Black Lab Bistro

4.6
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621 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Welcome to Black Lab Bistro. We trust healthy food make happy life. Our mission is to provide a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. It is a perfect destination for you to spend the time with the boss, getting together with old friends or date night with that special someone. We have 3-course prix-fixe for $25, Serving from Sunday to Thursday. Our menu items including braised beef short ribs, lump crab cakes, duck and scallops are must haves. Diners are invited to bring their own wine, beer or champagne.

We are a BYOB restaurant! If you have any questions, please call us anytime during our hours of operation.
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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went out for the St Pattys day celebration. It wasn’t as busy as normal due to the current virus situation. Still had a nice time though!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, unique dining experience with exceptional service. We frequent almost every Saturday!

L
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my third or fourth time eating at Black Lab Bistro. Food and service have been excellent each time. Ambiance is a rather special but atmosphere is relaxed.

BM
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Second time dining here and just another outstanding meal from start to finish. Table was waiting when we arrived, very attentive service and plenty of staff. Our party ordered short ribs, fish, crabcakes and ribeye steak...nothing but satisfied comments!!

Be back soon with wine in hand...

T
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is outstanding

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Extremely overpriced for terrible food. Decorations were taped to the wall. Staff seemed overwhelmed and were not attentive. The plates of food did not go together. My girlfriend and I did finish a single course, and we are not picky eaters with big appetites. It was also overcrowded and loud. Would not recommend and will not return.

DK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 2nd Valentine's Day dinner here. Both times we had great food and service. And we plan on going to our 3rd one next year!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! Great food, service and it’s a byob! Although the parking in Phoenixville is a pain, this is worth it!

f
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Overall it was good but not what I was expecting from the reviews I read.
The lobster bisque soup, didn't really have any lobster in it and was lacking seasoning
I ordered the Duck and Scallops, my duck was supposed to be medium rare but came out more medium, the scallops were cooked correctly, again lacking seasoning

I would try it again for lunch or brunch but unsure if it was worth the value for dinner.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We went to Black Lab Bistro for my wife’s Birthday. Our waitress was great and very attentive to the table. For the most part everyone liked their entree’s. I had the Filet that was very underwhelming. The steak was cooked perfectly but was not seasoned with any salt or pepper. The flavor shouldn’t come from the sauce that honestly had no flavor. The mashed potatoes were very starchy. My wife and one son had the rib-eye special that they liked. My other son had the duck breast and scallops. That was very good.

HM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and food with a good variety in the menu but not an overwhelming number of items. Probably the reason they do everything well. Unless you're in Maryland, the best crab cakes you'll find and rivals some of the better Maryland places. We have been here before and will be back again.

RL
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday Brunch was fantastic and a good value.
Fixed menu in the evenings is also fantastic.

JM
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great from when we walked into the door and were seated immediately. Our waiter was polite and attentive. It is a BYOB bistro, we had soda and waters. Refills without asking on drinks. Menu had a good variety and all of our food tasted great! Great floors and great service.

J
Philadelphia
72 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was a good lunch --.the asparagus soup was very tasty, just could have been hotter. Friends enjoyed their crab cake sandwiches.

LO
Philadelphia
278 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our party of five dined on an early Sunday evening (4 PM) and our server, who was also the owner, was so gracious and helpful. The restaurant was quiet but did pick up as the night went on but she had no problem with us each other's company until 8:30 PM. As friends, we were getting together after not seeing each other for over thirty years. All the dishes we tried were delicious. Starters included a very tender calamari and a very fresh and flavorful spicy tuna. We only tried two entrees, the scallops and the other four of us had the branzino. Excellent choices! The apple crisp for dessert was good. This was an excellent choice for our little reunion. Great food and service in a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. You can't go wrong here!

j
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Food is consistently good; likewise the service. But you had best walk to the restaurant or take a taxi because Phoenixville has predatory parking enforcement with difficult signage. Parking is at your own risk.

AM
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience- I dine here fairly often and have never been disappointed.

DJ
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal, the staff is always friendly and attentive. Can’t go wrong here!

AJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food are always very consistently solid. It can get a bit loud during dinner service sometimes.

T
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner and service! You have to try the crab cakes.

JG
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

My salmon sandwich was not cooked inside. Also, very pricy. The place is pretty and the owner is nice but lunch is way too expensive unless it is a special occasion.

LC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 4 attended the New Year's Eve Prix Fixe dinner and could not have been more impressed! I have been to Black Lab a few times over the years and have always enjoyed the meal and the experience, but they out did themselves.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everyone loved their entrees. Our server was excellent and very accommodating. Great experience!

a
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal! The crab cakes and scallops were amazing, the calamari and cobbler were also delicious. Byob is nice too.

BN
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner with cousins from Minneapolis. Loved the crab cakes which had almost no filler. Lobster bisque was luscious. Our waitress was attentive but gave us time to talk. Will definitely be back!

MW
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Food was very average for price. Service, ambience, noise all pleasant.

LD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Lovely Christmas Eve dinner at this nice little restaurant. Food and service were great, but the space is very tight and somewhat claustrophobic. Very noisy... not the place for a romantic evening, but fine if you’re looking for the hustle and bustle of downtown Phoenixville

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Duck, Scallops, and Ribeyes were cooked perfectly. The sides, mashed potatoes and cauliflower purée, were exceptional bland and poor texture. We did not eat them.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and service
My only issue is that my soup came Luke warm and when I asked for it hotter they microwaved it.
Perhaps putting it on the stove and letting it heat up would’ve been better.

MD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Did not think that the entrees that we all ordered were anything great. The restaurant was extremely busy and the staff was friendly but it was a disappointment.

SK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is great! Love a BYOB! If crowded, its hard to have a conversation. Overall, would go back again!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible!!!

b
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed! Great time with friends. Food was delicious and recommendations from our waitress was right on. Calamari!!!

BM
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always awesome! Great food, service and presentation! Can’t go wrong!!

w
Monterrey
14 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wished they served alcohol and very disappointed did not get reservation points but food and service were great.

m
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This place is always great. The food and ambiance are excellent. Unfortunately, however, it is noisy.

KC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good meal and great time at Black Lab! Never disappoints.

L
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delucious food, good service, relaxed atmosphere.

B
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here frequently but this was our first time for brunch. Absolutely wonderful and will make this our new place to go.

JV
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A little pet peeve; not just you. Seems to be a thing now that we are “seniors” we often get a less desirable table location.