Ancient Spirits & Grille
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Diner temperature check required
Mung Bean | Ayurvedic Spice Caramelized Onions | Yogurt Sauce
Ginger Duck Breast
Rosemary Plum Chutney | Blistered Scallions | Parsnip Potato Puree | Red Wine Reduction. Duck Breast is marinated in ginger and garlic then pan seared served thinly sliced on whipped potato-parsnip puree with rosemary plum chutney drizzled with Zinfandel wine reduction and garnished with blistered scallions
Rack of Lamb
Grilled lamb with Turkish date cous cous salad topped with a rosemary sesame seed gremolata
More expensive than anticipated. I loved my food, my dining partner found his too spicy. I ordered duck breast, fabulous presentation! Pleasure to find a restaurant without blaring music.
Met for lunch and had a great meal. The portions were perfect and very tasty. Was impressed with the chefs ability to blend the flavors in each dish. Our server was extremely helpful in explaining the menus and attending to our table. Will definitely go back there again.
Very much enjoyed this new restaurant and concept. The herbal infused cocktails were outstanding! Amongst our group, we ordered a wide variety of items on the menu. All were well presented and excellent. The service was excellent with our server taking time to explain menu items, and also attentive without being intrusive. Will be back.
Just a terrific meal, with really unique serving pieces, flavors and tastes. One of the persons in our party is vegetarian and had great options, and the drinks were really fun. Waitress was very knowledgeable and gave great insight.
The food was great. Good cocktails. Very nice atmosphere. The servers were on it! Very pleasant and attentive. We went during late lunch time so it was very quiet. Can't speak to the difference in dinnertime noise levels. They accommodated the vegan diner we were with. Will definitely go back. I could see how this would be a nice date spot.
OUTSTANDING !! From the second I’ve arrived to when we left! Everything was perfect . Customer service ? 20/10! The Food ? The manager ? AMAZING. By far the best restaurant I’ve been to in philadelphia. I HIGHLY recommend.
Lovely interesting food in an attractive room. Excellent service too. An unusual and fine addition to Philadelphia’s restaurant scene.
We tried this restaurant because the concept and menu were intriguing, and left saying it was one of the most delicious meals we’ve ever had! The service was excellent and the drinks and meals were amazing! I cannot rave enough!!
Fantastic ambiance. Dark and romantic. Great selection of food. Perfectly cooked, inventive, sexy and and delicious. We had a wonderful time. Great wine list and various fresh cocktails to experience and experiment with. We will definitely go back and bring friends.
Ancient Spirits is becoming one of my favorite places to go. I found out it is new and I recommend it. I have tried the tasting menu and this time I started on the a la carte items - table top kababs this time - they were very good as was the octopus appetizer ... was not very crowded, which was surprising ... If you want a place that is a little different with great service and ambiance this is the place
Fantastic vibe. Excellent presentation and flavors. You will experience a unique blend of flavors that you typically wouldn’t expect. The dishes are uniquely constructed - a great foodie spot!
Are here for the 1st time last night and had a fantastic experience. The staff is friendly, helpful, attentive and fun. The atmosphere was great - a little dark in some areas but very cool vibe. And the food...amazing. We had herbal cocktails that were great, and tried a little of everything between the 7 of us. The heirloom carrot soup was phenomenal and I tried fried octopus for the 1st time and it was sooo good! Every thing we had was perfectly prepared and seasoned. Highly recommend this place - I will definitely be back!
We had a wonderful dinner last night! Be sure to ask for Melanie or Tom - outstanding service! Our favorite dish was the FlapJack and the drinks were to die for. Can't wait to go back!
I came in with my friends and I’ll admit, we were a bit of a handful. However, our server, Gillian, was amazing and took such good care of us while we were there. It was really clear that she knew and cared about what she was talking about when she made us recommendations for our drinks and food. Would highly recommend this place to more friends
Delicious food, helpful staff, and a great environment!
AMAZING ALL AROUND - Food, Atmosphere, Concept, Service! A+++
Gillian was great! Provided us great drink recommendations and really understood the menu.
