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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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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
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.
Now that johncarl chef-owner of noord / Dutch has taken over, the food quality increased one thousand percent!
I also want to add that this place is one of the few places that doesn't triple/quadruple their bottle of wine prices..........great price value.
The service could be a bit tighter, otherwise I would come back in a second........... I also noticed a really cool looking bar snack menu!!
A special annual family dinner, a mother treating her sons to a lovely dinner. We were not disappointed, it was all delicious. We had a bit of the whole menu offered, the specials, appetizers, the trout and the beef and THE DESSERTS. The Happy Hour is cozy and not too loud and especially pleasant with the live music. Looking forward to other visits and then the garden in the Spring.
Where to begin...this restaurant has a new team on board and all of a sudden things are different, and for the better!! Service was always a bit iffy in the past and this time everything was perfect. I love their cozy bar, and to listen to jazz in the background was an added plus on a lovely Wednesday night. The dining room is medium sized, and is a very pretty setting to dine in. I loved my leek and potato soup, and my husband had a light, delicious tuna tartare- his favorite. The smoked pheasant thighs were perfectly cooked, and the fishmonger stew was chock a block full of sumptuous seafood. Joncarl and Aila of Noord are the new chefs, and with their extended Philadelphia following and experience have brought M into a new spotlight with a more approachable, relaxed menu. I am looking forward to coming when it will be decorated for the holidays as they have always been one of THE prettiest places in the city to dine during the Christmas season. Bravo to all for an excellent experience from A-Z. We will be back soon!
What a difference! A number of years we dined at M and thought it is OK. After moving out of the immediate neighborhood, we didn't much think about it. However, with Joncarl Lachman from Noord taking over as chef, we decided to give it a look again. Oh my, what a difference. Suddenly, this feels like it could become an important restaurant. The new menu is creative and intriguing. The pot pie alone is reason to go. The pheasant was simply superb and the friend who had the short ribs thought they were as good as he's ever had. In short, this place is really on the upswing. Don't miss it!!!
Unfortunately, the food was not very good. The restaurant was quiet but that was because no one else was in there. Service was extremely courteous and overall outstanding. But again, back to the food. A restaurant should be all about the food and sadly the food was substandard.
As of late October, M has a new chef and a whole new menu. Everything was delicious ...I can't wait to go back to try more things!
AND it is a gem in it's outdoor dining experience, it's hard to find patio dining that is not next to parked cars in the city. We'll be back!
Overall lovely experience. New Wxec Chef personally delivered our Entrees. Good, slightly awkward service, very nice relaxed staff.
Wine-by-the-Glass pours a bit meagre. Recorded Bar music piped into dining room— not good for ambiance & Too loud.
All dishes were very good to excellent, inventive yet straight-forward and fairly priced. Decor was a bit sparse. But a great place: will definitely return.
The evening of our visit was appartently the first night for the chef and his team. It was a prix fixe menu to accommodate theater goers and the meal took much longer than it should have.
The dinner was a disappointment and, even though the chef came out to apologize, it didn't make it any better. My "classic roast beef" was barely palatable.
Locate in the historic Morris House Hotel the M Restaurant is an area of calm in the Washington Square area. Service, food do not quite live up to the standards set by very good restaurants in the area. The garden and baby beet salads were nicely presented and very good. The salmon was delicious and the gnocchi were without finesse and a bit below expectations. The sweet potato tartine did not please us on the day were there and the espresso was cold by the time it reached the table
Usually we love this restaurant, but Wednesday night they decided to have two people play a keyboard and a harmonica. They were good but they were very loud and we couldn't hear ourselves talk.
We complained three times that it should be background music not a concert.
Finally they were able to change our table.
I do not recommend going if they are going to have this kind of "entertainment"
First time went for moms birthday started with a grilled peach old fashion it was delicious mom had a margarita . Got the kale salad it was the best salad i ever had than split the gnocchi for a pasta course than got the short rib and mussel and clam dish . Food was really good and so was the service . Andrew helped us out a lot and was very good at his job .
Be smart: eat elsewhere. I have been eating at M since it opened, & it has had its ups & downs, & changes in menu & concept. What it has always had going for it was that fact that it is one of the few restaurants in Philadelphia where you can comfortably eat outside because of the secluded courtyard attached to the William Norris House. We dined on Friday night. The first note of trouble: the restaurant was out of 2 entrees--I could see this on a Sunday or Monday after a busy weekend. Then I ordered a Manhattan; my companion a regular ice tea. The ice tea came rather quickly; the Manhattan was another story. After 30 minutes, our server happened by (she was forever disappearing) & noticed I didn't have my drink. It finally came 10 minutes later with the excuse that it had been sent to the wrong table--seems dubious--& certainly not something it takes 40 minutes to correct. Meanwhile, the ice tea glass was long empty, & no one seemed to think to refill it. There were loads of staff running around (doing I don't know what), & the place was not crowded. About half the outside table were empty. I asked to speak to the manager, who seemed unavailable, but a young woman did come over to wonder if something was amiss & to explain there were some new staff. I asked for some more ice tea for starters & a glass of wine that I had also ordered which maybe went to another wrong table. We shared a very good cheese plate as a starter, & both had the halibut which was exquisite. The bread arrived about 5 minutes after the main course, but then again staff seemed no where to be found. The wine finally showed up, & eventually our dessert, & the check. But, we sat for 20 minutes trying to pay the check. Truth to tell, I think we could have walked out without paying & no one would have noticed. I gave up on paying with my credit card, so my guest & I pooled out money & had just enough cash to pay the bill & leave a 28 cent tip--which was more than overly generous.
We went for our anniversary and the staff provided us with a beautiful table on the patio and a complimentary champagne toast. Everyone was friendly, the ambiance was romantic (felt like an escape from city life), and the food was delicious and reasonably priced. Can't wait to have a cozy date night there this fall!
Overall we enjoyed the experience.
However, they need to learn more about serving red Bordeaux wine in an ice cold, wet glass and then dropping it onto the table.
Not a quality gesture.
While we were eating many, many, work staff were walking fast through the center of the dining area cleaning/setting up with very loud voices. They were yelling and racing across the room, back and forth towards each other as we tried to sit quietly and enjoy the ambience.
They need to be aware that their behavior has a negative effect on their clients experience. Clean up after everyone leaves the restaurant, not while they are eating dinner. Their agenda to "go home" appeared more important then ours. All of this behavior makes the place feel like a pub or diner not a 5 star priced experience.
I was a bit disappointed with our meal. We tried the tasting menu for what I thought was a very fair price. The first course, salad, was very good, and unfortunately, it went downhill from there. Second course was a sweet potato gnocchi that was okay, but nothing special. Main meal was sesame covered tuna steaks, no although the tuna was perfectly prepared, it had no taste. The dessert was more of the same. If you are looking for a beautiful, quiet garden to sit and enjoy a drink, this place is perfect. If you are a foodie, skip it.
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