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The Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar

The ever-popular Old City institution

The Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar

The ever-popular Continental illuminates the corner of 2nd and Market Streets. Credit: B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia


The creative cocktails and imaginative décor at this diner-made-martini bar creates an atmosphere all its own, making it one of the hottest night spots in Old City.

The atmosphere at Continental is assuredly young and hip. The menu features creative global tapas like Teriyaki Chicken Skewers, a heaping Calamari Salad (big enough to share) and the always popular Lobster Mashed Potatoes. Other favorites include the Seared Tuna with Mushroom Risotto and Szechuan Fried Potatoes with Chinese Mustard.

An extensive martini list offers interesting combinations (with even more interesting names) that will surely satisfy any taste — there are more than a dozen varieties, each of which is served in a personal shaker. Cool 70’s-style seating areas in pale yellow and all-white back bar is a perfect combination of funk and sophistication.

All in all, Continental is a great place to begin your evening in Old City.


Continental was a trailblazer in Old City’s renaissance when it opened in 1995. Ten years ago, the neighborhood was not the hotbed of Philadelphia nightlife that is today. Continental’s early success catalyzed the area and soon thereafter other restaurants and bars followed suit bringing the neighborhood the vibrancy you can enjoy today.

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