Harper's Garden

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391 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Located at the corner of South 18th and Ludlow, Harper's Garden is tucked away in Rittenhouse Square. Our menu focuses on simple, seasonal dishes to share and pair with delicious craft cocktails, beers and wines. We offer a full service dining experience with an elegant bar, cozy seating area and upstairs lounge overlooking the indoor space for private parties. We also have a beautiful outdoor space with an open-air veranda that shades guests in our vibrant garden, offering a unique escape from the bustle of the area.
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Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved this place! It will now be one of my go-tos when people visit from out of town. The food was amazing. I ordered the squash toast and was not disappointed, and we had the lamb meatballs, cheese plate, and borani to share. All great!

DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very pleasantly surprised by this intimate venue. The food and service were both excellent and the ambiance and decor were very inviting. This is an excellent place for meeting with friends and sharing plates of tasty treats.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and food!

S
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting from out of town. We had a good number of the small plates, and all were excellent! We accidentally knocked over a glass of wine, and our server immediately brought another one at no charge. The ambience outside was fun and reminiscient of a garden. We had a lovely evening!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great spot for the gram and outdoor dining. Also $20 add on for bottomless mimosas during brunch!

CC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most charming outdoor seating area. Amazing small plates! Great place for cocktails and sharing some tapas!

LP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food here is fantastic and wine selection is very nice. Love the ambiance of this place.
I'm told to come back and go to Brunch! Can't Wait!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Monkfish was inedibly salty. Appetizers were weird and underseasoned. Server managed to ignore our table while repeatedly checking on every other table in his section.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always a highly enjoyable and pleasant experience at Harper's garden! The food is always so tasty and the service is always excellent!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the most amazing experience. Food was perfect. I’m a Chef so this was a big deal. The burger was cooked perfectly. It’s definitely a must try.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We loved our meal. I didn't think the oysters warranted a 5 star rating but everything else was excellent.

K
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Food was not great - got the watermelon / tomato salad and it wasn't fresh at all and the taste was horrible. really small portions - cheese plate was just ok. waited about a half hour to get the attention of our server and to get the bill. the only thing i would go again for was the burgundy wines that they had available.

AM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

So sad we picked this restaurant. We tried to find a good spot to go to for restaurant week. Apps were good, main entrees were disappointing. The shrimp in the main course were frozen not fresh and the key lime and peach cobbler were terrible. Service was mediocre. Truly disappointed and wished we picked another restaurant. Not going back, we work too hard for our money to waste it on lack luster food.

RS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The atmosphere is the most intriguing part of dining at Harper's. How could you not be pulled in by those twinkling lights and lush plants? The food was lovely, though I think for the price, the portions are a bit small. Would recommend for cocktails and small bites.

DV
Washington DC
116 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is now my go-to lunch spot when I am in Center City. Had lunch with a friend so the leisurely pace was not a problem because we wanted to catch up. Highly recommend the curried mussels. Be sure to ask for a spoon for the broth.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing and delicious food!

AH
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I recommend Harper's Garden for an outdoor dining experience, perfect for a burger and a drink, the atmosphere is really nice with the greenery and lighting. I went to Harper's Garden for restaurant week. From the small plates we got the 'Spinach Borani and Grilled Pita' and the 'Moroccan Lamb Meatballs' both were good but I wouldn't get them again. For mains we got 'The 'Merica Burger' was really good, and the 'Scallop Bucatini', which wasn't that great. For dessert we had the 'Key Lime Pie' and the 'Peach Cobbler Ice Cream' both were okay.

K
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Good food, meh price point, kitchen/service have been slow every time. DO NOT come here for lunch during the work week unless you know EXACTLY what you are going to order before, and you order the second you sit down. Had the saffron shrimp, the saffron was a great touch, the shrimp were respectable. Lamb meatballs are a must have here, and the fried chicken sandwich is probably the best thing on the menu. Wine list is also respectable

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Unfortunately I found my first dining at this restaurant would be my last. The experience overall was poor. The meal selection for restaurant week for this particular evening was really poor in quality and quantity.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server... I wanna day Alejandro c.... but I know that’s waaaay off. Was a doll!!

JA
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Salad and dessert were very good. I was disappointed with the fried chicken sandwich and would not get that entree again or recommend it.

OT
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great for Lunch, was a lil slow so we received an appropriate amount of attention. Good food, nice place. Dining neighbors were a bit annoying but thats not Harper’s fault. Give it a try.

B
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food and very good service.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant! Lovely service and great food

RL
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience!

m
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Awesome drinks, fun food , outstanding service. The atmosphere is fun and trendy.

PM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Food was horrible, I got shrimp pasta which came with 3 pieces of shrimps. My friends got the same pasta and received 8-9 pieces and mushrooms. . Service was horrible. server spilled water on my friend while filling her water glass. Never apologized.

g
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

My coworkers and I, make reservations for lunch every year for restaurant week. After resourcing the participating restaurants we chose here. When we arrived the bartender was short and uninviting. After being seated we told waitress we needed the menu for restaurant week and she rudely told us it didn’t start until dinner. I told her I read online under restaurant week and open table that there was no exclusions for Sunday. After I told her that , she didn’t seem to care and not accommodating. We ordered off the menu the food was good and atmosphere was charming. After a phone call to the manager the next day he never followed through with making good with a mistake on their part. Disappointed at their poor customer service and probably will not return or recommend.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful setting.

SG
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

I have been here twice for lunch . Dinner service was very slow.It was lovely to sit outside. Ribs weren't great- salads were good

DH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Not for brunch. Menu too limited and the salad was very small but high priced. I wouldn't mind spending 85.00 for 2 people but i left hungry

OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Water glasses neglected but other than that, great experience

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

The place is pretty and the server was a doll, but the food was pricey and not good. I would never go there again.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and our server was on point. His timing on everything was perfect.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Harper’s Garden is beyond beautiful! We came for drinks and we all thoroughly enjoyed our time. Our waitress was great too!

M
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, service was excellent, great outdoor seating ambiance

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went for brunch and it was overall lovely but service was very slow, particularly, AFTER the Sunday rush died down. Would def go again but the service needs to pick up a bit.

JO
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The restaurant has a beautiful outdoor space which is perfect for a nice Sunday brunch. The portion sizes are just right, and the food was tasty although nothing news worthy. They do have a nice bottomless mimosa option or if you choose to not go that route the other drinks are reasonably priced and very tasty.

M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice experience over all. Our server was attentive, and knowledgeable - even if the answer was, “I don’t actually know but that’s a great question. Let me ask.” He was actually the only one that made positive eye contact and a purposeful smile as we entered a full restaurant, before we or he knew he was our server. Flavors were top notch. One fried app was still cool in the center but was taken care of. We would definitely return.

AP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a reservation and arrived early and was sat early as well! Everyone who works here is super professional and they all know what they’re doing! Food was insanely good, definitely suggest eggs benny with smoked salmon, literally still dreaming about it. Drinks are all delicious, got the liquid persuasion a little sweet but still delish !

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