M Restaurant at the Morris House

4.2
1499 reviews
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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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k
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

J
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
18 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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

TT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

K
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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

KV
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

DM
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Two drawbacks to an otherwise delightful experience in the garden was the presence of a group of 12, who were, at times quite noisy. Secondly, our waiter seemed a bit distracted--forgot our bread; instead of eliminating anchovies from both our salads, eliminated the dressing as well as the anchovies.

Otherwise, the food and garden surroundings on a warm summer evening were delightful and pleasant.

TI
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Aniversary

WR
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thought the dining experience was terrific. We were outside in the garden but the dining room and bar appeared to be very inviting. A nice wine list with several excellent options by the glass. Two of my companions were disappointed at the short menu but I had difficulty deciding between several choices. I settled on the black gemellae with scallops and a glass of French Chardonnay-it was wonderful! The service was efficient and made it to the theater easily.

SA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The M is just a little hidden treasure in the Washington Square area. The patio is beautiful, quiet, and open. The food is fantastic as is the service.

CD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience at this restaurant. The food was really excellent. Service was great.
It was a Saturday night and the dining room is kind of quiet. Not sure why. More people should try this place!! I never knew about it until I walked by one day and decided I had to try it. So glad we did.

O
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Sorry, had all hopes for a fab time and was disappointed. They did not ask if we had had a reservation, so Open Table thought we were a no show-- had to clear that up. We couldn't sit outside like we had hoped because there was a wedding. That notification went out a little too late to make new plans. The Floor bounces every time staff rushes past and my hair moves with the air movement. Our waiter did not offer us the matinee specials saying that menu was too limited, when actually only a few items were not offered. My Lyonaisse Salad had hunks of cold lard which was most unappealing. The mushroom and spinish raviolli with truffle sauce was replaced with three cheese ravs in the same thick sauce making it like a paste and difficult to swallow. Waiter also was preoccupied, and brought us 2 of the same desert when we clearly said all three were sharing the one. Table for three at $80. each, whew! Just too much for too little.

E
Philadelphia
112 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a vey enjoyable dinner on their outdoor patio. The food and service were excellent and the price was reasonable. We have eaten at the restaurant several times and have always had a very good meal. We have a play series subscription at the Walnut St. Theater. Dining here is very convenient when attending a play at the Walnut St. Theater.

GF
Philadelphia
190 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

We have been going to M for nearly 10 years and have generally liked the experience. However this time they failed us. When we booked thru Open Table we requested garden seating. To make sure it was clear we phoned the restaurant 2 days in advance to remind them of the Garden seating request. The request was confirmed by the young woman on the phone. When we arrived we were seated inside and advised that a party had booked the entire garden for a rehearsal dinner. Obviously it was booked well before our reservation and call two days ahead. We should have been told so we could have canceled. It was a major disappointment as the weather was perfect for outdoor dining. We will not return as we have been advised that it is booked most weekend evenings. That was not our experience in the past. Our food was inconsistent. A tomato bisque soup was fantastic and the hanger steak was good with a tasty sauce. The salad with greens, bacon etc was just ok. The tuna/scallop cold appetizer was not cold enough and did not seem overly fresh. They did reduce the bill by 20% to make amends for the mistake which was fine but did not make up for the lack of garden seating and their failure to advise in advance when there was ample opportunity to do so.

M Restaurant at the Morris House
Responded on June 18, 2019

I am sorry for the miscommunication last Friday night. We pride ourselves in excellent food and service and strive to deliver that to every guest. You spoke with a new hostess, this unfortunate overbooking on our part was a raw lesson for anyone learning the ropes of hospitality. Carly, our event planner, will give you clear information as to what dates will be open for general seating in the garden. For your reference, Carly's number at the hotel is 215 922 2446. Deborah, one of the owners.

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NL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for dinner with friends on a Wednesday evening. We sat outside in courtyard under the clear canopy. There was no rain nor threat of rain but had there been, we would have been fine. Started with two dozen fresh and exceptionally plump oysters accompanied by two dipping sauces but I never bothered to try those other than the standard. For my main course I had the tilefish which was a new fish to me. It was midway between flaky and rich. The sauce and accompanying greens were delightful.

Throughout our meal a gentleman fingerpicked his guitar sang classics from Doc Watson to Dylan to Taylor to Stones. He has a sweet unforced voice and a demeanor that took you back to the days his appearance evokes, the 60's and early 70's. Great evening!

M
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Restaurant was almost empty. Wedding outside, which must overwhelm the kitchen. 2 tables inside, and we both received apologies for the delays.
Very limited and eclectic menu.

JH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The food was average at best. We have been coming to the M for many years but recently the food has not been very exciting. The food is overpriced and even the cheese tray was less than tasty. In the past the cheese tray was explained to us by the staff, not this time. We are very disappointed and will not visit the M again.

HD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We love the fact the restaurant has a large outdoor dining area with a cover so regardless on the weather you can enjoy the outdoor dining experience. Extra points for being a pet friendly restaurant so we can bring our pup to share the experience. Our pup received so much love from the wait staff and other guests it really brings joyful memories to us.

g
New England
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We made a reservation so that we could listen to live music. When we arrived the hostess told us we would be able to hear the music from the patio. The live music never appeared. The atmosphere of the outside garden was beautiful. It was a hectic night and our service was so, so. The wait staff was active though, so I think they were a bit overwhelmed. Our appetizer (antipasto) was quite good, fresh and of fine quality. When my salad with lentils appeared, I think the waitress could see the shock on my face. The lettuce was old (at each ends of the tear there was dark discoloration). The sprouts were dried out and there were only 3 small orange wedges in the salad. My husband's flank steak was quite good. So the three star is because they failed to tell us (even when we asked) that there was no live music. And my salad, which was my main meal, was more like a vending machine quality. Parts of this restaurant is 5 stars and parts are closer to 2 star.

