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1906 at Longwood Gardens
1906 at Longwood Gardens
  • Address:
    1001 Longwood Road
    Kennett Square, PA 19348
    Kennett Square
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $31 to $50

1906 at Longwood Gardens Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://longwoodgardens.org/dine/1906-fine-dining-room
  • Phone: (610) 388-5290
  • Hours of Operation: Spring 2014:
    Wednesday March 19th to Thursday May 29th
    Seatings from 11:30am to 3:30pm

    Above times are the regular operating hours. Restaurant will open for dinner service during the week for special events on the following nights:

    March 30
    April 3, 17
    May 2, 8
    July 1, 10, 29
    August 14, 19

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Organic
  • Executive Chef: Jason Belkov
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: A passion for food. An obsession for detail. Having earned a reputation for uncompromising quality, Catering by Restaurant Associates can offer you exclusive access to Longwood Gardens. Whether you're hosting an intimate reception for a few guests or a gala for a few thousand, our creative catering experts will be delighted to work with you to custom design a truly memorable experience. We dedicate ourselves to ensuring the success of your event. http://www.longwoodgardens.org/GroupDining.html
    Please contact Pam Pew at (610)388-5369 or ppew@longwoodgardens.org.
  • Private Party Facilities: Longwood Gardens has numerous indoor and outdoor spaces available for corporate events, business meetings, bridal showers, anniversary parties, birthday parties, holiday parties, and barbeques.
  • Private Party Contact: Pam Pew (888) 925-9460

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Route 1
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from 1906 at Longwood Gardens
In the midst of 1000 acres of one of the world’s premiere horticulture centers, 1906 at Longwood Gardens offers a fine dining experience that is unparalleled. Enjoy lunch daily and dinner seasonally with a view of the Longwood Conservatory and the gardens of the former du Pont estate.


Adults: $18
Seniors ages 62+: $15
Students ages 5-18, or any age with valid student ID: $8
Children ages 4 and under: Free

