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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.

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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

1906 at Longwood Gardens Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (164)
Local Ingredients (148)
Great for Outdoor Dining (131)
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Creative Cuisine (121)
Scenic View (120)
Good for Anniversaries (112)
Great for Lunch (111)
Good for a Date (107)
Worth the Drive (103)
Quiet Conversation (97)
Good for Birthdays (84)
Fit for Foodies (81)
Sunday Lunch (79)
Romantic (71)
Seasonal (69)
Healthy (54)
Casual (47)
Great for Brunch (42)
Authentic (41)
Fun (35)
Good Vegetarian Options (35)
Handcrafted Cocktails (32)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Cozy (27)
Organic (26)
Good for Groups (25)
Pre/post Theatre (25)
Disabled Access (23)
Afternoon Tea (20)
Business Meals (18)
Notable Wine List (15)
People Watching (14)
Tasting Menu (13)
Vegan (12)
Afternoon Coffee (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Kid-friendly (8)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Great Beer (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Live Music (4)
Waterfront (2)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Crab cake sandwich was less than stellar. Wish my friends had chosen to tell the waiter instead of waiting until we left. Mushroom soup, however, was outstanding. We’ll be back for more!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Food was great. Ambience too. Try the mushroom soup was awesome.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Not enough options. Menu too radical. Not everyone like muchrooms and tomatoes!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

My biggest issue with restaurant is they only have expensive lunches. And I always ask when they are bring back the mushroom crepes so they say the rotate the food per seasons but I've been going regularly for years and they've never brought them back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

We were very disappointed. We have been to this restaurant many times within the past 10 years.
Things have obviously changed in the management and the kitchen. Our meals were generally not well done. The salad with shrimp had over cooked shrimp. My acorn squash was not fully cooked, and an omelette was large but contained a poor selection of filling.
This is ashame since it use to be a go to place . Considering the price , they need to do some work on getting back to where they were a few years ago.
Joan

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food and service.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We always love to have a meal at 1906 when we are at Longwood. This time was for our anniversary. The service at 1906 is outstanding, as is the food. The mushroom soup is a must get!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Enjoy the setting and the food! Such a relaxing place to dine!

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

My husband and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary. We had lunch which was delicious. I had the salmon, my husband had the acorn squash. The staff was very attentive and went out of their way to make me the most perfect chocolate martini! Will definitely go again!

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

A great place! Food is consistently delicious with good service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Seasonal, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Have the mushroom soup! To die for! Everything was perfect from the hot cider to the mushroom shaped rolls, the delicious mushroom soup and the autumn salad. Yum!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

My wife and I came to Longwood for a special day and lunch out. 1906 Cafe was excellent. The mushroom soup is great, and we had a chocolate flower pot desert that was very good (quite rich, but pairs well with Espresso)

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 7, 2017

My wife and I have been to the 1906 many times. When we decide to make the drive to Longwood, it's almost always a requisite that we make a reservation for lunch. The food and service are always excellent, and the price, given the quality is quite reasonable. If I could, I'd go just to fill up on the awesome brioche! One thing we noticed in this last trip is the absence of a specific "lunch" menu. There used to be some nice lunch features including a tasting option of an appetizer, entré, and desert with accompanying wine tasting. Perhaps its new management or the season, but there's just a simple menu now. Still the food is excellent.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Lovely ambience & service. Bread is awesome. Crab cakes salty.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We sat on the patio and it was wonderful! The food was very good, and the mushroom soup is a must! A delightful lunch before a beautiful walk through the conservatory

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This restaurant never disappoints--from the cream of mushroom soup to the chocolatey dessert. Our wonderful waiter recommended the steak and it was perfectly done with a smoky barbecue sauce. We can't wait to return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Fine Food but Poor Service

We are family members of Longwood and had lunch at 1906 on Saturday, November 4, 2017 while visiting the amazing Chrysanthemum Event. We had 12:30pm reservations and the place was about 20% full when we put in our order. We ate in the dining room rather than the enclosed porch. We were a party of 3 Chinese Americans: Myself, my 82 year old mom from San Francisco, and my well mannered teen son.

The good: delicious, generously portioned lump crab cake sandwich, salmon with brussel sprouts and pureed squash, hamburger. Lovely, classy white table cloth setting.

The Bad: very cursory service by our blond, bespectacled female waitress (mid-50's, stocky build, short hair): took several minutes before we were given menus, lack of friendliness, the couple that arrived after us were served before us, we ran out of hot water long before anyone asked if we needed more, and the waitress brought the check without the plate of chocolate pieces. She later returned and mumbled, "Oh, I forgot to give you your chocolates." We felt like an after thought to her the entire meal.

For the price, I expected more than the sort of service I would get at Mc Donald's.

