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Common Wealth Old City

4.3
181 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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  • Fit for Foodies
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
Sat 11:00 am–3:30 pm
Sun 9:00 am–3:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
Bar
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am
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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.
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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 181 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
service
4.3
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4.2
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

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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1.0Dined on March 18, 2018

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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2.0Dined on March 18, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

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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1.0Dined on February 21, 2018

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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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 11, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food, great service. Wonderful and friendly local restaurant.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

It is a cute place in a cute part of downtown. Not too fancy, but fun.

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1.0Dined on February 4, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on February 4, 2018

We went for brunch. Omelettes were wonderful but they were out of decaf coffee, which is poor planning for a cool pub offering brunch.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Staff were amazing and super friendly. Food was delicious as usual

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

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!

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Great food, great service . Couldn’t ask for anything more .

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

The service and food were great.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

Excellent food, glad we stopped in. Must try the chicken gumbo....AMAZING!

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was excellent and well-priced. Service was outstanding and friendly.

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2.0Dined on November 8, 2017

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.

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1.0Dined on November 6, 2017

The restaurant was shut down. No one answered at the phone number given.

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2.0Dined on November 6, 2017

Left medium stars Bc I don’t know! We didn’t get to eat. I had been meaning to check this place out; had a lunch date so I checked the restaurant’s hours and made a reservation on opentable. We walked over to find the lights on but the doors locked and the stools on the bar. Restaurant next door had no idea why the place was locked (and seemingly closed). Disappointing! Boo hiss.

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5.0Dined on October 25, 2017

Our waiter was absolutely amazing! The service was wonderful and quick. We ordered a cheese plate and it was HUGE, especially for the low price. Definitely recommended!!!

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2017

What really made our meal spectacular was our waitress Katherine. She was very professional and knew the menu for excellent recommendations.

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