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Granite Hill
Granite Hill

Granite Hill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.granitehillrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (215) 684-7990
  • Hours of Operation: LUNCH
    Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    BRUNCH
    Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    DINNER
    Friday, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Gerald Drummond
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Stephen STARR Events can help you create a memorable event at Granite Hill or any of the museum's amazing spaces. For additional information visit www.starrevents.com.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for group dining availability.
  • Special Events & Promotions: The Philadelphia Museum of Art offers a collection of the most prestigious and spectacular settings for entertaining in the city. At an intimate garden party at the Rodin Museum, a stylish cocktail reception in the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, or a timeless event in the majestic Main Building, your distinguished guests will delight in the extraordinary architectural settings and world-renowned masterpieces that surround them. With Stephen STARR Events as the exclusive caterer, your special event will include a culinary experience of unparalleled excellence. We invite you to explore entertaining at the Museum - you are sure to be inspired. For additional information visit www.philamuseum.org/entertaining.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kelly Drive & Fairmount Avenue
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public lot located behind Philadelphia Museum of Art and underground parking garage on premise.
A word from Granite Hill

Bright, calming and airy, Granite Hill is the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s pinnacle eatery operated by acclaimed restaurateur Stephen Starr.

Upscale, modern twists on traditional French fare make the cuisine at Granite Hill as memorable as the art. Here, you’ll find an approachable French bistro menu filled with seasonal appetizers, entrée salads, omelets, and the freshest fish, as well as specialty cocktails and wines.

Join us for a meal and drink during your visit to Philadelphia’s most esteemed Museum!

