About Charlie was a sinner.
Charlie was a sinner. is located in beautiful Midtown Village Philadelphia. Charlie specializes in tapas-style small plates, served until 1am daily. In addition, Charlie has 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, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Charlie was a sinner. Ratings and Reviews
Given the reviews, we had high expectati ...
Given the reviews, we had high expectations that we'd find the food at Charlie was a sinner. to be on par with Vedge. We were....disappointed. We tried a variety of the restaurant's small plates, some of which are described below. The Zucchini "Crabcake" sliders were OK once we added salt. The Roasted Butternut Squash Soup was pretty good, though it tasted like it had tomatoes in it. (It didn't.) Other than chocolate, eggplant is my favorite food so I was particularly looking forward to the Caramelized Eggplant Bao Buns. All we could taste was the hoisin sauce that overpowered the dish. We enjoyed the Wide Ribbon Pappardelle and the Charred Brussels Sprouts were OK but the Smoked Cauliflower was disappointing. The food came out so quickly it was hard to keep up and therefore some of the food had cooled by the time we got to it. The Chocolate Pot de Creme was tasty though the tiny cookie it was served with was either too bitter or burnt. Though the server was knowledgeable and the manager was accommodating, they just couldn't make up for the menu/kitchen.
Really good food. Quiet and comfortable. ...
Really good food. Quiet and comfortable. We enjoyed our dinner after going to the Lantern Theatre, nearby. All vegan, so no wories about the food and questions to the chef. Everything we had was delicious. We are grateful that the dining room was not decorated for the holidays.
Waited 20 minutes after reservation time ...
Waited 20 minutes after reservation time to be seated (what's the point then?). Waited another 20 minutes to get water and a waiter. Ordered drinks. 10 minutes later waiter checked in and we ordered dessert and got it 5 minutes later. Took another 5 minutes to get our drinks, as in about an hour after we first arrived. Will go anywhere next time instead of here.
This place looks small from outside, but ...
This place looks small from outside, but is a fantastic Philly gem. The ambiance was incredible, with cool interior designing and the food was even better. All vegan, but between the cocktail list and the yummy food menu, there is something for everyone. Would highly recomend and will definitely go back!
My daughter is lactose intolerant and it ...
My daughter is lactose intolerant and it is hard to find restaurants that have a good choice of food for her. With the vegan restaurant she could eat everything!!! Even dessert and that is extremely rare. We all liked the food and the "Tapas style" of sharing so you can even taste more. Everything was so delicious although we were not so happy with the main dishes. The cocktails were very yummy and the service was amazing! Very friendly and attentive. I highly recommend this restaurant even if you are not a vegan or have any allergies!!!
Everything was delicious but we especial ...
Everything was delicious but we especially enjoyed the eggplant bao buns. Would not recommend the Meyer lemon dessert; if you're not vegan, go out for ice cream or a buttery dessert after. They recommend 3-4 plates per person; we were three people and got 5 plates plus a dessert and 3 mocktails. We thought portions were generous (for small plates) and felt like we had eaten enough, but woke up starving at 1 am so maybe not. With tip it came out to a bit over $100 so it adds up quickly. However, it's absolutely delicious so I think it's totally worth it every so often.
Every time my boyfriend and I come to Ph ...
Every time my boyfriend and I come to Philly we always make it a point to go to Charlie's. It our second time going. We had reservations for a later time, however my bf and I wanted to eat earlier. The hostess was very accommodating and sat us down an hour before our reserved time. Major points on that.
The food was excellent. My favorite dish was the pappardelle and the artichoke frites and my boyfriend enjoyed the Korean BBQ tofu. The drinks were also on point, for my bf being a non drinker he enjoyed the "days like this" and I had the "la fame de far" (sp).
We will definitely be back again.
Excellent meal and service on a Saturday ...
Excellent meal and service on a Saturday night. Who knew how creative and tasty vegetarian/vegan meals could be?
