About Charlie was a sinner.
Charlie was a sinner. is located at 131 South 13th street in beautiful Midtown Village Philadelphia. Owner, Nicole Marquis, showcase a 100% plant based menu that specializes in tapas style small plates. In addition to the tapas food menu is a collective list of strong craft cocktails.
Tapas / Small Plates, Vegetarian / Vegan
Hours of Operation:
Open Daily: 4pm - 2am
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 4pm - 11pm
Friday & Saturday 4pm - 12am
Happy Hour: Monday - Thursday 4pm - 7pm, Friday 4pm - 6pm
13th Street between Sansom and Walnut
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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Charlie was a sinner. Ratings and Reviews
Recommended to me by a colleague and loc ...
Recommended to me by a colleague and local. I was visiting from NYC and took my family there. I am the veg, my parents definitely are not. Even they enjoyed it...I think. I know my wife and I did. Cool little spot, great drinks and food, both of which were creative and interesting. Staff very nice, fun to chat with and very helpful in guiding us through the menu. Space is cozy, some outdoor dining tables, but only a couple. Will definitely go again next time we are in the neighborhood.
For those trying to eat vegan, restauran ...
For those trying to eat vegan, restaurants like this are often the oasis in a desert of options. PHL is blessed to have great.vegan options and Charlie is one of the best. Creative, diverse, beautifully executed dishes. Lots of choices. A place you could easily take your carniverous friends without telling them it was vegan and have them rave about the food.
Quite disappointed in our dining experie ...
Quite disappointed in our dining experience. The positive, cocktails were well prepared & tasty. Pacing was well done. Unfortunately, that is where it ends. The seating is awful. They pack you in like an airplane. All they need to do to improve this is remove one or two tables per row. A guest should not have to suck in their stomach and lean over the table next to them to exit. Not an exaggeration, you are within a foot or so from the table next to you, you hear them and they hear you. This is very obvious and very unprofessional. There is no reason to squeeze guests into tables like this CWAS. It's time to remedy it. The restaurant is very, very loud. It is not romantic and not conducive to conversation. I'm so disappointed in the positive reviews that made us book this restaurant, because they are wrong. If you've been to Vedge, you will be extremely disappointed in CWAS. The food was sub-par. There was nothing unique or special about it. It was very salty and very fried. We ordered the artichoke frites - very fried, not lightly fried which I would have tolerated. More breading than artichoke. We also had the spring rolls, very fried and very unimpressive, not flavorful at all. The zucchini crab cakes were boring, lacking in flavor. I have the same comment on the cauliflower, not inventive at all. Something I would have thrown together at home. There are so many ways to be creative with cauliflower, this was extremely disappointing. I was so looking forward to the tofu, this was not Korean tofu, this was very fried tofu rolled in wing sauce. Again, a total let down. The most promising plate we had was the cucumber gazpacho. Finally some flavors and a very nice blend of freshness, mint and crunch. We paid $90 for our meal and left unsatisfied and hungry. We didn't even want to order more. We agree that we would return for cocktails in the lounge, but that is all. This place has potential but the way the food is prepared needs a complete overhaul.
Delicious vegan food but the pace at whi ...
Delicious vegan food but the pace at which the small plates come out of the kitchen could be improved. We ordered a lot of small plates and most of them came out at one time. With the small tables it was very difficult to eat! All in all a great meal but just a little crammed at the table.
Third visit - wonderful food each time - ...
Third visit - wonderful food each time - we especially enjoyed the seasonal menu additions. House special crafted cocktails are different; mine was spiced with ginger and delicious. We intend to return as often as possible!
This restaurant has been on my list of p ...
This restaurant has been on my list of places to try for a while, and I can't believe I waited so long! The cocktails, food, service, and ambiance were all some of the best I've ever experienced. Vegan or not, you will not be disappointed.
Late night dining for me and my wife. I ...
Late night dining for me and my wife. I am a carnivore but the food looked and tasted amazing.
The non alcoholic drink was not so great, but maybe it just not my style?
It is a very cool place, packed at 10:30 pm for dinner! Cool and trendy, but the service was great.
THE BESTTT VEGAN!!! LOVE IT!
The very BEST gourmet vegan!!!! LOVE IT!!! Each dish was more exciting and delicious than the NEXT!… Loved the Vanilla citrus salad! Fantastic! The ricotta toast, is the BEST non-dairy ricotta I have ever had in my LIFE! Better than actual ricotta!! The zucchini crab cakes are better than crab!! Loved the artichoke frites! Loved the blackberry ginger soda! The meyers lemon cake in a warm blackberry/blueberry sauce with hibiscus flavor, was outstanding! … Also enjoyed, fresh lemon lime juice, a potato gnocchi in a smoky sauce, and the chestnut agnolotti. The host was very warm and welcoming and our servers were the BEST! Especially Jonathan! He made the best suggestions for what to order, as it was the first visit to this new restaurant! 5 star! My NEW FAV!!! Thank you!!! Can't wait to go back to try other unique artistic creations on the menu! Also met Chef Darrin! You can tell how much he loves what he does! The food was SO PERFECT! … My friend called it "The Dining Experience"…Not even a vegan, and he is completely sold that vegan is not only better for you, but also, TASTES BETTER, and left him feeling fantastic! Thanks so MUCH for THAT, especially!!! …
Half the items we ordered were very good ...
Half the items we ordered were very good:papaya salad, Korean tofu; half were -meh- especially the chestnut agnolotti. The prices are high, the portions are small and the music is way too loud and abrasive.
I don't understand the appeal of this place.
slow it down a notch
I LOVE Charlie Was A Sinner and was really excited to bring my omni mother there - she loved everything! We ordered a bunch of food and it was all delicious, as were the cocktails and wine. The service was fabulous - our server was a sweetheart, the bartender/manager (looks a little like Adam Levine?) was friendly and helpful when we had questions about the wine list, and the kitchen staff and food runners were very efficient... perhaps TOO efficient for our small table :) At one point, while struggling to find a place to put a plate down, one remarked that he would ask the kitchen to slow down because the dishes were coming out back to back with no time for us to eat them. When you go to a place like CWAS, you want to take your time, enjoy your company and the ambience, taste all the wonderful dishes. I've enjoyed everything I've ever eaten or drank there!
Really liked the food but the noise leve ...
Really liked the food but the noise level of music and voices was a bit much. Drinks were weak on the alcohol but tasty. We tried many things on the menu and liked them all. Would be great if there was a quieter room for dining but it is a small narrow space. Fine for folks who enjoy a nightclub feel with dinner.
Food was excellent, however, super small ...
Food was excellent, however, super small portions for the price. Its a "small plates" type of thing which seemed matched to price except for the "Compositions" plates which led you to expect more of a meal with their price/description. The drinks were AWESOME, but it took forever for us to get our first round. We ordered our drinks first, then an appetizer and our entrees. We did not get our drinks until after the entrees were served. Ambiance was good - really crowded but that's to be expected on a Saturday in center city, overall good vibe, yummy food, awesome drinks.
This was my third time and going back again!
This was my third time and going back again. Great food first, wonderful service. Drink selection is excellent. I like the atmosphere, but if you want to talk seriously, quietly, not the place for you. A vibrant, up, wonderful atmosphere and a great name.
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