Stir

4.2
122 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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L
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

There were 9 of us and no one liked their food.
Service was slow

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. We had salads and added chicken to them. The staff was very helpful and frequently checked with us. You definitely need a reservation.

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LG
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I loved Stir, really added to our Valentine's Day date at the museum. The service was great, really friendly and accommodating. We loved the food, we had the burger and the Kale salad with salmon. The free cookies they give you when you leave were lovely. We will return.

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

It’s an easy lunch if you are at the museum—-it’s hard to leave that island fortress for a meal. Food was tasty, reasonable size portions, not amazing but good. Server was accommodating and the food came in a timely manner. We were not impressed by the decor and it was rather noisy but it served our purposes.

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

The best kale salad ever!

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sweet potato gnocchi was light and delicious. My husband had the duck breast which he said was excellent. Would definitely go back and recommend to friends.

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e
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food and service. My only suggestion would be for them to serve better rolls.

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M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Found myself screaming to talk. Service was slow, I appreciate not being rushed but we waited beyond what I would have expected.

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m
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The space is entirely too noisy. Booths provide poor conversation levels. The menu is limited. I love the PMA so I hope stir can be improved.

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h
New York Area
97 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The new space designed by Gehry is small, crowded, and noisy. The tables are so close together one can't help but hear everything of the next table's conversation, and the table next to them as well. The service was spotty at best, quick to pour the water then disappear. Then when we did order (three courses), everything was brought at the same time--everything even if the table was crowded and individual plates didn't quite match each other. The one bright spot was the crab cakes that were wonderful. We will probably go again just because we are members of the museum but it wasn't that good.

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S
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh food, excellent service why would you not eat here?

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JC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second time here, both times were for lunch. Both times were wonderful. The staff was personable and the lunch was delicious.

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M
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect place to have lunch whike visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art. My duck was perfectly cooked as was the venison my friend had. Designed by Frank Gehry, who is one of the best architects in the world, it is so nice.

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B
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 1

I was so disappointed withthe appearance of the restaurant-reminded me of my neighborhood deli including the noise level-the prior restaurant was a much more pleasant space in which to dine. While our server was terrific and my burger very good, the ambience was a real turnoff and I am not sure I will go back there.

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C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious meal from start to finish. Fish cooked perfectly. Especially good tastes in all foods.

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F
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was very average. Did not care for the parsnip/pear soup as it was too sweet and the salad I had was fair.

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AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, the nicest and sweetest waiter ever, really

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GL
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A surprisingly excellent restaurant right in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Set in a spare, modern uncluttered room, the food is outstanding and a good value. The Kale Salad was perhaps the best I ever had followed by superb sweet potato gnocchi. My wife's burger was very good. We'll be planning our next museum visit around another lunch at Stir.

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JW
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Disappointing! For a venue as classic and wonderful as the Philadelphia Art Museum, having a strictly mediocre restaurant in the facility is not what was expected. The previous restaurants were all of a higher caliber for both ambiance and food. This does not compare.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!

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a
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Our food was delicious - the pear-parsnip soup and the kale salad with butternut squash were excellent. The rolls are a bit dense but the butter is flaked with sea salt and served at room temperature - a huge score for me! Service is still unpolished with servers reaching far across the table to retrieve dishes, and the bill brought without asking if we wanted coffee or dessert. But the gift of orange-pignoli cookies in a cute gift bag had us leaving on a happy note. Gehry's architecture here is nothing special - I wish the Museum had told him to step it up a bit - but the chairs are comfy and the room is bright and sunny. I wouldn't go out of my way to eat here, but if you want a nice meal after viewing the Museum's amazing collection, Stir is worth a visit.

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B
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Service had to ask for help
Grilled cheese was not grilled
Coffee cold
Lucky I love the museum
Noise level toooooo high

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AM
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was tasty, good coffee, and our server was very nice; however, it was LOUD. The modern decor, while interesting to view, provides no sound absorption. It didn't help that we (along with pretty much everyone else there) were seated next to a long table of 12 ladies. I could barely hear the people I was sitting with.