Pros - 1.) Lots to choose from 2.) Outstanding waitress and hostess 3) Surprise dessert for the birthday person in our party. 3) Really good food.
Cons - 1) Wine was expensive , but good; certainly overpriced at $12.00/glass 2) table seating is very close. We were seated next to friendly people who didn't talk too loud . 3.) Food is brought to the table as soon as it is ready . This could be a problem If you are ordering several small plates; your appetizer could come out last.
I would return and recommend "Charlie" to others.
Excellent culinary experience with a hip ...
Excellent culinary experience with a hip twist. Preparation and taste were outstanding, price was reasonable for the area and genre. Highly recommend for vegetarians looking for imaginative dishes with exquisite taste.
I loved everything about it. The fact th ...
I loved everything about it. The fact that it was quiet enough to have a conversation easily, the food was delicious without leaving me heavy afterwards. Being italian, it's hard to find a place here where pasta is made and cooked according to my standards; well, they definitely did it right! Their cocktails/mocktails are so good, and service is impeccable. The lights were very, very dim but I don't know if that's just how it is in general, or if it was a Halloween-mood light setting. Either way, it was definitely enjoyable, I'm looking forward to trying more out of their menu, and I highly recommend it to anyone who'd like a quiet, delicious (vegan) dinner.
Vegan dining at its finest. This was our ...
Vegan dining at its finest. This was our second visit to Charlie was a Sinner (we were told the first time not to ask about Charlie). The atmosphere was great, cocktail selection is unique and delicious. The food is outstanding, so many different flavors, tastes and textures that it is really difficult to believe it all is vegan. It's beautifully presented and the tapas style dining allows for lots of tasting. It was truly a sparkly night with our out of town guests.
Excellent! We had no idea it was a vegan ...
Excellent! We had no idea it was a vegan restaurant... we almost walked out... all 6 of us! The host genuinely assured us that we would NOT be disappointed.... he was 100% on his word! We were all sooo pleasantly surprised! Excellent tapas! Amazing! Wonderful service and beautiful ambiance. Cozy atmosphere. Highly recommend: zucchini sliders, grilled Caesar salad, spring rolls; Korean bao buns; shepherds pie, Brussel sprouts yum!! Paella, beet salad...etc! Awesome!!
Charlie's is always a fantastic dining e ...
Charlie's is always a fantastic dining experience. Evenings (especially Fridays and Saturdays) can be particularly loud, but the food is always fantastic. The larger group you have, the better, as it gives you more opportunities to try all of the different dishes (I've yet to be disappointed by one).
Disappointing return visit. Service was ...
Disappointing return visit. Service was incredibly slow. Several dishes were very good but the mushroom risotto was a fail. While the taste was good it only had one mushroom one cherry tomato and one small piece of asparagus. We will probably give them another try as previous visits were incredible. Hoping this was just an off night.
I came here for my birthday with my husb ...
I came here for my birthday with my husband and had such an amazing meal! They recommend 3-4 plates per person, but my husband and I split 5 plates and we were stuffed, so the plates are at least a little bigger than they suggest. We also had some amazing innovative cocktails! I asked for a recommendation for mine, and the server suggested a perfect cocktail for me, based on my tastes. I would love to go back again soon. Really amazing food & drinks!!
This is mediocre vegan food that you can ...
This is mediocre vegan food that you can make better at home. We only stayed for 4 dishes (30 minutes) and then left to go to Vedge where the food is outstanding and creative. Charlie was a sinner lacked creativity and taste. The artichoke frites barely tasted like artichoke. I wouldn't waste your money, make a Vedge reservation instead. It's also extremely loud and you basically sit on your neighbor.
Care has been put into the plants used t ...
Care has been put into the plants used to make the food here. The flavor and texture are very nice.. Avocado toast is great. Smoked cauliflower is good. If you like pickled vegetables those are there. Chips and onion dip were quite tasty. Beet salad nice and different so not to be a bore. Great place to go.
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