Monk's Cafe

Monk's Cafe

Gastropub and Belgian Restaurant$$$$
Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
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  • KevinTranz
    "Their Belgian beer selection is one of the best in the city."(11 Tips)
    Karla S.
    "Absolutely delicious Belgian food and an impeccable beer list"(32 Tips)
    Sophia H.
    "Thai curry mussels are amazing, and the serving is HUGE, so filling."(5 Tips)
    Colin K.
    "Best seitan cheesesteak in the city and great beer selection too!"(5 Tips)
231 Tips and reviews
  • mussels
  • beer
  • burgers
  • french fries
  • lively
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  • Patricia R.
    Monk's Mussels still my all time fave item on the menu!
  • Kelsey H.
    Kelsey Huse1 week ago
    Beer and burgers! Their house sour is 👌👌
  • Czarina B.
    Czarina BehrendsSeptember 19
    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
    Great food and amazing beer selection. Loved their private label Flemish sour
  • Karla S.
    Absolutely delicious Belgian food and an impeccable beer list
  • Katie G.
    Katie GJune 24
    Beer, food
  • K P.
    K PedMay 4
    Love the Sour!
  • Lola B.
    Lola BishopMarch 20
    Best seitan cheesesteak!!!!! The back bar is my favorite!
  • Jim C.
    Jim CraneMarch 17
    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.
    Quite simple at first look, but very taste
  • nat
    natMarch 9
    Beer lost abbey
  • Charlie W.
    Charlie WellockFebruary 20
    Beer, burgers, mussels
  • Lee
    LeeFebruary 17
    You know you came here for the beer. Enjoy the eats too
  • Chris B.
    Chris BuijsJanuary 29
    Been here 10+ times
    #1 craft beer bar in America and beyond.
  • Brian A.
    Brian AlvarezJanuary 19
    They have all the beer. What else is there to say? Oh yeah, the mussels. Get those.
  • Leach E.
    Leach E. E.January 7
    Great beers, friendly bar staff. Can be busy.
  • Belen G.
    Belen GomezJanuary 2
    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 A.
    Gary AlanJanuary 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!
  • Allyson H.
    Allyson HarttenNovember 15, 2015
    Vegetarian cheesesteak is out of this world.
  • Ricardo S.
    Ricardo SeixasNovember 15, 2015
    Very authentic pub with a rare compilation of world beers and great environment! Mussels are a try but not killer.
  • Alex K.
    Alex KeslingOctober 25, 2015
    Get their eponymous Flemish sour, especially if you've yet to be won over by the sour beer category.
  • Danny T.
    Danny TrejoOctober 10, 2015
    Some of the best burgers and beers in town. Has that small local feel to it of you are trying to avoid all the tourist bars. It's a must place to check out.
  • Sola O.
    Sola OnitiriOctober 9, 2015
    Russian River Blind Pig beer is a citrus delight
  • Sophia H.
    Sophia HOctober 4, 2015
    Great beer. Love the Beer Bible.
  • Charley T.
    Charley ToddSeptember 29, 2015
    Russian River Redemption is amazing. But so much else is too. Roasted chicken was fantastic.
  • Ru L.
    Ru LuSeptember 28, 2015
    The duck was good.
  • Minkus B.
    Minkus BSeptember 3, 2015
    Mussels and BEER
  • Marty R.
    Marty RowanAugust 4, 2015
    Mussels are the best ever! Beer selection the best you'll find anywhere.
  • Patrick W.
    Patrick WardAugust 3, 2015
    Mussels! And they have one or two gluten-free beer options
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillJuly 31, 2015
    A top notch beer selection with a comfortable vibe to drink with friends. I am looking forward to coming back & trying their burger.
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew StraubJune 21, 2015
    Russian River Damnation on tap! 🍻
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EscobarMay 18, 2015
    Great beer selection but can get crowded. I recommend getting a table and ordering appetizers so you don't have to deal with people bumping into you.
  • Gregory S.
    Gregory SchwenderApril 16, 2015
    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.
  • Mark N.
    Try the Monk's Mussels - Mussels at Monk's Belgian Cafe in Philly. (via @Foodspotting)
  • Greg R.
    Greg ReeseMarch 1, 2015
    Only place to get Pliny within a thousand miles.
  • Amanda B.
    Amanda BakayFebruary 22, 2015
    A beer lovers dream in bottles and rotating taps. They had Pliny the Elder the last time I was there.
  • RC
    RCFebruary 19, 2015
    Come for the amazing mussels and stay for the truly extensive beer list.
  • Justin I.
