Forcella BYOB

4.6
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281 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Forcella is an 18-seat plush BYOB in the heart of downtown Jenkintown, PA. We offer simple, elegant, fresh, produce-driven seasonal fare. Our aim is to provide exceptional service, fresh, dynamic selections & an overall experience that is personal, memorable and unique. We offer our chefs tasting menu
(5 courses/$65, available nightly), we also offer an a la carte menu (available nightly). Reservations are highly recommended for weekends. We are also available for private parties/events, off-premise catering. Also be sure to visit our Facebook page for daily updates, menu changes & special events.

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Jamie
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Forcella. We both had the fixed price dinner and choose different items other than our main course. The food was terrific and beautifully presented. The breads are perfection. Service was attentive but not smothering. We could not have had a more enjoyable evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Forcella was incredible! The dining experience was intimate with great service and even better execution from the culinary team! I can’t say enough about the scallop and lobster dish. It was truly special. We were then blown away by the filet mignon dish with the shaved brussel spouts entree. We couldn’t recommend Forcella any more! It is a must try and we can’t wait to get back! Esther and Bruce are absolute rockstars!

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vipIrynaB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cash only is a bummer.

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CarolG
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went here for the first time for Valentine’s Day. Food was beautiful and delicious. We weren’t hungry when we left .... the portions were perfect. I would of liked vegetables however to help balance the richness of the food however. Service was great and the chef came out to thank everyone, which was a nice touch. I know others have mentioned it, but a number of people had to leave to tap the ATM..... cash only. Don’t forget the wine too since it is BYOB, someone did and the lady at the table didn’t look too happy.

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MatthewF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent! Hard to have conversations though as it is very quiet and people are sitting directly next to you at the next table.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Small portion, small dining area, sitting next to door distracting and not ideal when cold. I found the value disportion for the amount of food.

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HLad
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding experience! The food was really superb...from the appetizers to the pasta and the filet. It has to be up there with the best meals I've ever had...ever. We travel all over the world and eat at some of the finest restaurants. I was incredibly impressed with the quality of the dishes we had. We will be returning for sure.

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vipLibertyBelle
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a neighborhood gem that can match quality and presentation with any “name” restaurant. The five course prix fixe ($65) menu reflects seasonal ingredients and great variety. A la carte also available but who could resist having the opportunity to try so many special dishes??Chef Esther made thoughtful accommodations for a gluten free diner and made this birthday celebration one we will remember. Bruce knows every detail of each dish so well, he helped us to make great choices. What a team!! Love that we could BYOB.

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vipJillybean
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Always a wonderful dining experience!

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AmyT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This very small but very lovely little restaurant served me the absolutely best order of scallops I have ever eaten in my life. And I’ve eaten me some scallops. The only complaint I have is that it is totally inaccessible to people using a wheelchair. But otherwise wonderful.

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JenkintownLocal
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Forcells BYOB is one of our favorite restaurants, and we are lucky that it is close to home. The food is consistently outstanding, the choices for each course are always creative and delicious, and the menu changes with each season. We also appreciate the attentive service.

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JLWS
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Forcella so much our first time there we brought friends this time. Everyone enjoyed their meals and had a great time. It is a very warm (friendly) and intimate spot and the menu is diverse and interesting. Everything was delicious!

