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M Restaurant at the Morris House
M Restaurant at the Morris House
  • Address:
    231 South 8th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106
    Neighborhood:
    Washington Square
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

M Restaurant at the Morris House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mrestaurantphilly.com
  • Phone: (215) 625-6666
  • Hours of Operation: Hours of Operation
    Dinner:
    Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00 pm
    Sunday 4:00-9:00.
    (The last reservation is taken 45 minutes before closing Tues-Sun because we have to honor the privacy of our hotel guests whose rooms all face the garden and courtyard. We are known for our quaintness and serenity and promise all guests that that is the experience they too will have if they are staying in the hotel.)

    Our menu design is all small-medium sized plates, all $10-20.
    We also offer a chef's tasting menu, 4 courses for $45,
    5 courses for $55 that changes daily, and one of the best offerings of artisan cheeses and charcuterie in the city!

    EVERY HOUR IS HAPPY HOUR!!!
    Choose 3 items for $13 from our list of beer, wine, cocktails, cheeses and small bites in our bar area every day (except Mon), and every hour in 2013! A bar menu is also available.

    Reservations highly recommended.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Continental, American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Kyle Beebe is a passionate chef with extensive experience at a.kitchen and Lacroix, where he developed a sincere love for food and the art of preparing and creating a meal. His style is globally focused and refreshing; he borrows flavors and techniqu
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We cater all events ourselves, offering the most unique menus designed by chef Kyle. He works with each client to make a meal that will be a culinary highlight of the day. Using ingredients from local farmers, his dedication to offering the top of the line affordable menus to our clients is unmatched by any other caterer. His expertise in many different styles of cooking allows him to custom design every single event, making each one a one of a kind culinary adventure. No two parties are ever the same and your guests will know the difference. He is flexible to work with every budget.
  • Entertainment: We host Live Jazz every Wed and Fri from 5:30-7:30

    All jazz sessions will be in our cozy bar or our lovely garden!!
    (weather permitting). Come unwind in our garden and treat yourself to discounted drinks and our new bar menu, as well as our unique dinner menu consisting of all medium sized plates.

    Book our historic Chef's private library for parties of 6-22 guests.
    The historic library opens out to our spectacular garden and is a true gem. It is a romantic, intimate setting that was restored in 2000 to bring it back to its original glory when it was first built in 1787. Perfect for dinners and business seminars, it is truly a one of a kind room in Philadelphia.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, graduation dinners, rehearsal dinners, Sweet 16 parties, corporate getaways, business dinners, anniversary parties and holiday get togethers. We have a separate private historic library in The Morris House Hotel that hosts up to 22. Call for details. (Our main dining room in the restaurant can seat up to 47 and another 10 in the bar).

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Locust & Walnut Streets
  • Public Transit: The Market Frankford Line is 2 blocks away, at Market and 8th. The north south Septa 47 line runs on 8th Street, and Patco high spped line is one block away.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We have plenty of on street parking in the Wash West neighborhood but if you must park in a lot, you will receive 15% off in the Parkway lot across the street. The entrance is on 8th between Walnut and Locust. You must ask to get your parking ticket validated by your server at M Restaurant.
A word from M Restaurant at the Morris House
Voted Most Romantic, Best Ambiance by Open Table, and Best of Philly by Phila. Magazine and Open Table for Outdoor Dining, M Restaurant is an intimate, beautiful spot in the heart of cc Philadelphia, serving an affordable menu of creative small- medium plates, all under $20.
We are proud to support local farmers and serve sustainably raised produce, meat and fish.

We serve dinner from 4-10 on Tues-Sat, and 4-9 Sun

Happy Hour every day, every hour, 3 for $13.00- choose from a beverage, cheese and small bite from our daily list of 13 items!

Live Jazz every WED. and FRI. 6:00-8:30 in our cozy bar!

