Monk’s Café

Mayor: egajdzis (3) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: ~150
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Elwood  (108) Leesburg, Virginia | March 6, 2011
Expect this place to be crowded and hard to get into. That being said, it’s worth it. They have a great selection of beers (some damn near impossible to get elsewhere) and the mussels really are outstanding. The prices are a bit on the high side, but where else are you getting Pliny?
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
drfabulous  (141) Lexington, Kentucky | November 13, 2016
Probably best beer spot in Philly. I’ve always had good service, and this last time was no exception. Sitting at the bar, I still got the bartender’s attention during a busy afternoon whenever I needed something. List is always good and full of classic and new finds - from Pliny the Elder to more difficult to get local beers. Straight up Belgian fare for food.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
SeanConnelly  (1) , | November 7, 2016
Monk’s Café has an incredible curated selection of beer and their burgers, mussels and pomme frites are incredible you can see their menu here http://monkscafe.com/menu.cfm#mussels
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
Kristophe  (237) , Sweden | November 6, 2016
Had a very quick stop but could have spent a lot more time here. Beer selection is super and staff very friendly.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH  (85) GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania | October 30, 2016
Lovely building. Good service. Menu is expensive and pretentious. Nice draft list with some rare items. Expensive drafts. Extensive bottle list with outrageous prices. The mussels were fantastic but the rest of the meal was only ok.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
jtclockwork  (470) , New Jersey | October 2, 2016
One of the top places in Philadelphia, if not the best. Great food and beer. Can’t go wrong. I went for Zwanze Day, so a bit crowded as to be expected, but staff handled it very well. I’m not sure about their usually Saturdays.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Franckg  (48) Trois-Rivičres, Quebec | August 25, 2016
Visited August 12th 2016 after a 12 miles walk in Philly at 100 degrees. English style pub with wood walls and floors. Narrow place and low lights. I had difficulties to take place on my table’s bench. The waiter immediatly showed us the beer menu and new arrivals. Taplist is about 25 beers from both USA and Belgium. I had Russian River and a fresh Tired Hands. They also have a "Bible" with more than 300 bottles from USA and Belgium as well as some other countries. You can order a Cantillon, Boon, De Dolles, Lost Abbey, Russian River amongst others. Beers on tap are ~$8 and prepare to pay at least $20 for a bottle. Food is very good, I had an amazing duck breast salad. Nice service even if the place was crowded. I’d definitely come back if I return to Philly.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
DSG  (161) Tel Aviv, Israel | August 11, 2016
[10/20/08] Good selection, good food.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
WVHouseofBeer  (65) West Virginia | June 18, 2016
An absolute must if you are in the northeast. Kind of a holy grail/Mecca like place for craft beer. I had 3 different Russian River beers on tap, along with some rare Belgian-collabs for Philly Beer Week. Their Belgian list is exhaustive and simply insane. Get the Mussels for dinner, 25 or 30 mussels stewed in a variety of flavors. Really quite excellent, and the place doesn’t attract the normal hordes like nearby restaurants. If you don’t know Monks Cafe is what it is, you just walk on by, and I’m sure that’s how they like it.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
gnoff  (600) Mölndal, Sweden | May 21, 2016
Visited twice late April/Early May 2016. First time stayed for a few beers, second time during a beer release for CBC, waited in line half hour until we left. Long narrow bar area, some seating downstairs. Apparently a bar with standing area upstairs as well, we never got that far. Had Pliny the Elder on tap, nice. Gets crowded fast, we got the feeling we were constantly in the way for the staff or other patrons, still a nice place to visit with a great tap list. I could go back, but would hope to get there on a less busy evening. Didn’t eat.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
JulioP  (14) Parla, Spain | May 1, 2016
Monk’s café: What ŕ place! Extensive beer menu with interesting tap selection separated in two rooms with a very Belgian feel to them. Prices are quite decent. Belgian menu offered with nice desert selection. A must in Philadelphia.

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