M Restaurant at the Morris House

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$30 and under
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Voted Most Romantic, Best Ambiance by Open Table, and Best of Philly by Philadelphia Magazine and Open Table for Outdoor Dining, M Restaurant is an intimate, neighborhood gem in the heart of center city Philadelphia, serving an affordable menu of creative appetizers, entrees, desserts, artisan cheeses and meats and discounted bar menus. Our clear top tent will go up April 5th to ensure outdoor dining under the stars, rain or shine, until the end of October! Our new spring/summer menu will launch April 18th during the official garden opening. We have a new international chef, Sanish Daniels and a new front of house manager Jennifer Weiler upping food and service from A-Z. Join us for dinner and step into another world at M with our new seasonal menu and new team. See you soon!
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4.5
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RR
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The restaurant was very nice and the service was fine. Not much of a beer selection, none on draft. The food was good for the value. The location is very close to Walnut Street Theater. The interior is very nice.

AS
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love going to this restaurant. Solidly, a great dining experience.
Highly recommend.

w
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Restaurant has amazing atmosphere and history. Service was right on point and the food was very good. I will come back and recommend it to my friends.

EG
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience5

Although this restaurant is beautiful and the staff is friendly, this is not a place to come to when it's very cold outside and you are seated in one of the more private rooms. We were seated by a door and all the staff would walk in and out to serve. At one point the wind blew the door open and I jumped up to close it because I was the closets to the door. I'm sure on a day when it's not blustery cold out it would be fine. Now considering there are other doors to go through to access this room that is what should have been done, but wasn't until I complained. My husband even commented that we were the only table without a candle. I told him that is because it would blow out every time someone opened the door. LOL

I ordered the pork chop with collard greens and pears. The pork chop was surprisingly very thing and very overcooked and dry. The sauce over it was very salty and way too much of it was poured on my food that it covered up the taste of the collard greens. My husbands scallops were also overcooked, but he said they were seasoned well. For the price of the meals I was expecting better.

Our server was very nice, but unfortunately did not have a very good memory. We had asked for lime for our sparkling water which we never received. My husband had to ask for a glass of water several times. Our coffees were room temperature. One of the customers at a nearby table had ordered the Apple pie and never received his serving even after telling the waiter about it. Seems that the waiter doesn't have a very good memory and should probably write down everything he is asked for.

We won't be back.

EE
Philadelphia
120 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is the first time we went to this restaurant and we were most impressed. We will definitely be going back! The service, the food, and the ambience was very good. We ate there before going to the theater and the waitress ensured that we got out one time for the show. In the warmer weather they have outside dining and I am looking forward to doing that.

B
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

We ate in the Library where the room is smaller and quieter which is what we wanted. This room is accessed by going outside. The wait staff kept leaving the door open as they serviced the tables. As a result, the guests had to keep getting up to close the door. We shared this with the wait staff but they kept forgetting to close the door.

m
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

The Morris Inn is charming and comfortable. The appetizers were great: shaved salad and salted beets. The entrees were disappointing: scallops and fluke. Both were a bit bland, especially considering the price. The staff was attentive (we were there early) and the bar is cool.

J
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious and service was attentive

JP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Small place with great staff. Not a large variety of menu options. Meals were well prepared and presented. My appetizer, though was not. I mentioned it to waiter who immediately removed charge from our bill. Not an avant-garde venue but a nice place for a romantic dinner.

LH
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

This was a Sunday night, and the restaurant had very light seating and a very light staff. The service was very slow and our waiter, while very nice, continued to forget orders throughout the night. The potato soup with onions and Parmesan cheese was very good, the tile fish was fair in flavor and texture, but the accompanying greens were very flavorful. The shrimp pesto entree came with pasta, which was unclear on the menu, and the dish was fair in flavor. The evening was warm, so dining on the red brick patio with twinkle lights, a gazebo, and trees was relaxing and whimsical. Perhaps the restaurant has better wait staff/kitchen service on busier nights?

