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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.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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
This place has become our go to date spot when we're in town. Our servers were super attentive and the food was great as always. I'd recommend getting six plates between two people, because we got seven and were pretty much falling asleep at our table by the end of the meal. We'll keep coming back for sure.
I absolutely loved the restaurant, the food was tasty, and considering I'm a vegetarian, there was plenty to choose from. I thought the restaurant was a little too small and felt cramped, one of my friends felt it was too loud, but overall I liked the atmosphere. The service was really good. I enjoyed it and would go back again.
Food was excellent, as was the service! We are eager to go back. The space is tight, and the noise level made it difficult to hear our server at times. Because you are so close to the next tables, we could hear conversations of those next to us-not the place for quiet discussions. But excellent foods from a variety of cultures. Excellent option for vegetarians and food lovers in general!
The location and decor are inspiring and so perfectly Philly for residents and visitors. The menu is inspiring and the food delicious and suitable for vegetarians, vegans and carnivors who want something different. We had a bottle of crisp and dry French Rose that topped off our celebration. We love this place. Check it out.
Have dined here several times -- the food is always excellent and very creative. Service is friendly and helpful. It is best to order slowly so that food comes out at a good rate --- small tables fill up quite quickly.
About a 10 minute walk to Kimmel and other theaters so this is a good pre-show dinner option.
Food was good, but not quite as good as the last time I dined here. The prices seemed a bit steep for the amount of food we actually got... after spending well over $100, I left here a bit hungry. A portion of this was on drinks (which I will say, were amazing), however I felt like I should be more full for the amount of food I ordered.
First timers. Waitress was great! She was happy to answer questions and give recommendations. So helpful and made our first dining experience fantastic. The food was high quality and staff was very attentive. Cocktails were amazing. We had so much fun!! And loved the whole dining experience.
My second visit to Charlie Was a Sinner (CWS) and as enjoyable as the first. CWS is cozy restaurant with a vibrant bar scene and very creative, well prepared vegan dishes. The noise level is high because it is filled with folks enjoying the drinks, food and the folks they are with.
The menu lends itself to sharing as it offers a great variety of smaller to medium dishes, which makes choosing from the many appealing options easier. Plan on at least 3 dishes per person but save some room for their excellent desserts.
GREAT cocktails, but the food is ho-hum. We tried 6 tapas, and three were really yummy, and the other three were not good at all. There are plenty of other restaurants in the area with great vegan options, so I will not go back, unless it's to have a cocktail or pink bubbly at the bar during happy hour. Too bad the chefs aren't as good as the bartenders.
I really wanted to love this place! Being vegan in Philly since the late 90s, we've certainly come a long way. Drinks were excellent and our waiter was super attentive. There was, however, a distinct pretentiousness I didn't expect from one of Nicole's restaurants. There's a bit of the Vedge holier-than-thou vibe that just doesn't makes sense in a restaurant focused on cruelty-free dining. Unlike Vedge, I would go back to CWaS and give it another go... but no time soon.
Mediocre at best. Tapas and small plates are great ways to sample. The variety also helped since we weren't stuck with any one item. The deep fried artichokes were quite tasty and the pappardelle was almost delicious, but the gnocchi fell extremely flat. The Brussel sprouts had potential but lacked direction and flavor (aside from the bitterness of a not in season vegetable). We also had wontons that had no clear cuisine origin.
Not that a guest review would ever drive change in a CC restaurant, but pretending for a moment it could: Simplify and focus would sum up my recommendation. Find a sweet spot where the flavors pop solo AND work together on the table. Pseudo-Asian, Italian, and other misc became a mismatch of dishes tried a little too hard, resulting in a forgettable experience at an unworthy price point.
I hope more plant-based, humane options continue to flourish and improve--including Charlie Was a Sinner.
This was recommended to me by a friend as a place close enough to the convention center to walk while I was in town (solo) for a trip. It has a speakeasy feel upon entering - low light, plush upholstery and a bit crowded. Getting to the dining area as a solo diner was great. I should also say I'm not vegan - and I found the food to be incredible. I especially want the recipe for the gnocchi. The staff was extremely helpful, attentive and friendly - and responded well to my questions.
Loved my ginger blackberry mocktail, the parpadelle and the chocolate pot de creme. I would not order the lumpia or the lemon cake (dry/hard) again. Charlie Was a Sinner was the highlight of my day trip to Philadelphia. I felt like I hadn't had such good food in 2 years, since I lived in California. I would like to go again and try the brussel sprouts and the shepard's pie.
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