Canal House Station

4.9
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$31 to $50
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The everyday practice of simple cooking and the enjoyment of eating are the two greatest pleasures in life.

A little bit about Canal House… Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer are cooks who write about home cooking. In 2007 they founded Canal House, which includes a publishing venture and a culinary, photography, and design studio. Their cookbook Canal House Cooks Every Day received a James Beard Award, and their blog, Canal House Cooks Lunch, is followed by thousands of readers who find inspiration in what they cook up each day.

Canal House Station Café & Restaurant, their latest endeavor, makes the food that fills the pages of their cookbooks come to life for everybody to enjoy!
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S
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful Sunday dinner! It’s a set menu that changes weekly. We had a minestrone soup, salad, perfectly roasted chicken, and chocolate tarts that were to die for. I can’t wait to go back!

CC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food impeccably prepared and served with friendly panache. Truly, this place is an outstanding dining experience. And the price it right. I have been recommending them to everyone and plan to come back many times.

J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellence all the way!

h
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Saturday morning is pancake time, all you can eat and they are the best pancakes I ever had.

F
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

So very nice! The hostess was warm friendly and inviting. Nash and Kari were the best. Explained each course in detail; how it was prepared and what to expect from a taste profile. Both were very attentive and caring to our needs. Wow! The food, oh the food! Each course was unique, sophiticated, and well layered from a taste profile. Each course complimented the previous which ended with climatic delight savoring a delightful almond cake complimented by a great espresso...still in heaven a week later...thank you all from the fine dining Foodies of the world!!!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The place is gorgeous! The food is gorgeous. The atmosphere is so comfortable and relaxing. Don’t go there for a quick bite. Enjoy the slower pace (not in a bad way) and eating ‘experience’. Lunch was so delicious. I’ll plan my next visit as soon as possible. Plan ahead! The place is booked well in advance.

T
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The menu may be limited (and rightfully so) but the food is prepared superbly. I have not tasted food this well prepared outside of France.

LB
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best dining experience we have had in a long time! I have wanted to go here since they opened but never go around to it. Oh, the delicious meals we have missed!
Everything was perfect and both of us have very exacting standards.
The atmosphere is so special. Old train station meets urban chic. Quiet buzz of conversation. Great music played at a perfect volume.
The food is special. Think of the culinary arts school restaurants or Ottolenghi. Perfectly prepared food paired to tickle your taste buds and presented in an unpretentious fashion.
Service. Attentive but not cloying. Quiet and professional. No sense of being rushed to turn a table over.
I cannot wait to go back and even purchased their newest cookbook to see if I can whip something up that even faintly resembles the delicious meal we had there. Thank you for a memorable meal.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Beautiful place, wonderful restoration
Waiter superb...
Had an issue which was promptly resolved
And over the top solution..

Will definitely be back..
Had breakfast and now need
Lunch :-)

MP
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Incredibly delicious, well prepared, presented food.

AR
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wwe were there for breakfast. I ordered the Japanese Breakfast and my partner, the Blini with eggs and salmon roe. Both were beautiful to look at and tasted absolutely delicious. In my dish the tuna was cooked perfectly and the contrasting textures and tastes of the rice and pickles provided just the right balance of salty,sweet and sour. The eggs were creamy, the blinis earthy and the pop of the salmon roe made for party in the mouth.
The service was prompt, efficient and friendly; attentive without being intrusive.

We'll be back.

RB
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

I LOVE THE PLACE, BUT WAS A LITTLE SURPRISED TO BE SERVED Mexican FOOD BY A GUEST CHEF.
I WILL BE BACK.

G
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Wonderful place - excellent ambience, great attentive staff, loved walking in and seeing the chefs at work and having an opportunity to interact with them. Food was good - special Mexican menu from a visiting friend of the chefs’ from Mexico. My only complaint is that I would have liked to have known about the special menu before coming since there is only one choice. I am not sure if that would have impacted our decision to come, but it still would have been nice to know. If it was available on the web site, it is very hard to find. They certainly did not let us know in the restaurant confirmation. I love the idea that they make things based on the freshest stuff available, but I would think that they could confirm the menu a few days out. On the web site, it is very difficult to use. It is pretty but confusing - hard to get to the restaurant related stuff. Loved going here anyway and will return many times in the future.

