Charlie was a sinner.

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Tapas / Small Plates

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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.
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LL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Was my favorite restaurant in philly but just found out they use canola oil in everything. :((( so disappointing

MB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Let me preface: we are not vegan. Boyfriend and I went because we had a gift card. The wait staff was wonderful, and the food was good but it is so expensive I'm not sure how I would've felt if it had been coming out of my own pocket which to me doesn't seem worth it. For 2 drinks, and about 4 small plates it was around $125. However, the drinks were great. I'd come back for the ambiance and drinks but probably not for the food unless I have some vegan friends with me who I am sure would appreciate it more than us.

MG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing!! Everything from the drinks, to the food to the desserts are always 10/10. All of the food is so versatile and flavorful. And we brought along two non vegan friends who were so impressed they said they plan on bringing their non vegan friends back!

TT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Amazing. But it wasn’t necessary to tell us they are “not particularly child friendly” on the phone or of the waiter to say “can he handle a glass? I know nothing about kids” about our six year old who didn’t make a peep or drop anything but just read his book.

JY
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Forgot to put Tofu on our tofu dinner. Apology was sincere but the error definitely delayed our meal time.

TH
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was great overall, with the ricotta being a highlight in several dishes. Pickled beets were amazing; cauliflower steaks were neither steaks nor excellent.

RJ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A great restaurant for vegans and non vegans. The food was delicious with tapas style ordering. The cocktail menu alone makes it worth a stop. I went on a very busy night with a large party on Marathon weekend. The service was good considering the circumstances . I would love to go again when things aren’t as hectic with a smaller group.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Jonathan’s Birthday Celebration! We had another amazing meal!!!

TC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Might I suggest having menus with larger writing or that the lighting is slightly brighter. For people who are older than the millennial age group it was difficult to read anything on your menu. My husband & I both thought your zucchini "crab" cake sliders were the best part of our 6 plate order. But do to the difficulty reading the menu & the lighting we probably will not return. Wishing you a very busy Holiday season. Thank you.

JD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at Charlie's! The food was excellent and cocktails out of the ordinary! De wanted vegan, with got excellant vegan! After a week of pubs, beers, burgers we wanted veggies and healthy food. We got it, with very good Chardonnay!

CJ
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm a regular so already love the bar and the people working there, but a friend's birthday I recently celebrated there and it was awesome. Tim, the bartender, made amazing drinks for me and my friends and the food was awesome. It's always a cool scene in there.

J
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A M A Z I N G is all that comes to mind. The waitress was extremely attentive, the was food absolutely incredible and the drinks were just wow! I wish I lived in Philly just so I could eat there every weekend. I’m already dying to go back!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour, cute cocktail bar.

CM
Cleveland
16 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Really love the plant-based concept, the ambiance, and the cocktails. But four of five of the items we ordered had issues: one was too spicy hot, one needed salt, one was was blah, and one had an off texture. Still, I'll probably return and get different offerings!

TK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the service was fantastic. literally so incredible and it has the best decor it’s so cozy and quiet but comfortably quiet where you can still enjoy a conversation. happy hour is a great deal and the food and drinks are delicious

IW
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my partner there for his birthday. It was easy to book a reservation. The service was timely and the food and drinks were delicious. I’m definitely looking forward to going again.

R
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food
servers attentive
need reservation!
cant wait to go back
we had friends in from Miami they loved it!!!!
Drinks wonder full
tight tables
Great area of the city .....Safe

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife always makes fun of me because I won’t try anything new and I picked a tapas restaurant for our anniversary. I thought man I got some bonus points for trying something new... So we get seated and the first thing the waitress said was do you know we’re a VEGAN tapas restaurant? I though to myself NO!!! I did not!!! I played it cool, ordered 4-5 plates that i though my lovely wife would love... and what do you know, I actually liked it. No, I loved it. I’ve never have Tapas or Vegan..I love meat, but this place was excellent.

This is a message to any male looking for bonus point, go to this place... it taste like me and your lady will love you.

