Marsha Brown

4.5
3467 reviews
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Creole
Marsha Brown is a refined Creole Kitchen & Lounge, dramatically designed inside a 125 year old church located directly in the heart of New Hope. The menu focuses on great steak & seafood dishes as well as an abundance of Marsha's own Southern family favorites & is complimented by an outstanding bottle wine list.
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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Marsha Brown was a superb choice for our anniversary celebration. Everyone we encountered was treated like a welcomed guest and the atmosphere is so beautiful. It may be a little loud for some but we could hear our waiter and one another just fine. Nice scotch selection for my husband and an extensive wine list. The filets with crab cake and crab risotto were cooked to perfection and the lamb was amazing! We didn't think we had room for dessert but decided to share a bittersweet decadent chocolate cake which topped off our experience! Go to Marsha Brown...you won't be disappointed.

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S
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing! Best chopped salad I’ve ever had. Great service and amazing atmosphere. I was hoping they would have offered to take a picture of my husband and i as i heard they sometimes do that. Aside from that, awesome experience and delicious food.

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S
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice experience as always. Food and service were very good. Seating was a little awkward.

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DG
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were there for our Anniversary. That put us at a special table that they had decorated with rose pedals. Jack, our waiter that we have had numerous times, was his usual jovial self. The meal was outstanding. We love this restaurant for special occasions.

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B
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined for dinner and nothing but good things to say. Started with Doug our server; he presented the menu in such a way that it made us first-time Marsha Brown diners feel at ease and excited simultaneously. All the recommendations he made turned out to great! We ordered the Crab Beignets and Mamere’s Crab Cheesecake for appetizers to share, and they were both awesome, although I personally had a preference or the Beignets. Somewhere during that ordering process, I discovered a wine on the list called Claire de Lune, and gravitated to it from having known DeBussy’s works; it turned out to be a very well balanced fruity non-oaky Chardonnay that kept my palate active throughout dinner. We split both the Crab Salad and Lobster &Shrimp Bisque, both very cool! Crab salad with the pickled veggies and vinegar was a cool salad to have on these humid days, and the bisque was kind of obligatory to try since every restaurant makes it differently, but we were definitely happy that we did because it easily turned out to be one of the best we ever had! For entrees, we ordered the Heavenly crab cakes and the Fish Special (wahoo, a rarity in itself in the Northeast), and they were fantabulous! Crab cakes were delish and the wahoo was prepared with this brown butter that was sooo good! The onion rings are huge really good, and the only thing I have to say is on the sections of the onion rings that don’t have that spice on them, which by the way is excellent, you have to use ketchup. We knew we had to save room for desert, so we saved half our entrees/onion rings to bring home and ordered the Bread Pudding (phenomenally heavenly with a la mode!!!!). Seriously, nothing but good can come from a night at Marsha Brown’s 👍

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LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous time! The food was incredible, the service excellent & the ambience is gorgeous!! We will definitely be back!

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MM
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Very cool building and atmosphere but food was nothing special.

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o
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Mixed...but ruined with a very bad dish: The salads, mussels, and one of our dishes (eggplant casserole) were good to excellent. The eggplant dish was the excellent one. However, the noise level was horrible. Waiter could not hear us and we could not hear each other. But the real disaster was the Jambalaya. It was in a dull, killing sauce. Tasted like canned beef sauce or worse. Ruined the shrimp, duck and crab...which may have been OK...but who knows. The sauce could have been left over from cleaning an old pot used for beef. Just a disaster. The desert...bread pudding...was very good. Wine selection was fine. I had the Chateau du Pin Bordeaux -- which was excellent -- but served a too warm. Not way to warm, but about 10 deg F too warm. Waiter was lovely. Room is fun but needs serious work on the sound dampening.

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HR
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was good. Jambalaya wasn't bad. It would have been nice to see crawfish instead of shrimp (being a little bit of a Creole purist). Drinks were excellent. Jumbo Shrimp as an appetizer was good, but not worth the $3.95 per shrimp. Service and staff were very attentive.

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f
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife has wanted to dine at Marsha Brown for quite some time. The expectations of of great food, wonderful ambiance, and excellent service were all exceeded. The venue is unique, the menu has great variety, the wine list is more than adequate, and the service from greeting and seating to bill presentation was engaging and outstanding.

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KK
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 49th Anniversary and Marsha Browns is our goto restaurant for such celebrations.
We were attended to by Jack whose wit, wisdom and professional service made the evening all the more memorable. along with the food it was an evening of enjoyment.