Nestled in the Morris House Hotel, we offer a sophisticated menu and setting matched by no other. Dining at M is an experience of peacefulness, calm and serenity, and we welcome families with well behaved children, preferably over the age of 8, to join us.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "Such a romantic restaurant. We had a great time, the food was fantastic device was great but the setting in n the garden was especially memorable and romantic."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Garden dining is a great setting. Innovative menu names - more innovative than the food it represented. Go for the ambiance - the food was OK."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "loved it! Great ambiance and the food was awesome . Loved the live music, also ."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "After a "bad" experience a number of years ago, I said I would never return. However since this restaurant is a short walk we tried it and must say they "really" turned it around. Can only say the food is superb. My hat off to the chef!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "M is advertised as dining outdoors under trees with lights & a prix fix menu. Reality: we sat under a tent (with lights) and was told 1) The tent is up all summer for weddings and 2) the chef didn't choose to do prix fix that night". Cheese, appetizers and desert excellent, but the main courses were not as interesting/flavorful. Couldn't really hear jazz music. The noise level inside the tent was higher than expected & 60" round tables are too large for parties of 4 (so hard to hear people at your own table). Although reviews said small portions, I do not agree. Portion size 4oz of meat OK. Smoked gnocchi not too good. First 2 courses & desert excellent. Main courses weak in flavor. Excellent wait staff!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We have a wonderful dining experience at M. The food was great, the service was superb, and dining in the courtyard was wonderfully quiet and peaceful."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "This was our first time back at M in quite a while (and a few chefs ago) as we were looking for a quiet outdoor space to enjoy dinner on a lovely evening. Our dinner in the courtyard definitely met our expectations. We both had the chef's four course tasting menu which was overall very good though the mushroom course was a bit underwhelming - I would recommend making dessert one of the four courses and dropping one of the three starter courses."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Beautiful garden. We had the tasting menu, which was just ok. The appetizers and second courses were better than the entrees."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "All of the food was quite good, except for the smoked gnocchi. That was a dismal failure. It had no taste at all, let alone a smoked taste. I believe it's an experiment that just didn't work. Gnocchi should be soft,light, and simple and there's no need to try to take it to a next level that is just not attainable. I should have known better before ordering."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We spent a lovely evening with friends on M's terrace. Food was good. Portions are relatively small, but our group liked that as it enabled us to try more things (and the waitress gave us a heads up on quantity). The waitress was amazing by the way. Fun, knowledgeable, attentive but never hurried us as we told her that we were catching up with friends we hadn't seen in a while. Gin and Tonic menu was astounding and perfect for a summer night."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "A recent dinner at M was a most enjoyable experience. While it was a hot, steamy night, the outdoor patio was still a lovely oasis. Service was first rate with just the right amount of friendliness. Although portions are on the smaller size, two ladies found sharing a first and second course and having their own third course was more than enough food leaving just enough room for dessert. The green salad, wahoo, gnocchi were all delicious with layers of flavors and beautiful presentations. The wine list had a nice selection of wine by the glass with a surprisingly good Pinot Noir for just $6."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I really love this place. I highly recommend doing the blind tasting menu. It is always amazing. I kinda don't want to right a review for this place because it is my special spot and want it to stay a hidden gem."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Two requests to confirm reservation, both responded to affirmatively, were irritating. Then we found that the outdoor space was almost empty except for a music ensemble that was too loud. Told there was a "private party" in the inside space, we saw fewer than a dozen men standing at the bar. Food was excellent, but the server asked too often if everything was all right "this far". We got the distinct impression that M would have preferred that we had cancelled upon the second phone call to confirm. This place is a jewel, but it's marketing is sorely in need of refinement. Having dined here before, we got the impression M is more interested in private parties than neighbors."