HM
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good vibes and great food. Service was great. Will come again

DU
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted to sit outside but it was a chilly night, so we sat in a very pretty dining room with
red accented walls. Had the crudo and summer greens salad first, then the mushroom ravioli and pork chop for main courses- all of which were delicious. Great, attentive service all around. Hope to return soon for dining al fresco.

BS
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

What a treat! Invited a group of friends to sit in the courtyard for happy hour and we weren’t disappointed. One feels transported to a pre-war country inn. With the flowers in full bloom, the entire property is a visual feast. And great service to boot! Vince, our server, was professional and attentive, and made excellent cocktail recommendations. I had the pork sliders and they were scrumptious. A pity more people aren’t aware of this great restaurant, it is truly an affordable hidden gem in our city. Will be back very soon!

A
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

We had the worst dining experience we have ever had at M - on Mother's Day to boot. I wanted to take my mom somewhere special, and M restaurant was recommended to me and appealed to me due to the patio seating rain or shine in their tent. I made the reservation a few weeks earlier, and we arrived on a stormy, chilly day with crazy wind and rain. The hostess led us to our table, and there was about an inch of pooled water under the table where they wanted to seat us, meaning our feet would get soaked. They did not even acknowledge this, and we awkwardly asked to be seated at a table that didn't have water collecting underneath. They obliged, and we were seated elsewhere on the patio, where shortly after, the wind blew the rain underneath and pooled at our feet. We didn't want to request another change and be rude, so we just accepted this. We ordered off of an extremely limited menu (not the typical brunch menu) and then sat. We waited for over an hour without any food or any notice that they were running late or any apologies. My mom was being very patient and sweet, but I felt awful - she was cold, her feet were sitting in a puddle, and we had been waiting for over an hour with nothing to eat. I went inside and asked to speak with a manager and expressed my disappointment. She apologized and did what she could about the leaky tent (which wasn't much) and the food came shortly after and was AWFUL. Every single thing we ordered was completely unseasoned and cooked poorly. My father got a brioche breakfast sandwich that looked and tasted worse than a Wawa breakfast sandwich. The food was awful (especially for the price!) and if everything else had been better, we may have been able to stomach it, but we were so worn out by the experience that we just wanted to leave. The waiters were really nice and did their best, but everything was unacceptably bad, especially for a special occasion. I would avoid at all costs!

b
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great! As was the service. Christian was friendly and accommodating. We will definitely be back!

T
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

It was terrible. The service and food was not good at all

M Restaurant at the Morris House
Responded on May 14, 2019

Hello, I am saddened to hear that your night was not up to par. As you can see from other reviews, we are known for our food and service, so I hope you will be willing to give us another try. Please ask for me; if I am in, I would be honored to meet you and show you that we can be, and usually are, better than the less than par experience you had. Thank you, Deborah - one of the owners at M Restaurant

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LT
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Love the ambience and warmth and knowledge of the staff. They accommodated my lactose issue thoughtfully.
Happy hour bar prices are terrific. The bread is superb, hot and crunchy. Been here many times since it first opened. Last visit, I was disappointed with a scallop and squid ink pasta entree for $30 in which there were only two thin slices of scallop. Pasta shape was interesting and tasty, but dense to chew.

WR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 19th anniversary at M. Dinner was excellent, the service and atmosphere was perfect. Everyone was friendly and very welcoming making the entire evening special. Now M is our favorite restaurant. Looking forward to going again soon with friends. Definitely recommend to all.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful garden setting . I ate at the bar and had one of there fun and tonic specials, and then a wonderful pasta dish with scallops. Wonderful.

M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

The appetizer of salmon and scallops had much too much garnish of pickled celery . The mixture was not complimentary. My Ink squid gemell was basically a bowl full of pasta with what appeared to be one scallop cut in half on top. Tasty but way over priced. My wife's chicken was fine but overpriced. I can't believe a "fine" dining restaurant anywhere doesn't have Benedictine & Brandy (B&B) in their bar.

The best part about the meal was a very pleasant waiter who was generous of spirit and humor.

E
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Creative menu with options for vegetarians. Beet salad was especially delicious. Would have preferred more options for dessert.

R
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time dining at M Restaurant. We have been going to the Walnut Street Theater for 30 years and we never noticed this gem of a restaurant. It was very comfortable and the decor was very nicely done. The food was great and plentiful with great desserts as well. Drinks were very good and were just what we ordered. The prices were average for a restaurant of this caliber. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for theater night, date night or dinner with friends.

LH
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was really good and exactly what we wanted for Easter Sunday Brunch. We ate outside in the garden which was very nice but lacking a bit in bloomed flowers (compared to pics on the website). Unfortunately the service was not really great which didn't make much sense since the restaurant was not very crowded. For example, I had to ask twice for a spoon for my coffee (no utensils on the table) and had to ask twice for salt.

C
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

We arrived at M at 615 we had show tickets and let the waiter know this. It took 15 minutes to get our wine. We ordered a cheese platter at the same time. Wine come no cheese after about 20 minutes I found a manager told her to cancel cheese and bring our food by now it is 715. She brought the cheese and said it was comped. Our food got there we had to eat the ravioli quickly and our 2nd glass of wine quickly got out of Resturant at 750. For an 8 show. No time for coffee.will not be back the patio was nice but not sure I like all the dogs that are welcomed.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at M restaurant on 4/13. The outdoor patio is beautiful. Our server, Vince, was friendly, warm, and accommodating. The food was outstanding. The chef adapted the menu to accommodate food allergies. We would definitely return. It seems to be a hidden gem of the Washington Square area.

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