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About Common Wealth Old City

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.

319 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Seafood, Low Country

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

Cross Street:
4th Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 372-7581

Website:
http://www.commonwealthphila.com/

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/

Parking Details:
Street parking as well as ample lots in the direct area.

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.

Executive Chef:
Joseph Battista

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

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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Common Wealth Old City Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

service

4.4

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4.1

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4.0

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81% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (10)
Casual (9)
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Fit for Foodies (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Fun (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Authentic (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Cozy (5)
Great Beer (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Healthy (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

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

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 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!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 18, 2018

The service and food were great.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 6, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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!!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Nice place. Been looking forward to this for brunch with my mom and wife. Service was good but I ordered shrimp and grits and was told they were out. So I ordered pork belly hash my wife ordered croque madam and my mom the country Benedict. Our server came back and said they were out of that as well. I wasn't going to eat at all, was very disappointed. I decided on biscuits and gravyNext my meal comes out in minutes and nothing for my mom or wife for about 5 minutes. My biscuits were very thin and dry , potatoes had no flavor at all. Some salt would have been nice. My meal was comped but overall a poor experience. We will unfortunately not be back

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Common Wealth is on the edge of Philly's Olde City area. There are many small restaurants in the area. There is both street and garage parking nearby. It was Sunday at about 5 pm. We found street parking at $2.50/hr. The restaurant has outside seating both on Market St. and a more quite side deck. We choose to sit inside as the weather was a little chilly. I had an excellent cucumber & watermelon salad with creamy feta cheese dressing and the red fish with rice. The fish dish reminded me of wonderful red fish dinners I have had, over the years, in New Orleans. Highly recommend this dish. My wife had the beet and carrot salad, along with the scallops and collard greens. Both were starter portions, because she was saving room for dessert. For dessert my wife had the Crème Brulee, which was excellent. I had the ricotta dumplings, 4 freshly deep fried dumplings served with a sweet cream sauce. The consistency reminded me of binets from the Café du Monde, but better, because they also had sweeten ricotta cheese as one of the ingredients. Definitely have them for dessert. There are 4 of them so you can share.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Atmosphere and staff were pleasant. However, I was disappointed with my entree. I ordered the country style benedict. The menu states a cheddar cheese biscuit and I received an English muffin with a slice of cheddar melted on top. The server recommended the fried chicken, looked good but was very dry and overcooked. My partner ordered the chicken and waffles. It was good but also the chicken was dry and overlooked.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This place is great if you are looking for some drinks and a step above bar food at a reasonable price. It's not a "romantic date" place or "hot new place". It's a straight up neighborhood place where you xan hang with friends that happens to be in Center City. Also has evening musical entertainment.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

second visit in a few weeks...first time was better....service was good..we sat outside....a mouse was running around....the food was good but the entrees were served right after the mussels appetizer....it's an okay place...i would eat there again...maybe not outside

Tags: Good for a Date, Live Music
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The staff were terrific. The interior is quite noisy - perhaps due to the speakers in the rear of the restaurant facing toward the front - causing one to have to speak very loudly to be heard by others at the table. The food was quite good, although a note to the chef - it's important to "de-fat" the sauce prior to serving. The short ribs sauce had a couple millimeters of clear fat floating on top. Chill the sauce overnight and the fat can be lifted away.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Wonderful brunch!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I dined here for the first time during restaurant week and had such an amazing experience, that I just had to try their brunch. I was beyond satisfied and I have every intention of returning for brunch....

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 26, 2017

The outside seating was nice. My friends enjoyed their food - was expencive for the quality. They dont have many choices for wine at all. One red by the glass and a few whites, or you buy by the bottle.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Love this place - food and ambiance are all excellent!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Absolutely loved the ambiance, decor, and outdoor patio. Unique menu with a wide range of options. Fantastic service!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Marginal at best. Craig Le Ban recommended the oysters bienville. Tasted like oysters with Campbell's condensed soup on top. Beet salad was institutional cafeteria grade. Seared scallops on sweet corn hoecakes with collards included one collard. I did not think you could reduce such a succulent and prodigious vegetable to a single leaf between a scallop and a corn pancake. A $14 Martini that was only meh, a Sazerac that lacked bite ... not impressed.

So, while the food was an underachievement, the atmosphere was bombastic. Apparently, West Philly was having a birthday or similar on the patio/party deck. Hooting, hollering, and (the worst) cackling rang out through the early evening dinner hour. Well, at least they were having fun. Won't be back. Ever. Pseudo-Cajun cuisine is sorely lacking and after that, there's not much to discuss.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The food was much better than my first visit, however, the service, not so much.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 18, 2017

The food and service was amazing! Our server Mike made the night fun and enjoyable. The food is something different from that normal food fare.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 18, 2017

The food was amazing, drinks were delicious, everything was great. I will bring my girl back here with me.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great Beer, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu
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