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About M Restaurant at the Morris House

Voted Most Romantic, Best Ambience by Open Table, and Best of Philly by Philadelphia Magazine and Open Table for Outdoor Dining, M Restaurant is an intimate, beautiful spot in the heart of cc Philadelphia, serving an affordable menu of creative appetizers, etrees, desserts, artisian cheeses and meats and bar menus, all under $30.

We are proud to support local farmers and serve sustainably raised produce, meat and fish.

We have recreated our well known menu style into something even more fantastic! Even though the Courtyard is closed for the winter, we still have 2 beautiful dining rooms. Our Main Dining room a great spot for intimate dining and close to Jazz. The Library is now open to our diners most Fridays and Saturdays (depending on private parties) and has a beautiful historical fireplace, which makes for some of the most intimate dining in the city!

231 South 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Continental, Farm-to-table

Hours of Operation:
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday 4:00 - 10:00 pm
Sunday 4:00 - 9:00pm

Happy Hour:
Tuesday - Sunday 4:00 - 6:00pm

Live Jazz:
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.

Cross Street:
8th & Walnut Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 625-6666

Website:
http://www.mrestaurantphilly.com/

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 consisting of all medium sized plates.

Book our historic Chef's private library for parties of 6-22 guests.
The historic library opens out to 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.

Catering:
We cater all events ourselves, offering the most unique menus designed by chef Robin. She works with each client to make a meal that will be a culinary highlight of the day. Using ingredients from local farmers, her dedication to offering the top of the line affordable menus to our clients is unmatched by any other caterer. Her expertise in many different styles of cooking allows her to custom design every single event, making each one a one of a kind culinary adventure. No two parties are ever the same and your guests will know the difference. She is flexible to work with every budget.

Parking Details:
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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Chef Robin Niemczuk is a zestful chef who developed her sophisticated cooking skills while working at Buddakan and R2L in Philadelphia before coming to the M Restaurant. Her passion for cooking came from her pop pop, where she learned at an early age th

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, 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, 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).

Private Dining

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

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88% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (22)
Great for Outdoor Dining (22)
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Romantic (21)
Cozy (18)
Good for a Date (17)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Seasonal (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Authentic (5)
Casual (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Healthy (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
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Great for Lunch (2)
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Tasting Menu (2)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Had a wonderful night at the M Restaurant The Host arrange to have flowers delivered at the table and we had the best seat outside. I had called ahead and explained it was for my wife's birthday. From the minute we got there to the minute we left we had a wonderful time. The mixed drinks were outstanding specifically the grilled peach old fashioned. We are "TheBarReview" and we highly recommend the M Restaurant. Call ahead for special requests... they certainly took care of all of our needs.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 28, 2017

M is fantastic and I am sorry we had not been there for some time. It is the nicest outdoor dining venue in the city. The garden is quiet, so0histicated , peaceful and oh so pleasant. The food was fantastic. Creative, tasty, well prepared. The dining pace was delightful. The menu is varied, interesting combinations but sufficient variety to please most. We are already planning our next visit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Wow,wow,wow! I'm impressed beyond words by my overall experience at the M Restaurant. The food, service and ambiance was amazing.

I dined at M Restaurant this past Saturday for a date night and was pleasantly surprised when I was offered the nightly special of "Salmon and Creamy Leeks" . My boyfriend and I also tried a few appetizers and sides and were pleased by both the quality and quantity.

All entire restaurant staff was attentive was attentive, gracious and very friendly especially our server, Steve, and Lowell, restaurant manager. I always have great experiences at the M and look forward to my next visit there!

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Wonderful ambiance in the outdoor dining space in the courtyard of the historic buildings. Welcoming and friendly staff, from manager to server. Fun approach to gin drinks, with a slew of gin flights and a mix& match menu for custom gin and tonics.

