1906 at Longwood Gardens

4.5
4843 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
PAID GARDEN ADMISSION IS REQUIRED TO ACCESS THE RESTAURANT. Buy before you arrive! Go to https://tickets.longwoodgardens.org to purchase timed tickets or to make Member Reservations.

When making a reservation, choose "Standard" for a main dining room table or "Outdoor" for seating on our outdoor deck in Spring/Summer and in our Heated Enclosed Patio in Fall/Winter. If the only selection presented is "Outdoor", our main dining room "Standard" is fully booked.

Plan Your Visit Early!
Admission to Longwood Gardens is by timed admission ticket or Member Reservation only.
Buy your tickets or make your Member Reservations before you arrive as sell out is likely. Visit longwoodgardens.org
for real-time ticket availability prior to your visit.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Organic, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Mid-March to May 9
Open Daily from 11:30am to 3:30pm

May 10 to August 31
Open Daily from 11:30am to 3:30pm
Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday until 7:30pm

September 1 to October 31
Open Daily from 11:30am to 3:30pm
Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday until 6:30pm

November 1 to November 21
Open Daily from 11:30am to 3:30pm

Thanksgiving Day, November 22
Open 11:00am to 7:30pm

November 23- January 6, 2019
Open Daily from 11:30 - 7:30pm
Seating until 8:30pm on Peak Visitation Nights
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Phone number
(610) 388-5290
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Will Brown / Matt Anderson
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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 our Group Visits Department at (610)388-5223
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Route 1
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Parking details
Longwood offers free parking for our guests.
During peak visitation times, free off-site parking may be used if our on-site lot is full. Transportation is provided between the off-site parking and the Visitor Center entrance. Please follow the signage and note the Longwood staff members directing traffic on peak visitation days.
Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 4843 People Are Saying
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LF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although we live in the area and have a membership at Longwood, this was our first time eating at 1906. We were not disappointed. The menu was a little confusing at first, but after we read the headings it made sense. We expected it would be expensive, considering the prices in the cafeteria side,and it was a little pricey, but no more than other upscale restaurants in the area. We started with the charcuterie board which was tasty, our entrees included the delicious crab cakes, the halibut, and the chicken salad with fried oysters. We were impressed with how the sauces complemented the food and didn’t overpower the flavors, as some restaurants do. Desserts were fantastic—The chocolate flowerpot was delicious, as was the adorable”pumpkin patch” cheesecake plate. The servers were very friendly and accommodating. Don’t forget to get a timed ticket if you come on a night when there are fountains — we forgot, but the member services happily helped us out. Very nice atmosphere, a great dining experience for a special occasion.

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k
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Food is top shelf, service good , took a while to get seated even with reservations

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J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Very disappointed, portion very small, and prices very high.

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H
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

The gas was off, so we had salads. Overpriced and not very fresh. Disappointing, as I’ve enjoyed several meals here previously.

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MB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Terrible experience. No cooked food. no sandwiches. only salad & soup. Gas broken down in restaurant. Hello ! call in emergency service to restore service.
Line in Café was around the bldg. No menu available for decent meal. only crap food.
$58.99 for 2 salads, 1 small bowl of soup & dessert of fancy ice cream & small pumpkin cheesecake.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was my first visit and birthday celebration, very enjoyable, will return!

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c
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

This is a restaurant designed solely for tourists. Although the food was better than other touristy restaurants, you still have the overpricing to deal with plus paying to get into Longwood Gardens.

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JS
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was probably the most uniquely presented cuisine I've had. It was creative, unusual, and delicious! Truly a unique experience.

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D
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The service was posh and elegant, but other diners so loud one might have been in a sports bar. Food portions were incredibly small, with dinner main dish having no accompanying side, soup, or salad whatsoever. We finished up the tiny meals so quickly we ended up leaving after 45 minutes. It was too loud to enjoy lingering any longer, anyway. Food is definitely overpriced for the portions. Servers were polite but over taxed and unable to clear our bread and butter plates away before serving the main dish, leaving us scrambling to push them aside for fear the main dish plates would be set right on top of them. I'm not going back. Between the unpleasant ambience, rushed servers, average food quality, and tiny portions, I don't find 1906 an experience worth paying for.

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LW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was good, but not exceptional, though the popovers and the cocktails were very good. Overpriced and small portions. I made the reservation through Open Table and was on time, but the restaurant reported to Open Table that we were no-shows, so that had to be corrected. Told them we were celebrating a birthday, but they did not recognize that.

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s
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

1906 is definitely a "Fine Dining" experience. It's a bit expensive but really worth the price for a special occasion. The only thing I personally do not like is the new layout of the menu. It really takes some studying because you read both across and up & down. The appetizers, entrees & desserts are in groups up and down but in three groups across the menu. It is easy to miss something that you might really want to try. But the food is outstanding in both taste, presentation. We visit Longwood several times a year travelling a good distance and always plan to eat in this restaurant if possible. There is always something really unique to try - especially the desserts! We always look forward to the small loaf of bread baked in a flower pot. There is usually an excellent soup also. We have never been disappointed.

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T
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Quite good food indeed, but overpriced. Quantities small, which is fine by me, but not for most. Menu is quite limited, but the dishes on it are very tasty. Mushroom soup and sweet potato cappocino were excellent. Duck was tasty, but portion was very small , and covered with that funky garnish type lettuce. Somewhat disappointing. Certainly not worth the price. Atmosphere is kind of cold.

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MM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Service was great. Food was...fine. Honestly, in todays environment there are so many good restaurants, this doesnt make the cut. If it wasnt for it having a monopoly in the location it wouldnt survive. Competition would be good for diners here.

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DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Food was very salty and while it was nicely presented, it was sub-standard for the high prices charged. Frankly we've had better food at a 'chain' restaurant. I felt that the restaurant was taking advantage of its 'captive' audience, charging high prices while offering poor quality dishes. I ordered Haddock and I could smell it coming ! My companion was put off of her own food by the stench. The Gardens are beautiful and among the best in the World. The restaurant should strive to be the same. The waitress was outstanding.

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AH
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic. Portions are smaller than typical, which we liked. It was a little pricey but well worth it. The menu selections ranged from familiar to unusual so you can be as safe or as daring as you wish. Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable. We can't wait to go back!

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C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

1906 is located on the premises of Longwood Gardens, which is an event unto itself. The restaurant has high end food with extremely fresh ingredients. The Brioche bread served in a flower pot is the start to a beautiful meal. I attended a business function with clients and colleagues and everyone's meal was excellent. Including the dessert sorbets, beet chocolate, caramel apple and pumpkin spice just delicious. They have beautiful outdoor covered seating which overlooks the gardens highly recommend outdoor seating if the season allows.

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CB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely in every way

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VB
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a delicious lunch an d cocktails!
It was splendid!
Thank you 1906!

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MV
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was awesome and the environment was beautiful. Food was amazing.

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AC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have been dining at 1906 for the last 4 years. We always enjoy the experience with creative cuisine and hospitable service. The location transports you to another era where you forget about your cares and experience a magical environment within the Longwood gardens complex.

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H
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great exoerience

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J
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious also very pricey but worth the treat. The wait staff was fabulous, helpful and on top of everything.

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C
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place and meal. The only thing that is questionable --- I ordered the salmon meal --- it had a nice piece of salmon but it had very very little of anything else with it. Some bigger sides would have been good to have.

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RB
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Much improved menu from Spring 2018! More choices that sounded yummy, as always Mushroom soup is wonderful.

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DS
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Mediocre meal. Very slow service from the kitchen. Over an hour to serve meal after order was placed. Waitress was rude when we inquired.

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L
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The starters were amazing, the walk in the woods is a must. We sat outside on the deck and it was like eating in a tree house. The wine and cocktails were awesome! The food was just amazing, hot and cooked perfectly!

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EH
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were warmly greeted and seated immediately (we had reservations). The server neglected to introduce himself, but was attentive and helpful when we had questions about the menu. Our brioche in a flower pot was scrumptious and we were wowed by the beautiful presentation created for our appetizer of hummus and crudités (it was far from your ordinary vegetable platter)! The autumn menu was in effect for our visit. I had the duck ragout with spiralized carrots. Delicious and quite filling! My husband was less enthused about his halibut dish, but graded it a B. The red quinoa was good, he says, but the filet was underwhelming. Our desserts were artfully plated and a nice ending to our meal.

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R
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect setting for a great meal. Selection honoring the past present and future. Staff is welcoming professional and engaged.

I recommend this setting with my highest regard.

Chef does an amazing job

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d
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an unusual menu of tasty foods. Never miss the mushroom soup. Special cocktails with floral scents. Duck ragu with carrot spaghetti instead of regular pasta. Amazing idea. Pumpkin patch dessert was excellent and fun. Even when fully seated, quiet enough to talk.

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KH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I had a relaxing evening before viewing the fountain show. Our table was on the outside of the room, so it was quiet. Our server was attentive, we were not rushed and had a very nice dinner. I would recommend this restaurant for a special occasion.

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AE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server (Jasmine) was simply wonderful - very knowledgeable about the menu and extremely courteous!

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M
Naples
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A wonderful dinner. We sat outside and just annoyed the atmosphere. The service was great. Their menu offered many tempting items that were displayed well. The desserts were amazing! Would go again

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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TM
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, superb food, wonderful cocktail and excellent service. It exceeded my expectations.

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K
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mushroom soup always scrumptious, dined outside in glorious weather for late lunch, so noise level not a problem

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BB
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a very nice meal in the middle of our visit to Longwood Gardens. The service and atmosphere was very nice. The food is locally sourced and delicious.

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MM
Washington DC
101 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent - interesting menu, very well prepared, great service. Comfortable to dine on site and then watch the Lights & Fountains show

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L
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the bread in the flower pot ! Have anything with mushrooms!
Salmon and Halibut were very good
Best is location Inside amazing Longwood Gardens

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We ate outside on the covered deck. Lovely day, lovely lunch.

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l
Atlantic City
27 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Beware of outdoor seating due to many yellowjackets. It made for a very uncomfortable setting. We asked to move inside and got lucky there was a table bc they were fully booked. We would’ve left otherwise. The food is good, but overpriced for what it is, in my opinion. It was just good, not great. The staff is friendly and accommodating, but the service is quite slow. They could use additional staff. We were fine with a leisurely meal, but this was a very long lunch, especially since we were anxious to explore the gardens. In the future, we’ll opt for a casual meal at the cafe or beer garden.

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