The Gables at Chadds Ford

4.3
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$30 and under
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American
The Gables at Chadds Ford, established in 1997 and owned by Ann Kolenick since 2011, is situated in the heart of the historic Brandywine Valley. Located in a converted 1800's dairy barn, the setting is simple yet elegant. The menu offers a contemporary twist on traditional American cuisine, utilizing French influences and even a touch of Southern flair! The Gables at Chadds Ford combines an upbeat and comfortable ambiance with a creative and well executed menu. The result is one you will want to keep a secret, but you will not be able to resist sharing with a friend.

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Sun 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Mon - Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 12:00PM
Sat 11:00AM - 12:00PM

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

KV
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Will definitely come back

CH
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great, nice date or group night out, casual to formal dress

W
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience4

A disgrace and an EMBARRASSMENT for me personally as I invited 2 other couples and recommended the Gables. Food ordered (3 seafood trio) couple of steaks. Seafood came out COLD and I mean COLD, steak was lukewarm. We sent it back, came back "warm" but lobster was rubbery and no taste with the shrimp, only the crab cake had some flavor. One gentelemen's steak took about 15 minutes longer than the others and HIS was also lukewarm. I realize the servers were frustrated, but this was just unacceptable. At the very least they should have had food runners, as we knew our server had too many tables and must have let the food sit too long. Again, we understood it was Valentine's Day BUT for the price $39 for the seafood trio, not good enough. never again!!!!

DC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food is pricey. Mashed potatoes were cold but waitress did respond with fresh sides. Otherwise a pleasant experience.

NF
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and outstanding service from Mindy. Came to celebrate my wife’s birthday. Cannot thank the Gsbles enough for an excellent evening. Mindy went above and beyond even taking photographs for us. Food as usual was excellent.

RA
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb service, excellent value, and outstanding food (Try the shrimp & grits!) made for a wonderful date night.

K
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our brunch. We loved the fireplace being at eye level.

CN
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Went for a birthday brunch and all had the buffet. It was not extensive, but it was delicious. Wish the omelet station also had the option for a fried egg. You can add on entrees, like Eggs Benedict, for a discounted price which was tempting, but no option for a simple side of eggs. Very inexpensive for brunch buffet and would go again.

SP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always superb food and attentive service.

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner with my wife. It was an excellent experience.

LC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious! The desserts were heavenly! Chef Darryl & Chef Ann are Amazing!!! Our waiter Phillip, took great care of us as always. All the staff at the Gables are Awesome! Highly Recommend "The Gables"!

G
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Food is fabulous. Lunches are the best value around.

CA
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Kansas City Steak entree was disappointing. No clue what kind of steak we were served but it wasn’t Kansas City. It was flat and fatty. Also - we don’t think it stated in the menu that the steak would have gravy in it. But, it was served with a gravy. Gravy was just ok, but the steak was not good.

The other two entrees ordered were seafood and both were very good. Waiter was Daniel and he was very nice and food was delivered at a good pace.

J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great anniversary spot. The staff made it very enjoyable for us to talk and spend a long time catching up and discussing the last 14 years. They new it was our anniversary and made it special.

LG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere friendly people and lovely music. We loved the food it was all delicious!

The Gables at Chadds Ford
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you so much for your rating, Lindsey! We are so glad you enjoyed your meal with us. We look forward to seeing you again!

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a
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Went with my parents and family for my birthday dinner - we had stopped going because it was so loud my elderly father couldn't hear. I wanted to try it out again. Service was fantastic! and we had practically the whole restaurant to ourselves for most of the dinner since we went early on a weeknight.

Everyone loved their food except mine was extremely plain jane. This is what the menu described for the pappardelle caprese: Pappardelle, Fresh Mozzarella, Pesto, Spinach, Heirloom Tomatoes, Garlic Olive Oil, Mushrooms, Toasted Parmesan Bread Crumbs

Got it with no mushrooms and it was basically noodles in broth with cut up chunks of asparagus??? (I do not like asparagus tho I ate it anyway - but where did that come from?) and maybe 4-5 cherry tomato halves and 2-3 pieces of spinach somewhere underneath all the noodles - for $24! Everyone else enjoyed their food but weren't raving about it. I guess I picked wrong on the month old "new" menu. Brought most of mine home and will try to doctor it up with my own spinach and tomatoes for leftovers. Will not be going back any time soon.

The Gables at Chadds Ford
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you for your feedback. We will pass your comments onto management and they will discuss them with our chef. We do hope you come back to see us again. Please contact us before you come in so we may arrange to have a manager stop by your table to ensure you have a better experience.

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H
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to meet up with best friends from Childhood. We had a great time together, had delicious food and excellent service (repeat excellent service)!!!! Waitress served promptly and told us about the area and fun things to do nearby. What an absolute wonderful experience that I found and reserved on Open Table!!! Thanks for a fabulous day!!

