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The Continental

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City Center East
American, International, Tapas
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138 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 923-6069
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Today
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Open now
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Thu - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 143
    Excellent
  • 142
    Very good
  • 48
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
I love this place

Another regular spot for me in central Philly - retro styling very chic - but good noisy, buzzy atmosphere. In truth it can get a bit too noisy at times - but this is a great place and the food is much better than one might expect. In fact even a sandwich and fries though served casually and diner... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
Alan P
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Groton, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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Newtownards
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Had a really lovely time here with family and friends and the food is really good as well will be back soon hopefully. Service was just ok could of been better.

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Harrisburg, PA
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

In town with friends for Festival Pier concert and this was walking distance from hotel and the Pier. We loved it so much we went back the next day before leaving town. The lettuce wraps and the chicken skwers were amazing! casual, chic atmosphere - and another bar on other side as well be sure to check out. Bartendar Christina... More 

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Groton, Massachusetts
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315 reviews 315 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Another regular spot for me in central Philly - retro styling very chic - but good noisy, buzzy atmosphere. In truth it can get a bit too noisy at times - but this is a great place and the food is much better than one might expect. In fact even a sandwich and fries though served casually and diner style... More 

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New York City, New York
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

The food is good. It looks like it should be a diner, but the food is definitely not diner style (which made me sad because that's what I wanted). All dishes are "meant to share" and are classified as "smalls" or "bigs." I ordered a burger, which was a "big" (not sure how one would share a burger) and it... More 

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Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I went there with my daughter. I got this awesome veggie burger and was one of my favorite I have had. Pretty cheap and the staff was pretty good. Not excellent because our waiter disappeared for what had to be 10 minutes when we wanted to leave. Would recommend.

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Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

The food is very good and the portions are adequate. Good for families if they like to try different things. Nice atmosphere like a 1960s living room. Drinks are a little pricy.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

I found this diner-looking restaurant by accident, was hungry and cold and the restaurant was conveniently located. What a surprise!!! The place had a great atmosphere, eclectic and modern, cozy and welcoming. That by itself the selection worthwhile, but then the food came. I had a French Onion Soup Dumplings. I am still trying to figure how you can stuff... More 

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Manhattan, Kansas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This place is a very eclectic place with a nice atmosphere. The music was a tad loud, but it was Friday night around 9PM. It is also a Martini bar, so you have to expect that. The food comes as small plates, meant to be shared. We had the shrimp scampi and crab cakes, hummus, and the french onion dumplings.... More 

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The Netherlands
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Had a lovely night with 'the girls' in this restaurant. We sat in one of the back rooms (much quieter than the front room where you really can't even hear yourself speak). We shared appetizers, main courses and some desserts. We found the appetizers to be delicious - particularly the thai chicken lettuce wraps, French onion soup dumplings, battered shrimp... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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70 reviews 70 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Come with people you are comfortable sharing and tasting foods with. Explore the array of tapas in a cozy setting. Explore the drink menu and save room for dessert. Overall a very good time, just put in reservations or time it right to avoid the crowds.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 138 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
  • Neighborhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: (215) 923-6069

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, International, Tapas

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
10:30 am - 4:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?