M Restaurant at the Morris House

3.9
1413 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Voted Most Romantic, Best Ambiance by Open Table, and Best of Philly by Philadelphia Magazine and Open Table for Outdoor Dining, M Restaurant is an intimate, neighborhood gem in the heart of center city Philadelphia, serving an affordable menu of creative appetizers, entrees, desserts, artisan cheeses and meats and discounted bar menus.
Our Main Dining Room is lovely for a romantic dining experience. We also host live music in our quaint bar Wed. and Fri. from 6-8:30. The Library and Reynolds Room located in the historic Morris House Hotel- both with working fireplaces- are now open for our diners most Fridays and Saturdays for dining as well-(depending on private parties).
We have a new international chef, Sanish Daniels and a new front of house manager, Tom Connors who comes to us from the Bel Air Hotel in LA, upping service from A-Z. Come in from the cold and step into another world at M with our new international menu and new team. See you soon!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Continental, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday 4:00 - 10:00 pm
Sunday 4:00 - 9:00pm

Happy Hour:
Tuesday - Sunday 4:00 - 7:00pm

Live Music:
Wednesday & Friday 6:00 - 8:30pm

(The last reservation is taken 30 minutes before closing Tues-Sun because we have to honor the privacy of our hotel guests whose rooms all face the garden and courtyard. We are known for our quaintness and serenity and promise all guests that that is the experience they too will have if they are staying in the hotel.)
- Reservations highly recommended but not required.
- Seasonal Garden seating opens in April and closes in November.
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Phone number
(215) 625-6666
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
We cater all events ourselves, offering unique menus designed by our chef. He works with each client to make a meal that will be a culinary highlight of the day. Using ingredients from local farmers, his dedication to offering the top of the line affordable menus to our clients is unmatched by any other caterer. His expertise in many different styles of cooking allows him to custom design every single event. No two parties are ever the same and your guests will know the difference. He is flexible to work with every budget.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
8th & Walnut Street
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Parking details
We have plenty of on-street parking in the Wash West neighborhood but if want to park in a lot, you will receive 15% off in the Parkway lot across the street. The entrance is on 8th between Walnut and Locust. You must ask to get your parking ticket validated by your server at M Restaurant.
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Public transit
The Market Frankford Line is 2 blocks away, at Market and 8th. The north south Septa 47 line runs on 8th Street, and Patco high speed line is one block away.
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Entertainment
We host Live Jazz every Wed and Fri from 6:00-8:30

All jazz sessions will be in our cozy bar or our lovely garden!!
(weather permitting). Come unwind in our garden and treat yourself to discounted drinks and our new bar menu, as well as our unique dinner menu.


Book our historic Chef's private library for parties of 6-22 guests.
The historic library with a working fireplace has awesome views of our spectacular garden and is a true gem. It is a romantic, intimate setting that was restored in 2000 to bring it back to its original glory when it was first built in 1787. Perfect for dinners and business seminars, it is truly a one of a kind room in Philadelphia.
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Special events & promotions
We are adept at hosting proposals, weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, graduation dinners, rehearsal dinners, Sweet 16 parties, corporate getaways, business dinners, anniversary parties, medical seminars, pharmaceutical meetings, honors presentations and holiday get-togethers. We have a separate private historic library in The Morris House Hotel that hosts up to 22. Call for details. (Our main dining room in the restaurant can seat up to 47 and another 10 in the bar).
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

With our new chef on board, enjoy an international menu to ring in the New Year!
Four courses for $85pp. CC on file guarantees a res. We do NOT overbook.
Seating is in our lovely dining room or historic rooms of the hotel with fireplaces! For the most creative night for dining, M Restaurant is it!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 1413 People Are Saying
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, cool bar, very good food. Feels like a French country inn in the middle of the city.

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HG
Philadelphia
64 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

We have often eaten at M before a show at the Walnut Street Theater, but this visit was not up to their usual standards. They have a prix fixe before theater special, and the hostess told us that all of the items on the menu could be had as part of the prix fix. I ordered white wine, expecting to order the scallops. The waiter brought the wine, did not show me The bottle and I had to ask in order to taste it. Turns out, it was not the wine we ordered. When we ordered the entrées, however I was told that the scallops were not included. The service was much slower than usual, and we almost missed the show, even though they knew from the get go that we had theater tickets. One of my guests is gluten-free but all of the dessert options were cake. In checking with the kitchen, the waiter found out that one of the cakes was indeed gluten-free. It didn’t matter though because they were all awful and nobody had more than two bites. In summary, there was no coordination between the hostess, the waiter and the kitchen. We may return, but it won’t be soon.

