Restaurants at the Desmond Hotel

4.5
651 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Seasonal Menus using only the Freshest Ingredients, from the Finest Farms and Wild Fisheries in North America.

Our Executive Chef, Christopher Calhoun, through his extensive work experience with very high quality restaurants, has built relationships with many different farmers, who offer high quality, seasonally appropriate ingredients. These farmers are personally committed to their products of excellence.

Chris has a personal trust in the farms and fisheries from which he purchases and he has a keen sense for seasonal quality, therefore, our menus will change with the season.

Pairing this quality product with his culinary experience, knowledge and talent, blossoms a memorable meal that will keep you coming back again and again to the Fork & Bottle.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 651 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
EF
EFoody
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The venue was nice but the area was very loud even though social distancing was in practice. Food choices were good, but most hot items were only tepid temperature wise. Staff was very friendly and accommodating.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Greece
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Mothers day / Not a huge selection this year at all for the price, food was cold, in some instances, service wasn’t as great as it used to be. Was always so impressed with the brunch and the pricing that was a little upset or just how it wasn’t as up to par as it usually is, especially with the presentation and just all of it

DB
DebbieB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Desmond's Mother's Day Brunch was outstanding. The food, service and everything in between.

BS
BillS
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Desmond continues to be my favorite place to eat in the Malvern area. The food is always great and the service is outstanding.

D
vipDocjo
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding served Easter buffet. The entire experience was very nice.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were at the Desmond for Easter brunch and enjoyed the food, service and ambiance. I especially like the way they did the buffet during these pandemic times.

d
vipdcbirkbeck
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The service was great, so I can’t fault our server in any way! However, the food was a bit lackluster. Everything was fairly fresh, but the offerings were kind of basic and didn’t have much flavor.

JC
vipJoanC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service always friendly and not rushed
Food always as expected

WJ
vipWrxJb
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Nice local place to grab a meal while on business travel or after a day at the office.

DC
vipDCFinc
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I struggle to complete reviews these days . . . Covid restrictions have ravaged this industry. Under normal circumstances, this venue delivers a consistently favorable experience. What I'd say is that if you enjoy dining out, do your part to keep your community's restaurants open, knowing that menu selections are limited, staff is shorthanded and your party will be seated in the least costly section of the venue to operate.
If we all do our part to support, hopefully, all our favorites can claw their way to a vibrant comeback

Restaurants at the Desmond Hotel
Responded on February 3, 2021

Thank you for your input - we are right around the corner from being able to bring staff back & offering more options. We appreciate your understanding - Kind Regards Restaurants at the Desmond

Report
LS
LindaS
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Desmond is a great place to eat. I like to go on a Sunday for brunch.

y
yamsi
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

expected to eat in the fork and bottle, instead we ended up eating in the bar.
i know there is a "crisis" going on, but this was not what i expected. it is a shame
things have declined so fast. only thing prices have not changed! until things change, i will not be back

MH
MikeH
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

It was just two of us on Thanksgiving night. Hotel was beautiful. Only two waitress' so service wasn't as attentive but still good. Food was great except they ran out if yams....on Thanksgiving....and they knew how many people were coming because you need reservations....ok. I would try again on a non holiday night.

J
stacyJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time eating at the Desmond. Not only was the food delicious, the service and staff were wonderful

BL
BarbaraL
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Thanksgiving dinner was great. The food was delicious, especially the Acorn Squash soup. The whole dinner was a nice remembrance of Thanksgiving and what one expects a Thanksgiving dinner to be. The service was professional and friendly. A nice Thanksgiving!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner at the Desmond.
Our meal was delicious and the wait staff was terrific.

MM
MichaelM
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service have always been tops, but in a wacked-out year when you can't celebrate with your family, Desmond offered the perfect place and the perfect menu for a Thanksgiving feast for the two of us.

D
vipDocjo
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn't ask for better service or dining experience during these tough times!! Excellent job!

BC
vipBrianC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Last minute brunch on a Sunday early afternoon. The place was empty so it was nice and quiet. As tasty as the food was the service was even better. The waitress and bartender went above and beyond to make sure we were enjoying our experience. They worked great together and kept us entertained most of our meal. We will be back for sure.

KR
vipKentR
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for brunch. Steak and eggs was outstanding!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

21st Wedding Anniversary dinner.
They sat us at a table that was directly next to a door to get outside. Outside there was a function of about 75 people going in and out of the door. Freezing, we asked to move our table. It was then wiped off and soaked when we sat.
Food was poor. Fish was dry and my carrots were practically raw.
Staff was hurried and not very present.

RP
RobertP
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ate on the deck. Quite and relaxing. Room temperature was comfortable.

M
Maciel
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a great experience!! The food was amazing and the service was as well. I will be returning!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first dinner out since March. It was to celebrate our anniversary. We felt safe & comfortable w the seating. The service was perfect. We enjoyed every part of our meal. Well done by Tara & our other server (I cannot remember her name ☹️.). We will definitely be back.

RB
RasheenaB
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great quality food. I would definitely recommend.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Felt safe and socially distanced in the Fox and Hound restaurant even on a Fri night

RO
vipROSC
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful,social distancing dining on the deck!
Our service Jackie was wonderful....

BS
BillS
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great as was the food. This place is our favorite!

LG
LuckyGuy
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting, great food and the best staff! A favorite place to be! We’ll be back!

L
Lisa
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food! Dined outside for Father's Day Brunch and had an excellent experience.

MP
MarshaP
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meghan our server was super!! We really enjoyed our meals. My family and I had a great time there.

SM
SueM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even during a Sunday brunch we were able to order from a lunch menu and everyone got excellent service from our waiter and from the hostess.

K
Karen
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been here a number of times and have hosted a few small gatherings here. We've never been disappointed. Will return again and again!

PB
PaulB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the Sunday brunch at the Desmond leaves all others behind. There's a wide selection of cuisines to satisfy almost any taste. Everything is fresh (fruit, baked goods) and in some cases, is refreshed (eggs) during the course of brunch. Service is friendly and prompt. Highly recommended!

S
vipStumo65
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Visited for Valentines Day. Nice atmosphere in older hotel that had been renovated. Menu had numerous dishes that made it tough to decide. I had swordfish which was well cooked. Wife had lobster and scallops, the lobster was overcooked (very tough) but this dish had good flavor.

JW
vipJoeWitt
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for brunch. The food selection, service and ambiance were all great and I wish I would have found this place sooner. I will be back very soon!

y
yamsi
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we enjoy coming to the desmond for brunch, service is always perfect, and the prices are affordable.
its also a pleasant drive from lancaster county (manheim twp). one item that i was a bit sad over, all the Chirstmas decorations where gone in the lobby, the one thing my wife always enjoys seeing is how tasteful the lobby is decorated, this year all gone (too soon).

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food food and service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday
Excellent Food
Nice ambiance

b
vipbolith0
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was New Year Eve. Maybe because we sat at 6:30, the good stuff came out later. Nothing special; no tablecloths, surprisingly informal staff. My lamb Loin was over cooked, dry and dredged in excess salt and spices. My companion felt that warm sauce was laid over cold pasta.

Oh, and the bench seats are the wrong height for the height of the banquette table.

FAQs

Restaurants at the Desmond Hotel is rated 4.5 stars by 651 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

Tweets by Restaurants at the Desmond Hotel