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About 1906 at Longwood Gardens

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 in our Heated Enclosed Patio. 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.

1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Organic

Hours of Operation:
October 1 to October 31
Open Daily from 11:30am to 3:30pm
Open until 6pm October 6, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28

November 1 to November 22
Open Daily from 11:30am to 3:30pm

Thanksgiving Day, November 23
Open 11:00am to 8:00pm

November 24 - January 7, 2018
Open Daily from 11:30 - 7:30pm
Seating until 8:30pm on Peak Visitation Nights

Cross Street:
Route 1

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(610) 388-5290

Website:
http://longwoodgardens.org/dine/1906-fine-dining-room

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

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.

Executive Chef:
Will Brown / Bruce Galloway

Additional:
Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

1906 at Longwood Gardens Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

service

4.5

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4.3

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3.8

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89% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (152)
Good for a Date (152)
Seasonal (146)
Worth the Drive (144)
Scenic View (131)
Quiet Conversation (123)
Good for Birthdays (120)
Fit for Foodies (118)
Great for Lunch (111)
Great for Outdoor Dining (98)
Romantic (97)
Sunday Lunch (80)
Cozy (54)
Healthy (54)
Handcrafted Cocktails (51)
Casual (50)
Good for Groups (43)
Fun (42)
Authentic (39)
Good Vegetarian Options (30)
Disabled Access (29)
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Afternoon Tea (27)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Notable Wine List (24)
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Business Meals (19)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Organic (18)
Afternoon Coffee (17)
People Watching (15)
Tasting Menu (15)
Gluten Free Options (13)
Kid-friendly (10)
Vegan (8)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

I dined with a friend at 1906 to celebrate her retirement while we visited Longwood Gardens Christmas display. The service was absolutely outstanding and the food was quite delicious. The prices are a bit steep - just so you are prepared for the bill.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Disappointed with my meal. It was cold and I had to send it back to be re-heated. Quality was just OK

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

The pasta dish was good, but nothing special. Very expensive for a pasta dish with only 4 shrimp. Pancetta could have been crisped to make it more palatable, as it is very fatty. Very nice venue. Extremely capable and nice server.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The only complaint we had was that the seating was outdoors during the winter and it was near sunset. The sun was shinning directly into the eyes of half our party facing the west. The other issue was that it was way too cold to sit and eat without a coat or heavy sweater on. Recommend they add more heaters during the winter if seating folks in the outside tent area. The food and service was excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Casual
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

One of the best meals we have ever had! Excellent food, great service, wonderful setting. We hope to return often for special occasions.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

The food was tasty and the service was good. A few of the courses were cold but it was very busy given the season. I didn’t realize you could sit on the patio since it was all enclosed. That seemed to have a bit more charm than the inside so would have preferred that.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

We both had the salmon and split a desert, would have it again.
A great place at Longwood gardens.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Healthy, Cozy, Comfort Food, Seasonal
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Hostess was not welcoming or friendly. Meal portions were very small and overpriced. We will be finding another location for our annual holiday lunch.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Always good, interesting selections. I would have liked specials to choose from, as I usually order them for lunch at 1906. Beautiful, relaxed setting.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We enjoyed our lunch before walking around the gardens. Food was excellent. Be aware that even though it was lunch the regular Christmas dinner menu was in play. There were a few appetizers/salads that could work as a lighter meal which is what we did, but the heavier dinner choices looked enticing! The food here is always creative and delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

It was a very busy holiday and the restaurant was crowded as expected. The service was good although our server was a little rude when it came to clearing away dishes reaching across in front of me as I was eating. We were a party of 5 and most of the meals were of the usual good quality but the pork chop and the shrimp were definitely over-cooked. The food here is usually of the highest quality so this was disappointing.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We had a memorable meal. The appetizers and entrée were delicious and our waitress was terrific but the highlight was the desserts which were the best we have ever had! Longwood Gardens was spectacular but I would come back just to eat here again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We were at Longwood Gardens for the Christmas display and made our reservations here to round out our experience. We enjoyed soup, salad dessert and drinks at 1906. The waiter took great care of us and everything was yummy. The mushroom soup lived up to it's reputation. The drinks were delicious. It was all in all a nice time for our holiday outing of my elderly mother, my two friends and myself. We sat in the enclosed, heated patio and enjoyed seeing the lit trees nearby. I would only suggest a little more heat in the patio area, it was manageable but with temps in the teens we got a bit chilly at times if you weren't sitting near one of the vents.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Fantastic special occasion dining. The fine waitstaff even charged my phone as we ate. Thank you!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Excellent food in a wonderful setting. Staff was extremely welcoming and attentive. Entrees were delicious and flower pot dessert was delicious and very creative .

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Disorganized staff at the front desk. They did not hold our reservation even though we called prior alerting them to a 15-20 minute delay.

Waitress/waiter service was outstanding.

Menu is very creative but could have been executed better since they are asking a plate $ premium.

On the fence as to whether or not we would return.

