Monk's Cafe

Monk's Cafe

Gastropub, Belgian Restaurant, and Beer Bar$$$$
Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
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    The experts at Men's Health Mag and Philadelphia Magazine recommend this place
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    KevinTranz
    "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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  • 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.
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    j spinFebruary 6, 2019
    Beer list was nice, muscles were great! You can even snag a few bottles to go.
  • Derek J.
    Derek JobstSeptember 28, 2016
    If you're serious about your beer, you better come here. There’s always something on tap here worth bragging about.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagNovember 8, 2011
    Do yourself a big favor and ask to look at their Beer Bible, which includes divine brews like the Flemish Sour Ale. It just might make you religious.
  • Alex K.heart icon on user image
    Alex KeslingOctober 25, 2015
    Get their eponymous Flemish sour, especially if you've yet to be won over by the sour beer category.
  • Charley T.heart icon on user image
    Charley ToddSeptember 29, 2015
    Russian River Redemption is amazing. But so much else is too. Roasted chicken was fantastic.
  • 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.
  • David R.heart icon on user image
    David RosenbloomNovember 24, 2014
    A serious beer drinker's spot. Along with Eulogy this THE place to go for Belgian ales.
  • Krystal H.
    Krystal H.July 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Be prepared for a long wait time. Excellent beer selection! Try the mussels.
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    RCFebruary 19, 2015
    Come for the amazing mussels and stay for the truly extensive beer list.
  • ISEPTAPHILLY
    ISEPTAPHILLYAugust 25, 2014
    One of our favorite spots, and a short walk from SEPTA's Broad Street Line or the 21 bus... cheers!
  • Pete K.
    Pete KehoeFebruary 17, 2013
    Mussels monk and Ghent are the best on the east coast. beer selection and atmosphere is fantastic!
  • 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.
  • Matt P.heart icon on user image
    Matt PflugerMarch 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Delirium on Tap, buckets of mussels, smoked trout. This is the greatest pub in the world.
  • Studense ..
    Studense .comFebruary 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.
  • RJ C.
    RJ CarrollApril 26, 2010
    Kitchen is open til 1 am--- try the fries, they're really yummy. I had the Allagash White, which was a great light wheat beer, and the Seitan cheesesteak (vegetarian), also pretty yummy.
  • Reinhold Residential
    Reinhold ResidentialSeptember 27, 2012
    Top-notch selection of Belgian beers best paired with delicious mussels, burgers and sandwiches.
  • Jenn E.
    Jenn EApril 9, 2013
    Abbot burger is delicious, especially when you add caramelized leeks. No need to share- the burgers aren't too big
  • Justin S.
    Justin SimmonsDecember 12, 2012
    Amazing mussels. Get different pots of different styles!
  • Belen G.heart icon on user image
    Belen GomezJanuary 2, 2017
    Amazing selection of beers. Beware of the Spanish Flies, they really are extremely spicy!
  • Elaine L.heart icon on user image
    Elaine LeeDecember 21, 2014
    Great beer selection. Moules and frites are good as well as the veal cheeks.
  • Karla S.heart icon on user image
    Karla SosaJuly 2, 2017
    Absolutely delicious Belgian food and an impeccable beer list
  • Catherine P.
    Catherine PorterSeptember 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    This place was a godsend - it served food after midnight! And good food, too - try the duck salad! Read more
  • Heyphilly
    HeyphillySeptember 22, 2011
    Is that Max Von Sydow next to me? Seriously, Monk’s Café probably the very best atmosphere for winter; I feel like I’m in the foothills of Germany, escaping some evil Count.
  • Chris C.heart icon on user image
    Chris ChenAugust 30, 2021
    Been here 5+ times
    Beers are always solid!
  • Rob M.
    Rob McGowanJuly 17, 2018
    Brewpub setting with craft ales, mussels, and fantastic fries.
  • Karen S.
    Karen SmithNovember 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The food is beyond amazing here. I haven't been this impressed with a restaurant in years.
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica M.July 9, 2013
    The Monks sour ale is fantastic. The atmosphere was ideal for a few beers and burgers.
  • Mike T.heart icon on user image
    Mike ThomasJanuary 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Known for their mussels. Burgers are also great. Def a place for beer snobs
  • Leach E.heart icon on user image
    Leach E. E.January 7, 2017
    Great beers, friendly bar staff. Can be busy.
  • Mark N.
    Try the Monk's Mussels - Mussels at Monk's Belgian Cafe in Philly. (via @Foodspotting)
  • Tom F.
    Tom FontanaJuly 24, 2013
    Friday's and Saturday's are extremely crowded for a very narrow place. Go any other night to really enjoy it.
  • Elle
    ElleMarch 25, 2013
    Kasteel, beer battered chicken tenders, and any of their burgers make for a great night!
  • Sheik R.heart icon on user image
    Sheik RobinsonAugust 8, 2014
    Best Belgian beer selection I'll probably ever see outside of Belgium.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SiaplayMay 22, 2014
    Great burgers but even better mussels, great low key spot downtown.
  • Patrick W.heart icon on user image
    Patrick WardAugust 3, 2015
    Mussels! And they have one or two gluten-free beer options
  • Marty R.heart icon on user image
    Marty RowanAugust 4, 2015
    Mussels are the best ever! Beer selection the best you'll find anywhere.
  • Tyler M.
    Tyler MurphyAugust 19, 2013
    The burgers are great! Try the Brussels burger with bacon and cheddar!
  • Terry K.
    Terry Kenneally BaltonAugust 11, 2014
    Great beers on tap. A must when visiting Philly.
  • Mary L.heart icon on user image
    Mary LuJune 29, 2016
    Russian river blind pig ipa -- amazing taste!!
  • Allyson H.heart icon on user image
    Allyson HarttenNovember 15, 2015
    Vegetarian cheesesteak is out of this world.
  • Jason L.heart icon on user image
    Jason LightnerJune 12, 2012
    An excellent selection of beer, and fantastic mussels. A word of warning, though – stay away from the Buffalo Frog Legs.
  • EM H.heart icon on user image
    EM H.July 19, 2016
    Great selection of beers and generous food portions.
  • Gary N.heart icon on user image
    Gary NoeJanuary 7, 2016
    Great food and an unlimited beer selection
  • patrice
    patriceMay 9, 2013
    Thai curry mussels are amazing! So is the duck salad 👍
  • Matt C.heart icon on user image
    Matt CowburnMarch 15, 2016
    Knowledgable stuff and a huge Belgian beer list.
  • Ryan H.heart icon on user image
    Ryan HillMay 14, 2013
    Duck Salad really good. Skip the burgerBest beers in North America available.
  • Patricia R.
    Patricia RamirezOctober 15, 2017
    Monk's Mussels still my all time fave item on the menu!
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