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The Continental

138 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
(215) 923-6069
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Ranked #127 of 3,728 restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Tapas, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: City Center East
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302 reviews from our community

79% Recommend
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English first
Nashville, Tennessee
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The Continental has great atmosphere from the excellent and unique design choices throughout. The servers are helpful, friendly and authentic to the space. Everything we tried was pretty good, though one oddity: they explain menu items are tapas style (not very large and made to share), yet have enormous salads. Cocktail drinks were good, but not spectacular.

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Houston, Texas
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Cute place, lots of character. The menu was not what we expected, but we were more than pleasantly surprised with the food and drinks had. Wait staff was great with recommendations and so quick with service that we all commented on it during dinner. It was our first time and first night in Philly - made for a great start!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
191 reviews 191 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This place is really cute and great for people watching... While it is usually packed due to the world cup it was rather dead. Good for us. The food was good. A very limited menu so check it out before your go so you see what you are in store for. Our server was not exactly quick but that was... More

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Simsbury, CT
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We had Sunday brunch here and found the wait staff great and the food really good. Bloody Marys came with huge olives ( as seen on the outside of the building) and were mixed perfectly. Eggs Benedict were great and the other orders reportedly fine. Interesting atmosphere with hanging rattan basket-chairs, 50's hanging lights and circular booths on the first... More

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Some words you must use here: 'Cheese Steak Egg Rolls'!! Sharing style food in a diner setting that's lively and fairly fast moving: food comes out of the kitchen quick! I went with a few regulars who knew the best things to order. As a result, everything we ate was very good and interesting/unique. The cheese steak egg rolls, mountain... More

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Top Contributor
163 reviews 163 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We loved our food and the service was great. Most of all, we enjoyed the break from sight-seeing and we loved sitting on the sidewalk and watching all the people going by. We had a lunch, nothing fancy, and drinks (not alcoholic). Our bill, without tip, was $37.90. Others have mentioned a roof top but we didn't see it. Maybe... More

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Montpelier, Vermont
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We went here for lunch after a med school graduation. We had called ahead and had reservations and our table was ready when we arrived. We ordered wine, beer and champagne all of which were great! Big selection on the wine, martini and beer menu. For a soup starter I had the Udon Noodle Soup which had huge chicken dumplings... More

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We visited the other weekend on a Saturday for happy hour. The roof top was a cool half open, half closed space. It was crowded, but not crowded to the point we couldn't get a drink. A great spot in the heart of philly.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

My husband and I shared a few plates. The brussel sprouts and the korean tacos were super tasty and the lettuce wraps were also good. We really enjoyed the Grasshopper dessert - the mint ice cream is unlike any you've had before - actually tastes like herbal mint. Fun atmosphere and also a well made mint julep. A little spendy,... More

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Yuma, Arizona
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

First and foremost, we are not foodies, so going into this place we had little expectations and hoped for something just better than a greasy spoon. We were pleasantly surprised. My wife had the bacon cheeseburger and she said it was one of the best she's ever had. Wow! As for me, I had the deep-fried shrimp and calamari. It... More

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