Taps: 10 / Bottles: 53
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 18
Reviews by shapudding:
4.5/5 rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5
What a cool little place, this is just something so unexpected... then you find out it is connected to Monk's... ok, that explains it. No wonder it is so freakin' great that I had to come back again after only a week!
At a 3 point section of Philly where 23rd, South and Grays Ferry hit, (you can just walk South and pop to it), you round the corner and suddenly the sign is there. First time I went was Labor Day weekend and I went in with no idea of it's connection and no idea what to expect there for food or beer. The building itself is from the 30's and they have kept most everything there original and just scraped the crud and layers of paint down so that you can appreciate the painted tin ceiling and walls -minus the neon beer signs that had been there before they opened as Grace this year. The etched mirrors and antiquated bathroom (one unisexer which is cleaner than most in Philly!) give you a step back in time kind of feel. Which brings me to my favorite part. There is a Bevador cooler in the front by the window that is a working beer cooler, it has lazy susans in it, and wow does it look like a time machine! Christian the bartender this Saturday mentioned that they are working on obtaining an original top to get it back to originality.
Good sized bar to belly-up to, nice and sturdy with comfy seats. Tables in the back for maybe about 8 parties? Smallish place but not crowded feeling. Darkish interior, but clean. You have that row-homey feel, walk in and the bar is to the left and tables to the rear. Seems to have a standard 1-2 barbacks and one cook from what I see, but both times I have been there, everyone is friendly as all getout and willing to chat about the place, the beer, the food. Seems they really like working there and are just good people. That adds to it. And it is good to have a bartender that knows there beer, our little crew this Saturday chatted beer w/Christian and had a good time with it.
Food has been upped since they opened, but they are still keeping it sweet and simple, yet wonderful. Do not go without the beans for apps!!
2 apps: Sauteed green beans in cajun spices w/remoulade sauce, $3/basket. (sooo wonderfully unexpected and crispy fresh, don't even bother using your fork, just go to town with your hands!) Frites (fries), freshcut/doublefried w/Monk's bourbon mayo $1.75side, $3.50 basket. (get the basket! trust me, they are wonderful)
Bistro salad $5.95, chicken waldorf salad $6.25.
Still haven't tried the sausages($6), but have heard that they are amazing, and when they go past me they look wonderful! Chicken and apple on italian roll w/lett &raspberry mustard, spinach & feta w/lett & grey poupon, hot italian w/sauteed peppers &onions, boudin blanc sausage w/lett &pommery mustard.
Platters are lobster sandwich $11, maine lobster & lagostino tails w/mayo & celery on toasted & buttered hot dog bun w/fries/slaw. Oyster po'boy w/fresh Virginia oysters breaded &frided on baugette w/chopped lett, garlic butter & remoulade sauce, fries/slaw.
Jamblaya, ricke/ckn/andouille sausage/tom/pep/onions/cajun spides -cup $5.95 or $9.95 bowl, and you can add langostino for $2/$4
Burgers I was told are huge but haven't seen or tried, but are brought over from Monk's also. ($7meat $6vegan). Grace-lett/tom/red onion/swiss, South Street- sauteed onion/blue cheese, Kennett Square-sauteed mushroom/sharp chedder, Vegan- vegan aoli/lett/tom.
On tap this time around there was SlyFox's O'Reilly's Stout, Ommegang Wit, Nottinghead California Common, Monk's Flemish Sour, Sierra Nevada IPA, Yard's Saison, Guinness, Yuengling, Rollingrock, Millerlite.
They had some bottles w/the usual suspects lined up, only one that I had not had before was the Cherish lambic, they were down to the peach only, which one of our crowd pulled for one of her selections. We were doing the taps so I unfortunately did not pay too much attention to the bottles, but there was about 10ish to choose from, and not a bad lineup. They also have a decent crowding of liquor back there, so anyone can find something to enjoy.
This is just a darn good place. They keep it simple and do what they are doing very well.
09-12-2004 16:56:15 | More by shapudding
More User Reviews:
4.05/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
What intrigued me most about this place was, it is a bar under the umbrella of the "Monks", people. That, the greatest Belgian bar in the city has a hand in Grace Tavern, is a draw in itself. Among other intriguing notes were that, Grace Tavern is an atypical, down to earth neighborhood bar---with some great beers. It has a little bit of that feel one gets when going into, "The Prohibition Tap Room", which I rated a while ago. Both, cozy neighborhood Philly bars that have a very NON-neighborhood beer selection.
At Grace Tavern,, the atmosphere was relaxed, (I went on a Sat. afternoon), with a nice solid separation from a small but cozy dining area. I was at the bar. The bar and the eating area had a handful of people. I'd wager it gets a bit crowded at night. Would be hard to put 100 people in there. That is always a drawback in a review. I rarely get to many of these places during prime time.
