A rainy night
Even though there had been a huge storm and we had to eat indoors, we had a wonderful experience! The wait staff was patient and helpful and funny. The food was absolutely delicious - our table had the asparagus, squash and mushroom first plates; duck, scallops, salmon and skirt steak from plates 2 and 3 and goat chees cake dessert. The only disappointment was that they were out of coconut ice cream! Would love to go back and eat outdoors in the garden.
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Thank you M
Incredible dining experience! Food and service impeccable. Waiter was knowledgeable and helpful in making choices.
Noise level allowed for wonderful conversation.
Highly recommend this gem
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service was excellent.
The service was excellent. We went for our wedding anniversary and were treated like royalty. A very nice table was reserved for us outdoors neaqr a fountain. The food came as we liked it, with pauses between dishes so we could talk. The dishes were delicately prepared and a pleasure to savor.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were there for 7/4 BBQ Event
We were at M for first time. It was July 4th BBQ event. Some food was brought in, some cooked on grill. So I can't judge normal food (though BBQ was only thighs-would have liked wings). But STAFF was great and it was close to home and price was fair.
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great place to "wow" out-of-townd
I had very special guests visiting Philadelphia and put them up at the adjoining Morris House Hotel, and took them to dinner at 'M' Restaurant. They had a wonderful time and came away feeling as if they'd sampled a taste of both historic Philadelphia and the contemporary cuisine-scene. It was perfect all around.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
My meal says it all
I had three courses and we ended with cheese, who knew you were supposed to eat it at the end of the meal?!
I took a picture of the menu so try and recreate some of these items at home and below is what I had, food speaks for itself:
First - butter roasted zucchini, patty pan squash, asiago cream
Second - wild striped bass, rosemary smoked succotash, asparagus
Third - chocolate goat cheese cake, bacon graham crumble, strawberries..... awesome
Thank you M for another great night!
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Secret Spot...EVER!!!!
We had totally stumbled into this place one night and only had time for some cocktails. They had such a great selection of drinks, wine and beer, so we had to come back after reading over the dinner menu. All I have to say is wow! I was impressed by the service and the food. Servers are very knowledgeable of every aspect of the menu. Definitely listen to them when they say small plates! We ordered three courses each and a chocolate goat cheesecake! umm, it was like a dream come true. The Mushrooms are the best that I have tasted in all of Philadelphia, and even though it was a hot night we tried the Red Pepper soup, Its a must have! The Chef definitely knows what he is doing back there! The garden is only the begging of your dream night!
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Happy Hour at M !
M had a great selection of appetizers and alcohol for very reasonable prices. I tried the bacon and corn ravioli, a combination of ingredients i would never have thought to put together, but it was absolutely delicious! It tasted fresh and the flavors blended together perfectly. We were given a variety of cheeses for our second appetizer served with a very tasty walnut cranberry bread. In addition I ordered a mushroom dish from the main menu which was absolutely fabulous. It's the second time I've ordered it at M and it is by far my favorite thing on the menu! The ambiance and staff at M give the restaurant a very warm and welcoming vibe. Sitting out in the garden on a warm summer night is very relaxing! A must visit if you haven't already
7/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
A city oasis.
Tak advantage of the appetizer special which includes a cocktail and don't forget dessert!. We had the first course out side in the courtyard under the trees and when rain threatened, we moved inside. Service was only bested by the food!!
7/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
Superb outdoor dining
Where am I? Certainly not in Philly when we go to M Restaurant off of Washington Square. The idyllic setting took me back to the days when I lived in Ireland with its old world feel and the staff's kindness they exhibited to us all night. Nothing was left undone and we felt truly pampered. Each dish was exceptional- a musts are the red pepper velouté, exotic mushrooms, seared scallops, sweetbreads, sea bass and homemade coconut ice cream-all worth savoring every bite. Eat slowly because each course is better than the last and we did not want our night to end. Their medium plate menu makes it easy to order and share each special dish. I loved that potted herbs are on each table, nice touch! M is great and we will be back for sure!!
7/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Friendly service. Waiter extremely
Friendly service. Waiter extremely knowledgeable about the menu, right down to individual ingredients. Food was excellent. Portions were perfectly sized. Good value.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Having travelled around the
Having travelled around the world for many years, and having experienced so many diverse restaurants, we were impressed with the high quality of M. The food was exquisite with unique tastes for every palate, not to mention the beautiful presentation. Dining in the outdoor garden brought back memories of Tuscany with plants and trees surrounding the area - hard to believe that we were in center city Philadelphia. Pleasant and knowledgeable staff to make our experience enjoyable. Don't miss the red pepper velouté, exotic mushrooms, roasted asparagus, curried mussels and sautéed scallops. We were sorry to leave but will definitely dine at M the next time we're in the city.
