The Choice - B.Y.O.B

4.8
356 Reviews
$31 to $50
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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 356 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
4.9
food
4.9
service
4.5
ambience
4.7
value
Noise · Moderate
100% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
a
vipamalyutin
Philadelphia
134 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit and we were very impressed with all aspects of dining. The ambience was modern and cozy. The service was very nice, efficient and attentive. The taste of the food was AMAZING ( we ordered Burrata and Beet Carpaccio for appetizers (and received a little introductory compliment from the kitchen which was VERY YUMMY! thank you so much!), Duck and Chilean Seabass with miso sauce and Apple Pie for dessert. Every dish was VERY tasty and had their own unique flavor. Dishes were big in portion size and beautifully presented. Our waitress Irina had nice and warm attitude and was very helpful in recommending good match of sides to the dishes. Price wise it's very adequate to the quality of the food and service. And saving on the BYOB option is also helpful : ). The whole experience was very impressive.
We were visiting the area and unfortunately can't enjoy this place as often as we'd like to, but every time we come back we'll definitely be here for sure and recommend everyone to visit this wonderful place. Thank you so much for a wonderful dinner!

GG
GayleG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is a great spot. The food is good and creative. The service was great. I would highly recommend!

AD
AndyD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food as usual!

R
vipRoberto
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

There is no better BYOBin the Western Suburbs. The fish entres are superb

S
shadeeS
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant I’ve been thus far this year hands down... and I am a chef

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing.
Server was very helpful and kind.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Real interesting menu, influences from all over the world. Great BYOB

e
erikmb
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a Main Line gem. Food, ambience, everything is excellent!

D
Desi
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great time. Small, quaint, quiet, dimly-lit, and romantic. Small fancy portions, great plating & presentation!

L
Lexi
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, highly recommend the scallop appetizer! Will definitely be back.

JB
JamalB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exquisite . The staffing was accommodating and personable . The establishment was very clean with an intimate setting .

MF
vipMeghannF
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I wanted to love this place, I thought it was good, but I don’t need to rush back.

S
vipSuekup
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is terrific! Delicious, interesting flavors , felt very safe and socially distant and clean.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is another level! Great!

B
vipBrad
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service.

TR
vipTheRedWiner
Philadelphia
143 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Looking for a local BYOB we had not yet tried, I found The Choice on-line. It is conveniently located right on Lancaster Avenue with street parking available. As there was considerable snow on the ground when we dined in January, it was great that we were able to find a space right across the street from the restaurant. The dining room décor and atmosphere is tastefully subdued. It gives a warm and relaxed feel, except when people entering or exiting did not completely close the sliding door, which allowed a chill breeze to flow through. Our party of three all found personal favorites on the menu. For appetizers, my wife started out with the Seared Octopus, shiitake mushrooms, asparagus, Brussels sprouts with soy-garlic sauce. Our friend had Scallops wrapped in filo dough, deep fried, served with creamy wasabi sauce, and I had the Seafood Soup. All were delicious. Entrees consisted of the Chilean seabass filet marinated in miso sauce, the Filet Mignon, and the Pan-seared duck breast, served on a bed of mushrooms and asparagus with plum teriyaki and Yuzu truffle sauce on the side. The Seabass and the Duck were both mouth-watering. Unfortunately, the Filet Mignon was so tough, our friend could barely slice it. She returned it to the waitress, who apologized profusely, and replaced it with an order of the Chilean Seabass, which she loved. For dessert we enjoyed the Warm apple pie served with vanilla ice cream. Despite the issue with the steak, overall we liked the restaurant and will definitely return to try it again.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always outstanding. A rare find and somewhere to add to your regular dining plans.

L
vipLaura
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was the first time we have been to Tbe Choice but we will definitely be going back. The food was excellent and the staff were very good.

FL
vipFoodLover
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Choice is a wonderful restaurant. The staff is very accommodating and very careful with keeping a clean, well spaced out, safe place to eat! The food is creative and delicious!!

p
vippjc1
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently the best food and service available anywhere in the Ardmore to Wayne area. The food is always perfectly prepared and presented - always fresh. And the service is always outstanding - warm, friendly and efficient.

CB
vipCBall
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so happy to have finally found The Choice. The food and the service were both wonderful. We will be returning soon. I hope more people continue to support small, local restaurants like this, they deserve it.