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vipHughH
Philadelphia
89 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Our first time at Forcella. Chef's tasting menu offers a nice selection, unlike at some restaurants, and everything we had was very good. We especially loved the Korean vegetable dumplings, autumn honey pear salad, pesto sacchetti, and the tiramisu which was the best we've ever had. I actually had the pumpkin cheesecake which was also very good but I also ate half my wife's tiramisu as she was full after the previous four courses. We brought some leftovers home and were pleasantly surprised to find another piece of cheesecake included! Service was outstanding. The husband and wife team were very pleasant and spent time talking with us. We usually eat in center city as we often find the service in suburban restaurants less than professional, even at upscale restaurants. Not here! Service and food were superb. I am sorry I have to say the ambience was not on the same level. It's a very small restaurant (which is nice) and the chairs and table settings are nice; however, it desperately needs a makeover. I know owning and operating a small restaurant is an expensive venture but what this room needs would not cost all that much. It desperately needs a fresh coat of paint, and not white but perhaps gray to match the chairs. And the window treatment needs to be redone as the current curtain reminded me of a shower curtain. I was actually shocked when we first walked in, and when I said to my wife that many people on Open Table gave the ambience a 5 her response was "Are you kidding." Yea, I don't understand that either. But we will probably go back (at least when the seasonal menu changes) because we did love the food and service, its being BYOB is a plus, and the $65 tasting menu price is reasonable. We will definitely go back more often if the decor is refreshed. Until that happens, we will not take friends there nor are we able to recommend it to others. By updating the room, the owners could make this one of the very best restaurants in the Philadelphia suburbs.

JR
vipJennRB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. Food was amazing and the waiter was very careful about a food allergy. It was overall a wonderful evening.

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vipLynT
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic under recognized gem. This intimate, charming spot is such a wonderful experience in dining. Jenkintown and the area has no finer spot with a pre fixe and a la cartel menu that is outstanding. Ester has the perfect, creative touch in the kitchen.
Food is creative and delicious. BYO and cash only makes eating here reasonable for outstanding dining.
Bruce is the perfect host who makes you feel at home and very special.
Menu varied and is truly exceptional.

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vipskardm
Philadelphia
74 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We really enjoyed dinner with this unique and creative menu. Food was very good and with beautiful presentation. The appetizers were exceptional. We loved the Korean dumplings, pear salad, and the pumpkin squash soup. You must have dessert!
We were treated to pumpkin cheesecake and the chocolate cake. The couple who own, cook and serve were absolutely delightful and friendly. Service was excellent. Conversation was easy on this quiet week night. BYO and a parking lot behind the restaurant are pluses.

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vipSteveH
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. The food was delicious, service excellent. It was a bit loud, but that was a big boisterous party of about 10 people drinking Miller lites and celebrating a birthday.

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LRoth
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. Food, atmosphere, service—all just right. Thank you for a great dining experience.

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RichardG
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing place! Went for anniversary and what a great experience. Food was spectacular, service outstanding and the small space creates a very unique atmosphere. Will certainly be back again! It’s cash only at this time, so just be aware of that.

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DanielleS
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service. Very quint, quiet and personal vibe. Small so its cozy but feels special. Esther and Bruce are amazing and super down to earth. Loved our night there.

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vipRickami
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, interesting flavors and boldly spiced, Esther continues to impress as a chef and Bruce is always a gracious host. We’ve been many times and have always enjoyed our dinners. We’ll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful tasting menu - very friendly and attentive service. We loved the Autumn menu and will be back.

JL
JLWS
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so lucky to have this outstanding restaurant in our neighborhood. Wow! We loved every morsel of food. Dumplings , gnocchi with pesto, lamb udon , pear and goat cheese salad with outstanding dressing, filet mignon, corn chowder. Perfect and warm service. One of our favorite meals ever.

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Garret
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Waiter was both friendly and attentive, and knew everything about the food on the menu. Chef/owner came out to say hi to everyone and see how we were liking the food (which was incredible). It was our anniversary, so she decorated our desserts and then sent us home with an extra dessert in our doggie bag. Great restaurant. Will definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu. Every dish was prepared to perfection. Thank you Bruce and Chef Ester❣️

