The Choice - B.Y.O.B

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236 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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Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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

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FD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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

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

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DA
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food on the Main Line.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Delicious dinner

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j
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Drop what you are doing and make a reservation! Food is stellar! Second time there and somehow it was even better than the first time. If you are not good at making decisions, this is NOT the menu for you. Just ask the owner, Irena, what to order. Her love of the food selections is obvious and she is spot on. The scallop appetizer (the second time we ordered it based on Irena's suggestion) is simply delicious. The seafood soup... so tasty. And my wife and I shared the flounder entré... more than large enough for two to share...was perfect! The seasonings on every dish are unusual and mouth watering. EVERYTHING on the menu is exciting! Can't wait to go back and try something else.
JUST GO!!!

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C
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As always, we were promptly seated and given menus. Our appetizers arrived quickly and they were beautifully arranged and delicious! The fois gras was excellent and the heirloom salad was perfect.
We finished with a chocolate cake/ice cream and a creme brûlée, both of which were fabulous. The
service was A+ throughout the meal. Our only complaint would be the noise level which can be quite loud.

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food. beautiful presentations, and outstanding service
As an appetizer, I ordered the special which was Lobster Ceviche in an Oyster Shell
It was unusual and tasted fresh and so very good.
Our server recommended the Duck Breast with mushrooms which was prepared to order , I
loved it !
Of course I can't wait to go back as there were so many wonderful looking plates coming out
of the kitchen.

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b
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best BYOB in Bryn Mawr.

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Y
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had lunch it quiet restaurant and the food was extremely good attentive service the salad and the bread the espresso and the crème brûlée were absolutely delicious. We will return for dinner one day

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food choices and presentations were super interesting to us. I have a dairy problem and they were able to make one of the dishes dairy free - so accommodating! We definitely want to go back and try more! We had the octopus, salmon tartare and tuna tartare for apps. Our table of four shared the shrimp salad. Our entree were the flounder, halibut (special) and two of the red snapper (one had cream in it the other did not). So delicious we can’t wait to go back!

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k
Philadelphia
81 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Soft Shell Crab appetizer, as was the Octopus. Lobster Salad with large chunks of lobster and a very delicately made whole Bronzino. Every dish was excellent.

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b
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent every time.
What a neighborhood gem in the heart of Bryn Mawr!
Thank you for choosing Bryn Mawr.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good. Not my favorite place, but definitely worth going to. A fun evening out / good place for a small group.

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JK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent. So thankful to have been able to celebrate Mothers Day with my favorite people at my favorite restaurant. An impeccable dining and service experience. Thank you.

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b
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely ❣️🍷
Everything is better than good on the menu.
Incredible!

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JE
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Would we recommend this restaurant to a friend? Yes, with a couple of reservations.

The positives: I made a 2-hour mistake on the time for our reservation for two, which was the evening before Mothers Day. That said, the restaurant was able to give us a table right away. Both our dinners were relaxed, well prepared, and marvelously 5-star good.

The negatives: We have had dinner at the Choice four times. On this occasion we were somewhat surprised to see a 3% surcharge on the menu for credit or debit cards that was added a couple of months ago, according to the wait person. Why the penalty? Our "senior" server said that this discouraged splitting bills on credit cards (she specifically mentioned up to six), complaining that it was confusing and took much time and trouble. (Note- I don't think the wait staff and kitchen see this 3% time-and-trouble in their tips.) I told her that the 3% was not mentioned on Open Table, and she said clearly it was (there are no references mentioned on Open Table or Yelp or on Choice's website). I asked our wait person to communicate my comment to management, but got no confidence it would be passed on- "I can't do anything about it" was the response.

Sure, 3% isn't onerous, but it made me feel that courtesy isn't in management's thinking. Rather, they communicate their business model is more like buying gas at a service station and not the fine restaurant it is, and imply it's a way of increasing revenues. Really- better optics suggest adding it to the menu rather than surprising customers who are not hurting financially, but who don't like nickel-diming.

With dinner x 2 costing $$$, cards are easier and more efficient forth carrying a lot of cash for single or split transactions. Stop penalizing customers for the sins of a few- how many split a check 6 ways on credit cards any way? Not many. Will we return? Yes... with 100 $1.00 bills for dinner. The wait staff and management will love it!

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RW
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food, beautiful presentation, good service - a very enjoyable evening.

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KP
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fun way to celebrate a graduation! Food was very good (almost too many ‘choices’!) And, loved that it was BYOB. Will definitely keep The Choice in mind when we’re back in the area! Thanks for a fun memorable evening from a family of ‘foodies’!

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MO
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The imaginative food prep was well-received by all 10 of us. The service was mediocre - had to request dinner course for one of my guests.

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R
Philadelphia
94 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really good neighborhood restaurant that’s not in my neighborhood but I drive 45 minutes to go there.
A friendly staff, large menu selection and very good food. Bring good wine, the food is worth it.

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BP
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

small and tight place on route 30 in Bryn Mawr. Fairly noisy but that seems to be the trend these days. However, food was quite good with an eclectic menu. I had bee short rib which was excellent, someone I was with had duck I'd like to try. Also has interesting menu items such as stuffed quail. Overall service was good, would definitely return.

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j
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our new favorite restaurant! Outstanding meal from appetizer (scallops in phyllo dough) to lamb chop and halibut entrees. Could not have been better!!!

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k
Philadelphia
82 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great novel sashimi and carpaccio dishes. Food is beautifully presented and excellent throughout.

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D
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have visited The Choice on more than one occasion. Food is amazing and the team is just perfect. We love going there and look fwd on our next visit.

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AR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had the halibut special at the suggestion of our server and it was fantastic. The food is always delicious and service is excellent. We love that it is BYOB, too.

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AR
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing!

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b
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neighborhood gem.

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PK
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is one of the best BYOBs on the Main Line. We last went as a group of 4 people and ordered 11 different dishes off the menu, all were excellent. We especially loved the Soft Shell Crabs, Lobster Ceviche, Scallops wrapped in Filo Dough and the Veal Tomahawk. The service was attentive and the food presentation is especially nice! I highly recommend this restaurant!

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JB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded expectations and we cannot wait to visit again!

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A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best fine cuisine on the main line. Everything was perfectly cooked and very original!

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m
London
18 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every single thing we got to eat was fantastic.

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p
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Fabulous meal. Incredible menu for such a small place. Lucky we were with good friends since the kitchen was slow for a Friday night. The chef sent out a delicious app to acknowledge the delay. Overall a great meal. We will be back. They should change the name to “Choices “

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b
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect from A to Z

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner as usual. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Love that we have this caliber of restaurant minutes from home!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Presentation spectacular. Attentive service.

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k
Philadelphia
82 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The increased menu is full of wonderfully prepared and unusual dishes. . We had a wonderful Halibut, excellent Squid carpaccio, wonderful Venison chops - seared to perfection, great crusted scallops- every dish a work of art. By far the best restaurant anywhere n the Main Line-

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PY
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always try the Halibut!

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W
Philadelphia
68 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

food was all great but the service was slow and disjointed. Apparently they were short a server and it showed. Still worth the visit for the food.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food at very reasonable prices.

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