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About M Restaurant at the Morris House
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, all under $30.
Our Main Dining Room is a great spot for romantic dining- and we also host live jazz 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).
Stay tuned for the opening of our outdoor gin and tonic raw bar in our lovely tented garden Sunday, April 29th, 2018.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
American, Continental, Farm-to-table
Hours of Operation:
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday 4:00 - 10:00 pm
Sunday 4:00 - 9:00pm
Tuesday - Sunday 4:00 - 6:00pm
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 starts to open in April and closes in November where it is transitioned into a Holiday Beer Garden for the month of December.
8th & Walnut Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
We cater all events ourselves, offering unique menus designed by Chef Joncarl. 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.
We have plenty of on-street parking in the Wash West neighborhood but if you must 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.
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.
Our executive chef Joncarl Lachman comes to us from "Noord", and "The Dutch", both of which he owns. After sucessfully opening three restaurants in Chicago, Joncarl moved to Philadelphia to be an integral part of the exploding food scene here.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, 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
Special Events & Promotions:
Weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, graduation dinners, proposals, rehearsal dinners, Sweet 16 parties, corporate getaways, business dinners, anniversary parties 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).
With a different experience to be had in each of our four spaces for private parties, M Restaurant at The Morris House Hotel offers the most original settings for parties of 6 to 100. With our garden in full bloom 4 months a year, it is a spectacular backdrop to host many different events.
M Restaurant at the Morris House Ratings and Reviews
What a pleasant surprise! We discovered this restaurant and bar on our walk to another spot a month or so ago! Stopped in for a drink at the bar, and decided to return for dinner on our next theatre venture! We just completed that visit (2/15) and realized that we had found a truly special place with great service, cocktails, and food!
Our server, Linna was also truly special, paying close attention to us throughout our visit! The daily special of beef lion with hummus and fresh baby carrots was from the genius mind of a most creative chef!
We, and many friends will visit many more times!
We went for Valentine's Day and had a wonderful meal all around. We had a silky tomato bisque, an oyster barley soup, one of the best salad courses ever for a house salad (the dressing was just absolutely delicious), and then we shared a whole Dorade fish, which was perfectly prepared, so flaky and delicious with a creamy oyster sauce. For dessert, I had the poached pears with a creme anglaise and my date had baked brie. What a meal! The dining room was abuzz all evening with happy, attentive waiters and we enjoyed the usual Wednesday perk of live jazz. All in all, it was truly a lovely evening all around. It was great to celebrate in a room that was filled with many happy diners. We will be back!
M is very close to the Walnut Street Theatre. We have visited M three times previously and enjoyed our meals. The fourth was unfortunate. The waiter knocked a glass of water onto me. The restaurant was out of several dishes, appetizers and entrees, but the waiter was unaware of that fact and came back twice to change orders. When everything was sorted out, the only entree that seemed appealing was chicken. It was a bit dry. I enjoyed the tuna tartare but that was only dish that any of the four of us thought notable. Two of us found a white chocolate dessert inedible. The setting is cozy and not noisy.
Great restaurant. Third time there, all pre-Walnut Theatre outings. It was restaurant week, and found it curious to the special menu for Saturday night. We came especially for the short ribs which was not on the menu, but the chef accommodated us for a slightly higher charge. Food did not disappoint. We had the rabbit roulette which was excellent and a salad, followed by the ribs and the chicken. Ribs were boneless, but if there was a bone, they would have fallen off being so tender. And chicken was cooked well and moist. Everything was great. Was a bit surprised that there was an upcharge for an additional serving of bread, but I guess that is to keep people from over-ordering. This is a great find and only a block from the Walnut so as season ticket holders, it is becoming a go-to place for us.
