The Common

4.3
57 reviews
$30 and under
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.
What 57 People Are Saying
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4.2
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vipTanviK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Possibly the best burger I've had in Philly, at par with Kensington Quarters.

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CandaceP
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious fast pub food, warm polenta croutons ... who knew.,.

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vipMARIAD
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dwayne was a super server! Very attentive and knowledgeable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Best burger bar none

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KarenC
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

It is a great venue and the service was great. Two of our meals were good, the other 2 were not. I am willing to try it again.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They were closed for private party. Should have updated the app. Waste of time and money.

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vipLovely
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a team holiday gathering and it was really nice - good service.
Food great and generous and nice setting. A little loud but we still were able to hear each other!

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FranchRN
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Went here on a Sunday for a “But First Brunch Event”. The ambiance was nice. The event wasn’t sold out so it wasn’t crowded. Food was good. My hubby had the breakfast burger which he enjoyed and I had eggs, potatoes and sausage. It was good nothing extraordinary. I’d go back again to give them a try and see if they had something better on the menu.

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vipStuartB
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on 21 November 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 ...

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was a great space to celebrate with my team.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food2service4ambience5

The food wasn’t that great this time.

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vipStephanieS
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

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

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vipTessB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

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

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vipMattyWhips
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 14 October 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.

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vipfunkyfoodie
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 12 October 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.

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vipchucksteinberg
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Menu has changed for the worse

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vipKECon
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on 15 September 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.

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NancyS
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on 14 September 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.

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phillygal
1 review
Dined on 8 September 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.

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browna0425
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 September 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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 August 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.

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jcny
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 29 August 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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 29 August 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.

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vipClaudiatnle
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on 24 August 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!

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Fishfood
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on 20 August 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.

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EgyptB
1 review
Dined on 18 August 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.

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vipMurdev
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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vipmgr504
New Orleans
26 reviews
Dined on 31 July 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

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vipAliciaInDC
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on 28 July 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!

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vipphillygirl
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on 18 July 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.

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CindyW
1 review
Dined on 17 July 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!

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DomOglesby
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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

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Mary
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 19 June 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.

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vipBrianR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 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.

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likestodineout
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Dessert! Pistachio cake with rosemary sorbet-delicious.

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vipEleanor
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on 2 May 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.

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JohnB
1 review
Dined on 29 April 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?

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vipStuartB
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on 24 April 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.

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vipEleanor
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff is always incredible here.

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The Common is rated 4.3 stars by 57 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.