Spring Mill Cafe

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$30 and under
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French
The Spring Mill Café has been serving French country fare since 1978. We're a BYO that serves lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. The historic property features the original Spring Mill general store, and the picturesque converted farmhouse. When the weather is nice, guests are invited to dine outdoors adjacent the gardens, either on the patio or on one of the porches.
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JH
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A charming spot with plenty of ambiance, excellent service and delicious -- and beautifully presented -- dishes.

M
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the first time I’ve been for lunch. Delightful!

DH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Wonderful evening. Delicious food and Nathan provided wonderful service!

t
Philadelphia
75 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful place to eat. Very quaint and quiet with excellent service and food. Always consistent with the food quality. Portion size is just right. Today we sampled the cheese plate, butternut squash soup, poached pear salad and a terrific burger. Delicious chocolate mousse and creme brûlée for dessert. Can’t wait to go back again.

WK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We have been coming here for 23 years and we love it. The Cassoulet on the winter menus is amazing.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant for lunch or brunch

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s
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The atmosphere is so nice . I ordered a sandwich and the bread was very dry, appeared old.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect experience.
Food and service was as great as it always is.
Great little gem of a place to dine!

r
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son and I ate at Spring MiIl Cafe and it was a delightful experience. As a starter we shared the pate sampling and the cheese plate, both were very good. I had a scallop salad which was great and my soon had the escargot which he enjoyed. I had duck as an entree I was less pleased it it than any other portion of the meal, I thought it was a bit over cook and the meat was a little dry for my taste. My son had the filet which he raved about. For desert I had the chocolate mousse my son had the flour-less Chocolate cake both were perfect. I must comment of our waiter Nathan he was excellent! I look forward to going back.

f
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going here for years and it never disappoints.

r
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb evening. Atmospherics, food and service really did remind me of a French provincial restaurant. Highly recommend.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a friend's birthday with another couple and she had the "best celebration ever!" The food and service, of course, were superb (not surprising)! But what was just as evident was the sheer joy and happiness on my friend's face the entire evening! The atmosphere and perfectly-paced service made the evening magical and momentous!

CH
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely exquisite experience. Fabulous food, great service, lovely ambiance. The Terre et Mer (smoked bay scallops and pork belly) was indescribable in its deliciousness. The Bastilla Marocaine (chicken and spices baked in phyllo dough) has a flavor palette that pleased this palate! Wonderful all around!!

D
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SPRING MILL CAFE has an eclectic and unique variety of food choices.
There are french cuisine classics and related dishes, like the Moroccan inspired chicken entree that I enjoyed. The fare is always prepared perfectly. The staff are attentive, friendly, but unobtrusive.
It is BYOB, and given the wide ranging menu, best to bring a red and a white, so as not to limit you possibilities.

CC
Philadelphia
343 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A midweek dinner at Spring Mill Cafe is like taking a quick & wonderful vacation in a tiny French town. We went with old friends who also love the place, so we were at home the minute we arrived. We shared a pâté plate & a cheese board while mulling over the great menu choices, finally choosing various salads for appetizers. The kale Caesar is wonderful - not your father's Caesar for sure, with celery root and lemon plus rice croutons. Then it was the fish specials for two of us, rabbit cassoulet for #3, and a delightful mushroom bourguignon for me. I'm not vegetarian, but SMC's plant based main courses are so hearty and delicious that I never miss animal protein when I get one (which is often). The experience is always paced well, so you can savor everything from the dining experience to interacting with the excellent, erudite people who make it happen for you. I'm already thinking about that rabbit for next time!

SH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall, a wonderful experience. Will visit again

EW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

My husband and I have considered Spring Mill Cafe one of our favorite restaurants, especially since it’s so close to our home. The food, ambiance, and service have all been excellent throughout the years. Our most recent dinner there, however, indicates the quality has slipped a bit. Service and atmosphere are still great. But our food was less than expected. He had the escargot appetizer and mushroom stew entree. The escargot were out of shell and presented on a bed of watery polenta. Why not just stick with a traditional presentation with lots of butter and garlic. If it ain’t broke . . . The mushroom entree was also watery and tasteless. More like a soup, really, but painfully low on seasonings. My kale caesar salad was okay - I appreciated the kale instead of romaine. But the rice “croutons” were only small bits of rice cake - utterly tasteless. I understand the desire to update traditional dishes and make them healthier. But there’s no need to sacrifice flavor and texture. On the bright side, my chicken was wonderful. Lots of shredded meat in a phyllo crust and seasoned in North African style with cinnamon, turmeric, and saffron, with spicy tomato reduction on the side. Delicious! Desserts were ho-hum. Creme brulee was regular custard and too thick. Spicy orange cake was dry - no wonder it comes a la mode. I look forward to seeing menu changes for the spring.

P
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine here. Lovely food and pleasant staff.

F
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

So unchanged in 40 years quaint atmosphere and the food still as delicious as ever. A busy Valentine weekend but we never felt neglected. It’s like you were having dinner in

JW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our server Emily was outstanding. She knew the menu and the history of the restaurant inside and out. Her service and attention to our needs was terrific.

