Monk’s Café | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Monk’s Café
World Class based on 228 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

Monk’s Café

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Beer Available At Monk’s Café (arranged by most recent)
Avery Samael’s 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 91, Tired Hands Melonous 95, Russian River Pliny the Elder 100, Bios Vlaamse Bourgogne 90, Pizza Boy Pizza Chaser , De Molen / Hof ten Dormaal Vallen & Opstaan 97, Pizza Boy Pomegranate/Rose-Hip Sour Ale , Allagash Midnight Brett 96, Lost Abbey Devotion 92, 4 Hands Snake Oil 80, De Molen Rook & Leer (Smoke & Leather) 89, Oxbow Loretta 93
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228 reviews for Monk’s Café
 Ambiance  81%
 Service  74%
 Selection  90%
 Food  81%
 Value  71%
 Overall  84%
 Rating  97%
Rating Distribution

redlight  (50) Orlando, Florida | August 13, 2006
I had this place built up so high in my head, but it was kind of a let down. It seemed too trendy. We couldn’t get a seat. They really didn’t have anything too rare. and they were out of most beers i asked for. Maybe i was there on an off night? I’ll give it another chance.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
hophead75  (83) Largo, Florida | June 21, 2006
This place is a must stop for any craft beer geek or belgian beer lover. I was excited about making a stop here, and it definitely lived up to the hype. Stopped here with brewer dirtymike and another friend. We walked in at 4:30 PM on a Tuesday, so we were able to get a table right away, the bar was already packed. At the table, we opened their beer bible, aka beer menu and I was completely floored, and almost drooling at that point. A ridiculous amount of bottles are offered- Belgians, well known and rare, American made Belgians, and a good amount of well known and rare non-Belgian craft beers. Waittress was attentive, friendly, and used proper glassware. Had an order of mussels which were very good, and the pommes frites had a great bourbon mayonaise dipping sauce, but the fries themselves were alittle soft and soggy. tasted good though. Had a Russian River Temptation and their contracted house beer...just wish I could have spent more time there.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
ROGUE  (53) Newark, Delaware | June 21, 2006
If you are in Philly and love really great belgian brews then you have just found heaven. The bar staff is extemely knowledgable and can always pck you the perfect beer. Food- the menu is limited but if you like mussels they are a must have. The only major drawback is that it is a small place and you get packed in like sardines on the weekends. But hey, there is always a price to pay for a little slice of beer heaven!
hopscotch  (261) Vero Beach, Florida | June 12, 2006
My kinda place. Dark and dank. Lots of good belgian brews and women with tattoos. Didn’t eat, but enjoyed a Kwak and a Westy 8. Service was slow and the place was a bit smoky, but mostly from cigars. Like I said, my kind of place. Don’t miss out. A ’must visit ’ when in Philly.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 2/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
agl108  (30) Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania | May 20, 2006
Finally made it down from Manayunk to check this place out. A ridiculous amount of Belgians on tap and tons more available in bottles. Slightly disappointed in the selection from American breweries, but hey it is a Belgian bar. Had the steak sandwich and it was very good. My girlfriend had a salad and some mussels. I tried them and they were decent. Service was pretty bad. Rude, disinterested bartender. We sat at the back bar and staff seemed really cliquey and more interested in hanging out than doing their jobs. One waitress poured a St. Bernardus abt 12 and the keg kicked midpour. She then put down the beer and asked another guy (manager?) what color another one of the beers on draft was. She then poured a beer from that tap half full and walked out to the hallway with both half-full beers. My girlfriend and I agreed she walked into the hallway and mixed the two together before serving it to a patron. Seriously.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
fluids  (29) Massachusetts | May 6, 2006
Excellent selections of beer and food visited 5/4/06. Cozy little place fairly packed even on the off days on 16th street with rosy neon sign and two rows of bottles litering the front window. Neighborhood is full of cafe’s that have tables on the street hewn out of old buildings. The seedy mixes with the trendy in this party of town. Service took a while to get the first round. If you are at side bar it takes longer to get drinks. It took an hour to get a table, but who cares? The beer is fantastic and you can eat at the bar if you want to. There are all copper side bars across from the bar and seating in the back and front of the place with the bar in the middle. Food: Pommes Frite appetizers, Mussells (a la Biere Et Compagne in Montreal), Entrees range from Burgers to Rochefort 10 Reduced Filet Mignon (at most $30.00 per plate.) Beer selection is superb. Belgians include special reserve De Dolle’s Dulle Teve, Oebier Special , all Trappists (but Westie), Belgian Lambics, Abbey beers, White beers. IJ Columbus, for American beers you will find Three Floyd’s Robert the Bruce, Avery, Stone, and many others. A must go if you are in Philly and love beer and cramped but stylish atmospheres.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 2/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 10/20
f351c4v  (77) Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania | March 18, 2006
Great Belgian selection, many taps I’ve never seen on the ’bastard’ side of PA. Service was bad until I mentioned I was from Pittsburgh and frequented the Sharp Edge, then service was horrid. Was similar to being a leper. Anyway, I did sample the frites, they were excellent.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
desurfer  (116) Melbourne, Florida | February 17, 2006
Nice ambiance, felt like I was really in Europe (cramped tables and all). The hostess was a bit rude, and the waitress seemed hurried even though it was not busy. Very nice beer selection, American and Belgian. Food was good but not what I was expecting. Nevertheless I’d go there again just for the beer and to try some more food; it sucks having to drive 2 hours home so I couldn’t "fully" enjoy the place.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
Probiere  (46) Pennsylvania | January 31, 2006
It’s good. I could have used some more elbow room, and the beer menu was out of date, but the food was good, if not spectacular, and the beers I did end up getting were good. I’d like to go back and while away an afternoon there without the crowd.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
NYHarvey  (124) New York, New York | January 15, 2006| Updated January 20, 2006
One of the best beer experiences I have ever had. Bar none. Co-owner Tom Peters drank with me all night, opening vintage beer after vintage beer..a Westy, 1999 Chimay, Malheur Brut and many more....I lost count. He is an insanely knowledgeable beer guy with a true appreciation for the products he sells.

They even had the ultra rare Stille Nacht Reserva in the cellar as well as many more impossible to find vintage beers.

The food (I had the veal cheeks) was so good I asked for a second order. The beer menu is very sophisticated with great emphasis placed on quality over quantity...though there are still plenty of beers to choose from.

The place definitely attracts a huge dinner crowd, but the beer draws equally as well as the food and the staff is one of the most passionate and knowledgeable I have personally met. I consider this place a can’t miss and worth dealing with any size crowd in order to experience it.

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