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Diner Reviews
  • "We do not eat out very often but celebrated our anniversary with dinner at 1906. Food was fantastic, plated beautifully, and serving sizes were just right--smaller than chain restaurants (so we could actually eat it all) but big enough that we didn't feel cheated. We ate on the outside deck and it was beautiful."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We loved our experience dining at 1906. The host and manager made us feel very welcomed when we arrived. We had a beautiful table, and the food was amazing. Cannot wait to dine there again. Thank you everyone!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Reservations are a must. The most difficult part of dining is hearing the multitudes of persons being turned away while enjoying a great meal. The service is great. The food fully prepared thus no need for salt, pepper or any other condiment. The chef and staff are willing to adjust any meal to your dietary needs to the best of their ability. I had listed that it was our niece's birthday in the reservation. I also ordered a small rose (3 pink)vase for the birthday girl. Upon our arrival, the vase was on the table. When we ordered dessert, the staff decorated her ice cream plate with Happy Birthday in a chocolate syrup and a lit candle in one of the scoops of ice cream. Big Smiles!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Our 4th of July experience at Longwood Gardens was made even more spectacular by our experience with 1906 Restaurant. We both had the 4-course chef's tasting menu, an inspiring tour through 1906's menu that included many of the favorites (best mushroom soup in an area known for it) as well as some new offerings. Each course was clearly prepared with much care and often used locally sourced ingredients. We each received different items and so were able to taste more of the menu: another plus and a great value. The service was friendly and attentive and the pacing of the meal felt just right. Relaxed from our delicious meal, we toured the gardens before viewing a delightful fireworks and fountains show. A perfect evening all around."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Dining at 1906 is always a special experience. While the dining room is not "spectacular" it certainly is elegant and "classy" The room is very comfortable and the food has always been exceptional. The waitstaff is professional and creates a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Have been wanting to visit this restaurant for quite some time. Finally had the chance on the 4th of July. Restaurant is very pretty with small outdoor seating in the shade. My wait server was very friendly and helpful. Ordered a delicious flower squash appetizer (special of the day) that was excellent. Enjoyed the crab cakes as my main course that were very good. Did not order a dessert but other diners around me seemed to enjoy their sweet treats. My lunch was pricey but worth the visit. This restaurant is a must try at least once upon visiting the gardens."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "If you don't want to waste time but have a relaxing meal then this is a good choice. The food is acceptable and the room is certainly more quiet than the cafe. There are much better restaurants for the price close by if you are willing to go out of Longwood and come back."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We have been many times to 1906 at Longwood Gardens and they have never disappointed. I just love finishing off our day spent wandering around Longwood Gardens with an elegant meal here. Definitely one of our favorite restaurants. Thank you!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "compliments to the chef. The Lomgwood Gardens mushroom soup and pork tenderloing with turnip puree were fantastic."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Appreciate it was 4th July, but service was very slow - waitress actually admitted she had also forgotten to put our order in too! Food was mediocre and way too expensive for what it was. It sounded great from the description on the menu, but was disappointing in presentation and taste. Shame, as it was such a nice day out otherwise. (Fireworks were great - sound system needs improving too.)"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We have eaten at 1906 many times and the food has been very good to excellent. However, this time my wife's burger (ordered medium) was over cooked and dry. I had the eggplant panini that was good, but too much bread. Not the best outing this time."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Food and service all excellent. Our most pleasant dinning experience in a long time."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Perfect location amid the lush Longwood Gardens. The lunch hosts were very inviting and exceedingly cordial. The food service was very courteous and prompt. The food was excellent with their signature mushroom soup followed by crab cakes (an absolute delight)."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We were looking forward to putting together a delicious meal from the menu posted on open table. Upon arriving, we were told that there was a fixed price menu. We were given two choices of appetizer (a soup or salad) and three entrees and the dessert of the restaurant's choice. The fixed price was $39 per person. My cocktail was $14. The salad was OK. The soup was overly thickened bland mushroom soup. The salmon was fairly "fishy" tasting with a good tasting sprinkling of corn salad as a topping. My friend's steak (ordered medium) was dry and chewy. The dessert was some kind of bland pudding with the only taste being in the topping. Overall, a fairly mediocre and disappointing meal for $114 (incl. tip). Service was friendly."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "My mom and I have been here for lunch, which was very good. My husband and I went with friends before a concert at Longwood. Be aware that they have a fixed menu before concerts. The choices are extremely limited and not done well for the price. We had the wine paired with it, and I was underwhelmed with wine choices, pours, and glass choice. My steak was ordered medium, but served well-done. I let the waitress know, who was excellent, and she offered me another one, but given we were on a schedule with the concert, I couldn't wait. No other option/compensation was provided. I would definitely recommend for lunch, but not for dinner before a concert."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Was a little disappointed that they had a limited pre concert menu. But the food was great as always."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The noise level was just fine , we liked the whole experience. The dessert, was very creative , the food was good. And the service very good. I will recommend it for lunch and dinner , the menu for the brunch could be improved and"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We've been here three times now, twice for special occasions and once just because, and have never been disappointed. We will return again and again."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Lunch break during our visit to Longwood Gardens became a delightful culinary experience on its own. The menu was worthy of a fine restaurant anywhere, and the service was friendly and attentive. Each of our entrees was excellent (taste and presentation), and we resumed our garden visit refreshed and well-fed. It was an excellent value."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We couldn't get reservations for dinner to celebrate our 20th anniversary so we went for lunch instead and were not disappointed. We both ordered the chef's tasting menu, and it was one delicious surprise after another. My husband is gluten-free, so all of his dishes were prepared separately and he enjoyed them immensely - no steak, like other establishments we've been to. We were each served two 'tastes' with chef's compliments, then appetizer, entree, and dessert, each different from each other's. I also added the wine pairings, which were just right to each course. Pleasant ambiance, wonderful service, and a gourmet's delight - we'll be coming back to the 1906."