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E
Philadelphia
76 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Overall, The good at Stir was excellent, but the service was very slow and the noise volume rather loud. The hamburger was very good served without all the “breakfast embellishment.” The quiche Lorraine was probably the best I’ve ever had. It was as a thick cheesecake-like piece with a deep brown crust on the top, bottom and sides, cooked to perfection. The restaurant was very busy at brunch and additional servers would have speeded up the service. We were given a menu then after a long wait had to ask for our order to be taken as our waiter never appeared. We were then told that our coffee would be served immediately. Although our entrees arrived very quickly, we had to request our coffee again when we were nearly finished our meal. I’ll try it again on a less busy day to see if the service has improved.

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ST
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

It’s hard to believe that PMA shut down Granite for over a year to replace it with this disappointing excuse for what they call “a more elegant dining experience “. The service was spotty (we had to ask numerous times for the second order of chia pudding we ordered, and for both had to seek servers to bring spoons—not a dish that could be consumed with either knife or fork that were the only utensils on the table. Food just meh. The room not the impressive architectural wonder it’s made out to be. I’ve seen plenty of interesting wooden ceilings. And this Square room is otherwise a pretty boring space. Note: this was a Sunday brunch, and wasn’t very crowded why we arrived at out 11:15 reservation.

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GC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A nice addition to some interesting museum exhibit/experience!

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f
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for lunch when visiting the museum. Had the duck which was excellent- tender and well seasoned. Would definitely recommend!

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was convenient to have a decent restaurant right in the museum ...we enjoyed it!
I liked the atmosphere but was a little noisy.

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S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Large portions. Sub-par service. Good ambience. Good soup. OK salad.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I did request a window seat never was offered one no all other costumers were in the resturant .l was the first to arrive

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PR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food

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PD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

I was very disappointed in the new Stir Museum restaurant. The noise level was awful. You can hardly hear yourself talk. The food was not very good. My chicken was undercooked and my soup was thick and overpowered by balsamic. The prices are ridiculous. The old Granite Hill restaurant was elegant and peaceful. The prices were then worth the food and ambiance. I felt more like I was in a cafeteria at Stir. No table cloths and a cramped table arrangement. I will not be eating there again, which is a shame, since I am a Museum member and used to enjoy dining at Granite Hill.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous, noise level was horrendous

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Philadelphia
129 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food choices for brunch were wonderful and the bar menu is thoughtful and reasonable. My goat cheese and mushroom frittata was tasty but could have used more cheese. The toast and jellies were spot on. But for an art museum restaurant, the place is a bit cold. Attractive yes. But no art on the walls and in places the plywood already is lifting.

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DV
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Wonderful fine dining option to top off a lovely museum visit! We are so happy not to have to leave the museum in order to have a good dining experience. Service was friendly and professional. We ordered two appetizers and two entrees, and all four were fabulous! Acoustics were too loud for our taste, but that’s our only critique. Will definitely go back!

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AG
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our request for a special table was honored, the service was efficient, and the food was very artfully prepared. We actually felt like we were eating art!

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PG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I have to say I was under whelmed by my lunch experience. I knew it was going to be noisy, and that was OK. However the food was nothing special. The bread on the table was not great, and in Philly you should be able to do good bread. It was more like a biscuit and to me biscuits needs to be served right out of the oven, these were not. The teapots leak onto the table when you pour the tea, not pleasant, and a little sloppy. And it wasn't just one teapot, because I needed to order my tea THREE times to get the correct flavor! The portions were very small, and the carrots that my waiter talked up and sounded delicious looked and tasted like road kill. There was NO flavor whatsoever and they were so over done (and maybe fried?)
My soup was very nice and tasty and a good portion. Dessert was OK but small. We split one and were brought extra plates, however the plates were wet, so I needed to dry my plate before putting the pastry on my plate. If just one of these things had happened I would consider giving Stir another try. It's a shame since it would be so nice to see another restaurant succeed in that space. Good Luck in the future!

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PR
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food, and presentation. Waiter very attentive, but other tables were given cookies for dessert ...we were given nothing.

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SR
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

Unfortunately enjoyment of the GREAT and IMAGINATIVE food was hampered by the noise level. The ambience is noisy cafeteria, which does not measure up in any way to the food served. Terrazzo topped tables, wooden walls and ceilings are noise enhancers. The PMA needs a better interior designer.

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RG
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

The Art Museum somehow thought that taking out the fine dining restaurant that was there previously and replacing it with a loud, loud, loud smaller venue was a great idea...I disagree! As a longtime member of the museum, I greatly anticipated the opening of Stir and was hugely disappointed. The cafeteria there had better ambiance!

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