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M Restaurant at the Morris House

1345 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Romantic (22)
  • Pre/post Theatre (20)
  • Good for Anniversaries (19)
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 this spring!

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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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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 - 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.
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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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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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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 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.
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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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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
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).
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

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.

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What 1345 People Are Saying
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Shani (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Joncarl Lachman has reinvented M Restaurant, already one of the most pleasant spaces in Philadelphia - now it has the food to go with it! The cocktail program is particularly creative and delicious. We look forward to return visits when we can enjoy the beautiful courtyard!

vipPhillydiner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Romantic date night with husband before heading to the Lantern Theater. Very nice wine, and tasty fish. Also the live jazz in the bar was a lovely surprise! Kind of a hidden gem in this neighborhood.

allen (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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!

SKThomas (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

Lenny (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

It was a small room with only tables for two - food was outstanding. Service was the best ever. Gave A red rose to my date at dinner’s end. It was a romantic setting with lights appropriately dimmed. Will go back soon!

CliffordM (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

First time for us and we were very pleased with the menu. It had variety and the pot pies were a treat. Gourmet pot pies...who would have thought? The wait staff was exceptional and there is easy parking right across the street. We'll be back.

BlidgeL (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Wonderful food. Wonderful service. Wonderful experience!

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Restaurant week

vipMarkP (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

BeeDave (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

We were running late due to traffic. Explained we had theater tickets and we need to be quick. At no time did we feel rushed. Waitress took care of everything and made sure we made it on time.

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

vipphylit (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

Phillyweekender (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

vipAbby (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

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.