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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.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
American, Seafood, Low Country
Hours of Operation:
Sat 11:00 am–3:30 pm
Sun 9:00 am–3:30 pm
Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Catering options available upon request. Send all requests to email@example.com or visit our website and submit a request at http://commonwealthphila.com/catering/
Street parking as well as ample lots in the direct area.
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.
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.
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Common Wealth Old City Ratings and Reviews
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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