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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d
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant staff are caring. In light of the current concern for Covid19 they take appropriate steps to ensure customer safety.

GM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daughter’s 21st Birthday, party of five with 3 vegans and two Omni. Everyone loved the food. My favorite is the creme brûlée!

p
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Waiter was rude and food was just okay. Loved previous dinners here just not this one

BL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking for vegan dining options in downtown Philly and were very pleased to choose Charlie was a Sinner for our meal. The drinks were very good, the plates delicious and beautifully presented, and the service was fantastic.

CC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I love this place. The food is always on point and the service is never terrible. Highly recommend it for any occasion!

DS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food!!

JM
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Charlie was a Sinner was delicious! It was very loud and crowded though, seated at the wrong table and you'll be right in the middle of the traffic flow which may impact your experience if you're not a fan of that. That said, I would recommend it to friends and we will go back as it is a "reasonable" date-night alternative to Vedge.

Y
Philadelphia
202 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We love 'Charlie was a sinner'. My Partner is Vegan (I am not) so it is perfect. The Vegan food is absolutely delicious. The small plates come out very fast and then you wait quite a while for the larger plates. We loved our server. She was very good and quite comical. They really need to do something about the heat in the place. It was stifling inside and it was cold outside on Saturday. We don't go in the Summer because it is like a hothouse. The Bar is extremely popular and the spirits and cures that they pour are quite good.

BB
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Recommend for drinks but not completely for the food. Great specialty cocktails. Food is good but not great. Vegan options aren’t bad but they are not mind blowing for the price.

LA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my wife here for her birthday as she is vegan and we had a great time. The food was great and the service was outstanding.

J
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Vegan dining,great bar and service

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They made our anniversary a wonderful time. Loved it, as always.

t
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve never had a bad thing to say, everything is good at Charlie’s.

LR
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar with the most outstanding bartender (Timothy Haw), who made us drinks to order based on a few preferences he clarified with us. Every single cocktail was excellent. The food came out hot in perfectly sized portions (great for sharing) and the ricotta was out of this world--no idea how they do it. It was the last meal on a quick visit to Philly and I am so glad we could make a reservation. Will be going back, hopefully sooner than later.

D
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pretty much everything on the menu is amazing. Great drinks too

S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great plant based food but found it to be a little salty. Service was pretty slow.

PM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Very loud, crowded and tight seating.
Over priced unless you are really into small plate vegan dishes. Food is good.

ES
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, nice atmosphere, service was wonderful, tight quarters, extremely loud on a Friday night.

CR
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite spot in the whole city! Bartender Mike is so sweet and will remember your name and is just a great bartender. So far all other servers and bartenders have been great as well. Best vegan food. They do a really phenomenal job. I will always highly recommend

L
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing vegan food- which you would never think is really vegan.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

VERY strong drinks. I had “the road less traveled” and it was great

RH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bustling but you can hear the person next to you, fancy but you can wear jeans, it adds up but no individual plate is expensive. Between the two of us we were able to try nearly half the menu and everything was quite good including the potato chips. The cocktails were notably excellent and you could really taste the premium additions. Finally, the berry creme brulee was one of the best desserts I've ever had. Seated immediately at our reservation time. Very fast delivery of the plates after ordering. Pretty excellent overall.

BH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly, highly recommend this place! Food was all really good, though some dishes more impressive than others, and drinks were terrific. Really no complaints, a great stop for vegan dining that I really think anyone would love, vegan or not.

JG
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Me and my husband traveled two hours to celebrate my birthday. We’d been a few times for cocktails and snacks and were happy with it - so I was super excited. My excitement quickly became disappointment. The food has really gone downhill! Literally everything we ordered was subpar. You know it’s bad when you can’t bring yourself to eat a small plate when hungry. We left plates barely touched. The waitress couldn’t have cared less that we didn’t even eat our food. She just cleared our plates and brought our check. We left after paying our hefty tab (which we wouldn’t have minded had we enjoyed it) and went to Vedge and had a few things and some drinks in an attempt to salvage the evening. Definitely crossing CWAS off our list. :(

HP
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Amazing food and incredible ambiance.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite plant based restaurant in Philly! Even my non vegan friends love it.

EG
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

If you have a party of more than 2, you will not feel comfortable. This space was not built for tables bigger than a two top. The staff will recommend sharing plates and to order 2-3 dishes per person. As far as food volume, they are correct. As far as table space... not physically possible. And yet, they brought every dish to us as if we had room. We even asked to slow the kitchen down because we didn’t have time to enjoy the dish before we needed to move it to make room for another one. The menu was inventive, but was lacking in basic spices. Some dishes just needed salt and pepper and they could have been far better. I had really high hope and left wishing I had selected another restaurant. Decided to go somewhere else for dessert because we felt so uncomfortable in the space.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently amazing!!

LS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went here for dinner after Valentine’s Day per recommendation of a friend. It was very busy but we were served drinks right away and the staff was super friendly. The service was amazing and it was quite possibly the best vegan food I had in Philly. Even the table next to us was raving about how great the food was.

LB
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great place for vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Good bar also.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charlie was a Sinner is always great. Get the potato croquettes— you won’t be disappointed!

JR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Valentines dinner. We will definitely be back.

TP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience1

The food was good! Surprised it was vegan :)
The manager/owner was friendly; you could tell he cares a lot. He greeted everyone & made us feel right at home. Very relaxed & inviting.
My only complaints; the lights kept dimming & getting brighter the whole meal which was a bit distracting at first, but not a huge deal after we got used to it.
The waiter was super nice & helpful, he knew everything on the menu. Although it was a little unprofessional...I was waiting for the bathroom (that is in the staffs register area) for a while & overheared the staff say the person inside the bathroom must be taking a sh*t along with some other banter. They didn't seem to care about what customers heard while waiting by their station. I can see how that would be funny & everyone's human... but hearing staff say that knowing I could hear (I was standing 3 feet from them) definitely took the place down a peg for me. Made me feel like they just go behind the curtain and make fun of customers or whatever else without caring who's in ear shot.
Besides that it was good! We would go again.

GW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me first full on Vegan experience. Everything was outstanding. Crowded on a Thursday night so a reservation is a must.

SL
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been here twice and the drinks were killer (strong and tasty) both times. The food also leaves nothing to be desired and, frankly, I’m amazed that it’s completely vegan. I can’t recommend this place enough! It is quite cozy so be prepared to squeeze yourself into your seating.

D
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Drinks are fantastic but the food isn’t remarkable. Solid but not that memorable.

c
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great Happy Hour menu! Sexy, delicious & intimate.

OT
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited this past Saturday, make a reservation... tables up front seem super tight normal seating in back is perfect even for a larger dude such as myself 280+. Potato croquettes are a must order, but everything we tried was great. We’re not vegan but were pleasantly surprised how much we enjoyed the vegan versions of so many dishes. Would recommend and return!

LC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the drinks were amazing! They aren't lying when they say the drinks are strong! We loved the speakeasy vibe and had a wonderful dinner. We will definitely be back!