Tradesman’s Philly

4.2
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122 reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue
Tradesman’s is a celebration of American ingenuity, and entrepreneurial spirit, embodied in craft beer, small batch whiskey, traditional BBQ, and local and sustainable farm sourcing. It is our mission to unify these ideals on one menu, and under one roof.

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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.2
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3.9
ambience
4.1
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67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is spectacular. Large portions, great beer options. Everyone enjoyed their meals. The restaurant is super loud. Fun for a night out but makes conversation a bit difficult.

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KurtS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The restaurant was extremely loud, food was mediocre at best. Our server was great. Won’t be back anytime soon. Super disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best BBQ I have ever had! Great drinks and incredible service!

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ColeenG
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded our expectations. Staff was excellent and servicelwas quick. My husband and I shared a platter and sampled a bunch of items. For $45 we both are our fill and took home leftover that will be a complete other meal and then some. Great beer and whiskey options. Great spot!

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StacyS
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early dinner with my young kids worked perfectly. Quieter space in the back and Mac and cheese on the menu! Great food!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Made a reservation for two and they sat us in the Bar area, apparently that was what was available. The service was okay, the woman was clearly working alone in the bar section on a busy night. It was very loud which is expected in a bar area but my issue was the other patrons who congregated at the already packed bar. I was constantly getting bumped and elbowed by those standing around our table, at one point someone was leaning against our table while chatting away. Another even stood so close to me at our table it made me super uncomfortable. I made the reservation as a date for my husband and I, we weren’t expecting this kind of night. I would go back to Tradesman but well before 8p.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Great place for a large group. The bbq was very good. Service a bit slow, but pleasant.

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GGPP
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice place for a quick bite and some drinks.

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vipNicoleN
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience3

We stopped for lunch and by 2pm it was a jam packed bar with no ability to get kids into the bathrooms, my toddler was shoved into a group of drunk people. Don’t recommend for families.

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vipKelled05
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing, service was good, only complaint and it’s probably a one off was our table it was ridiculously wobbly and spun every time someone touched it, even our server apologized for the table condition. We will 100% go back again.

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MichaelY
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks!

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RichardL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food was excellent. I would highly recommend

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NoelS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service were both fantastic! Atmosphere was fun and loud.

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MareM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great time. Our server, Lou, and support servers were great. Thanks for a great night!

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vipRanelle9022
Grand Rapids
40 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Highly disappointed on how our table of 25 was handled (with billing) at the end of a really good experience in this restaurant.
Service and food was great, and then we are handed a check with every food item split into 1/4th and we are expected to figure it out! Several attempts to get this right with both our server and the manager. Well over an hour later... large parties BEWARE!

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HABW
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great BBQ and bar scene. It was loud but the seating in the back made it less noisy. Good service as well.

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vipBrittany
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was great. The bar was busy, but the dining section only had my table and 3 others full. I thought that was odd for a Friday night in center city. We ordered appetizers and our meal at the same time. Our appetizer came out and not 3 minutes later, our food did. We were at a 2 top table and had to put our some of food on the empty table next to us. The food overall was good. We were out of there within an hour, since our food came out SO quickly.

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience1

Food was great, but waitress was rude and we couldn’t even hear each other above the noise in the restaurant. We had to push past crowds of drunk people to use the restroom.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food and atmosphere.

EJ
EJEats
New England
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting Philly and took a chance on Tradesman's because we love BBQ; it was a great decision. The food was excellent (especially the fried chicken) and the service was fast and friendly. It was loud but this was not surprising for a Saturday during football season.

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vipSeasonedSomm
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was honestly blown away by the food here. If you have overlooked this place thinking it was just another ordinary bar scene you would be completely wrong. We managed to swing through during restaurant week so we got an incredible value. However, the food was so out of this world it would be worth it either way. We tried the ribs, pulled pork, corn bread, greens, pickle pot, And two different desserts. One thing just tasted better than the next until we were so stuffed we had to have the wait staff role us out the door!

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vipmgf1020
Philadelphia
125 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service was good but be prepared for loud music. The vibe seemed mostly like a sports bar but the DJ and music didn’t seem to mesh with the sports bar vibe.

