Harper's Garden

4.5
330 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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What 330 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Eating out in patio and a mouse ran under our table and into a crevice in the wall. Then another one joined him! We asked to I’ve and they admitted they have a mouse problem. Kinda diminishes one’s appetite. Portions are also small!

S
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and an interesting menu-we loved it!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant in perfect for a summer date. The outside terrace ambience makes this place a must visit restaurant. The food is good and fresh, the cocktails are creative, the music is fun and the service is great.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Really nice time except that dessert took about 45 mins to come out. They ended up comping the dessert which was appreciated.

BL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are out of towners and loved it all! The outdoor area was very attractive!

AK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was the best especially for accommodating four more people! We were a group of 16 and she was so adorable and the service was fast and great.

C
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. The drinks are even better!

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful and tasty dinner with friends. If you love a place where you can order one of everything and share, this is definitely the place for you!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Good ideas for the menu but not executed quite the way it should. The tomato watermelon salad had a strange fishy taste. The steak was good but that was due to tons of butter. The fried chicken sandwich was moist but way too bulky. The food came somewhat close but the way it was pulled off wasn’t worth the price tag. The atmosphere outside and the waitress were awesome though.

L
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. Great service. Unique menu! We were outside, it started to rain, our waiter was great. He moved us quickly and no problem. We had a time restriction because we were going to see a show, and he was so accommodating!

DC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great selection of cocktails. All we tried were delicious. Food was somewhat lacking for the price.

T
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice outside seating. Friendly staff. The Shakshuka was boring. My friend had the French omlette that she enjoyed.

FB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Harper's Garden was such a treat. We sat outside, which is perfect in the summer time. I had the Maple Bacon Pancakes, which were very delicious. The pancake batter has bacon mixed into it which really makes you feel like you're eating more than just pancakes. My partner wanted regular pancakes, but the pancake batter is pre-mixed for the day. Our entire table got the $20 bottomless mimosas which were worth it. We had around six or seven rounds of mimosas. The only downside was the bird that pooped on my friend. There were birds beginning to nest in the lights above our table, which only became a problem at the end of the meal when they kicked dirt onto our table (into what would have been our food if we weren't already done). Over all, very beautiful restaurant, wonderful service, NO WAIT, and amazing food.

BD
Austin
64 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

What a great spot for an outdoor brunch. Everyone in our group really enjoyed the food - a few innovative things on the menu.

Highlight was out server Steven D - he was on top of his game and really seemed to enjoy his job.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, claimed it was good to share but more for a date then a group of friends

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and ambience. Fun for the family

VY
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Brunch was quite good. Beautiful decor with lots of greenery (both inside and out). Love this place for drinks, too. It’s not huge so it will be LOUD. And only two single person bathrooms so there was a long line at 2pm.

OT
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, cocktails, and food served beautifully and prepared well.

AD
Philadelphia
77 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed my open-face tomato sandwich in the garden setting. The menu is not very large and the garden area is a little noisy (street noise). It seemed like they tried to drown it out with music in the background but then that was doubly annoying. For this part of the city it’s probably a good choice, but Talula’s Garden is better.

FU
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat inside, but the outside was so cute!!! Great food!

E
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this restaurant. It is in a great location if you are in the center of Philly. The outdoor space, where we ate, was quaint and cool on the day we dined (a bonus for us because it had been sweltering weather during our visit). The service was outstanding and the food was inspired and excellent. We shared 2 small plates and the Miso Cod (yummy) and chose a nice wine from their impressive list. Their menu is broad and interesting enough for us foodies.

LB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

Would’ve been much more enjoyable if the weekend warrior crowd with the dead asleep hungover dude wasn’t seated right next to me.

NS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This place is a gem! The minute you cross the threshold you don't even realize you are in the city anymore. With outstanding service and food. We went for brunch and thoroughly enjoyed our meal as well as the bottomless mimosa's! Loved the entire experience!

AF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was very knowledgeable about the menu and made great suggestions on the drink menu. He made sure that we had everything we needed from the time we sat down to the time we left. The Manager stopped at every table including ours and asked how was your experience at Harper’s Garden. This was my second visit and I will be coming back.

m
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was luke warm and mediocre.... wait staff served food and drinks in a fashion that is unsafe and not adhering to health standards. It drives me crazy when wait staff serves a drink with their entire palm OVER a glass or serves a plate of food with their thumb ON THE PLATE and dangerously close to the entree they are delivering. These are VERY basic servers safety tips that should NEVER be violated in the food industry. Educate your staff to NEVER do this. Ruins the experience.

l
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had excellent service and great food. Every dish was tasty. The Icelandic Cod was amazing and, we were told, actually fished in iceland. The seating indoors but with open windows to the outside is a great feature. Joe, the manager, was great as was our server. We'll be back, for sure.

K
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about this restaurant. The waiter was friendly, knowledgeable about everything on the menu and made excellent recommendations based on information we gave him.

j
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joe was great. He made us feel welcomed and that he appreciated our business. Icing on an excellent cake.

A
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is very pretty. The service was good. The kitchen was backed up and the food took and very long time. I was severed separately from the rest of the table. The manager was very apologetic and even sent us a round of drinks.

s
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Burgers are delicious. Service was terrific. There is nothing like dining outside on a nice summer night. We will be back.

f
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had another lovely meal at Harper's Garden. I've yet to be disappointed - this is probably my 6th time there. Service was excellent, food was delicious and a fair value. The 2 of us ordered 4 starters, and it was plenty. Cocktails are great too. The space is lovely as well. Only negative is it gets loud when busy - not good if you want a quiet evening out. But overall a great experience every time.

MB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place. Gorgeous scenery and amazing food and cocktails. Will definitely be back.

E
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The small plates were all delicious. The ambiance was great. We were there on the perfect day for dining alfresco. The dessert and coffee were disappointing:(

FT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 2ambience 5

Beautiful place! . Mediocre food. Crappy server! Server brought over Shakshouka on a piping hot skillet and did not warn me that its hot, and I ended up burning my arm. I mean I know it’s basic common sense, but it would be nice to get a friendly warning whilst I am distracted in my date.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The place was very cute and the service was good. Food came out fast and bottomless mimosas are always good.

D
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Very loud. Couldn’t have a conversation

OT
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place ever, so cute and such nice ambiance! Best staff ever!!

r
Philadelphia
73 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We orderd dinner from the tasting menu and everything was delicious they are small plates and we had five options for two of us and that was about the right amount of food the service was attentive but not overbearing the scene was vibrant if not a little crowded and the Ambiance was rather loud now it was a rainy day so the outside garden wasn't in use but all in all a great experience that I would recommend

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was okay. Nothing's impressive. Food were overpriced for what not worthed it. Like my Fiancé said, "like they put more money toward the decorations"

And under special request I put a birthday thing but never got acknowledged. Thanks

SH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unusually satisfying and favorful vegetarian options

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