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The Continental

138 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
(215) 923-6069
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Ranked #146 of 3,737 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Cuisines: American, Tapas, International
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Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: City Center East
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Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Shareable plates served family style. I didn't care much for the hummus, but there were several meatless options to please our mixed vegetarian/carnivore crowd.

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Toronto, Canada
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Nice menu, but actual food and service disappointed some. Not terrible, not bad even, just not great.

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Philadelphia
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The Continental Diner is a fixture on its corner in Old City now and was an early part of Philadelphia's 'Restaurant Renaissance'. It looks like a diner inside but serves trendier and better food than does a traditional diner and it has a bar. It was a very hot and trendy place in its day and it can still draw... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I've been going here for years. The food is consistently very good, and the cocktails are decent but a bit pricey. This visit I ordered the always yummy chicken dumplings, and the Chilean sea bass which was delicious. The staff is pleasant. My biggest complaint would be that it's way time for a remodel, but not a complete reinvention, since... More

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Top Contributor
114 reviews 114 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

We came for late lunch at 4 pm and ordered the club sandwich and salad with chicken. Excellent quality, taste, portion and price! Great friendly service and a pleasant terrace to be seated at.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 via mobile

I brought my mom here for lunch during the week. No wait, which was awesome. The inside decor is pretty. The menu is on the smaller side but with lots of tempting options - the drink menu is 3x the size! Their drinks looked tasty, and the bar has a great selection. We both got the chicken curry naan-wich and... More

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Howell, Nj
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84 reviews 84 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

We had a business dinner here and reserved the rooftop bar and lounge. The lower levels of the restaurant are designed with a fun and mod atmosphere with low lighting and plenty of tables and bar space. The direct route to the roof is via elevator and opens up to a open air patio with booth and table seating. Inside,... More

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New York City, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Continental offers guests a unique experience with swanky decor, hip music and dishes that are deliciously creative. The rooftop is popular and inviting, the selection of drinks are endless and the staff are well dressed and extremely friendly and knowledgeable. The perfect place to socialize with friends or take a date. The upper level of the restaurant is my favorite,... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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148 reviews 148 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I have paid a few visits to The Continental while in Philly for business. Both were very good experiences. First was with a colleague for a business dinner. Shared hummus platter and a mushroom flatbread. Good wine selection but too pricey. Their wines by the glass are $2-3 more than like offerings elsewhere. Second visit was with a larger group... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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