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vipAndrewW
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Large portions and very loud inside, but good service and quality food.

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vipMarkW
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great beer selection, delicious food (I had the Beef Brisket-outstanding!). Super service staff. May be a little too lively if you want a quiet conversation, but I loved the vibrant ambience.

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vipKitch
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The place is very cool, with high ceilings and fun Knick-knacks on the walls. The servers were very friendly. The beer selection was good. The food, unfortunately, was not. My fried chicken was way way overdone and flavorless. The Mac and cheese, while a decent size, was bland. The piece of white bread that comes with it? Why? Two friends had the pulled pork sandwich. One complained that it was dry. The potato skins were interesting. The fries were soggy. So, good concept, good space, good location, and good beer but they need to step up their food game if they are to survive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience1

Food is decent bar food. Environment is ok, at 8 they started tearing apart the bar seating and set up for more of a club scene.

I stepped out to make a call at 9 and was asked for my Id to get back in. Not at all what I was expecting from this place.

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Fig1047
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food is very good! Got the fried chicken, ribs, and beef brisket. The brisket stole the show! The three selection meal was way more than two can eat, but leftovers are great too! Only complaint is that the place is loud, but that is to be expected as the front is a large bar area with big screen TVs and a lively crowd. Definitely worth it though.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience, from the bar to the table side service.

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swirlsip
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Rushed service. Cold food, that was not addressed. Mac and chez tasted like boxed Kraft mac n' cheese.
No request for refills on drinks. Not impressed at all, very disappointed.

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LizzyP
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was great but unfortunately still a little unorganized overall. Didnt credit our reservations, mains came out the same time as the starters, never came over to see if we wanted another glass (we did!). But again, food tasted great so with some improvement on the service, I would go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was good, music was good but then they played the soccer game in Spanish almost too loud to be able to enjoy yourself or hear others.... Aside from that it was a good experience

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ShnizmuffiN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Take a good look at the can and bottle menu. Some real gems in there.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We sat up top for hopefully a quite but it was still loud. Hardest thing was it was dark and you could not see what you were eating. Service was great, some of the food was cold but overall great.

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Coolvibe
Denver
46 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I had hoped it would be cooler... Very pub like atmosphere, tables in front are more fun. Service was pleasant but not well trained. Be aware some things are made to share, we should have had that drilled in when we ordered as a couple of people got dinner for two (whoops). Also for a place that advertises craft beers, the selection was weak. There were out of a local beer and just sent a replacement (which was un-named, server didn't know...), perhaps a warning and a taster might have been nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had a reservation here for dinner with a large group. Wanted to get some drinks and food in a fun atmosphere. When we walked up it was a slam packed club- no tables. Nobody eating. not even space to WALK. Why do u have reservations available when clearly you don’t have them? We had to last minute find somewhere else to eat for a special occasion.

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LB6030
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I was not impressed by this restaurant at all. The restaurant was pretty much empty; however, we were seated at the tiniest table in the place. The table was so tiny that our meal and plates did not fit on the table. By looking at the menu, one would think it was a BBQ-type meal, but I was wrong. It was more of just the typical "meat and potatoes" meal. With the name "Tradesman", one thinks "Manly" food, but it wasn't. I do not think I would return to this restaurant.

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vipdatenight
Baltimore
54 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Way too noisy. The man singing and playing guitar was way too loud. Unfortunately we sat right next to him. Make it impossible to talk to anyone at the table. It was extremely difficult to even order.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lamb belly and cider flight, delicious!!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

This place is very dark with very limited menu. Don't go if you don't eat meat. Some of the staff were very friendly but others were not even trying and why would any manager make those waitreses wear 'daisy dukes'?? I doubt I'd go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was a great place to visit with family from out of town. We were there during a 76ers playoff game, so it was rather noisy. There is barely any light so being your own light to see. There is a small candle at the table but it doesn’t light up as much. Definitely try a local beer or cider.

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Tradesman’s Philly is rated 4.2 stars by 122 OpenTable diners.

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