Royal Tavern

Royal Tavern

Pub, Burger Joint, and Wings Joint$$$$
Bella Vista - Southwark, Philadelphia
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  • Sara C.
    "The Chicken Frankie wrap is amazing."(3 Tips)
    April D.
    "Tempeh club is great for dinner ... and tomorrow's lunch!"(3 Tips)
    Brad G.
    "There’s also a pretty wicked vegan sloppy joe for non-meat eaters."(3 Tips)
    Jason G.
    "Get the Angus Burger!"(5 Tips)
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  • Cory
    CoryJuly 29
    Good breakfast, no wait and it came out lightning fast
  • Leanne A.
    Decent vegan buffalo chicken strips but not my favorite. Nachos we're alright. Chicken Frankie is amazing. So many vegan options
  • Stephanie A.
    Stephanie AnnOctober 29, 2016
    Peach Milkshake Truffle Fries......... OH My!!! They have great vegetarian options and even some good vegan options.
  • Vanessa C.
    Vanessa CopeJuly 17, 2016
    Great service! Decent beer list. AMAZING food. Busy dive bar atmosphere. Short rib grilled cheese and wild mushroom bisque were heavenly. Old Bay fires were cooked perfectly. Love!
  • Marc
    MarcApril 3, 2016
    Food & Wine Best Burgers in Philly: Angus burger is sweet, spicy, & salty from toppings: bacon, caramlzed onions, pickled long hots, smoked gouda & chile mayo. Award-winning fav on burger bucket list.
  • Billie Jo H.
    Billie Jo HayesMarch 31, 2016
    Love it! Quirky, punky, loud and little. Best burger, hands down! Great vegan options, unique beer options changed often. Staff knowledgable on beer list. GF accommodating!
  • K. cappa W.
    K. cappa WayOctober 24, 2015
    The Angus burger is good, but watch out for that pepper. It'll get you good if you're not ready.
  • Follow F.
    Follow FoodieAugust 15, 2015
    A really good burger.
  • Jessica W.
    Best nachos ever! And I know nachos.
  • Kyle Z.
    Kyle ZiebaApril 5, 2015
    Bloody marys
  • Matt H.
    Matt HDecember 12, 2014
    Super tasty burger but beware of the jalapeno
  • cupkeyk
    cupkeykNovember 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best brunch in town. Croque Madam Eggs Benedict. Pancakes. Brewed coffee. Potatoes.
  • Râna A.
    Râna AltıparmakOctober 23, 2014
    Burgers best in Philly
  • Susan H.
    Susan HarnerOctober 21, 2014
    Amazing burger
  • Lance L.
    Lance LacoffOctober 4, 2014
    Quality sandwiches and burgers - one of the better pubs in Philly
  • Cate B.
    Cate BarrettSeptember 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Mezze Plate, Grilled Salmon Eggs Benedict
  • Dave W.
    Dave WalkSeptember 6, 2014
    Grilled cheese never disappoints
  • Brendan R.
    Brendan RastetterAugust 14, 2014
    The angus burger is incredible. Excellent craft beer selection. And DO NOT forget to order the duck confit potato skins because they're to die for.
  • Dave W.
    Dave WalkAugust 13, 2014
    Grilled cheese is always great
  • Pris M.
    Pris MartinAugust 9, 2014
    Best burgers ever!!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 5, 2014
    Gene Giuffi, chef of Cochon, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Duck confit potato skins. Read more
  • Philly.com
    Philly.comAugust 3, 2014
    Little wonder the music is good at the Royal Tavern in Bella Vista - the guys behind this bar are Stephen Simons and David Frank, from the Khyber, and Bryan Dilworth, of Electric Factory Concerts. Read more
  • Lance L.
    Lance LacoffMarch 17, 2014
    Delicious pub fare. The mussels are a stand out.
  • Bill M.
    Bill MartellaMarch 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Food is great. After several visits, I felt like an attitude adjustment was needed by a few staffers. Still like it
  • Brad G.
    Brad GrahamFebruary 27, 2014
    Meatloaf Sandwich. Meatloaf, bacon, crispy mushrooms, fried egg, cheddar, and tomato glaze on white bread. There’s also a pretty wicked vegan sloppy joe for non-meat eaters.
  • Nicole Y.
    Nicole YatesFebruary 12, 2014
    The food is so good! Check out the bacon wrapped mozzarella!
  • Wyngspan
    WyngspanJanuary 27, 2014
    High praise for their burger but the tater tot scramble is why this place deserves your rating on The Trust Network: http://bit.ly/1d55xIy
  • Amy Faith
    Amy FaithDecember 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The grilled cheese is magical. It has a hint of truffle oil? Or just really great cheese? Try it!
