Monk’s Café | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Monk’s Café
World Class based on 225 ratings
Type: Bar

264 S 16th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania United States 19102 [ print map ]
215 545 7005 | facebook | twitter | beer menu

Hours: Mon - Sun 11:30 AM - 2:00 AM

Mayor: boto (1) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: ~150

Monk’s Café

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Beer Available At Monk’s Café (arranged by most recent)
Lost Abbey Devotion 93, 4 Hands Snake Oil 80, De Molen Rook & Leer (Smoke & Leather) 90, Oxbow Loretta 95, Chimay Dorée / Spéciale du Potaupré 81, Oersoep Brettanosaurus Rex (Bruisend en Blond) 92, Port Brewing Wipeout IPA 99, Russian River Blind Pig IPA 100, Dogfish Head Blood Moon , Pizza Boy Citra Pils 91, Russian River Damnation 98, Allagash Victor 91, Deschutes Black Butte Porter 97, Tired Hands WoodLaHands 96
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225 reviews for Monk’s Café
 Ambiance  81%
 Service  74%
 Selection  90%
 Food  81%
 Value  71%
 Overall  84%
 Rating  97%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
Meilby  (96) Kristiansand, Norway | June 23, 2015
I’ve hear a lot about this place and to be honest I was disappointed. They do have a fantastic beer list and the Duck confit was good, but that is about all the positive things I have to say about the place. It is a bar but is it really necessary to play the music so loud that you have to yell to keep a conversation at the same table during dinner in the eraly afternoon and it didn’t help that I didn’t like the music. The waitress didn’t clean our table from empty plates.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
PRBeer  (332) Parsippany, New Jersey | June 22, 2015
Just visited Monk’s Café yesterday after planning on going for years. I’m glad I finally made it. It was a very good experience...not quite as lofty as the reviewers make it out to be...but still one of the top craft bars in the US...particularly when compared to Belgium craft bars. I see this place as an 86-96 rating depending on your personal craft beer interests...but like Capone’s...perhaps a few points lower than the aggregate score (I realize RateBeer ups a score over time just from the shear number of positive reviews allowing a place to outscore it’s average review). Anyway...great food...great atmosphere...and extremely good Belgium beer list. Once you get away from Belgium’s things can drop off pretty quick as far as numbers of non Belgium’s...but the quality and uniqueness of those beers is certainly notable. Case in point...during me visit I was able to enjoy a couple of Russian River beers (no Pliny or Blind Pig unfortunately)...and a great 22 oz bottle of Anchorage Brewing’s Galaxy White IPA...definitely a highlight (along with the mussels and frogs legs!). My only complaint...and for me it’s a big the fact that they won’t give you a taste of anything on draft before you buy it...which is especially annoying given they don’t offer flights or even half pints or half pours...and many of the offered beers are unusual enough to the average beer drinker that some type of tasting arrangement should be made available. My job involves a lot of travel around the world allowing me to visit many different types of beer establishments and I have never run across a place that doesn’t offer at least one of these 3 tasting options...although I’m sure there must be others out there (when I complained I was clearly told these were the bar’s policies). I find this policy unacceptable for a world class craftbeer bar...and although I like the place overall...I am not likely to revisit often. Still...Monk’s is a must visit on any craftbeer lover’s list...I’ve now checked it off.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie  (317) Kristiansand, Norway | June 22, 2015
Perhaps it’s just me, but this place seems highly overrated. The room certainly needs refurbishment, even though it’s sort of charming like it is now, the music played were far too loud even though it’s a bar, and the fries they brag about are quite mediocre. Lovely mussels though. The waitresses brought the beer quite quick, but the way of cleaning the tables were strange. Seemed quite randoml what they removed, even when we were done eating only some of the plates were left and wasn’t even removed when we left half an hour later. Love the beer list at this place, else it’s more or less mediocre.
EithCubes  (242) New Jersey | June 3, 2015