**PLEASE NOTE - we often have special menus which are buffet or "prix fixe" and will have special pricing. Please inquire with your host
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "Very pleasant Friday evening experience. Appetizers wonderful! Food very good but small portions. Our server was excellent, friendly, knowledgeable."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The day we were there, there were many empty tables. Obviously, not many patrons were expected, and the buffet was very skimpy. I have been there before when the buffet was sufficient. A la carte food was good."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I always wanted to visit for brunch, I was told the food was good. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see the lunch menu was good as well. The food was delicious and service was great. I definitely have to stop by for brunch, since my lunch experience was so enjoyable."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Despite having a reservation and the restaurant being nearly empty, we were seated next to the ordering computer and had to listen to the server loudly tapping in his tables' orders throughout our meal."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I had no idea that Stephen Starr had opened an upscale lunch place in the Art Museum. Cocktails & a la carte lunch were wonderful. One of our group had the buffet which was amazing. Service was just superb. They weren't very busy, but still stellar service."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "This was the second time my friend and I had gone here for lunch in the middle of the week. Everything about the place is excellent. What stands out especially is the high quality of the vegetables and salads - wonderful vibrant arugula. And you can't beat the setting, with it's view of the river."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We enjoyed Granite Hill for lunch this week. The service was perfect, the ambience relaxing and elegant and the food was quite good. I am looking forward to returning. It would be a wonderful place for brunch or dinner as well and being right in the Museum there is never a question about the after dinner entertainment: ART."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I have dinned at the Granite Hill many times ( usually with my husband) this time I took a guest with me. It was top notch as always and my guest was also very impressed, as this was the first time she had been there."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Food was very good; service excellence. A nice interlude to a day-long museum visit"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Open table listed brunch at $30 per person and it was actually $50 per person. The buffet food was cold and that is with drinking water and no alcoholic beverages we paid $120 for a buffet that was like something you get at a roadside hotel breakfast buffet for $15. Very very disappointed and THE FOOD WAS COLD I HAD TO ASK THE COOKS TO LIGHT THE STERNOS AND BRING US SOME HOT FOOD FROM THE KITCHEN"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "My niece was visiting from Connecticut and had never visited the Art Museum. I made reservations at Granite Hill so we could maximize our time at the museum. The Maitre d and wait staff were so pleasant, attentive and knowledgeable. We started with the Franco-Vietnamese Spring Rolls accompanied by a wonderful peanut sauce, as well as the Parsnip-Pear soup with shavings of roasted pear and sorrell puree that was amazing. For the main course, I had a delightful assortment of marinated grilled shrimp, thin sliced filet, and a delicious choice of bread, vegetables, fruit and dessert! from the Chef's buffet and my niece had the Chicken Confit salad which she thoroughly enjoyed. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting the museum."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We had an excellent dinner at Granite Hill. It was very quiet and although it was a limited menu, we enjoyed it very much. We wanted to see some of the Philadelphia Art Museum and having dinner there saved us sometime on our two day trip. The crab cakes were especially good and we liked the appetizer buffet as well. Our waiter was also very attentive. It was a very good experience for the three of us."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The Chef's Table was excellent and the soft shelled crabs were very good."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. The French toast was amazing. After brunch stroll through the museum was a lovely addition to an enjoyable dining experience. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Years ago the PMA restaurant had a genius chef and the food was delightful. I particularly enjoyed the buffet in years past. This time, Sunday brunch was dreary, and, not surprisingly, poorly attended. Because the place was mostly empty, there was no problem with noise, but there was a problem with the food. It started out appropriately with a lukewarm kir royale with fizz-less champagne -- a sign of what was in store. The buffet table had many items that looked appealing, but aside from the cold asparagus and salmon rolls -- both nice, everything was tired, dry, and overcooked, as well as missing seasoning that could enliven the flavors. The servers were sweet and attentive. Too bad the kitchen seems to have lost the plot."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food, service, and ambiance when we were at Granite Hill for lunch less than a year ago, but the restaurant has gone downhill in all respects. The menu is more limited and pedestrian; the service we experience at lunch was inept, including bring a second glass of juice when the guest indicated she did not want another and submitting an incorrect bill; and the chairs have become wobbly."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I once gave this place 5 stars. Now,management has cut staff & abandoned interest."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The buffet of appetizer was very poor at 8PM ... even as I asked it was filled again but a poor choice for the price. The preparation of the dish was nice and nicely tastefull."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Very pleasant lunch. Service was excellent - attentive waiter. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Disorganized, some dishes unavailable when we arrived, food was cold. Not worth the cost."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Granite Hill put on a lovely Mother's Day brunch. It wasn't flawless. The seating times made sitting down a little confusing and the hostess looked like she was having a nightmare. Once we sat down things got better. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was pleasant. My mom was very satisfied and we enjoyed eating in the museum."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Once again this wonderful restaurant does not disappoint. Food & service were, as usual, excellent. Staff was courteous & attentive. Used dishes & utensils "disappeared" & napkins were quickly refolded. Food was, as always, outstanding. This is our 17th year that we have had Mother's Day brunch here & we intend to continue this tradition. I highly recommend it. After brunch, you can tour the museum. We've visited many museums (and their dining venues) in the US & Europe - Granite Hill is among the tops. As I mentioned to the Maître d ‘ (Christine) this Restaurant was better than the one at the Louvre & that's hard to beat. We had a gift certificate that expired, but the manager honored the certificate, without any hassle. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This restaurant in the art museum had mixed reviews so I was hesitant but glad I tried it. We had the perfect day spending time at the museum, a delicious brunch, and a chance to walk outside on the river. The service was excellent and there was more than enough food. If a dish emptied, it was quickly replaced. The food was good quality and there were plenty of choices for both the vegetarians and the carnivores among us (I find buffets are never as good as freshly made dishes). If spending time at the museum I would definitely recommend this restaurant for a meal."