The Gables at Chadds Ford
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.
- 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
Mushroom Soup Gratinée
Kennett Square Mushrooms, Broth, Crostini, Melted Gruyère Cheese
Seared Diver Scallops
Lemon and Herb Risotto, Crispy Leeks Wine, Red Pepper Orange Gastrique Pairing Suggestion ~ Château Pilet, White Bordeaux
Went on a Monday at 6:30 - not very crowded but service was very very slow
My cocktail chardonnay was served with ants crawling on the glass and in the wine it self ...
took 5 minutes to get someone's attention had to get up and walk it back to the bar saw our server and got it replaced .... didn't offer any sincere apologies for this gross thing and did not even comp me a glass of wine :(
had salad and added chicken which was dry ....
Would not go back which is a shame because it is very pretty inside
Food was good, crab Artichoke dip appetizer was good, however, one entree came too table without the protein. Didn't seem to be enough serving staff for the lunch crowd.
Very disappointed. Apparently it had been over booked on that evening and did not have nearly enough wait staff. The food was cold and it was so loud we couldn’t even hold a conversation. Sadly will not be returning.
Great food and ambiance. Pleasant staff but service was slow. We'll be back
This was the first visit for my wife and me. We went to celebrate her birthday and had an enjoyable meal. We enjoyed the decor and the food was amazing. Our waiter was very thorough and had a great personality. The only issue we had was after receiving our drinks, everything about the service seemed to grind to a halt. We could see our waiter moving rapidly around the restaurant serving tables, but I also noticed other waiters and waitresses moving rapidly around the restaurant, but not much progress was happening. I’m not sure if you are trying out a new P.O.S. or if there was some other factor, but I don’t get the impression that the staff was setup to achieve. I will absolutely be coming back because we enjoyed everything else about the experience, but our 2nd experience will determine if we have 3rd. Thanks!
We sat on the patio and it was super. The ambiance was exactly what we wanted. Our server was amazing and made the evening for us. Food overall was good and ample; my husband was not happy with his burger yet the rest of us liked our choices of crab cakes and pasta.
Great waiter. Great food
The chicken was so bad I felt sick and my wife was sick. It didn't taste of anything but left the feeling that your throat had been lined with grease that melingered for hours after. The only course that was any good was the starter. My friend who was a regular had recommended the Gables weeks ago but had visited the week before and experienced the same with the chicken. I believe in giving a restaurant a second chance but it's difficult when the food makes you feel physically sick.
The service is outstanding.
It was a pleasant lunch celebrating the visit of our daughter from out west and celebrating my brother’s birthday. Food was great! Everyone was happy. There was some angst about eating out during the COVID pandemic, but there were few people in the restaurant so everyone felt safe.
Celebrating a special occasion everything was perfect.
Amazing food, great service!
Needed attention to the outdoor heaters!
This was one of the worst dinners I’ve ever had. I came from out of town and was told this was a must-go. Our waitress got our drink order wrong, the “charcuterie” was various Bologna’s, and the food was horrible. The $40 NY strip came out inedibly overcooked and rubbery. The lobster tail on our ravioli was mistaken for a jumbo shrimp. Cocktails tasted like jet fuel, with way too much bottom shelf liquor. There were several tables with screaming children, so don’t be mistaken like I was and expect a beautiful, high end ambiance outside. All in all, it was $250 I wish I could get back. The local bar down the street, Buckley’s Tavern, was a much better experience.
Very pleased with most of our dinner. Salads and apps (especially the artichokes) were great. Short rib very good but the scallop risotto dish was disappointingly bland despite being labeled “lemon/herb.” There was also a dried herb (?) topping on it which just tasted weird and detracted from the dish. Server was personable and efficient. Creme brûlée was good. Nice ambiance. Good-sized crowd. Not a lot of distance between tables though. All in all, it was a nice evening. Just won’t order the scallops again (especially at $32).
Perfect outdoor location under a tent with patio ambiance and heaters. Food was delicious with accommodations for dairy intolerance. Perfect for special occasions and everyday dining.