7/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best romantic dinner!!!
I was taken here for a date on my birthday and had an amazing experience. The ambiance was great with low lighting and a cozy corner table. My date and I were sat and received the wine and drink list which our bartender went over explaining what some of the more notable drinks were. The zen was fabulous, a mojitoesque drink but not as overbearingly sweet. I was excited about the way the menu was set up because we were able to try a few different courses and while the plates were enough to feed one we shared a few different options to get the overall experience. Food was amazing service impeccable and the special attention paid to me with my birthday dessert made M a place I will return to next time I am in the city!!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Met all expectations and more!
Having had a reservation at M for my family who were in from out of town, I was concerned about some of the bad reviews that were recently posted when I showed them M's site on OT to brag about where we were going. Assuming and hoping it was just a bad week, we literally tip-toed into the restaurant, not knowing what to expect. I mentioned our concerns and was told the waiter who prompted those bad reviews was no longer there. We exhaled and with great anticipation reviewed the menu. The food was creative with perfect portions sizes for us- all medium plate offerings made it easy to have 3 and have a variety to choose from- and the service was unobtrusive, friendly and effective. We loved the cheeses too. Thanks M, we will be back!
8/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great for special Occasions
Want to wow a date? or have a romantic celebration? or special occasion of any sorts really. M is fantastic.
The chef's tasting menu is always pleasing and provides an excellent dining experience you won't regret.
I recommend ordering a cheese selection as well. You won't be disappointed, and will enjoy all accompaniments.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
To all the silly people who complain about getting an individual roll, you should really go back to Olive Garden. When I read uneducated comments about my favorite place I just have to shake my head. Not everyone gets what good food is about. Luckily, M does. The bread is amazing, but stick to one piece, there are too many other fabulous things to try.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Elegant and romantic
This little restaurant is tucked away on 8th behind Wash Sq. and offers a nice menu with innovative food. Our night was perfect from
beginning to end from bread service to dessert. Portions that do not have you leaving feeling over stuffed will keep us returning for more. You feel like you are in Europe, not Philly, and overall the whole experience was elegant and romantic. Loved everything and will be back.
8/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great night overall
Creative dishes with nice touches. Medium plates to share. Setting that just removes you from Philadelphia and puts you somewhere else in the world with its beautiful garden setting. Efficient and friendly service. Great cheese list and wine options.
Will be back for more; my foodie group- we pick one restaurant a month to visit- loved it from A-Z. Great night overall
8/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Menu, Setting and Service
All around a great night. Delicious medium plates. Yummy cheese selection too!
Will be back again and again. Best garden setting in the city.
8/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
M restaurant - too flashy?
Annoying photo shoot with literally hundred of flash photographs overshadowed an otherwise very good meal and service. Management was slow to respond to my request that they stop, until i offered to break up the shoot myself. Poorly handled situation.
8/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Romantic, beautiful and historic
M Restaurant is in the gorgeous setting of the historic Morris House. Dining in the courtyard is a dream come true. The food is adventurous and spectacular. The presentation of each dish is done artfully and with great care. We had a Spanish white granache from the extensive wine list which elagantly paired with our striped bass and scallops dishes. The service at M deserves mention. It was a mix of welcoming friendliness matched with well trained skills. An attractive group of young servers seemed to always be there when you needed them, keeping your wine glass at the proper level and clearing your well cleaned plates. The young and talented chef came to our table and we had a chance to shower him with our praise.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Sips in the city!
Our group happen to be walking by on Wednesday and looked into this sweet little garden and decided to stop by and have a drink. We could hear this amazing guitarist from 8th street who was playing some mean songs, and the place was full of an appreciative crowd. Turns out it was Lou Volpe who is a phenomenal musician who has played with every big star we know. Why was he at M? Who knows how they landed that gig with him but we were thrilled to hear him play. We found out they have live jazz 2x a week we were able to not only have cheap drinks and yummy apps, but we got to sit back and hear this amazing guy play. It was by far the best Sips scene and deal in the city, and we actually had a nice place to sit and enjoy the beautiful night.
