Stir

4.3
21 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Located in the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art. Enjoy an intimate dining experience at the only Frank Gehry–designed restaurant in the Northeast. The inspired artisan menu will feature seasonal and organic local ingredients, served in a stunning architectural setting. Museum admission required. Operated by Constellation Culinary Group

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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Sat 11:00 am–3:30 pm
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–3:30 pm
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Phone number
(215) 684-7990
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Mark Tropea
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Catering
For catered and private events please contact Randi Edelman at randi.edelman@starrcateringgroup.com
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
There is a parking garage behind the museum.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 21 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.6
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
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Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were happily surprised by Stir -- all of it. The food was delicious and just the right size portion, our server couldn't have been more attentive, helpful, and cheerful, and the decor comfortable modern (a rare accomplishment). AND it's right in the museum. What's not to love?

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GH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Because of a lecture, a friend of mine and I scheduled our lunch for after the event. due to the possibility of snow and heavy rain, my friend cancelled as she had a journey... (turned out it was a very good decision!) anyway, I decided to go and keep my reservation as a single. I am 82 and have been going to the Philadelphia Art Museum for 50 years! The PMA is staggering and STIR is quite fine. The food is very very good and the wait staff, all of it, is exceptional. I was very comfortable being a single and "old". And the selection and presentation and excellence of the food was grand.

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d
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Stir is an awesome place for lunch after you see the incredible collection at the Philadelphua museum of art. I had the roasted beet salad which was excellent and I highly recommend the eggplant Provençal. Service is terrific . Highly recommend

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L
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Handsome new decor, but sound level at lunch was much too high. Excellent service from well informed server. Pasta with mushrooms seemed too bland. Enjoyed the Burger and parsnip soup, but the "small plate" of foie gras and grilled figs was indeed miniscule. Cappuccinos were big, hot and strong, the way I like them. Would definitely go again when at the museum.

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SQ
Philadelphia
481 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I was underwhelmed. The food was ok but bland, nothing to rave about. The design was ok but hard surfaces contributed to loud noise level. We had to shout at a table for 4. The servers were helpful and friendly, probably the best part of the meal. I will probably return for convenience when I am visiting the museum.

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B
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

i booked this restaurant for lunch since I was visiting the museum with friends. We had dined at the previous restaurant and enjoyed it, so I expected this would also be a good choice. We arrived at our reservation time and were seated. A few minutes later, the waiter greeted us. It was seemingly ages before we saw him again. The restaurant was not busy, so it seemed odd. It was brunch, and there weren’t many choices if you aren’t a fan of eggs, so 3 of us ordered yogurt with either muesli or granola,
Plus toast. Our fourth guest ordered an egg sandwich. I was served my iced tea, which was actually iced coffee. Ok, mistakes happen. After a seemingly endless wait, our meals were served. Yogurt was unpleasantly warm, granola seemed like a supermarket brand—completely without character or nuance—muesli was served with yogurt and MILK in the bowl (very odd), eggs were served on white toast and was cold, side orders of toast were oddly cold yet burnt. Toast was accompanied by some sort of blueberry spread which had a skin on it (!), an unidentifiable red substance, and butter. To paraphrase the old Woody Allen joke, it was such bad food and such small portions! We ate because we were so hungry after the long wait. A manager came over to ask how everything was, and we told him. He was gracious, and offered to replace items, but we wanted to get to the museum. He did adjust the check by 50%. I’m hoping they can get their act together, because the museum location is important to many of us.

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c
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We sampled and shared 7 different items. We liked all the dishes. The redo of the room, especially the ceiling, looks great. Our server was fun and competent.

One thing needs to be corrected/explained on the menu. This dish was not what we expected when we saw and ordered a souffle. We were surprised to receive fried potatoes.

We'll be back.

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d
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch there!

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A
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere, food and the service was wonderful

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Warm welcome and very attentive servers.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great in every way!

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FH
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Hate to say it, but I liked the old setup better. I miss tablecloths, rolls, chef’s table, quieter, bigger.

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T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed Stir. The food was very good and the service was outstanding.

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c
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great creative lunch! Excellent service!! Beautiful setting!

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AO
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience and a wonderful addition to PMA. I had some great cocktails, great food, and an all around wonderful experience. The staff seemed to have such a friendly and supportive dynamic with one another... my wife and I loved it and will be eating there many more times.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent,Service was fantastic!!! Highly recommend

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M
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We really enjoyed the brunch. The seasonal bellinis were a favorite. I had the poached eggs on biscuits with virginia ham. It came with a side salad. The eggs were simply lukewarm and the ham was a little fatty. Since a salad is served cold and eggs are served hot, I felt that putting each on separate plates might have improved the temperature of the eggs. The biscuits were delicious. The ricotta pancakes were also delicious as were the pine nut cookies presented at the end of the meal. Would definitely come back.

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AH
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Stir is the restaurant that replaced the Granite Hill restaurant at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The food is very creative, with modest portions; acceptable for lunch or those who eat smaller portions. Big eaters will leave hungry. The wines by the glass are very good. They offer "Coravin" poured wines (the price of which would be outside most routine wine drinkers price point if purchased by the bottle) which provides an opportunity to try these high end wines, some for as much as a good bottle of "standard" wine--we didn't have those. Rolls and butter are proffered before the meal and are good. However, rolls and butter are topped with finishing salt. Butter is excellent if you dig under the salt (if you don't like/can't eat too much salt). I had the trout with eggplant and artichokes. Trout was a tiny bit overcooked, but very edible. Eggplant had excellent flavor excellent but was a little too salty for me. Artichokes were so-so. My friend had the burger (ordered medium) which came almost too overcooked and a little dry. Potato chips (called pommes soufflé) were very tasty, light & crisp. I thought they were a little too salty and my friend thought they were greasy. Waite staff are very attentive (almost too much for my dining partner) and wanted to make our dining experience perfect. The only real negative is the noise level in the dining room. The room size is about 1/3 that of the Granite Hill and includes the kitchen area which is open. All surfaces are hard (no tablecloths, curtains or carpet) and the noise level was about equal to that of MacDonald's on a very busy day. We walked through the new cafeteria/café. Noise level was much less than Stir--food looked (but we did not taste) ok, but not exciting.

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KT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A worthy accompaniment to the art galleries at Philadelphia Museum of Art. Just a great place for a little break and a delicious lunch. Go.

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H
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Soooo....... The service was TERRIBLE!!!!!.......We arrived on time for a 1:15 reservation. Our waitress (I believe her name was Shea) was personable when we were seated, but essentially deserted us thereafter. We had to flag her down for refills of water and wine, We had to request bread while we watched other servers wait attentively on their assigned tables. We watched tables cycle in and out of the restaurant while we waited and waited for our entree, until the restaurant was practically empty. We came to Stir rather than the Museum cafe, because we hoped to have a civilized, comfortable 1 hour break after a morning of viewing the gallery exhibits, and we planned to return to the galleries refreshed to view more artworks. It was not to be. The icing on the cake was that it took 20 minutes for our waitress to bring us our change when we paid our check. It was 3:20 by the time we finished. So, although the food was excellent (albeit small portions), we were totally irritated by the whole experience, and, because we needed to leave for home at 3:30 in order to avoid the Philadelphia rush hour traffic on Rt. 95, had no time to return to the galleries after lunch. It essentially ruined a day that was scheduled for a special occasion. The Chef came to our table to apologize, but it didn't give us back our day.

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MO
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was very good in this new restaurant. The pork tenderloin and grits and chard made a hearty and tasty lunch. Restaurant was full and noisy but not terrible. Beautiful place for a special lunch.

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