Common Wealth Old City

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221 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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Common Wealth Old City is a must try in Philadelphia providing upscale, yet casual Low Country, American cuisine in the heart of the Philadelphia historic Old City district..

Executive Chef Joseph Battista and his team focus on local, fresh, and sustainable products to ensure only the highest level of quality in every dish.

The bar features seasonal cocktails, 13 rotating drafts, an extensive beer list, and an ever-evolving wine selection.

Open for Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner, we also provide a locally beloved Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary bar with an assortment of accoutrements for a customized morning/afternoon cocktail experience.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Seafood, Low Country
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:30 pm
Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
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Phone number
(215) 372-7581
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Joseph Battista
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Catering
Catering options available upon request. Send all requests to jennifer@commonwealthphila.com or visit our website and submit a request at http://commonwealthphila.com/catering/
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
4th Street
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Parking details
Street parking as well as ample lots in the direct area.
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Public transit
2nd and Market st.
5, 17, 21, 33, 42, 48, Market-Frankford (Blue) Line

4th and Market st.
Buses 17, 33, 48, 57

5th and Market st.
Buses 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, & 57, and the Market-Frankford (Blue) Line

Consistent Philadelphia taxi service along Market st. throughout weekly business hours.
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Special events & promotions
Food and Happy Hour Banquet packages are available for all large, special or private events.

Please call the restaurant for more information.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place !

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BR
Philadelphia
113 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was good but not great. Shrimp with grits was tasty but not a huge portion. Service was very good.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The Bellini's were great! However, my friend got a salad and did not get half of her toppings on the salad that were supposed to be on it. I had the avocado toast salad which was sub par. Really only leaves and a spec of avocado on the toasted bread.

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DL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

I didn't think the waffles and chicken were particularly good. Waffle wasn't crisp or hot and the fried chicken was a chicken patty. No "free refills" for iced tea? Really? It's not a fine dining establishment. The server was nice enough but that doesn't make up for the food and costs...

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KW
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time there and will absolutely be back. The food was top notch and the service was wonderful. Fantastic bar and drink options, and the ambiance was perfect.

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AC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Cheese plate was awesome! Wonderful setting, cozy, and great place to spend a Saturday evening.

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KM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

not a well run establishment, issue with Groupon and being attentive

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LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shrimp and grits... must have! The Buttermtfried chicken sandwich is delicious as well. Overall, the atmosphere and dining was excellent.

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MT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Surprisingly good southern cuisine in downtown Philly. Great staff and friendly chef.

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SE
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, lovely outdoor seating and top notch, attentive, friendly service

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

They had to many employees walking back and forth to bathroom and talking to other employees. Even though it was restaurant week my meat entree was a small portion. Me and my guest were not happy with our service.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for restaurant week and Everything was great, especially the shrimp and grits.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Fast and exceptional service.

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BS
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a Graduation and everything was perfect the staff was beyond amazing. Truly a great experience and I’m still dreaming about the delicious food.

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MP
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The drinks and appetizers were good not great. My friend ordered crab/shrimp ravioli and it tasted so fishy she did not eat it after the first bite. My scallops wrapped in bacon was mediocre. The collard greens that was my side was delish. My favorite part of the whole meal. My other friend ordered shrimp and grits. It was very good just a tad spicy. The outsides porch was perfect since it was beautiful evening “Indian summer” weather.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A great meal. Shellfish & grits was excellent.

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DS
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The kitchen does a wonderful job with seafood and fresh vegetables. Wonderful pre-theatre destination.

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Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere in warm months is so pleasant.

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

This restaurant was underwhelming. Ordered the bacon wrapped scallops with collared greens. There was bland crab sprinkled in the dish and a watery sauce (supposedly a lemon buerre blanc). The fat was not rendered out of half the bacon. The service was friendly and attentive, but it couldn’t make up for the mediocre food. Finally, I was inside, but kept having to swat away a fly (gross!) from my plate.

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JB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good. I’ve been there twice and it was phenomenal each time.

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JB
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was tasty and comfort food for sure. I thought the portion could have been larger. The waiter we had was not good not all. He seemed pushy and never checked up on us and forgot to refill drinks.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places to brunch in the city! Service is wonderful!

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ER
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and atmosphere were great. I will definitely go back.

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DW
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The menu is limited and the portions were small. The turkey and Brie sandwich was dry, the grilled romaine entree was more of a side salad size. It’s a nice atmosphere, probably would stick to a drink at the bar

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I dined here for brunch after having an amazing dinner here in February. Sadly, brunch does not compare to the impeccable dinner. The portions were quite small compared to most brunch restaurants, and I was still hungry after having the shrimp & grits with a side pimiento biscuit! While the food itself was decent and the service was great, I was a little let down after such an outstanding dinner experience.

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LD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food my dining partner and I had was very fresh and tasty. The atmosphere was bright and cheery. I appreciated that it was quiet, and we could enjoy our conversation.