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Dined with my wife for our anniversary. The corn soup is spectacular. We both got the tasting menu. Every course was fantastic. The market fish and filet were some of the best we've ever had. Service was exceptional. Can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful little BYOB. Our 1st time there for date night. Food and service we're top notch. Loved our 1st experience, looking forward to many more. What a gorgeous little restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious -ambiance was amazing however the food portions and price was ridiculous. My 6 year old wouldn’t get fill with the food portion they served us, spend a lot of money close to $200 and still left there hungry and had to go the corner pizzeria for pizza. I was very disappointed with their food portion size. I don’t mind paying if portion is great. I want to leave there full and satisfied, but l wasn’t so for that reasons, l wouldn’t be going back. Food was delicious -ambiance was amazing however the food portions and price was ridiculous. My 6 year old wouldn’t get fill with the food portion they served us, spend a lot of money close to $200 and still left there hungry and had to go the corner pizzeria for pizza. I was very disappointed with their food portion size. I don’t mind paying if portion is great. I want to leave there full and satisfied, but l wasn’t so for that reasons, l wouldn’t be going back. Food was delicious -ambiance was amazing however the food portions and price was ridiculous. My 6 year old wouldn’t get fill with the food portion they served us, spend a lot of money close to $200 and still left there hungry and had to go the corner pizzeria for pizza. I was very disappointed with their food portion size. I don’t mind paying if portion is great. I want to leave there full and satisfied, but l wasn’t so for that reasons, l wouldn’t be going back. Food was delicious -ambiance was amazing however the food portions and price was ridiculous. My 6 year old wouldn’t get fill with the food portion they served us, spend a lot of money close to $200 and still left there hungry and had to go the corner pizzeria for pizza. I was very disappointed with their food portion size. I don’t mind paying if portion is great. I want to leave there full and satisfied, but l wasn’t so for that reasons, l wouldn’t be going back.

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vipmb2019
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Forcella is a hidden gem! Amazing house-made pasta and creative, delicious gourmet dishes. The place is cozy with an elegant vibe. Chef Esther cooks with love and creativity! Can’t wait to come back.

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JulieS
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Let’s start with wow! The food and the service are awesome. Esther’s passion shines in the food and Bruce focuses on making your experience one-of-a kind. Ester grew up in the area and that makes it even more special of a place to visit. We chose the 5-course Chef’s Tasting, everything is made fresh and it was delicious. Unlike other restaurants, we were not rushed through our dinner. Their passion lies in creating an exceptional experience for their guests. We will be back.

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vipDINAO
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Between 4 of us we had several seafood& pasta entrees and every dish was fresh and delicious.

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AnnaH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked a reservation for three at 7pm and ordered the tasting menu per person. The bread is made in-house and warm when it hits the table (burrata is also made in-house) and I love bread. The spring flower salad is sweet and slightly tangy - and definitely instagram worthy. The filet mignon was tender and well marinated. All in all - I usually don't have high expectations for restaurants in Abington but Forcella was a delightful surprise- and you can BYOB. I definitely recommend this place for date nights, dinner with girlfriends or nice birthday dinners.

AJ
vipAndriaJ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the food. Nice cozy place. Expect to be there for a couple hours if you do the 5 course meal. You don’t feel rushed and they truly let you enjoy every course!

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NANCYH
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and delicious food. Service was excellent. We would definitely return!!

LM
LloydM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food - creative dishes and presentation. Chef/owner is very personable and came out to speak with us. We love this place and go there regularly.

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vipFoodie1
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend this restaurant on every count. Along with delicious and unusual
food, the decor was lovely and I can't say enough about the service. This small husband and wife spot is truly a gem.

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vipFoodmything
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were above and beyond.

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MarkP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great meal. 2nd time there. Owner & helper really hustle. Filet mignon & cheesecake incredible. We did the tasting menu. Food, presentation, and service top notch.

Room for improvement:
1.) The pasta dish we ordered was replaced. My one daughter really wanted the pasta she ordered.
2.) The bread was incredible but when we asked for another serving, we were told only 1 serving was portioned. In way less expensive restaurants, more bread is always available (in my experience).
3.) Dining room needs a serious makeover. Paint, new furniture, etc. Very small room so for those prices, the appearance is poor vs. the competition. Couches on the dirty side. Don't need a real expensive makeover - fresh paint, new couches. Make appearance clean.

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JillF
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every single dish is amazing, and the owners treat their guests like family. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the BEST restaurants in the philly area. We can not say enough great things. Bruce (the owner) is hospitable and professional. Ester (the chef) rivals any Michelin star chef. Thank you forcella!