Ancient Spirits & Grille

4.4
173 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 173 people are saying
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IsabelVargas
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience5

Honest truth I hate everything!!! We are from NYC visiting Philly .
The tasteless electric heaters , the place was cold !!
We Oder the Octopus,falafel, naan.
DISGUSTING the Octopus was off or the vinaigrette sauce was off .the Falafel was ok not as good as a traditional one .
Main Course we order the lamb,and chicken/ lamb kabob
Laughable I got 1 peace of lamb and one of chicken for $24!!!!!!
The lambs he got 2 peaces or a price of $49 and we had better in NYC.

Just don’t go not worth the money the owner should reconsider the chef lol …. Worst experience ever !!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Hubs and I chose this restaurant on our quest to try new places. I was excited thinking this would be an experience. What I had in mind was nothing like what we received. I assumed (my bad) that we would take a quiz at table side and then choose entrees based on the quiz. 🤷🏽‍♀️ ok that didn’t happen but no problem life goes on. We were still all the way in. Here are the cons: our server Louis was not engaging at all, he wrote things down and still didn’t remember. Forgot to bring my husband’s drink. When reminded said “what did you order?” He didn’t bring the naan bread with our soup (which was lukewarm) when asked he said “oh” I had to flag him down for water
He rarely came to check on us. We Watched another server attend to her customers, asking had they been there before and how the food was prepared etc
Overall I am pretty dissatisfied with this restaurant and doubt I will recommend it to others
I expected the food to be more seasoned and unfortunately it was not (we had the phyllo crusted salmon which was bland, the falafel it was spicy but edible, and the seafood soup which had about 3 pieces of seafood at the bottom. The drink they recommended was $16 and not worth it (small thin mimosa type glass)

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience - phenomenal cocktails. It can get pretty cold if you sit near the front of the restaurant (not sure why the door brings such a draft in when it opens) but other than that had a really nice time. Our waitress was very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great dining experience. This was my first time eating here; the food, wine, staff, and ambiance were exceptional. Parking was easier than expected. I parked at The Westin. I will definitely visit again.

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irina
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very accommodating place, great service, creative cuisine and drinks.

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Tokyo
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very beautiful atmsophere. The aesthetic it really dem and intimate. The food was good and the drinks were pretty to the eye and strong.

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Tracy
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our anniversary and they made us feel so special.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience5

This experience came during Restaurant Week. The restaurants was structurally nice. I truly enjoyed taking in the atmosphere, but we had the worst host/waiter. He was not very hospitable or conscientious of the needs of his table.

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vipKellyS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date spot. Flavorful drinks and food. Overall vibe of restaurant is great

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TimaEve
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing def will be back to get some of the items on regular menu. The ambiance was sexy with low lighting, relaxing music, and good vibes.

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Jennifer
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience3

We were able to try Ancient Spirits as part of Center City Restaurant Week. The food was very good, but the portion size was shockingly small, especially for my entree. Cocktails were also shockingly expensive - all of them $16 - but wine & beer were fair price. I'm excited to go back and enjoy the traditional menu and reserve full judgement until then.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2022
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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great ambiance. Definitely a good date night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
132 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
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 on January 16, 2022
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 on January 14, 2022
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 on January 13, 2022
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.

SR
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
48 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!

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 4.4 stars by 173 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.