Birthday night. I'm not one to complain during a meal and I don't expect anything for free. Last nights meal was disappointing considering how pricey the Orchard is. I imagine that's why it was 1/2 empty on a Saturday night. Lobster was chewy & portions were small. $10 to open a $10 bottle of wine. The final bill was embarrassing and when I asked how much the dessert was before I decided to order it the waitress didn't know.
Should have gone to Pizza Hut. I don't know what all of the commotion was for, this place was not what it was made out to be, save yourself the annoyance, its not worth it. Food was wonted. Service was besmirched. Price was ridiculous.
$150 for what?. Had a 7:30 res on 8/17/2007. Poor service, bad food & $$$$. Place half empty as well. Stuck us by the kithcen with a lot of open tables available. Skip the small cheese plate unless you like getting ripped off. Also cork charge $10.
Save your money. Just ate there this week, the food was OK. Taste, preparation and presentation all OK. The service was less than stellar and I witnessed perhaps the worst service faux-pas ever. Two people in our party had their meals delivered. While waiting for the others, one person tasted the edge of the dish. The food runner soon arrived to say it was the wrong table and soon the runner is off with the plates. Only in one minute to return to the table next to us and deliver the same dishes. We had to say something. Long story short the server soon arrived and apologized to both tables (briefly). Our confidence was shaken in the integrity of the staff, Never saw the manager or owner until later...and only after ordering two deserts to share..did the server mention that the desert was on the house due to the error. It's certainly a shame when one bad apple rots the bunch. While the servers were OK, we were haughtily shown the door by the manager who whined at us to leave because a later table had arrived for our spot. We decided that if we had tipped poorly, complained widely, muddied up our surroundings or were otherwise impossibly taxing on the staff, we may have deserved such poor treatment. Yet we were remarkably well behaved and thus rather crestfallen as we left. We enjoyed meeting friends, but would choose another restaurant in the future in the hope of avoiding having to bear witness to another tantrum thrown by the philistine manager. I heard OK things about this place - but I found it to be VERY, VERY average. The food had exciting descriptions, with all the right 'buzz' words ('reductions' and pesto,'' etc.) ... but I found the taste to be dull and mediocre. They didn't infuse enough flavor or excitement into the cooking. Plus, I thought the service was slow and inexperianced. For the prices that they charge, I would not recommend this place to anyone. It's just not worth it.
BEST ORIGINAL BYOB IN CHESTER COUNTY.. The Orchard is an incredible dining experience. The entrees are always imaginative and done with finesse. I have brought my family, my husband and my children to this very creative yet homey restuarant. It is great that it is a BYOB, which keeps costs down. The host and staff are polite, and cater to your every need. The Friday night piano evenings are classy, and the behavior and decorum of all the guests has been intelligent, sophisticated and fun. I have met many wonderful couples from Chaddsford and the surrounding area. I have been to this restuarant since it's inception, and am now a member. The theme parties are always extremely unique, and the entertainment created from vast talented professionals from all over the world. This place is warm, has incredible food, and is small enough that we go there frequently and love to call it "home".
Top Notch Brandywine Valley Restaraunt.
We have been here many times. Every time the experience was a gourmet treat and a palatal delight !!
The service is impeccable regardless of how busy the evening is. Beautiful / clean setting with inviting tasteful atmosphere including the music. The most difficult decision is what to order because everything on the menu is delicious and so well thought-out by the talented chef. We crave the Duck Confit spring rolls and the Hunter Ravioli for appetizers.
You are getting a five star meal with five star service at reasonable prices.
The owners obviously are detail and quality oriented from the second you are greeted at the door to the weather forecast card you receive before leaving.
We highly recommend this fine establishment and will be returning many times
What a Treat!. We are retired and have started our adventures and have been in and out of small and out of the way places, but this one have proven to be our all time favorite! Reccommened by a local B&B, the Orchard was the nicest suprise of our trip ( and we have eaten all over the world). The staff was gracious and efficient, and the food was superb. We started with foie gras and hearts of palm salad. The lamb and duck ( my wife's favorite) were also top notch. I don't understand PA and the BYOB concept, but our bottle was handled nicely and even decanted at the table. $5 corkage FYI. Well worth the trip.
Wonderful Treat in Kennett. We have been here several times, including with a party of 12 and the food and service have been fabulous. We love a BYO where we can bring our best wine to pair with the food. The staff is gracious and knowledgeable and the atmosphere is a real treat out in Chester county.
WE LOVED IT !.
A friend and I went to see Longwood Gardens and were wonderfully surprised to find such a fine restaurant right near our hotel. The Orchard was lovely...music...soft jazz and great selections...very clean...the service was excellent and I cannot say enough about the food. I guess it's obvious my friend and I felt like we discovered gold ! I'm going back to Longwood (from Baltimore) in a few weeks and can't wait to introduce this restaurant to my husband. We both experiment and try to find good places to eat. He will love it, I know. This is without a doubt, the best restaurant in a very wide area in Brandywine. It's worth going out of your way for!
* Pros: FOOD, AMBIENCE, SERVICE
* Cons: ZERO
overall: excellent !
WE LOVED IT !. A friend and I went to see Longwood Gardens and were wonderfully surprised to find such a fine restaurant right near our hotel. The Orchard was lovely...music...soft jazz and great selections...very clean...the service was excellent and I cannot say enough about the food. I guess it's obvious my friend and I felt like we discovered gold ! I'm going back to Longwood (from Baltimore) in a few weeks and can't wait to introduce this restaurant to my husband. We both experiment and try to find good places to eat. He will love it, I know. This is without a doubt, the best restaurant in a very wide area in Brandywine. It's worth going out of your way for!
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