Cuisine: Continental Restaurants, American Restaurants
Contact: (215) 923-6069
Open Hours: Mo to We from 11:30am to 03:30pm,Mo to We from 05:00pm to 11:00pm,Th from 11:30am to 03:30pm,Th from 05:00pm to 12:00am,Fr from 11:30am to 03:30pm,Fr from 05:00pm to 01:00am,Sa from 10:00am to 03:00pm,Sa from 05:00pm to 01:00am,Su from 10:00pm to 03:00pm,Su from 05:00pm to 11:00pm
Restaurant entrepreneur Steven Starr has been offering tapas-style dining in this restaurant and martini bar for over five years. The trendy and hip ... More
Restaurant entrepreneur Steven Starr has been offering tapas-style dining in this restaurant and martini bar for over five years. The trendy and hip Continental attracts patrons of a wide range of ages to its neo-diner atmosphere. In fact, it used to be a diner now, giant martini-olive lamps hang over the booths, while Latin and lounge music plays softly. The restaurant's contemporary cuisine includes outstanding sushi-grade pan-seared tuna and miso glazed Chilean sea bass. Follow dinner with a martini, including such exotic variations as chocolate and the Hawaii 5-O.
We liked the food. Salads are humongous. Chicken excellent, especially the chicken nuggets. Salmon very good. Portions were quite enough. We opted for side of hummus which was quite good on the toasted pita. Their bread could have been crisper and warmer. The coffee (decaf) was very strong, if you like it that way. Service was fast and efficient. Ambience: we were in the small back room which was non-smoking (Jan. '07 all of Philadelphia restaurants will be smoke-free!!) The main dining room was quite noisy by 7pm on this Sunday. The back room is quieter.
The food and service was wonderful, but did not care for how the manager during brunch treated some of the employees. We thought he was rude and attitude was not good. Don't know how anyone could work for someone like that. The waitress was very pretty and courteous, but mgr was not nice to her at all.
We had pre-show food here one Friday night and it was great. The waiter was a typical metro/student/ laid-back dude who recommended top shelf vodka in our martinis when we really didn't care, but we opted for Grey Goose and the martinis were good but up there in price. The food, however, was terrific: Thai Noodles, massive delicious piled-high salad, some creative ravioli dish. It was really nice for a night in Philly and a show at the Arden. It was very chic-nouveau decor, and we were able to smoke at our table. Cafe ambience, relaxed -- note the Continental style is they bring food out to the table as it is ready, so don't expect delineated courses. Dessert was great, too.
There is not much I liked about this place. The servers were rude, and not the quickest around. The food was cold, and the drinks were weak. We had a bottle of wine and we found pieces of the cork in the bottle. And actually my wife was sitting on the swing, the chain broke and she fell. She is not the skinniest lady around but I still love her, she was very embarrassed.
This restaurant looks like a nice diner on the outside but then is a 60's rehash on the inside, the desserts are SOOOO good I recomend the apple cake and the banana split, but I find the entrees too pricey for the food they give you with the exception of the salads which is GIANT and good, however this is NOT the place you want to eat if you are NOT adventurous, the one thing on the menu that we thought couldn't be too bad was lobster mashed potatoes....
i love the continental and so did my fiance. The food was tasty and well presented, the service was attentive and the atmosphere was very nice. As a bostonite, the enchantment of philly was made greater by the late night stop at the continental. I admit it, i really loved swinging in those suspended chairs as i regressed to a 10 year old. Five stars from boston to philly with love. Go pats!
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