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The Continental

138 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
(215) 923-6069
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Ranked #133 of 3,741 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
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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English first
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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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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
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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149 reviews 149 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 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
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant 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
12 helpful votes 12 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
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201 reviews 201 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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