Ancient Spirits & Grille
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Diner temperature check required
Ginger Duck Breast
Rosemary Plum Chutney | Blistered Scallions | Parsnip Potato Puree | Red Wine Reduction. Duck Breast is marinated in ginger and garlic then pan seared served thinly sliced on whipped potato-parsnip puree with rosemary plum chutney drizzled with Zinfandel wine reduction and garnished with blistered scallions
Mung Bean | Ayurvedic Spice Caramelized Onions | Yogurt Sauce
Lobster Tail | Triphala Mushroom Duxle | Asparagus Risotto | Tarragon Crème
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Daily 4:30PM - 6:00PM
Our reservation for was for 8:30. We were seated at 8:45, which is fine. But we sat there for another 25 minutes before anyone even acknowledged us, let alone provided a menu or took drink order! After the first 15 minutes of just sitting and waiting, I flagged down a manager who said he would get someone to help us. After another 10 minutes of still waiting, I flagged down another manager who then got a server to finally come over. Server asked what we would like to order and we had to explain we hadn’t seen any sort of food or drink menu yet. The place was bustling with empty handed servers, food runners, hostesses, and multiple managers. But there seemed to be no coordinated effort among them. Ultimately, our food and drinks were quite satisfying, and the ambience is appealing, but not enough to outweigh the disconcerted service and lack of attention from the staff.
We came here as a party of 3 and we’re seated outside after about 10 minutes. Another party was seated after us and we’re served first getting appetizers and mains before we even got water let alone got our orders taken. The wait was extremely long… I’m taking 30 minutes for water, an hour for the apple basket. And so forth. The food was great but I honestly felt very bad for the wait staff who were all confused about which tables ordered what. I’ll also note that the table next to us, two white females, got the hostess to come over and apologize for their waits and talk to them at the end of their meal while we, three people of color who again arrived before them and waited longer were ignored for most of the night. Our server was a bright spot, she tried her best and was pleasant despite the craziness going on. I might come again but it’ll be a while as I wait for them to get sorted.
Good food and excellent service we had a great experience here
Went here for restaurant week and I loved everything I got. The menu is very health forward as well as the drinks. Each table gets complimentary rice chips and dips. I got a butternut bisque, autumn root vegetables and rice, and a dessert sampler as well as a lemony drink called panachakarma. The service was great, they were very attentive. We had lime cucumber water for the table which was different in a good way. My soup tasted like fall, my entree was filling though could use more spice. All the desserts were delicious and not too sweet. I would definitely return.
The food and drinks were beyond phenomenal. I will definitely be back for the salted beet salad for sure!
Absolutely amazing meal! Lobster was the best I’ve ever had, and oh man, the grilled octopus was phenomenal! Server was well-informed, and guided us through the menu, helping us make selections based on our tastes- including the cocktails! We tried 4 different drinks, and they were all wonderful and interesting (no sugar-junk drinks here!). The restaurant was quiet and peaceful, the staff was organized and kind, and it was the best night out we’ve had in ages! 5stars.
Jay- our server was a real pleasure and fit the vibe perfectly
Me and my wife had a great experience. the hostess and the waiter were both very accommodating, polite. The ambience was great and the food and drinks were amazing this place is going to do very well in the city.
The food was much lower than average and not worth the money. We had different starters and main courses none of which we would ever order again. Not even sure what cuisine it was … somehow unknown….
The service was outstanding but we would not choose this restaurant for eating out again.
Different twist on dining. Love the concept of healthy fine dining’s to fit your needs. Food was amazing and fresh! Drinks were equally amazing. Loved the feeling of eating well and feeling well after!
Enjoyed our first experience so much that we came back for seconds a few days later.
Everything was delicious. From the custom spirits to curated menu that's built especially for you based on your lifestyle. Our entire party was surprised by this new gem. Only a matter of time before you won't be able to book this spot weeks or even months in advance.
Great experience overall. Amazing food. Ken our server made us feel so welcome as it was our first time there. He explained everything and gave us great recommendations.
Loved it! Everything was amazing!
Delicious, great ambiance, lovely server. Drinks and food were great. Beautiful presentation of drinks and food.
Tasting menu was not worth the money. Food was mediocre at best. Service was very slow.
I absolutely love this place. I was trying to find a last minute booking for my husband 40th and so glad we went here. The service is over the top amazing, the food and the unique drinks are so good. They have a quiz you can take to find your dojo Spirit is really cool they will suggested food and drink that pair with your findings. Defitnetly go here for a unique experience.
The food was excellent. We ate outside. Service was very good.
Wow! Dinner was exceptional! Philly peeps, this place is a gem!!
Wait staff is knowledgeable, confident/welcoming and ninjaesk💕
Dishes are. “ I want to kiss the chef”
Incredible staff, amazing ambiance, delicious food!
Food was incredible. Beet salad and the eggplant were favorites. Will definitely be returning.
