Harper's Garden

4.6
893 reviews
$30 and under
American
Located at the corner of South 18th and Ludlow, Harper's Garden is tucked away in Rittenhouse Square. Our menu focuses on simple, seasonal dishes to share and pair with delicious craft cocktails, beers and wines. We offer a full service dining experience with an elegant bar, cozy seating area and upstairs lounge overlooking the indoor space for private parties. We also have a beautiful outdoor space with an open-air veranda that shades guests in our vibrant garden, offering a unique escape from the bustle of the area.

In compliance with state and local guidelines, alcohol only can be served for on-premises consumption when in the same transaction as a meal. We can accommodate a maximum party size of four guests under current COVID regulations.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 893 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.3
Value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JI90
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Small brick menu but food and drinks were delicious.

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vipEsteejai
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Despite the cold, it was a very enjoyable afternoon! Service and food were very good and the energy was fun! The only uncomfortable moment was a party of unmasked people standing near us trying to get warm from our propane heat source. They should not be allowed to hover near other who are trying to enjoy their meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great covid friendly experience. Food and drinks delicious.

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HayleyR
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my birthday and i specified that before hand through our reservation. I went with my two best friends there was complimentary champagne and a birthday card waiting at our table. The food was amazing and the indoor/outdoor patio was so well heated and lit. Recommending this place to everyone for a fancy yet casual night out.

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MaryM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific! We loved it and the service was great!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a wonderful evening with some friends for dinner & drinks! First time here and the ambiance did not disappoint. Our server, Evie, was great, very helpful with the menu when we had questions and was super attentive! Will definitely be back

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Nicole
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Overall great experience. I had a curry spiced butternut squash soup which came with dumplings and a few thinly sliced pieces of apple that complimented the soup very well, pan roasted redfish and a delightful sticky toffee pudding. Cocktails were also really good! Due to the virus this restaurant has created the cutest and coziest outdoor, well-lit, cabin-like seating areas along their sidewalk. Additionally, they have tented areas directly outside of the restaurant with socially distanced seating arrangements, heating systems to keep you warm and strings of fairy lights creating a magical and relaxing ambiance. Perfect for a date night, dinning alone or with friends!

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WedeLove
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food, service and everything in between was perfect! Thank you!

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Denise
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent brunch by the fire pit. Our server was wonderful; food and drinks were great. Will definitely return!

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vipArthurS
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The server, Janelle, was wonderful. All 3 of us enjoyed the meals. Can't do much ambience in the age of Covid-19, but it was a good luncheon experience. Prices were higher than anticipated for lunch, but it's hard times in the food services industry; we didn't mind.

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vipClaireZ
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice lunch.

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vipJulia44
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was amazing! They have private tables on the sidewalk that are extremely warm and comfortable. I ordered the eggs Benedict which was amazing. I went here to celebrate my birthday and they gave me a birthday card and complimentary champagne glasses!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great experience at Harper’s Garden. The food was great and the outdoor aesthetic was really nice. The main outdoor garden area was pretty loud with everyone’s voices echoing off of the glass, so next time I will request to sit in one of their private greenhouses.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolute MUST for brunch!!!

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vipJosephB
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was amazing! Our server was great. Loved the hamburger - best I have ever had! Thank you!!

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StephenF
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great decor. Very good food, service and cocktails! A must try for brunch. Avocado toast was very good!

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vipJamesP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

We were pleasantly surprised with the outdoor seating...kind of like camping! The food was great---the burger was AWESOME, beer selection excellent, and service was wonderful all things considered.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic New Year’s Eve. Service was fantastic. The restaurant was perfect for outdoor dining- tables spaced, not over crowded, timed seating and super clean. The pre fixed menu was perfect. Everyone working on nye was delightful- well done and I will be back.

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vipnic1177
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent experience from start to finish!

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Jacqueline
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

This was my first time at harpers garden. Super cute, loved the outside space. Great music, love the ambience, can’t say much about the food since we just got a little cheese plate.. but their sparkling rosé was delicious. Very accommodating as well, we were a little late to our reservation and they were still able to seat us. Definitely would book here again.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Harpers garden was a phenomenal experience. Our server was amazing and very knowledgeable about the food and cocktail menu, which helped to guide us on what we should or shouldn’t order. Our food was delicious. We started with the pommes frites (French fries) and grilled Spanish octopus. Both were amazing and flavorful. We then got the jerk marinated roasted chicken and Farfalle pasta dish and I would 100% order both of these again. We ended our even with both deserted offered - crème brûlée and mini apple pie. I 10/10 recommend coming here!

