Monk's Cafe

Monk's Cafe

Gastropub, Belgian Restaurant, and Beer Bar$$$$
Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
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    The french fries at Monk's Cafe is a can't miss
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    "Their Belgian beer selection is one of the best in the city."(11 Tips)
    Colin K.
    "Best seitan cheesesteak in the city and great beer selection too!"(41 Tips)
    Maureen K.
    "This place has the best mussels and Belgium beers at decent prices."(75 Tips)
    Simon I.
    "Get the flemish sour beers!"(8 Tips)
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  • mussels
  • beer
  • sandwiches
  • casual
  • veal cheeks
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  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronMarch 27, 2018
    Belgium bar with over 200 beers. From all over and they make there own house sour beer. It was a big place with 2 bars . The bartender in the back was great. Famous for the mussels. Real nice feel.
    Upvoted Feb 25
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJune 12, 2013
    Duck away from the Rittenhouse retail flagships to find the beer bar in Philly, which’ll provide you with draft labels like the Dupont Avec les Bons Voeux and Russian River Damnation Read more
  • Greig R.
    Greig RoselliApril 29, 2016
    Sit at the back bar if it's too crowded in the front. Peruse the beer bible. Drink a pint of something delicious.
    Upvoted Mar 7
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    PeggyJuly 9, 2018
    Mussels were truly phenomenal. Worth trying even if you usually don't love mussels (I was skeptical, but trusted all the rave reviews about them…).
  • Michael L.heart icon on user image
    Michael LeisMarch 2, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    A philadelphia institution of great beer selection, frites, duck salad sandwich and of course the mussels.
  • Sophia H.heart icon on user image
    Sophia HMarch 17, 2016
    Thai curry mussels are amazing, and the serving is HUGE, so filling. Fries are the best. Hill Farmstead Everett porter is awesome - very malty, excellent porter. Great service. I love this place.
  • Jim C.heart icon on user image
    Jim CraneMarch 17, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best Belgian beer bars in the country. Food has always been very good. Mussels rival what you will find in Brussels
  • William A.heart icon on user image
    William AlvaradoFebruary 26, 2023
    Mussel all the way! Their mussel's are from Prince Edward Island, meaning meaty mussel's and their flavor are on the money. If you like mussel's you won't go wrong here.
  • Claire C.
    Claire Carlson-JurichAugust 8, 2019
    Epic beer selection - everything from Russian River Brewing to bottles from the 1990s. (Chicken) burgers are fantastic and their bourbon aioli is now a favorite condiment😱
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelAugust 22, 2018
    Whether steamed in classic style with wine and shallots or with cream, mussels are a high point at Monk's. The fries that accompany them draw raves from the regulars who crowd the place. Read more
    Philly.comAugust 3, 2014
    This likable and influential Belgian bistro is the region's undisputed beer paradise. There are surprises beyond the famous burgers and mussels, including stellar octopus and gueuze- stewed rabbit. Read more
  • Leah V.
    Leah VogelyJanuary 2, 2015
    There's not much to say. This is the famous Monk's. Educate yourself in beer and enjoy the bourbon mayo and mussel juice. Always a pleasure.
  • Jen C.heart icon on user image
    Jen CunninghamAugust 21, 2023
    Amaaaaazing draft list! They tend to have Russian River and Hill Farmstead! The food is really good, too (including their fries).
  • Jane P.
    Jane PeachJune 13, 2014
    Great atmosphere. The trout I had was delicious, and the fries were up to Belgian standard which is very high. There was an amazing choice of beers from domestic craft brewers and Belgian.
  • Sophia H.heart icon on user image
    Sophia HJanuary 21, 2016
    Good pulled pork sandwich. My friend's seitan is pretty good too. For chocolate stout lovers, I recommend Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad or Brouwerij De Molen Cease & Desist :)
  • Patrick W.heart icon on user image
    Patrick WOctober 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Be sure to check out the bar in the back. Their burgers are some of the best in town, and don't skip the fries, they're excellent. A good Chimay Triple is always a good pairing.
  • Greg S.heart icon on user image
    Greg S.April 16, 2015
    Bartenders were knowledgable and the craft beers on tap were super rare. I'd make a trip back to Philly in a heartbeat just to come here.
  • Laura
    LauraApril 25, 2013
    I've always stuck with the burgers and mussels here but the Mac and cheese was by far the best I've ever had! The goat cheese really makes it. Order it!
  • Alex S.heart icon on user image
    Alex StillOctober 30, 2017
    Pliny and Blind Pig on tap all the time. The other beers are also great so try them, too
  • Danny T.heart icon on user image
    Danny TrejoOctober 10, 2015
    Some of the best burgers and beers in town. Has that small local feel to it of you are trying to avoid all the tourist bars. It's a must place to check out.
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CSeptember 21, 2014
    Impressive beer selection covering every price point (my local microbrew was only $5). I also had the seitan (vegetarian) cheesesteak, but it was too greasy and the bread was too wet to finish.
  • Alex G.
    Alex GrayMarch 24, 2018
    Best imported beer selection in Philly, knowledgable staff. Amazing atmosphere. If you want to go for dinner, be prepared to wait for a table
  • John L.