Tags: Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on July 21, 2017

We had a wonderful meal at M and look forward to returning in early fall. Unfortunately, the recent heat wave kept us from dining in the exquisite garden. Although the restaurant is lovely, the 5-star ambience is in the garden. Everything was delicious, portions were generous, and the service was pleasantly attentive without being pretentious. Our party of four started with M specialty cocktails, then shared the red quinoa appetizer and two sides ( brussel sprouts and mixed mushrooms) to go along with our entrees. My tuna was perfectly seasoned, but just a tad more done than I like. However, a friend who ordered the tuna thought is was done just right. So, when I go back I will be sure to specify how I like my tuna. We finished with two desserts--the lemon ice box pie and coffee mousse parfait--both amazing and presented with candles for my husband's birthday celebration. All agreed it was a great meal and we appreciated the quiet room that let us enjoy good conversation with old friends.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Excellent all around, except that waitress clearly overwhelmed and had to be flagged down more than once. Also, servers and managers unaware of 10% discount for residents of St James's next door.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Anniversary dinner. Excellent spot!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 15, 2017

It's so nice and Beautiful to sit outside . Service is very good and food is good too.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 9, 2017

The outdoor garden where we were seated was beautiful. The food was really good and the service was excellent. Only negative was the mosquitos outside - I got quite a few bites. However when I finally asked the host if they had any spray, they did have some I could use. The table next to us asked to use it after I was done, so I was not the only one getting bit.

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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on July 9, 2017

We did have a problem with the main course, but server brought us a cheese plate while we were waiting for them to bring us our meal. We were there for a birthday-but they seemed to forget. They took money off the bill. Food was delicious!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Great location for Anniversary dinner. Great ambiance, but I could have done without the insects. Other than that everything went well.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 1, 2017

The ambiance of the restaurant was elegant yet comfortable. The staff was attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. Service was prompt and quite professional. We chose "M" because we had a vegan in the group and wanted to make certain that she had adequate options. The food was creatively prepared and beautifully portrayed. The Heirloom Tomato appetizer was wonderful with unusual tastes abundant and the Chilled Apple Pineapple Cucumber Soup was outstanding! I was told that the Chicken Breast Entree was excellent as was the Sesame Seared Tuna Steak. The Brussels Sprout side dish was very good and was a noteworthy part of the meal.

Tags: Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Amazing food, ambiance and service - will definitely go back!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Friends and I dined at M prior to attending the theater. They have lovely garden seating to take advantage of dining el fresco on a nice summer evening. The hand crafted cocktails were interesting, and the pre-fix theater menu was very nice. Love the proximity to the Walnut Street Theater.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Menu has become too spicy. I have dietary restrictions and had to request the preparation of a "safe" dinner from the kitchen. For what I received plain chicken, asparagus and plain lettuce salad, the food was expensive. We will probably not return to M, although it is convenient to WST.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 14, 2017

I was having surgery at Wills Eye Hospital and wanted to eat nearby and do something special the evening before. Wednesday is free Jazz night outside. Carol Moog (harmonica) and Chicago Carl (keyboard) were wonderful! The food was delicious. I have never eaten a better pork chop! All the dishes served to us were scrumptious!! Halibut, chicken wings, mozzarella bites, and mushroons were beautiful too.

I had special dietary restrictions, that the chef kindly allowed (gluten free, not spicy, no mangos). The servers were kind, courteous, and accommodating. I rarely write reviews, but I had such a good time, it took away the worry for a few hours. The outdoor venue was a cool garden of eden after a day if sweltering heat and travel to Philly. I highly recommend this restaurant and these musicians.

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Vegan, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Healthy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Disabled Access
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 8, 2017

We had s delightful dining experience. This was our first visit to M. There were 4 out of us and we ordered 4 appetizers to share and we each tasted the others entrees. Everything was delicious, fresh and homemade (gnocchi was superb). Thank you for a wonderful evening!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Romantic, excellent, outside venue. Highly recommended!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Beautiful garden setting, attentative waitstaff, delicious food.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Lovely place with comfortable outdoor gardein (though the night that I was there the outdoor garden was open for cocktails, only, as they had a small wedding reception in the garden. Live jazz on Wednesday and Friday evenings. Great spot for outdoor dining in good weather with good happy hour food and drinks. Would recommend for after or before theatre (Walnut Street theatre is only a few minutes away on foot.) Food and service are very good with an inventive contemporary cuisine menu.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Live Music, Special Occasion, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 26, 2017

The food, service and ambience were outstanding. I've been here several times, and it never disappoints. The best kept secret in Philadelphia.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Great ambiance and location.
They tried.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Out door garden dining before a show. Jazz. Happy hour great value. A hidden gem.

