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The Continental

Certificate of Excellence
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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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5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Bar scene
Outdoor seating

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  • 141
    Excellent
  • 140
    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
Pretty nice

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Outdoor seating
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351 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW 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
37 reviews 37 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
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52 reviews 52 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
10 helpful votes 10 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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226 reviews 226 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 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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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

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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?