8/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
One would never know this place was even there. It is tucked away in the courtyard of a boutique hotel surrounded by towering skyscrapers on two sides. It is an oasis. Food is over the top. It is so peaceful. Staff are wonderful. Prices are reasonable. 6 not 5 stars for every category.
8/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
My wife & I went for our 26th wedding anniversary and had a great experience...food was excellent, service was great, very relaxed, nice casual pace, but still attentive to our needs. Our waiters description of the food options was spot on. We could almost taste the dish from the description and the reality was just as good as described. Regrettable, it was a rainy night so we were not able to eat in the lovely courtyard, but inside was still wonderful. Great Experience Overall!!
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic hidden gem
This was such an amazing experience. The cheese plate was top-notch and the food was impeccable.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We'd been hearing from a friend who lives in this neighborhood about this place, and decided to give it a try. We weren't disappointed. On a noisy city evening we enjoyed the spacious outdoor dining area, and forgot all about the city din. Here, we looked at greenery and listened to birds and later, a couple of musicians. The menu is a few choices of several small dishes, and they came to us well-presented, and tastily satisfying. I hope the menu changes often though; I had a hard time selecting what to have since the choices seemed a bit exotiic. They turned out not to be and we had a lovely evening.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
A little Piece of Heaven
Beautiful ambiance outdoors in the courtyard. We were there on a beautiful 70 degree weather night and the courtyard was an amazing urban space. Food was very nice, delicious, small platters similar to Tapas, very nice wine list. A perfect backdrop to get engaged, which is what we did that special night!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
One to remember
Dinner at M became a dinner to remember the minute we were seated in the garden. We had a thoughtfully prepared, delicious dinner served by a knowledgeable waiter, Max. We will return
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Lovely Meal
I took a friend to M for a goodbye dinner before his relocation to the opposite coast to take a new job. I think M made him feel a bit nostalgic about old Philadelphia. It was a wonderful evening.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Refined Alfresco Dining....
Took my wife here for her birthday, which by the way they did not acknowledge, and had a really peasant dinner experience. Our server, Chris, was great, really helpful and willing to make suggestions. Parsnip Veloute was delicious, actually the best thing I had to eat. Mushroom ragout was noteworthy as well. My wife and I really appreciated the small plates and were quite satisfied with the portions, although a diner with a larger appetite might not find themselves fully sated. Dined on a Wednesday night for the live jazz which was really pleasant without being overbearing or loud, in the background but not in the least bit intrusive. I would not hesitate to recommend Cafe M and look forward to visiting again soon.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Night at M
I called this review a Night at M, because that is exactly what is was. This was not a typical 1-2 hour dinner. It was a 3+hr enchanted evening. Being in the city and eating outdoors you expect the standard noises. M has a wonderful courtyard lit up with delicate lights strung across the canopy and trees. No worries about getting rained on here. You walk through the bar and cross into unexpected wonder. I dined here with my girlfriend and our waiter took very good care of us. We let him surprise us with some courses and his advice and choices were perfect. It's fun to enjoy and pair food that you wouldn't expect to work. What we ate isn't important, everything we sampled was a delight. Leave pretences at home and go enjoy a Night at M.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Absolutely a perfect experience - from the wonderful, friendly service, fantastic food to the lovely atmosphere!
I highly, highly recommend M Restaurant!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spot walking distance
Great spot walking distance from WS theatre. Loved the outdoor patio, food and service were
9/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
What a pleasant surprise!
What a pleasant surprise! The food was good, but this may be Philadelphia's prettiest restaurant. Great place to take out of town guests - simply because it's so "early Philadelphia".
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
A 10 Plus
I found M Restaurant on the web at about 5:30t PM made the reservations, wanted at 7:00 PM but system only allowed 8:00 I called and Chris said 7:30 would work.Every thing was perfect...food, people, noise level.... And my date love it as much as I!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was looking for a quiet low key romantic jazz location to take my wife for her Birthday and thank GOD I found a winner. exceptional food, very cozy environment, great music and friendly service. Great place to treat your special someone....
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is the place!
I booked a reservation at M Restaurant based on recommendations and on reviews. This was an excellent choice and I would make this my first choice on return visits to Philadelphia. The duck breast with smoked quinoa was perfect and the beef short rib which my date ordered was tender and delicious, served with a flavorful golden lentil side. But, the apple cake with cinnamon maple ice cream and caramel sauce was perhaps the best dessert I've had in a long time.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Dining Experience
We dined here with friends on a Sunday evening after a theater matinee. Deciding to experience this restaurant for the first time by ordering the Chef's Tasting Menu proved to be the right choice. The food was delicious and the setting and service perfect. We can't wait for a return visit.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good for pre-theater
Walk to the Walnut Street Theater after dinner. A little pricey, but a great find for a special occasion.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, ambiance and paid back atmosphere. Will definitely be a regular!
