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
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.
The food and cocktails at Charlie was a ...
The food and cocktails at Charlie was a Sinner are imaginatively designed and beautifully executed. I've been dreaming about the potato croquettes since our dinner there, and can't wait to go back!
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!
The food and cocktails were excellent. W ...
The food and cocktails were excellent. We all enjoyed the variety and quality. Service was overall a little slow, but that didn't deter us from an enjoyable evening with friends
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.
What a delightful surprise! Recommended ...
What a delightful surprise! Recommended by a friend, the small plates were imaginative and delicious.
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 food was fantastic! The staff was fa ...
The food was fantastic! The staff was fantastic! I can't wait until I can return!!!!
Fantastic dinner! Drinks were inventive ...
Fantastic dinner! Drinks were inventive and delicious. Loved the expat. Vegan, vegetarian and carnivore alike will love the food. Really amazing. If you are ever in Philly, EAT HERE!!
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!!! …
A bit noisy during happy hour, but once ...
A bit noisy during happy hour, but once the crowd cleared out, it was fine in the back. Food was amazing.
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!
Bill $150 for 4 people; we all left hung ...
Bill $150 for 4 people; we all left hungry. Food was very good, small portions just not filling. Alcoholic punch drink was average; generic glass of wine $14. If your are a dedicated vegan, might be your thing.
Food was excellent and creative - cockta ...
Food was excellent and creative - cocktails quite strong. Service wasn't great, but it was also a busy Saturday night. Very noisy.
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.
Was nice to be able to eat everything on ...
Was nice to be able to eat everything on this menu!
Service was just ok.
Server wasn't as attentive as we would have liked. Took a while to get our order taken. Table needed to be adjusted after we were seated to make it level. Manage as very polite and helpful.
Loved it Excellent food. Superb service!
It was so great! You would never know it was 100% plant based! Wish I could afford to eat here all the time!
Another vegan winner in Philly
Small in size but large in taste. Small plate style that can get a bit pricey but the food is fantastic.
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.
Service was excellent and there were som ...
Service was excellent and there were some great Vegan options. Cocktail options were delish!
All of the dishes we tried were over the ...
All of the dishes we tried were over the top! The waitstaff were super friendly and very professional. Would go back!
One of ny favorite places in midtown. Go ...
One of ny favorite places in midtown. Good cocktails and food. Service is also good.
The meal was so good from beginning to end. So much to choose from. Everything was full of flavor.
Avocado toast and smoked cauliflower were fantastic. It was crowded so reservations are strongly recommended. The server was fine- a little slow at times to attend to us.
Great drinks, ok food, high price
This is a great place for cocktails, with a great atmosphere. However the food is only OK, and the prices are high.
Good but not worth another trip
Met friends for dinner here a few nights ago. The food is good but the portions are very, very small. As in absurdly small. And since they don't have very much protein in them, you're left feeling hungry after spending a fair amount of $$ on dinner. It's worth a trip just to check it out, but not a return trip.
Food was for the most part very salty an ...
Food was for the most part very salty and not particularly tasty. Had the seaweed chips, zucchini sliders, cauliflower, "sausage", and potato carpaccio. Service was very nice and friendly.
perfect for an intimate, elegant vegan celebration
Excellent cocktails complemented the creative vegan fare and made this spot perfect for an intimate, elegant celebration of a vegetarian birthday.
Still want to know WHY Charlie is a Sinner.....
I took my vegetarian wife here for her 40th birthday. When we arrived our table was ready for us and we were immediately lead back to it. The server was with us within 2-3 minutes of us sitting down. All in all service was excellent throughout dinner. The food was excellent and I actually had a hard time remebering it was all Vegan. Yes....the dinner was a little pricey for what we had but the food and the experience was awesome. The only negative comment that I would make is that it is very loud in the restaurant so maybe not best for a romantic first date. Other than that - it's a must try.
The staff was very attentive to our table as we kept ordering throughout the night. We tried new items, the waitress suggested items for us to try, and we were never kept waiting. And we originally had a reservation for 4 and they were able to squeeze a 5th in at the last minute, and it worked out perfectly.
Amazing plant-based fine dining
My friend and I could not stop raving about this place and all the dishes we ordered. I think even those who don't follow a plant-based diet would like it. From the chickpea spaghetti to the seaweed chips, everything was just delicious!
This place is for everyone!
Excellent food. Vegan restaurant that does NOT serve boring disgusting veggie plates. This is a must do for vegans and carnivores alike
Had an awesome dinner the other night w/the Boo. All plant based foods (and drinks too!) Shared plates which is good when you're undecided. Our server was extremely attentive. (sorry I don't remember her name) We had the potato croquettes and heirloom beet salad. Yum! The avocado toast was a winner but I could easily replicate at home.The Charlie's Punch was the go to libation for this particular evening. All in all a 4 out of 5 evening Will def be back!
Love the ambience & cocktails
My friends and I loved the ambience & cocktails. Staff attentiveness and expertise in their food and wine offerings was again outstanding. The dishes we got were more hit and miss than previous visit - not sure if it was just an off night or if some dishes are just better than others. Overall, recommend checking this spot out, especially if you are vegan or vegetarian. The chickpea pasta and carrot mousse are not to be missed!
Such an incredible restaurant with great devotion to vegan cuisine! It was so delicious with an incredible ambiance! I can't wait to go back!
Food presentations were nice but the tas ...
Food presentations were nice but the taste was mediocre. The crab cakes were good.
I am not a vegetarian, but my daughter i ...
I am not a vegetarian, but my daughter is. Nevertheless, the food was such a flavorful adventure I can't wait to bring my meat eating friends. This is the most fun I've had with food in years.
Our first time and a experience! Happy ...
Our first time and a experience! Happy hour offers a nice selection of drinks and snacks. Crab cakes and kale salad were my favorite. We will be coming back often!
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