    Justin IsraelsJanuary 19, 2015
    Great place to learn
  • Mike T.
    Mike ThomasJanuary 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Known for their mussels. Burgers are also great. Def a place for beer snobs
  • Leah V.
    Leah VogelyJanuary 2, 2015
    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.
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HaftelDecember 27, 2014
    Always a great place to come and see what's on tap. Love Belgian beers and this place never disappoints.
  • Elaine L.
    Elaine LeeDecember 21, 2014
    Great beer selection. Moules and frites are good as well as the veal cheeks.
  • Hector
    HectorDecember 2, 2014
    Steak, get the steak.
  • David R.
    David RosenbloomNovember 24, 2014
    A serious beer drinker's spot. Along with Eulogy this THE place to go for Belgian ales.
  • Andrew K.
    Andrew K.November 23, 2014
    Get moules pomme frites - nummers!
  • Dan M.
    Dan MonbourquetteNovember 10, 2014
    Beer & Mussels!!!
  • Simon I.
    Simon IoffeOctober 26, 2014
    Get the flemish sour beers!
  • Michael P.
    Michael PepplerOctober 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Damn straight those thai curry mussels are good.
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerOctober 8, 2014
    Tons of beer on tap. Decent chill scene.
  • Lance L.
    Lance LacoffOctober 4, 2014
    Burgers or chicken sandwiches, excellent mussels, definitely get the frites, best beer list in philly
  • Cate B.
    Cate BarrettSeptember 29, 2014
    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.
  • Devaki R.
    Devaki RoySeptember 25, 2014
    Best salmon EVER!!! ( loads of garlic)
  • Kathleen N.
    Kathleen NgoSeptember 21, 2014
    Mussels were a bit overcooked but the fries and delirium tremens more than made up for it.
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CSeptember 21, 2014
    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.
  • Gary A.
    Gary AlanSeptember 18, 2014
    Wow, one of the best beer menus. It's a small bar, gets crowded fast, excellent service. Food is good.
    ISEPTAPHILLYAugust 25, 2014
    One of our favorite spots, and a short walk from SEPTA's Broad Street Line or the 21 bus... cheers!
  • Matt S.
    Matt S.August 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    the only place around here that consistently has pliny the elder on tap. so good.
  • Cassie P.
    Cassie PAugust 21, 2014
    Pommes frites are crisped to the T!
  • Terry K.
    Terry Kenneally BaltonAugust 11, 2014
    Great beers on tap. A must when visiting Philly.
  • Elizabeth R.
    Elizabeth RiceAugust 9, 2014
    Love the mussels and the huge beer list! Plenty of interesting cider and fruit beer choices too. Love the fries and chipotle dipping sauce
  • Jason B.
    Jason BesseyAugust 8, 2014
    Amazing mussels. The small pot is plenty for one person. Great selection of Belgian beers.
  • Sheik R.
    Sheik RobinsonAugust 8, 2014
    Best Belgian beer selection I'll probably ever see outside of Belgium.
    Philly.comAugust 3, 2014
    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
  • Jane P.
    Jane PeachJune 13, 2014
    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.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SiaplayMay 22, 2014
    Great burgers but even better mussels, great low key spot downtown.
  • John A.
    John AnastasiApril 26, 2014
    Nice pulled pork sandwich. Good with a Stoudt's Pilsner.
  • Chris D.
    Chris DahmsMarch 5, 2014
    Sour ale my man.
  • Chris D.
    Chris DahmsMarch 5, 2014
    Sour alw my man.
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BieberFebruary 23, 2014
    They do a great vegan burger here!
  • John L.
    John LeMaireJanuary 8, 2014
    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.
  • Steve
    SteveDecember 27, 2013
    They need to add the option to get double dipping sauce with the frittes!
  • Nick S.
    Nick SuterDecember 26, 2013
    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.
  • Auri G.
    Auri GhatakDecember 16, 2013
    Best bar in the world period
  • Michael L.
    Michael LarkinDecember 2, 2013
    One of the best beer bars I've ever been to. The beer list was epic (pages) and the duck salad sandwich was amazing.
  • Frederico L.
    Frederico LieberenzDecember 29, 2016
    Cerveja ótima mas cara (ainda acrescentam impostos sem te avisar). O bar da frente é muito barulhento, mas o de trás não tem as mesmas do da frente, então leve isso em consideração.
  • Mario A.
    Mario AyalaDecember 16, 2015
    Muy buenas cervezas
  • Vitacha
    VitachaAugust 23, 2015
    великолепнейшие мидии (Ghent) и огромный выбор крафтового пива
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