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NF
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our special occasion place. For starters, we shared the slab of bacon-soooo good. My husband got the lobster bisque which was not overly heavy like most bisques. I had the Jambalaya which is so I good, every time I go, I order it. My husband got the mahi mahi maniere which was prepared wonderfully. We also shared the onion rings which were incredible. For obvious reasons we were too full for dessert. The ambiance is wonderful

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b
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding and service was perfect. Not the cheapest place, but the quality is so high, it is actually a good deal! Have been several times before and it never disappoints!

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We picked this restaurant because the menu sounded delicious. The food was outstanding, especially the BBQ shrimp appetizer. Our waiter was a bit slow, but the food, drinks, and amazing ambiance made up for it. Would definitely recommend, and return!!

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b
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The blue crab beignets are amazing ... light,fluffy and full of crab. Also had the seafood ala bearnaise. The seafood was red snapper. The fish was well cooked and flavorful however the presentation looked a bit rushed. The crab on top was minimal and looked like an afterthought and the shrimp were quite small. Overall the service was great as was the atmosphere. I would definitely recommended this place to a friens and would go back for dinner.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with a comfortable and elegant atmosphere. Service was top notch starting from the hostess Valentina to the waiter and support staff including the manager Sergio who came by and made sure we were enjoying our experience. Our waiter was Tyler, he gave us an informative break down of the menu because it was our first time there and answered all of our questions. The whole meal from start to finish in my opinion was delicious and beautifully presented. We really enjoyed ourselves and will definitely be back to taste more from the menu.

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l
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I really enjoyed the atmosphere, and i loved these tables they sat us in. Romantic two seaters, food was great i got the lamb chop and it was perfect. My date got the crab stuffed ravioli and we shared a coconut shrimp appetizer, everything was perfect ans cooked to order! Would def go back.

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D
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had heard great things about the restaurant, and went there for a weekend lunch. It was outstanding! Since it was our 'meal of the day' they allowed us also to order items from the dinner menu and it was superb. The fresh catch of the day was orange roughy and it was amazingly fresh and tasty with a crab meat and light hollandaise sauce. Maybe one of the nicest fish dishes I have eaten!

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DL
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seriously awesome N.O. food.

Loved it. Great service, really interesting building

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SD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was a special start to the evening. The restaurant is in an old church a great use of the space. The service was excellent and the food was outstanding. I can’t think of one negative for the evening. Good friends, good ambiance, good service and the most important l, good food.

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SL
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

This converted church to a fine dining restaurant works well. The small first floor bar with a few banquettes doesn't portend the spacious dining room on the 2nd floor. The large space and well laid out seating area begins your wonderful dining journey. Don't be taken back by the gigantic mural on the far wall with lions and spears (is that really needed. I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of noise even when the dining area is nearly full. You can enjoy a fine conversation with your friends probably due to the soaring height of the ceiling. The appetizer blue crab beignets was terrific and my friends' jambala was flavorful with chicken, duck and sausage. The only downer was the layered eggplant, crab and shrimp dish. It came out not hot and the dish looks awful. Doesn't make you want to dig in. I did dig in and it was not enjoyable at all. The desserts looked good and the coffee was also good. Overall worth a trip to escape the maddening crowds in New Hope.

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SB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

I have dined at Marsha Browns on various nights of the week at different times of the year. I have never dined here before on a Saturday evening. This is a mistake that I will never make again. While I'm sure the food would have been delicious, we didn't stay past our cocktails to find out. When one is enjoying a fine dining experience, being able to hear your waiter and dining companion is an important part of the evening. It was SO LOUD that I couldnt hear either without shouting across the table. After the manager came to our table and gave us a sarcastic and half-hearted apology, we finished our drinks and left. Sad that the ambience doesn't live up to the food quality.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place absolutely blew me away from the moment we walked in the door. I made the reservation from open table, and one of the questions on the request was “special occasion”. I selected “birthday” and in the notes, I explained I was talking a girl I really like there on a date for her birthday (it was a surprise for her as I didn’t say where we were going). I won’t explain in detail what they did for us because I don’t want to give away anyone else’s potential surprise, but you will not be disappointed. They went above and beyond to make us, and most importantly her feel so special, it just set the beginning for an amazing night together. The food is incredible, the atmosphere is incredible, and all of the staff are so accommodating and attentive. Thank you everybody at Marsha Brown! I highly recommend this restaurant.

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JJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding. From the time you drop off a Valet, until the time you leave. Food was incredible and our waiter Doug was the best. You know it’s good when you get to the second bite and say “we’re definitely coming back”. Yes, it’s that good. A delight in every way. Decor was awesome. We couldn’t stop looking. I’d highly recommended Marsha’s to anyone looking for a absolutely perfect night out.