Have been meaning to get over here for years and happened to pick Beer Week for the first visit! Only about a twenty-minute wait in the evening, luckily, and validated by the experience. It’s another venerated institution, and yet another dimly-lit hole-in-the-wall, but lively and diverse, happy despite the cramp and bustle. Beer list is tremendous, an expansive survey of Belgium and a satisfying selection of local and upper-end American beers (one of the handful of places to reliably find Russian River east of Colorado, for example). They’re known for mussels and the like, but even my humble pommes and mayo-based dip impressed and, perhaps more importantly, reminded vividly of authentic Belgian/Dutch street food. Essential.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
conway  (71) , | April 20, 2015
Bar is somewhat crowded and dingy but not a bad vibe overall. Service was generally friendly and knowledgeable in spite of the large crowd. Great draft and bottle list. Food was excellent, especially the mussels. Prices were a little high but not outrageous given the area and quality. Definitely worth a visit, although the place does get packed so plan accordingly.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
jenray  (24) Houston, Texas | April 17, 2015
Interior had a cozy, old world feel. It felt a little on the small and cramped side, but maybe that was a factor of it being so crowded. I lucked out and was able to score a spot at the bar just as someone got up to leave, otherwise the wait for a table would have taken awhile. The beer selection was great with the highlights for me being the Pliny and Blind Pig. I didn’t really check out the bottle list, but I understand it is extensive. The food I ordered was very good. The service was a bit spotty, as it was so crowded that the bartender was kept very busy. Prices were a bit high, but that was to be expected. A great experiance overall and I’d love to make it back there sometime.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
nate2g  (1016) Boomtown!, Australia | April 10, 2015
I came by on Monday night and it was jam packed so it goes to show the popularity of this joint. Fortunately, I managed to squeeze the last spot at the bar. Shorty after, folks started to queue for the wait on tables...busy! Once I was settled, service was great. The bartender was clearly busy but handled the pressure without any issues. I was disappointed that quite a number of taps had kicked so that ruled out my first few preferences. Oh well, there were still a couple of interesting beers to try and of note the upcoming list of beers looked solid. Ordered a duck salad and it was delicious. Lively ambiance and warm, soft lighting ensures it’s an inviting bar to visit.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
Lothore  (54) California | February 19, 2015
Small place with a distinctly Belgian feel. Dim light, lots of glassware hanging from the ceiling above the bar. Their beer bible is incredible and I’m not sure you could beat the selection of you tried. Catillon bottles? Check. Assorted vintage Belgian brews? Check. The food was great, mussels were phenomenal and the bread they served along with it tasted fresh baked. The only minor gripe I had about the place was the service. Once I got in and started talking to the bartender it got better but he seemed to like to pretend people werent there. Didn’t greet me when I sat down, had to ask a couple times for a beer menu over the course of at least a few minutes when I could see them stacked directly behind him.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 20/20
cratez  (256) Toronto, Ontario | January 17, 2015
When I visited: Late September 2014. What I had: Russian River Blind Pig IPA, Monks Café Flemish Sour Red Ale, Russian River Pliny the Elder, and Dogfish Head Ta Henket on tap, Pan Seared Rainbow Trout for me, Caesar Salad, Roasted Chicken, and several glasses of sauvignon blanc for my fiancé. What I liked: Wonderfully low key atmosphere in the front of the restaurant, no trouble finding seats on a Thursday night, extensive and carefully selected draft list, was elated to find two of Russian River’s best beers on tap, our waitress was warm, attentive and knowledgeable, we enjoyed all of our food and my partner liked her wine, couldn’t have chosen a better spot to celebrate our engagement. What I disliked: I probably wouldn’t come here on a busy night if I just wanted to drink, since they reserve all tables for diners. Thankfully, though, that wasn’t an issue for us. Would I go back? Absolutely. We had a flawless experience here and it’s clear that The Monk’s Café is a must-visit when in Philly. Overall Rating: 100
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 20/20
Joel  (15) Massachusetts | December 29, 2014

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