Benjamin Franklin Pkwy and 26th St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1913039.965615 -75.181168
Don't go! – Went for Father's Day brunch hoping for something special (especially for $30 per person, including children)....sadly disappointed. Many serving dishes were empty when we arrived, only slowly filled with not very warm not very appealing food. The meat entree was never replaced (we came at the later serving). The range of salads and vegetables was extremely limited and not well prepared. There were only tiny desserts and only two different ones. Nothing exciting. Service was not very attentive. When the maitre-d tried to make amends for the lack of food on the serving tables, he thought he was doing a nice thing by bringing chocolate-covered strawberries to our table...but then brought only four for a table of six...then instructing us to make sure the fathers got one....putting us in a laughably-awkward situation which just made the restaurant look even worse. There was also no flair to the presentation of the food on the tables, and given the restaurant's location in the Art Museum, we again expected something special. Overall, an experience to be missed.
A picturesque spot for well-presented, exhibit-themed dining. – In Short
The restaurant is basic and bustling, always busy with museum execs and exhibit patrons who had the sense to call ahead for a lunch reservation. Executive Chef Tracey Hopkins is known for tailoring his menu to suit the museum's latest exhibit. Though Hopkins has gone as far as creating dishes named after artists-- for Van Gogh, there was the "Van Goghie"--he usually sticks to serving American cuisine featuring flavors of the featured artists' homelands.
Looks great but doesn't taste that way. – Went to the Museum Restaurant for weekend brunch recently. Food is served buffet style from chef's table, as well as carving station with meats and belgian waffles, and station with eggs and frittatas. The presentations were very well arranged and nice to look at but the food itself was not very tasty at any price, particulary not at $30 per person. Grilled balsamic vegetables all tasted the same, the antipasto was not special, and the meats were overcooked. Very good belgian waffles though. Service was great but the one dessert option (a pecan tart) was also very mediocre. The restaurant was not busy at all and you wonder if word is getting around that the restaurant is not museum quality?
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