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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
Great service and the food was delicious! I’m surprised they weren’t more busy for a Saturday night but I didn’t mind!
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.
Staff did not know how to work the crowd. Waited a long time a no one cared. Can tell the staff was overwhelmed.
the burger was as good as advertised. we will return.
service was mediocre...as was the food...waitress forgot everything and had to ask a few times. food was just okay, nothing special
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!
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.
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!
Nice ambiance cool vibe. Only complaint was our waitress wasn’t the best .
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.
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.
Dessert! Pistachio cake with rosemary sorbet-delicious.
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.
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?
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.
The wait staff is always incredible here.
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.
Delicious, beautifully-prepared and presented food. Great new addition to campus.
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.
Lovely meal, good service, nice venue.
We especially enjoyed the artichoke appetizer.
Had lunch at restaurant on 2 occasions and both times the food was excellent
It was just a great all-around experience. We're going to be regulars!
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!
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.
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!
Reasonable priced food and drink. Great for a group or date night.
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.
A new restaurant, with NO talent in the kitchen, nor NO talent in waiting. A catastrohy, with potential to correct it ALL.
Great meal. Our guests were very pleased! Ccccccccccccccc
The Common is great !
Every dish -
Duck Fat Fried Wings - to die for;
Mushrooms al Agillo - My wife loved it !
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 .
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).
Shelby our server was lovely. The food was amazing. I’ll be coming back for sure.
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.