Maybe if you have a different server your experience will be better than ours was.

The LOUSY service was a great disappointment since we have been members for years and love Longwood: the grounds, the conservatory, the restored fountains and the music. It was so bad, I suppose we will resort to the crowded cafeteria the next time we eat there, or make the trek to Portobello in downtown Kennet Square for outstanding food AND service.

The service at 1906 was a sour note in an otherwise perfect symphony of sensory joy.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

2 delightful main courses. The gnocchi especially good - chef's imagination & sous chef's execution. Special kudos for table service! Looking forward to our annual Christmas day lunch.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The food and service was excellent, as always. Love the patio now that it's open all season.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Disabled Access, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Very good food and wait staff. Highly recommend 1906 but you have to pay the entrance fee to get on the grounds and 1906, itself, is not cheap. But a fun place to dine.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Look forward to dining at 1906 whenever I visit Longwood Gardens!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

My short ribs were sublime. They were so delicious I didn't want the meal to end. My friend has a sirloin burger that he loved. Thick and juicy. I love this restaurant. Our waitress was thoughtful and efficient.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had tickets to the Fountain Show and made reservations for dinner . The line for the cafe was very long, but we were seated right at 6, served in a timely manner and able to make the show in plenty of time. Great service, great food and a wonderful evening!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food was average. Calamari sauce had absolutely no flavor. Desserts were below average. Ordered hot tea and when I looked inside the white pot, it had a brown film all over the inside. It had obviously not been washed in a while.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Awesome.....service excellent, food divine.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent on all counts, as usual. So many menu choices that sounded wonderful, very tough to choose. Best mushroom soup in the mushroom capital of the US!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Hi!
I had brought my friend in for a special celebration.
The atmosphere was very nice. The staff was lovely.
The concierge was wonderful!
We had the calamari, which was fresh and light. However, the
sauce was not very good and very little flavor.
The Gnochhi that was a Butternut Squash or a Pumpkin, was not
good. There were so few pieces on the plate and extremely pasty
or not cooked. Although the cream sauce was very nice, it was such
a small amount of food, looked more like an appetizer, and pricey.
So sorry that we didn't care for it at all.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Exceptional quality. Pricey in my opinion for the quantity of food but quality is superior. The mushroom soup is superb.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Always a joy visiting the enchanting gardens of Longwood.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We had a wonderful evening. The food was delicious and our server, Lorie, was wonderful and attentive.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We ate out on the patio for an early seating because it was available. We had the squash soup and calamari which was great. My guest had duck which was fabulous and I had the shortrib, a little overcooked but great otherwise. Our dessert was excellent-get the flower pot because it's a staple and share it. Everything is edible. Drinks were outstanding. A great find.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Since we live in different states, my friend and I meet at Longwood Gardens a couple of times a year to get together. We always have lunch at 1906. Food is delicious, atmosphere pleasant, and service is impeccable. I like the changing menu (don't think I've had the same thing 2 x) and the specials. I do believe it is a little bit pricey, but it is convenient and the preferred choice over the cafeteria/cafe because of wait service. And the staff is always, friendly and professional. Only disappointment - this past time we skipped desert because none of the items appealed to us, but that's not the norm. If I'm having desert there must be dark chocolate without zucchini mixed in.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Was late for my appointed reservation, but was graciously and promptly seated.
Waiter was polite, informative.
Some wait between appetizer and main course, but not excessive.
All dishes on menu had appeal and very creative, seasonal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 26, 2017

If you are visiting the gardens, treat yourself to a meal at 1906. You will not regret it!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2017

the food was excellent and very unusual. the waitress was super. the atmosphere was quiet and could see the grounds while eating. longwood and 1906 great job.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

As always, the 1906 doesn't disappoint. Great food, of course, and this time I had an excellent Bloody Mary before brunch. Do not miss their signature mushroom soup.... you're in mushroom country, after all. Dessert is a must, then walk it off in the world renowned gardens.

Tags: Organic, Gluten Free Options, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had a nice meal at 1906. Great starter and entree. Waitress was friendly and had our food out in a reasonable time. My wife had a filet mignon and I had the salmon, both were good. My wife had the pana cotta for dessert and enjoyed it. Topped it off with the fountain light show, great night.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

In that one must purchase admission to Longwood Gardens and then pay for the meal, the 'value' question is debatable. The meal, admission to the gardens for two and tip equaled over $200.

The food was very good, as was the service and the server!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great - as usual! We love eating outside on the patio!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

As always, we had a wonderful dinner in the 1906 Restaurant at Longwood Gardens. The food is seasonal and very innovative. Ingredients are always fresh and often local. The staff are as terrific as the food. They are attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. This is one of my favorite restaurants in the Brandywine Valley. I only wish they were open later each day.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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