Monk's Cafe

Monk's Cafe

Gastropub, Belgian Restaurant, and Beer Bar$$$$
Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
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  • Stars
    This gastropub is famous for their french fries. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Tips
    "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)
Tips and Reviews icon245 Tips and reviews
  • mussels
  • beer
  • sandwiches
  • casual
  • veal cheeks
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  • Steve B.heart icon on user image
    Steve B.January 7, 2016
    Only place on the East Coast that serves Pliney the Elder. Nuff Said!
  • Kheart icon on user image
    KJanuary 31, 2016
    I feel like I'm in Belgium...try their sours.
  • Kelsey H.heart icon on user image
    Kelsey HuseOctober 12, 2017
    Beer and burgers! Their house sour is 👌👌
  • Rune I.heart icon on user image
    Rune IsachsenJune 25, 2022
    Great selection of beer and good burgers.
  • Ariel N.
    Ariel NicoleJune 9, 2012
    The mac & cheese is delicious. Come with an exotic beer in mind, they probably have it.
  • Max W.heart icon on user image
    Max WennekerAugust 6, 2016
    Mussels and fries both good. Avoid the Caesar.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 10, 2011
    Get any of the Cantillon bottles or drafts for the perfect summer treat. We also love the Spanish Flies. Read more
  • John A.
    John AnastasiApril 26, 2014
    Nice pulled pork sandwich. Good with a Stoudt's Pilsner.
  • Kevin C.heart icon on user image
    Kevin CooleyJune 25, 2018
    Be sure to make reservations during peak hours
  • Lee S
    Lee SJuly 30, 2012
    Don't overlook the scallops, best ever! Be sure to squeeze the lemon on them for full effect.
  • Kathleen N.
    Kathleen NgoSeptember 21, 2014
    Mussels were a bit overcooked but the fries and delirium tremens more than made up for it.
  • Leeheart icon on user image
    LeeFebruary 17, 2017
    You know you came here for the beer. Enjoy the eats too
  • Greg R.heart icon on user image
    Greg ReeseMarch 1, 2015
    Only place to get Pliny within a thousand miles.
  • Rana G.
    Rana GhahremanpourMay 13, 2012
    Try the veal cheeks in the appetizer menu. It's to die for! Everything is delicious here.
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerOctober 8, 2014
    Tons of beer on tap. Decent chill scene.
  • Andrew K.
    Andrew K.November 23, 2014
    Get moules pomme frites - nummers!
  • CitySolve
    CitySolveNovember 28, 2011
    There's actually a beer book. Don't forget to order the fries and the bourbon mayo.
  • Mike T.
    Mike TaylorFebruary 18, 2010
    Best Mussels in the city. Greatest Belgian Beer Bar in the City, or maybe the whole country. If you like beer, you will love Monk's!
  • Baks
    BaksOctober 8, 2011
    Get the buffalo-style frog's legs. You will not regret it. And try the Tilquin Gueuze!
  • Ariel N.
    Ariel NicoleJune 9, 2012
    The duck salad is delicious! Cranberries & walnuts & goat cheese paradise!
  • David S.heart icon on user image
    David SickelsMarch 1, 2019
    Pliny the Elder on tap!
  • Michael C.
    Michael CowdrickMarch 29, 2016
    Awesome beer selection , great atmosphere
  • Kevin G.heart icon on user image
    Kevin GMay 10, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    Every time I go here, I’m amazed at the beer list all over again.
  • Kyle D.
    Kyle DavisJuly 19, 2013
    Awesome place and a wonderful selection of beers
  • Sophia H.heart icon on user image
    Sophia HOctober 4, 2015
    Great beer. Love the Beer Bible.
  • Steve
    SteveDecember 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They need to add the option to get double dipping sauce with the frittes!
  • KneeTherapist
    KneeTherapistOctober 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Damn straight those thai curry mussels are good.
  • Glòria C.heart icon on user image
    Glòria ConsolaOctober 2, 2018
    Mussels are the best!
  • Sam W.
    Sam WolfAugust 27, 2011
    I recommend Ghent Mussels and a Monks Burger washed down with a Chimay Red!
  • Devaki R.
    Devaki RoySeptember 25, 2014
    Best salmon EVER!!! ( loads of garlic)
  • Marc H.
    Marc HalleyJuly 14, 2012
    One of the best places in Philly to have mussels!!!
  • Stephen L.
    Stephen L.November 5, 2012
    If you don't spend more on beer than on food when dining here, you're doing something wrong
  • Taryn Z.
    Taryn ZychalOctober 1, 2010
    The seitan meatball dish is vegan and amazingly filling. Don't knock it til you've tried it
  • Chris B.heart icon on user image
    Chris BuijsJanuary 29, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    #1 craft beer bar in America and beyond.
  • AbdulAziz A.
    AbdulAziz AlHussainiAugust 23, 2016
    The mussels are great
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineJanuary 13, 2013
    "A must stop for any friends visiting from out of town."
  • Dianaheart icon on user image
    DianaMarch 11, 2013
    the petit dejeuner mussels are amazing!
  • Mariana D.
    Mariana DDecember 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    back bar is where i like to sit. laid back bartenders, good fries!
  • U Y Ê N N A O M I B.heart icon on user image
    U Y Ê N N A O M I B U INovember 21, 2015
    The clams are amazing!
  • Eric W.heart icon on user image
    Eric WuSeptember 17, 2016
    Great burgers and fries!
  • Stu L.heart icon on user image
    Stu LJanuary 25, 2019
    Mussels, and THE BEER!!!
  • Майя Б.heart icon on user image
    Майя БакланMarch 14, 2017
    Quite simple at first look, but very taste
  • Emily A.
    Emily ApplebaumDecember 20, 2012
    The Ghent mussels are amazing!
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BieberFebruary 23, 2014
    They do a great vegan burger here!
  • Michael L.
    Michael LoJuly 16, 2013
    Full menu until 1am on Monday's!
  • Hectorheart icon on user image
    HectorDecember 2, 2014
    Steak, get the steak.
  • Mazda
    MazdaNovember 8, 2010
    Monks burger and Monks mussels are delicious. Their beer selection is worth checking out.
  • Simon I.heart icon on user image
    Simon IoffeOctober 26, 2014
    Get the flemish sour beers!
  • Ian O.heart icon on user image
    Ian OrekondySeptember 21, 2012
    Ask for the sour beers, and you'll be psyched.
  • CitySolve
    CitySolveNovember 26, 2011
    Best french fries I've had. The bourbon mayo is the bomb!
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