Marsha Brown

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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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SB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect. Food was excellent. All of the staff were very accommodating and professional which speaks to excellent management and training. All in all, a perfect dining experience. Can’t wait to do it again.

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DS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very good ... a couple of mistakes with ordering, and fineness I’d steak, but otherwise very good!

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JC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We are so glad we dined at Marsha Brown's ! You do need to know some things before you visit this restaurant: it is very loud and it is pricey as everything is a' la carte, if you order a steak - that is all you are getting! We started with appetizers, my husband had the gumbo and I had the crab cheesecake, which is delicious, but incredibly rich and maybe needed some crackers, (definitely an appetizer that needs to be shared). My husband ordered the Etouffee and thought is was wonderful but mentioned it was different than others he had had. more brothy. I had the scallops and they were outstanding and served over a bed of veggies. Finally, dessert - the bread pudding was amazing! Our waiter was Adrian, he absolutely made the evening complete! He answered questions before we asked them and he made the perfect suggestions. If it is your first time I would ask for him! Not sure if I would return for dinner, (due to cost and the fact that there are so many options in New Hope), but would love to return for lunch.

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DV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything was just about perfect. The wait staff are excellent

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GW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and wonderful service. Our waiter Mick was funny and very attentive. He explained the menu well, and made wonderful suggestions.

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a
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We requested the bar area because we wanted oysters and appetizers. It was great.

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M
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I rarely do 5 star reviews...I tend to be more cynical. We visited MB's last year around the holidays on a Saturday. I just remember the visit being good. Nothing wrong, but nothing spectacular. We went again last night (Friday). Spectacular is all I can say. Service (thanks Mick!!) outstanding. Food from warm bread to appetizer (a MUST get is the Crab Cheesecake!), to main dishes (Crawfish Etouffe and special Sea Bass) amazing. A-MAH-ZING. Go. Go. Go.

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MK
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was awesome,however the service was horrible.We had to ask three times for the wine we orderd. Never came back to check onus to see if we need anything,

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JE
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always, always amazing

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

We have been going to Marsha Brown's for several years and this time the food quality has decreased in taste and appearance. I had the Catfish which was served with a seafood "infused" rice. The menu did not include the rice in the description and i can see why. Who would mix a really fishy seafood taste in the first place, but let alone with a fresh water catfish!! Also the appearance of the seafood infused rice screamed don't eat me! The rice was awful and the catfish was extremely salty and the sauce that came with it was watery and tasteless. Also, the coconut shrimp appetizer was deep fried beyond it's time so much that the shrimp were dry and tasteless. The ravioli were nothing to write home about either. Finally, my wife's scallop dish was ok. Actually, the vegetable medley under the scallops were the best tasting all night. One more thing, the twice baked potatoes were hard on top like they were baked 6 times before we got them. Sorry, it was a really bad choice to celebrate with our son!! WE actually travelled about 90 minutes from our home to the restaurant.

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KP
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have been coming to Marsha Browns since we first started dating over 5 years ago. We usually are only able to get there twice a year, once during restaurant week in the spring which happens to fall on the week of both our birthdays and in November for our dating anniversary. We were gifted a gift card for Christmas this year and went for dinner this past weekend. We had a lovely time as always! The food was exceptional and the service impeccable! We have had the same waiter a few times over the past 5 years (I wish I could remember his name!) and he was nice enough to come by and say hi to us even though he wasn't waiting on us that night! He was so excited to hear that we were now married and had a new anniversary to celebrate at Marsha Browns! I can't recommend this restaurant enough!!!

PS the Lobster and Shrimp bisque is literally the best food I have ever eaten :)

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DG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I sent my parents here for dinner as a gift before a show at the Bucks County Playhouse and they loved it! Would definitely recommend.

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AB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice environment, food and service was great!

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S
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant when you want a special night out! The food was authentically Creole, the atmosphere is gorgeous, and the service is outstanding. I brought my parents here as a Christmas gift and they were blown away... highly recommend!

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PF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Went on New Years night. Not a busy night and sat near the bar. Bartender was also the attentive waiter. Apps of coconut shrimp and oysters were very good. The filet mignon was not very tender and the crab cake was just ok. For the price I expected a better food experience.

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JB
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years Eve with the love of my life. Simply an amazing experience.

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NJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

My food was cold,and I do not food back. Never I go during holidays season. Service is always rushed

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D
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner here on NewYears Eve. Service and food were great. Will go back

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F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I always get the sense Marsha Brown is very good but could be better.....this visit though was the best executed food to come out of the kitchen in many years. A little pricey but you pay for the ambience and the fact you can't get decent New Orleans style food in the area.

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OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was terrific. Our servers were attentive and very helpful. An awesome meal over all.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. They were great with our two kids. The food was delicious.

