly 2, 2017
    Absolutely delicious Belgian food and an impeccable beer list
  • Katie G.
    Katie GJune 24, 2017
    Beer, food
  • K P.
    K PedMay 4, 2017
    Love the Sour!
  • Lola B.
    Lola BishopMarch 20, 2017
    Best seitan cheesesteak!!!!! The back bar is my favorite!
  • Jim C.
    Jim CraneMarch 17, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best Belgian beer bars in the country. Food has always been very good. Mussels rival what you will find in Brussels
  • Майя Б.
    Майя БакланMarch 14, 2017
    Quite simple at first look, but very taste
  • nat
    natMarch 9, 2017
    Beer lost abbey
  • Charlie W.
    Charlie WellockFebruary 20, 2017
    Beer, burgers, mussels
  • Lee
    LeeFebruary 17, 2017
    You know you came here for the beer. Enjoy the eats too
  • Chris B.
    Chris BuijsJanuary 29, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    #1 craft beer bar in America and beyond.
  • Brian A.
    Brian AlvarezJanuary 19, 2017
    They have all the beer. What else is there to say? Oh yeah, the mussels. Get those.
  • Leach E.
    Leach E. E.January 7, 2017
    Great beers, friendly bar staff. Can be busy.
  • Belen G.
    Belen GomezJanuary 2, 2017
    Amazing selection of beers. Beware of the Spanish Flies, they really are extremely spicy!
  • Antonello L.
    Antonello LoddoOctober 26, 2016
    Orval and mussels
  • Derek J.
    Derek JobstSeptember 28, 2016
    If you're serious about your beer, you better come here. There’s always something on tap here worth bragging about.
  • Eric W.
    Eric WuSeptember 17, 2016
    Great burgers and fries!
  • AbdulAziz A.
    AbdulAziz AlHussainiAugust 23, 2016
    The mussels are great
  • Max W.
    Max WennekerAugust 6, 2016
    Mussels and fries both good. Avoid the Caesar.
  • EM H.
    EM H.July 19, 2016
    Great selection of beers and generous food portions.
  • Sofia P.
    Sofia PapastamelosJuly 17, 2016
    Good selection of beers. Staff is kind of meh. Won't let you sit down if you aren't eating and no samples of the beers.
  • Mary L.
    Mary LuJune 29, 2016
    Russian river blind pig ipa -- amazing taste!!
  • Bobby M.
    Bobby MyersMay 3, 2016
    Beer, modules frites
  • Greig R.
    Greig RoselliApril 29, 2016
    Sit at the back bar if it's too crowded in the front. Peruse the beer bible. Drink a pint of something delicious.
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LomaxApril 25, 2016
    The veal cheeks were delicious and their bottle list is crazy good. Great service and cozy atmosphere.
  • Oi I.
    Oi IApril 9, 2016
    #beer #frites #cool
  • Michael C.
    Michael CowdrickMarch 29, 2016
    Awesome beer selection , great atmosphere
  • Raj S.
    Raj SarmaMarch 28, 2016
    Too crowded with uppity bartenders.
  • Sophia H.
    Sophia HMarch 17, 2016
    Thai curry mussels are amazing, and the serving is HUGE, so filling. Fries are the best. Hill Farmstead Everett porter is awesome - very malty, excellent porter. Great service. I love this place.
  • Matt C.
    Matt CowburnMarch 15, 2016
    Knowledgable stuff and a huge Belgian beer list.
  • K
    KJanuary 31, 2016
    I feel like I'm in Belgium...try their sours.
  • Sophia H.
    Sophia HJanuary 21, 2016
    Good pulled pork sandwich. My friend's seitan is pretty good too. For chocolate stout lovers, I recommend Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad or Brouwerij De Molen Cease & Desist :)
  • J D.
    J DonmoyerJanuary 14, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Beer variety
  • Mark B.
    Mark BencivengoJanuary 10, 2016
    Craft beer, burgers, mussels
  • Gary N.
    Gary NoeJanuary 7, 2016
    Great food and an unlimited beer selection
  • Steve B.
    Steve B.January 7, 2016
    Only place on the East Coast that serves Pliney the Elder. Nuff Said!
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel ShifmanJanuary 5, 2016
    Their veggie burgers are so delicious and hearty. And all the beer they have is truly impressive.
  • Global H.
    Global HighlanderDecember 25, 2015
    Great place for craft beer and draft beer. Cozy and crowded setting.
  • Katie C.
    Katie Czuczejko PaynterDecember 24, 2015
    Go for the beer.
  • Blaine H.
    Blaine HardwickDecember 18, 2015
    Ghent mussels; Russian River Blind Pig
  • U Y Ê N N A O M I B.
    U Y Ê N N A O M I B U INovember 21, 2015
    The clams are amazing!
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