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GJH412
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience1

The food was very good but I would not recommend dining there while the dining room is closed. They sat us in an unheated area only protected by a tarp. It was a cold evening and were counting on some form of heating outdoors which would have been fine. There were 3 empty heated greenhouses the entire duration of our dinner but the server and host said they reserved and we could not move there. Very disappointing.

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Maria
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I like the food at Harper’s Garden. Good call to change the cheese plate to come with crackers instead of bread. The lamb was excellent and the ambiance was so nice inside the clear Green House.

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AngryDave
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We spent two days in Philly for the holidays. Stayed in the Rittenhouse area. This was our best food experience in the whole trip. Everything was excellent. Will definitely be back.

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ThomasK
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waiter Mathias was absolutely wonderful. The food was so delicious, the drinks were fabulous. Such a cozy and COVID-safe brunch spot!

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SiaB
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Everything about this place was great. It was definitely a little cold but we came prepared for that. Beautiful space, impeccable service. Our food was good too but this place’s biggest asset is the outdoor space which is beautifully decorated and extremely romantic.

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NoName
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time at Harper's Garden. My boyfriend lives south of the restaurant off 18th but never heard of the place. It turned out to be one of the best meals we've had in a long time. In fact, their rack of lamb is some of the best we ever had.

They have a nice set up for outside dining. We will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

We dined in one of the little greenhouses which are super cute . It was my daughters 50 th birthday in Covid time so we wanted to do something special. Our waiter was fantastic and knowledgeable about the food as I asked about 2 of the dishes we wanted to order. Appetizer of octopus and pomme frites were great! The rack of lamb was delicious, gorgeous and huge, easily enough fir 2 portions. The jerk chicken was kind of pedestrian with a boneless breast instead of a portion that contained the bones.the meat was tasteless and all the jerk on the skin. You might want to try brining on this dish?
My “ bourbon old fashion” cocktail was unfortunately a new version with no muddled fruit nor garnish. I very rarely imbibe cocktails any more so I was bummed and ended up having wine.
We were treated to a complimentary champagne to toast my daughter for her birthday so we had a very nice time!!’ The waiter made it very special so please give him my regards! 👍👍

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DASHNAYM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

The ambiance and atmosphere was great. Our server was very welcoming and attentive. Our food however, took forever to come-waited about an hour- it was not flavorful and to me was way over priced. I probably won’t be back but at least I can say I gave it a try.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wowwww! Those pancakes are to die forrrr!!! 🤤🤤

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friend and I wanted to try out and support Philly restaurants and decided to try this place! You are spending a pretty penny and the food is kinda worth it. I was happy we got seats in the garden space rather than the tarped out tables on the street. I got the eggs Benedict which was good! You never know how the potato hash (aka a version of hash browns) will be. These were a little too deep friend for my liking, I like my hash browns more baked than fried. Overall I can see myself coming back whether it be to try another food and cocktails! Thank you!

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Asia
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

When life gives you lemons, you go out of your way to make sure your guest are comfortable and happy. Outdoor dining was warm and cheery. Service was excelent and food was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went here for a date all in all food was delicious the server was very nice I also enjoyed the wine from there as well super good kinda noisy but I shouldn’t expect nothing much since I went out during the pandemic I was sad I couldn’t sit inside it was so pretty in there but I do recommend the burger 👏🏽 it’s so good

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Margaret
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great brunch cocktail. Cute ambience. Attentive service!

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vipBrianC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Angelo was a terrific waiter. The heated individual enclosures were essential and we felt very safe from Covid. Thank you so much!!

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vipRatoncito22
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Food was just OK. They should replace the plastic covering the outdoor booth seating. And it is not good with cars driving next to it. It doesn't look good and doesn't allow for much air flow. Cocktails were good, fish a bit salty. Also, would be good to provide hand sanitizers in each booth.

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vipChessy
Atlantic City
19 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great night out in these crazy times!! Thinking outside the box

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Foodie
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Dinner for friend birthday celebration. The ponme frites and Brussels sprouts were the perfect starters. The burger and jerk chicken were our entre and those did not disappoint at all. We will definitely be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great outdoor dining set up !!

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AmandaB
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

We were super excited for out date night. Due to covid we had plastic In out way but the seats were heated some what. I was still cold : Our first drink was watered down : Food was tasty : our server was not having a good night he just Wasent attentive and warm as others were : overall cute place but service was slow :

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Harper's Garden is rated 4.6 stars by 893 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.