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SF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love New Hope and the quaint fun vibe. We were looking for a restaurant that spoke to our desire for good food, ambience and relaxation. We found all of this and more when we dined on New Year's Eve at Marsha Brown. From the moment our waiter Carlos came over to our table with his hospitable personality to our luscious desserts the dining experience at Marsha Brown's restaurant was the best! We can't wait to come back!!

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BS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing table and service!! They kept asking us if was our anniversary and taking photos of us but it was not!!

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MA
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was a date night for my husband and I and we couln't have been more pleased. Everyone was welcoming and the food was amazing.

Will go back again!

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BM
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been trying to visit since moving from St Louis. Finally tried it and it was worth the wait. Could not find a single negative. A wonderful experience.

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JM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food is always excellent. Randy, the downstairs bartender is friendly and makes a great cocktail. The waiter, Adrian, was just ok. Service was not bad but he does not add to the experince

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s
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We invited family members (who had never been to Marsha Brown) to join us for a Birthday celebration. They drove 3 hours (each way) from the town of Catskill, NY . As world travelers, our son & his wife were impressed with the ambience, food, service, & decor...thanks for the memories!

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TB
Philadelphia
112 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and drink in a beautiful old church, Good location .

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TD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Sooooo overrated I don’t know where to begin. Empty plates on the table. Half inch thick filet. Waiter who brags that marsha brown owns three Ruth Chris restaurants and that this steak quality is superior. Minuscule plates that left my entree (strip steak Oscar) hanging off the sides. Unmemorable catfish, limp shrimp, average gumbo, grossly overpriced salads, wife had to ask for extra dressing on the wedge salad three times. 20 dollar valet. It didn’t end. The only good thing was the martinis which were excellent. At least the bartender had some pride. Marsha needs to shut this place down, go away and find some inspiration, and let someone else create a restaurant in her location.

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KH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing date night with my husband tonight with Mick as our server! Food was amazing and the atmosphere was very relaxing! Can’t wait to go back again! Xo

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WB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Device was attentive, but our meal was forced upon us as soon as we received our cocktails... not good. Food was great otherwise

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JS
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed celebrating my sons engagement here!! Special table decorations and photo memory.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great to take my wife for our anniversary to a quiet location with fantastic food plus it was pretty cool to see Jim Parsons dining with his family that night lol

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

We didn’t get seated and served our first cocktail until 1 hour past our reservation time.

When my daughter needed a spoon for her soup, the waiter pulled one out of his apron and handed it to her. This is a no-no.

We were a party of 5, and they seated us at a circular table for 8. Not everyone could speak to each other.

Staff was overworked and stressed out. Not something I want to experience in a place where entrees reach $85 without any sides. At those prices, I want the wait staff to be available to observe the table and anticipate needs - not come over to one of my guests and ask if they can clear their plate as they are raising their fork to their mouth, with yet more food on the plate.

I’ve eaten at MB multiple times over ten plus years. This will most likely be my last. Just too a amateur for the price (though the restaurant did offer to make adjustments to the bill).

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P
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 3

Z2#hnWe have dined here for many years, and have not been disappointed, until this Christmas Eve. Despite being there 15 minutes earlier than our reservation, we still had to wait a half hour for our table. We were escorted upstairs,only to find that our table was still not ready. We watched the staff scurry to get the clean tablecloth and silverware on our table. We were seated within minutes, and while our waiter was good, the kitchen was not. The sweet potatoe casserole which is normally delicious, was dried out, and even hard to scoop out of the dish. The filet mignon was average, at best, and not the usual melt in your mouth cut that we have had there in the past. Not sure what the problem was, but it was not the same experience that we have had many times in the past.

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CM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

First time here....bartenders were alittle slow at the bar to get a drink. All food from the appetizers to the deserts was fabulous. Not a quiet place and a little crowded but nice for a dinner out with friends.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant. Excellent food and wait staff. Highly recommended!

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D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Steady performance- very nice atmosphere - generally good food if a little uneven - overpriced but not terribly so for the area - will return

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

For the price I would have expected more servers. We were sat upstairs at the same time as a 14 top and another 2 top. And he had another table as well. Too much for one server all at once. The server had all of us. The large table was just getting water when we sat. Just their drink order took almost 15 mins and then the other 2 before getting to us. The server was outstanding and made every attempt to make up for being so busy. Can’t say enough about him. He was excellent. It’s a busy time of year but sitting 18 people with one server in 10 mins is just too much. Leave the churn and burn for the chain restaurants where my bill would have been $125. For 2 people dinner was more than $300 with gratuity. For that money I expect much more personalized service. That’s what you pay for. Service. Lots of places make a good steak or can boil a lobster. Service is the key.

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GS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

My wife and I had an excellent time here... while the seating was tight (like all New Hope restaurants) the food was first rate... we had two AMAZING steaks and did not regret going overboard on the a la carte sides. Delish!

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