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....
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.
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.
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.
Great food, great environment, and great service! Food is extremely fresh.
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.
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.
My wife and I had a great dinner at Common Wealth old City. I would definitely recommend this restaurant great food, great service. My wife and I will have dinner here again.
Good southern food and good service! We’ll definitely be back again!
Our food was really tasty. Portions were size appropriate, not small and not over-sized. At 6 PM there was a lively bar crowd of younger attractive men and women. I would go back again.
This was our first time. We loved it. The food was great and so was our server Victoria!! I would go back again and highly recommend it.
It was our first time dining here. We went for brunch on Sunday. We had a noon reservation, and we were seated immediately. We liked the vibe of the place and the ambience, but we think our server forgot about us after taking our order. All we had was our coffee for the first 40 minutes after being seated. We considered asking for the check and leaving, so we asked our server for a status update. She returned to tell us that our food would be another few minutes. 45 minutes into our meal, our food showed up, and the food seemed to have been reheated or something. For example, one of us had the freshwater lobster benedict, and one egg yolk was hot and runny, while the other yolk was nearly cooked solid. The other dish was the collard greens omelet, which arrived with a brown exterior, perhaps from being re-heated on a flat-top or in a pan. Because we waited so long, we ate our meals because we were very hungry by then. From what we could tell, the food would have been excellent had it been served to us freshly prepared. We had heard about this restaurant from friends and colleagues, and we expected better. Maybe they had an off day? We received no explanation from our server or from management, so we have no idea what happened.
My waffle was like cardboard and hardly any berries. Left half over plus it came out cold. Reheating would have made it non eatable. One friend had plastic in her grits...not good!
Cute little place that could have been good except the food delivered to the table did not match the menu items as described on either the menu posted on Open Table or the one they actually gave us at the restaurant. One of the main reasons I chose Common Wealth for lunch was the "Parfait Stuffed French Toast" as described on the menu in the restaurant as ...Brioche with sweetened vanilla greek yogurt, walnut streusel, and maple syrup. The menu on Open Table says it's made with Challah instead of brioche. It was neither. It was two thin slices of regular bread. It had a small drizzle of the vanilla, and had NO walnut struesel. When I pointed it out to the waitress, she just said "Oh...the struesel wasn't on there." No offer to fix it and no offer to take something off the check. I also ordered what was listed on the menu as a "pink grapefruit" mimosa. Which actually appeared and tasted to be regular grapefruit juice with a cherry at the bottom off the glass to make it look just a tiny bit pink. Finally, the breakfast potatoes were a bit soggy and flavorless, and the turkey sausage tasted and looked like overcooked Jimmy Dean frozen sausage out of the box
It was a chilly day and an unpleasant draft happened when the door opened.
Great all around! My parents, husband, and I loved the drinks, apps, soup, entrees, and dessert!
This was our first time dining at Common Wealth. We had been in Charleston, SC in January so were curious to see how the food compared. We were not disappointed! This was a great pre-Arden theatre dining experience. Cool music playing (maybe a little loud). The service was excellent - our waitress plus another server were very friendly and attentive as was the guy pouring our water who also picked out the playlist. Fun cocktail list - my husband really enjoyed his East Bay Old Fashioned. We share appetizers - "crush puppies (always fun) and seared scallops over hoecakes (excellent!) My entrée Shellfish and Grits was excellent and just as good as the shrimp and grits that I ate at Hominy Grill in Charleston. Hubbie had a pork tenderloin over pureed sweet potatoes and sautéed apples (good but not great.) Dessert was beignets (good thing we shared - four good-sized beignets - they were okay.) Overall a great dining experience and we would go back.
I don't know if they are going out of business, but it sure seems like they are. Went out on a Tuesday night and they were out of so many things on the menu (who runs out of hamburgers?!) that we considered leaving. But we had already ordered drinks so we stayed. It was really awful, which is a shame because they have some nice outdoor space. Not sure what is going on there but there are just too many other options in the neighborhood to bother going back. Don't waste your time.
I had eaten here previously for early dinner and liked it a lot. This time, however, was terribly disappointing. It was Sunday Brunch and they were obviously short handed. Our server was also tending bar. Our orders were taken quickly, but it then took a rather long time to get out meals. My Croque Madame was cold, and I finally got someone's attention and sent it back. It took a good 10 minutes for them to bring it back, but it was still cold. At that point I gave up. Our server was very apologetic and did end up comping my entree, which was much appreciated. I think if they are going to have Sunday Brunch, they should be sure to have enough staff.
We had a fantastic Sunday brunch. The cocktails were delicious, the Beet Bloody Mary was definitely a hit. We had the shrimp & grits and the everything breakfast. Everything was delicious, fresh and to order. The service was friendly and helpful. (Drinks were a tad slow coming from the bar, but isn't wasn't a big deal considering it was a leisurely Sunday brunch.) We will definitely return and look forward to trying the dinner menu as well.
