Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Notice: Our main phone line is temporarily out of service. Please call 215.247.5778 in the interim.


Compton Café

Start your day at the Compton Café or take a break during your visit. Enjoy fresh, locally sourced gourmet cuisine from Josh Hunter, chef of Zagat-rated Terrace Street Bistro in Manayunk.

The Compton Café is directly behind Widener Visitor Center. There are ample tables under the tent: perfect to enjoy breakfast, lunch or a snack with your family or friends. Morris Arboretum Members receive a 10% discount at Compton Café.

If you’re visiting while the Café is closed, Chestnut Hill is just down the street with lots of great restaurant choices. Check their website here.


Regular Hours

April 5th to April 27th: Open weekends only 10:00am - 2:30pm
May 3rd to October 3rd: Open daily 10:00am - 2:30pm
October 4th to November 2nd: Open weekends only 10:00am - 2:30pm
NEW! June, July & August: Wednesday evenings until 7:30pm
Summer Evening Concerts: Compton Café will be open until 7:30pm


Menu

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New! Wednesday Night Specials

Click here to check out our special menu available on Wednesday evenings until 7:30pm.


3 Star Certified Green Restaurant®!


Compton Café at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant. We have implemented 66 steps and earned 175.67 GreenPoints™. Compton Cafe is proud to offer great food, quality service, and green piece-of-mind to our customers. By dining with us, you're reducing your own environmental impact! For more information about our Certification and to view all of the steps we've taken with the GRA, click here.

We've met the environmental standards of the Green Restaurant Association, a national non-profit that has been greening restaurants since 1990. We've earned 175.67 GreenPoints™ by taking 66 environmental steps, including:
• Sourcing Sustainable Food
• Conserving Energy and Water
• Minimizing Chemical Pollution
• Reducing Waste through Recycling

DID YOU KNOW?
The average restaurant produces 100,000 pounds of garbage each year. That's the same size as some of the largest whales in the ocean, and more than the weight of 10 elephants combined! The majority of this garbage will end up in landfills, when in reality, 95% of that waste can be, and should be, recycled. Compton Cafe at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is reducing its environmental impact and sending less waste to area landfills with a full-scale recycling program. Powered by TCPDF.


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For the safety of our visitors and to preserve the structural integrity of our tree collection, climbing or sitting on the limbs of trees is not permitted. Thank you!


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Renovation of the George D. Widener Education & Visitor Center


Accessibility
Renovations began in January on the George D. Widener Education & Visitor Center. The project includes the expansion of the building’s main entrance, and the installation of automatic front doors that will comply with ADA standards for accessible design. The entrance will also be more stroller friendly, making it easier for families to navigate the building.

Visitor Center Plaza
In addition to the improvements being made to the building itself, the surrounding plaza will also be enlarged and enhanced.A new 30x30 area will provide a larger gathering space for tours, and will help reduce congestion on high visitation days. The larger terrace will also feature sitting walls and benches toprovide additional seating.

Membership Kiosk
The membership kiosk will be relocated within the plaza and will be expanded to enable staff to welcome visitors more efficiently. New plantings will be added. When finished, the area will provide a pleasant, relaxing space for visitors to gather and linger.

Closure and Visitor Access
The Shop at Morris Arboretum will remain closed until construction is completed toward the end of March. Visitors and those enrolled in classes may encounter inconveniences which we apologize for in advance. The Visitor Center remains open for programs (like classes) and conveniences. Look for signage indicating an alternative entrance.

Special Thanks
Morris Arboretum wishes to thank longtime Arboretum friend, Edith Dixon for making these enhancements possible. This attractive new area will allow the Arboretum to accommodate a broader audience and its improved functioning will enhance the experience of every visitor.

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Wednesday Night Specials (August 27)

Salad Field Greens, heirloom tomatoes, shaved manchengo cheese, red onion, house made ciabatta croutons and basil vinaigrette
$6.50

Soup Sausage and lentil soup
$4.00

Vegetarian Entrée Grilled portabello served over pappradele pasta with fresh garden vegetable tomato basil sauce and shaved asiago
$17.00

Entrees Salmon in puff pastry with spinach and leeks served with 5 grain pilaf and herbed zucchini and squash
$23.00

Paillards of chicken in brandy whole grain mustard cream sauce with 5 grain pilaf and herbed zucchini and yellow squash
$21.00

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