Ever since the late 1800’s, hungry Philadelphians and tourists have trekked to Old Original Bookbinder’s Restaurant. The restaurant, located dockside on the Delaware River, grew originally out of the life of the seaport itself when Samuel Bookbinder opened his restaurant for business.
All of the ingredients were close at hand. The river teemed with shad, schooners docked at the port with their cargo of spices, and the Chesapeake Bay offered its bounty of oysters, crabs, and clams. Fresh produce arrived daily from the fields and dairies surrounding Philadelphia.
Each noontime, Samuel’s wife, Sarah, would ring the restaurant’s bell, announcing the principal meal of the day.
Dockworkers rubbed elbows with sea captains, prosperous merchants, and farmers - all dined together to enjoy what was becoming a new tradition - seafood at Bookbinder’s.
The thriving little restaurant was passed to the Bookbinder children and stayed in the family until the depression era when it was acquired by John Taxin.
Today John Taxin's daughter and grandson carry on the tradition of fine food and service, and earning the distinction as one of America’s oldest continuous seafood restaurants.
The section of Old Philadelphia surrounding Bookbinder’s Restaurant has charming cobblestone streets and restored colonial brick houses. Visitors and celebrities touring the city regularly stop at Old Original Bookbinder’s to enjoy its legendary seafood.
When you dine at the restaurant there’s a chance you’ll be served at a table once taken by Diamond Jim Brady, Babe Ruth, Tennessee Williams, Teddy Roosevelt, Al Jolson, Elizabeth Taylor or Frank Sinatra.