About Charlie was a sinner.

Charlie was a sinner. is located in beautiful Midtown Village Philadelphia. Charlie specializes in tapas-style small plates, served until 1am daily. In addition, Charlie has a collective list of strong craft cocktails.

131 South 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Tapas / Small Plates, Vegetarian / Vegan

Hours of Operation:
Open Daily: 4pm - 2am


Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 4pm - 11pm
Friday & Saturday 4pm - 12am


Happy Hour: Monday - Thursday 4pm - 7pm, Friday 4pm - 6pm

Cross Street:
13th Street between Sansom and Walnut

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(267) 758-5372

Website:
http://charliewasasinner.com/

Executive Chef:
Todd Butler

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Charlie was a sinner. Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Vegan (67)
Good Vegetarian Options (63)
Good for a Date (47)
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Tapas (46)
Handcrafted Cocktails (42)
Creative Cuisine (41)
Fit for Foodies (38)
Healthy (35)
Romantic (31)
Special Occasion (31)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
Cozy (24)
Vibrant Bar Scene (24)
Fun (21)
Hot Spot (21)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Organic (18)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Happy Hour (15)
Tasting Menu (14)
Worth the Drive (13)
Good for Groups (11)
Casual (10)
Late-night Find (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Authentic (8)
Seasonal (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Great Beer (6)
People Watching (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Business Meals (3)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

This was a great experience on the upscale listings, get there early since the space is limited

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Everything was perfect the potato croquettes were amazing the Fraser salad was good service was excellent

Tags: Cozy, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

As plant based people, it was wonderful to be able to go out and indulge ourselves with anything on the menu. It was delicious!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Healthy, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Everything I had was vegan, and was absolutely delicious! I had a zucchini crabcake burger that tasted better than any crab cake I ever had,
when I was not vegan!!🎉 The gnocchi is fabulous, really enjoyed the artichokes! Chris was the host and server, and he was wonderful! I really enjoyed all of the suggestions, and even had the dandelion burdock root natural soda! Thanks!

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

I was blown away. Everything was very flavorful. I love how eclectic the menu is, with Asian, Mediterranean, and Latin inspired dishes. I don’t often drink alcohol, so I had a mocktail— it was incredible. The server was also very nice and helpful, and the ambience of the place is very chic. I can’t wait to go back!

Tags: Bar Seating, Tapas, Good for a Date, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Love the food and cocktails! Wish the menu changes or had specials, have been a few times and would love some variety!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great ambience, really busy, very enjoyable. We had appetizers and drinks and everything was great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 21, 2017

The food, drinks and service were excellent....as usual. My favorite dish was the gnocchi.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 19, 2017

A friend and I visited CWAS laat night (a Sunday) for the first time and it was spectacular! We were delayed and so late for our reservation but we were accommodated without a blink. Our server, Robert was amazing. From the moment we sat down we received A+ attention and his recommendations were on point. We tried most of the menu, no kidding, and it was all delicious. We will be back for sure!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I've gone here for drinks several times and have always been impressed with the knowledge and skill of the bartenders. Finally getting a chance to have dinner here made the experience even better. The food was delicious, as well as the cocktails. I would highly recommend this place and I can't wait to go back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vegan, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great atmosphere and food! Classy yet casual! Loved our experience!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Healthy, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The staff was very attentive and friendly, food was delicious and we had a carnivore with us who enjoyed!

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

very noisy but nice to have vegetarian food and menu
Food was salty

Tags: Fun, Spicy, Healthy
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Table was tiny for two given that the menu is all small plates. Not enough room for several plates, water, cocktails, and silverware. Tables were also very close together so it seems like everyone around you is listening to your conversation.

These menu items were delish:
-Ricotta
-Moroccan Spinach Bakoula
-Potato Gnocchi

This was just ok:
-Spring Mu-Shu Tofu

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The hostess was fabulous, the place was fun, the food was really excellent, it was exciting and the only two drawbacks was that there was only two bathrooms and there was a long wait, and only one waitress, and I had to tell the hostess that I was under a time deadline. But then after that everything was fine. Really delicious was the gnocchi, and the homemade Ramen noodle gluten free soup...

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Started a little rough because we arrived 9 min late and they gave away our table and took us 25 min to get seated, but they were nice about it and great experience and food after we were seated.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This was our second visit, and we took my parents for the first time. They had an awesome time. All of the good pretty much as a hit. We tried pretty much one of everything. The roasted peppers, gnocchi, and artichoke were particularly enjoyable. The only miss was the ramen. Cocktails were also delicious. Fun time for sure.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Love this restaurant. Great food! We go frequently, but I have to say the noise level keeps getting worse. Not the place if you want to have a conversation with anyone. Hopefully they are able to resolve this!