S
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

3rd visit. First was for the prix fixe Sunday dinner and the other two were for breakfast. The breakfast menu is quite limited - three varieties of omelette and a stack of pancakes were the most recent offerings. But they’re very good. I’ve loved everything I’ve tried. Service is a bit slow but it’s a nice place to hang out and chat with friends.

MK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My husband and I had Sunday dinner and very much enjoyed the 4-course meal. There are not any food options; but it included 2 starters, the main, and a very yummy dessert. The portions were good size. The food was excellent throughout, as many other diners have noted. If you plan to bring your own wine, I recommend you call ahead to find out what is included on the menu that day so you can bring an appropriate wine (the menu on their website is not necessarily for that day). Overall, it was a very enjoyable dining experience. We will be going back with friends.

TM
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Not even a tiny possibility of improvement! Each of the 5 Sunday dinner courses was not only a work of eye-pleasing art but so elegantly sumptuous that our experience can only be described a “life event.”
Are my words “over the top?” You bet they are!
Even the timing of the courses was perfect, allowing time for the previous course to settle while we could engage in conversation.
If you are fortunate to obtain reservations, take the time to enjoy it all - ambience, service, and food.
WE WILL RETURN again and again.
Nothing better than this, even in New York.
Set one price menu that changes from dat to day; so, come prepared to eat what you are served. Alternatives for allergies are possible.
Next time we will try breakfast as well; no evening meals and not open on Monday or Tuesday.

MP
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Outstanding food in every way. Couldn’t b better. Everything fresh and every bite filled with delicate, nuanced flavor.

M
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had both a Saturday breakfast and Sunday supper and we loved every moment and every bite. How did they know exactly what we were dying to eat? How did they know we did want the extra pancakes they offered? Who chose the perfectly perfect silverware, the thinnest crystal glasses, the cavorting farm animal wallpaper? Canal House Station is hand mixed: casual and chic; sophistication in the country; simple pleasures and tastes that come from leaving it alone; knowing when to add a spice or a dollop or a handful shiny red caviar balls. It is the kindness of knowing that yes, you would love 2 more pancakes, on the house! Leaving this restaurant left me so happy - thanks to everyone who created this very delicious, very special place.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Warm, welcoming and relaxing atmosphere; delicious food; friendly and attentive service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing all around. Great addition to Milford.

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sunday early dinner at Canal House Station feels like you are giving yourself a gift of quality of life.

LM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Love these ladies and their cook books. So exciting to be dining at their new venture. Will definitely return.

DD
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful addition to the area. Exciting open kitchen!

JW
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came at the end of breakfast so we sampled lighter fare off the breakfast menu, broth with tiny pasta and some bread and jam then took a little break and had lunch! The omelette was outstanding as was the porchetta with gremolata served over polenta. The pâté was delicious. There was no rush and we had a simply wonderful time. We will be back!

AD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We are big fans of the Canal House cookbooks not to mention Melissa and Christopher. We were not disappointed. Once inside the beautifully renovated train station we were welcomed into an open kitchen bathed in sunlight. The meal was simple and delicious. Homemade turkey and rice soup followed by a salad of the freshest lettuce topped with crunchy croutons and 2 perfectly poached eggs. Divine!

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Canal House Station - it really is heaven. Food is fantastic. People are lovely. Feels like home.

PD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best pancakes in the world, really. Like what all other pancakes are hoping to be when they grow up. We've been to breakfast/lunch here a few times before, but this was our second time going specifically for the pancakes. We brought our college-aged kids and their friends so that they would know what a perfect pancake is. Love the ambiance and friendly service as well! We'll be back, often. Not just have to make it to one of their Sunday Suppers...

M
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place from the care of the food served to the server these two women cooks excellent quality food and prepare and serve it with love!

Fabulous

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sunday dinner was so delicious and a great way to spend the afternoon lingering over multiple small courses. Highly recommended!

