Harper's Garden

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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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4.5based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.4
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R
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
553 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
9 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
2 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!

M
Philadelphia
99 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! The food is great again! We love the atmosphere, fresh, local ingredients and delicious food. What really makes Harper's Garden stand out among the rest is the STAFF members! Every one, especially Jason and Joe, are AWESOME! They go above and beyond! I lost a piece an antique necklace I was wearing and I spoke to Joe who said he and the staff would look around. Not only did I receive a call back, they really looked, didn't find it but that's not the point, he invited us in to have a drink which really means so much!!!! It's a personal touch that you often do not experience in very many restaurants! We will be back and THANK YOU to Joe and Jason! You guys are THE BEST!!!!

AP
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and I took my wife for her birthday brunch with our daughter followed by a show. We are all foodies and truly enjoyed the food. Decor is pleasing and service was on point.

SM
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience5

Ambiance & service was great but the food was not very good or fulfilling. We weren’t impressed by the quality or taste and we left still hungry. However, the drinks were good.

J
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with awesome service. Would come back every time I visit my favorite city of Philadelphia

IK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was the most amazing dinner my boyfriend and I ever had. Came out so fast, so many things to choose from. The service (Morgan) was incredible, she was sweet and helpful. I got the Pork skillet and he got the lobster ravioli ... wow ... It melted in your mouth and was so bold but not overwhelming. Definitely coming back!

CB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding! Great variety of small plates and breads!

PS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent...service was good, prices were fair. We were having a business meeting and it was a little noisy in there, but we survived.

W
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Real espresso would hv made a major difference for me. The absence of « real coffee » is a deal breaker, especially on a weekend morning. I would hv appreciated being warned that the shakshuka offered in the menu would be such a radical departure from what I know to be a shakshuka. It wasn’t bad, it’s just that it wasn’t at all what I thought it was (from reading its name on the menu). A friendly warning (and our waiter was def very friendly) would hv been nice.

JS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Drinks were great, service was very slow for a weekday lunch, and food was not good. The “flatbread” was served on a very thick and unappetizing dough that was the farthest thing from a flatbread I’ve seen.

PM
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really nice brunch for table of six. Everyone enjoyed their drinks and the food was a hit. Service was top shelf!

R
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was delicious! Our young children were the only children in the restaurant at 6pm, but were treated wonderfully and thoroughly enjoyed our dinner! The atmosphere was great and I would believe that outside dinner would be lovely!

KS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food, great service, great ambiance! The only downside is that it was uncomfortable cold inside the restaurant, despite the restaurant's high potential for coziness. Whatever they do December-February to keep the place warm, they need to do also in November...because if it's always that cold in there, I'm not sure I'd go back!