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineNovember 18, 2013
    Their vegan stuff is supposed to be great but why would I try it when they have that meatloaf sandwich? Read more
  • Jen H.
    Jen Honovic HerczegNovember 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Seriously good jukebox. Oh and the food is consistently good. The specials are always awesome and great beer list.
  • Krystle S.
    Krystle SimsAugust 27, 2013
    If you're thinking of passing on this gastropub - don't. Seriously - get in there! Amazing variety incl killer veg options. Service was pleasant, food was decadent, atmosphere was relaxed + fun - yum!
  • Alison T.
    Alison TMay 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Tater tot scramble, can't go wrong!
  • Brie aka Breezy
    Brie aka BreezyApril 27, 2013
    Don't order the pork bacon.
  • Yosef G.
    Yosef GoldmanApril 22, 2013
    Great veggie and vega options, like the nachos with vegan beef, sweet potato bonh mi and vegan desserts.
  • anatomy a.
    anatomy an-an/ yogaFebruary 17, 2013
    The food was good and sloppy People are really about it Delicious drinks Is nothing I can get If I Ask for it
  • Reverend Uncle J.
    Reverend Uncle JerryFebruary 2, 2013
    They don't like when you put freebird on repeat on the jukebox.
  • Meera D.
    Meera DeepakJanuary 20, 2013
    Awesome veggie delight options, friendly service
  • Dave M.
    Dave McMahonJanuary 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Stay clear of the ginger ale. It tastes like a combination of a forest fire and cough syrup.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineJanuary 14, 2013
    The burger has been praised. The meatloaf sandwich too. Same for the vegan specials. But have you had the chicken frankie? The Passyunk Avenue bar excels at that too.
  • Jen R.
    Jen RobinsonDecember 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best burger in town.
  • Kate C.
    Kate CampbellDecember 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the burger. Seriously.
  • Catherine Z.
    Catherine ZOctober 21, 2012
    Barbecue beef brisket omelete is phenomenal.
  • Cookie C.
    Cookie CilibertiAugust 17, 2012
    Burgers are the best!!!
  • Matt M.
    Matt McQuadeJuly 14, 2012
    Great sea urchin ceviche!
  • Caroline V.
    Caroline VoylesJune 20, 2012
    Awesome spot for vegans and their meat-eating friends to dine happily. Delicious dishes for everyone!
  • April D.
    April DuncansonMay 20, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    I dream about the banh mi. Order it!!
  • Jason W.
    Jason WMay 2, 2012
    Their burgers are masterful. Gets crowded between 7-9pm for dinner.
  • Austin S.
    Austin SeraphinApril 26, 2012
    They serve vegan food! Excellent! I got the vegan chili dog.
  • Mike S.
    Mike SomerMarch 31, 2012
    Try the burger! So effing gooood!
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineJanuary 3, 2012
    The bar you want to wake up in once you become the kind of person who wakes up in bars.
  • Kathy T.
    Kathy ToomeyDecember 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The vegan food is so delicious! Try the tempeh club or vegan sloppy joe. Soooo good.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineDecember 5, 2011
    The kind of classic Passyunk bar you might one day have no problem belligerently wake up in. Read more
  • Mark R.
    Mark RiggsOctober 22, 2011
    Horrible service
  • James G.
    James G.October 12, 2011
    Best smelling bathroom in the whole city.
  • Taryn Z.
    Taryn ZychalOctober 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Arnold Palmer is TO DIE FOR. try it.
  • Pam R.
    Pam RothmanSeptember 20, 2011
    Best. Grilled. Cheese. Ever. Nowhere else can compete.
  • Nkoli A.
    Nkoli ASeptember 16, 2011
    Try the angus burgers
  • Taryn Z.
    Taryn ZychalAugust 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the Arnold Palmer. Great mixed drink for a bar known for it's beer selection.
  • Jim T.
    Jim ThomasAugust 5, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Gotta have the grilled cheese! Get extra dipping sauce and use it with the sandwich!
  • Meg E.
    Meg EveringhamJuly 9, 2011
    Many veg and vegan options for a bar. Good specials. Accommodating for gluten free people although there aren't items featured on menu.
  • PhillyPosts.com
    PhillyPosts.comJuly 7, 2011
    Great food! Be sure to drop a Royal Review! Read more
  • K F.
    K FrameJune 5, 2011
    The tofu scramble is delicious. Friendly servers too!
