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Garden Restaurant at The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

Garden Restaurant at The Barnes Foundation

4.6
4.6
393 Reviews
$30 and under
Farm-to-table
*Admission to the Barnes Foundation is not required for restaurant access.







The Garden Restaurant is a locally inspired, chef-driven lunch and brunch destination nestled in the Barnes Foundation. Helmed by Executive Chef, Geno Betz, the Garden Restaurant’s rotational full-service menu celebrates local sourcing and seasonal ingredients. Our spacious light-filled indoor dining room features an energetic open kitchen and looks out on private walled garden offering additional al fresco seating options. Our menu boasts both light and hearty selections, house made desserts and a curated list of local beers and wines served by the glass.

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2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Art Museum

  • Cross street

    20th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 393 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Great for Lunch

  • Philadelphia

    Great for Lunch

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  1. m

    maryannh

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food in a garden setting. Thanks to wait staff who handled our large party with grace
  2. r

    ripley

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good food. No frills like bread /butter. Great ambiance and service.
  3. k

    kathleenk

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite spots in Philadephia!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely setting in unique museum. Service was superb. Food was quite good. Overall lovely experience.
  5. PT

    PhillyTourist

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. Outstanding service. Lovely view of the garden.
  6. N

    Ninetta

    Philadelphia

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We lunched in the garden on a perfect summer day, sampling the perfectly cooked roasted salmon, the vegetable bowl and an excellent sandwich. Loved the complimentary and freshly made potato chips which arrived with drinks! Service was perfect; a great experience for my friends from San Francisco who enjoyed the collection and the very pleasant luncheon in a charming garden! Highly recommend making a stop at this delightful restaurant a part of The Barnes experience! Compliments to the Chef and the very professional and accommodating staff.
  7. T

    Tiff

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was amazing
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We love this little gem in Philadelphia.
  9. MM

    MissMary

    New England

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and food from start to finish. We ate outdoors under a table umbrella.
  10. H

    Hahndoc

    Philadelphia

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was exceptional. Food was great. Wonderful experience.
  11. OT

    OldTimeItalianAmbiance

    Detroit

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good service out on the patio. Lovely iced tea and complimentary chips. They were too good! Flavorful falafel sandwich. Tuna melt needed a bit more mayo.
  12. D

    David

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As always, a delightful meal in delightful surroundings. The staff is wonderful, as is the food.
  13. L

    Loro

    Birmingham

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    While small, the menu has something for everyone. The salmon was cooked to perfection, and the chicken Milanese was delicious as was the lemon olive oil cake. Although this was lunch, the portions were ample. Our server Cory was outstanding; helpful, efficient and charming. The atmosphere was perfect, with a lovely view, and, although practically full, the restaurant was quiet enough to have a pleasant conversation. Highly recommended.
  14. GW

    GeorgeW

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful setting for dining on light fare. Service was excellent, including champagne to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary.
  15. AS

    AnnetteS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The garden is a lovely spot to eat lunch. The staff is very attentive.
  16. MG

    MarisaG

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Convenient for a day if art. Lovely place for an outdoor lunch, too.
  17. CW

    CynthiaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Delightful service with special attention to our celebration!
  18. G

    Gary

    Philadelphia

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food with perfect sized potions. Great presentation. Open kitchen environment which does not impact the dinning room ambience. There is also a lovely garden if you are interested in eating al fresco. Fabulous wait staff - polite, efficient, with a good sense of humor. We will return. Highly recommended.
  19. LL

    LindaL

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Small, leafy walled garden (inside seating also available). Attentive service. Short menu but nice selections. Tasty, & the visual experience is serene perfection.
  20. B

    Babs

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great place for lunch when visiting the Barnes museum.
  21. SG

    SandraG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice lunch in a beautiful outdoor space which had plenty of secluded tables in the shade. They brought complimentary champagne for us since it was our anniversary. Yummy food, great service!
  22. J

