Marigold Kitchen in Philadelphia is a unique multi-course meal experience served in the dining area of a traditional Victorian home. Guests will be surprised by each new course, all of which are meant to evoke comforting memories of home or to whisk them off on a culinary journey.
The menu at Marigold Kitchen is always evolving and comprises 10-14 courses using seasonally relevant ingredients. There is a single seating and guests are encouraged to make themselves at home as the menu unfolds.
We celebrated our 8th anniversary at marigold after it came highly recommended to us and it did not disappoint!! The whole dinner was an experience. The dishes were perfectly sized and the variety was so exquisite. Can’t wait to go again!
I want to start by saying we enjoyed our meal here. Nothing was below average, nothing bad, the service was warm, the restaurant is cozy and beautiful.This was my second time at MK in the past few years. The first time was for a short, seasonal, summer menu that was only 6 courses. I have some grievances: 1) there was no beef or shellfish course. The chicken and fish were delicious and well prepared, and I enjoyed the veg focus, but to charge what MK is and not include shellfish or beef seems wrong. I understand the movement ethically/ecologically towards less red meat, but if this is the intent in omitting a beef course, it should be clearly stated. 2) one of the courses was bread&butter. yes, bread&butter was counted as a course. granted, butter with nettles and I believe pistachio (dont have card in front of me). but still..since when is bread&butter a course on a menu like this? 3)there was some foam, and the pressed chicken is DELICIOUS - but the advanced technique I would deem to qualify the price tag wasn't there. Vegetable and bean cassoulet -ok, that took some TLC - but it needs to be a little more. Cassoulet topped with an expertly seared scallop, perhaps? 4) one of the courses was shaved celery and rhubarb and a few marble sized pieces of mozzarella and toasted nuts -again -for the $ being charged - this just doesn't add up -it was delicious and refreshing, but at the end of the day, it was not enough.I hate to say we walked away feeling ripped off, but we kind of did. there was no pop, bam, sizzle, or surprise. I'm not at all anxious to go back, and honestly, after reading what I just wrote, I really don't know that I'd recommend unless it was to a person just trying to check things off a Philly bucket list and $ is no objec.Sorry, MK. You're a truly lovely place, and a Philly institution, but I was not impressed this time. I will keep following the restaurant and see if any changes are made/what's ahead on the next seasonal menu.
Delicious, attentive, handled one diner with dislike of mushrooms very well
It's been on our bucket list and glad we finally made it there. The service was excellent, ambiance and music wonderful. Interesting the way they do it. There is no menu, you let them know if you have any allergies and the courses start coming. I think there were 9 in all and I have to say we were only wowed by half of them. Still a good meal and very nice experience.
So wonderful! Why have I put going here off for so long? You must be willing to spend the evening as it is an event
Service is impeccable and the meal is....wow! 4 bells!
Excellent food, excellent service. On the pricey side, but comparable to tasting menus of similar ambition elsewhere - and far fewer missteps than a few I've tried recently. Only quibble was that my friend's vegetarian menu was just a series of adjustments on the omnivores' dishes, which made it seem like an afterthought. Not sure of the constraints on the kitchen, but differentiating the menus would be welcome, if feasible.
The house is nice but we were in a room upstairs that had no ambience. The food was average. Nothing tasted bad but nothing was memorable either. It lacked creativity and depth for sure. In this style of dining, the dishes were boring, things that you ate 4-5 years ago at other places. Way too expensive for what it was.
Unique dining experience in a quaint converted corner house. They are extremely accommodating to my girlfriend's dietary restrictions and the staff is very friendly. Each ingredient shines through and serves a purpose. Also delicious French press, and I don't even drink coffee. Best Valentine's dinner yet.
It was pricey, but we had an excellent meal with excellent service in a homey establishment.
A++. I have been looking forward to dining at Marigold for a long time. Finally, I made it! We were gifted with a gift certificate for our anniversary. Our expectations were exceeded! The food and everything else was incredible! I wish I could afford to go on a regular basis! Thanks for the delightful meal, Marigold, keep up the good work!
The location was great. We enjoyed the fact that we did not have to go into Center City to enjoy a great experience at a restaurant. The service was excellent. We had the tasting menu which we enjoyed. The ambiance was perfect and the overall setting was comfortable. Would definitely like to go back and would recommend Marigold Kitchen to friends and family.
What a wonderful experience! A 10 course meal. The same for everyone. Cuts out the anxiety of ordering from a menu. Every course was an adventure, a great source of conversation, and tasty!
Food was very good and presented well. No choices so be sure to advise of any food intolerances or dislikes.