I met and talked with one of the owners, (James) and he seems as knowledgeable as it gets when it comes to Belg Beer. I'm sure that is a trademark of the owners of these bars with "Monk", ties. In fact---James was telling me about the trips he and other owners take to Belgium just to seek great beers and find out exactly how to get them to the US.
Finally---Grace Tavern has the most incredible appetizer I have ever had at a bar...or anywhere.
Don't get taken aback when I tell you about it, because it involves...String Beans!...haha.
They are marinated and flavored and cooked and served like fries. It then comes with some of the best kick ass, spicy Cajun, (or Spanish?), dip. They are addictive....but it's getting addicted to ...string beans! Takes any guilt away.
IN FACT---in the front window of the bar...they have the Best of Philly Magazine's, award for the , "Best alternative for vegetarians at a bar instead of fries"...
(Who knew THAT was a category?,,,heh).
They should patent them.
I had a Saison Dupont and a Chimay on tap and, as a suggestion from James, I had a pretty heady and delicious, micro brew. It was a Clown Shoes beer...but don't know what exact one. I had a very nice time there.
One more thing---
Also in the window was another Best of Philly award.
It was for one of, "The Best 50 Bars in Philly".
Grace Tavern was---#1.
The only complaint I may have is, their website isn't that updated. They have good beers there, that aren't on it and beers that are on that site, not there anymore.
That is not close to enough to let me down. They will always have some good beer.
I'll definitely go back.
05-19-2012 16:35:44 | More by Dennycurr
3.66/5 rDev -9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped by here on a whim because it's Philly Beer Week and framboise De Amarosa was on tap but I came a day early for that, Oh well.
Grace Tavern is on the way to Ressurection Ale House, it's a hop skip and a jump away. i've been eyeing this place up for years because of all the craft neons in the window. Does not look like much from outside and once inside, it reminds me of a slew of other Philly bars. Inside, there is a parch for your drinks on the wall with some seats, to the left a full bar with seats and a very small dining type area, although i this is not the place to go for awesome food. Very dark with minimal swag on the wall. Booze, wine, beer and a small selection of bar food. about 10 or so taps in total, a nice selection of locals, some belgians and some american imports. A old style cooler full of bottles of varying styles. Since this is owned by the boys at monk's I was expecting s bit more. the selection is what it is, but not what it could be, and im thinking this bar is just not geared towards being the dopest, just your average neighborhood bar here. service was ok but also a bit standoffish. since this is monk's affiliated, this does not surprise me at all. I could see myself coming here if I was on a neighborhood bar crawl and this was one of the spots, but nothing beyond that.
06-07-2011 06:02:58 | More by BARFLYB
3.88/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Grace Tavern is a quaint neighborhood beer bar/restaurant in the Graduate Hospital/South Philly area that looks like a dump but is actually a great craft beer destination with really good food.
Teeny tiny with a small bar, a couple of high tops and three tables in the back of the restaurant. The crowd is consisted of mostly younger hipsters but the place has a dark laid back vibe that I really enjoyed.
The menu is small but they serve high quality gastro pub cuisine. Artisan sandwiches and apps as well as mussels and two or three entrees. Also, some vegan dishes for those who have dietary restrictions. The service isn't bad but the bartender serves everyone in the building including the bar and all of the tables. This mans you might have to wait a bit but they are always at least knowledgeable and friendly.
The draft list consist mostly of locals but they have a pretty extensive bottle list for such a small place representing lots of quality American craft breweries and tons of Belgians. This was the first place in the Philly area where I was able to find Rochefort 10.
This place is off of the beaten path but is worth seeking out.
04-13-2011 08:06:00 | More by corby112
3.25/5 rDev -19.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in here on our between Resurrection and Monk's; beer selection was decent, but our bartender didn't seem to want to serve us. A group of six, who all ordered at least two beers each, along with a shared bomber should probably get at least a little conversation. There were 2 people sitting at the bar who were finished eating; other than that, the place was empty. We asked her opinion on a couple beers and she basically just told us the style of each beer. Either way, it was just a pit-stop on our way!
01-11-2011 19:54:05 | More by bellabellebell
4.1/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is exactly what you want in your regular bar. Tasty sessionable beers, cheap sandwiches and deep-fried goods, an interesting crowd, and cool bartenders. The taplist isn't the best in the city, but they have an interesting collection of mostly local beers served promptly and cold. The food comes out fast and hot as well.
The walls are filled with old photos, the bathroom is gross, dark wood everywhere and a big screen television. This is the perfect bar to unwind after work: an unpretentious place that serves tasty burgers and sausages and has the Phillies game on.