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

The food was just ok.
The server was good.
The manager went to every table but mine to talk to patrons. I wonder why that was? Perhaps because my wife and I were a different hue than everyone else there.
I'll never go there again. I got the sense that we weren't wanted there and I won't spend my money where I don't feel welcome. I've also shared my experience with friends.

f
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Perfect place for a meal or quick bites when in the area of Pennsylvania Hospital. Happy hour prices from 4-7 when we were there. Small plates were delicious and the meals looked good too. WE had hummus with cauliflower pitas which were outstanding - especially for us gluten free girls. The pork sliders were scrumptious as were the stuffed dates.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Impeccable food in a very relaxed atmosphere. The colonial hotel that it’s housed in is a classic American marvel.

PW
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

M is a beautiful quiet restaurant. I hadn’t been there for a few years. The bar and drinks were very good. The food was ok, my husbands fish was overcooked and my chicken was overcooked as well. I will return because of the great hostess and atmosphere.

L
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

There are a lot of good restaurants in Philadelphia but none has a garden seating option as lovely as M. We sat outside and when the evening turned a little cool, a waiter raced over, unasked, with a huge heat lamp. As to the food, who can beat shuck-a-buck sweetest ever oysters on a half shell, with just enough taste of the ocean to provoke summer nostalgia. Which is why we then ordered the fluke and the scallops which were both delicate, perfectly cooked, with nice accompaniments like crushed mint peas...yumm. Why go to the city's oh-so-hip huge food factories where for the same price you can hear your friends talk and receive the attention of friendly, interesting wait staff.

AJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely meal in a setting that was beautiful and calm. The variety of the menu was very appealing. The beet salad with whipped tofu was great (and not being a big tofu lover, surprisingly good). We also had the shrimp and pappardelle. Very delicious.

The vibe is always sophisticated and responsive.

Can't wait to go back.

HS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They were so sweet to set up up outside in the tent and fire up some of the heaters to keepus toasty. The Savignon Blanc and the Oysters were terrific. Great service and being in the garden in October was a treat. With a nice weekend coming, an excellent spot for a lovely dinner.

DU
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We shared the 5 cheese platter with a bacon mustard side (wow!!) and other accompaniments that were so delicious, it was a great way to start our meal. I had the scrumptious Mafaldine pasta with shrimp, arugula pesto, and ricotta salata, and my husband had the seared scallops with crushed mint peas and pea shoots. Both were perfectly seasoned and prepared. Our waiter was attentive, polite and thorough. The lemon curd dessert was one of the best desserts we have ever had in any restaurant with its perfect balance of tart to sweet, with a crunchy graham cracker crust and toasted meringue on the top. Bravo to all for an exceptional meal!

JK
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Service has to do better. Staff seemed easily distracted by some guests, leaving the rest of us waiting for drinks, bread, and the check. Not their best showing, our worst experience yet at this very nice restaurant.

B
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Lovely spot for an early dinner. We didn’t take into consideration that it was restaurant week, and as a result the kitchen/bar seemed overwhelmed for the first 30 minutes we were there. Once the tables filled up things seemed to run more smoothly, and our meals were delicious.

CL
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Staff made our FIRST visit to M feel like visiting family rather than patrons. God Bless all of the energetic staff.

B
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebration of an engagement.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall2Food3Service5Ambience3

Arrived on time for 5:30 reservations. Told maitre d’ and server we had to make 8:00 show at Walnut Street Theater - said it would be no problem. Service was so slow that we had to have our desserts boxed up to take with us. We ate inside and felt that all their attention was being given to the outside guests. Would not return.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience2

Disappointed with the restaurant week selection. Had to ask for bread twice before getting. Meal was rushed. Service not good and she only had 2 tables. Have been there before and it was outstanding. Told there was a new fab chef. I don't think so.