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Small plates seem to be a part of the dining experience and landscape. But even when the food is tasty and presentation is nice and the atmostphere and service are good, the small plate thing seems to be an exercise in pretentiousness. We did enjoy the place overall, and as a restaurant used to mark a special occaision it was very nice. I am glad we celebrated our anniversary there, but I do not know when I will go back."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Outstanding food in a spectacular setting. Great drink menu and interesting wine list."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Great food should not come in a serving size fit for King Kong: no debate there. But a $17 Third Course of pasta should be more than a few mouthfuls. What I had was delectable, and the setting was lovely (enclosed brick courtyard, twinkly lights, white linens), the service bright, attentive. But a glass of wine and 6 bites pasta (no bread or salad) came to $40 a piece. I left insulted. And hungry. So if you enjoy good food, have money to burn, and don't work out, this is the place for you. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "My fiancé and I went this past Wednesday night; weather was beautiful and we wanted to eat outside somewhere... It was apparently the first night of Center City sips, so went around 6 to take advantage of that opportunity and chat for a little while before ordering a full meal. Our waitress... LITERALLY first words out of her mouth after greeting us, "Ya know, Sips people are just the worst!... Ordering only the cheapest things on the menu and getting their $5 drinks... expecting the same service as everyone else who really came to eat..." This rant went on a little while longer. I was really looking forward to the shrimp pico de gallo! Since we now we felt quite stupid, finished our glasses of wine and assorted cheese plate and got out. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We love to visit in warm weather. The garden is open. There is live jazz at certain times. It is very pretty outside with all the leaves moving in the breeze. The food is wonderful. Portions are not large, so if you have a large appetite, you order more courses. Everything is presented very artfully. This restaurant uses local foods."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We went for the first time on a warm, breezy June evening. Entering the garden, one could forget the city noise, and enjoy a conversation over small plates of delicious and picturesque preparations. Small blue flowers and a delicate cauliflower floret in a bowel rimmed with black appeared as a tiny garden before creamy pale green soup flowed over all. Magical. But the highlight was our gracious server and manager providing such gentle service recovery over a mistake -- ours-- on the cheque. Priceless. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "While they were great with my kids, clearly this is a foodie place. Ingredients were all quality and local. The cheese plate offering was fabulous. Both my meal and my husband's entrees were fabulous. I love the way they have smaller plates so you can choose to sample many things. The Chinese Sausage, Fried egg and arugula dish was my favorite. Go to this place if you have an open and wide pallet."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We were disappointed. Servings looked attractive enough but lacked severely in flavor and substance. After four courses we left hungry, feeling ripped off. We ate upon arrival home just to satisfy."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Very nice outdoor dining, a haven from the cities hustle and bustle, with a nice touch of colonial history. The food was very good, and the service courteous and pleasant. However, do not go hungry, the portions are very small, actually minuscule, while the prices are robust. For example, an order of white asparagus, which was priced at $15.00, arrived at the table, one seven inch stalk, nicely prepared but very lonely. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary at M Restaurant. Had a delicious 3 course dinner and dessert. We ate outdoors in a lovely garden and the service was excellent. Our waiter explained all the menu items to us and made great recommendations. We had a wonderful evening and would definitely return."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Often dine here before going to the Walnut Street Theatre.... never disappointed. Had great and creative soft shell crab this time!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We enjoyed the $45 tasting menu. The food was tasty and of good quality but not gourmet. We had four courses including dessert. Two of the courses were fish--salmon and moon fish. Both were good but I would have preferred one course to be something other than fish. Service was good."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Mothers Day brunch was lovely and delicious as always. Delicious food in just right portions consumed along with delicious cocktails. But dinner is also delicious and I love the live music. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "SO GREAT. Everything was perfect. I will definitely recommend and return. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Ambiance was good, service was good; however, prices were unreasonably high and the portions were incredibly small."