The Continental Mid-Town

The Continental Mid-Town

New American Restaurant and Lounge$$$$
Center City West, Philadelphia
  • Stars
  • Stars
    The experts at Visit Philly and Philadelphia Magazine recommend this place
    • Visit Philly
    • Philadelphia Magazine
  • Tips
    Abby M.
    "Order the Astronaut cocktail and sip it on the roof top bar."(9 Tips)
    Stefanie S.
    "Best Cosmos in Philly, and just order the lobster mac & cheese!"(12 Tips)
    Natalie Q.
    "french onion soup dumplings are the best items on the menu."(8 Tips)
    Kenneth Cole Productions
    "Get the cheesesteak egg rolls (for a twist on the Philly classic)."(7 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon198 Tips and reviews
  • rooftop
  • trendy
  • basket chairs
  • happy hour
  • good for dates
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  • Asher
    AsherJune 15, 2016
    The design is great, and the seating is great. The big problem though is that the food choice isn't that big, other then salads and sandwiches. There are some really crazy choices too.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Andrea F.heart icon on user image
    Andrea FrankAugust 3, 2015
    Really good tapas-style dishes to have in a great environment that's both family friendly and great for younger people. Fun decor and good service!
    Upvoted Feb 3
  • Kenneth Cole Productions
    Kenneth Cole ProductionsSeptember 5, 2012
    One of our favorite places to eat (and drink) when visiting our Walnut St. store. Get the cheesesteak egg rolls (for a twist on the Philly classic). Save room for cocktails on the roof deck.
  • Jenny K.
    Jenny KornblattMarch 22, 2015
    INCREDIBLE food. Brussel sprouts are orgasmis, Chilean sea bass is to die for and the warm chocolate cake with salted caramel pretzel ice cream.. MELTING. Amazing food, amazing ambiance.
  • Jackie T.heart icon on user image
    Jackie ToddJuly 6, 2015
    The decor and seating are super fun. Swinging chairs are available for couples. The crispy brussels sprouts are delicious. The Korean bbq ribs had a little too much five spice for me though.
  • Nancy M.
    Nancy MearaMarch 2, 2015
    My family and I love coming here whenever we're in Philly. They have amazing and fun drinks, along with food that's unique and delicious, with inspiration from across the globe. Don't miss out.
  • Larisa G.heart icon on user image
    Larisa GrollemondMarch 5, 2016
    Great places for drinks or a quick dinner, brunch menu is decent but not super creative. For dinner, go with the French onion soup dumplings and the cheesesteak egg roll!
  • GrantBwpg
    GrantBwpgMarch 12, 2013
    Octopus cooked to perfection and the tapas size was the perfect amount. Followed with lump crab pad Thai - all of it delicious. Upstairs is a little quieter and the porthole windows are fun!
    Philly.comAugust 3, 2014
    Continental Mid-town offers a 'global tapas' menu. The restaurant's primary draw are the pretty drinks and robust social scene. If the weather is good, try the rooftop bar. Read more
  • Megan F.
    Megan FuhrmanFebruary 21, 2012
    Try the mid town mocha. Light, chocolatey, amazing. The melon drop is equally delicious. And don't let the cheesy exterior deter must actually go all the way in the see how uncheesy it is.
  • Jenna L.
    Jenna LancasterOctober 27, 2016
    Adult juice boxes, rooftop bar, swing seating, and lobster mac and cheese are only a few highlights. Great place for dates. Usually a wait, make a reservation!
  • Leanne A.heart icon on user image
    Leanne AlyssaMarch 6, 2015
    The swing chairs are really fun. My favorite dishes are the hummus, zucchini pancakes, and spinach ravioli. My boyfriend loves the miso glazed Chilean sea bass
  • Joe C.heart icon on user image
    Joe CApril 28, 2016
    Continental is fantastic, but prepare for prices. Two cocktails and an order of lettuce wraps can be $50. That said, excellent date spot.
  • Shana C.
    Shana CarrollJanuary 1, 2013
    Great breakfast and even better service! The eggs Benedict with smoked salmon is delicious, and the mimosas- while $10- are some of the best I've had.
  • Lance M.
    Lance M.June 12, 2014
    dropped in on a hungry stomach. very laid back style.. back in time.. shoestring fries were a little work. cheesesteak egg roll was great! bucket seats were cool
  • Jasmine C.heart icon on user image
    Jasmine ClarkJuly 5, 2015
    I love the drinks here. This is a trendy restaurant, but I see people with their kids there all the time. Portions are great, and prices are fair.
  • Chris O.heart icon on user image
    Chris ONovember 30, 2015
    Amazing food and great service. Tons of good shareable and delectable mains. Make a reservation.
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    RCDecember 31, 2014
    It's a very fun atmosphere. See the bathrooms (hilarious). Lobster mac to die for. Try the French onion soup dumplings for something different.
  • Laurie S.
    Laurie SatranSeptember 20, 2011
    After years of checking out Midtown's rooftop deck, I have to say, it's still a place to see and be seen. Nice looking crowd, decent global cuisine (stepped up from years past) and the roof deck!
  • Mrfantastic8000heart icon on user image
    Mrfantastic8000May 15, 2016
    Get the lobster Mac n cheese and the Cobb salad!! Both very yummy! Also you must sit upstairs in the hammocks!
  • Kearra N.
