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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
Website
Today
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Closed 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
Good for:
Bar scene
Outdoor seating

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 141
    Excellent
  • 138
    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
Most recent review
One of the best experiences in a long time

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
Manuelq57
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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349 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

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
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

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
52 reviews 52 reviews
17 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The outside of this restaurant looks like a diner but don't judge a book by its cover. The inside is sophisticated and quirky at the same time. We sat at a table with the hanging basket chairs which were enjoyable and comfortable. The food was great. We ordered the crab cakes and they were some of the best I've ever... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We stayed at Hotel Monaco over Valentine's Day and we came here after going to Tashan. What can I say other than I was totally blasted. I think my wife drank more than me. Their reputation as a martini bar stands well.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Very tasty food and cocktails with great atmosphere and young staff. Enjoyed everything about our visit and will make sure to stop in next time we are in Philadelphia. Order the Tuna Tartare, Rock Shrimp Tacos, 3 flight dessert and any cocktail--can't go wrong!

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Reston, VA
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220 reviews 220 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

We like sharing, so the Continental's menu of sharing-sized dishes was perfect for us. The only problem was that there were too many enticing choices for one visit. So, we came back the next night. The service was outstanding, our orders were taken promptly and arrived hot. One note, they come out of the kitchen as they are prepared, so... More 

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Odessa, Texas
Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

The steak egg roll it's amazing, my wife ordered some noodles with salad and they where also really good. Also get the lobster macaroni and cheese its delicious.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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170 reviews 170 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

So we stopped here on a very cold weekday night. It was my first trip. The place is neat inside. We were seated very quickly. The front of the restaurant is like an old time Jersey Diner except way cooler and with a bar. It's very cozy. Even a little cramped for my taste, but it was cold out so... More 

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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 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, International, Tapas

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating
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?