Visited M again to sample the menu under the new chef from Noord. I was not disappointed- had an excellent meal which was a great value given that it was restaurant week. Started with the potato leek soup which was delicious including a potato cake with caviar and sour cream on top. Entree was fisherman’s stew. The clams , mussels, shrimp, octopus and white fish were so incredibly fresh, plump and yummy in a barley broth. The barley was a little crunchy, a nice touch to the tasty broth. My husband I finished every morsel and every drop of the broth. My husband enjoyed his dessert: peanut butter mouse filled cream puffs. My dessert was less appealing: vegan cookies with raspberries. The pre dinnercocktail made with pear infused vodka was perfect.
Food in portion size and taste has improved much since Joncarl took over as chef. We dined in a private room with a fireplace. Warm and toasty and very quiet. Only another party of three. Had the tuna tartar app, husband had salad and friend had fried oysters. Main courses: Trout for husband and friend and I had seafood/spanish octopus dish. Trout was outstanding. Only down side was the $4.00 extra charge charge for additional bread which, under the circumstances, is chintzy and server said patrons who did not see it on menu balked when charged. Coffee and desert were find. Service was a bit slow but in these surroundings no one cared.
I ordered a salad, it was mostly greens. BORING! And it was the bitter greens. I had the chicken. The potatoes were cold, chicken kind of warm. Husbands meal was hot. Ordered another drink but oops she forgot and it took 15 minutes to get. She was busy setting up new tables. Husband ordered a drink oops took another 15 minutes. Not impressed. Will not go back tell people about. Horrible service and foid was so so. Expected ddo much more.
Two meals were from the restaurant week menu. Potato leek soup and chicken entree’s which were excellent. The third person ordered trout from regular menu and was said to be ‘the best trout in memory ‘. Very comfortable seating, excellent service, and overall did not disappoint. Also, had cocktails which were very good. Will return.
Very mixed. Nice ambiance, cozy dining room. Good noise level. But service was spotty (waiter never mentioned specials, left menus on table to sit for 15 minutes). We ate off restaurant week menu. Food was so-so. Disappointing because we had been a fan of Joncarl's cooking at Noord. It's two blocks away from us but not sure if we'd frequent much pro bay give it one more try. Based on our first meal, I wouldn't recommend to friends.
We went to M to take advantage of Restaurant week for a pre-theater dinner. It's a great location when going to the Walnut Street Theater. The food was well-prepared and the service was excellent. I'd passed by the restaurant for years and I'm glad I finally went. I would absolutely go again.
We celebrated New Year’s Eve at the M Restaurant the Morris House Hotel, after having considered several different options. The event was more casual than we had anticipated, but we were welcomed warmly and the service was good (if a bit rushed, even though we had a later seating. The menu was limited (3 soups to choose from to start, a baby green salad, a choice of 5 entrees – we went with the veal osso buco, which was fabulous) and a selection of desserts. We did have a nice bottle of Spanish Garnatxa, which went well with the food. The hotel and restaurant are located in an original historic house; there is a fireplace burning; and it would have been romantic if it hadn’t been New Year’s Eve. It was very cold that night, and the staff kept going outside between the two restaurant sites (which are separated by the courtyard) – every time the door opened, the chilly air blew in. We were done and back in our hotel room before midnight, making it one of our simpler New Year’s Eves.
We've been to M Restaurant many times and choose it as something new to try for New Years Eve. It worked out quite well as it was a nice quiet dinner, which we were seeking. I'd recommend it as a great place for simply a drink at the bar or dining in any of the dining rooms. The menu was worth the value with unique items tailored for the New Year.
The atmosphere was terrific and cocktails were perfect. The appetizers got mixed reviews but mine was outstanding. The main courses were somewhat disappointing. The service was very good. I'd try it again but the other members of my party probably wouldn't.
Back to Life. This neighborhood gem is back and hopefully to stay. We had dined here frequently years ago but found each time we visited the service and food just was not up to standards. Being fans of Joncarl Lachman we were excited to learn he was now executive chef. In its prime the atmosphere at M was quiet / stuffy and for the mature neighborhood folks. It needed to change as the neighborhood did. I think that change is finally starting. Lachman brings his talents from the kitchen and the front of the house with him. His great suçesss from NOORD will hopefully follow him to M. What a great dining experience last evening. Service and food was outstanding. Lachmans personality and talents are a much needed improvement and we will be sure to become regulars once again.
