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Date
Fri, 2/23
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9:00 PM
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1906 at Longwood Gardens

4.4
4380 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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 on our outdoor deck in Spring/Summer and in our Heated Enclosed Patio in Fall/Winter. 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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Organic, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Mid-March to May 9
Open Daily from 11:30am to 3:30pm

May 10 to September 5
Open Daily from 11:30am to 3:30pm
Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday until 7:30pm

September 6 to October 31
Open Daily from 11:30am to 3:30pm
Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday until 6:30pm

November 1 to November 21
Open Daily from 11:30am to 3:30pm

Thanksgiving Day, November 22
Open 11:00am to 7:30pm

November 23- January 6, 2019
Open Daily from 11:30 - 7:30pm
Seating until 8:30pm on Peak Visitation Nights
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Phone number
(610) 388-5290
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Will Brown / Bruce Galloway
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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
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Route 1
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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.
Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 4380 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.5
service
4.3
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3.8
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

Over priced over fancy food. Only odd selections available.

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vipEdward (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

We've been to 1906 several times before, and I anticipate we'll be back several more times! It's an outstanding restaurant. Naturally, it helps economically if you are members of Longwood, which we have been for many years.

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vipLocalFoodie (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

For our annual get together with friends, this venue is perfect! We were able to see the Longwood Christmas lights and the conservatories before escaping the cold, into this warm and friendly dining room. The menu is always innovative and it is worth trying their interesting pre-dinner cocktails. we had the hot toddy and the winter sangria. Our appetizers and entrees were delicious, if(we felt) rather on the small size for portions for the prices. Particularly, we enjoyed the leek and mushroom gratin and the two soups-butternut squash and mushroom. The duck entree was one of the best duck recipes we have had, with the fat nicely rendered and the skin crisp and crackly. Our server, was attentive and chatty which we appreciated at this obviously busy time. We loved the complimentary peppermint chocolate bark presented with our coffees, at the end of the meal, making it the perfect finish to a lovely evening! It might might be worth Longwood Gardens to offer a discount on the entry tickets if you have a reservation at this high -end restaurant to encourage more people to dine here-as it is an expensive evening with the entry tickets as well, even with our (one) member discount.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

Fantastic from start to finish. The drinks were suburb, the dinners were fresh and just the right size and our server was friendly and funny. Enjoyed every moment. We’ve been here before and we will be back!

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Margaret (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

The restaurant is very nice - a formal ambiance without having a dress code. The food was delicious, but the dessert blew me away. It was a apple cheesecake mousse, in a red sugar mold in the shape of an apple! It was fantastic! Someone else had a flower pot chocolate cake (I think) with a flower pot, dirt, and flowers that were all edible! It is a little expensive, but the food and ambiance were worth it.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

It was nice food was good nothing exceptional. Seating was crappy for the price I wouldn’t have expected to be cramped at a too small table brushing elbows w the diners beside me.

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david (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Food undercooked. Lobster served raw. Poor meal. Will not go back.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Absolutely excellent meal.
Every course done perfect.
Excellent service too.
Already told several friends about the restaurant.

This place is a gem!

I look forward to my next meal there!

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Sarcomere (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on January 4, 2018

It is supposed to be a very busy restaurant, and the table setting is quite crowded.

We went there on a snow day, so the whole restaurant is nearly empty (thus my impression of the Noise level may be very much biased). Foods are fine, not the best we had but still quite delicious.

The most impressive part is the dessert, which deserves all my good words.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on January 4, 2018

The lobster was chewy and rubbery and tasteless. The salad bitter. The kale in one of the meals was undercooked and bitter. The dishes were sparse and overpriced.
It was a huge disappointment.