c
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We went to M Restaurant at Morris House during Restaurant Week this
autumn. We chose to order from that menu, 3 courses for $35. There were 3 choices for each course. The appetizer course was very good. Two of us had the hummus with a beet reduction accent, the other the Gazpacho. Both were very good. The entrée course was a choice of either a 5 cheese ravioli, catfish with ham hock and collards, or French cut chicken. Each of us had a different entrée everyone we more than satisfied with their meal. The dessert course was excellent as well. We all chose the cheese and berry cake.

j
Naples
23 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

The white bean ravioli was dry and tasteless. We both ordered it and were very disappointed. Our waiter was pretty average and presented us with the wrong bill. I suppose it was an honest mistake but it was almost double the correct bill. He was mildly apologetic. Overall not a great experience. Have to think long and hard about a return visit.

F
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Our waiter was very pleasant however service was very lacking. Had to inquire about our drinks after a good 20 minutes. Brought appetizers but no utensils with which to eat with. Eventually had to go in search of some We sat outside which was very nice. Our meals came. I had the recommended hanger steak, which was a little tough. The other person had the shrimp which she liked. When the bill came he hadn’t charged us the happy hour price for the drinks despite my reminding him we ordered during happy.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

I went for outdoor sitting and music. Very disappointed that they had a private event. This is their summer highlight. They should let me know when I made the reservation : (

k
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

I had another wonderful meal at a beautiful restaurant. The food, as always, was delicious. I especially liked the Shaved Summer Vegetable Salad. It had a great assortment of vegetables that tasted like they were fresh from the garden. Delicious. Everything else was very good too, not a bad item at all. Our waiter was a new employee and very accommodating. While it it was clear that he was still learning his job and the intricacies of the restaurant, he went out of his way to provide outstanding service in a caring way. Definitely will return to M.

p
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Our server Christian was attentive, knowledgable and personable. It was a wonderful birthday dinner. Thank you.

J
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I am from Montreal, Canada and which is know for is fine dining and restaurant. M restaurant at the Morris house would be a very popular place in my city. The food is great, the staff is amicable and the outdoor terrace is intimate and pleasant.

A
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful outdoor garden made for a relaxing and pleasurable experience. They have a very affordable wine list and very unique dishes to choose from. Loved the roasted beets with whipped tofu appetizer and blistered shishito peppers. Noteworthy as well were the white bean and basil ravioli and the seared scallops with crushed mint peas. Service was unobtrusive, friendly and attentive. I've travelled around the world for years and have eaten in many excellent restaurants and M matches my highest rating.

k
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love dining and/or having drinks at M restaurant. Not only is it a beautiful setting, especially in the garden, but the service as well as the food are wonderful. Definitely worth checking out.

MB
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience4

My husband and I dined outside last weekend. Garden area is lovely but honestly, I could not eat the meal. Roasted chicken looked like SOUP chicken. Not roasted the way we are used to seeing Roasted chicken. So salty it was inedible. The waiter was kind enough to only charge for my husband’s entree. It was so disappointing.

KM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

I contacted M to ensure that there would be an adequate selection for my spouse who has food allergies. We were ensured that the chef would be able to accommodate, yeah!
Arrive and now are told that only the steak would be amenable, Boo!
Order drinks...our party of 4 waiting about 20 minutes...not that busy.
Dinner ordered...entrees good, not very good, just good. Bread-covered in ‘stuff’. Tastes good to me but not good for my spouse due to allergies—no offer of plain bread made, in fact, very little help offered by the waiter or manager.
Not my, or my guests, cup of tea.
Won’t be headed back.

LD
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Food was just ok. Lovely outdoor seating with live jazz.

TT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A++ service, good ambience...great night

K
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Awesome food and drinks! And they have live music on Wednesdays and Fridays!

KV
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, great Hostess and great music too. We loved the outdoor space and our dinner was delicious good Mojitos too!!

DG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a hidden gem of a restaurant with amazing food, exceptional service and an outstanding staff! The cozy bar is only a prelude to a wonderful evening ....thumbs up for this amazing establishment. Patio dining in season is an added bonus -great wine list with a range of offerings. The menu will not disappoint either!