GG
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The food and service people were amazing but the food took too long between courses. We were there almost 2 1/2 hours. That’s too long for lunch. That being said, we will definitely go back.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful restaurant with warm ambience and delicious simple high quality food.

t
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Very friendly staff - beautiful space - delicious food - easy to get to - what more could we want? a great experience - look forward to repeating it - SOON. thanks!

AS
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my third time here and the food, service and atmosphere are consistently excellent. The curated menu is full of fresh and seasonal ingredients, and while seemingly simple the presentation is elegant and the dishes always absolutely delicious! The exquisitely renovated space is warm and welcoming and the staff are always friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable.

B
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’ve been to Canal House 3 times—1 breakfast and 2 lunches. I cook and totally appreciate good quality food. Organic and sustainable if possible. All 3 visits have been exemplary. I’m spreading the word. I can’t think of a thing they should change. The architecture of the building is worth the visit and right along the Delaware beautiful. The wait staff are so wonderful and accommodating. I can’t say enough. Looking forward to next visit and maybe Sunday dinner. Thank you for a great restaurant.

OT
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely restaurant. Can’t wait to go back. Everyone’s mae was delicious.

j
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

If you are a fussy eater probably would not recommend this cafe as the menu is very limited. The dining area was very warm - almost uncomfortably so. Service was a bit slow and awkward. Food was absolutely delicious. Had the best French onion soup I ever tasted. The odd thing was we were first told they were out of soup then we were told they had one soup portion. My friend and I said we would split the one order. Two full bowls arrived which were the same portion size as others we saw. Had we known we would get full portions, we would have adjusted our sandwich order. when there are only 4 items on the menu I would expect enough should have been made for a full house. I realize it’s sometimes difficult to judge, but we did have reservations and drove an hour to eat here. The food was excellent despite these blips I would go again.

j
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic experience. the food is amazing and just perfect in every way!

EY
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our Sunday dinner was over the top. We were introducing our friends to the Canal House restaurant because our friends had introduced us to the Canal House cookbooks. The wait staff were delightful and Christopher and Melissa were very personable. Each course was not only delicious but also a work of art as well. We can’t wait until we return.

M
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about Canal House Station is wonderful. The setting is beautiful, the food is locally sourced and delicious. The service is excellent; everyone is friendly. The open kitchen is amazing to watch: it is quiet and smooth running. Melissa and Christopher are delightful and willing to chat about the food and the restaurant. After our first visit, we were ready to go back the next day. A true delight!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love good food. And cooking. Having lived many years in New York City, I have gotten around. I have enjoyed some really wonderful bites, mostly from non-rated places rich in ethnic diversity of flavor and ingredients. Still, restaurants most always disappoint. Canal House Station is THE exception. Every detail, and I mean EVERY detail, is considered, planned, and executed perfectly. From the delicate thin-walled drinking glasses and hand-chopped ice, to the meticulous plating and perfectly seasoned food, Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirscheimer have gotten it right. Over the weekend, I brought a dear friend for pancakes. Each bite was a revelation, airy and light with just a touch of sweetness, balanced by the salted Irish butter and real maple syrup. The bacon was thick and crisp, caramelized deliciousness. I will not make or eat pancakes anywhere else. Period. Today, I brought my wife and parents for lunch. My mother, who is beyond “picky,” had the eggplant with chickpea purée. The eggplant glistened, and was roasted to tender and creamy perfection, the crisp and shiny skin giving it textural contrast. Flakes of Maldon salt intensified the flavors in all the right ways. The purée was silky and smooth. Grilled sweet peppers, plentiful sourdough toast, olives and lemon rounded out the dish. I started with a chicken stock-based soup, a hearty bowl with cauliflower, potato, chickpeas, cilantro and light curry. Again, perfectly seasoned, balanced with salt, yummy chicken fat, and brightness. Then I had the pate, two generous slices of the most flavorful and delightfully textured meaty bits surrounding a creamy and unctuous center. Simply served with toast, a lightly dressed green salad, cornichons, olives and Dijon mustard. What more can I say? Oh, and the servers are lovely. How lucky we are to have this gem in our backyard.