The Continental Mid-town
1801 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Cuisines: Burgers, Family Style, American, Hot Dogs, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, European, Continental
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Alcohol: Full Bar
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
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I so agree with the "Horrible Terrible Attitude towards Disabled People"! I just had lunch there with my father-in-law and his 89 year old mother-in-law. There was a 25 minute wait and she has trouble standing for that long, as you can imagine if you are 89 years old. The hostess told us we could sit at the bar while waiting. She sat down, and the bartender asked her to move since she was not going to eat at the bar and he wanted the space for his eating patrons. We offered to buy a drink (3 of us, 4 bar stools available, we are using 1 bar stool), but he said no, she had to stand unless she was eating. She has problems standing that long and almost passed out! He just didn't care. TERRIBLE HORRIBLE ATTITUDE TO DISABLED AND ELDERLY!!!!!
11/02/2010Provided by Citysearch -
A restaurant that bore the ""Steven Starr"" label used to count for something... nowadays it usually means this; cool decor, pricey albeit interesting drink list, snobby crowds, sub-par food and completely average overall experience.
It's happened to just about all of the Starr places, and Continental Mid-Town is no exception.
When you walk in, the ambiance is promising. But then, you check out the other people there, and interact with the employees, and already your enthusiasm falters.
Looking at the menu, you may get excited again-- the offerings looks appealing. And then they arrive...
Steven Starr is a genius, but he seems to be spread too thin. After yet another abysmal experience in one of his locations, I'm done. If you're hungry and in this area, feel free to skip here, Parc, and Barclay Prime. There are much better places to go in that immediate vicinity.
08/30/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I am disabled woman and require a service dog and the Continental on Chestnut St. refused me and my friend service b/c of my service dog who was very visibly in his uniform and on duty. I talked with the waiter and staff and told them my rights and that he needs to be with me at all times and why and they demanded that I provide them with paperwork. I told them I was not required by law to carry or show ANYONE his paperwork and the vest and ID badge he was wearing is all they need to see. They cannot legally demand I tell them my disability either. The manager Tracy, yelled at me in front of other patrons. Everyone was staring at us, I was so humiliated I cannot even tell you. My blood sugar was dropping and I knew I needed to eat something quick so we went elsewhere since they refused to give me anything to eat or drink. I wonder if I would have had fainted or had a seizure if we had waited around, then they could have seen that my service dog always does his job. It is now 2010, ADA was passed in 1990. What really needs to happen so that disabled people or those with medical needs requiring service dogs like myself are on equal footing with the rest of the population?? Are people still so ignorant that they will not educate themselves on these issues when managing a restaurant in center city??
09/20/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I went here on a date, and I really had a nice experience. Wait staff was very attentive, the place with busy with a good ""buzz"", and I enjoyed the creative choices of food to eat. Everything we sampled was excellent. They have an eclectic drink menu as well. Highly recommend it!
03/08/2009Provided by Citysearch -
A girlfriend and I were going to a local performance and just happened to come across the Continental Mid-Town. As soon as we walked in we were greeted by a friendly hostess who gladly seated us in a booth by the window. Our server was also very friendly. Miso soup can be ho-hum so I didn't expect much...but they served a generous portion of the BEST miso soup I've ever tasted. We also got the Tempura Tofu and the Crab & Asparagus Crepes which were also delicious. Topped it off with the Chocolate Truffles (a perfect little dessert) and Carrot Cake. Cool atmosphere, hip decor, fun people watching, great location, friendly service, awesome food that was timed very nicely. Reasonably priced for the overall high quality. Bravo. I will definitely go back and bring friends or family.
09/08/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Love this place- I go 3-4 times a year and it never disappoints. the menu is fun and there is something for everyone. I enjoy the specialty cocktails- The Hawaii 5-0 is my fave - tastes just like pineapple lifesavers! My friends love the Mexico City, although I suspect it's pure tequila with a splash of something pink.
The food is meant to be shared. A group of 4 of us usually orders 6-8 of the smaller plates. Some of the best include the cheese steak eggrolls, spicy tuna rolls, hummus,chicken skewers with peanut sauce, and the beet salad with goat cheese. The signature dish is their lobster mac & cheese, which isn't worth $18. Personally, I don't feel that any of their ""entrees"" are worth the price since they are the same size as the apps, and harder to share.
Desserts at this place are PHENOMENAL- everything is made in-house including the ice cream. The key lime lollipops deserve an award- and the graham cracker ice cream that is served with them could be its own dessert, it's SO good.
They don't take reservations- which for me is a plus since you can go there last minute and won't be turned away. You may have to wait a while, but finding a seat at one of the bars usually isn't too difficult- and they'll page you when your table is ready.
Whenever I have out-of town guests, this is my go-to place.