    Judy

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The outdoor seating was lovely. The salmon was exceptional and my husband enjoyed the falafel. Our waiter brought us glass of Prosecco because it was our anniversary which was much appreciated. The service was a bit slow but we were in no hurry. This was a delightful start to our visit at The Barnes.
  23. KK

    KKay

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Our server, Lew, was great. The food was ok, but took a long time. We had a party of 8, so that could make a difference. The food is not kid friendly. The garden was beautiful & quiet and we enjoyed our time there. The Barnes Foundation was awesome!
  24. KH

    KellyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not an extensive menu but a really good mix/selection. It was beautiful sitting outside. Food was really tasty an service was excellent. Was able to easily find metered parking right outside so paid $3.00.
  25. P

    Pippa123

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very good food that is much better than in most museum linked cafes in beautiful tasteful setting.
  26. S

    Svetlana

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Healthy options, delicious cauliflower and steak frites. The garden was a delight to see while eating - we even spotted a bunny! The interior design is a joy in this place, along with all the little details.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meeting old friends we hadn’t seen in decades. The staff was friendly, cheerful and personable. The food was excellent, beyond my expectations. No one ever made us feel we were overstaying our welcome and we stayed a long time. The room was elegant and matched the ambiance of the Barnes Foundation museum. One wall was made of large windows that overlooked a shady, sheltered patio with outdoor dining, so lots of light. It was a lovely peaceful retreat from the bustle of the city.
  28. M

    Museumgoer

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent Staff was friendly and efficient We don’t mind the higher prices to support the museum
  29. AC

    AnnieC

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great service, and attention to detail. They made up for a small food snafu by taking it off the bill.
  30. m

    magill

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outside patio seating is beautiful, wait staff very attentive and food was delicious!
  31. M

    Miche

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    a wonderful stop for lunch with great service and a nice open kitchen.
  32. a

    ama1

    Naples

    85 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Server was excellent and chicken salad sandwich very tasty. Too hot to be outside but it also looked pleasant.
  33. RA

    RAYMOND

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Although we had a reservation, upon arrival the hostess could not find it. I showed the confirmation email, (#25700). Surprising that she could not find our reservation. But she was able to accommodate us anyway, and the dining experience was terrific. Apparently it was operating at only one-half capacity. Short staff?
  34. S

    Ssco

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh, delicious food served in a tranquil garden setting by helpful, friendly staff.
  35. KV

    KristinV

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The burger was outstanding as was the roasted cauliflower salad. There is a little something on the menu for everyone - vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian or carnivore. They have a limited, but nice, wine and beer selection. It is the perfect stop before or after a tour with one of the Barnes amazing docents, or to take a break before re-entering the Barnes Collection.
  36. VL

    VLouise

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed the outside seating and were all very happy with our meals. My quinoa bowl was delicious. It was a little heavy on the dressing. I would have preferred my dressing on the side but forgot to ask.
  37. b

    berniceek

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience4
    There was something wrong in the kitchen. People were working furiously but food took almost an hour for sandwiches. Host comped our check
  38. WW

    WendyW

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    was out of food .. especially ice cream. surprising for mothers day. service was way too slow.. but friendly. just not a good showing . coffee served cold.. toast was cold by the time I got my sandwich.. loved the room and ambiance.. the food and service leaves much to be desired.. as we get out of the pandemic.. I understand things take time to pick up.. I am a member .. and want to keep coming to cafe.. but this was very disappointing food wise and selection wise.. the Rose was good, tho
  39. H

    Hahndoc

    Philadelphia

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent server and food. Nice selection and quality ingredients.
  40. S

    Squirrel

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really fine for any occasion. Good food, charming garden, deft service. What more could one want?

FAQs

Garden Restaurant at The Barnes Foundation offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 278-7070.

Garden Restaurant at The Barnes Foundation is rated 4.6 stars by 393 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Garden Restaurant at The Barnes Foundation

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Additional information

  • Cross street

    20th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

  • Neighborhood

    Art Museum

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon, Thu–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table, American, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Anita Hirsch

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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