Good service and warm ambience
Marigold Kitchen is truly Philadelphia’s culinary gem. From the delicious, creative tasting menu to the charming, cozy Victorian house ambiance to the most attentive staff - no detail is overlooked. Each beautifully presented course is a combination of exciting and well chosen flavours. Dietary restrictions (e.g., gluten free) are accommodated with attention to taste and ingenuity. It is exciting to dine at a restaurant where eating is an exciting adventure prepared by a Chef with an obvious love for the art of food preparation.
We celebrated a 30th birthday on a Wednesday evening! There was only one other couple present for a 8pm dinner. The atmosphere was wonderful and romantic, the food was delicious...we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and definitely recommend for dining.
I'll be as objective as possible, so my review will be taken seriously by people looking to dine here. I must say this was one of the best dining experiences of my life. I came in a little more than a month ago to celebrate a new job. I work in the industry and wanted an intimate meal by myself. Marigold Kitchen exceeded all expectations. The service was seamless, professional, and so warm. The dishes were all so thoughtful. Each one stands out in my mind a month and a half later. The crudite is so simple, yet it's the most vegetably vegetable you've ever tasted. I could rave about every dish. If you're thinking about going, please go. I was blown away. I can understand if it isn't everyone's thing, but if you go willing to let the chefs and the restaurant "speak to you" you won't be disappointed. I'm already planning to bring some friends next time
A highlight! A real culinary feast! My only suggestion would be that there be a host...it felt a little as if you were invited into a someone's home but they had gone out. The waitrons were all very professional and charming but I missed having a face to put to Marigold's. This may be by choice but I missed a personality to match the food.
Marigold is a winner in every way. The added bonus is byob!
Great food, excellent service, ambience could use some help. too subdued, better background music, better wall-art. ton of potential
We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Food was amazing, presentation was beautiful, service was excellent.
Only negative was how quickly the courses came out! I almost wish there had been more time to savor each part of the meal.
We went to Marigold Kitchen to celebrate a birthday and had a special experience. The food was delicious and unique. The menu very much highlighted spring ingredients including ones I have never heard of such as Nettle and Knot Weed. The staff described every dish and answered questions. Overall, it was a delightful experience with great food! Would definitely return.
Marigold Kitchen has an amazing tasting menu! My wife and I went for our anniversary and enjoyed it very much. The crispy-outside salmon was perfect, and coupled with sweet pineapple cubes. The cauliflower soup was wonderfully creamy and flavorful. To end it, the last three courses were dessert courses--the gourmet ice creams were particularly good. Overall, the food was very inventive and tasty, while also being immediately likable (not a "challenging" tasting menu)--every course was pleasant and delicious. With the number of courses brought out, I thought the tasting menu was a good value and perfect for a special occasion.
At $90 each, this was a pretty bad value. Of our “9 courses”, 1 was crackers, and 2 - 3 (depending on how you consider cheese popsicles) were sweets. When it was food, it was very good. Not better than comparable restaurants (I’d happily go twice to Zahav and pay $40 - $50 for tasting menu before going again to Marigold). Having said that, the setting is lovely. One of the two waiters was lovely. It was nice and slow and there was absolutely no rush to get done and give up your table. The Salmon was delicious, and the sink in the bathroom is a shower (you wash your hands under a low shower). It’s really lovely and odd and thoughtful. Hm, maybe I enjoyed this meal better than I remember. Oh wait, for two people, the meal cost $240 after tip and tax. As good as the food was, at times, It certainly wasn’t worth the price tag. You gotta want it to pay that much.
When my husband and I made the choice to go to Marigold for our 1 year anniversary we were excited. We had been to marigold 4-5 times in the past and loved it. Those past experiences were so far from what we received when it mattered most. We walked into the restaurant and were escorted to our table on the second floor. Immediately I knew there would be a problem. We saw that a table of 4 across from us had completed 6 bottles of wine. They were rowdy so we asked to move. Shortly after our second course we did move and we’re forgotten by all staff. We had to remind our server that we missed a course and without consulting a chef she brought it to us out of order. If we had not watched tables around us we would have never seen this. Most upsetting we were not even compensated. This is frustrating. However I would say the main reason for this review is that not a single dish was exciting. In a multiple course tasting like marigold a meat dish is expected. We had an unsalted gnocchi dish that was considered meat. It was terrible. We have never gone to marigold and not thought a dish was unique. Well I guess we won’t be going back.
My husband and I decided to try Marigold again since it switched ownership, having had 2 amazing meals there in the past. Unfortunately it did not measure up this time. The food was good but nothing memorable. The service was just awful considering the cost, like having to ask for silverware for courses that had just been brought, never refilling our wine glasses, and not even offering coffee. Very disappointing considering what a fun experience it had been in the past. Not worth the expense.
