The Common

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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.
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3.8
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3.9
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4.0
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SB
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Amazing burger! Only complaint is waitress was wearing a dangling bracket that went in my food during delivery and she just ignored it. I tried to as well but ...

OT
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was a great space to celebrate with my team.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food2service4ambience5

The food wasn’t that great this time.

SS
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The restaurant helped celebrate a birthday. Our waiter was super nice and made great recommendations. Will definitely return.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The price of food was high compared to the serving size.

TB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

It was good, they didn't have many vegetarian options on the menu but I liked the soup.

MW
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I had been there before for lunch and was eagerly anticipating having the artichoke appetizer, but it was removed from the menu. Also, it was freezing in there as the restaurant was mostly empty.

f
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

My family and I were there on Saturday night and it was pretty empty and not too loud. Our server was very nice although he seemed somewhat new. The famous burger was very good but super rich. Tuna tartare was excellent as was the Caesar salad. My glass of Shiraz was excellent.

c
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Menu has changed for the worse

KE
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

This was a day party, not brunch. That would have been fine if it were: mentioned anywhere when making a reservation, the DJ was good, or there was an option to be seated somewhere I didn't have to scream or use hand signals to communicate. The food wasn't mediocre at best and forgettable. I don't believe for a second the burger I ordered won any kind of award. Our drinks came in disposable plastic 16 oz cups, including my champagne (no you're not getting 16 oz of a drink either - don't get excited). Apparently this is for the "bottle service" make your own mimosa. Again, if you're looking for a day party this may be your thing. We weren't nor was it indicated that's what we should expect.

NS
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Server was pleasant and attentive. He was new so he didn't know the menu well.
The artichoke appetizer was tasty and the mussels were really flavorful and tasted fresh.
My friend had the salmon which came with a corn salad. The dressing had a secondary rancid oil taste. A shame. My other friend had the chicken and was happy.
Music was a touch loud but we are middle aged so maybe it would be OK if we were youmger.
If you are in the neighborhood and need a place to eat, it isn't bad. But not worth going out of the way for.

p
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made a reservation for my birthday online for here for Sunday September 8th, to realize an hour before we were about to leave they are not even open on Sunday. Yes it is my fault for not looking at their hours but you shouldn't be able to make a reservation for a day they're not even open.

b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food2service3ambience5

The vibe was amazing however the food was not that great. If your looking for a brunch time turn up this is the place to be. When it comes to the food stick to the basics

OT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Awful experience. I had to chase the host and server down multiple times. They were chit chatting with the kitchen and not paying attention to our table. Will never bring a group back to this restaurant.

j
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went specifically for THE BURGER sand it was AMAZING.
Not a surprise it was just rated as best burger in Philly.
Also, split a Burrata appetizer - Best Burrata I have had in a long time. It was perfect.
Will go again for sure!

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Worlds most average restaurant. Service was still slow despite it being mostly empty. Food was good enough but not inspired at all to return again.

C
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was delicious! I’m surprised they weren’t more busy for a Saturday night but I didn’t mind!

F
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We visited for lunch. several people had the burgers which looked incredible and were said to be excellent. Those who had salads were less impressed. I had the Smoked Salmon salad which was really more of an appetizer than a lunch meal. It was good but not really what I was expecting and the waiter made n attempt to warn that it was really not a good option. Also service was very slow and not very good. Price point was reasonable and the space is nice.

EB
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Staff did not know how to work the crowd. Waited a long time a no one cared. Can tell the staff was overwhelmed.

M
Atlantic City
13 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

the burger was as good as advertised. we will return.

m
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

service was mediocre...as was the food...waitress forgot everything and had to ask a few times. food was just okay, nothing special

AI
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Sundays is a special occasion where lots of area young professionals of color gather to hear the DJ blast the jams. We enjoyed bottomless mimosas!

p
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Went during Dining Days and ate from that menu. Chicken arrived inedible. Was quickly replaced with another dish from special menu. Asked for pepper from a different server and never got it. service slow despite only a few other diners there. Drinks very good. Our server was fantastic and got us a gift card for our issues without us even asking. Manager never came to the table. We will try it again, but probably for drinks and appetizers during happy hour.

CW
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We liked The Common so much we went for dinner two nights in a row. I had to have the Chocolate Mousse with Mango Sorbet one more time before we left Philadelphia. We also recommend the crispy artichoke appetizer. Everything we had was excellent!

DO
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Nice ambiance cool vibe. Only complaint was our waitress wasn’t the best .

M
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience4

I have been to the restaurant many times and enjoyed it until yesterday. I ordered a dish and specified no cheese. When delivered had cheese on top so i asked the server to redo. Unfortunately the chef just stirred the sauce so that the cheese melted. I know this was the case because I could taste the cheese when returned and then looked closely and saw the cheese which had not melted. The server was excellent and i was not charged for the meal but i also didn't have any lunch. Very disappointed.

BR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I've had 2 meals at the Common and both dinners were very good. Given how easy it is to park in that part of University City, I'm a little baffled why it wasn't busier on either occasion. The prices are reasonable too. It's a really worthwhile spot.

l
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Dessert! Pistachio cake with rosemary sorbet-delicious.

E
Philadelphia
69 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So far, I've loved everything I've eaten here. This was my first time trying the desserts, and they did not disappoint. Brought my friend with a difficult allergy (nightshades), and we had several options to pick from.

My only two disappointments are a) the chairs they have for outside seating are not comfortable for me, b) even though they have single stall restrooms, they are not gender neutral.

JB
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and varied food (not the same dishes you find elsewhere), friendly and knowledgeable servers, reasonable prices, pleasant and not too noisy ambience - what more could you ask for?

SB
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was very good. Service was average as food came out fairly quickly but then the waitress seemed to forget about us - no drink refills, took forever to get the check and had to bring the payment to the front desk to complete the payment process because it took so long. Nice place though and will go back.

E
Philadelphia
69 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff is always incredible here.

JB
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Food was delicious. Service was very bad. Manager did the right thing and comped the bill. However, we won't be back, at least for a long while. They need to get their servers/staff up to where they need to be. Too many great restaurants in Philadelphia to deal with bad service.

JT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

JS
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

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.

EW
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

M
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

SD
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

MX
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

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!

f
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

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.