06-30-2010 02:37:58 | More by Soonami
4.5/5 rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Decided to stop by Grace Tavern after getting some good reviews from some friends. It's slightly off the beaten path, in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood in Philadelphia, but certainly not a far walk/cab ride from Center City.
It's a pretty small place. A bar to the left right when you walk in, with a small counter/shelf thing on the left to set a beer or some food down. There are a few tables in the back in a small dining area.
They rotate a decent selection of drafts, as well as some bottles. I was disappointed that they charged $5 for a half pint. The beer looked like it came in a small juice glass. I was thinking it would come in at least a goblet. They could lower the price some there.
The real reason I wanted to check out Grace Tavern was for the burgers. I heard they were great, and they most certainly were. It came on a real soft, tasty roll. The meat was tender, juicy and full of flavor. The cheese and bacon wasn't gooey, or greasy. Grace Tavern is owned by the same people the own Monk's. I've heard they use the same meat for the burger, but the soft bun was definitely better than the hard one that Monk's serves. The fries were also great, with Monk's style sauce on the side.
Service was pretty good. Although it is a small place, it was completely packed. Only 2 bartenders were working the bar, and waiting the 6 or 7 tables in the back, and no one really had to wait too long for a drink or to order food. Well done. I will most certainly be back for more!
12-08-2009 17:04:13 | More by sbw138
4.22/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
this place is wonderful
its one of the other restraunts from the people that own monks
the food menu is very cool. They seem to have alot of spicy/ cajun food. no mussels, but thats ok. The blackened green beans are are very cheap $2 for an order that will leave you pretty full. And probably overall the best food for the money in the city, the food is soo good and cheap. Im pretty sure all sandwhiches are under $8. The tuna is amazing and you can usually get some of the monk's bourbon mayo which makes me drool. They have about 5o bottles to choose from in probably the coolest fridge I have ever seen. Really cool and diverse bottle selection, and the beer is very cheap. Cantillon was $10 for a bottle. and most beers are under $5. The draft list is different almost every time I go there, it seems to be mostly domestic. They arent afraid to put weird stuff on draft (they had Rogue Menaige a frog) They quite often have southhampton double white tho.
on and parking is usually pretty easy and they serve food till 2 am everyday....
run dont walk to this place
its also never really that crowded...
12-05-2008 02:35:42 | More by gdfan47
3.93/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by here last night after coming from Ten Stone and i am glad i did. The place seemed somewhat punk rock to me, which i liked. What I liked even better was the tap selection. On tap there was Troegs Nugget Nectar, Rogue Brutal Bitter, Southhampton Double White, Monk's Sour Flemish Ale, Noddinghead Melvin,Harpoon UFO and more. I didn't get a good view of the bottles but i did see Bear Republic Pale Ale. The place was a bit hectic when I got there but finally managed to get myself a Nugget Nectar. There is a lot of tin on the walls and ceilings and the place also has a few tables towards the back. It was nice and dim and made for an enjoyable evening. I didn't get to try any food but I'm definitely going to turn this place into one of my regular bars, so maybe next time. Give it a try if youre in the area, you wont be disappointed.
04-13-2008 20:29:37 | More by countmeoutt
3.88/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
What first came to my mind when I walked into the Grace Tavern was that the owner was doing everything in his or her power to keep overhead down so the patrons could relax and concentrate on their beers. And thats exactly what I did.
The atmosphere has that feel where you know you could scrub the hell out of the place and it would look just as dirty as when you started. There was a general gloominess to the place with ornate pressed tin walls that were painted black. The ceiling had the same design to it except it was red with a few pipes and cross beams protruding. The bar runs along the length of the left wall as you enter and has an old rustic feel to it that is very simple, yet deadly efficient. The young bar tender stood there looking half happy, half dazed (not in a stoned way) and welcomed us as we entered. The narrow building veers off to the right as you go further back into a slightly elevated seating area. Now dont get me wrong, theres nothing wrong with this bar at all. Its not flashy in the least, but its efficient.
The taps available were right out in the open with Yards Love Stout, DFH India Brown, Stoudts Pilsner, Monks Flemish Sour, Hoegaarder, Nodding Heads 60 Schilling and Yuengling. If youre looking for the bottle selection, its on display stretched out in front of the hard liquor. They had a good selection of bottles as well with some Belgians, Lambics and some more tasty craft brews.
For our service, we just went to the bar and the bar tender seemed legitimately excited to be doing his job. Thats one of those little un-quantifiable aspects of bar tending that I really appreciate. He got our brews quick and made some good recommendations.
Didnt get to the food this time around, but may stop back for a dinner some other time. However, this may not be a good place to take a date as it is rather drab. But if youre looking for a place to go out with the guys, this is clearly a great place to drink.
02-02-2006 17:46:34 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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Grace Tavern in Philadelphia, PA
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