Lovey outdoor dining; service was a little slow but made up for by the great ambiance and food.
We loved the atmosphere and were happy to get a quiet table outside. We were on a date while our kids were at school, which was nice. There was hardly anyone there. A table of 6 with 4 kids came in and with all the open seats we wish they weren’t sat right next to us. They were loud and the lady was on her phone. We had very high expectations for our food. It was our first time there and heard great things about the food. It was not good. I enjoyed it more than my husband but it just wasn’t good. One of the three cheeses on the cheese board was good. We wish we knew the cheeses ahead of time. The cream of mushroom soup was not creamy at all, it was a strange broth. The taste was ok, but I never had a soup like that before and it wasn’t what I expected at all. We ordered fish tacos and short rib tacos. Both were flavorless and dry. The short rib tacos did not have a sauce. The banana cake was supposed to be award winning and was just okay. It would have been great with more of the bananas with it. I would go back and try other things on the menu but my husband said never again for the money we paid. I might convince him to go out for drinks at the bar one afternoon or evening but that’s probably gonna be it for us.
We visited Easter Sunday, late afternoon. Maybe a poor choice due to the number of diners. It seemed that the ratio of waitstaff to diners was too low as we waited 15 minutes for a waiter and another 15 for our drinks and appetizer.
Food was delicious, though
We loved the setting although next time we would want to try the beautiful tables out back versus the tent seating. The food was great and so was the service!
Our experience was terrible here. 45 minutes without anyone greeting us and had to go complain. They did pull a waitress from another area to wait on us and she did the best she could. For $39.95 a person I expected top notch service and food and that is not what we got. We will not be returning. Very disappointed that our Easter brunch was not at all what we hoped for. Just bad overall.
We have eaten at Gables many times and have loved it. We were disappointed in a few things this time. Our food was served before we had napkins and silverware. I mentioned that we needed these items, but it took a little while to get them. We had the poached egg with home fries, but did not get any butter for the home fries. When we asked for some, the waitress checked. She came back saying there was no butter. Now french toast and waffles were on the menu. I am supposing they could get butter. This was not asking for extra butter. The food was good and the dessert (choc caramel cake) was delicious.
Food terrible. Service so bad people walked out. So surprised by this as we have enjoyed the restaurant a number of times.
Overbooked. Even though we had a reservation they told us we’d be better off looking for another place to eat. They did provide refreshments while we decided what to do, which was very nice.
Easter brunch was a joke. 1pm reservations got seated at 1:30 got water at 2pm took our order at 2:45 and got our meal(was just average)at 3:15. We had to leave and asked for our desert to go(which was included at 40 dollars ahead) and was told they had no togo boxs left.. should have gone to Perkins and saved 200 dollars. Saw so many people just get up and leave after waiting an hour. So disappointing.
When you have 500 people booked for Easter Sunday, be prepared.
There was a 1-hour wait for reservations and then 1 hour + wait for food (after a 30 minute wait for wait staff to even acknowledge us). Wait staff was frazzled, giving us the wrong orders, ridiculous. And there were 7-8 tables empty at all times in the main dining room where we were seated. Most people there (patrons and staff) were frustrated and angry. Definitely the worst and most unorganized I've ever seen The Gables, which we usually love. Never again on a holiday. They clearly cannot handle it.
It was Easter Sunday and they were very crowded and it was evident they didn’t have enough cooks.
When we first arrived we were happy with the overall ambience of the restaurant. The server greeted us and was friendly. That’s where everything changed. We did not receive our appetizers until one hour and 45 minutes after ordering. It was 2 hours into us being seated that we finally got our entrees. Then when our entrées came out most of them were cold an not edible. We asked for a manager but we were told that there wasn’t a manager to be found. We sent all the food back and only paid for our drinks. We were very disappointed with this whole experience and we will never be back.
