The Common

4.1
16 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
The Common is casual, New American cuisine in the heart of Philadelphia’s University City. We offer a produce and market-driven menu, with a focus on fresh, healthy, local and seasonal ingredients.

We have honed in on precisely what the University City dining experience has been missing. Join us! Come hungry, come often, come together - The Common.
What 16 People Are Saying
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JT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious, beautifully-prepared and presented food. Great new addition to campus.

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

Very average food. Service was slow and no salt or pepper on the table. Pasta needed salt. Work on the same block and will not be back.

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EW
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely meal, good service, nice venue.
We especially enjoyed the artichoke appetizer.

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M
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had lunch at restaurant on 2 occasions and both times the food was excellent

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SD
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was just a great all-around experience. We're going to be regulars!

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MX
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Although this is a brand new restaurant, I feel they should have opened with a much larger menu. It is very limited (at least at lunch). While the prices were good for the most part, the portions for the salads were small, they also added $9 to the price of the salad to add chicken. The limited menu will limit the clientele from returning.
The service was OK, however the servers were helpful and went overboard to be nice. It was not crowded and the environment was non-descript. I would give it another chance, hoping they stepped up their game!

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f
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

There was a long hair in my hamburger. I very much appreciated the courtesy of the server. He called the manager right over and they took my meal off the bill. However that experience stayed with me and was so unpleasant that I am not sure I will return. My husband and I found the food overall to be acceptable but not above that. The coctail at happy hour was good and was a good deal in terms of price. The appetizer of chicken wings for happy hour was also a good deal in terms of quantity and the sauce was tasty. The chicken itself was flavorless. West Philadelphia has a lot of restaurants but most aren't memorable. Unfortunately this is the same.

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CS
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was good. Food is overpriced, but good. Hoping to make it to happy hour and find that it is more worth it. Love the ambience and location!

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L
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reasonable priced food and drink. Great for a group or date night.

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JC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Was ok Service, Extremely slow. After 20 mins in, they notified that the drink was not available. We did get complimentary wine, but just took long for everything to come out. We asked for the check and that took some time as well. Water was filled in the start but at the end, the water stopped coming. We were a group of four, but our table was very small.

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R
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

A new restaurant, with NO talent in the kitchen, nor NO talent in waiting. A catastrohy, with potential to correct it ALL.

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3
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Our guests were very pleased! Ccccccccccccccc

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R
Philadelphia
90 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Common is great !
Every dish -
Duck Fat Fried Wings - to die for;
Mushrooms al Agillo - My wife loved it !
Pappardelle
Hanger Steak - I am a Hanger Steak expert and this was absolutely the best in the City - guaranteed !
Also a good beer list.......

We were there with our eight year old granddaughter and we all overate and had a good time .

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PR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Decent food. Decent drinks. Good service. Good Ambiance. It's a brand new restaurant so cut them some slack, but I have to say the food was certainly less than inspiring. It was pretty bland, standard food. Nothing special, a few dishes were actually border line not good. A few one the dishes were solid, a few really seriously missed the mark. I wouldn't be surprised if some of those won't even be on the menu for too much longer (I'm looking at you eggplant main dish).

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p
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shelby our server was lovely. The food was amazing. I’ll be coming back for sure.

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ME
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Place was unattractive and cold anywhere near a window. Fans overhead
were like psychedelic lighting in that they constantly flickered over table.
Food was high fat and extremely salty.

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