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: dlovell2 (2) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: ~150

Monk’s Café

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Beer Available At Monk’s Café (arranged by most recent)
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 94, 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
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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

hopscotch  (253) 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.

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
beervana  (32) Libertyville, Illinois | December 8, 2005
An acquaintance passing through Chicago had told me that if I ever visit Philly, I must go to Monk’s Cafe to have a true beer experience. She was right. The moment I picked up Monk’s Beer Bible on my table, my eyes nearly rolled into my head. This is "beervana" in the true sense. Unbelievable beer selection. Attentive service, good food (nice mussels and frites), and cozy ambiance. This is a great place to sit at the bar and just drink. Loved this place and would definitely come back again, and again, and again...
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
xproudfoot  (37) Paleolithic, Pennsylvania | December 3, 2005
The guide is correct. This place is so authentic, that when I took my dutch friend here, we discovered that the server spoke Dutch. Most of them are locals actually, but the place really has its selection nailed down. Usually some interesting stuff on tapo in addition to the hundreds of bottles and the fun beer "bible." The food is servicable for going with the beer, though they should make the fries more authentic. Unfortunatley you will always see a number of idiots drinking crap like sam adams light or hoegarden & wine. At least those types help pay the bills so the rest of us can enjoy it, though I wish those folks would go somewhere else so it wouldn;t always be crowded. 1/2 the time I know the host/hostess anyway so I get a table right away. The have some good scoth in the back bar too if that’s your fancy, but for the most part, this place is all about the beer, and they do it well. Service is ... servicable. They often know about the beers and are interested in them. You may have to wait a bit for a table on a weekend night but it’s worth it.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
ggaughan  (12) Philadelphia, Luxembourg | September 26, 2005
Hands down the best Belgian bar in the city and almost anywhere outside of Beglium itself. They always have a great selection of hard to find Beglians and also some great howgrown craft brews. My favorite thing about Monk’s is the special beer dinners they have from time to time. The last one we were at they had Alaskan Smoked Porter and a brew from PA that went out of business 8 years ago! Never had a bad time here.

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