Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar, Philadelphia
138 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3015
AVERAGE USER RATING
Cuisine: American, Breakfast & Brunch
Contact:+1 215 923 6069
Open Hours: Dinner: 5p-11p Sun-Thu; 5p-midnight Fri-Sat; Brunch: 10:30a-3p Sat-Sun
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
Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar
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 loved the ambiance when we were last there in 05 and can't wait for our return. I hope the swinging basket chairs are still there since I nearly swung over the glass railing. We just had appetizers and drinks late at night but it was one of the most magical times we had in the city we love. As Bostonians and Patriots fans, we love Philly and are looking forward to this upcoming visit.
If you're willing to wait outside or stuffed in a loud corner, the 'meal experience' will be worth it. Before being sat, you will barely be greeted. Don't count on a smile or a hello. However, once at a table, patrons are encouraged to take their time. The presentation, taste and portions are generous and delightful. The assortment of beverages are also in abundance. As you will soon see, while you wait close to an hour for a taste of what you've ordered.
This was my first business trip to Philadephia, unsure of where to go with colleges for dinner,I asked locals for Philly's number one place to go for dinner and relaxation. The Continental was the first place everyone mentioned. So we decided to give it a shot. The weather was perfect and we decided to dine on the roof top. The atmoshere was amazing, the muisc enchanting and the food incredible.
We had such a great time during dinner that when the chill of the night air came over we decided to move to the roof top fire place.
It was the perfect ending to a hard day and the delightful staff made sure that we had everything we needed.
Contential is one of the reasons I fell in love with the great city of Philadelphia. I am planning to go back for a visit. This time for romantic weekend. Contential is defiantly on the "to do list."
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.
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!