The Common

3.8
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39 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
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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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3.9
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3.8
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KE
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

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
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 5

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 29 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
8 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

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 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
20 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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 18 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

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
12 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

m
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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
15 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

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
41 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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 14 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

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

M
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

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 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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
16 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Dessert! Pistachio cake with rosemary sorbet-delicious.

E
Philadelphia
68 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 29 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
19 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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
67 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff is always incredible here.

JB
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

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 22 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

JS
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

MX
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 25 February 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!

f
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 16 February 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.

CS
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on 8 February 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!

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

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

JC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 7 February 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.

R
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 7 February 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.

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

Great meal. Our guests were very pleased! Ccccccccccccccc

R
Philadelphia
98 reviews
Dined on 2 February 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 .

PR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 February 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).

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

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

ME
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on 31 January 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.