Monkís Cafť | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Monkís Cafť
World Class based on 230 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: dlovell2 (2) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: ~150

Monkís Cafť

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Beer Available At Monkís Cafť (arranged by most recent)
Avery Samaelís Oak-Aged Ale 96, De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis (Hell & Damnation) 100, De Molen Hemel & Hel (Heaven & Hell) 100, Allagash White 92, Hill Farmstead Mary 99, Russian River Blind Pig IPA 100, Firestone Walker Helldorado 99, Tired Hands The Light That Spills Out Of The Hole In Your Head 100, De la Senne Taras Boulba 90, Tired Hands Melonous 95, Russian River Pliny the Elder 100, Bios Vlaamse Bourgogne 89, Pizza Boy Pizza Chaser , De Molen / Hof ten Dormaal Vallen & Opstaan 98, Pizza Boy Pomegranate/Rose-Hip Sour Ale , Allagash Midnight Brett 96, Lost Abbey Devotion 92, 4 Hands Snake Oil 80
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230 reviews for Monkís Cafť
 Ambiance  81%
 Service  74%
 Selection  90%
 Food  81%
 Value  71%
 Overall  84%
 Rating  97%
Rating Distribution

  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 didnít 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 Iíd 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  (1046) 上海 / 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 itís an inviting bar to visit.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
Lothore  (75) 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 Iím 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. Didnít 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 Cafť 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 fiancť. 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 Riverís best beers on tap, our waitress was warm, attentive and knowledgeable, we enjoyed all of our food and my partner liked her wine, couldnít have chosen a better spot to celebrate our engagement. What I disliked: I probably wouldnít come here on a busy night if I just wanted to drink, since they reserve all tables for diners. Thankfully, though, that wasnít an issue for us. Would I go back? Absolutely. We had a flawless experience here and itís clear that The Monkís Cafť 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
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 3/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
solidfunk  (254) Washington D.C., Washington DC | October 8, 2014
On a more recent visit, I should note that this place is vehemently against giving out samples. The younger staff give a lot of attitude and douchiness in general, though the older staff is nice. Compared to Churchkey, this is a major failure of an otherwise great bar - attitude. They are also vehemently against letting you taste a small sample before ordering. Some wonderful stuff here, made better by the fact that you can carry any bottle on their list out on offsales. Was here during Beer Week and unfortunately some of their great stuff was taken up by New Belgian stuff Iíd had before but it was all made up by the fact they had Pliny the Elder on tap as well as some other Russian River and good stuff. Friendly service, and bottle list is extensive and full of good stuff. Unfortunate they donít do taster flights, as when their full menu is on there would be a lot of stuff to get through. Sometimes they do half pints. Great hole in the wall vibe here, with typical cramped Philly atmosphere that makes for friendly place.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
jackl  (590) Minneapolis, Minnesota | October 4, 2014
I ate some great mussels and drank a few pints of Blind Pig, so I canít strongly criticize the experience. However, this is the only serious beer place Iíve ever been to that refuses sample pours to customers. Itís a policy that simply makes no sense. Apart from refusing to bend on the sample rule, the staff were kind and accommodating. The beer list is strong. Itís focused on Belgian styles with a few random things sprinkled into the draft and bottle list. Prices were fair considering the quality. All of my mussels were fully opened, which suggests they probably err on the side of overcooking their seafood. Overall, Iíll be back the next time Iím in town.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2  (846) San Diego, California | August 7, 2014
I walked into Monks expecting to be blown away but left somewhat disappointed. The interior is warm and inviting if not small and cozy. There was a good beer selection on during my visit, likely similar to drafts available during other patronís visits, but nothing exceptional, just solid offerings, and fresh. The burger was particularly good.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 19/20
t0rin0  (1512) Do Not Resuscitate, California | July 21, 2014| Updated August 18, 2014
Place rating number 1300.

Visited on May 31, 2014.

Itís getting harder to find noteworthy places to rate for milestones without leaving the country. I really need to get to Ebenezers one of these days, or at the very least Brick Cellar or Wicked Weed from the sounds of it. Oh well, Iíll figure something out. I was hoping to run into Tom Peters here since it seems like Iíve run into him everywhere BUT Philadelphia (Seattle, California, and even Holland) but of course that didnít happen on a busy Saturday night.

Even if by all accounts the bottle list has been picked over Iím glad I got to spend some time here with some good people and drink some Dupont Cuvee Dry Hopping (and some Pliny, and some Blind Pig...). Just know that if you want a table on a Saturday night (especially if that Saturday happens to be the start of Philly beer week) itís going to take you an hour to get seated. Luckily a spot at the bar opened up not too long into my wait. The bartender was a bit frazzled and was kind of grumpy from having to take so many orders. Not sure why heís a bartender then but he was nice to me. If youíre in the newest generation of lambic fanatics (read die hard Cantillon fan) they have some fun albeit empty bottles above the hanging glasses.

The mac and cheese was pretty good as was the chocolate cake. Prices are kind of high on everything but itís a great place. Also of note is that there are two bars, one more hidden and quiet in the back. Thatís where the Pliny and Blind Pig were. They also had some kind of beer made for Philly Beer Week but it seemed to be the same as the Vicaris tripel.

My only complaints are about how packed it gets during peak hours and the crummy location of the bathrooms. Would definitely stop back in on a subsequent trip.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
EMESER  (2) Glasgow, Scotland | July 12, 2014

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