The Gables at Chadds Ford
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you so much for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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m
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Waitress didn't make eye contact much even though place not full. Ahi tuna appetizer was dreadful. fatty and chewy full of septa and not as fresh as even some PUBs in the area. I'm not not picky about service, but I didn't get the feeling we were welcome at all. Food (entrees) were average. My Pasta pappardelle was really subpar though: noodles overdone, vegetables fine but really bland flavor (?maybe b/c someone forgot Salt... and waitress didn't even offer any Romano or parmesan).. I could have easily made this at home for far less. Dinner rolls were subpar for sure, other pubs in the area which don't consider themselves restaurants have fresher more hearty rolls.
Not Impressed at all. Ambience is great but the food and lax service kind of ruined the evening. Way better food and value in Chadds Ford / Glen Mills than this place

k
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My five friends and I had a wonderful leisurely lunch, for the first time, visiting your restaurant. We are from Bucks County, Pa. so we do not get down to your beautiful area very often. Our waiter was fantastic. I will definitely recommend you to our friends who may be coming your way next weekend. Thanks for a lovely lunch!

The Gables at Chadds Ford
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you so much for your review, Kathy! We are so glad you and your friends enjoyed your lunch with us. We look forward to seeing you again the next time you are in the area!

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E
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

There were four of us and we enjoyed our time at the restaurant. The menu was broad but not overwhelming. My wife had the short ribs and was extremely pleased. The wine list is complete and the service very attentive on a very slow Wednesday evening. We would go back

The Gables at Chadds Ford
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you so much for your review, Edward! We are so glad everyone enjoyed their meal. We hope you come back to see us again soon!

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OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My friend and I are regulars when we want to have a nice relaxing lunch. Never disappoints. Food, value, service and atmosphere are good. I have no complaints and will return.

The Gables at Chadds Ford
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you so much for your review! We look forward to seeing you again!

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H
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent!

AG
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch while sitting at the bar. Adorable restaurant with great service. I had the mushroom soup and chicken salad sandwich on a croissant . My husband had the salmon sliders with side salad. I then had cheesecake and he had the pecan pie....omg....so very good. We absolutely loved our meals! We will definitely be returning to try other items on the menu....because it was very hard to make a decision with so many great offerings.

m
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

We have been several times but this experience was not good...lovely restaurant with decent service however on this visit the food was barely tolerable. A shame because we used to like it...not so much any more. Won't be back any time soon.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. I had the crab and shrimp in puff pastry and my husband had the paella. The dessert menu was awesome, everything looked good. Everyone was very friendly. We had a great evening and would definitely go back.

C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience2

The food took too long and the side dishes were cold. They were clearly not prepared for all the reservations which they accepted. The waitress was very nice and apologetic. It is sad as we have been there before and had excellent food and service.

JC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

We ordered the mushroom soup and the Gables salad for starters. The soup was delicious but the salad had no flavor whatsoever. We ordered the Salmon and the Filet Mignon for our entrees. The Salmon was way overcooked and tasted like dried cereal. The Filet tasted like top sirloin and had the texture of top sirloin. The wait staff was excellent but the food ( the reason you go to a restaurant) was absolutely horrible. I can safely say we will never return.

J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was so good we can't wait to go back again. Had the Shrimp and Grits, that were the best I have ever had. And the Sticky Toffee Pudding was a great way to end the meal.

A
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent venue with great service. The food was outstanding. Short ribs with risotto perfect.

C
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Our appetizer was a disappointment but that has to do with not a fan of pimento. Even so it was not hot which it should have been. The way they did their onion soup really truly did enjoy and would go back just for the soup. Beef Tenderloin was excellent but the Crab Cake was a disappointment.
We are starting to believe that going out to dinner on News Eve is not the smartest idea. Second year in a row we have gone out for dinner on New Years's Eve and found out is not a night that restaurants can be there best due how busy they are. Live & Learn.

SM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was tasty and the portions good. Casual atmosphere. When they lost my entree they made good by taking the entree off the check.

JR
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

My husband and I went with another couple on New Year's Eve. The ambience was nice but the table was really too small for four people. It was not comfortable - with four place settings there was not room for the bread basket and butter.
The service was decent, but the waitress did not get the requested changes correctly communicated to the kitchen. It also took a very long time between appetizers and dinner. There were tables around us that had been seated after us, but got their dinners before we did. When our dinners finally arrives, one of them came to the table lukewarm, at best. My husband's steak was not prepared as requested. Overall, it was not as good an evening as we had expected it to be.

k
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a 5:00pm dinner on our way to Longwood Gardens on New Years Eve. The service was wonderful, the food perfect, and our waitress outstanding.
I had forgotten my glasses and she was kind enough to bring me a pair.

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love it there. You can’t beat their balsamic Brussels sprouts!

The Gables at Chadds Ford
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you so much for your review! We hope to see you again soon!

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JF
Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Frozen vegetables and desserts do not make for a good restaurant experience. Highlight of the meal was a very good mushroom risotto, but then it went crashing down hill from there. Ahi tuna app was bland, with wilted salad. Scallops were OK, but served over a risotto of mush. Filet was also OK, but again the veggies and the sauce did it no service. Pecan pie was inedible, while the chocolate espresso cake was just defrosted out of the freezer.

JP
Atlantic City
13 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. Our server, Nick, was very attentive and personable. The ambiance was very festive with the Christmas season. I would recommend this restaurant.

TL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful evening out. Food and staff were both excellent. Definitely will be back soon!

BH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great ambiance and charm. The food was very good and the service was spot on. A great place to go before or after a visit to Longwood Gardens.

RF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely intimate setting. All were warm and gracious
Service was great. Enjoyed food. Would definitely return. Staff were spectacular from moment we arrived!

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