We enjoyed dining at Ancient Spirits. I did not really understand the theme at all before I got there but I now understand that it's supposed to be ayurvedic, whatever that is. Regardless, I appreciated the interior ambiance (we thought we'd sit outside but Chestnut Street . . . ugh). The music, decor, aromas were all very pleasing. The service was very attentive. The food was good, but could be really good. They were out of the duck (it was about 7:30 on a Sat. night so, not good there), the lamb was overcooked, but the salads were a hit and the skewers were tasty and nicely flavored. I would go back again in the future.
Very cool atmosphere. The waiter was incredibly pleasant. The drinks and food were really tasty! You can take a 6-question quick to determine which drinks and food combinations match your type. Fun!
Beautiful place excellent food service truly recommend
We ate outside
We, a party of 4, all had mixed feelings about our dinner. Service was chaotic and three meals were served at least 10 minutes before the fourth (without apology.) When that meal (3 kabobs) did arrive it was terribly overcooked and DRY. The flavors in all dishes could only be described as assertive. The seafood bisque was extremely salty. The octopus was perfectly cooked, but especially over-seasoned. All agreed the mushrooms over polenta and falafel were the two favorites. Drinks were plenty strong, but not well-balaced. With so many other options in both the area and the price range, we will not be back. Sorry.
This was my second time at Ancient and I am still very impressed. It is beautifully decorated and the food is exquisitely prepared. There is a very nice selection of first courses and salads as well as entrees. All are delicious.
The holistic drinks are Devine.
Service tonight was a little spotty as we had our servers change early into the meal and some items didn’t cross over, but it was quickly rectified and everything was taken care of.
I will return again….and again.
We had an amazing date night here. 10/10 would recommend. Our server Jochy was lovely, and very helpful answering any menu questions. The restaurant has a very elegant upscale vibe and intricate unique cocktails, we will definitely be back!
AMAZING food. and cocktails! i can’t wait to go back to try more of their items. also love the quiz you can take that recommends food based off of your answers!
More expensive than anticipated. I loved my food, my dining partner found his too spicy. I ordered duck breast, fabulous presentation! Pleasure to find a restaurant without blaring music.
Met for lunch and had a great meal. The portions were perfect and very tasty. Was impressed with the chefs ability to blend the flavors in each dish. Our server was extremely helpful in explaining the menus and attending to our table. Will definitely go back there again.
Very much enjoyed this new restaurant and concept. The herbal infused cocktails were outstanding! Amongst our group, we ordered a wide variety of items on the menu. All were well presented and excellent. The service was excellent with our server taking time to explain menu items, and also attentive without being intrusive. Will be back.
Just a terrific meal, with really unique serving pieces, flavors and tastes. One of the persons in our party is vegetarian and had great options, and the drinks were really fun. Waitress was very knowledgeable and gave great insight.
The food was great. Good cocktails. Very nice atmosphere. The servers were on it! Very pleasant and attentive. We went during late lunch time so it was very quiet. Can't speak to the difference in dinnertime noise levels. They accommodated the vegan diner we were with. Will definitely go back. I could see how this would be a nice date spot.
OUTSTANDING !! From the second I’ve arrived to when we left! Everything was perfect . Customer service ? 20/10! The Food ? The manager ? AMAZING. By far the best restaurant I’ve been to in philadelphia. I HIGHLY recommend.
Lovely interesting food in an attractive room. Excellent service too. An unusual and fine addition to Philadelphia’s restaurant scene.
We tried this restaurant because the concept and menu were intriguing, and left saying it was one of the most delicious meals we’ve ever had! The service was excellent and the drinks and meals were amazing! I cannot rave enough!!
Fantastic ambiance. Dark and romantic. Great selection of food. Perfectly cooked, inventive, sexy and and delicious. We had a wonderful time. Great wine list and various fresh cocktails to experience and experiment with. We will definitely go back and bring friends.
Ancient Spirits is becoming one of my favorite places to go. I found out it is new and I recommend it. I have tried the tasting menu and this time I started on the a la carte items - table top kababs this time - they were very good as was the octopus appetizer ... was not very crowded, which was surprising ... If you want a place that is a little different with great service and ambiance this is the place
Fantastic vibe. Excellent presentation and flavors. You will experience a unique blend of flavors that you typically wouldn’t expect. The dishes are uniquely constructed - a great foodie spot!
Are here for the 1st time last night and had a fantastic experience. The staff is friendly, helpful, attentive and fun. The atmosphere was great - a little dark in some areas but very cool vibe. And the food...amazing. We had herbal cocktails that were great, and tried a little of everything between the 7 of us. The heirloom carrot soup was phenomenal and I tried fried octopus for the 1st time and it was sooo good! Every thing we had was perfectly prepared and seasoned. Highly recommend this place - I will definitely be back!
Ancient Spirits & Grille does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Ancient Spirits & Grille also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 478-8777.
Ancient Spirits & Grille is rated 4.6 stars by 77 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.