Black Powder Tavern

4.5
1082 reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

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Casual
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 1082 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.5
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.3
Value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Captain
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Very enjoyable. Our first time there and we will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was great! Food was fantastic! Can’t wait to go back.

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Kelly
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Lunch with friends ; food good, server pleasant but seemed a little slow in following up to get order, bringing check. In house did not seem busy but could have been in other sections. Was not to the point of being annoying A pleasant time

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vipFood4thouught
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Food was standard tavern fare and the servers were particularly friendly. Must note, however, we did not start our meal until over an hour after we arrived, and if we were not so hungry at the time, we might not be here noting the exceptional time delay. So, plan to visit when you have time to spare.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Establishment could be cleaner all around.

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slsl
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great outdoor seating near Valley Forge. Food was excellent and hot upon delivery!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great!

JC
vipJimC
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Always good food and service and great drinks!!!!!!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great Brunch. Drinks 🍸 were good. Food was Delicious. Service was exceptional. Thank you for a good experience.

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KathleenS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Wonderful time and great food. They even had Boddington's on tap!

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JonathanL
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It is not easy to have a positive dining experience in this Covid-19 era, but the Black Powder Tavern did not disappoint. I have been there several times now over the last few years and their beer list is fantastic, their food is fresh and well-prepared, with menu offerings from the classic to the seasonal, and their waitstaff is friendly, informative and helpful.

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Crissy
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Great service. Food was good too but felt the inside dining area had too many people while in a pandemic. I think we were probably between 4-5ft from each table and made us slightly uncomfortable.

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vipLindaN
Atlantic City
32 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

On a beautiful November afternoon, friends and I enjoyed a delicious lunch. It was hard to choose from the menu. My grilled cheese sandwich was yummy The broccoli appetizer looked so good as did the onion soup next time! There’s a tent and heaters to keep customers warm.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food! Great service! Will definitely be back!

DC
vipDCFinc
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great meal. Best burgers and the gluten-free roll was a winner!!!

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Locality
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and drinks. Guests spaces well apart. Staff attentive.

RG
vipRoyG
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very nice. Got their Harvest salad for the first time and it was not up to par. Bland dressing-basically just oil-and almost no additions (maybe 15 dried cranberries in an entree salad). The service was very good. The cajun mac and cheese was very good. It's a little tricking to get into the parking lot and the parking is a little tight-they do have valet paring.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great menu and wonderful service!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Was ok felt rushed

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vipStephen
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From start to finish, excellent. Onion soup best ever. Schnitzel and chicken pot pie outstanding

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MelissaS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We made reservations and came in for a Saturday night dinner. Our waiter was fantastic, and really looked after us. Although we would have preferred to order the pork schnitzel (they were sold out) we did enjoy our food. The cocktails were phenomenal, and the ambience in the bar area was quaint. Could have done without the tvs everywhere.

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vipjj11
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took my son for “date night” and had a great meal. Lots of disinfecting before we sat down and all staff wore masks. The loaded potato chips are delish as well as the burgers!!

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vipTheresaB
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceeded our expectations! We are local and have just skipped by this place in favor of others for years.
Not anymore! A true gem. The food was absolutely delicious! Try the scallops and the poutine - they did not disappoint. The pours from the bar are a bit small - so know that going in. The wait staff is extremely attentive and the decor and atmosphere, with some TVs over the bar ,create the perfect balance of casual yet a bit upscale.

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vipFrankH
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I love going to Black Powder because I know the food is always consistent, as is the service. Whether you like seafood (the wood plank salmon is excellent) or comfort food (you have to try the Cajun Mac & Cheese, BPT never disappoints. Already looking froward to my next visit.

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DeanG
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service was efficient and pleasant. The pot pie was steaming hot and more delicious than grandma’s. The fish and chips were abundant and delectable. I highly recommend this tavern and cannot wait to return and maybe try a burger!

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LauraR
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in the area. A must try!

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vipFrequenta
New York Area
116 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had an absolutely delightful time celebrating my husband's birthday at the Black Powder Tavern!! This was our first indoor dining experience since March, and we were pleased to see the masks on all of the servers and the appropriate spacing of the tables inside the restaurant. We loved the decor and ambience of the tavern and felt safe, secure and well cared for throughout our dining experience.

Although this is really a high end pub with lots of craft beers, the food is extraordinary and my husband was able to find one of his favorite bourbons at the bar!! We loved all of our courses and were thrilled when our birthday "cake" turned out to be warm apple crumble with a candle in it!! Perfect.

JB
vipJoyB
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our server could not have been more personable and accommodating. Enjoyable evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a very nice Anniversary dinner. My salmon was delicious & the Cajun Mac & cheese was amazing. Our waitress was great & the GM Bernie did an awesome job making us feel special. We will definitely be back.

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KingOfThings
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

FABULOUS! Separations of course because of C19 but still fine. Not into 3 screens of golf and an employee changing one to Big Bang Theory was beyond useless without sound and I’ve no interest in that show anyway so it must’ve been for him.
If the history of the site is true then that is great!
Would definitely go again.
The American flag is not being seen to. It’s faded and tattered and should have been replaced some time ago. :(

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LaurenS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I had the cajun mac and cheese dish which was delicious! It wasn't spicy at all. My friend had an omelet that she enjoyed. The outdoor space was nice and our waiter (unfortunately I can't remember her name) was very sweet. I would come here again.

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vipHms65
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Good food for a family reunion. Great outdoor dining: burgers, homemade chips, fabulous Mac and cheese. Drinks refilled without being asked. Pleasant outdoor space. Close to Valley Forge for a post prandial walk. Overall, a winner!

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MaryS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice for outside dining - server and GM got our heater working
Really enjoyed it

MK
MarcK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall1Food2Service3Ambience3

They used to have a Sundays Brunch,fit for a King. Now it has changed-not worth the 45 minutes that it took to drive there. Knowing that Cocid-19,has changed a lot of things,but with a little imagination, it could have been done-with the safety for all patrons. Sorry to say,will not be going back. Additionally unsubscribed from their newsletter. Very deceiving,when they advertised,the Sunday Brunch has came back. Well not entirely.

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JoanneE
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service! Very accommodating! Will definitely go again!

MM
MsMontana20
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Very interesting menu, something for everyone to enjoy. The Fish and chips were delicious. The server was delightful and very efficient and friendly. Look forward to coming back.

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cmsw
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

sometimes we go here weekly because the service and food is soooo good.

KM
KatM
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Always love visiting this place whenever I'm in the area. The food is always so amazing and the service is always great. Took my mother , her boyfriend and my aunt's here and they loved it. The history, food and drinks just make this place so perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious and service was wonderful

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food. Great server!!!

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Black Powder Tavern is rated 4.5 stars by 1082 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 reservations at the moment.