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M Restaurant at the Morris House

4.1
1325 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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We have a new executive chef! Joncarl Lachman of "Noord" and "The Dutch" has brought his signature cooking and amazing service style to our contemporary American cuisine, with daily specials that focus on colonial touches.
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).

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 - 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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Cross street: 8th & Walnut Street
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Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Fall in love again and celebrate at M Restaurant
with four phenomenal courses designed by Joncarl
Lachman for $75.00. Includes dessert and amuse bouche.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

What 1325 People Are Saying
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vipJudiE (Philadelphia)
2.0
Dined 4 days ago

Service was mediocre at best. Food uninspired. Pricey for what it is. We would not return & we used to enjoy it.

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vipLocal (Philadelphia)
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

Delicious food, wonderful service! We have been there before, & we will be back!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
3.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

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vipPhillycliff (Philadelphia)
5.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0
Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0
Dined on December 27, 2017

The menu is interesting and there is something for meat-lovers,fish-lovers or vegans. The homemade bread is amazing. Full bar. I highly recommend the lovely, historic restaurant for any occasion.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on December 23, 2017

Lovely pre-theater family dinner. Staff was terrific and the food was yummy!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0
Dined on December 21, 2017

Overall, the service was excellent. My only complaint is that my short ribs were a bit under-seasoned. However, my girlfriend thought that her trout was very good.

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VMiller (Philadelphia)
5.0
Dined on December 21, 2017

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.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

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 - 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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Cross street
8th & Walnut Street
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(215) 625-6666
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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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Catering
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.
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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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Executive chef
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.
Additional
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
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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).

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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