The food was OK. It seemed somewhat underseasoned to me. I had the rabbit in a mustard cream sauce. As an older fellow, I sometimes worry that my palate is less acute than it was when younger, and as a result I may be overseasoning my food when I cook, so take my impressions with a grain of salt. (Pun intended.)

Overall a very acceptable dining experience, but not for me an immediate must-return. If you like country French cuisine, I'd certain add Spring Mill to my list to try.

PB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We've been going there for years. Delicious food and a friendly staff with a setting and ambiance that is practically unbeatable. We live in South Jersey and it's well worth the trip.

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Initial greeting was less than welcoming. Said we made reservation. Waitress said that didn’t matter. Wanted to place us by door. Children screaming and chaotic to say the least first impression, wanted to leave. Stayed. Went to corner table. Food is good. Our waitstaff was pleasant. Owner I think. She was nice. Not sure if we will be back.

L
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere transports you to another place and time. The service was wonderful. Even though it was very busy, Lisa was always friendly, gracious, and very attentive to each and every guest. And the courses, there were five, were delicious! As soon as I finish this review I am calling Spring Mill Cafe to make a reservation for my upcoming birthday. Can't wait!

r
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have been going here for many years and have never been disappointed. Food and staff are always outstanding. Our server on Valentine's day was Lisa and she could not have been more gracious. Highly recommended!

MW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, and they never disappoint! The atmosphere is perfect and such a nice spot to relax and enjoy a fabulous meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Spring Mill! ♥️ excellent food. Beautiful, rustic French atmosphere. Romantic. The service is phenomenal.

TP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fun Ezra and Nathan rock. Valentines Day prix fix was outstanding. Will be back ASAP. Keeping the Bistro tradition alive!

MD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb lunch experience. Lisa our hostess provided a warm welcome and facilitated every stage of this delicious meal and satisfying dining experience. Every dish (charcuterie board, cream of mushroom soup pan-seared salmon and daffodil bake was delectable and memorable. Definitely a place to come enjoy and linger.

Mary
2/13/20

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply outstanding steak and cheese board and mushroom soup

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for my best friend’s 30th birthday and had a wonderful time. It’s BYOB, and I forgot to get wine and our waiter (I believe his name was Nathan) brought two glasses of very good red wine out for us without us even asking. He also gave us an extra dessert because it was her birthday. Everyone was very kind, helpful, professional, and so sweet! Not to mention, the food was excellent. Would definitely go back.

SM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

French (and French-related) menu - great variety of offerings I had a Moroccan dish, the others the rabbit). Portions perfect - enough, but not an overload. Desserts also well done. Definitely worth the money. And great abience - quiet and charming without pretension.

WH
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Wonderful old inn setting.

F
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely setting with amazing food. Service was fantastic. We were there on a very busy Friday night and were not rushed at all. Always a great experience to done at Spring Mill Cafe.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply one of the best meals I've had. Our waiter (Nathan) was on top of everything - knowledgeable about the menu, had great recommendations, and our water and wine glasses were never empty. We started with the pate sampler and a cheese board. Both were artfully assembled and such high quality - the rillets pate was especially delicious. Next was a simple but satisfying house salad with a mustard vinegarette. I had the Lapin Alsacien - rabbit with a sage mustard cream sauce, spaetzel, and sautéed cabbage. Absolutely great, so hearty and filling. For dessert I had a simple crème brulee. Would absolutely recommend to anyone who's looking for the best French food in the Philly area.

V
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early Valentine's Day dinner-- its romantic, intimate, friendly and good food. Also great that its BYOB.

c
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely birthday party lunch.

LL
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

This was a birthday celebration dinner and our request for quiet, corner seating was perfectly honored. The building and dining room are warm, inviting and authentically French. Our server Emily was very knowledgeable, friendly and attentive to our needs. The entree menu was somewhat limited and unimaginative. One of of our dishes, the cassolette, was hot and cold in places and needed to be reheated. We'll try another visit.

JA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food and the ambiance of Spring Mill Café. Our server for the evening was Lisa. She did an excellent job. This is a favorite place for our family. We held our daughter's bridal shower in June. Ezra made it very easy for it to turn out beautifully. Everyone had a wonderful time and the farmhouse was lovely.

D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small baby shower brunch for my daughter. Couldn’t have been more perfect. Excellent food and service. Can’t wait to go back!

CC
Philadelphia
343 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SMC is our "French connection" when we really need a dose of civility! As we often do there, we split a pâté while deciding on our meal, an approach we highly recommend to put you in the right mood. Our indecision lasted about as long as the pâté, after which my wife had the daily salad special while I had escargots. The snails at Spring Mill are not your average wimpy little guys swimming in butter - they're big, meaty and delicious with just enough lubrication to make them a pleasure to eat. To follow, we each had a falafel burger, which is one of our favorites on the lunch menu. Dessert was Bassett's pistachio ice cream, which may not be French in origin but is as creamy and delicious as anything Escoffier ever made. Accompanied by the excellent grower Champagne we brought with us, this was yet another one to remember.