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The service was slow but friendly. The food was ok. Over priced for the quality."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • " the dining room, and the gorgeous deck, have lovely ambiance! The menu is interesting, and all locally sourced. But The service is extremely slow....we wondered if they actually left and WENT to Lancaster county to get the lettuce for our salad!!the food was delicious, and well plated, and the servers pleasant enough, just slow. I appreciate a leisurely lunch, but we did want to get back out and see the gardens too."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "My husband and I joined another couple for Sunday brunch. My husband and I enjoyed ourselves and were very pleased to be offered a table by the windows. It was a lovely experience. Unfortunately, the other couple did not like their food. The wife is a great cook and maybe the couple is harder to please, but the atmosphere was wonderful. The waitress and host was really nice. The bread in the pot is delicious."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We had brunch out on the deck/terrace - what a beautiful, quiet place for a relaxed meal! Highly recommend it if the weather's nice. The surrounding trees make it feel as if one were in some secluded hide-away. And, the brunch was excellent - Smoked Duck Breast Eggs Benedict was superb, as was the Vanilla Panna Cotta. The mushroom soup was delicious, as always. Service was cheerful and timely - not rushed."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Our server went far out of the way to accommodate one person in our party with a food allergy. Food was excellent!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "A beautiful restaurant in a beautiful place. Cream of Mushroom Soup & Crab Cakes were perfection. My mother-in-law had the gnocchi which I tried. It was also special. Can 't wait to visit the gardens and eat here again."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Our brunch was so delicious and the service from both waitstaff and chef is great!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Dining on the patio surrounded by the magnificent trees was an experience to remember. The mushroom soup was excellent as was the lamb entree. The bread served in and shaped by a small planting pot was delicious. The waitress was polite and attentive. We try to eat at the 1906 every time we visit Longwood but getting a reservation is not always possible."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Celebrating my husband birthday while dining at the 1906 Dining Room became a special evening we had not anticipated. Our waitress personalized our service, the food was prepared deliciously and presented beautifully. We began with a unforgettable strawberry cucumber soup. My crab cakes had a wonderful tender crust that covered large lump sweet meat. The cakes were accompanied by a scrumptious citrus dressed salad and a creamy mustard sauce. My husband and I will definitely return to experience more of the restaurant's enticing offerings."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The service was slow. People who arrived after we arrived received their food before us. We had asked for a window table for four. When we arrived at noon, there were no tables for four left at the windows. One was occupied by a couple of women and another by a couple of men (their third guest arrived later). Upon request, the hostess put two tables for two together and we were seated comfortably."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "This is a high quality white tablecloth restaurant that serves delicious food in an attractive setting. All of the dishes served to our group of six were very good and a few were exceptional. The waiter was efficient and very friendly. What sets this apart from all other restaurants is location - in the center of one of the most beautiful spots on earth. A perfect day would be to arrive at 10am, saunter through the outdoor portions of the gardens, including the forest, fountains, and flower gardens, then take a break for an unexpectedly luxurious lunch in 1906 at noon, followed by a tour of the fabulous indoor gardens afterward. This is one of life's great guilty pleasures."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The four of us each indulged in a different entry and everyone was succulent, surprising (in a very, very good way), and scrumptious. The freshness of the ingredients was outstanding, the blending of flavors very imaginative, and the service quietly efficient."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Great food, outstanding service, and we had a great time for father's day. We will be coming back again and again"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "After a long day of touring Longwood Gardens, we were happy to have a relaxing dinner at 1906. Before our meal began, we were brought individual rolls in the shape of an ice cream cone. The bread was delicious. We started off with mushroom soup which was so fresh and delicious. Our waitress then gave us a sample of cold asparagus soup which was very tasty but I don't think I could eat a regular size portion of it. My husband had the sea scallops and I had the sirloin steak. My steak was made to perfection and I like the way it was displayed. My husband said the scallops were very good. Dessert selection was somewhat poor. Two of the few items listed had rhubarb in it. We settled for ice cream which was good but not very exciting."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Wonderful place and ambience. The waiter service was top notch but the food seemed to take a little too long to get to us."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Outstanding mushroom soup. Good food and very good service in a first class setting."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I went here for my bday and I was very happy they were able to accommodate our party of 6. I just wish I had known about the outdoor option because then I would have reserved for that. I gave it 4 stars because the waitress lacked a bit professionalism and though I mentioned to the manager it was my birthday, they didn't do anything to make it special. All in all though, I honestly loved the food here and would come here again."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We visited here for lunch to celebrate out wedding anniversary and the service and food was excellent. We decided to opt for the chef's selection and allow fate to dictate our meals. We were not disappointed. I have to say that this was one of the best meals I have ever eaten! And at an amazingly good price too. The 1906 Restaurant is now my favorite and I would highly recommend it for a special occasion. Note: the restaurant is within Longwood Gardens so you also have to pay admission to this spectacular place. Make a day of it and tour the gardens and hot houses before and after your dining. Wonderful!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The dining room is very pretty, with nice ambience. The food is just ok, but the mushroom soup is a standout that shouldn't be missed. Lamb entrée is actually an over salted stew and salmon was nothing special. Grilled filet was decent. Dessert menu is not inspirimg. Would like to see the chefs rework the entire menu with innovative dishes. Could be much better."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We dined here before and found the food to be consistently good. The service is fair but definitely not stellar as one would expect for fine dining. Today's meal was good, but not to the level of previous visits. We had to wait nearly 40 minutes after salads for entrees even though dining room about 65% occupied. 1906 mgmt needs to raise the bar on performance."
    Dined on 6/7/2014