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L
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Appetizers were fabulous! Entrees were just ok, dessert was terrible and coffee was room temp. Ambiance was superb!

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PL
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went after a show at the Walnut Street Theater. Quiet smaller restaurant that was a very convenient 3 minute walk from the theater. Service was very good and the food was excellent. My wife had the brook trout and I had a short rib dinner. Both were very good The spinach salad for was also very tasty. Will definitely be back Good meal and an excellent value

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J
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food; excellent service! We thoroughly enjoyed our dinners.

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M
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Unfortunately, we never did order as I received a call from the hospital that my Mom was in grave condition and had to leave. We will try and return.

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b
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our food. Our waiter was the best ever. The garden was lovely. I can def recommend.

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DM
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Poor service. Not noticed for 15 - 20 minutes once seated . One Entre full of gristle which was nauseating . Seated under brightly lit tent (not romantic at all). Altogether disappointed

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L
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Experience was not great. Our server Corey, despite being new, was the only positive. Felt it was over priced, they hadn’t updated the website so the menu was considerably different from what we expected and we weren’t wowed by the food. It was ok but vegetables were under cooked, they mixed up the side dishes and we were underwhelmed. Nothing awful just no reason to go back.

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PC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

M Restaurant is charming, cozy and romantic. We had the happy hour cheese board which featured Brie, two hard cheeses, cranraisins and honey with walnuts. Love the French feel of the bar, soft lighting and softer music. Would recommend M for any occasion.

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OT
Philadelphia
57 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

The only nice thing was outdoor seating. Food, service horrible. One of the worst meals we have had.Waited to be checked in because no one was there. Was one waitress for all the tables( 5 inside,5 outside) and the manager. He was taking care of the bar too. 5 people , 2 waiting for a bill. Asked to sit outside. Took 20 minutes for the waitress to come. When she finally came told us she was the only waitress so ordered everything when she came. It took forever just to get water.The menu was not appetizing. Had tuna tartare-was ok, fried oysters with chicken salad. The oysters were soggy and greasy, the chichen salad no flavor. I had an arugala salad the tasted like it had no dressing . Did not ask for more dressing since we never saw waitress. She dropped off a slice of bread that had a cake texture. Was a cumin bread and was auwful.We do not like cumin and my husband is allergic to cumin. You could smell it,it was so pungent. We asked her for regular bread and she said they only have this. Is that what they serve with the cheese board? We stuggled to find something to eat. I got the mushrooms,cabbage and chick peas. Cannot believe that was dinner entree. Had no flavor and a bit soupy. The thyme sprig was thrown in. They could have taken it off the stalk and used more for flavor. My son had scallops. There was a funky coating around them that did not taste good. My husband ordered the chicken and she came back to tell us they were out of chicken. 7:15 and out of chicken means no one liked the menu. So my husband told her there was not anything else he wanted. She then said they had a few specials! She could not tell us while ordering?Did not matter. She talked him into butternut squash soup. Was terrible&tasted like they dumped a whole jar of cumin in it. We told her that this was one of the worst meals we have had and to make sure she tells the chef. She asked us if we wanted our meals wrapped !Said we wanted the check. $170 for that garbage! We ate somewhere else.

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e
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Unfortunately, we had a brand new waitress. She was good but didn't know answers to our questions about the menu - We went for price fix but she wasn't aware they even had that - menu limited and unique - squash soup very good but the meal I had - braised short ribs with risotto - meat good but the risotto was crunchy and not melt in my mouth type - very disappointed for the price.

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c
Philadelphia
74 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Lovely setting in a courtyard garden. Inside with attention to nice artwork and stylish furnishings. Food was so so. Not bad just not as good as expected for the price.

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NB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit to M. We loved e erything. The food was prepared well and everything tasted lovely.
Great service, professional and friendly.

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DE
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The bacon wrapped stuffed dates were fabulous; the bread was worth every calorie; the pork special was spectacular. Drinks were good. Our waitress was attentive; fun; and gave recommendations which were spot on. The restaurant is small and I recommend going with no time constraints. It is a local spot.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

More expensive than the foods worth

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n
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Pork chop came over salted and well done, switched to tenderloin which was well prepared and delicious. The service was excellent and atmosphere charming.

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c
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We sat outside. The service was beyond horrible. I ordered a drink when I arrived and 30 minutes later I didn't receive it even after everyone had drinks and appetizers. The whole night went that way. We were ignored all night. The food wasn't just not good but disgusting. The filets were coated in black pepper and the roasted chicken had fatty skin on it. We ordered raw oysters and got oysters Rockefeller. I waited 15 minutes for someone to pick up my credit card so I could pay.