JK
vipJillK
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and great service

T
vipToros
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite, go-to restaurant by far. Not only is the food exceptionally and consistently delicious, the team makes our dining experience feel normal and safe despite being celiac. Finally, only here am I able to have real A5 Wagyu taste as good as I have had in Tokyo.

CH
ChrisHvacEng
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dining experience! I would recommend it a friend.

J
vipJanny
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant!! A gastronomic experience that you must try.

D
vipDave
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service one of the best restaurants on the main line!

DS
vipDSchreck
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our favorite resturant in the area. consistently excellent.

T
vipTheresa
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful impromptu dinner. They were very accommodating to our vegan needs

HS
vipHollyS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a hidden gem. Do not miss it! The short rib is incredible. The burrata salad is also a favorite. Every dish is impeccably presented and each bite sumptuous.

JK
vipJillK
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are the nicest and most accommodating people, I highly recommend them for every occasion.

D
vipDave
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really nice restaurant with great food and fabulous service! Highly recommended

J
vipJcat
Philadelphia
64 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our expectations were not too high, but needed a French food fix. Our go to was a la masion. Location was clean and quiet. Service was good, but not great. The food was very good. One of the best short rib plates we have had. Seared foie gras really hit the spot. Overall it was a very good experience in a post Covid world. We recommend and would go back.

f
vipfoodie469
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit. We had to come back and bring the rest of the family who had missed our last visit. We all had the amazing short ribs and salads. The salads are so creative and delicious- could almost make a meal alone. But... the short ribs are like no others. We can’t figure out how they do them but they are worth very high praise!!
Desserts are also outstanding especially the apple tart.
The service was perfect.
LOVE this restaurant !!!

HS
vipHollyS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Choice is phenomenal. We've been here twice and both times every SINGLE bite we had was delectable. The level of presentation, complexity of flavors and textures, service, and attention to detail far surpasses what you would expect to find tucked in the middle of Bryn Mawr. I highly recommend the burrata salad and the short ribs. The last time we visited, five people ordered the short ribs and all five were astounded. The apple dessert is also amazing.

PM
vipPatMo83
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was our first time there. The food and service were terrific. The presentation of the food is quite extraordinary. I should have taken photos, but was too hungry! Highly recommend going there with a good bottle of wine. We all had seafood dishes that were delicious. Saw the staff bringing out other, beautiful dishes. Do yourself a favor...go there!

MK
MaggieK
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good restaurant. Nice area, quiet, great service, and the food was excellent. We will definitely be there again

DS
DennisS
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food is some of the most creative we have experienced, and BYOB keeps the total spend. We chose to eat outside, and the proximity to Lancaster Avenue is not ideal, but The Choice is well worth the visit.

f
vipfoodie469
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a fabulous dinner here the other night. Shared two salads - the burrata and beet carpaccio. Both were outstanding - beautiful presentation and tasted as good as they looked. Perfect amount of delicious dressing!
I had the potato wrapped striped bass which was wonderful. Great flavor combination and lovely to look at. My husband had soft shell crabs which he really enjoyed. My daughter had the short ribs which she declared the best she's ever had and she's had them a lot,
Dessert was amazing - the apple thing was not your average apple tart at all.
We were able to eat INSIDE! People ! Take advantage of this place! They're very careful about COVID rules. The server wore a mask and gave us excellent service - neither quick nor slow - just right. Please patronize this treasure so they can stay in business throughout this lockdown.

p
vippjc1
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It really breaks your heart to see such outstanding food and service get so little reward. One can but hope that "The Choice" will survive Covid-19 and return to a much more normal status where the restaurant has way more than a dozen patrons seated at any time. Food this good, and service this good deserves a far, far larger audience. Sure, it's really intimate, it feels like you have your very own chef - that's all very well and good but, surely, that's not a sustainable business model. It's certainly way, way less than the chef and his staff deserve.

PK
vipPegiK
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of this restaurant continues to be outstanding. We do not have one complaint other than how sad it is that the public is still fearful about dining out. We hope that a restaurant of this caliber can survive during this economic pandemic.

FAQs

The Choice - B.Y.O.B offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (484) 383-3230.

The Choice - B.Y.O.B is rated 4.8 stars by 356 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.