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Honestly the place is great, but we had tbe worse waitress. She was not worried a out serving anyone but herself. She completely forgot our order after 30 minutes and after asked she blamed it on the bar tender that was working hard. The place is great but if your waitress sucks get out immediately because she can't help it and you are in for a terrible experience. Or just ask for another waitress/waitor

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The meal was very good. My girlfriend and I had no idea what to expect. Neither of us is a vegetarian. We went with the waitresses recommendations and were very pleased.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Not generally a vegan eater but the food was very good! Awesome atmosphere

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 31, 2017

The food was absolutely delicious. This place is great for special occasions, I recommend to make a reservation well in advance, especially if you're planning to go on a Friday or Saturday. The service was OK but there's a lot of room for improvement. I understand the restaurant was full, but service felt very rushed. It didn't feel genuine either, it was like we were a bother of some sort. At one point we felt out of place, waiter made us feel like we didn't belong there. Funny feeling... That's the only thing I can criticize as negative. The food was excellent and the ambience was warm and inviting. The lighting was perfect.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Romantic, Vegan, Tapas, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food is always amazing and imaginative and so fulfilling. I believe my waitress' name was Tory -- she was so nice, so professional, so quick and attentive. Whenever I come down to Philly from NYC my first stop is Charlie Was A Sinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

It was good.... love the look.... waiter was cute, I’d marry... Long bathroom line. Que lastima

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Loved it here so much. Food, drinks and service were great! Loved the cool atmosphere too! Can't wait to go back!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Our server was terrific! Our food was terrific location with traffic it was all terrific

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The meal was INCREDIBLE! It is amazing, the flavor the chef can bring to a vegan dish. We were very, very impressed. There is a whiff of incense in the air that can sometimes affect the flavor of the food, but when our meal arrived, it seemed to have subsided.

The cocktails are unbelievable, too! Do yourself a favor and check this place out!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 21, 2017

2 year anniversary

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

The atmosphere and decor is beautiful and amazing. Amazing food with a variety of tastes to choose from. Great options that can be shared. I've had great experiences each time I've visited and would highly recommend.

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Vegan, Tapas
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great vegan restaurant. We went for my daughter's birthday. It was small but very cozy. Would be great for a romantic dinner. The cocktails and food were spectacular! The staff was wonderful as well. It was an overall great experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great atmosphere, friendly staff, really good food. We drove in from NJ, about a 50 minute trip, on a recommendation and it was definitely worth the drive for fantastic vegan food. Although plates are small, which we already knew, the food is good and filling and the price is fair.

If you're looking for a place with vegan food and a great variety of drinks, we'd recommend this place.

Tags: Vegan, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Great Beer
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 10, 2017

One of the best vegan restaurants I've ever been to. I didn't miss meet at all. Be sure to get the artichoke frites and the potato gnocchi.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

What could I say except I would go back in a heartbeat.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 6, 2017

First time there on a last minute recommendation from a friend. Wife and I looking for something vegetarian and this was a great place! Enjoyed every aspect from the ambiance to the service and the food. Will definitely visit again

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·Dined on October 5, 2017

They were burning incense in the restaurant. We left. Anyone who thinks it is a good idea to burn incense or scented candles where food is being served should NOT be in the restaurant business. We were there to smell and taste good food. Instead, we smelled incense, so we left and ate elsewhere.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Fantastic decor, hip vibe, and AMAZING cocktails. Delicious flavor profiles in vegan small plates. Located in a vibrant part of town. I was dining solo and the service was great. I did not feel rushed, despite the small space, which I definitely appreciate. Will definitely return when in town for business.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Their dish "our ricotta" is my favorite! Enjoyed celebrating our anniversary here!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vegan
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great flavors in their exciting dishes. Loved everything we had especially the gnocchi.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 28, 2017

I had my birthday dinner here on Thursday with 5 family members. We had a lovely time, and really enjoyed every single item we ordered. Particular highlights were the bucatini with meatballs, korean tempeh, and mu shu tofu. Everyone loved sharing the food. As always, when I am here, I can't wait to return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 28, 2017

This was our 2nd visit, we were skeptical after our borderline average experience the last time. The artichoke and bao buns tasted amazing. The quantity of artichoke frites was not at all par with the price (3 medium and 2 tiny pieces). The tofu tacos had mild flavor but the veggies were all too raw to be enjoyed in a taco and the ramen was very bland. I have been to many vegan places with small plates setting and this place is still behind other competitors.

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