The Choice - B.Y.O.B

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273 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Fusion / Eclectic
Offering a modern European Fusion cuisine, The Choice - B.Y.O.B in Bnyn Mawr is a new addition to "Philadelphia's Mainline " neighborhood harnessing that American "melting pot" attitude. Our menu is composed using a fresh selection of meats, seafood, and seasonal vegetables using a mix of traditional and modern techniques bringing them together. Our warm and friendly staff look forward to your visit!
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OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service! One comment to the chefs...the food s so delicious, a bit too heavy with the soy sauce let the food shine thru!

SK
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lamb chops were exquisitely seasoned and scalloped potatoes were yum. All entrees we enjoyed were perfectly prepared and presented.
Excellent service.

m
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Expensive but byob helps. Everything nice portion and flavor sis not dissapoint.

F
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I took friends to lunch who were celebrating their anniversary. The husband ordered
Pasta Alfredo with Shrimp. It was delicious. The portion was generous and the shrimp were abundant.
On the other hand the wife and I ordered the Lobster Salad. The menu stated that it contained 1/2 lobster. What arrived was a plateful of mixed greens and baby tomato halves with a delicious dressing. Unfortunately, the "1/2 lobster " was a baby lobster which was cut into small pieces and was very disappointing especially since it was one of the higher priced menu items.
Desserts were excellent and the anniversary song was a delightful surprise (Lucky that we were the only remaining patrons in the restaurant because my guests remarked that they would have been quite embarrassed.)

NA
London
17 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We love the place: always creative good quality cooking welcoming atmosphere and you bring your own wine to feel better for not overpaying!:)

J
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Quality of the food was outstanding. I had the impression our server was very new to the restaurant, but was very accommodating. Small restaurant but tables were appropriately spaced.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and. Service

P
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Terrible service. Would not go back. It’s all about the service.

k
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Menu was diverse and ambitious. Service was polite and helpful. Prices a bit high for the preparation and quality of the food. Food was better than most places on the Main Line but quality was not distinguished
Need to match quality with pricing Dinner for 2 about $200 with tip and byob. A little rich for pretty good

E
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well thought out menu, food well prepared, the duck breast is fantastic. Service friendly and attentive. Burrata Salad a large enough portion for 2, very good. Calm, pleasant vibe. Will definitely return.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside, fantastic service, wonderful food

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Started with burrata salad. It was good but needed more dressing. I had the sautéed lobster special which was good and my husband had the NY steak which he said he liked. Our entrees were good but not amazing for the prices.

M
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious!!!!

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BK
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food. Lovely service. Place you get sit and talk. Chef is innovator. For foodies.

DC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Ambitious menu. Wife raved about her dinner. Service excellent. Price reasonable based on comparable restaurants in region.

HK
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Was so excited to try this restaurant, sadly we will never return. I don't understand what the hype is all about. The service was sad, inattentive. The décor was awful, yoi feel like your in a strip mall, no soul, no personality and the noise level is ridiculous... no soft products to help with acoustics. and no... I'm not an old person. However, everyone there was.

The food... I had the Octopus and mushroom (I'm a fanatic re grilled octopus, I'd eat it every day if I could!) this dish tasted like a stir fry you'd get at a food counter, it was soaked and floating in a stir fry sauce that was so salty, everything was soggy and all tasted the same. I had a hard time differentiating between the mushroom and octopus. Awful. Had Black Cod for dinner with a side of mash potatoes. The cod was bland and no flavor. The mash potatoes also had no flavor, I had to douse them with salt and pepper. My husband got the lamb chops, they were cooked well and tasty. His appetizer of Steak tar tar was also lacking. Apple pie was bleh... its a custard apple pie. that would be helpful in the description.

R
Philadelphia
98 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always excellent - All four of us agreed .
Just a great suburban BYO - worth the drive from Huntingdon Valley.

L
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food beautiful night outside for dining 👍

T
Philadelphia
153 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was go but expensive for portion size, I ordered soft shell crab appetizer..very tiny crabs for $22 ...better to have a entree I guess but I usually find the portion of appetizers better for me.
Cheese plate & salad was good..

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

i have no words to explain how delicious food in this amazing place

k
Philadelphia
82 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

There were 8 of us and each party really enjoyed their dinners- the carpaccios, tartars, soft shell crabs, lobster salad,- all were delicious. A wonderful restaurant.

JS
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restuarant never disappoints. All of the food is delicious and the presentation is a sight to behold.

LN
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always Excellent!! Highly recommend the scallops in filo dough, tuna tartare & lobster ceviche as apps & the rack of lamb is amazing.

e
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

2nd visit in a month and plenty of new menu items-the kitchen is active. Excellent food-probably the best BYOB on the Main Line.

BH
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time we had dined here. Went with two other couples, so six of us in all. Everyone had a great meal. The presentation was exceptional! lots of pics taken. our server was excellent. A bit pricey but can't say that it wasn't worth it - just not a place you want to take the kids.

OT
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good was excellent service satisfactory BYOB aspect nice for location. Prices a little steep

S
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don't walk, run and grab a reservation at one of our favorite restaurants. The food, service, and ambience is great. We love it and we believe you will, too.

MN
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Josh the waiter and the staff were great. Glad we went.

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints! Outstanding food and service!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food.

S
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love The Choice. Our experience at this restaurant was exemplary. The service, excellent, food, incredible, ambience, perfect. The oysters, halibut, salmon, salads, and dessert were perfect. Do yourself a favor and try The Choice, you'll be glad you did.

SK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very pleasant, great service and food. Very accommodating to our wishes etc

S
39 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is popular. They charge extra for sides like vegetables and for using a credit card, which I don't like. There is a good selection of appetizers and main courses and also a menu of specials. We had the raw oysters for our appetizer and they were large and tasty. We both ordered fish for a main course. There are a lot of fish choices. My sea bass was prepared in an unusual way, and I think I prefer it plain. For dessert, the molten chocolate with ice cream was delicious.

b
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was very good but expensive. The room was not full but it was very noisy.

JO
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The striped bass with leeks was delicious!!! The service was great. The food came out quickly and I enjoyed the experience.

WK
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was delicious!! Everything we ate, we loved!!! My only complaint was that the meals do not come with any sides - as such, my miso cod was just the fish and I had to purchase separately the sauteed broccoli. My feeling is that each entree should come with at least one side (be it a starch or a vegetable). This is not a steak house - and that is a common theme at steak houses but this is not expected at a local dining establishment. The cost for each entree is reasonable but adding in a side order of broccoli or brussles sprouts etc made the meal much more expensive than I would have liked. That alone is is the reason I would think twice about returning.

CA
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My favorite on the Main Line!!

e
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great varied and interesting menu for all - vegetable, meat, fish options. Food and presentation were well executed. Excellent service.

FD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Choice is a neighborhood gem: a tasteful, warm and friendly restaurant putting out consistently wonderful, subtle food.

OT
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent creative food and lovely service First rate meal. BYOB too.

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