Tags: Scenic View, Cozy, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great food, but the service really lacked. All of the other tables seated at the same time as mine were served much faster even though we ordered first.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Mushroom soup always excellent. The only negative was menu selection for lunch....no burger or sandwich choice and no special . We dined on a wednesday. I gather because of the holiday the menu was adjusted with more main courses during the lunch hours.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

High quality dining experience in a lovely upscale setting. A little pricey for every day, but definitely a "must do" for a day out at Longwood or a treat for a special person.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Healthy, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

1906 has been our favorite restaurant for as long as we can remember. Unfortunately, we are unlikely to return, as the menu options are quite limited, and the prices have gotten extremely high.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We go once a year and the food quality was much better than last year.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Excellent service, but some food problems. We intend to return since prior visits were all excellent

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Exquisite and creative, fine dining, 5a pleasant surprise!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Food and service were simply awesome. We arrived a bit late for our reservation due to traffic and parking. We had to wait a little but they honored the reservation and even gave us a round of free drinks for the wait. Couldn't ask for better honestly.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Had a great time. Food is good not great but the ambiance awesome. Dessert a must.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We have been coming to Longwood for years, a lot of times bringing someone who has never been there before. Always excited to see the menu changes with the seasons. This Christmas was no exception. Menu was terrific and the actual food, even better. We had a guest with us who had never been before and she was thrilled with her food. Thank you for making it such a special day.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Fun, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Wonderful cuisine and evening! I would recommend 1906 to all visitors or non visiting people to the area!! Worth the $$

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2017

As always, the 1906 at Longwood Gardens was wonderful. The food is always delicious and beautifully plated. The menu is eclectic and the wines are limited but very good selections. There are always unique cocktails available as well. We have never been disappointed when we have dined here.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Dinner ast 1906 is Our Christmas tradition. This year we arrived a bit early but waited past the time of our reservation for a table. We were seated in the porch. It was an extremely cold night with lots of wind. The porch was very cold. In hindsight the temperature on the porch really affected our overall experience. We were uncomfortable. I will never let them seat me here again.
I am disappointed by Longwood gardens. The seating at 1906 was greatly increased (at least for Christmas). I understand the need for more space and more business but this is not a good business decision.
The place was not full - lots of seating on the porch. New Waitress was a bit flip and diffinately not of the caliber of their seasoned waitresses.
A bit disappointing.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We have been members and have enjoyed 1906 for special occasions many times. Change is inevitable - especially in restaurants. Our dinner was good but not up to the caliber of the previous chef. I was disappointed in the options available for a guest of ours who had some special dietary needs. Even though we called ahead of time to inquire about options, the answer was “we only do a set menu for the holiday”. Undecided about booking 1906 for next Christmas.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We were there Christmas Day. It was fine, we were happy they were open. The food was mediocre. It was not special. They could have made it special....a missed opportunity and believe.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. We are already talking about the next time we visit the restaurant. Food was exceptional!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas dinner was pretty chilly in the tented deck but it was very windy. Drinks were good, our waiter was knowledgeable and professional. Best looking meal was the shrimp and pasta dish, everything else seemed like nothing special. Portions were generally small. We didn't order desserts because of the high prices... $14 and up.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 25, 2017

It was Christmas Eve and the service staff were delightful, food was very good and overall great time.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Friendly staff. Food is expensive for quality (frozen fish). Staff were delightful, especially given that they were working Xmas eve.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Wonderful place to dine prior to visit to the gardens with all of their magnificent Christmas decorations. Service was wonderfully calm, no rush but attentive. Food was very good and well presented. A great way to visit Longwood

Tags: Seasonal, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Ambiance was nice enough and our server was good- that was the best of it. The beet salad ($11) consisted of about 10 very small bites of red beet and even less apple and greens with brownish tips. It was small, very bland and there wasn't any salt/pepper on the table to help it out. Pork chop entree ($29) was the chop on top of sauce and that's it , the meat was average and lukewarm at best, the sauce was very tasty and the only thing that was hot.
I don't mind paying a lot for good food, but paying a lot for mediocre food is not pleasant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

One must go for the world class dessert!! Their new pastry chef who joined the team mid-2017 (and not included on the garden's restaurant website) will knock your socks off with her original dessert creations! We were flabbergasted at a hand-made spiced, candy apple, filled with whipped cream with holiday flavored citron that you broke with the back of a spoon like creme brulee; magnifique! This edible art was beautiful and delicious! Brava to the chef!

Unfortunately the Executive Chef for Cuisine is still falling way short of what Longwood should be serving, which is sophisticated fair. The cooks continue to send out randomly-prepared food (three guests at our table ordered lobster tail and each was served at a different degree of doneness), and it's shameful that the kitchen is buying/serving the cheapest cuts of meat to serve. My pork chop was not the usual double-thick chop perfectly seared, but instead it had fat running all through the piece, and was still bloody when presented to me. This was sent back of course. These type of cuts are meant for slow braising and not searing/grilling. Management needs to demote the Executive Chef to his previous position, and bring in an Executive Chef who can bring the restaurant back to it's respected level, and be a leader to the team of line cooks to teach them how to consistently prepare dishes. This is the second consecutive Christmas where scallops no longer graced the holiday menu, which was disappointing since had been a star feature on previous menus.

The service was excellent this year, and a great improvement over last year. Our wait person, Ivana, was top-notch and even made a knowledgeable recommendation of wine which we greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 24, 2017

An absolutely great Christmas Eve experience! Love the gardens and now love 1906! Our server Sam was awesome. Food was great.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Cold food, no one seemed to care, mediocre not worth the price. Waitress was excellent . We looked forward to a meal celebrating the holidays and were quite disappointed - won’t do it again!

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