I wanted to try out this unique new spot and really loved it. It has wonderful ambiance and such interesting or different food and drink options. The food was flavorful and the service was amazing. I liked hearing their recommendations and I loved all that they shared. I would definitely visit again.
On this visit, we tried the "recommended" five-course tasting menu and found it to be quite good and I would recommend trying it at least once ... interesting preparation with a nice assortment of flavors ...
Has a unique presentation that makes for a fun and novel experience. Staff and service were excellent. Food ranged from quite good to great; cocktails were varied, interesting, and tasty. We really enjoyed ourselves. Newer restaurant that deserves some love!
Ancient is amazing, drinks are super creative and the food is absolutely delicious! Atmosphere is very romantic also! We will definitely be going back!
Delicious food and cocktails. Also, very cool design!
Food and drink were quite good.Service was excellent. Nice atmosphere
amazing food & service!
Food, drinks, and service were outstanding. I will be back!
Great spot! The place has delicious cocktails, great ambiance and a fantastic staff (including the GM, super nice guy)! I had the grilled octopus and it was incredible. 1000% coming back soon!
This chef clearly knows what he’s doing… The most amazing complexities and subtleties to the flavor combinations of almost everything we tasted, including the lamb, the duck, and the chicken. Cocktails are different from what you’ve probably had in the past but were exceptionally flavorful and well-balanced. Attentive and cordial staff. Totally cool ambience to boot! You won’t be disappointed.
We love the concept and ambiance. So much potential! The service and kitchen felt disorganized and a little stressed out. It felt like the place was on its last lags, but it's so cool! Maybe it was just an off night. I would go back, but only for a drink - awesome bar.
A beautiful place with an interesting menu strategy - we will definitely go back and try more of the menu. Duck was delicious and cocktails intersting.
Loved everything about our experience! This restaurant offers an exquisite, chic, welcoming atmosphere and elevated dining experience for everyone including those with dietary restrictions. The service was impeccable thanks to Ryan. Jerome (GM) out wonderful server (former cruise-ship Hawaii guy)
We will return again and again!
An excellent meal in a unique environment
Omg everything was amazing! The food, the service and the ambiance. Very elegant interior and we forgot our to go bag and the server followed us for a block and a half to give it to us!
Amazing experience, everything was superb
A wonderful new addition to the Philly restaurant experience. Food preparation is a little different and the presentations are wonderful. It’s a mix of south Asian cuisine and Middle East with a touch of North Africa. Loved it. And the cocktails are fabulous. They do have to work in their service. The waiter was wonderful but the food came out at the discretion of the kitchen and not the customer. Got to a point where there was no room for plates, and some of the warm food got cold because you didn’t know what to consume first. I think they get a pass on that because they are brand new, but if that doesn’t get fixed, all the wonderful things about the place will be tainted.
Bottom line is that this is really good food. All is made with a holistic approach. If you are not into holistic cooking don’t worry. Everything is very tasty. The drink descriptions are unique but also really good too.
Loved the vibe here! It was absolutely gorgeous and the service was great. The food was good not great...we ordered all the appetizers and most of the salads to get a good taste of everything. The dishes were shareable and pretty tasty overall. My favorite items were the falafel, the braised lamb flapjack, bourekas and frisee salad. The herbal cocktails were AMAZING. Definitely would recommend them! There wasn't anything we didn't like but we also didn't LOVE everything. Overall the place was great but I felt it was a little overpriced.
Friendly and attentive service. New concept for eating which was fun. Food was excellent.
Food was excellent and very innovative. Very much liked the vegan and vegetarian options which were very tasty and creative. We ordered the avocado and falafel as appetizers and had the eggplant and rabbit as entrees. All dishes looked fantastic and tasted even better. We also ordered some very fancy cocktails with some help from our server. Service was excellent and they acknowledged our anniversary. The restaurant looks beautiful and we definitely come back when visiting Philly again.
The watermelon salad and freebie dips were delicious. The paneer lacked flavor. Beautiful atmosphere.
Amazing one of a kind drink menu
Ancient Spirits & Grille does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Ancient Spirits & Grille also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 478-8777.
Ancient Spirits & Grille is rated 4.7 stars by 49 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.