The Gables at Chadds Ford

4
2182 reviews
$31 to $50
American

About

** We are currently open for indoor and outdoor dining 7 days a week. Walk-ins are welcome. We ask every guest to wear a mask until you are seated at your table and any time you need to get up from your table. You may remove your mask only while seated. **
The Gables at Chadds Ford, established in 1997 and owned by Ann Kolenick since 2011, is situated in the heart of the historic Brandywine Valley. Located in a converted 1800's dairy barn, the setting is simple yet elegant. The menu offers a contemporary twist on traditional American cuisine, utilizing French influences and even a touch of Southern flair! The Gables at Chadds Ford combines an upbeat and comfortable ambiance with a creative and well executed menu. The result is one you will want to keep a secret, but you will not be able to resist sharing with a friend.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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 2182 People Are Saying
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4.0
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4.2
Ambience
3.8
Value
Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff was wonderful, food and drinks were delicious!

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vipCharlesB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Shrimp & grits were bland. No flavor from seasoning and the waiter was quick to tell us of the specials but failed to tell us they ran out of mussels and clams which were a focal point on the menu and many of the diners. I also advised them that it was a special occasion for my in-laws 50th Wedding Anniversary and nothing was offered.

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vipLove2DineinAvalon
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

I love the atmosphere at the Gables, and I eat here at least monthly. I am very frustrated by the following irritating occurrence.This is the sixth time in a row I have ordered the artichoke and crab dip from the menu, only to be told they are “out of it”. Either stock your menu items or take them off the menu.

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vipMARYANNE
Philadelphia
80 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Beautiful atmosphere, lovely but a little cramped in the dining room. Saturday night is packed. Overwhelmed staff, but the food was fabulous!

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JoAnneR
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Service was friendly, prompt. Food was hot and quite good. A little too noisy.

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CatherineM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious, everything was perfect. We chose to sit outside and there was a wedding at the same time so it was loud but that was our choice. Inside was quiet and very romantic.

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Dawnec
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a leisurely, enjoyable time. The food and service were great. We had been there for banquets upstairs but this was our first time eating dinner. We will definitely be back!

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vipPittVisitor
San Francisco
130 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant for special occasions. The service was great. My husband had the steak and my friend had the salmon. Both were well prepared. I had the flat bread, yummy.

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IreneK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Prosciutto and fig appetizer delicious! Diver scallops with lemon risotto and toasted leeks excellent.

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vipLandenbergFoodie
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Not a fine dining experience. Unprofessional service all around. We were seated in the bar area not the main dining room. Upon arrival we were shown to our seat by someone pointing where we should sit (we were not escorted). After waiting for 10 minutes, someone showed up at our table and brusquely asked if we had been helped yet. When we said no she angrily stormed off. A few minutes later she came back and angrily set some water glasses down and again asked if anyone had been over to serve us and we said no. A few minutes later a very nice server stopped by and added if we’d been helped. We gave him our wine order, but then the first person came by and seemed irritated that he was helping us. We have never had an experience like this in decades of eating out! Truly bizarre! The woman that helped us was very unprofessional and clearly was looking to get us out ASAP. The meal which was supposed to be fine dining felt extremely rushed. Other diners that arrived after us were kept waiting in near the front door for 10-15 minutes and unattended to despite tables being available. Ambience in the bar was somewhat lacking. Candles would have improved that and no tablecloths were on the bar area tables (main dining room had white tablecloths). Main dining room looked much nicer. The food was fine. Not gourmet at all but it was hot and acceptable. My wild mushroom fettuccine was lacking mushrooms. Meatball and mushroom soup appetizers were good. My husband liked his short rib. Sorry we will not be back. There are many other excellent options on the area.

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AllisonN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was very busy but the staff was very professional, the food was great, and the atmosphere was lovely.

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CharlesB
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Made a reservation, but there was no table for us when we got there. So the host put us at the bar. Took 20 minutes to get a drink. At the bar. Then ordered a second glass of wine when the food finally arrived, and never got it. Waiter finally brought the wine when I asked for the check... The food was pretty good, but not worth the bad service.

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vipJohnP
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience4

We’ve been here a number of times and each time we agree to give it another chance, none of those occasions have been fantastic. This time our server was in the clouds he frankly had no idea what he was doing. We ordered the scallops, $32 for three scallops, now I know prices are up and I’m more than happy to pay for quality food but 10 bucks a scallop come on, that’s ridiculous. In addition the risotto was tasteless and pasty. Looks like this place is off the list.

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Food4me
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience1

The noise in the dining room really made relaxing and enjoying company almost in possible. Please do something to fix that.... we ended up having dessert in the bar so we could talk to each other.

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CarolW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Very nice restaurant with tons of ambiance and good food.

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vipDofDE
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely lunch on the patio on Friday. Luis, our waiter, was very nice and very accommodating. The food was quite good, as usual. The fig and prosciutto flatbread was excellent. I would recommend this venue to others. It is always a treat to eat here.