    Kearra NicolleSeptember 1, 2010
    Enjoying an awesome bottle.of Kendall Jackson pinot noir, tuna tar tar and a pad Thai dish. It is about 915pm on ausgust 31st...and life couldn't be better in the swinging chair with fabulous food and
  • Josh V.
    Josh VerlinOctober 29, 2011
    If you're on a date, don't get the shoestring fries--no way to eat them and look impressive to a date. If you're NOT on a date, get the shoestring fries--they're addictive and amazing.
  • Dan M.
    Dan MilanoAugust 31, 2014
    Ask them to go "easy on the ice" for your Bloody Mary or it'll be almost all frozen filler.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauOctober 27, 2013
    Try the Sczechuan Shoestring Fries - With Chinese mustard sauce. I usually hate shoestring fries, but these are incredible. I think it's that sauce.
  • C M.
    C MJanuary 6, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    They won't refer to this place as a Tapas place, but order the Cheesesteak Eggrolls and surround them with any of their other tasty creations to complete the meal.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineJanuary 3, 2012
    The perfect spot to 1) drink martinis; and 2) drink enough martinis that you won’t be bothered by the fact that you’re drinking with the crowd that frequents the Continental.
  • Sherri D.
    Sherri DembowskiJanuary 7, 2014
    Shoestring fries with Szechuan mustard are great - more like haystack thank shoestring - get mustard on side - dip fork and then grab fries
  • Bullfrog & Baum
    Bullfrog & BaumJanuary 24, 2011
    The restaurants cool vibe and interesting menu gives you a different, and still delicious experience. Their French Onion Soup Dumplings and the Lamb Flatbread are definitely among the menu favorites.
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelAugust 22, 2018
    The global tapas menu includes Korean tacos, French onion soup dumplings, and lobster mac 'n' cheese. Read more
  • Amber D.
    Amber DAugust 31, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Go to the elevator on the side under the squiggly light to access the roof deck. Open all year round. Enclosed in winter.
  • Alex K.
    Alex KalvarMay 24, 2022
    Shoestring fries, Cheesesteak egg rolls, Cheeseburger, Tuna tostadas, Chicken tikka masala, Mojito, Pomegranate margarita
  • Gregory S.heart icon on user image
    Gregory SycleJuly 23, 2022
    Great vibes. Super cool retro feel, and an interesting upstairs/ outside. Got the pastrami fried rice.
  • James R.heart icon on user image
    James RussellMay 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Rooftop lounge is a great weekend hangout. Beers are affordable ($5-6) and there is a nice wine/liquor selection. Bourbon manhattan's come in tiny martini glass.
  • Ingoheart icon on user image
    IngoNovember 15, 2015
    Szechuan Shoestring Fries with Chinese mustard sauce. best fries in Philly
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineSeptember 14, 2010
    Skip dinner and go straight to dessert with Mid-Town's affordable small plates sweet menu. Mix and match desserts from $3 (cotton candy), $4 (s'more cones) and $5 (mascarpone cheesecake) categories Read more
  • Taylor H.heart icon on user image
    Taylor HartzelJuly 23, 2018
    Delicious, hip restaurant with creative drinks and small plates to share at an affordable price
  • Tanya V.heart icon on user image
    Tanya VarleyMarch 26, 2016
    Excellent food and atmosphere! We absolutely loved this place!
  • Nicole T.heart icon on user image
    Nicole TylerJune 5, 2016
    The Pomargarita is excellent. I'm more of a vodka/cranberry woman, but this drink was perfect!
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillySeptember 14, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The rooftop lounge is Mid-town’s pièce de résistance. Partially enclosed so that it’s servicable year-round, the deck area is one of the most popular nightspots in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood.
  • Christopher V.
    Be sure to try the Tuna Tartar. It's amazing as is the Nai Ra Thai Chicken. These folks must be getting their ingredients from the farmer's market because everything's so fresh and tasty! :)
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LJanuary 16, 2017
    Awesome cocktails. Try the Hawaii 5-0
  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew CAugust 13, 2014
    Oh my goodness don't miss the Cheese Steak egg rolls! Pairs with any cocktail.
  • Jerry M.heart icon on user image
    Jerry McFaulDecember 18, 2014
    Great Martini. Hummus plate Is a great app to share while enjoying a cocktail
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauOctober 27, 2013
    Try the Liquid Chocolate Cake - Warm chocolate cake with salted caramel pretzel ice cream.
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RailApril 22, 2013
    Get in by 11:30 for a good seat for lunch. Stay away from the uber-bland Chicken Curry Naan-wich. Their other stuff was good.
  • STARR Restaurants
    STARR RestaurantsJune 9, 2011
    Enjoy Continental Midtown's swank rooftop patio, funky mid-century style and delicious global tapas.
  • Chevrolet
    ChevroletSeptember 20, 2010
    One of the best spots for brunch in Philadelphia, The Continental features retro décor and even better salads as one of the most distinct spots in Philly.
    Philly.comMay 29, 2013
    A Moscow Mule cocktail, made from Ketel One, lime and house-made ginger beer, should do you right.
  • Scott S.
    Scott ShibaJuly 21, 2013
    Quinoa 'Tabbouleh' is very good. Super filling. Chicken Tikka Masla is also a big portion!
  • Kathryn
    KathrynApril 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Teriyaki filet mignon and wasabi mashed potatoes melts in your mouth yum!
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