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About Marigold Kitchen
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.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Contemporary American, French, American
Hours of Operation:
Marigold Kitchen serves dinner Tuesday through Saturday evening.
Reservations are taken for 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Parties can be booked for Sunday and Monday with advanced notice
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Marigold Kitchen is pleased to offer private dining facilities for parties ranging in size from 6 to 25 guests. Our private dining rooms are ideal for special occasion dinners, luncheons, board meetings, holiday & office parties, rehearsal dinners & wine tastings. Our staff will work with you to create an event & menu tailored to your specific needs.
Street parking is available and easily accessible to the restaurant.
Marigold is located within blocks of SEPTA's route #34 and #13 trolleys.
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
Marigold Kitchen Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
What a lovely meal! Services was attentive but not intrusive - server heard a utensil drop from across tge room and immediately appeared with a clean fork. More important, the food was very special, and the chef inventively met our food allergy/dislikes challenges. Only one dish out of ten seemed out of kilter, but by that time - 8th course - we didn't really care. Bravo!
Dinner took over 2.5 hours because the service was so slow! One course took 40 minutes to come out and the servers were snobby and unapologetic. The food was really good, but the portions were super tiny. Not worth $90 per person at all. The first course was a half of a deviled egg and the last one was a tiny blueberry muffin!
My wife and I are big fans of Marigold Kitchen. I don't think they lost a step since the original owners left. The food is still delicious. We took the 10 course tasting menu. I am amazed of how much you are filled up with little bites. The service staff is excellent. The staff kept our glasses full and brought the next little bite as soon as the table was finished. In other words, there was no wait between servings. Remember it is still BYOB.
I really loved Marigold Kitchen under chef Rob Halpern. It used to be a great bargain (with lots of amuses and small tastes in addition to your entree), then when they changed it to a tasting menu (with many of the same dishes) it was basically the same food at a higher price point but still worth it. I found the Spring 2017 menu under the new kitchen team to be good but not amazing, with most dishes lacking a clear concept. The best dishes were a frisee salad with chevre-mushroom croquettes and the dessert of blueberry muffins served over a blueberry coulis with lemon curd and white chocolate. The duck scrapple (a play on "brunch" with the coffee gel & fried egg) was tasty but one-note (I would have liked some acid or a sweeter note like maple syrup). Most dishes had great components but didn't cohere -- roasted carrots in a delicious curry cream, asparagus and sunchokes with brown butter hollandaise & mini-english-muffins (presumably a deconstructed benedict). The duck breast main course would have been great but it was dry with a grey band of overcooked meat (probably an unintended consequence of the very crisp skin); it did have a lovely mousse and jus. One plate was both poorly conceived (why accompany scallops with an almond puree) and executed (salty scallop, grainy puree). In sum: it's not the same Marigold Kitchen of old, but even when taken on its own terms (and not judging it against the past) the menu didn't cohere.
When you make your reservations online or phone, be sure to let them know any diet restrictions, taste for spice, vegan, whatever and the chefs will cater the food around your specifications. Wonderful place for true foodies. Its a tasting menu and you don't know the next dish until the waiter/waitress brings it to you and explains the artwork on your platter for your eating. Bring your own drinks (wine or soda, etc) or they have water. Truly more than just an eating place, it's an experience with the taste combinations and textures. Wonderful!
Absolutely fabulous 10 course meal with local ingredients that progressed nicely. My favorite dish was the grilled duck with a caramel-orange sauce and duck pâté served with a lemon couscous and fava beans, though everything was great. The servers were very attentive and friendly and the ambiance was perfect for a celebratory evening.
Finally visited Marigold and so glad we did! Food is amazing - extremely creative, visually stunning and absolutely delicious. Tasting menu of 10 items is superb and they accommodated our daughter who doesn't eat meat. Highlight would be the scallops and duck course, but couldn't fault any item. As it's a BYOB it's terrific value too. Can't wait to visit their new venture when it opens in Center City this summer. It's not a place for people watching, as there's only about 12 tables between the dining spaces on first and second floors.
Loved the tasting menu, but that was the only option. We didn't know that there wasn't a regular menu. For four, we spent which was more than $448.80 (including tip) which didn't include drinks because it is a BYOB.
Am not sure how people know what it is before they arrive. There was no printed material that we saw. Staff doesn't tell you what they are serving; it is supposed to be a surprise.
Interesting, pricey, quirky...
Wouldn't go back, because it's a one-time experience.
Really wonderful food! We had the 6 course, rather than the 10 course prix fixe. Inventive- each course had different flavors, sauces and, of course, ingredients. I loved all the different mushrooms and seasonal veggies!
Please. Ore that the portions are small, so if you are a big eater, get the 10 course (90$). We loved it! It is also BYOB
This is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. The tasting menu was composed of ten inventive courses, all beautifully presented. The chef gets creative with ingredients and there was a little molecular gastronomy at play as well. My husband and I have tried many tasting menus and this was among the best. We left satisfied but not uncomfortably full. The space is a gorgeous old house with very cool artwork. I love that it is BYOB as well!
Leave yourself enough time to find parking or, better yet, take a taxi, as it is in a beautiful bustling neighborhood in Philadelphia!
My daughter and I had a fabulous dinner. We are both adventurous eaters and willing to try anything. You have to be flexible in your eating choices if you go to a restaurant like this. 10, 11, 12 (I lost count) course tasting menu. No choice at all. You are served whatever the chef is cooking that evening. But every course was wonderful. The confluence of flavors was amazing. Each course was small enough that we were not stuffed when we finished, and we literally cleaned our plates for each course. It was that good. So if you like a tasting menu concept and you are willing to try different things - then I strongly recommend this. It is not inexpensive. $90 a person plus tax and tip. So you are paying for a high quality dining experience. But that is what we received. We were not rushed and we lingered over each course. By the way, it is BYO so you can bring your own wine and that helps with the cost.
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