Harper's Garden

4.5
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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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Friday, February 14, 2020

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M
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The ambiance, service and decor was superb. The food was good, but nothing to rave about. We were there for restaurant week. My friend and I agreed to try them out for brunch in the future.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Was seated right next to the front door with giant curtain blowing on me the entire meal. Bartender waited on us and made it clear he was angry that he had to wait tables in addition to bartending. Would go back for the great food, but will request alternate seat and server if I end up in that situation again.

L
Philadelphia
157 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really delicious food served well during Restaurant Week.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 stars all around- service, food, ambiance.
Had lunch here during restaurant week - every dish was delicious and presented beautifully.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

My best friend and I went for Center City Restaurant Week. Our reservation was at 7 and they got us in early (which was nice). I got the soup and felt it could’ve been hotter, but my besties salad was very good (Roaster Pear and Beet Salad). The second course was the tuna for me and the burrata for her. The tuna was delicious, but the wasabi had a weird texture. A garnish on the burrata had a strange flavor, but the burrata itself was very good. We both got the striped bass. It was very good. The last course was a ricotta pound cake with lemon thyme ice cream and a champagne soaked pear. This was delicious, but I wish the pound cake was softer. It seemed like it may have been taken out of the freezer and served.

Our server was very good, he kept our drinks full and kept our courses coming out in a timely manner. We both really enjoyed the look and decor of the place; although, it was difficult to see the menu at our table (lighting was too dim there).

MW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Restaurant Week dinner at Harper's Garden was fantastic. The Roasted Pear and Beet Salad was a highlight for both my friend and I. The flavors for every dish were on point and melded well. The inside is super cute, and this would be the perfect spot for a date night.

SS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As a first time participate at Harper’s Garden, I was truly impressed with the delicious food and great atmosphere.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Brunch!! It was fun! Lots of mimosas

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Restaurant was "out" of top three picks for breakfast. Refused ability for any substitutions. Apathatic waitress. French toast was burnt. Incredibly disappointing experience.

NK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar and hung out with Nic the bartender. The ambience was so perfect and the whole staff was so friendly! Good vibes all around! The cocktails are worth every penny. I would expect to spend at least $15 on a well made, well balanced cocktail, and this place does not disappoint for the price you pay. The food is so amazing that I didn’t even waste a second taking a picture. Highly recommend for a nice date or a night out with a friend.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister and I came here for brunch on a Saturday in the winter. Amazing atmosphere, incredible food and Grade A++ drinks. But the best part of our experience was our waitress Nikki. She was HILARIOUS and so attentive. We will absolutely be back!

l
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for restaurant week so the value was unbelievable. The only problem we had was the food did not come out hot. The mushroom soup, the stripped bass and the chicken were not hot. Each of those dishes would have had so much more flavor if served at the right temperature. Our friend who ordered the chicken took it home and said when he heated it the next day it was fantastic.

G
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Restaurant week menu was totally off. Otherwise the food is good!

R
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for lunch during Restaurant Week. Quite a bargain for delicious mushroom soup with sautéed wild mushrooms and then seared striped bass. Dessert was a fabulous chocolate tart. Service was excellent.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Harpers Garden for restaurant week. All of the choices were delicious. The cocktails are interesting and there's a decent wine selection. The best part is the restaurant decor, which is kind of a modern rustic.

SQ
Philadelphia
554 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We dined inside and it was pleasant although too loud. We had the 3-course special. The salad was very good. The fish was tasty but too salty. The canele was dry and difficult to cut and it was served with a spoon. (I have tasted good canele, so I have a comparison.) Overall, I think it is a good place for lunch if you are nearby. I wouldn't go out of my way to dine there except possibly for the outdoor dining in spring.

W
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent from quality to presentation to taste. Because it was Restaurant Week, the value was great. Our server was very pleasant and attentive. Would definitely come back

S
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Got there when place was not even close to full yet it took over a half hour to get our 1st course (soup & salad). Other than slowness, our experience -- 1st time there -- was fine. Lovely spot, good food. When the place filled up it did get noisy. One other nit: the bench is too deep & far from the table & also too low for people my height.

J
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The smoked salmon and waffles are so unexpected and SOOO good. It was a perfect amount of food and delicious. Will be back!

HP
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening at Harper’s Garden... sat outside in January... amazing food (although the wines were not my favorite)... friendly waitress! Great all around... seemed kind of noisy inside, but we had perfect seating outdoors on a warm January night!

B
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Bottomless mimosas are a great deal and Harpers Garden makes a fantastic omelet!!

D
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was good. Consider larger plates so you can cut food and so it doesn't fall off plate! Drinks pricey. Our server, however, was absolutely lovely. She was the perfect combination of helpful and welcoming and friendly without being intrusive--she put a smile on our faces!

LR
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was excellent. Wooden seats/benches were kind of uncomfortable. French toast was nice and crispy. Somewhat disappointed at the brunch selections, I expected more breakfast stuff that didn't include eggs.

L
Philadelphia
76 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Enjoy delicious food, just do NOT order the coffee!!
Have never had worse coffee anywhere!!!!
But cute decor, great food....

DK
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful interior, cozy ambiance and DELICIOUS brunch! They have bottomless mimosas too!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great brunch spot. Bottomless mimosas for $20 with entree... what’s better than that! And the service was on point

g
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The brunch menu is somewhat limited but good. The wait staff is well versed in what is not possible (asking for a bloody Mary that was not flaming hot, just spicy). The overall experience was good to very good.

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The meal was wonderful. The appetizer which was the braised pork cheek was delicious, tender and flavorful. We really enjoyed the Striped Bass and Roast Chicken. The side vegetable was a great pairing. The only concern was the bribe for the chicken was heavy on the salt . Aside from that it was great. The chicken was juicy and tender on the inside and crispy and beautiful color on the outside. The bass was well seasoned, the crispy skin was masterful. The Apple galette was good, but could use more apples and the should have removed the tart a minute early because it lightly burnt on the edges. Overall the meal was great. The drinks were great also. We will definitely come back and recommend to friends and family. It was really outstanding. And I love that it is rotating menu. We will return in the spring for the new menu. Great job chef and house manager. Our waitress was wonderful. She did a great job.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

W head a wonderful meal here. Service was great! Food was excellent! The atmosphere was amazing. Can’t wait to go back during the summer months to enjoy the outside

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was awesome and so was the food and drink.

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cool looking decoration and tasty food. We only ordered small plates and it was filling, and a nice way to taste a variety of dishes. Very enjoyable experience.

CC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a good experience in every way. A true treasure. Can't wait to come again.

JG
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We had branch there. I ordered eggs with a side salad and it was a very simple dish, small portion. I didn't get any bread, nothing. My husband had a shakshuka flat bread and it was also a very small portion. I won't recommend a branch there.

WS
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and I loved it. The best thing about Harper’s Garden is the ambiance. It’s absolutely beautiful. I love all the floral touches.

The food was really good. I had the trout and I loved it! It was perfect.

I would definitely recommend coming here at least once.

JA
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Low lighting, but the garden theme follows inside. Food choices were a little limited, but quite tasty. Some favs were the small plates - shared as apps - and drinks that were actually mocktails.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and ambiance were great! We had small plates which were all delicious. The craft beers were really good and they offer a nice selection. The only drawback was the noise level. I was eating with colleagues and it was really loud, but mainly because people were laughing and having a good time.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch at harpers garden was amazing! Bottomless mimosas are well worth it and the food was spectacular. Stephen, our waiter, was attentive and did not push us to leave. Would recommend and go back!

SS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. I really enjoyed the whole experience.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The burgers were AMAZING- a must get!