Ancient Spirits & Grille

4.5
161 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!
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Experiences

  • Date Night Experience

    $175.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Engage in a pleasant evening right with your beloved at the new Romeo and Juliet table at Ancient Spirits & Grille. Celebrate togetherness with a picturesque view, and enjoy an evening of fine dining, making your date nights special than never before. Five Course Chef's Tasting Menu Two Cocktails and Two Mocktails

Offers

  • Happy Hour Offered at the First Floor Bar

    Multiple dates available

    Mon - Fri 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Treat yourself to an array of freshly crafted selective cocktails infused with the exquisite blend of organic fruits and herbs at reduced prices. All wines, draught beer on tap are half price and select classic cocktails are $8. -Wild Mushroom Naan-Spinach, Goat Cheese, Truffle Oil $7 -Crispy Cauliflower-Turmeric, Herb Aioli $5 -Vegetable Samosa- Coriander, Mint-Yogurt sauce $6 -Ancient Spirts Dips- Crispy Rice Chips $3 -Fried Calamari- Spicy Green Chili Currie Aioli $7 -Smoked Salmon Naan-Tomato Ginger Chutney, Fresh Herbs, Basil oil $9 -Sesame Paneer- Sweet-Sour Yogurt Sauce $6
  • Collect 1,000 bonus points

    Sun - Sat 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

    Receive points for dining rewards, KAYAK hotel savings and more.

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
What 161 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Well the night began with the host helping another family, which was fine. But we weren't acknowledged at all until he came back minutes later. I ordered a draft beer and it was flat so it was replaced with a canned beer. Our appetizer and first course came out timely, but then there was about a 35 minute wait before we were told that the kitchen was overwhelmed. Then it took another 25 minutes for our main course to come out. Here's where the night went wrong for us. When we sat down there was one couple sitting beside us. They ate and left and then another couple was sat next to us. Their main course came out right after ours. We essentially sat for 2 dinners to finish our meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
131 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Ancient Spirits for restaurant night - it was well done with a good mixture of very nice choices.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gave us a limited menu. After getting a few cocktails my date and I discussed going somewhere else’s due to limited food options. Our server said we didn’t have to go anywhere and opened up the full menu just for us.

Amazing options and service.

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AlanL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Really enjoyed our evening with friends at Ancient Spirits and Grille.

Positives, and there were many. The food was all outstanding with original interpretations and presentations using many ingredients you don’t see everyday. The herbal cocktails were also unique and excellent. Price to value was generally excellent, although I felt a couple items (e.g. seafood bisque) were tasty but under portioned for the price.

Negatives, minor, the wine list was surprisingly light and most bottles were heavily marked up. The service, while good and the food came out surprisingly fast, felt rushed and “all-business”.

We’d definitely go back, and I’m looking forward to trying more items on the most original menu I’ve seen in a long time.

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vipDanielL
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

My wife and I took a chance during restaurant week and we had mixed reviews. The buttered naan was great! The watermelon salad is definitely worth a try. Lobster tail was a bit over seasoned too. However, the herbal cocktails are definitely worth a try. The menu was outdated and a few items were not available which disappointed my wife. Also the service was subpar, we had to ask for clean plates, several unclean dishes were left on the table which was unusual for us. We reduced the tip but that is area to improve. We loved the hostess! She gave us a great table! Overall, try it…

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NicoleG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service was polite but very VERY SLOW. The space is very small and intimate but the desire was wonderful. Very earthy and pretty. The drinks were strong bit the food was hit and miss. We had the restaurant week menu.

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vipEp418
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks - cool interior and friendly staff

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vipAmyB
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I feel like there was some kind of disconnect here. When you check their website, they are all about "holistic" dining but arriving there we didn't hear a thing about what this holistic experience is about. Not even a description on the menu.

Some bites were great. The rest was okay. The kabob meal is covered in red pepper sauce but it doesn't say that on the menu anywhere. The person that ordered that at our table can't stand peppers. The mushroom entrée listed a few different mushrooms on it, but when it arrived, it had only a couple mushrooms on a plate with a bunch of polenta. The "chips" and dip they bring out at the beginning was very good. Naan was good. And the eggplant dish was very good.

Their menu online does not match what they are serving. I asked for a drink that was on the online menu and the waiter just told me that was really outdated. A few beers we tried to order were sold out. One came out completely flat... we had to send back.

Right before we arrived at the restaurant we got a call that they were short staffed and could not do their restaurant week menu. No big deal for us but for others I am sure it would be.

Giving them the benefit of the doubt, I'm sure they were short-staffed as almost everyone is, and it could have just been an off night for their staff.

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Denise
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week and ordered both from the restaurant week menu and regular menu. Everything was delicious with great service and delicious drinks. It wasn’t too busy when I went so they sat everyone with an open seat between parties which I appreciated.

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ikeEwell
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and so was the service. Braylin, Katie, Ann Marie + Louis were awesome! We’ll be back very soon.

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RobertS
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful bar, great drinks, food and service. Timbale braised rabbit and Kabobs were excellent. Nice smooth lounge music. All five of us had a good time.

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vipJewels
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Service was very good, but food was just okay. Overall had an enjoyable anniversary dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Very expensive restaurant with low quality of food and service

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vipILoveFood
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

My wife and were excited to try the Romeo and Juliet Table because based on the description it was a great experience. Unfortunately, it did not live up to expectations. While the food was good, the service was terrible and not what we expected given the price. The servers were rarely available and basically delivered each course and then we were left on our own until the next course arrived. The failed to refill the water glasses so I shared my water with my wife. After the final course was served no one returned to ask if we wanted anything else or even to wish us a good night. It wasn’t until the lights were turned off at the table that we realized the meal had concluded. I doubt that we will ever return to this restaurant due to the poor service and would not recommend this place to anyone if you value good service

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

wonderful and accommodating experience with the restaurant. Great birthday for my husband.