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "While the inside restaurant and bar are cozy and quite elegant, do try to eat outside if the weather allows. The outdoor courtyard is lovely, surrounded by ivy covered walls and the windows of the attached historic hotel. The bushes and trees are nicely lit with small lights and there's the sound of a waterfall in the back and a jazz guitarist in the front to muffle the conversation of nearby diners. The wine list is notable and the service was excellent. The menu was rather limited, comprised of small courses with some very interesting and unusual pairings. It may just have been my selections, but I didn't find the food very remarkable. That said, I would definitely recommend the restaurant, but I'll check the menu before returning. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "First time to M, Very easy reasonable parking across the street. Historic well kept beautifully landscaped and tastefully decorated property. We arrived early and had a drink at the bar. Not crowded, very friendly , notable french wine list. My wife had a Bordeaux and I had a martini which was prepared perfectly. Table seating was simple but elegant. Menu was original , interesting and contained vegetables I have have never had before. Fresh baked bread was very good. Thoroughly enjoyed all courses. Wait staff was very good. First impression was excellent and will return. Over all experience was a very pleasant and enjoyable Saturday night."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Unique and delicious food, calm atmosphere with attractive garden courtyard views and accommodating staff - definitely recommended. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Had an enjoyable meal outside. Very pleasant atmosphere, and the live jazz music was wonderful. Service was good."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The food was amazing! I enjoyed every dish I had with good wines. Also, the service was amazing. I truly felt welcome at the restaurant and got great suggestions for food. I would love to come back to the restaurant every time when I am in Philly because I want to try every dish on the menu. I know the menu is updated with new and creative dishes. That makes me feel even more excited about coming back to the restaurant. Next time, I would love to try a good drink from the bar at first. Anyway, I had a wonderful experience at M Restaurant at the Morris House, and I look forward to come back again!"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "I would highly recommend this wonderful restaurant to everyone, foodie or not! The ambiance is great, can't wait to eat outside, and the menu small but delicious. Servers were knowledgeable and attentive. Drink and wine menu were also very good. Can't wait to go back! "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Started with delicious house-infused cherry vanilla manhattan. Decided to go ala carte since there were so many interesting, fresh dishes on the menu vs. the chef's tasting. Either way I would have been happy. Mozz balloon is terrific - large and inventive. Service is friendly, and they really move to make everyone happy. I look forward to my next meal at M."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "M is a terrific place for a pre-theater meal. The dishes are elegant without being fussy or overpriced. The menu changes frequently so there is always something new and seasonal to try. At this visit, as always, our waiter was fully knowledgeable about the menu and able to make some excellent wine pairing suggestions. The staff was attentive to our theater schedule so there was never a concern about running late. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Simple name for such a wonderful place. Thanks for a wonderfully delicious meal. We were very impressed to speak with the owner and chef, they were delightful."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "My best friend and I do monthly outings to places we've never been. This was a great surprise to me as this was the restuarant by friend chose. I had a few drinks at the bar, including the Cranberry Cosmo which was GREAT! We chose to have the 3 for $15 appitizers. I had the curry soup, chicken wings, popcorn shrimp and oxtail. It was all very good. We would've tried the 4 course meal but since the dishes were already chosen we decided not to. Overall this was a great experience. Plenty of parking, of course you have to pay given the part of the city it's in. It's ashame it rained, because I wouldv'e loved to sit outside in the patio area."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "I came here on a Sunday evening with my mom and dad for my mom's birthday and it was one of the best experiences I've had in this city. Wishing I could remember our waiter's name- he was so attentive, very sweet and incredibly knowledgeable about the menu and the history of the Morris Hotel itself. We did the blind tasting, which was 4 courses which were not on the regular menu and we were anything but letdown. The flavors were so well developed and really stood out. We had chicken fricassee, roasted goat, oxtail & duck and a fantastic creme fraiche ice cream with graham crumbles. Also, the cocktails were the best I've had to date."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "all 3 courses my friend and I had were wonderful but the standout for both of us was the Avocado Gazpacho. the presentation is completely surprising but the taste is to die for. exceptional!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014