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The night we dined at M there was a jazz duo, a piano and a bass. They were fantastic!
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love the fall season with all its great ingredients and M highlights them all. Superb food all around and amazing service by Tess made our night perfect. The new fall menu had some delectable highlights-namely the spaghetti squash with toasted rice, exotic mushrooms, the crab cake galette-the best I have had in town-the stuffed quail- a perfectly roasted tender hen with a delicious herb sauce, and then the highlight, the rabbit confit. We started our night out with a mushroom infused vodka martini with a hint of citrus- a wow surprise drink that was delicious!!!, and the rosemary gin and tonic, where they use a proprietary tonic that is home made with lemongrass and ginger. YUMMY! Great cocktail list to kick start the night.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
A delightful experience
After reading several complimentary reviews, we made a reservation for pre-theater dining for four persons.
The restaurant is small and cosy, but with a full bar. The Maitre'D called us during the day to confirm that we were indeed planning to dine that evening, and made us feel very welcome. That was continued from the moment we entered the restaurant. Service was exemplary, the food was different, and deliciious, and very reasonably priced. The drinks were a little pricey - but they have to make some profit, somewhere! We were able to leave therein good time for the theater.
Thank you, to all "M''s people.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Breath Taking - Like AMAZING
This is probably one of my favorite spots in the entire city. The outdoor garden area is to die for, and the food is out of this world. They have an awesome Happy Hour Special that runs all night! I couldn't believe it! The drinks are awesome, all house infused liquor made into these crazy awesome concoctions. Wine list is also great, really special variety. The pricing was not so bad either. I was offered a Bottle of wine for under $35, which is almost unheard of in this city. Its such a great date spot, the staff is not only incredibly friendly, but so knowledgeable of all of the food and drink (take their word on the suggestions). I cant wait for the Tree Lighting on December 7th! Its open to the public! Sounds like a great time!
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Cool jazz on a Friday might
Great food, calm with no shouting necessary , and fantastic jazz. What else clan you ask for on a Friday night.?
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect spot for a dinner before the theatre. Enjoyed the library-could have stayed all evening!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Unforgetable Birthday Dinner
I took my boyfriend to M for his birthday and we were both wowed by the food, service and the romantic setting of the library. I would recommend the octopus, the exotic mushrooms and the crabcake. All were excellent. Unfortunately we didn't have time for dessert, but I look forward to heading back another time in the future to test those out as well!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
We chose M Restaurant for dinner before going to the theater It was a perfect choice for a relaxing and romantic dinner. The specialty drinks were unique and fantastic. The pre-theater dinner special was a great deal, the food was delicious and the service was friendly and professional. M Restaurant was the perfect place for us to begin our evening in Philadelphia.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Dining Expirience Of My Life!
The day after my wife and I got married, we decided to roadtrip to Philly in search of a romantic dinner for the two of us. M was phenomenal. We both ordered the Spaghetti Squash, Salmon, and White Rabbit Confit followed by the Twin Pie duo and the olive oil goat cheese cake. Everything was cooked exquisitely, the portions were perfect, the presentation was beautiful, and the service was phenomenal. We spent hours trying to think of a place we have tasted better food and simply we cannot. This restaurant is AMAZING and we plan on coming back every year for our wedding anniversary specifically to eat at M (and quite honestly I plan to travel from DC back to M at least a few times a year). One million stars out of ten!
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Thank you M for keeping the magic of this holiday alive with your amazing tree lighting ceremony! Caroling, live music, Santa, Ben Franklin, free cookies, REAL rich hot chocolate, figgie pudding and Jim Beam samples made for an incredible evening for my family of 3 kids and I. The property looks magnificent, especially since we heard the whole staff helped decorate. The tree was gorgeous- and 20 feet hight!! We stayed for dinner afterward and had a truly memorable meal. Highlights were the spaghetti squash and puffed rice, exotic mushrooms, glazed carrots, crab galette and the duck. We loved every morsel. Great pricing and perfect portion sizes for us all made this a will-return-to restaurant for my family. Loved every second, thanks M!
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM