1906 at Longwood Gardens

4.6
5606 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.
What 5606 People Are Saying
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Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the third time we've dined here and it was just as outstanding this time as the two previous times. The food is always fresh, the menu innovative and the service impeccable. The mushroom soup is absolutely divine. The fried green tomato appetizer was spectacular. My husband loves their pork chop and I had the scallops which were fabulous. Can't wait to go back.

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

The experience was delightful, as it has been in the past

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B
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Captive audience - expensive for quality of food, minimal service and poor wine selection

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J
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Horrible service. Worst there ever. Waitress named Patricia was confused , dazed and forgetful. We were there for 2 hours. Just horrible.

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WP
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb from start to finish.

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JC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a dining experience. You can try new things. Desserts are a work of art. Treat yourself!

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

Inventive & creative though prices a bit high, especially for vegetarian dishes with common, every day ingredients.

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d
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a dish off the past & present menu - 5 oz steak & scallops both delicious.
cocktails perfect: great Gin &
Courvoisier very nice.
Bread in a flower pot - imaginative.
Desert & Coffee super good.
Corn Ice Cream - come on.
Mario got us seated a ting early.
Our waiter fun, attentive, pace was perfect.
We celebrated our Anniversary & Mario comped us the dessert.
The restaurant was completely full & the staff easily & professionally went about serving the patrons.
The ambiance was most relaxing.

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M
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Way overpriced for the food we received. Would not go back.

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e
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The restaurant itself was nice, but the menu is a bit hard to follow and if you special request something simple like please do not add salt on top of my food they will most likely add double. On the two things I ordered I specifically said, please do not add the salt on top. Both times they did. The main meal I did not have them remake because I did not feel like eating alone because everyone would be done already. The compensation was a glass of wine and dessert.

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DB
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Scallops were perfectly prepared and great summer prep on the polenta with corn and tomatoes
filet and fries were excellent as well

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a
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food , service, preparation is always excellent. Recommended to our friends.

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M
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I feel the food is no less than phenomenal. The mark of a fantastic restaurant is based upon the attention to detail to all courses of the meal. This creates a continuous desire to experience the next phase of the meal. Excellence is truly obtained when the meal is served to ALL guests at once. Not bring one or two meals, and then the server runs back to get more. Very few restaurants understand the importance of serving everyone at one time. You folks have nailed the customer service parts 100%, and we will keep coming back to enjoy perfection at its best!

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RS
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1906 is consistently excellent! The menu is creative, the service is great, and the food is wonderful. I highly recommend the fried green tomatoes with crab salad.

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j
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty meal, good service, atmosphere you are in beautiful naturally cool wooded area; what better way to spend a summers eve?

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JC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a beautiful summer evening. We sat on the porch, surrounded by trees. Our wait person already knew we were a gluten-free table from our reservation through Open Table, and he was careful and accomodating so that our meal was both delicious and healthy for us. A fabulous experience.

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MM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience. It is a wonderful restaurant for special occasions.

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NW
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing staff and food. Worth going when visiting Longwood Gardens especially after a nice long walk. Will come here again no doubt about it.

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AR
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a nice lunch for our anniversary after walking around the gardens. Our server was great. We enjoyed the burrata and tomato appetizer and entrees of fried oysters and chicken salad and pork chop. The prices are a little expensive for portions.

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CS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food presentation is well done. The menu is limited and pricey. Wine selection limited and pricey.
With drinks expect to spend $40-50 per person.

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DG
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Annual tradition to celebrate the anniversary of our first date that at Longwood Gardens that includes dining at 1906. Fantastic food, great selection of “past, present and future” menu choices, great service and view of the forest from patio. 5th annual tradition and planning many more.

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u
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The meal was lovely. The corn soup was outstanding - very creative and delicious. The lobster bouillibaise was also excellent. Service was friendly and correct. It was a lovely meal pre-fountains display.

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TK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service, a bit noisy as there were small children in the dining area.
Delicious meals, but overpriced. We had meals from the "present" menu and $24 for zucchini noodles with pesto was pricey. I expected something unique, but it was just zucchini and pesto.

