Black Powder Tavern

4.6
1277 reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Since 1746, the building that houses this tavern has played a part in the establishment of our nation; first as a respite for stagecoach travelers expanding westward and later as a covert rendezvous point for George Washington, Marquis de Lafayette, and other leaders of the American revolution. It is believed that during the infamous winter of 1777–1778 at Valley Forge, a major figure in the Continental Army, master military mind Friedrich Von Steuben, designated the tavern as a secret black powder munitions stash for Continental Army couriers. All the while, the tavern continued to provide food, shelter and cheer to the hungry, weary soldiers fighting for their independence. Today, we honor our historic tavern’s tradition with a mission to raise the spirits of our guests. We invite you to experience the small and large plates, craft beers and revolutionary hospitality that is Black Powder Tavern.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1277 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The historical decor was very interesting.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food is decent, good ambience. Local go to place

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Friendly & competent service is a casual environment.

K
Kathryn
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The chicken pot pie is wonderful as are the burgers!

DW
DaveW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was a bit crowded, but not unexpected for a Saturday night. With that in mind, service was a little slow, but the server was very friendly & attentive. The food was very good and reasonably priced. I have every expectation that I'll be back again.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! Great food and atmosphere.

A
Anniversary
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and food. Pleasant outside but the traffic noise is very.

TF
vipTheFlash
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food. The fish tacos were delicious. And the short rib grilled cheese was very tasty. The French fries were perfect. Crispy on the outside and meaty in the inside. The old colonial building a treat to be in and the staff was friendly. Prices were not bad either. Will definitely be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great family dinner! Outstanding French onion soup, and delicious scallops. We will return!

SE
SamE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always. Even met out of towers and they loved it as well. Had the meatloaf and fish, shrimp and chips. Flakey and delicious

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and casual atmosphere were great, really enjoyed it!

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billk
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

food good,service good,prices reasonable and bill incorrect.

JK
JohnKT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Black Powder Tavern is consistent, every time! Enjoyable, delicious with service that makes you want to come back!

AM
vipAndreaM
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! The food was delicious, the service was excellent and the overall experience was great. We will definitely be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time diners there today. Service was quick, waitstaff very friendly. Had the fish and chips and it was as good as advertised. Will happily return!

GC
vipGeorgeC
Philadelphia
87 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed Sunday Brunch menu- wife loved fried chicken and waffles!!!!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience. Great service, atmosphere, and menu - can’t wait to come back!

KK
vipKiwiKim6
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!
Carol our waitress is awesome!!

SP
SusanP
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Blake was a great waiter!
Food so excellent!
Noise level to loud

Was a fun night!

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Phil
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. The food is excellent, and we find the environment enjoyable. It is lively but the noise is not out of control so you can carry on a conversation. The servers we have had do a great job -- prompt, courteous and helpful. So, this adds up to being one of our favorite restaurants. The only negative is that the parking lot can be quite congested but they do offer valet parking.

MK
MarkK
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a great server. It was busy! Unfortunately we were in a small room with a table of 16 next to us and it was LOUD! We could not hear ourselves to talk. We noticed 2 other tables that sat down and asked to be moved. We had filet and salmon and both were good. Also the loaded chips as an appetizer!

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vipWilliamD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, nice variety, excellent service, historic atmosphere; overall, thoroughly enjoyable.

JT
JTMESQ
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

We have eaten here many times. Unfortunately this experience was poor. Our waitress offered poor service never checking on us after food was delivered, never offered to refill drinks, further we had to tear her away from a private conversation with the staff to get the check - even then it took 15-20 minutes after that. We have been going to black powder almost weekly and this experience is causing us to rethink that.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal ! Never disappoints!

JA
vipJAL43
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was outstanding! The service was even better, our waitress Brenna who was only 1 day on the job was so nice and very engaging. Super job!

MM
MarkM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always great food and great service.
And a free desert for our birthday guest!

TJ
TroyJ
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice atmosphere and good food. I’d come back

JA
JosephA
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service

KK
vipKiwiKim6
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our waitress Carol! She was very attentive and funny.
Food was delicious!! First time there and can’t wait to come back!!

MM
vipMarilynM
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

7/31 - Celebrating 23 years since our first date in the same restaurant - it was Winberries in 1998.

The service, meal, atmosphere was all very nice.

I was a bit disappointed in not being able to have a booth to dine with my husband.

We arrived and enjoyed drinks at the bar for about an hour and then Proceeded to the hostess for our 6:30 reservation. I asked if we could have a booth - 3 were available at the time. The hostess said “those have been specifically requested”. OK i said and we sat at a table. We left at 8:10 and only one booth was taken during that the entire we were there.

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vipFrequentDiner
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Atmosphere was good. Ate outside as we are still not eating in a restaurant. Wait staff and servers were very congenial and welcoming. Food was good. Had a burger and my wife had a salad. We will be back to experience dinner outside.

JC
vipJohnC
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, good ambience. Carol is a great server who only made the experience even more enjoyable. Definitely going back again

JS
vipJenniferS
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice and accommodating and we enjoyed the food and atmosphere !

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time and Brad our waiter was a real pro!!

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vipBrowniesmom
Hawaii
30 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salmon was delicious. Everything was enjoyable.

MY
MarkY
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was good. There was a party of several women right next to us that was quite loud at times. There was plenty of empty tables farther away that we could have occupied and talked easier.

CC
vipChristineC
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. Noise was a bit on the high side but likely due to lots of tables occupied by soccer group.
Food was good and really liked the historical pub atmosphere.

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vipGateway
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As soon as we walked in the Manager was quick to greet us and take us to our table. Our waiter, Max, was great - knew the beer menu and he was warm and friendly. Food was great, as always with the Black Powder.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our server and the food was amazing as always.

FAQs

Black Powder Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 1277 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.