Oh gosh, where do I begin. We love this restaurant and have been multiple times, inclusive of our anniversary. However, they should be made aware of the multitude of errors that took place at Easter Sunday brunch. We ordered and 90 minutes later received our entrees, not our appetizers, our entrees. They were cold, overcooked and inedible. Our waitress then came over to the table and asked how everything was. No mention or noticed of the fact that we never received our appetizers. We let her know of the mistake as well as the fact that our entrees were awful, one of which was literally a hard, burnt egg that was supposed to be part of an Eggs Benedict entree. She removed the entrees. We then received our appetizers, two of which were incorrect, all of which were awful. Our dessert cake was a highlight, but the check was not. Nothing at all was removed from the check for what we would consider a horrendous experience with three of four guests not able to eat either appetizer or entree. It was so upsetting that we paid and left but will never be back.
My wife and I went for Easter Brunch and I do not believe the restaurant was ready for the occasion. My guess is they are much better than this and it was an overwhelming day for them.
The service and atmosphere really make this place special. We are here to celebrate our Anniversary and we thank the culinary and wait staff for making our night a special one since we didn’t do anything last year due to Covid. The scallops were excellent.Salad greens were fresh and crisp. Wine list well chosen. Service was attentive and our waiter was very friendly. Hope to be back to maybe eat in the area outside. If you chose the Gables as your next meal destination, I’m confident you will enjoy your experience.
Excellent to get out. Haven’t been to Gables in some time. Food great (waiter forgot one of our appetizers but we had more than enough food without). A bit crowded with indoor dining and COVID protocol. Overall great evening.
The food was just so so. One of us ordered filet mignon medium rare and it came out well done, they returned it and cook it as it should’ve been. The flavoring of the food was not as spectacular as it was when I went there a month ago. We ordered two Manhattan cocktails and they were not that great we had to ask for something to take away the bitter taste.
We were given an inside table near the patio door. Ambience was impacted by servers constantly going in and out of patio and not gently closing the door, instead letting it bang shut. Annoying. Service was exceptional. Appetizer (grilled artichokes) was delicious, but "medium" hamburger was cooked well-done (no pink at all, like a hockey puck). Although fries were hand-cut, there were far too many little bits of deep fried potato on the plate, which I did not eat. Steak fries style would have been better. Locally brewed beer was fabulous.
Great food and service in a lovely atmosphere. I would definitely go back.
met all my expectations...Nick was a great waiter !
Crab cakes delicious. Filet perfect! Mashed potatoes cold and tasteless. Mushroom soup had bread? That was so hard it had to be cut with a knife. Service was good.
I am grateful that The Gables has been open for outdoor weekday lunches during quarantine as many of my favorite spots have not. The garden is lovely and comfortable even in colder weather. The service was great, but I am hoping that as we get back to normal the kitchen can up their game - four raspberries and one quartered, flavorless tomato on the salad? Fortunately the lovely French Rose balanced that negative.
Enjoyed a safe, COVID compliant meal with a dear friend. Sat in tent outside and enjoyed it despite imperfect weather.
We waited about 15 minutes to be waited on. The server seemed surprised she was taking out table when she finally came. Other than that, great food!
Food was delicious Great outside accommodations. Heat lamps made the temperature comfortable. Outside ambiance in tent was lovely, staff was extremely kind & accommodating.
Overall my wife and I had a nice time.
My wife got the Mahi Mahi special, which was delicious, but the portion was a little on the small side.
I had the Sirloin, which was a good size, and delicious.
I'd say the biggest drawback was a lack of decent craft beer on tap. However, they had plenty of fine wine, and other tasty drinks. When I wasn't thrilled with the canned beer that I ordered, I got a "Papa Dino" (their Manhattan)...
And, it was terrific.
The building is beautiful, the staff is very friendly and helpful.
The "Pros" definitely outweighed the "Cons", so we're looking forward to a return visit! 😀
You can order delivery directly from The Gables at Chadds Ford using the Order Online button. The Gables at Chadds Ford also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (610) 388-7700.
The Gables at Chadds Ford is rated 4.4 stars by 1997 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.