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BD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience! 5 stars

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! I love the bread and dessert!

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JA
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Menu choices limited, portion size small given price, outside seating was uncomfortable in humid weather. Should consider enclosing outside seating area for climate control.

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SS
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Very Overrated. Everytime we have dined here my Wife has become sick.

The water tastes terrible, they need a filter. the food is not very good here we have dined here over the past 7 years and it is consistently not very good.

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RS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you're a member of Longwood, the 1906 is an added bonus for fine dining in a casual atmosphere. I always enjoy my dining experience there.

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d
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply spectacular. We had the hummus appetizer for the table. It is set up like an area in the rose garden. With mini carrots and radishes displayed on a sort of screen. I have never seen anything like it in terms of presentation. Gorgeous. The lobster and corn soup was delicious as was the zucchini pasta. Tomato plate was average, but it is a bit too early for tomatoes. We shared a sorbet dessert. Overall fascinating and worth the price.

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ES
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tomahawk steak was amazing. The burrata was extra creamy. Ryan was an excellent waiter. We were not rushed at all
The evening was a fountains and fireworks evening so the restaurant was exceptionally busy. Even being busy standards were maintained.

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MP
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really had a nice experience at 1906. Service was excellent and the food interesting and beautifully presented. It was obvious that a great deal of thought and care goes into everything at 1906.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4th of July

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JW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Dining at 1906 is a pleasure. I love Longwood. However one always has to factor into the evaluation of 1906 the overall cost for small quantities of good to excellent food.

Loving fried green tomatoes, I was surprised when my total fried green tomato serving was only 2 slices of a moderately sized tomato.

Supplementing my tomatoes with an added Maine lobster tail, I was surprised than my lobster tail was more the size of a prawn. Not what those of us who spend time in New England consider to be a usual 1/3 pound lobster tail from an ~1 lb lobster which is more or less the standard throughout the country.

I probably will continue to dine at 1906 although I can't recommend 1906 as being worth the money when portion sizes have become so small.

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J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful outdoor table, excellent food, unique dessert.

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HW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My husband and I reserved a table at this restaurant in conjunction with a concert by the Philadelphia Orchestra at Longwood at 7:30 pm. Everyone in the restaurant was there for the same reason.
We were seated at 5:45pm. A waitress appeared instantaneously. We requested water and ask for a minute to look at the very complex menu.
At 6:10 pm, we still had no water and no one had taken our order. After raising concerns with several staff members, water appeared and a different waitress took our order. We received bread and butter and then the cold soup that we had ordered.
Then we waited.
At 6:50 pm, we had still not received out entrees and we again appealed to various staff members for assistance. We were told them were coming.
At 6:55 pm, with no entrees in sight we decided to leave. Even if they had come immediately, it would have meant we had to wolf down our meal in order to get over to the concert and find our seats in a timely manner.
We chose to leave.
The manager appeared and tried to convince us that there was no problem. Although we offered to pay for what we have received, he said that that was not necessary.
The restaurant knew weeks in advance that there was a concert that evening, yet they seemed totally unprepared. They had to know that everyone would be arriving at about the same time and that that everyone would want to leave at the same time too. This was not an occasion for leisurely dining.
We gave them more than an hour to get us our entree, yet this proved impossible.
I was very disappointed.

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LH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was very attentive but didn't rush us. It was a very pleasant evening

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C
Philadelphia
56 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Allen was very helpful and provided great suggestions. Food was fresh and delicious.

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed everything , service was terrific,wonderful ambiance and lobster bouillabaisse was worth the cost. Only disappointment was the chocolate flower pot dessert. Presentation was spectacular but it was overwhelming sweet, even for my sweet tooth.

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M
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu with Past, Present and Future representing food types was most creative. Each part of our meal was unique and delicious! The Cherry on Top dessert was a visual as well as tasty treat!

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h
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a great setting! 1906 is a restaurant I would encourage anyone to experience.

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