Wonderful fresh simple food combined in a creative and delicious manner! Great value for a tasting menu! Just the right amount of food and perfect pace.
I’d been waiting to go to Marigold Kitchen for a while, so when my dad came to town for a visit I thought it would be the perfect time. The food was creative, beautiful, seasonal, and delicious, and the servers were all knowledgeable and kind. Highly recommend to everyone!
Best Dinner ever! Our waitress was so sweet and the food was to die for!
Love it. Did great job accommodating. A gluten free diner.
My dad was visiting us so my sister and her boyfriend and my husband and I decided it would be nice to take my dad out to Marigold Kitchen- both couples had been here once before and thought it was amazing. This time, we weren't that excited about it. The food was very good (particularly the 2 main courses at the end of the savory courses plus the dessert, as we thought the first intro courses were just okay), but I think what was really lacking was the service. The first time we were at Marigold Kitchen, we recall having our server explain every dish in detail, where all of the ingredients came from and the inspiration for each course, but we didn't get much information this time. Our server was very sweet, but she just wasn't very engaged with us. It just didn't feel as special as it did the last time- and maybe it's because it was a Tuesday night and we were the last table there and everyone just wanted to go home, but we were really disappointed. This was previously my husband's favorite Philadelphia restaurant, but I don't think it is anymore.
Ten course meal. Only enjoyed 2 out of the ten. Nice cozy ambience. Service was good. Byob. Easy street parking. Would not recommend based on the food that was served. Maybe I just landed on a bad night.
For the most part, nice fresh ingredients creatively prepared. Some of the courses were simply a waste of time and effort. The meat and fish courses were mediocre at best. Really not memorable, nor outstanding. Service was politely attentive.
Such a fun adventurous way to dine. It's rather expensive but appropriately I'm sure so it's a treat dinner!
On your checklist you included "Worth the drive." Well, we consider it worth the train ride from Manhattan and will probably schedule another trip to Philly after they change to their fall menu. Almost every one of the ten courses was exceptional. The single drawback--and the reason for my noise-level rating--was that there was a very "energetic" group sitting across from us; the staff were nice enough to relocate us to the back room, which helped, but in a venue that small there's really no escape. Hopefully this loud a party would normally be drawn to a higher-energy restaurant where it's more about the scene than the food; the cuisine at Marigold Kitchen deserves to be savored in relative peace. I'm not a snob or a curmudgeon, I enjoy my fun as much as anyone; it's just that at Marigold Kitchen the food is the fun, the entertainment, and deserves center stage without the distraction.
I have eaten at Marigold many times and enjoyed its inventive and aesthetically captivating dishes. This time, not so much. There were some "hits" (arugula 4 ways) but many more wide wide misses (first dish so cold the melted mozzarella had congealed, plum soup with some weird sandwich thing that was basically inedible). Service was uneven and perfunctory. I don't mind the price if they deliver on taste. Let's just say--we overpaid.
On top of everything I specifically told them we were celebrating my husband's birthday. We got nothing. No little candle in dessert. No "happy birthday" written in chocolate on the dessert plate. Nothing.
Probably good for some, but not my style. A lot of bustle, changing table ware after each course and oral descriptions of each dish, mostly I thought, in an effort to justify the $90 price.
I booked this reservation for my parents' 44th wedding anniversary. The ambiance vas very nice & they even gave us our own private dining room; however, the wait staff was a bit lacking in their attention (i.e. Some of the initial courses seemed a bit forced, others had a pretty significant wait, and we had to pour our own wine numerous times). While none of these are major issues, I still expected a bit more.
The menu, while varried, and very inventive, did not seem to flow "taste wise" from dish to dish. With such high praise from friends and other reviewers, I thought there would be more complimentary flavors and more astounding dishes. Next time, I will be going to Vetri, Zahav, or other proven Philly staples for such an occasion. Maybe I came on a bad night; honestly though, I don't think I will be going back for another try.
We had a spectacular dining experience. Excellent but unpretentious service. Lovely and comfortable ambiance. But most importantly, ten (yes, TEN!) delicately, thoughtfully prepared courses of pure culinary art. No menu was offered, just a few brief highlights told by our server to whet our appetite, leaving us excited and intrigued. The "boardwalk pizza" course was perfection and the boneless crispy chicken thighs with potatoes and a poached egg was the best chicken I have ever had, truly. We brought one delicious reserve wine from Israel but noticed that the table of three next to us came prepared with 3 different bottles to pair with the different courses. We overheard that they called before they came and were advised in their wine selection. Wish we did this. Pricy at $90 prix fixe but as a BYO, this restaurant was worth every cent and more. Come hungry!