Dinner for two on a holiday weeknight. Had not been to M for a number of years. Place is still nice but kind of drab looking inside, BUT the food and wine is as good as any you will find anywhere else in the City. Nice surprise compared to my last meal there. There were so many delicious options on the menu! I cannot wait to go back.
Sometimes I just want to go somewhere where I can feel at home and be welcomed every time I return to a city. That is what M is for me; when I come in town for business and need to unwind with friendly staff, M is my go-to bar. It is a sweet space with a cozy setting surrounded by hundreds of photos and artwork on the walls that the owner's have collected. I love their three for $15 bar specials that basically amounts to a nice meal for me, which is just right to sample the specials of the day. Their sautéed Brussel sprouts with raisins, the honey wings and the cod fritters with yogurt cream are my favorites. Add to that a wonderful HH white, and I am always set for the night! The staff are wonderful- always pleasant, attentive and happy to please. My friends in Philly love to meet me here, and I love showing off the place to them! Cheers to the new chef and the staff for a job well done from A-Z.
The original "M" was a favorite - lovely warm nights in the courtyard, cozy dark winter nights in the dining room. The food was consistent and delicious. Then a new chef came and the quality deteriorated. We were encouraged by the recent hiring of the chef from Noord - a restaurant we have liked on several occasions, but our recent experience was not a positive one. I have never sent a dish back - but I did at this visit. The fish was so over-salted that it felt like someone had inadvertently dumped the shaker all over the plate. While the restaurant handled the situation well and immediately replaced it with another dish, it was very disappointing. Perhaps most distressing was that there was no dish that was memorable - the other dishes were fine, but it's not what we expected and the price made "fine" even less acceptable.
Party of four. We were eating before a show at the Walnut Street Theatre and celebrating my mother's 70th. They only had a pre fixe menu available. The bread for the table was odd. Almost no flavor and a strange texture with a butter that had carrots in it. Butter and carrots don't stay together well and are just strange. The leek soup was good. The cod entree was so salty as to be virtually inedible. Two people had it and it was the same for both. When we mentioned it to the manager who checked in they removed our wine from the bill as compensation and said they told the chef. The chocolate mousse desert was quite good but the apple cake was tasteless and dry. We have been here before and like the ambiance but this is the second disappointing meal in a row so we will not be going back. The prices for the pre fixe menus were reasonable ($35-45 depending upon the choice) but not when several items were so poorly executed.
Rarely do I ever send food back to the kitchen - almost never - but I had to. My local rainbow trout was sauced to such a salty extreme I couldn't eat it. The waiter said he and the kitchen tasted it and agreed. My companion’s dinner was salty too thougg not inedible. Cocktails were creative and fun. The service was earnest if a bit pushy - it was a quiet evening and I think our server knew from the moment of our arrival he needed us to move it! It’s a lovely room, but the food and seevice don’t live up to the decor.
We had a wonderful leisurely dinner to celebrate our son's birthday. We'd not been to M for many months, but Lowell the manager remembered us and gave us special attention. The new chef visited our table twice, and everything was excellent. We've never been disappointed and will look forward to return soon!
Great anniversary dinner! Very professional waitstaff and complimentary champagne for our celebration. Food we had was all good - my only comment many of the dishes on the menu had beets (not my favorite) as a part of the meal . Possibly one dish could be offered which is more
generally acceptable to the masses - not everyone in a group is an adventurous eater. We'll be back especially to be outside in the courtyard.
Very nice little restaurant. It's a bit hidden away with no clear advertisement of it's presence. But the ambiance inside is very nice and the menu is nice and appears to be seasonal. The food was all good as were the beverages. The waiters were knowledgeable and the chef even came out to talk about modifications he made for dietary restrictions and to see how the food was. Great service. Just be aware that the bill will likely be at least $100 excluding tip.
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