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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
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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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
1906 at Longwood Gardens Ratings and Reviews
I’ve been a Longwood Gardens member and frequent diner at the 1906 (and its previous incarnations) for many years. This is the first time I’ve dined at 1906 on Thanksgiving day, and I’m sorry to say it did not live up to the normal experience.
It began when our starters did not show up 35 minutes after we ordered our dinner. Our server did notice eventually, and returned after apparently going to the kitchen, to tell us that there had been some sort of “miscommunication”. In effect the kitchen had forgotten about us. Apologies and starters arrived, only to discover the soup starter was somewhere between warm and hot. Our server was informed of this when asked. He offered to have it brought back to the kitchen to have it reheated. After almost 45 minutes of having to wait for it in the first place, we passed on the offer. Our server was concerned and told the manager, who came over to offer further apologies and to tell us dessert was their treat. That was very nice of course.
The entrees came out, which were delicious as expected - but even these both were not quite hot enough. Almost like the entree chef in the kitchen knew we were there and our entrees wound up sitting under the warming lights while the starter course disaster was in progress.
Of course the front staff was very apologetic, said there was no excuse for such to happen, but did offer some excuses to include “large parties” in the dining room. I looked around to a dining room that was at best 50% full the whole time I was there. I’ve been to seasonal dinners at 1906 when the place was packed, not one seat open, and received perfect service. I can only guess last night’s problem might have been due to being short staffed. Given the dining room was only half full and it looked like plenty of servers in the front, perhaps the problem was back in the kitchen.
If this had been my first time here I’d hesitate coming back, but I know the record is in their favor.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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