  • Amit G.
    Amit GuptaMay 18, 2011
    Have the fresh truffle oil and parmesan popcorn, and order the small sizes. Portions are huge!
  • Kimberly C.
    Kimberly ColemanMarch 27, 2011
    Amazing bacon vodka bloody mary...just the right amount of everything!
  • Dave W.
    Dave WezMarch 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I love how this friendly dive bar not only has some good brews and great food like their soup in a bowl and their amazing Cheese burger but to top it they have Sriracha sauce on the table
  • Sara C.
    Sara C.March 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Chicken Frankie wrap is amazing.
  • DrinkPhilly.com
    DrinkPhilly.comFebruary 17, 2011
    Enjoy happy hour from 4-6pm on M-F with1/2 priced draft & $3 well drinks! Check out our article! Read more
  • Jon C.
    Jon ConnorFebruary 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask Brian about Desean and Table 5.
  • blake
    blakeJanuary 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    the best bloodys!!
  • Amy D.
    Amy D. K.January 21, 2011
    I can't help but get their chicken sandwich everytime I'm here. With tator tots and extra malt vinegar mayo.
  • Jason G.
    Jason GreystoneJanuary 18, 2011
    Get the Angus Burger! No onions, mayo or pickle shooters, but extra Gouda and dip it in Sriracha! Bannngggggiiinnnnnn'!!
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingJanuary 16, 2011
    Try the Cod Fish and chips
  • Shereef Z.
    Shereef ZakiJanuary 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Everyone loves the burger and it's great but the chicken sandwich is pretty amazing.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineDecember 13, 2010
    Order the cures-all burger or fluffy, chive-spiked scrambled eggs draped over tater tots — or be good with a tofu scramble or the super-cinnamon-y house-made lavender honey granola and a mimosa. Read more
  • Lou P.
    Lou PotterOctober 10, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    amazing brunch choices including bacon vodka bloody mary
  • tracy e.
    tracy ec.September 29, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    pretty much died and went to grilled cheese heaven when i had their provolone, apple, and bacon grilled cheese on cinnamon raisin toast.
  • Amanda F.
    Amanda FeiferSeptember 22, 2010
    Vegan beef nachos are a very worthy calorie-fest. Even my dad, who doesn't think a meal without meat is a meal, loves them!
  • jd k.
    jd korejkoSeptember 22, 2010
    Bacon wrapped Tator tots and tilapia tacos!!! Omnom!!!
  • April D.
    April DuncansonSeptember 18, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Tempeh club is great for dinner ... and tomorrow's lunch!
  • K.G.
    K.G.August 29, 2010
    Best grilled cheese sandwich I've ever had. The hummus plate is delicious, and the aioli they serve with the fries is fantastic.
  • Alysia C.
    Alysia CrissmanAugust 11, 2010
    The seaweed & soba noodle salad is totally delicious (and makes you feel a bit healthy despite the booze you're surely drinking).
  • John M.
    John MullenJuly 28, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Nicest bar staff in town!
  • Evan J.
    Evan JohnsonJuly 28, 2010
    Try the fries, very good.
  • Cat
    CatJuly 9, 2010
    HEYO I'M BEHIND YOU
  • Howard F.
    Howard FrankelMay 12, 2010
    Tempeh sandwich...mmmmmm
  • Stefanie S.
    Stefanie SpatolaMay 6, 2010
    Best dive bar, great food, and fries!
  • Alex W.
    Alex WhitchurchMay 3, 2010
    The Bloody Mary I had was served with a pickle instead of a celery stalk. A mouthful of pickle seeds can be a bit... off-putting.
  • PhillyPosts.com
    PhillyPosts.comApril 2, 2010
    Chicken curry wrap is amazing!
  • Frank N.
    Frank NeillMarch 29, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Best Fries in town...Garlic Mayo makes 'em. And, great beers on tap. The coolest wait staff is merely a bonus
  • Chris E.
    Chris EvansFebruary 3, 2010
    Vegan sloppy Joe is a winner.
  • Alessandro B.
    Alessandro BraidottiDecember 10, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    I like to start with a good beer and finish with $2 pbrs. Can't beat that price, son!
  • Kara L.
    Kara LaFleurAugust 21, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    the specials at royal are always amazing!
  • Jon M.
    Jon MacchioJuly 23, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    have the Tempeh Club and a beer or two. Immediately afterwards race cross town, bonus points for not passing out in a food coma.
  • koco
    kocoMarch 20, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    incredible, amazing... the best cheeseburgers in the universe. they have gouda on them, possibly crack as well.
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