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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.
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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
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Kennett Square, PA 19348
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
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.
Will Brown / Bruce Galloway
Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
1906 at Longwood Gardens Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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