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Like it's attached sister Hotel, this was a serendipitous discovery...excellent from top to bottom, with attentive, able service to match...this was part of a 10th Anniversary celebration, and perfect for that...but we'll be making certain to return next time we're in Philly...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Room was surprising empty for a Sunday evening, service was knowledgable and attentive .the patio looked quite nice but a bit chilly so we passed for an inside table. Food was good but the sauce on the mussels/clams entree a bit disappointing, however, overall a very enjoyable dining experience.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Service is disjointed Seats at outdoor bar for 2's only. We had 4 people. Had to stand and wait for permission to sit at table for four at outside "dinner" table. Many tables were available. Drink waiter never came back to take our happy hour appetizer order.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Very disappointed. Food was slightly above average but service was terrible. Went there for Mother's Day Brunch. Had at least 3 different servers and still had poor service. Was not even asked if we would want coffee and/or dessert. Called the day before requesting earlier seating and was told none available. When we arrived 30 minutes early the restaurant was half empty. They really need to get their service together.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Another great night at M! We love the food, courtyard, and the staff. We will be back soon.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Great service, lovely unique menu, beautiful venue.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Well.... food is expensive and just so so. I can guarantee that you will find alternative one.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 23, 2017

My wife and I were very pleased with the food and service. I was blown away that both the watress and dustgirl knew the general preparation of the food.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Garden atmosphere was lovely. Service could have been a little more attentive. Close to theatre. I would recommend it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 16, 2017

3:30 reservations on Easter which weren't really necessary as the place was almost empty. Service was slow considering we were the only party in the room most of the time. Food was OK although portions were small for the price. Good service would have made up for that in a big way but unfortunately was lacking. After a long wait the check was presented and we were never even asked if we wanted another drink or dessert!! Seriously??

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on April 16, 2017

My parents were in town, and I booked a reservation for Easter brunch. The dining room had a nice ambiance., but would have been better without the chef constantly yelling things to her team. Her pep talks were entertaining I might add. The waitress was attentive and kind. I ordered French toast and my father ordered an omelette, neither of which were anything special, not bad, just average. However, when my mother cut into her pancakes they were filled with uncooked oozing batter. The staff whisked them away and promised to make them right. The sausage that she ordered was so dry and over cooked it could have been used as hockey pucks. When the pancakes returned, they were cooked all the way through, but bland and tasteless. There was a reduction in our bill to compensate. But in a city filled with many fabulous restaurants, I certainly expected more and will not likely return to try another meal.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Sunday nite pre show dinner.Excellent food.Duck and the Scallops dinners were great.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Second time at M and just as good as the first. Sat outside this time and enjoyed the beautiful weather and creative cocktails. Menu is creative and original and sourced from local farms. Perfect place to impress on a date or special occasion. Service is fast without being rushed and attentive without being overbearing. A+ establishment!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 1, 2017

We had a great meal here! It is a quieter atmosphere because it's small and elegant inside. We went with a group of 5 and had a good time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Booked earlier in the day and got placed across the courtyard in a side room, so felt slightly isolated in over flow room. Seared squid octopus for starter was burnt which left smokey taste on the palette for main course. Open fire next to table was comforting as was the classical music emanating from cupboard although disc stopped half way through the meal.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 25, 2017

We enjoyed the dinner and ambiance.
Wonderful birthday surprise for my husband! We will definitely go back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Too noisy, service was too slow and the food wasn't that great or that plentiful for the money. Too much dressing on the salad.

Tags: Cozy
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