Garden Restaurant at The Barnes Foundation

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125 reviews
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Farm-to-table
The light filled Garden Restaurant at The Barnes Foundation offers a celebration of seasonal and local produce and farmers with a European accent. In our open kitchen, Chef Anita Hirsch curates a rotational farm to table menu for both brunch and lunch. Enjoy farm stand salads, flavorful sandwiches, innovative entrees and house made pastries in the dining room or al fresco on our terrace. A hand picked beverage list of wines by the glass, imported and craft beers and seasonal signature cocktails completes any meal. All visitors are welcome—no Barnes admission is required. Located on the first floor.
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B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were friendly, helpful and paid just the right amount of attention. Loved my experience. The food was delicious.

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N
Philadelphia
69 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

A nice place for lunch before or after a visit to the Museum.

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C
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Garden Restaurant at the Barnes Foundation is an absolute gem. Our server was terrific, knowledgeable and efficient. Our food was simply outstanding and the entire experience was
WONDERFUL!

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NK
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son’s 5th bday breakfast. Food and staff were amazing, thank you for making it extra special!

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d
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Such a pleasant ambiance.
I do wish that they would vary the menu sélectionné.

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PM
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

My tuna melt was tepid, and the bread underneath was burnt. My first cup of coffee was hot, but a subsequent one was barely warm.

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SN
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The hostess made too big of a deal getting us to our tAble as if the dining room was very busy but it wAs not. The food is overpriced but good. The wait staff were excellent. Overall it’s convenient so they can overcharge

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DC
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

An excellent selection of sandwiches, salads, and entrees for lunch in a beautiful architectural setting. A natural place to go if you're visiting the Barnes Museum.

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DT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is a great place to eat if you are visiting the Barnes Foundation Museum. Many museums have quite nice restaurants, but not quite special enough to go to unless you are visiting the museum. I would include this restaurant in that category.

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JB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I were pleased to be the first ones in for Brunch on a Sunday and it was great. The space is cozy but very open with the large windows looking out to the courtyard. I have always liked the Barnes for the amount of consideration that was put into every little detail of the design and this can be seen in the restaurant as well. The service was very attentive and the food was exceptional. Will return again.

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OT
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The brunch menu was a bit of a surprise as we were expecting a lunch menu, but we had no trouble finding items we really liked and enjoyed. The restaurant was busy as there was a group (perhaps 20 people) dining there, but it was not crowded. We were seated at the time we had reserved or even a few minutes early, thus no waiting. Our server was professional and quite pleasant. My mushroom frittata was delicious and had fingerling potatoes and a small salad accompaniments. The tables were not too close together so we didn't have to listen to other people's conversations.

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LS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

They seriously need to correct the wobbling tables. Happens every time. Not enough wait staff. Have to beg and plead for more water. The wait staff is very kind, but massively overworked.
The food is okay, salads overdressed, portions skimpy and overpriced for what they are. Some tables quite close together to the point of feeling like you’re eating not just with your table mate.
The place looks lovely, but come on Barnes, step it up! The museum deserves better!

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E
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On January 10, six friends came down by train from NYC to see the Berthe Morisot exhibition.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

An excellent restaurant right at the Barnes Foundation. Certainly a great choice if you are visiting the museum.

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AA
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant, on the ground floor of the Barnes, provided a delicious start to a long and fascinating day exploring the Barnes and its exhibits. It was cozy and comfortable, our server was absolutely delightful, and our meal was amazing. Crisp potato chips were brought to the table, in lieu of bread. We both ordered the steak salad special, which was wonderful and just the right size for lunch. I can't wait to return, when I will order the burger that a man at the next table was devouring. I recommend this place without reservation (though we did make a reservation, and the restaurant was full on Wednesday at lunchtime).

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A
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely restaurant, very good, healthy food. Excellent services and host. Could not have asked for a better restaurant to be located within an artistic venue such as the Barnes. I hope to go back again.

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BW
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Brunch in this restaurant was a lovely way to start our visit to the Barnes collection. It must be incredibly beautiful in the spring when the garden is in bloom!

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l
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

A very pleasant restaurant with some interesting choices. Lunch is leisurely and there is a lot of natural light
from the windows overlooking the outdoor garden. Good service as well.
A refreshing break if you are already at the Barnes Foundation.

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AD
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Great setting. The food is good. The vegan options are very limited. The rigidity about table assignments seemed overly fussy.

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M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for an afternoon break while visiting the exhibits.

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MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent meal at the Garden Restaurant with great service. I highly recommend this place!

