The Little Lion: Old City Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Little Lion: Old City Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Little Lion: Old City Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Philadelphia: Old City's newest culinary addition The Little Lion is open for business. At 6,500-square-foot The Little Lion at 3rd and Chestnut streets opened for lunch on Thursday, Jan. 7, at 11 a.m. through 4 p.m. daily. Specializing in new American cuisine. Specialty cocktail.  Where upscale casual meets understated elegance with hints of revolutionary inspiration.

Philadelphia, PA - The Little Lion brings American comfort food with a Southern twist to Historic Philadelphia. The dramatic 6,500 square foot restaurant is housed in a former 1847 bank building - and is named after the father of the American bank, Alexander Hamilton (who was nicknamed the 'little lion.')

 The restaurant boasts stunning views with three floors, 25 foot ceilings, restored eight-foot original window panes, a grand staircase, balcony, interactive chef's counter and five unique dining spaces. Upscale elegance meets understated elegance. Look for hints of revolutionary inspiration throughout.

In the kitchen, passionate chefs fire up small plates, house-made cheeses, charcuterie boards, salads, sandwiches and signature entrees (including vegetarian fare). Weekend brunch features an expansive selection of sweet and savory features, including four varieties of Eggs Benedict.

At the bars, look for 16 draft lines pouring craft beer, cider, cold-pressed coffee and house-made draft sangria. Specialty cocktail menus rotate by the season and feature house-made shrubs. Happy hour kicks off every weekday at 5:00pm with discounted drinks and appetizers.

Owners Chris Younge and Jason Dills named the restaurant after founding father Alexander Hamilton, America's first treasury secretary. The duo, both history fans, hand-picked the location for its historic charms and architectural details. The Little Lion is a proud part of Old City District's renaissance - that now includes the new Museum of the American Revolution right across the street.

The Little Lion is open seven days a week for lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, happy hour, late-night - and now - weekend breakfast. Five unique private party spaces are available for any occasion and celebration. For more information, visit or call 267-273-0688. For reservations, visit The Little Lion on

News, Specials and Events:

Mother Day Specials - The Little Lion salutes Mom with a special Mother's Day Brunch Buffet with all her Southern and comfort food favorites like Prime Rib, Eggs Benedict Station, Buffalo Chicken and Biscuits, Red Velvet French Toast, Omelet Station, Mini Quiche, Sticky Buns, Sweets Selection and much more. Only $35 per adult, $15 per 12 and under/ $15 and free 6 and under. The bar will be open and featuring a Mother's Day special cocktail - Blood Orange Granita featuring a frozen cube of blood orange shrub (which is blood orange, water, sugar, and apple cider vinegar) lime juice, and el jimador tequila garnished with a blood orange slice and a little 4" muddler It’s served in a large 8.5 oz coupe glass.

At 4:00pm, dinner service will open with your Little Lion favorites plus Mother's Day additions - including Hot and Honey Chicken, Southern Fried Chicken and Savory Hot Cakes, Shrimp and Grits, St. Louis Pork Ribs and more!

The Little Lion debuts brand new outdoor seating this weekend with new lighting, more (and new) tables and chairs, flowers and all brand-new umbrellas. Enjoy the perfect view of the brand new Museum of the American Revolution.


As the Museum of the American Revolution prepares to officially open, The Little Lion prepares by extending its daily hours Monday through Sunday.

Starting April 17, 2017, The Little Lion will host weekday breakfast service Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 11:00am, that will include an a la carte menu, express breakfast buffet and a coffee bar menu. On Saturdays and Sundays, The Little Lion will open two hours earlier, at 8:00am going forward, with their weekend brunch and cocktail menu. The express breakfast buffet will be $19 per adult, $10 for children under 12 and free for children under 5 - price includes coffee and fresh squeezed juice.

Buffet items will include classic favorites like scrambled eggs, house-cured bacon, sausage, turkey sausage, a toaster station, fresh fruit, seasoned breakfast potatoes and yogurt with honey. Signature dishes on the breakfast buffet will include Kale Salad, Lion's Salad, mini Hoecakes, house-baked Peanut Butter Granola, plus a special dish of the day (rotating options include Red Velvet Cheesecake French Toast, Eggs Benedict, Buffalo Chicken Gravy and Biscuits, and more). Mini-omelettes will be made to order. For the sweet tooth, look for mini house-made pastries, including espresso creme brûlée, berry bread pudding, cookies and other baked goods.

