Monk’s Café | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Monk’s Café
World Class based on 221 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: solidfunk (2) | 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 82, 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 88, Russian River Damnation 98, Allagash Victor 92, Deschutes Black Butte Porter 97, Tired Hands WoodLaHands 96, Bear Republic Tripels Alley 66, Port Brewing Older Viscosity 100, Mikkeller Beer Geek Bacon 99, 3 Fonteinen 95, De Molen Rasputin 99, Deschutes The Abyss 100
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221 reviews for Monk’s Café
 Ambiance  81%
 Service  74%
 Selection  90%
 Food  81%
 Value  71%
 Overall  84%
 Rating  97%
Rating Distribution

  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) Iowa | 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 I could have used some more elbow room, and the beer menu was out of date, but the food was good, if not spectacular, and the beers I did end up getting were good.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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
DrGonzo  (4) Somerville, Massachusetts | August 15, 2005
This bar has a great vibe to go along with a very respectable beer menu. Small but select number of beers on tap, including most notably Rodenbach Red, Monk’s, some good locals. Plenty of great Belgians available in bottles. Beer prices are above average. The mussels come in seven or so varieties, all prepared in beer, with great frites to go along. Went on a Saturday afternoon and the place had a relaxed and comfortable feel; came back at night and the place was packed, especially at the back bar. Overall I say that Monk’s has a well deserved great repetuation.
biz82  (6) austin, Texas | July 3, 2005
Warm, dark place with a quickly rotating line up of mostly Belgian draughts. Supposedly they sell more Chimay White on draught than anywhere else in the world. Long bottle list that could keep me happy for a long time. Super attentitive and knowledgable female bartender. Somewhat cramped atmosphere and a little stodgy with Breugal prints in the walls. Still a rare bar that should be frequented when possible. Didn’t try the food.
BlueDevil0206  (10) Durham, North Carolina | June 25, 2005
Walked in and was surprised how small and packed it was. We struggled to get by people to get a seat at the bar. We happen to vist on "Aged Beer Night" so I got to sample some 1996 Bigfoot, and 2000 Brooklyn Saison among others. I didn’t try any food but from looking at other people’s food and the smell of food in the air, I’d presume that the food is good. The service was slightly sub par as we waited a long time with empty glasses and they took their time getting our take away beer order together. Regardless, it is Belgian heaven though they have a nice supply of American micros. Great place.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
stegosaurus  (34) Levittown, Pennsylvania | June 15, 2005| Updated March 15, 2007
This place has great beers on tap and good food, although it is small in size and overcrowded i found myself elbow to elbow with other people for 1/2 the night, and service was great once you got a seat at the bar, but in the crowd its hard to get noticed.The food was good. The second time i went, much better, i went during a week day, and avoided the crowd, a much better experience, when i go the next time, i will make sure i go during the work week again.

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