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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.
In the midst of 1000 acres of one of the world’s premiere horticulture centers, 1906 at Longwood Gardens offers a fine dining experience that is unparalleled. Enjoy lunch daily and dinner seasonally with a view of the Longwood Conservatory and the gardens of the former du Pont estate.
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.
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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
1906 at Longwood Gardens Ratings and Reviews
We had a wonderful experience. We went to Longwood gardens to see the new fountain display. We timed our garden entry tickets with our restaurant reservation times. The food was incredible and our waitress Iva was professional and friendly. In fact, she was the perfect server and is an asset to this restaurant. Our desserts were exceptionally beautiful, decorated with edible flowers.
It's a shame that the wait staff just can't resist the urge to sit a party of two directly next to our party of two, when there were 4 identical openings/available space just to the other side of us.
Luckily, that party of two also realized this prior to sitting there and immediately asked for a different space.
Poor thoughtfulness on the server who thought this was a good idea.
Just keep an eye open for a similar pitfall before while/before being shown your table.
If you don't go for anything else, get the Longwood Gardens Mushroom Soup. Made with locally grown mushrooms and topped with crispy shallots and chives, its silky texture will make you moan with delight. It really IS that good. Start every meal with this soup, or have it AS your meal. Either way, you'll leave happy. However, that's no reason to overlook the rest of the menu. This is one place where I can truthfully say that everything is good.
Then for a special finish, get the Flower Pot. A chocolate "terracotta" pot is filled with dark chocolate custard, chocolate cake/cookie "soil" and crowned with vanilla ice cream and edible flowers. It's a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds.
Good food if a tad overpriced for what you get and really good drink menu. A peaceful retreat to rest your feet after walking around the gardens. Great outdoor space - only complaint is that the lighting needs to be somewhat improved on the deck. Realize that you don't want to attract bugs, but maybe lanterns on the tables like the ones in the new Pumphouse Plaza area by behind the main fountains or lights under the tables even? The indoor space could use some brightening up. One last thing is it's confusing how to enter the restaurant if you've never been-- the signage outside is lacking. I found myself debating waiting in line for the cafeteria only to realize I could go through the doors marked EXIT or go inside the cafe through the beer garden to enter. A logistical problem that could perhaps be remedied?
Had dinner here for my Wife's birthday after walking around the gardens for a few hours. The restaurant was very nice and relatively quiet. The menu is small but has a good variety of plates. Prices are a bit high when you factor in the cost of entry for the garden's itself, but otherwise I would highly recommend it.
The location is nice, but the building does not reflect the "garden environment". Also, the tables are so close together that there is no balance between intimacy and listening to your neighbors. The food was very good, but a better layout would yield better results.
Mushroom soup was quite delicious. Entree average or a bit better, puréed sweet potato was lukewarm. Like a lot of restaurants, I think this one may not prepare a lot on premises. The salmon seemed to have just made the acquaintance of the sauce--they had had not been cooked together! Panna cotta interesting but not as good as servers rave review would indicate. Would not make a special trip to restaurant (it was convenient). Might try more informal less expensive onsite food.
If you are visiting Longwood Gardens, you'll find a visit to the 1906 restaurant to be a great way to savor the day. We particularly enjoyed eating on the "patio", a large outside deck under in the shade from a tall grove of trees.
In addition to a lovely setting, the food and service were also top notch.
Food was fresh and tasty, however, portion size was very small. Overpriced : way way way OVERPRICED. I ordered the Skuna Bay Salmon for lunch ($28) barely a 4 ounce piece of fish, 4 cherry tomatoes cut in half and perhaps an eighth of a peach sliced thin. The Mushroom Soup everyone raves about in prior reviews in my opinion is nothing special ($10) maybe 8 ounces, a cup or less - I was expecting exotic mushrooms since Longwood is located in the 'mushroom capital of the usa' but alas the soup only contained regular white mushrooms (not even crimini). The Flower Pot dessert ($14) was a cute and innovative presentation but I found the outer 'pot' inedible as it tasted mostly of some kind of fat (possibly shortening?) colored to resemble a clay pot; the inner portion of the dessert was dark chocolate cake and dark chocolate mousse which was quite good (but not worthy of the price). Service was attentive but not overbearing.
The food was delicious especially the mushroom soup, desert and coffee. Our waitress was very attentive to our needs for our birthday girl and very kind in taking a group photo. We loved the atmosphere and seating. The special occasion of my dear friend's 90th birthday will be filled with many happy and fond memories.
I have had the opportunity to dine at 1906 at Longwood Gardens on several occasions ... I have never been disappointed! The ambiance, the service, the food, the servers, etc. ... all excellent in making the experience memorable. I would highly recommend 1906 to everyone, but no children ... not because I don't like children, but because it is nice to sit and talk without distractions. Definitely five stars plus!
My group of four people enjoyed their lunch and this restaurant immensely. We sat on the patio under the trees and it was Enchanting. The bread they serve in a little tiny flower pot was divine, we shared a landscape appetizer that was beautifully presented, and everyone's lunch was perfection. I honestly can't say enough about 1906.
GREAT PLACE TO EAT WHEN ATTENDING SPECIAL EVENTS AT LONGWOOD GARDENS. GREAT FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS TO COMBINE A GOOD CONVIENENT PLACE TO EAT WITH ALL THAT LONGWOOD GARDENS HAS TO OFFER. GREAT FRIENDLY SERVICE AND EXCELLENT FOOD. THIS WAS OUR THIRD TIME THERE AND WE WILL COME BACK AGAIN IN THE FUTURE AS WE ARE MEMBERS OF LONGWOOD GARDENS.
The Mushroom Soup was wonderful, as always. My meal, cauliflower steak, was not worth the price we paid. I was hungry one hour later. This meal would be better served as an appetizer. The lentils were good, but I was not given enough. My expectations were not met this time 😕
Overall, my husband and I had a lovely lunch. The service was excellent. I rated the food a little lower because they didn't serve my husband's burger to the temperature he requested(it was medium rare and he asked for medium well)and I got the crab cake sandwich. The crab cake was very small for the price and not very good. As a Marylander I should know better than to order a crab cake outside of Maryland. The bread, appetizer and dessert were the best parts of the meal.
Not impressed with the food overall. Mushroom soup had a good taste, probably the best item of the evening, but there were hard unidentifiable things in it and couldn't eat them. Steak was tough. Salmon was OK. Flower Pot dessert, we don't understand why others rave about this, obviously for serious chocolate lovers and not those who like chocolate. May have been an off night, but for the price, we expect better.
Menu was misleading - purple potato mash instead of sweet which appeared as an unappealing colour combination next to salmon with peach and tomatoes. Luckily it tasted better than it looked. Pear tarte tatin was also inaccurate - my dessert was not made in the traditional way but they placed caramelised pears on top of a puff pastry slice - far too much pastry compared to the low volume of pears. However it was rescued by a delicious creme fraiche sorbet.
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