B
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I never eat out this is the first place i have been out in years to year. The best part is that my girlfriend who is no way a Vegan . Sat down and the meal blew her away first time in 9 years of knowing her i was able to take her out and eat in public. I'm not a vegan either but i need to for most part eat like one this place was awesome thank you so much

S
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Amazing decor and great environment. We are not vegan but the food was all amazing and would recommend. Cocktails did not disappoint. There was some confusion with our reservation which was a little frustrating. The manager on duty was very nice and was helping everyone around we noticed. The waitstaff could have been a little more bubbly and friendly like the manager but would still recommend this place 100% to people. We live out of town and we were happy to find this gem.

DT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing vegan food! great atmosphere. A little pricey, but definitely a great place with tasty food!

S
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down one of the most creative bar/restaurants around. The food is perfect for sharing and introducing omnivores to the joys of delicious plant-based eating. The signature cocktails are imaginative and take full advantage of seasonal tastes. The lights are always low, and the crowd is always exuberant. A great place to kick back and leave the outside world behind for a few hours.

J
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been here before a few times over the past 3-4 years, and I think it keeps getting better! We were astounded by most of the dishes we ordered (the standouts were the crab cake sliders, sauteed mushroom and grilled asparagus, and mushroom risotto), all of the food was at least *very* good if not incredible. The service was impeccable, and it's always been a gorgeous environment.

T
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always delicious. We were running late for reservation and they were accommodating and worked with us to get to our theater on time.

CB
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

While I am not a vegetarian, my daughter is. It is always a treat to visit Charlie's where she can order anything on the menu instead of just making do with a handful of choices at most other restaurants. Great flavors and textures in everything we ordered. The "crab cake" sliders were amazing! Great meal all around!

L
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food and menu were great, and so was our server. My only negative is how close together the tables are. Otherwise great spot!

BW
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Even the non vegans were satisfied. Super cozy (read as close tables and dark) and hella noisy. Mixology is top notch.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent cocktails and sharables.

KL
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vegan food and cocktails. Love the tapas style plates.

R
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service each and every time! Love this restaurant!!!

KB
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food!! Tofu was amazing texture and toughness. Pricey but delicious.

TC
Portland
26 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This continues to be one of our 'go to' places whenever we visit Philadelphia. Exceptional food, professional, welcoming service. Can be loud as folks there are clearly enjoying themselves and the space is compact. If you don't like sitting close to other dinners, then you may want to pass. But we love it.

L
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Restaurant is pretty small. Service was great. Food was a bit overpriced. Overall good experience.

MG
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun cocktail menu with delicious offerings. A lovely meal, artfully prepared. Attentive service : everything came out hot and freshly prepared.

A
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful time at this restaurant:) Food was amazing, service was impeccable. Can’t wait to come back:)

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Broguht my vegetarian sister who was visiting the city. We're big fans of smaller plate dining, and they did it super well. The menus flavors were all cohesive but each dish was uniquely special. Coming here was an easy choice for us and we were not dissapointed.

BP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

First, I am so grateful for the existence of this place! It is nice for my husband and me to go somewhere with this sexy, upscale ambiance and be able to eat EVERYTHING on the menu. No asking about hidden dairy or eggs in dishes...no blank stares when we ask if something is vegan. So, that aside, this was our second visit, and I wasn't as impressed as I was the first time. Our selection of dishes was hit or miss. For example, the spinach bakoula was fantastic - it was so fresh tasting, had the right seasonings and was nice and hot when it arrived. We also loved the grilled Caesar salad. The bao buns were good, but I thought they were a little skimpy on the filling. My husband go the bucatini - the pasta itself was hot, but the "meatballs" were not hot (at all). I got the moo shu, and it was just OK. The vegetables seemed overly oily for the dish, and that detracted from the overall flavor. Dessert and cocktails were amazing! I would definitely go back again and try different dishes. Once the place fills up, it gets very noisy. It's small, dimly lit and is a wonderful departure from the usual vegan places out there that are so hippy dippy or casual they don't feel special at all. This place FEELS special.

DK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious vegan small plates

SM
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks are amazing. Food arrived quickly and at a good speed to allow each plate to be enjoyed. Plan on ordering 2-3 small plates each and leave room for dessert and cocktails!

SF
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sensational food! Inventive and delicious! Highly recommended!

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