Granite Hill is our favorite place for brunch. It is traditional and inventive at the same time. We always combine it with a visit to the museum. We are sorry it is closing for museum construction. However, we were told it will reopen in 15 months. We're looking forward to it!
Reservation honored at the correct time (1 pm). However, we arrived 10 minutes early and the young person at the desk needs more training in how to show hospitality. My friend and I were told to come back at one, because reservations had to be honored "exactly" in a curt manner.
Happily, another person at the desk greeted us warmly when we returned at the "exact" time. We both ordered the trout,which was prepared perfectly. Our server was friendly and did a great job. Fonda, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Management of reservations and clearance of tables is poorly organized and terribly slow. On a Thursday, we waited 25 minutes for a party of four with minimal help from the staff. If you have any time constraints, skip it. I cannot imagine what it is like on the weekends!
Excellent food, as always. The chef's table is a great option for taste and value and the special cocktails, themed to tie in with the Museum of Art's key exhibit of the moment, are delicious. We're sorry the restaurant will be closed during the Museum's new renovation project and hope it will reopen as soon as possible.
Apart from the 15 minute wait, even with a reservation, this was a tasty meal, agreeably and promptly served. Granite Hill has been a definite plus for the Philadelphia Museum, even in its somewhat cramped space for sometimes overflowing crowds.
Great location in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and owned by Steven Starr, but the food is really not up to the standard of other Starr restaurants. Servers and other employees were friendly and professional. Hope the place gets better with the upcoming renovation.
Good, basic food; large delicious salads; delicious cocktails, though limited selection. Menu is limited, but good for what it offers. It's a nice quiet place to have lunch and conversation before or after visiting the museum exhibits. Service was not great. They brought out 2 orders for our 4 person party, one was a salad and one was the entree. The salad and soup for the other 2 in the party didn't come out until we asked about it. Waiter apologized, but should have been on top of it. The restaurant was not anywhere near busy.
Great way to spend a Sunday
We went to Granite Hill for brunch on New Year's Day. Despite recent mixed reviews, it was a very pleasant experience. Our waiter, Michael, was very personable and attentive. The filet mignon was outstanding. Everything on the buffet was very good. The only suggestion that I would have for staff, which is also mentioned in other reviews, is that the cheese board could have been filled more frequently. Other than that, no complaints. Overall it was very enjoyable.
Made reservation through Open Table for my wife's birthday (New Year's eve day). Got the table I requested by the window. Our waiter was terrific, personable and helpful, and the food was tasteful and well presented. My wife ordered the Chef's buffet table, which she loved, and I had the Greek Salad platter. Very nice all around. One of our favorite places to go for special occasions or whenever we have the time to spare while we're at the museum for an exhibition.
Had the Trout.
Not up to Starr Restaurants' usual level of polish in any way. The highlights (low lights?):
- waited at the unattended front desk for at least 2 minutes while the hostess took pictures of herself in her new scarf - awesome.
- chair at the table was so deep and had such a relaxed posture to it that I had to sit up without any back support when I wanted to eat. I am of average height and have longer than average arms so it was the chair, not me.
- sole waiter was about as enthusiastic about us as we were in spending another minute more than necessary in the pleasant but moribund dining room
-speakers (visible not the ceiling) non- functional so the place was quiet as a funeral home. Hostess stated that they only had one speaker at the far end of the dining room. I have never asked for the music to be turned up but wishes it could have been.
- ordered the crab cake special. Nothing special about it: good amount of crab but so overpowered by bay seasoning that it might as well have been sawdust. Pepper slaw was so spicy I left most of it. Scallops were perfectly cooked but the accompanying Israeli couscous salad was so cold it cased them to cool almost immediately- not exactly appetizing.
- Sauvignon Blanc was very astringent, very little flavor; the Chardonnay quite good
- tried to use a Starr gift card (the whole reason we ate here) only to be told they did not accept them since this was Starr Catering Group.
Couldn't help but compare this expeince to that of dining at then Boston MFA. Let's just say Philadelphia can, and needs to, do better.
Salad was oily and relatively tasteless. The waiter apologized numerous times for slow service. Overall not a pleasant experience
One of our favorite spots , it is a shame that the Art Museum is closing this and much more hid its operation for almost two years as part of its modification efforts. Granite Hill was terrific , great staff, nice menu and a good ambiance, despite the fact that they had to depend on Art Museum staff for cleaning , which never matched the quality of Starr Catering, which actually operates the restaurant. We wish we knew there would little available at the Museum for such a lengthy period BEFORE we renewed our membership.
The food was poor, badly composed sandwiches and salads overdosed with oil and vinegar. The ambiance is lovely as is the location.
The food was just ok and the service was pretty awful. I have a high tolerance for bad service but this guy was just so cold and uninterested.
Maybe better for brunch or dinner.
When I lived in the Philadelphia area, part of the enjoyment of going to PMA was eating at their restaurant. The food and ambiance were always memorable. It has been a few years since I have visited the museum and was a little disappointed in the brunch. Our reservation was for 1:00, which I don't consider that late for a mid day meal although it might be considered late for a brunch. The buffet needed replenishing and what was left looked a little tired. We put together a charcuterie plate with what was left, which wasn't much. The Bloody Marys were very good. We went back and found that they had refilled the various stations, but there wasn't a lot of choice. The food was good, but not of the quality that I remember in the past. Although we didn't leave still hungry, it just didn't match past experiences.
We had the Sunday brunch buffet and found it over-priced.
Excellent food, service and ambiance. Both my butternut squash soup and brook trout were delicious and creative . Having lunch at Granite Hill makes a trip to the museum an even more special event. But the overall menu is a bit pricey and I don't see it as a solely restaurant destination worth a trip apart from a visit to the museum. I also have two nitpicks: the brook trout entrée, though delicious, was served tepid not hot; and the chairs are too deep. I feel like I need a pillow back cushion to support me in the chair. Regardless of my mild criticisms, I would look forward to dining there anytime I go to the museum and feel that it enhances the overall experience.
Calm, attractive and comfortable space but the french onion soup was exceedingly salty, the salad was bland and the mussels were too large in size and flavor.