Great food, great service. Wonderful and friendly local restaurant.
It is a cute place in a cute part of downtown. Not too fancy, but fun.
We always see how busy it is in the summer months so decided to give it a try. This is probably because the outdoor patio area is cute and there are of course brunch cocktails...Mimosas etc. However, this is probably one of the worst breakfasts we've had so far in Philly and we've been to A Lot of places for brunch!
First off - the Menu is pretty sparse. I did not order coffee because they have no non-dairy milk or creamer options. My partner ordered coffee and the bottom of the cup was covered with course grinds.
I ordered the Florentine omelette (egg white) and my omelette was browned and pretty greasy. My toast had a burnt hole in it and came with about a half of a half of a teaspoon of butter on the side. Maybe they were running low on butter? Also, there was no salt or pepper on the tables.
My partner ordered simple eggs over-easy and asked for no grits with rye toast. His eggs were fried completely brown and looked gross. He didn't get his toast and did receive grits we asked to hold. We did however get some pancakes that we didn't order - not sure why? These were about the only thing edible and they were just plain old pancakes.
Would not return.
We went for brunch. Omelettes were wonderful but they were out of decaf coffee, which is poor planning for a cool pub offering brunch.
Our server Dylan was super friendly and accommodating. It was such a quaint and relaxing atmosphere- perfect brunch spot! We got the shrimp and grits, apple cider pancakes, and short-rib huevos rancheros. Everything was AMAZING!
The manager, Quest, was very warm and accommodating. Our server Naria was delightful- friendly, efficient, and attentive to our needs/requests. My food — shrimp and grits was delicious. It’s my go to place for casual dining with friends.
Staff were amazing and super friendly. Food was delicious as usual
We were here for restaurant week and tried to sample as many of the items on the menu as possible. The crush puppies were good once you dipped them in the sauce provided otherwise they were a bit grainy. The seared scallops and chicken gumbo were excellent! The braised short rib fell off the bone and was very tasty as well. The Shellfish and Grits had too much grit and not enough fish but I would still recommend it as the flavor of the dish was worth it.
The food was very good. I had the shellfish and grits, it was delicious. The she crab soup was good, but I thought that it was a little thin, but tons of big chunks of crab.
We went to Common Wealth Old City for brunch before a matinee at the Arden Theater. The convenient location is a plus, but the food was excellent. We enjoyed the chicken and waffles sandwich and the short rib huevos rancheros. Save room for the ricotta beignets - they are memorable! Service is relaxed (maybe a bit slow). Staff is very accommodating - we told our server that the draft from the propped-open door was uncomfortable; they graciously closed the door until we left.
Very nice place. Good food and drinks. Loved the Crushpuppies! I would highly recommend. Nice place for couples, small groups. Service was a little slow, but not too bad. We will be back!
Went for Center City Restaurant Week, and will definitely be returning! The food was delicious and loved their craft beer selections. The staff was also very very attentive and friendly.
Great food, great service . Couldn’t ask for anything more .
We went during restaurant week which may have impacted our experience. The server was attentive but hurried and not engaged. They ran out of white wine. The scallops, gumbo and crab soup was good( although the roe was barely visible) The snapper was tasty but the pork loin was tough. To be fair the server asked if I wanted another entree but I declined.
The service and food were great.
Excellent food, glad we stopped in. Must try the chicken gumbo....AMAZING!
Very cozy atmosphere with 2 Tv's if you have a sports fan husband like me. The food was excellent; soups were hearty and tasty, Shellfish and Grits was spicy but delicious and the Red Snapper entree was flavorful and good.
This proved to be the perfect spot for a pre-theater (at the Arden) on a wet evening. Everyone at our table seemed happy with their meals. My grits with seafood was wonderful. Interesting selection of beers, including a great cider. Service was quick, friendly and professional. Interesting mixture of people. Not a "fancy" place, but comfortable, with very good food. Lights might have been dimmed just a tad.
Food was excellent and well-priced. Service was outstanding and friendly.
A friend an I needed to meet for lunch in Old City. I found Commonwealth on a discount web site and checked out their menu and Yelp reviews. They were decent. I went to the restaurant's web site and saw they were open for lunch 11-2. I went on Open Table and made a reservation. It said tables were available at 12:30 that day. I got a confirmed reservation for OT.
Well,, I met my friend at the restaurant and it was CLOSED. We had to go somewhere else at last minute. I called the restaurant that night and the women who answered said "No we won't open for lunch until next Spring". I mentioned that they should have seen the reservation and called me and changed their own web site. In fact they had a lunch menu posted outside the restaurant.
So, they have lost my future business for not being attentive. And, no I can't tell you about the quality of the food. Hard to eat when you can't get in, even though they advertise lunch.