The Little Lion's new breakfast a la carte menu will include:

* Farmers Omelet - roasted tomatoes, farmers cheese, sautéed kale $10
* Smoked Ham & Cheddar Quiche - pit ham, onion spread, cheddar cheese, breakfast potatoes $11
* Peanut Butter Granola - honey yogurt, peanut butter sauce, Chantilly cream $8
* Lion's Breakfast - Two eggs any style, choice of meat, toast, potatoes $10
* Smoked Salmon Benny - Two poached eggs, hollandaise, spicy breakfast potatoes $13
* Classic Benny - smoked pit ham, spicy breakfast potatoes, hollandaise, English muffin $11
* Fried Green Tomato Benny - fried green tomato, hollandaise, spicy breakfast potatoes $11
* Lion Salad - peach vinaigrette, carrot, radish, cucumber, heirloom tomato, spring mix $8
* Kale Caesar - baby kale, Caesar, cornbread croutons, grana padana $9
* Cornbread Hoecakes - honeycomb maple butter, honey $12
* Short Rib Hash - wild mushrooms, caramelized onions, IPA cheese sauce, poached egg $13

Pair breakfast with coffee from Peddler Coffee Roasters. A new coffee bar menu includes standard selections, plus sweet new twists on coffee, latte and hot cocoa:

* S'mores Hot Cocoa - whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, chocolate bar, honey graham, toasted marshmallows
* Maple Butter Hoecake Latte - whipped cream, maple syrup drizzle, maple butter, brown sugar syrup, mini corn hoecake, cinnamon and nutmeg
* Brown Sugar Chai Latte - whipped cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, cinnamon stick
* Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Latte - whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, chocolate and crushed pretzel pretzel rim, chocolate dipped pretzel
* Peppermint Mocha - whipped cream, chocolate drizzle rim, peppermint sugar rim, peppermint patty


The Little Lion is proud to partner with the Museum of the American Revolution during its grand opening. All ticket holders can show their Museum ticket at The Little Lion at any time, seven days a week for a free mini corn hoecake - George Washington's favorite breakfast! All museum members can save 15% off their food and drink by showing their membership card any day of the year, seven days a week.

On opening day, April 19th, The Little Lion fires up a special revolution-inspired dish to support the Museum. The Hamilton Steak will be available for $21.00. The entrée, based on research with the Museum on Hamilton’s favorite foods, will be marinated and grilled, served with pickled red onions and green tomatoes, and an herbed butter compote. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the entrée on April 19th will be donated to the Museum.

Behind the scenes, the two Old City entities are working together by The Little Lion offering a discount to employees and visiting media outlets. The Little Lion hosted a special media breakfast in advance of the Museum's media day. The Little Lion will also support the tourism efforts by providing a special discount on food and drink on opening day for visiting journalists. Younge said, "We are excited to explore other ways to work together - and support the Museum in any way we can!" 


For visiting school and large groups, The Little Lion announces a special group lunch menu for $20.00 per guest (with non-alcoholic beverage, tax and gratuity included). The price includes choice of two family style appetizers and one sandwich (with fries or salad) per guest. 


Access to The Little Lion just got even easier with the new Phlash bus stop outside its front door at 3rd and Chestnut. Additionally, The Little Lion is offering a special 15% discount for all Phlash riders when they show their tickets (valid the day of their ride). For more about Phlash, visit:


Starting April 17th, new hours for The Little Lion will be as follows:

Mondays - Thursdays
Breakfast 8:00am-11:00am
Lunch 11:00am-4:00pm
Dinner 4:00pm-11:00pm
Happy Hour 5:00pm-7:00pm
Late Night 11:00pm-12:00am

Breakfast 8:00am-11:00am
Lunch 11:00am-4:00pm
Dinner 4:00pm-11:00pm
Happy Hour 5:00pm-7:00pm
Late Night 11:00pm-12:00am

Saturdays and Sundays
Brunch 8:00am-4:00pm
Dinner 4:00pm-11:00pm
Late Night 11:00pm-12:00am

The Little Lion | 243 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106





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