Monk’s Café

Mayor: bulldogops (4) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: ~150
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
User37895  (92) , | January 13, 2008
An incredible place with a great rotating Belgian selection on tap. If you go to the bottles, then your selection is enormous. Food was decent, although I didn’t have anything special, and the service was great - good bartender. If you’re in Philly and you like beer, you must stop by Monk’s.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
MikeF  (204) Cleveland, Ohio | January 1, 2008| Updated March 9, 2010
THE Belgian beer stop in Philly. If you have to make one stop, make this it. Small, but cozy pub/bistro atmosphere. Non smoking throughout. Somewhat load. Great, high quality Belgian draft list (not the largest, but brews you may not find anywhere else). The food is excellent and very reasonably priced in my opinion. Many complex dishes prepared perfectly. Service is great. Bottle list is superb. Some brews are very very fairly priced ($19 for very hard to find Fantome 750) others are not so reasonable ($12 for a Roch 8 bottle). Nevertheless, the best Belgian Beer Bistro I have been to in the USA so far.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
keepersj12  (63) Sicklerville, New Jersey | December 23, 2007
The best place in Philly for a beer and the food is good too. Any of the mussel dishes are worth the trip. The burgers are top notch. Then there’s the beer. An ever changing on tap menu and bottles from everywhere. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable (and not bad to look at either). There are no TV’s or music. It’s just the beer and food. Anyone in the place will talk beer with you. A must when in Philly.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
corby112  (17) philadelphia, Pennsylvania | November 29, 2007| Updated February 22, 2008
The best place is Philadelphia to eat and drink belgium fare. The owners have been serving belgian beers since 1985. They started the trend. Although quite pricy, they have an amazing selection of beers not only from belgium but from all over the world. The staff is very knowlegable and pretty friendly, especially if you have good taste. They have a wide selection of food with a full menu available until 1:00 a.m. every day of the week. The ambiance is very dark often lit up by candles and sans big screen televisions. You are always likely to find knowledgable locals to discuss good beers with. Also, they have dinners throughout the year in which excellent bers are paired up with 4-6 course meals and the ber keeps flowing. A beer lovers dream. LOST ABBEY THE ANGEL’S SHARE!
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
LordErasmus  (9) New Jersey | November 28, 2007
One of the best bars/places I have ever had the priviliege to set foot in - if only it wasn’t so impossibly hard to get a table here. Everyone’s raved about the beer selection and while that’s all true and good don’t miss out on the undiscovered gems this place offers. ORDER THE MUSSELS!!! They have like 6 different beer infused sauces they pour over them and they are out of this world along with the Belgian pommes frites with all the different little sauces. Definitely the place to go if you’re looking to have a good time with some friends for the night. Do not miss this place if you’re in the area!
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
jde123  (85) Washington, Washington DC | November 18, 2007| Updated January 21, 2014
A great bar just a few steps from my front door. Great great great selection of belgian ales both on tap and bottled. Great food served in a neighborhood-style bar atmosphere. Wonderful bar that I hope to be able to afford more in the coming months.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
Braudog  (901) Yorktown, Virginia | November 12, 2007
November 2007. I’ve wanted to come here forever and finally made it. Neat little joint, but when I visited, it was swamped with a pushy crowd. The service was doing its best, but it frankly detracted. The beer selection was among the highest quality Belgians you’ll find anywhere. But despite reputations, I’d go to Eulogy again over Monk’s if forced to choose just one.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
jw0406  (30) atlanta, Georgia | November 4, 2007
This is a great place with an incredible selection, with many hard to find beers. The decor is a little dingy, but that is the only downside.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
thenick  (11) North Bellmore, New York | October 24, 2007
I used to think the Publick House was the greatest beer place in the USA. The King is Dead....long live the new King! I don’t want to re-hash what other people have already said, but the selection is amazing, the service is friendly and prompt, the food is great, and Tom and his business partner really put an amazing place together. I wish they put this in New York I’d live there.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
RblWthACoz  (23) Brooklyn, New York | September 6, 2007
Gotta love Monk’s. Plenty has been said already so I will keep it short. Great ambiance, good selection of brews. I mean anyone who has Supplication on the list; that works for me. Food was good. A must stop for anyone in Philly who loves the beers.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
iratherbe  (32) Marlton, New Jersey | September 4, 2007
Great place ... one of the best! Does indeed fulfill it’s rep & is everything stated positively in terms of selection, uniqueness & quality offerings. It’s also every bit as crowded as noted & that detracts. Try an off time & I think you’ll appreciate the brews, old bar ambiance & food even a bit more. Since I’m used to NYC pricing wasn’t that much of an issue for me in terms of what you can get though they certainly aren’t giving anything away either.

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