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I had a party of 5 for the Mother's Day Brunch. Reservations were at 12. We arrived 10 mins early & waited 20 mins to be seated. Our table was already set-up and the restaurant far from full. Didn't understand the wait. The food was good, however, there was a small variety and you had to wait for empty stations to be replenished. The staff was GREAT. I have no clue about how the normal course of dining is, so I cannot speak on it. But the brunch is merely "ok." Parking was $12 which made no sense. Waterworks has free valet parking and the food variety is so much better and the price is the same. It was not a "bad" choice, but I have no reason to ever return. Restaurant itself was very nicely appointed."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "After excellent vegetarian appetizers from the buffet, our entrees were never served prior to the Art Garfunkel concert in the museum. Despite assurance from our waiter & the manager that our food would be out soon, our entrees never appeared and we had to leave. The manager told us that our meals would be "on the house" due to the situation, but all we had were appetizers and a glass of wine. We would really appreciate an explanation as to what the problem was as we consider the other Starr restaurants excellent. "
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The food is expensive for what you get. We had hoped to eat Korean food preceding our visit to the KOrean exhibit. However the only Korean offerings were on the buffet table for a heafty price and there were only 3 Korean offernings. We were not impressed."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Really enjoyed our brunch. We struck up a lively conversation with the chef cooking the omelets and when we commented on the delicious braised ribs and other dishes he brought out the head chef so we could tell him. The omelet station was manned by the chef who had also cooked the braised ribs with root vegetables. Great technique and personable too. The only thing that bothered me was that the trout was cold and a little dried out-am wondering if there is a way to keep it warm or bring out small warm portions at a time. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "A beautiful and delicious choice for brunch. Delicious buffet choices. Friendly and attentive staff. House-cured salmon was exceptional."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We enjoyed the special Mexican menu - everything was delicious. Service was courteous and attentive. Good wines also. The place is very pleasant and quiet - good for conversation. We like the special Steven Starr monthly feasts."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Even if you're not visiting the Philadelphia Art Museum, you can catch the free shuttle from the Rodin Museum (next to the Barnes) and have an elegant, restful break from a day in Philly. Make sure to make a reservation."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "It is inside the museum and very convenient after the tour of special exhibition. Food was very good and place was very quiet for conversation. Will go again in the future if I go to museum on Friday evening or do lunch in weekdays."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Brunch on Easter seemed like a good idea, but the restaurant was crowded and noisy and the table service was hectic. The brunch did offer some variety, but little for vegetarians or people who don't eat pork (even the salad had bacon). Otherwise, the food was tasty."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Out of towner visiting student at college. Went for Easter Brunch, food and service were excellent, and many choices. Only downside, DO NOT use their parking garage. $32 for an hour lunch just to park. Apparently you are not a museum guest when you are just dining there and do not get the discounted parking. Pricey to park on top of a pricey brunch. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I visit the Philadelphia area often and love the wealth of great dining options but this is not one of them. This Easter visit was planned around a trip to the Museum. They did a brunch buffet and rescheduled us into one of 3 bizarre seatings that made for a mad feeding rush to the buffet tables that emptied fast as they could fill them. The room is small and claustrophobic. The furniture and decor could be in any hospital or university cafeteria. While there was a fair selection and they did keep refilling the tables the food was just ok, nothing memorable, not even deserts. Our server was outstanding. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "My husband and I had lunch there when we were visiting the museum. The service was excellent, with at least three different servers attending to our needs. The whole wheat mini bread loaf that they brought my husband before his meal was excellent, as was the butter. He had the fish, which was cooked perfectly, as were the beans and fennel. I had the burger which was cooked just as I asked. The gruyere cheese was a very nice touch. In short, it was a nice meal -- a little pricey but the quality ingredients were worth it. Philadelphia has enough excellent restaurants that we would not venture here if we were not visiting the museum, but we enjoyed the experience (and it is certainly a much better option than the cafeteria)!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Before visiting the Art Museum, I went here for lunch with my 9-year-old son. I loved the location, you can't get any better than right there in the museum. The dining room was cozy and pleasant, and the hostess and wait staff were all professional and courteous. I ordered the pear and parsnip soup, followed by the crab cakes. My son had a hamburger. All the food was good -- not outstanding, but solidly good. The prices were slightly high, but I chalk that up to the convenience of eating well right in the Art Museum. I finished the meal with a nice double espresso, and we set off to see the museum. I would definitely visit Granite Hill again."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Granite Hill was fantastic! We ate there on Friday evening when the Chef has a table of salad, cheeses, flatbread and other wonderful choices. This is part of the fixe prix, speaking of which, was an incredible low cost of $29 per person. The waitstaff was very friendly which made our dinner that much nicer!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I took my daughters to see the Korea art exhibit and then went for lunch to Granite Hill to enjoy Korean food to bring the experience full circle. It was a wonderful time. The service was perfect even though the restaurant was crowded. The food was wonderful -- we tried several dishes and shared each dish. Each item was better than the last. It was a great day!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "What a gem of a restaurant. We had a lovely lunch before touring the museum, it makes for a memorable day out. The food was delicious (we had the pleasure to experience Korean food during the pop-up weekend) and very reasonably priced. I enjoyed the cocktails as well. The service was excellent, all the staff were hospitable and friendly. We look forward to dining at the restaurant again!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The Korean Pop-Up restaurant was a disappointment. The food was just too far from authentic Korean to be enjoyed by anyone who really knows the cuisine, as I do. I wish they had brought in a Korean chef for the event...they didn't...I asked. Even a Korean grandmother might have done a better job. Or, they could have partnered with Drexel's hospitality department and brought in a team of student chefs who took their Korean cuisine class. The next time the museum wants to expand the visitor experience in relation to a particular exhibit by creating a themed restaurant, which I think is a fantastic idea, they should consider bringing in a guest chef that really knows the cuisine and knows how to cook it. It will make all the difference."
    Dined on 4/4/2014