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A
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was excellent, but the service was terrible. Our server introduced another man who was working his first night. The new server did a terrible job. I could have done better!! I assumed he had received little or no training. For example, he set down the bread basket on top of a candle, almost knocking over the candle. He forgot to deliver a glass of wine and had to be reminded (the restaurant was not busy). He gave me a knife for my steak, but it was a paring knife! When I questioned him, he said, oh, that's a paring knife, and proceeded to give me a steak knife. The paring knife also looked dirty. In addition, after I ordered, the waiter came back and told me what I wanted was not available. Why didn't he tell me that when he gave me the menu? I will go back to this restaurant because the food is good and the garden is lovely.

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A
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

What a gem. The restaurant is attached to the Morris Hotel across from convenient parking that serves Jefferson. The courtyard garden is amazing, a wonderful place to relax with drinks, have a pre-theater dinner or just meet friends for a night out. I could imagine small weddings and events, especially in spring and fall. I am told Christmas time is breathtaking.
The food choices were varied and well executed. I had ricotta gnocchi and a skewer of grilled shrimp that turned out to be an excellent combo for a summer evening. The bar and inside seating were well appointed.
If there was a downside, service from the kitchen was on the slower side but it seemed they were down to one waitress. But overall it was a memorable experience and one we will revisit.

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c
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

perfect place to take friends, enjoy the food and be able to have a conversation.......

excellent waiter and staff.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Service was slow and food ok not great

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ES
Philadelphia
153 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 5

The tale of two dinners. Mine was good - cold peach soup, tuna tartare and heirloom tomato salad. My spouse's voice of the rack of lamb was bad. The couple next to us told my spouse struggling to cut the rack said "the meat is raw". So we sent it back and a second rack of lamb arrived, cooked but still a struggle to cut and my wife said the vegetables has a "funny" taste. She's not a picky eater. All in all, my wife's dinners were poor to bad. This was our first visit to M's and we had high hopes. The handicapped accessibility was good, I use a scooter. But the food served to my spouse was bad.

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JD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was planning dinner here to celebrate a special occasion. I was incredibly impressed with attentiveness of everyone at M restaurant. Everyone from hostess to waitresses was extremely friendly, and the food was superb. The outside patio is also gorgeous in the evening. Would highly recommend.

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G
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Advertised Jazz in the outdoor courtyard. Didn't happen.
Food was OK. Overall not worth the trip downtown with the comparable options in the northern suburbs.

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d
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

such an enjoyable experience and all our dishes were superb!

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i
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is very good. The prices are tourist prices. Venue is nice, garden is excellent. A variety of Cocktails. Wine list is a little over priced and they didn’t have my wine choice. Beer was good and saved some money on a large bill for philadelphia. I will say though the food is fresh and good. Hint: better than Tulula’s garden imho.

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We sat outside which was a great experience although a little noisy. It is very beautiful in the courtyard that we sat in. The food was great other than the vegetable pot pie which was a little bland. I tried soft shell crab for the first time which was delicious. The waiter, Steve, was very nice and accommodating.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual. Food and service impeccable.

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TI
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 5ambience 1

It was so noisy we had to leave. Puti- Outside sitting would have been nice but it was raining.

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RC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful summer night, not too hot, sitting outside in the courtyard. Excellent cocktails, service and a delicious dinner. Definitely one of the best restaurants for a date night out.

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j
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

has all the necessities for a great meal but continues to fall short...just not good enough, not clean and spiffy...just not worth the price when you can go close by and get it all.

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OT
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Lovely garden setting, especially on a nice summer night. The food was OK, and not a good value for the money.

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SO
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect hidden under the stars gourmet dining in the middle of the city...

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TZ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely late Sunday afternoon for early dinner before Walnut Theater show. Dinner was delicious. Summer weather so after dinner drinks in outdoor garden area for conversation with friends.

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OB
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice setting. However the music was too loud so that I had to shout across the table at my friend. It should be more subdued. Food was great, however I did not want to ruin my weight watching by eating a caloric dessert and when I asked for fruit or a scoop of ice cream with some fruit, they didn’t have any. I’ve never been to a restaurant where they didn’t have any fruit Or some low calorie substitute.

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JS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Have eaten dinner here a few times. On Tuesday, the clams casino were chewy & not very flavorful. I did get the extra fried oysters I requested but the spoonful of chicken salad, which accompanied the dish, was minuscule. A little disappointed this time around!

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CY
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Brought my mom for her birthday after seeing Mamma Mia! Food was great and we sat outside in the courtyard which was lovely!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love everything about this place! The garden area is so pretty and romantic in the evening! And food was delicious. We had a special occasion so the restaurant nicely offered complimentary champagne.

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M
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely outdoor space. Good food. I would return.

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