The Choice - B.Y.O.B

4.5
199 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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k
Philadelphia
79 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
37 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always try the Halibut!

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W
Philadelphia
66 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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KE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the food, atmosphere and service very much! We are looking forward to returning again!

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J
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delightful, delicious and beautiful meal.
The halibut was so fresh and absolutely wonderful, with lovely,
colorful garnishes. I can't wait to return for my next meal!

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b
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family gathering

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous! The service, presentation and THE FOOD...WOW! My husband had the waygu beef...it literally melted in our mouths! I had the grilled lobster with veggies...amazing. The octopus appetizer is beyond delish...just as good, if not better due to the prep, as I have gotten in Santorini! Our second visit and we already made another reservation! Love how varied the menu is!

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S
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food!! Well prepared. Great flavors with some different herb and spice combinations that are really delicious and well-thought out. Don’t miss it!!

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m
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The Choice is very good for a local BYOB. The newest change, charging 3% for credit card use, is ridiculous. Either slightly raise the prices, or forget it. The menu needs to have some change over time.

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MS
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lamb chops and short ribs werr incredible! The sauces were delicious, and the service was impeccable. I would definitely go again and recommend it!

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GI
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and good food. BYOB.

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f
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

I would a give this restaurant 5 stars on food and service if the portions were larger, you did not have to pay $7 for your vegetables, and they served a good bread instead of "bread chips". As it was, I went home and made something to eat because the smallest branzino in the ocean was not enough food for me.

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JG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined here twice and both times we had excellent meals. Highly recommended

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g
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We went to Choice for Valentine's Day dinner. we arrived on time and were seated promptly. The restaurant was about 3/4 full. Our waitress came to ask if we had any questions about 15 minutes after we were seated. We said no and asked for champagne glasses. It was a long wait before the arrived. As we looked over the menu there seemed to be lots of interesting items. My wife ordered the seafood soup for an appetizer. It was hot and tasty though the seafood itself was overcooked. It was also a little too salty. For our main courses, we had Duck and one of the many kinds of seafood dishes the fish was very bland and tasteless. The duck was overcooked and slightly tough. Prices are on the high side for the quality we received. I server did not come back to the table until we had finished our meal. All in all a lackluster experience.

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PJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fabulous lunch. Great menu and everything was delicious. But we were the only customers in the restaurant - probably more fun to go for dinner!

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b
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food is excellent. Now that I have that out of the way, let's chat about The Choice.
Is it my Choice? Perhaps not.

The service is mediocre. Our server seemed to be preoccupied or was new at being a server. It would be nice if a BYOB offered a place to keep your white wine cool. Most BYOBs do.

Now I am saving the best for last. The bill arrives and the server states" We charge 3% for credit cards..." Well if restaurants are going to start to break down their overhead and offer sub totals based on services - that is a death spiral to the bottom. The patron should not be upcharged for using a credit card, unless you are an pizzeria and you are laundering cash for the La Cosonostra

It is not the cost - its the principle. They would better off bumping their menu charges to cover their credit card overhead. Having a server deliver this message is difficult for them. Print it on the menu if its your policy, but don't laden the server with the bad message.

This alone is enough for me not to return.

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C
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The good news is that having visited Choice several times, this time was no different. Our food was as good as it gets on Main Line Philadelphia - and our server was attentive, polite and friendly. Unfortunately, the not so great news is also unchanged. The lackluster decor does not radiate a warm, inviting environment - and the overloud noise level has been annoying each visit. I suggest that you disregard the negatives and treat yourselves to a delectable dinner - you won't be disappointed!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dinner. The Kobe and Wagyu beef were outstanding.

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s
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Interesting food selection, pricey and good. Worth a try

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G
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delicious meal! We have never had a bad dish! The service is excellent and they happily accommodate any special requests. There is food for every taste on the menu and they are constantly adding new dishes. The hardest part is deciding what to order.

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A
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, the food and service are exceptional, but we were surprised by a "Non-Cash Adj" of 3% which was a fee for using my credit card that I found when I asked. First I should have been given notice, and second it's a fateful thing to do; if you want all the customers to pay cash, just say so. Here I would have paid cash as i often do; this is quite unfortunate really.

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C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We had dined at The Choice several months ago and loved the food and the menu. We returned this past Saturday evening and felt disappointed. The menu has grown, but the quality of the food was just OK. That spark of creativity in the preparations was missing.The portions, which were generous previously, were much too small. Imagine paying $14.00 for a salad consisting of about a cup of lettuce! Even the main course fish dishes were very small--all of which makes the clientele feel that the food is overpriced.

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Choice BYOB was OUTSTANDING! The menu is so diverse it was hard to choose...I had the octopus with vegetables and the sautéed lobster special...both were so delicious. My dining companions had beef tartar, foie gras, tuna tartar and miso cod...everything was superb! We will be back for sure!

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KR
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best food on the mainline without a clear second place.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every dish a winner!
My friends who had never been there were shocked how good it was.
The foie gras was worth every penny!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

One of the people in our party got sick that evening after eating at the restaurant.

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A
Philadelphia
81 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty lamb chops and shrimp, pleasant, helpful and friendly server.
Should have salt and pepper shakers on the table

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CS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Relaxed setting, a bit noisy but well worth going. Filet was perfectly cooked and very tender. Duck was fantastic. Raw oysters delicious. Looking forward to next dinner so we can try more dishes.

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w
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great - will be back soon...

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A
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is to die for!

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P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Did not feel it have ambiance. Potato nests and carrot (?) nets too much. The food should be enjoyed on its own merit .

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RG
Philadelphia
78 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The fish soup is outstanding. The fusion cooking dpsns Europe and Asia. Interesting and large menu.

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b
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. A neighborhood gen.

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OT
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing! Exquisite flavor and visual design in every bite -in every dish. We had about 6 dishes plus chefs Lava cake. I'm from North Italy near the Slovenia border- where this modern clean, deceptively simple, high-end food is deliciously familiar- however this chef is unique & his food even better!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Excellent food and presentation. Atmosphere needs help.

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P
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. The service was excellent. It is a small restaurant. Our table was not quite ready because the people before us stayed talking. It was only 10-15 minutes late, but when our appetizers arrived they brought us an extra as an apology for the wait. Very unnecessary, but a nice surprise that they actually care about your experience. We will definitely be back.

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I
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was Just perfect from outstanding service to the delicious food. I do not think my family ever experienced such a unforgettable cuisine. It’s a gem!

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K
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Appetizers and pasta were very good. The veal chop, inordinately high-priced, was not a choice cut: not tender, but tough. Desserts were nice. One wants to encourage this newcomer. The array of European choices was an attraction, certainly. There was nothing similar available in the area before. Let's hope they can adjust so as to be able to last.

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SC
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The food is outstanding and we love BYOB. Unfortunately, the small space with all hard surfaces makes the noise level a real detractor from a nice evening.

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