Ancient Spirits & Grille

4.6
77 Reviews
$30 and under
Creative Western
Pioneering as the first herbal cocktail lounge in America, Ancient Spirit and Grille prides in bringing together a unique taste and dining experience. ASG offers you a never-before lounge experience filled with opulence and wellness. Enjoy the purest and most fresh cocktails crafted from organic fruits with a twist of authentic spices to awaken your taste buds! Our exclusive personalized service will surely bring you back to us again and again!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • 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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required

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Daily 4:30PM - 6:00PM

What 77 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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.

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RonG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and excellent service we had a great experience here

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Amyj92
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipElena
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were beyond phenomenal. I will definitely be back for the salted beet salad for sure!

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JulieM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Jay- our server was a real pleasure and fit the vibe perfectly

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Thomas
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Great Service
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.

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Fondue
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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AaronB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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YvonneR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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AlinaR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Everything was amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, great ambiance, lovely server. Drinks and food were great. Beautiful presentation of drinks and food.

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BWood
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Tasting menu was not worth the money. Food was mediocre at best. Service was very slow.

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vipsmaria
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipJeffreyG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was excellent. We ate outside. Service was very good.

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vipAmyH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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”

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Incredible staff, amazing ambiance, delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible. Beet salad and the eggplant were favorites. Will definitely be returning.

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vipMattski0604
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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.

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MTag
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place excellent food service truly recommend

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vipHenry
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate outside

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keml2
Atlantic City
14 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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.

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vipgemgirl
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipKatiekate123
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipsilverphl
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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vipluv2eat
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipEliot
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.

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vipKurtB
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely interesting food in an attractive room. Excellent service too. An unusual and fine addition to Philadelphia’s restaurant scene.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

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vipFerniciaF
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
93 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Techpowercloud1
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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TinkLovesFood
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

FAQs

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.