Common Wealth Old City

4.1
206 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Bar Seating
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
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
Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 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
What 206 People Are Saying
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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Fast and exceptional service.

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BS
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A great meal. Shellfish & grits was excellent.

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DS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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H
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 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 21, 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
3 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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E
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
4 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
184 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
6 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
3 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
36 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
1 review
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
3 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
19 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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ML
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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CL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good southern food and good service! We’ll definitely be back again!

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P
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

Ambience was nice, but the shrimp and grits was tooooo rich! I got sick :-(.

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DB
Philadelphia
72 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

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.

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JZ
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

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.

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p
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

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!

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j
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

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

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AH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a chilly day and an unpleasant draft happened when the door opened.

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AB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all around! My parents, husband, and I loved the drinks, apps, soup, entrees, and dessert!

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L
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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c
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

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.

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OT
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

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.

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