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R
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a pleasure

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c
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a great “brunch” as it was a Saturday holiday weekend - so no lunch menu. All enjoyed our meals - I ordered the special beef/shrimp with egg/avocado salad - excellent!! Great service !!

Wonderful setting & food!

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MM
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I took my seven year-old granddaughter for a "fancy lunch" while visiting the Barnes. The children's menu was excellent, with the grilled cheese remarkably special. My lunch salad was very good. The service was exceptional. My grandaughter commented on how quiet it was, and had a wonderful time, as did I.

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D
Philadelphia
146 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice place for a good lunch before our Barnes tour. Four of us shared appetizers- avocado toast and salmon toast which were very good. My chicken salad BLT and husbands lamb burger were large enough and well prepared. The french fries which came with it were the best anywhere. The crab cake entree was quite good as was the salad with shrimp. A little pricey but good. Desserts were just so so and creme brûlée seemed to be missing some accompanying berries.

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SQ
Philadelphia
497 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful place for lunch whether or not you are going to an exhibition. Many delicious options including salads. Big windows, bright, overlooks garden. Excellent service. I will return and recommend it to friends.

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R
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Goodbye brunch

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Everyone was very friendly and attentive. The Moroccan Lentil soup was excellent and the star of our meal. We also had the burger and the frittata, which were good, but not what we expected after tasting the soup. The portions are quite large, so we had too much food with the soup and an entree.

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E
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and nice place to meet.
The availability of the Barnes Foundation Museum creates a fabulous and convenient option for visiting the artwork.
However, museum admission NOT required in order to eat at this locale.
Highly recommended!

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k
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service by very charming and attentive wait staff!

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CO
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

it is not a white tablecloth place. there is wine and dessert and an offering of fun selections. Service was attentive and quick w a good attitude.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, lovely surroundings and quite enough to have a conversation.

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OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The mushroom open sandwich on toasted challah was delicious and quite unusual.
The service and ambiance were also really nice and it is worth going to the restaurant even if you don't go to the exhibit. Reservations are advised as the word is already out how good this place is.

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F
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

well done. I already posted a review on TripAdvisor so please look there.

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ER
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect lunch spot in a superb museum.

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KC
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

For a world class institution, our second trip to the restaurant was sad and disappointing. We had a reservation, but waited 10 minutes to be seated in a room with at least five empty tables. We waited 10 minutes for our drink order to be taken -- an iced tea and a rose. Should have known things would not go well when ten minutes later the tea was served, and a few minutes later the waiter apologized for the wrong stemware and started to pour a sparkling cava which I hadn't ordered. He walked away and realized his error. Ten minutes later, I ordered the burrata appetizer and the crab cake entree. My husband ordered the shrimp entree salad. As the minutes passed, I kept wondering where my appetizer was. After waiting a half hour, my burrata appetizer was delivered WITH our entrees by an assistant. I looked at him with a pained look and mildly complained that normally one gets their appetizer first. The waiter came over a while later to inquire about my unhappiness. I tried to use it as a teaching moment, and his friendly apologetic response was that he thought I wanted them at the same time. Nothing in my order would have indicated that. Fifteen minutes later, unprompted, he comped us additional drinks, which was appreciated. Now, to the food. The crab cakes were so-so (not jumbo lump, but to be fair not advertised as such) and a bit over salted. They were accompanied by frisee and shaved carrots, exactly the same accompaniment as the burrata. Use your imagination! The "burrata" was unrecognizable -- hard and lumpy with no creamy interior, like it had been refrigerated for weeks and solidified. I did not complain about it, but should have. Overall, the kitchen and dining room seemed adequately staffed, so perhaps training is in order. The food has definitely gone down hill, not befitting a world class institution.

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JL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Convenient place to meet friends for a tour of the museum and lunch. We met our niece for lunch and had a nice time with her, and also toured the Morisot exhibit which was fabulous.
Service at the restaurant was a bit slow, but we wanted time to talk anyway.

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IG
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very much enjoyed our lunch. However, it was very difficult to reach the restaurant. No one ever answered not did they return messages left on their voicemail. I finally had to call museum for their assistance

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SQ
Philadelphia
497 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for lunch and conversation with friends. No loud music. Food is delicious and there are many excellent choices. Servers are attentive and pleasant. Beautiful view of garden through large windows. I love this restaurant!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Given the price, I was surprised that the ambience wasn’t better — I expected something along the lines of Longwood’s 1906, and instead it felt like a nice cafeteria. Food was very good, if very slow to arrive given how not busy they were. One of my party was vegan and asked for no blue cheese on his salad. It came with the blue cheese anyway. Another of my party was in a wheelchair and they were very helpful with dealing with those logistics. I’d certainly eat there again.

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