Monk's Cafe

Monk's 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
9.3/10

Based on 554 votes

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    KevinTranz
    "Their Belgian beer selection is one of the best in the city."(9 Tips)
    Sarah P.
    "The menu here is Fantastic, and so is the beer selection."(21 Tips)
    Chris S.
    "Great burgers but even better mussels, great low key spot downtown."(52 Tips)
    Colin K.
    "Best seitan cheesesteak in the city and great beer selection too!"(4 Tips)
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  • mussels
  • beer
  • french fries
  • burgers
  • duck salad
  • lively
  • casual
  • veal cheeks
  • good for a late night
  • great value
  • café
  • authentic
  • cozy
  • bourbon
  • good for dates
  • spicy food
  • frog legs
  • cheese
  • salmon
  • meatballs
  • Matthew S.

    Russian River Damnation on tap! 🍻

    Matthew Straub · June 21
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  • Ryan E.

    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.

    Ryan Escobar · May 18
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  • Jason A.

    Beer. Mussels.

    Jason Airoldi · May 4
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  • 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 · April 16
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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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