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Philadelphia
74 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Promptly greeted and seated. My burger was cooked to order; pink and not mashed down on the grill with a spatula which squeezes out the juices while my companions Cobb salad with the buttermilk chicken was tasty as well as moist. A great place to eat.

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N
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

fried green tomatoes were a greasy glob, remoulade sauce was just nasty tasting, hushpuppies plainly did not taste good. turkey sandwich was ok - mustard was very spicy, it was not fresh turkey but deli turkey roll, seafood over cheesy poblano grits was good although grits were quite "lumpy", something bad tasting in the diced tomato combination sprinkled over the dish,
Beignets had bad after taste - I think frying oil was very old.
Only thing memorable about this meal was how bad it was

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PA
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Cajun po boy was amazing. Our server took great care of us. We’ve dined here before and will definitely be back.

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JD
Philadelphia
192 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Staff here is friendly and provides good customer service, food is excellent, innovative take on the southern style small plates/appetizers. The seafodd and grits entree is outstanding. Nice cocktail menu.

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RR
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful place to celebrate my mom's birthday! Delicious food, good service and just a beautiful place to have lunch. Cant wait to go back.

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OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

This was an experience unlike any other that I have had at Common Wealth. I go there for the seafood and grits. Since my last visit in January, the chef has changed and thus new chef decided to tamper with perfection and came up woefully short. So short in fact, I sent the dish back. Tanisha, who served our table was gracious, professional, and very accommodating. The same is true for the manager, who came to the table and spoke with me at length. I did order another dish, which he prepared for me himself. He, too, was gracious, professional, and very accommodating. The delicious chocolate mousse cake, was on the House, and it did leave a sweet taste in my mouth, but I was definitely disappointed by my favorite dish and I sincerely hope they will resume using the original recipe.

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ML
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Common Wealth Old City is a great choice for a great meal. I love the gumbo and the Scallops.

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SL
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

When we arrived we were greeted and shown to our seats. We ordered the Peach Bellini which was horrible so opted for water. The server was slow and so forgetful and it was only three tables of people which he only had two. My friend ordered chicken and waffles and stated that was the worst chicken she ever tasted. My other friend ordered the shrimp with gritts which tasted good just not enough food and I ordered the Lox and Avocado dish which was pretty good. We would probably go back for dinner but not brunch....

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CB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent. No complaints. The waitress was very nice as well as the floor manager. We had an issue with a Groupon purchase but the floor manager fixed the issue with no complaints. It was a very pleasant experience. I will be returning very soon.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The server was excellent. Initial greeting by hostess was very friendly and set the tone for a great experience. Also had a great conversation with the manager on duty about the oysters. I have to go back since they were not offered during brunch.

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AK
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Weeks ago I made a reservation for 3 for brunch as a part of my moms birthday celebration. We got to the restaurant at 3 and the hostess sat us promptly. This is where the service ended. Since brunch ends at 3:30 every table around us was either finishing up or leaving. Our waitress took about 10 minutes to greet us. Our water was already depleted by then and she didn't even apologize for the delay or welcome us to the restaurant, just asked for our order. After taking the order she said she would be back with more water. About 10 minutes later, we got our food but had not yet received our mimosas or water. The waitress was quick to say the bartender had not made them yet. Keep in mind the bar was right behind us and maybe 5 people were there.
At this point, we did not see the waitress again until she wanted to give us the check. Our food was sub par in that three of my 5 pancakes were burnt and the other two just barely cooked, the plating was atrocious, and I was missing a side of meat. 15 minutes later, I had to interrupt the hostess who was cleaning to ask for our drinks, basic condiments, and the side of breakfast meat! She was a blessing in disguise and promptly brought all the things we needed but again, no apology (not that it was her job to so). It was obvious our mimosas had been sitting for a while.
Our waitress came back only to clean up the table and since I had just gotten my side of meat I was not quite ready to be finished. So the waitress left and never retuned. Another 15 minutes later I once again had to rely on the hero hostess who got us our check and then the waitress returned to gladly pick it up. No apologies. No conversation. No water refills for the entire meal.
Needless to say, I will never be returning and will most certainly tell others to spend their money else where. Shame on you Common Wealth.

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MM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great environment, and great service! Food is extremely fresh.

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EG
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Went there for brunch and the staff was not ready. We ordered drinks and the bar was not set up to make them. It wasn't until 10 mins after we received our food that our waiter came over with our drinks only to spill them on the floor. Not his fault 100% but we told him not to worry about trying to make them again. The food was alright but we were soured by never getting our drinks. The table next to us didn't receive menus until 10 mins after sitting down. The staff needs to step their game up if they want repeat customers.

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CV
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Friendly, attentive staff, great food and specialty drinks. Would definitely recommend! I had the Seared Scallops small plates and it had 4 large scallops over sweet corn hotcakes with a delicious branded apple bacon cream sauce which was out of this world.

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