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RonW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food and interesting drinks. Definitely go again.

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EllenB
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were amazing. Such great combinations of flavors. Our server was friendly and attentive. The Panchakarma drink was one of the best drinks I’ve ever tasted

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vipBronwyn309
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great hidden gem! Unique cocktails and excellent small plates. A fun night out for light bites.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked the Date Experience on Open Table. Received a warm welcome upon arriving to the restaurant. Was led upstairs to the private “Romeo & Juliet” table which sits on balcony that overlooks the restaurant. It was a great setting for my anniversary dinner. Enjoyed taking the quiz about body/health lifestyle - I was found to be ‘Pitta’ type - which drove the cocktail and menu recommendations. Service was excellent, VERY attentive staff, and all the food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very stylish , quite place , interesting menu. Hostess and management were very professional. Our server was a little bizarre but it did not affect our dining experience.

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Magsbh
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Lovely space, good service, food was just OK, cocktails were excellent. We were pleased with the ambiance of the restaurant, and the noise level was perfect for conversation. The specialty cocktails were very good! Some of the food was excellent, but other dishes were just OK. Lamb was great, as was the mushroom entree. The duck was OK but not great. Overall, I would recommend if you are looking for a nice meal in center city.

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vipRenuD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was good, not amazing. The paneer was dry and sour tasting but they took it off the bill. The drinks were excellent and the service was impeccable.

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SuzanneR
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 5 th time dining ‼️We bring new friends every time..
Always interesting food, artfully presented, fun ambiance 🎉

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were excellent !

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vipGabrielle
Cleveland
46 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came in with a group of 10 to celebrate finishing a project. The restaurant bent over backwards to accommodate our large group. Service was awesome. Food and cocktails were inventive and unusual and we thoroughly enjoyed everything! So happy we had our special night here. Highly recommend!!

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vipWeezeeJonz
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were outstanding. Presentation was well done, especially table-side cocktail preparation. Ambience was superb thanks to decor and friendly service. Wonderful experience. Can't wait to return. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time, waiter and waitress were friendly and accommodating. We had excellent service which is rare these days! Food was amazing! Drinks were all different and beautiful!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible, the service amazing, and the ambiance super chic. One of the best restaurants in Philly for a special occasion or for that one date you truly want to impress. The food portions are tapas style. You scan a code on the menu that promos a quiz about your lifestyle and body, and it recommends the best foods in the menu to match your results. Very impressed by the entire experience. I love the interior and chic ambiance. One of my favorite restaurants in Philly!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All food, cocktails, and wine were incredible. This is my second time to visit this establishment. I was not disappointed in any way. The staff and management were 5star. I can’t wait to go back again.

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Alex31
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time, and we were extremely pleased. The service was excellent. The cocktails and food were unique and delicious. Would highly recommend to anyone who is interested.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Ambiance. A little pricey but a first class place.

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Balpajora
Atlantic City
12 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing! However, if I’m being honest, the rack of lamb seemed underwhelming in flavor for the price point. Regardless, everything was cooked perfectly and the rabbit was to die for. Best risotto I have ever had and the drinks were unique and really good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our bartender Skyler made the night very special for us. From what to drink to making amazing drinks and what to eat. Great to meet Steve and to see Jerome who work there. We will definitely be back everything was delicious

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vipAZ1963
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Disappointing. We made a reservation for an outdoors table, drove 50 miles to come only to find that the restaurant does not offer outdoors seating.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here with a group of 8 girls, including 1 vegan, 1 vegetarian, and 1 pregnant. Our server was attentive without being overbearing and was very knowledgeable about the food and drink menus. The presentation of everything was also wonderful and tasted delicious.

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Redmoore1127
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A great pre-show dining experience. We were greeted warmly and taken care of right away. Cocktails were amazing and so were the appetizers (they call them Indulge). The main courses were mixed. The wild mushroom polenta was a bit ordinary and not hot. My friend got the salmon and it was excellent. My husband got the kabobs which probably would have been better as a meat option but he ordered all vegetables which wasn’t really worth it (potatoes, tomatoes and onions) but he said they tasted good. The desserts didn’t wow us but ordered the poached pear which was too hard so disap. The food presentations were all wonderful and our waitstaff was very attentive and we never felt pressured. The manger also stopped by and he genuinely cared about our experience. The place got busy which was great to see but the noise level stayed low. I thoroughly recommend for a special experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i’ve been here a few times with friends and with my boyfriend and it’s always great! food is so tasty and the service is wonderful!

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NADXV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We booked a reservation here because of its variety of drinks and entrees. Unfortunately, many of these items weren't available when we dined there. We were told that they had run out of lemons and couldn't make a number of drinks, but it seems this would have been an issue easy to rectify. I specifically booked this restaurant for my sister's birthday because she loves rabbit, but they had run out of this and two other menu items. Additionally, the food was expensive give the overall flavors

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
131 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time on the second floor at Ancient Spirits - nice setup but pretty loud. Busy and service was good but slow - food as always was exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place, service was great food was very tasteful, staff was very friendly and professional (clean)

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 4.5 stars by 161 OpenTable diners.

Ancient Spirits & Grille does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://squareup.com/gift/ML70FZAP79A3G/order.

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.