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DK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique setting. Excellent/professional service. We went for our anniversary and they helped us celebrate with rose petals on the table and complementary dessert. The surf and turf (tournados of beef and crab cake over crawfish risotto) was outstanding. We also liked Ophelia’s eggplant dish very much. This was our second time at the restaurant and highly recommend

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DM
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Very disappointed in last visit. Steak was brought out - touched plate, now have a second degree burn on finger. Server told me not to touch plate after I already did. Asparagus was so well done could not cut it. Husbands Cowboy steak very fatty - got a better steak at Longshore. My filet very dry.

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DS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife & I celebrated our wedding anniversary at Marsha Brown. The entire staff, headed by Adrian, were very friendly, attentive, & informative -- they even decorated the table with rose petals for the occasion & comped our dessert. Each course was excellent & perfectly prepared & presented -- starting with the crab "cheesecake", followed by the salmon/shrimp & strip steak entrees. Nice choice of wines by the glass, too. While not exactly an "intimate" setting, the noise level was better than expected for such a large, open space.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellente

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KO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time visiting and had a great experience, again. Our friends were very happy with the choice. The food is very rich and tasty. The crab beignets were our favorite app. Service was amazing.

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CM
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Over Rated
Over Priced
Pass this place up...... very disappointed

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JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice restaurant with excellent food. The setting in an old church was very nice as well.

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MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Always wanted to eat here while walking around in New Hope, but never was able to walk in and snag a table. This time we booked an early dinner in advance. Sat at table upstairs in main dining room. Really unique to eat in former church. Very bright and airy. We had the crab beignets (very good, but a few had cold spots inside), chopped salad (good flavor, over-dressed), jambalaya (okay but strangely sweet), death by gumbo (good), bread pudding (good). With two (generously-poured) drinks each for party of two our check came to $160 before tip.

The reason I would not go back is that while we enjoyed ourselves, this restaurant ultimately does not deliver a premium experience equal to the prices. Here are a few of the small "fails" that took away from what could be an excellent restaurant.
1) Men's bathroom. Reasonably clean, but the lock is missing on the wobbly bathroom stall. Toilet paper is see-thru thin and impossible to pull out without ripping after one piece. Felt like I was back in high school.
2) Dirty silverware. I think it was mostly water spots and smudges on the silverware and water glasses, but someone should be polishing these before they are set out on tables.
3) Baffling prices and steakhouse rules. I understand the owner also is part of Ruth's Chris but charging $8+ for sides seems excessive. I've never heard of $34/lb of lobster or $4.50/oyster, even in NYC restaurants?

On the positive side our waiter was efficient, friendly, and knowledgable about the menu. And the ambience of the main dining room is really cool.

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B
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our visit to Marsha Brown's New Hope was an Amazing time. Everything was beyond Excellent. The wait staff were friendly and very knowledgeable and explained everything to us. Service was superb and the Food Phenomenal. The Absolutely Best place to Dine in the whole Philadelphia/Bucks County area.
Thank you for a Wonderful Evening.

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E
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The space is nice and eclectic. We shared many appetizers rather than a main course. The blue crab beignets and the crab cannelloni mornay were outstanding. Also enjoyed the lobster and crab bisque and crab cake appetizer. It's nice to have the option to order small plates rather than committing to big ones. $3.50-4.50 per oyster was a bit steep, so we didn't order those. Overall it was a good dining experience for Mothers Day.

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RG
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and food. If you are traveling with a taller person who sits in a wheelchair it can be a little tight. My mother’s legs barely made it into the elevator. Great experience overall.

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GB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall GREAT FOOD! Our appetizers were the crab cakes and coconut shrimp both delicious! I had the 3lb lobster My mom had lamb chops , my wife the daily fish and my brother the chicken, we shared the sweet potato casserole all EXCELLENT‼️ For dessert we had the carrot cake my mom the bread pudding which is a special ask not listed on the menu we were comped dessert due to a waiter not ours inadvertently causing my lemonade to spill on me due to tight spacing, the moves us to a more spacious table and also offered to pay dry cleaning, since it was mother’s day they also gave a rose to my mother and wife, so in conclusion I would highly recommend this restaurant it was our second year going on Mother’s Day requested by both my mom and wife so we surprised them both with a return trip!

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

Took my wife and daughter for Mother's Day. Service was extremely friendly and offered a full menu for the holiday. Food was delicious. Great experience and highlight recommend.

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

Mother day

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

Great for mother’s day lunch! Wait staff was super great

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w
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner. We originally were going to sit upstairs but there was a bar table that was available sooner and was more of what we were looking food great night.

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