Charlie was a sinner.

4.7
1205 reviews
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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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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My favorite restaurant in the city is Barclay Prime. By no means am I a vegan. Charlie was a sinner is excellent.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Without burying the lead, I can't wait to go back. The gnocchi was out of the world, I could live off of it. The bao buns were light and easy, the sauce was delish. And the chocolate pot de creme was light and fluffy and delightfully creamy. We tried a bunch of different drinks and loved each one. The service was great, attentive but not over bearing. This is an entirely vegan restaurant but it's very accessible for non-vegans. My meat eater partner is also trying to plan our next night out back at Charlie's.

d
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service always stellar. Food and drinks were delicious and arrived promptly. Potato croquettes are phenomenal. The riccotta disappointed. It was not as flavorful as always, dry and not as smooth, missing freshness. Never had a problem before.

r
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yet another amazing experience... Dark, loud, trendy vibe with a room full of millennials and 30 somethings... Drinks are creative and flawless “strong pours.” Squash blossom appy was surreal, and zucchini based crab sliders were more like crab than the last crab cake we’ve had. Blistered shishito peppers were the best I’ve ever had, and the Korean fried tofu was an amazing fiery and lightly crunchy treat with cool crisp pickles to accompany. With desserts, like drinks, Charlie is NOT playin’... Chocolate mousse and strawberry creme brûlée were wonderfully complex and neither too heavy nor too sweet. Need to add that service was impeccable... Cheerful, present, knowledgeable, competent, and with a fab sense of humor. Thank you CWAS! We can’t wait to come back...

D
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great first time experience! I’ll visit again

c
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful and fun.
The most delicious Vegan food ever!!!

RB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charlie was a sinner is a chic and delicious place for dinner and/or drinks. Their drink list is creative and diverse. Food is consistently delicious coming as a very generous tapas portion. I highly recommend Charlie was a sinner to everyone.

JR
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in for an anniversary dinner and brought my boyfriend's 13 year old little sister. We're all vegetarians and had a great time, even his little sister loved the food. We're huge fans of tapas style dining, as well, so it was lovely! The Thyme martini was incredible and I highly suggest it!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

From start to finish, we had a wonderful experience at Charlie Was A Sinner. Hostess & server really friendly and welcoming without being overly gushy. I’m not a vegetarian or vegan, and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The special cocktails were also quite tasty!

BL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food, a nice mix between feeling healthy and hearty, which a lot of vegan places can mess up. Drinks were fun and good, but a little weak to charge $13 for. Highlights were the potato croquets and the cool atmosphere.

W
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Service felt rushed. Much of the imitation meat and dairy could have been eliminated in favor of celebrating the core ingredients. Almost every dish we ordered was missing an acid to balance it out. General overreliance on sauce. The cocktails were good.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

It wasn’t a pleasurable experience. For a restaurant that has been around for 5 years, we expected more.

P
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Second time here and the drinks were just as Amazing as last time. We went back due to the drinks... the food on the other hand was good as well, however I felt my previous experience about a year ago was better with food. The eggplant buns were my groups favorite and we ended up ordering another plate of them.. the potato crochets was another winner, while the remaking 6-7 other dishes were average. Overall was a good experience!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was decent. Cocktails were trash. Sent back and wasn’t charged. Good service.

JB
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was very tasty. A little expensive & very loud.

MN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and drinks

R
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Charlie used to be one of our favorite places, but lately, the last few times we have been here, the restaurant is dirty, the food is mediocre and the drinks are less than creative. It seems as though people are only coming to drink, perhaps that is why there is nothing “new” on the menu! Even the pages of the me u were falling out and stained.

It will be a while before we come back here... there are so many amazing vegan restaurants in the city now to choose from... I wish Charlie was still one of them!

D
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Adored the menu but the vegan meatballs were the saddest vegan meatballs I've ever had, very chewy and tough. Loved everything else.

KP
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

It’s a vegan small plate menu that sets high expectations and disappointments. The food is one note. (The “meatballs” were hard and inedible). I never write something negative but the restaurant was remarkably bad for dining. To be fair, it is a fun place for a drink. I’d leave it at that.

R
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! I had amazing drinks as well. The menu was super inventive and delicious!

AG
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was amazing, and the staff was highly considerate of our dietary limitations. However, the noise level distracted from what would otherwise have been a very enjoyable evening. I would love to return on a less busy night.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

GREAT
Cool drinks
Cool food
AMAZING VIBE

C
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing. The food was exceptional and I can't wait to go back. I have already told so many people about my experience.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food & cocktails!

S
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was so nice to go to a vegan restaurant! I'm a pescatarian and the food was ABSOLUTELY incredible! The flavors were so beautifully balanced and just all around delicious. This is a perfect place to share your meals with friends!

LK
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed as usual

ST
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a friend for Birthday Celebration. She is not a Vegan but she loved the place and everything about it. They even gave her a scoop on ice cream with birthday candle . The evening was GREAT!!!!!

BM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was awesome, service was great, a little on the loud side. But I would definitely recommend and go back because of the food and service.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding vegan food.

JP
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Arrogant server food was just ok. Very loud and hot.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

this is the best vegan restaurant I have been to!

SS
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So I took my Vegan friend out here knowing I don't eat vegetables. Like when I say I don't eat veggies I mean none nothing no not even salad not even soggy french fries. I am a super picky eater. However dinner with her was worth trying it for. Surprisingly I loved everything we ordered and the atmosphere was great. Plate size makes it great for drinks and conversation. For sure worth the money if you are trying to eat good food that can please even the pickiest eaters.

MH
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had such a great time celebrating my fiancé’s birthday. Great food and great cocktails

d
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Drinks are special. Cozy place to eat.

SR
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent squash blossoms and you can't go wrong with the croquettes!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience. I’m going back as soon as I can. The food experience, the bartenders, Hosts were all extremely professional and energetic. I’m telling everyone!

RR
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

This restaurant was delish! My only complaint was the service. We didn't know who our server was and it took the food quite a bit of time to come out. Even with that, overall, it was a great experience and the food was amazing! I would recommend this place to anyone!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite vegan restaurant. It never disappoints and the cocktails are amazing

NB
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a neat place! All of our food was delicious, the service was impeccable, and the drinks were fantastic. Unique, interesting, plant-based, and just amazing!

PP
New England
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Charlie was a Sinner is a vegan high dining experience, without the price tag. The setting was lovely with an actual light candle and dim lighting. But with my boyfriend's food, allergies our food choices were limited, which is something we are completely used to. Upon tasting the food, we were a bit disappointed, the food was good, but not great enough to justify eating there again. Thanks for the amazing experience though.

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