The Choice - B.Y.O.B

4.6
262 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
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 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
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious!!!!

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BK
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on August 13, 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 August 10, 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 August 10, 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 August 4, 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 August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food beautiful night outside for dining 👍

T
Philadelphia
150 reviews
Dined on August 1, 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 July 25, 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 July 24, 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 July 22, 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
33 reviews
Dined on July 19, 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 July 11, 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 July 9, 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
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 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 July 8, 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 July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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

Never disappoints! Outstanding food and service!

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

Great food.

S
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on June 30, 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 June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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

S
Naples
39 reviews
Dined on June 27, 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 June 26, 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 June 25, 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 June 22, 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 June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My favorite on the Main Line!!

e
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on June 16, 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 June 15, 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 June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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

The best food on the Main Line.

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

Delicious dinner

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!!!

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.

F
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.

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

Best BYOB in Bryn Mawr.

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

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!

k
Philadelphia
83 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.

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.

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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