Garden Restaurant at The Barnes Foundation

4.6
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248 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Farm-to-table
Please join us on February 30, March 1, and March 7 between 2 pm and 4 pm for High Tea at the Barnes Foundation during the 2020 Philadelphia Flower Show. Tea will be served with finger sandwiches and pastries in our beautiful Light Court. The cost is $42.00 or $52.00 with a glass of sparkling wine. We look forward to seeing you!


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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JW
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service were great, but it was freezing cold in the restaurant. It was a cold day, but the wind just seemed to rush through. Not many lower fat options, but the food was very good.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ideal setting for a couple, married 40 years, to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

e
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is absolutely fabulous. The lunch menu was a perfect mix of light fare to more substantial entrees. The ingredients were certainly all from scratch and so fresh and delicious. We split a salad and falafel and the kitchen split and plates both for us- so nice. The room is bright and airy and pleasant to be in even on a rainy day. Our server was friendly and his timing was great. Can't say enough good things about this lovely restaurant.

CA
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful for brunch! The menu was perfect for our group which included vegans and meat lovers, breakfast lovers and salad lunchers.

S
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went on a weekday afternoon in February. I made reservations but we probably didn’t need them. The museum and restaurant were the quietest I have ever seen them. The creme brûlée was the best I've ever had. The coffee that accompanied it was also very good. Because of the cold, rainy day, we were attracted to the Rueben served with sweet potato fries. The fries were wonderful but the sandwich itself was a disappointment. The Rueben was made on an onion roll instead of the traditional rye. The roll really did nothing to enhance the sandwich. I ended up deconstructing the sandwich and eating it with fork and knife.

b
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent!!! First time will definitely return!

MF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect ending to our highlights tour! Thx to Morgan (our server) & kitchen staff! Thx to server who took our group picture (we were gathered for a mini high school reunion)

b
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Didn't love the Sunday Brunch menu - trying to do breakfast-y things on menu with lunch-y things on a very small menu didn't offer the variety our group hoped for. Good food though. (Yogurt and fruit was pricey!) Lovely spot.

TN
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice restaurant at a very impressive art museum. The food was artfully presented, and the garden outside is probably more if a feature in the milder seasons. Excellent service. The restaurant itself felt like a cross between a restaurant and a cafeteria, perhaps in part due to the winterized garden.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, relaxing and lovely ambiance, convenient, friendly staff.

JB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very good. Nice selection of menu options. Upscale environment.

TM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting food that is well prepared. Nice, varied food selections and excellent wines

MW
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wasn't expecting much more than a fair menu, fair food quality and fair service. After all, I was at a museum and the specialty is art not food. After experiencing the awesome 30 Americans exhibit, it was a great treat to have a satisfying dining experience to go with it. Enjoyed it with my family in from Pittsburgh who are Frick patrons

D
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The frittata was bland - wholly lacked flavor and had a strange consistency to it.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a fantastic lunch with family, service and food were both wonderful.

L
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Surprised that there weren't more people there since reservation times were limited. But service was sluggish and seemed acknowledged by staff since we heard repeatedly "Thank You for your parience"

RU
New York Area
186 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were there for brunch and they have a nice variety of options for food (what I didn't notice until I ordered a $15 glass of wine, is that they have unlimited mimosas & bloody's for $19).

We had the avocado toast which felt a little heavy (maybe too much olive oil) and the burger, along with a cocktail & wine.

JA
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect place to recharge before going back to look at more art. We were there for brunch - the menu was varied and the food was great plus the service was perfect. The staff went out of the way to make sure our experience was enjoyable. Would highly recommend.

BM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice selection for brunch. Quiet surroundings and delicious food. Excellent service. First time diner and will return.

c
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going to a special restaurant after spending a few hours studying art. Two of us had the special which was a southern fried chicken breast sandwich and loved it. I had the mushroom topped with egg sandwich and now found a new lunch idea for cooking at home. They servers were helpful and made sure there was plenty of water.

O
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited with an out-of-town guest; after seeing “30 Americans” exhibition, planned to stay for lunch. It was excellent all around!

a
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a pleasure to have lunch there. A bit costly but worth it.

JJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service. Very attentive young woman. Best potato chips I’ve ever eaten. I’m vegan. Wish there were a few more choices.

CD
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambience, service and location. Thanks!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal with excellent service. My granddaughter needs to eat gluten-free food and the kitchen was very accommodating.

SQ
Philadelphia
561 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place for quiet conversation, good lunch, beautiful view, and pleasant service.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit over the weekend. Both experiences were excellent. Friendly staff and excellent cuisine!

YS
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place to dine when you visiting the Barnes Foundation. Good food and relaxing environment.

M
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I went for brunch on a Saturday before seeing the latest exhibit - 30 Americans. The place was pristine. The staff was so nice. The food was superb. It also doesn't hurt that they have bottomless mimosas for $19. I will definitely be back!

RY
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent Service Perfect Ambience Good menu with delicious food.

JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious, and the service was excellent.

j
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great setting, GREAT service always!! Ive been for brunch multiple times...Food is very good and the bottomless mimosa. And heck after brunch you hit the museum... I recommend it!

R
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

would be nice to have a good choice for a non-alcoholic beer. Alcohol is not a lunchtime option for many, and it would have been nice to have an NA beer choice.

BA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food for a Museum. Space is open and airy. Service was excellent. It is our go to place for lunch with out of town guests.

W
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The restaurant is very lovely though the food was so-so. I may have picked a bad dish. I had the short ribs huevos rancheros and it was not good—heavily salted and bland at the same time. Fries were great and my companions seemed to enjoy their dishes. I probably should have sent my dish back but we were in a rush.

SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely lunch we had! Garden Restaurant accommodated à family lunch (with an energetic 5-year old), made us feel comfortable and well attended to. Food was creatively presented, delicious, and a good value. I’d come here again just for the lovely interlude it provides, even if I weren’t visiting the museum.

a
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Actually I have recommended Garden Restaurant to several friends and have brought them along as guests. The ambiance is esthetically pleasing and peaceful and the service is friendly and efficient. The menu has an abundance of tempting offerings and is always absolutely pleasing.

Z
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Loved the miso salmon and the huevos rancheros. There is also a very reasonably priced wine selection. Would definitely come back.

a
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

For lunch, the huevos rancheros were quite good.

Skip the shrimp Caesar salad unless you like paying $22 for 4 small shrimp and mediocre greens

CC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The frittata was delicious, and everything was cooked just right and hot, when served. We sat at a table next to the window, overseeing the garden. The ambience was very nice. Service was good, also.

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