Top Restaurants Near Longwood Gardens
Longwood Gardens is one of the hidden gems to be found in the close vicinity of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. A botanical garden that sprawls out over 1,077 acres, Longwood Gardens is an enchanting blend of arts, architecture, and horticulture. A visit to the estate founded by Pierre du Pont is an inspiration, and it’s just one of the many attractions in the Kennett Square area, accessible to residents of both nearby Kennett Pointe and The Townes at Barley Mill in Greenville, Delaware.
Of course, walking through 1000+ acres of natural beauty is bound to work up an appetite. Whether you’re looking for an intimate atmosphere to top off a romantic stroll through the flora, or upscale comfort food to keep up your energy, here are a few top dining options near Longwood Gardens that you won’t want to miss.
1906 at Longwood Gardens
If you’re planning to spend a day at Longwood Gardens, perhaps the best place to eat is actually at Longwood Gardens. The estate features a fine dining establishment called 1906, named after the year that the estate was purchased by Pierre du Pont. Reservations are strongly recommended. 1906 offers a delectable menu with seasonal, locally sourced, and sustainable ingredients. The award-winning executive chef of 1906 has previously listed items such as mushroom soup, chicken salad with fried oysters, Maine lobster with saffron risotto, and pork tenderloin with blackberry barbecue sauce on the menu. Items are seasonal and subject to change.
Two Stones Pub Kennett Square
The Two Stones Pub has a few locations in the area. You’ll find its Kennett Square location just a few minutes away from Longwood Gardens. Here, you’ll find classic American pub fare like fish and chips alongside items with unique twists, such as the Hudson Valley foie gras burger. Other offerings include Kennett Square mussels with shiitake and cremini mushrooms, truffle fries, pork Milanese with fried artichoke hearts, and tandoori chicken breasts with a warm kachumber salad.
If you’re craving French-Mediterranean food after spending a day at Longwood Gardens, head over to the Sovana Bistro. For your first course, try the grilled Spanish octopus, chicken liver mousse crostini, or French onion soup. Their lunch menu offers everything from asparagus quiche to Cubano sandwiches to grain bowls with warm quinoa and jalapeno. You’ll also find specialty wood-fired pizzas here with mouthwatering toppings like Tuscan kale and chorizo, fennel sausage with roasted onion, and prosciutto with goat cheese.
In the mood for a rich Italian menu in a cozy, stylish setting? James Beard honoree Chef Bryan Sikora centers the mouth-watering menu of Hearth Kitchen around hand-made wood-fired pizzas, while also offering an array of creative small plates and delectable fish, meat, and fresh pasta entrees. Imaginative seasonal options abound, along with a curated wine and draft beer list. Conveniently situated in the Shoppes at Longwood Village, Hearth Kitchen is open for dinner from 4-9pm, Monday through Saturday.
Catherine’s Restaurant has been an award-winning landmark in Kennett Square for over two decades. The restaurant’s warm, friendly ambiance adorns the historic building well, and the chefs work their magic on locally sourced ingredients. Try the local favorites: blackened sea scallops with blackberry ancho chili pepper coulis, and follow it with key lime pie. Other excellent entrees include filet mignon with wild mushrooms, lobster ravioli in fennel brandy crème, and roasted lamb shank with a bordelaise reduction.
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