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BillnRamona (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

The casual elegance and outstanding cuisine were perfect for our anniversary date night! The outside tented patio was toasty warm on a frigid evening, and we enjoyed seeing the Christmas lights glimmer through the tent windows. It was a magical setting and we felt free to linger for the evening. Our food was cooked to perfection, exquisitely presented, and portions were perfect. We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

My husband and I have eaten in the restaurant many times and we were disappointed at the food we had the other day. The food was not hot and the shrimp were overcooked. While my salmon was good, the polenta under the salmon was not very good. I expect better from the 1906 at Longwood and look forward to trying the restaurant again.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

Lunch at 1906 is always a special addition to our visit to Longwood.
Offerings are a good value for the quality of the food, the beautiful surroundings...pristine table linens, and the very personable waitstaff. Never overdone...just always comfortably classy.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 2, 2018

Outside dining on the patio during the warmer months is exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 2, 2018

The food was fantastic. Could not stop telling my husband how great it was. The only bad thing was the dirty wineglasses we had. Servers where great . A little expensive but since it was such good food it was worth every penny. Our hats of to the Chef's

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MIBlue (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

It was the coldest night of the year and the accommodating staff organized transportation for us from the entrance to the gardens to the restaurant. The food was very good but the deserts demonstrated an amazing amount of imagination and good taste! Keep enough room in your order so you do not miss them.

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jmbn (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

We have eaten here every year for ten years during the Yuletide festivities and this restaurant never disappoints. Menu choices are varied, well cooked and nicely presented and drink options are equally interesting and delicious. The service is always pleasant and efficient.

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Treddy (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

The food was fantastic. Excellent preparation and presentation. The service was quick, but not rushed. My wife's flower pot/bread server had a chip on the rim which does take away from the ambiance...especially considering the dollar value. When this was pointed out to our waiter, he seemed to infer that this was a common issue.

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sutto (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

we got there and there were plenty of tables available
open table gave us a very small window of reservation time
we could have come 15 minutes later after all
it was an excellent meal and excellent service

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Amycp6 (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Fortunately, we were seated indoors but one of the nearby tables was very loud & disruptive. The service was a little slow, we didn’t get our drinks until after our brioche. My tenderloin was medium-rare and my date ordered his medium but his was just as rare as mine. The special red blended wine was nice as well as the rum cider. The desserts were huge-we should have shared one.

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MiBr (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We always love dining in this restaurant. But on this past New Years Eve, the dining experience was just mediocre. Our reservation was for a table out on the porch. Although enclosed and heated, the weather was extremely cold and it was not comfortable dining out there. They did agree to move us inside but the table they gave us was not n the main dining area. The menu was nice but the food was under seasoned and the quality not up to the prices that were charged. Service was good although not highly attentive. We will try the restaurant again but probably not on a special occasion. The restaurant definitely didn’t live up to the very beautiful experience we had in the gardens.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Pricey but food was excellent: mushroom soup outstanding, bread and desserts creatively crafted and delicious, main courses very good. Only downside is we were in the plastic wrapped outside eating area that was heated but not enough to combat a very cold night. By the time our meal was done our fingers and toes were froze and we had to huddle in the visitors center to get warm enough to make a dash for the car!

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SandraC (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was very good, but the tent area was a bit cold. Would have preferred to be inside.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

While the food was quite good the restaurant lacked ambiance. It was New Year's eve and there was little festiveness inside, no quiet music and decorations were little to none.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

The 1906 restaurant is within Longwood Gardens so you would only dine there if you were already in the Gardens. My wife and I are members of Longwood so we visit several times a year. We particularly like to see the Gardens on New Years Eve where the holiday crowds are at a manageable level. I do recommend you make your reservations for this restaurant well in advance because it is very popular for that evening as well.

We always find the meal to be fabulous and the service is very good. If you are a Longwood member, you receive a 10% discount which makes it a good price performer.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

High quality food and service! Many local vegetables and meats/fish.

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Sunny (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We had been attending 1906 several times per year for the past seven years, and had always been happy with the restaurant. Unfortunately, this time there had been a recent change in online reservations such that tables are reserved for indoors versus outdoors, but the option to select the area is not clear or evident online. The outside table was cold and poorly lighted. The food was well done as usual. The only downside to the food was that we had to request the brioche bread in pots, which we had considered to be a signature item at 1906, and it was a bit dry when we finally received it. Should we attend in the future, we will definitely call to request an indoor table.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

A bit pricey but thoroughly enjoyed our meals. My husband had the pork chop and I had lobster tail.

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Chris (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Loved it! Will be back as soon as remodeling is complete!

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dorish (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

1906 was a wonderful spot to enjoy dinner on a cold New Years Eve. It was just right and when the tree outside our window lit up, it made us all smile. Being at Longwood that night was almost as good as going to the fireworks! And dinner was really memorable!

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