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Continental Restaurant & Martini Bar

  • RatingAvg. Dinner Entrée
    $$$$$Greater than $25
    $$$$$18.01 - $25
    $$$$12.01 - $18
    $$$7.01 - $12
    $Less than $7
  • American (New), Eclectic & International, Small Plates/Tapas, Cocktails, Vegetarian-Friendly
  • 138 Market St, PHILADELPHIA PA19106 39.949687 -75.143635
  • (At S 2nd St)
  • (215) 923-6069
  • 0

User Ratings (Based on 9 reviews)

Food 2.9 Value 2.4
Service 3.3 Atmosphere 3.5

Other Restaurant Info

(215) 923-6069
(215) 923-8818
Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc Bar Hours Daily: 2am- Mid Day Hours Sun-Sat: 4pm-5pm
Lunch Mon-Fri: 11:30am-4pm Dinner Mon-Thu: 5pm-11pm Fri-Sat: 5pm-1am Sun: 5pm-10pm Brunch Sat-Sun: 10am-4pm
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Group Dining, Open Late, Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Happy Hour, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out, Catering, Private Parties

User Reviews

  • Continental Restaurant & Martini Bar

    Posted by Andrea on 05/18/2011

    Really not good

    I don't get how a restaurant rated so high by food critics can get away with zero flavor and passion in the food. It HAS TO BE about the drinks, which neither of us had but needed by the time it was over. The fried and not crunchy calamari salad was poor. Salty battered calamari with red balsamic-like dressing poured over sloppily chopped greens, and bitter red cabbage strips in between. I had 2 – 3 bites before I pushed it away. We decided to take our main courses to go because it took 45 minutes for them to arrive, which put us in a bad mood after the salad. The pad thai and teriyaki filet mignon steak that we took home were more of the same. My husband didn’t even eat the pad thai. 2 – 3 bites and threw it out. He doesn't do that. The filet mignon was blah, no juice at all. Came with teriyaki sauce on the side and a piece of unseasoned, wilted bok choy thrown in the middle. Mash potatoes were good but no flavors to go with. It was such careless preparation I couldn’t possibly see giving it a second chance.

  • Continental Restaurant & Martini Bar

    Posted by Shnan on 10/24/2010

    Yummy in the Tummy

    I am not an adventurous eater, but this place was a very pleasant experience even for the gustatorial timid. The "small plates" were just that, but my first taste of the Continental's cuisine left me wanting more. I shall go back again, and I will sample something else from their very interesting menu. We were there for Sunday dinner, and we shall happily return.

  • Continental Restaurant & Martini Bar

    Posted by anonymous on 09/19/2009

    Best Bugers

    I love the burgers they come with your choice of fries or a salad. Burgers are served at lunch or weekend Brunch. I went once for dinner. We had 4 different tappas. We did not enjoy any of them. Service has always been excellent.

  • Continental Restaurant & Martini Bar

    Posted by Craig on 07/13/2009

    Now I know what they're talking about!

    I thought this place was so cool! The staff was friendly. The food was interesting. The drink list is creative. The prices are in-line. The atmosphere is urban-chic. I would caution first-timers though. Your server may convince you that each of your should order 2 plates each. Not necessary. If you're not in a hurry, try ordering a plate each and one to share. That might be enough! Very close to Ritz theaters for pre-movie! Would love to go again.

  • Continental Restaurant & Martini Bar

    Posted by notafan on 10/06/2008

    it's just ok

    this place is very overrated!! I have lived in center city for over 5 years and have dined here on several occassions. I have never been too impressed with the food. I think all steven starr restaurants offer the same type of food... it sounds good and the names of the dishes are cool, but they never deliver on the flavor. nothing i can't make at home better!

  • Continental Restaurant & Martini Bar

    Posted by madgreek on 09/11/2007

    Love this place

    I love the Continental. The food is great. The sea bass that someone else said was too salty, I thought was the best sea bass I have ever had. It was perfectly cooked. Mmmm. I wish I had some more right now. I have never had a bad meal there. Only minor complaint is that it is very cramped.

  • Continental Restaurant & Martini Bar

    Posted by ACMaster on 02/13/2007

    Cool Spot... Diner Food....

    Really nice interior and atmosphere.. Really a cool spot to hang out and drink with friends... Only somewhat good tasting thing on the menu- The octopus salad and the squid pro quo..... Rest? Not worth it.... Chilian Seabass with miso sauce (seemed like they dumped a box of salt in with the miso glaze), Kobe sliders (had better quarter pounder with cheese from Mcdonalds), Continental salad (did they make this couple hours before?? soggy soggy soggy....), crab dumplings (had better at a local chinese restaurant made out of crab sticks).

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