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RAH212
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect setting to celebrate our anniversary. Michelle, our server was phenomenal! The Gables always delivers with consistent value and outstanding flavors. We look forward to our next visit.

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natalieb
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Beautiful place! We went here for our first dinner as husband + wife. Quiet peaceful and romantic. Food was excellent and the people were warm.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service and food were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

The restaurant was clean and well appointed and nicely decorated. The service was very friendly. The food was a bit under seasoned and a little bland. Presentation was very nice and the wine selection was appropriate. The food prices were fair. The cheese and meat board was a bit run of the mill and the meats were not of the finest quality. Overall this restaurant is a nice place to have a night out especially with friends or someone you want to spend some time catching up with but not with a foodie as they may be a bit underwhelmed by the fare offered.

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Michaelh
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our meals were excellent and our waiter was efficient and friendly. Definitely will go again.

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Barb
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We sat out in the beautiful patio and it was perfect! Though we waited a little for so,some to take our drink order, one server realized we had been waiting and jumped right on it. Food was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

By far the most delicious New York Strip with Au Poivre sauce I’ve had in a very long time. The service was wonderful.

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vipALANDCON
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

Three good meals, but filet mignon was chewy.

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2MWs
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

Plenty of staff for people outside, not so much inside. Mussles & clams linguine was sandy with pieces of shell & some unopened. Hamburger substantially smaller than the brioche bun. Tomato crostini was good quality & tasty. They did remove the mussels dish from the check.

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JeffW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

The salads and calamari were so-so at best. The pasta that my wife and I chose were also so-so. The overall meal was not that good -- it was very disappointing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a wonderful day to be seated outside. The server Luis was so attentive, the food was scrumptious.. as usual a wonderful experience

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vipRuss
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a nice treat to be able to enjoy a lovely outside dining experience! The terrace decor and lighting made the evening a special outing. The service (thanks Elizabeth) was outstanding as was the food (great presentation). We had been away too long and we will be back again very soon.

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vipLOLO
Philadelphia
64 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The service was excellent and the food was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Amazing food and a beautiful outdoor patio. There was a wedding going on the day I was there but that only added to the ambiance. Would highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience5

Most likely Covid-related, but we sat for a very long time before anyone acknowledged us. During our wait, we watched a table of 6 get up and leave citing they had waited 30 minutes for attention. The servers kept bringing us everyone else's orders thinking they were ours (5 times!), even though our menus were still in front of us. It was a beautiful day and the ambiance there is great, so we stayed to find out if the food was any good. It was average at best... I wasn't super impressed with my salad with grilled salmon. The fish had zero flavor and the salad was small. My husband's omelet was overcooked. It was disappointing. Beautiful restaurant, though. I hope today was just the result of the Covid staffing shortage.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

We had a reservation but still had to wait over an hour to be seated. The bar area was packed, so we just stood there. The hostess at the front desk was obviously frazzled and had no clue who was waiting and for how long. It was extremely disorganized. Once seated, we waited another 30 minutes before we went to the hostess and asked if we had a server. Like I said, it took and additional 30 minutes after being seated before a server greeted us and took our order. Unacceptable.

The food was excellent as usual, but the staff shortage definitely ruined our normally excellent experience there.

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MelissaB
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

We arrived a few minutes before our reservation and were told they were running behind and that we could get a drink at the bar. The bar wasn't incredibly busy but it still took nearly 20 minutes for us to get a drink. My husband ordered an absolute and tonic and watched the bartender pour a splash of absolute in the glass, ran out and filled the rest with stoli. We were still charged for top shelf. For fear of taking another 20 minutes to get the correct drink we didn't bother complaining. About a half hour or so after our reservation time we were finally taken to our table on the patio. After 15 minutes of waiting with no waiter, we watched a family of 3 get sat beside us and had their bread delivered and their drink order taken almost immediately. After their drinks were delivered 5 minutes later we decided to get up and leave. There were at least 4 different wait staff on the patio and not one checked in to see if we had been helped. One waiter stood talking to a couple he knew for at least ten minutes. We're very understanding of restaurants being short staffed and things taking longer than normal but after nearly an hour after our reservation time and not having a waiter even stop by our table is unacceptable.

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BonAp
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, beautiful inside and out and our server was fantastic!

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vipOceangirl14
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious. Highly recommend the chicken salad croissant!! Ambience is very charming inside & out.

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JudyL
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great menu, lovely atmosphere, attentive and professional service, and great food. Crab cake is delectable!

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vipsweettooth
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Nice variety for lunch. Food was delicious and reasonably priced. Lovely outdoor seating.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

nice restaurant

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LEALYCEG
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The surroundings were lovely and the outside terrace very comfortable for dining.
Our waiter was exceptional. I would have given the food 5 stars but my shrimp and grits were a little grainy. My companion's chicken sandwich was excel