    John LeMaireJanuary 8, 2014
    If it's your first time here you have to get the mussels, right light style is great. Have a go at their specialty brewed beer, you won't be disappointed.
  • Lola B.heart icon on user image
    Lola BishopMarch 20, 2017
    Best seitan cheesesteak!!!!! The back bar is my favorite!
  • Ricky S.heart icon on user image
    Ricky SherrillJuly 31, 2015
    A top notch beer selection with a comfortable vibe to drink with friends. I am looking forward to coming back & trying their burger.
  • Elizabeth R.heart icon on user image
    Elizabeth RiceAugust 9, 2014
    Love the mussels and the huge beer list! Plenty of interesting cider and fruit beer choices too. Love the fries and chipotle dipping sauce
  • Czarina B.heart icon on user image
    Czarina BehrendsSeptember 19, 2017
    Everything we had was superb. The mussels are delicious and plentiful.Also comes with fries. The beer selection is out of this world.
  • Brian A.heart icon on user image
    Brian AlvarezJanuary 19, 2017
    They have all the beer. What else is there to say? Oh yeah, the mussels. Get those.
  • Pablo V.
    Pablo VladimirMay 18, 2015
    Great beer selection but can get crowded. I recommend getting a table and ordering appetizers so you don't have to deal with people bumping into you.
  • Jeremy A.heart icon on user image
    Jeremy AndersonJune 13, 2019
    The beer selection is next level! And if you are feeling puckish the Bruge Burger is the best burger I’ve ever eaten!
  • Untappd
    UntappdAugust 24, 2012
    If you go to any bar in Philly, this is place the to go. Tons of great stuff including one of the only places to get Russian River on the East Coast!
  • UNOlker
    UNOlkerSeptember 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    No need to order the large pot of mussels. It's exactly double the amount of the small, and double the price. Get 2 smalls, mix up the style. Also, they are delicious.
  • Niraj D.
    Niraj DesaiJanuary 29, 2013
    Love this place! Can't go wrong with any of the mussels...but I felt the burgers were pretty boring. I prefer more than just bread, meat, and cheese.
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah RaymondFebruary 7, 2013
    De Koninck (De Koninck Ale, apples, Gruyère, caramelized leeks and garlic) and the Red Light (Hoegaarden, fumé, chile de arbol peppers, chervil and garlic.
  • Ricardo S.heart icon on user image
    Ricardo SeixasNovember 15, 2015
    Very authentic pub with a rare compilation of world beers and great environment! Mussels are a try but not killer.
  • Cate B.
    Cate BarrettSeptember 29, 2014
    Thai curry mussels were fabulous. In my experience, grabbing a place to eat at the bar ended up being more efficient than waiting for the hostess to sear us.
  • Global H.heart icon on user image
    Global HighlanderDecember 25, 2015
    Great place for craft beer and draft beer. Cozy and crowded setting.
  • Emma C.
    Emma Carew GrovumApril 27, 2013
    The small bucket of mussels is way bigger than you might think. We split 2 smalls and the pita/hummus appetizer and could barely finish. Staff was amazingly friendly.
  • Michael L.
    Michael LarkinDecember 2, 2013
    One of the best beer bars I've ever been to. The beer list was epic (pages) and the duck salad sandwich was amazing.
  • Lance L.heart icon on user image
    Lance LacoffOctober 4, 2014
    Burgers or chicken sandwiches, excellent mussels, definitely get the frites, best beer list in philly
  • Rachel S.heart icon on user image
    Rachel ShifmanJanuary 5, 2016
    Their veggie burgers are so delicious and hearty. And all the beer they have is truly impressive.
    MICHAEL RYAN LAWRENCESeptember 30, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Easily one of the coolest places in not only Philly but the entire country to have a beer. Sneak to the back bar to chill with the cool kids ;)
  • Will H.heart icon on user image
    Will HarahanAugust 10, 2019
    The chicken fingers were very greasy, but I did enjoy the Flemish Sour Ale on tap.
  • Jason B.heart icon on user image
    Jason BesseyAugust 8, 2014
    Amazing mussels. The small pot is plenty for one person. Great selection of Belgian beers.
  • Rachel L.heart icon on user image
    Rachel LomaxApril 25, 2016
    The veal cheeks were delicious and their bottle list is crazy good. Great service and cozy atmosphere.
  • Sam K.heart icon on user image
    Sam KrasnikSeptember 10, 2017
    Great food and amazing beer selection. Loved their private label Flemish sour
  • Nick S.
    Nick SuterDecember 26, 2013
    Beer is served far too cold. When asked for more info on how a beer tastes, we were told it's on the menu. Good beer selection. Allow beer to sit 30 mins before enjoying.
  • Stoupons
    StouponsFebruary 26, 2012
    You ever meet someone who knows so much about what your talking about you eventually just shutup and admire? That's Monks and Beer. This isn't just a drinking experience, it's a learning experience.
  • John H.
    John HApril 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I had a nice time on my first visit here. Had a beer that tasted like whisky and a great burger. I will be back.
  • Sarah P.
    Sarah PlonskiFebruary 21, 2013
    The menu here is Fantastic, and so is the beer selection. You have to try the Mussels and the Pomme Frites.
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