Avalon Restaurant - West Chester
Great...as alwaysReturned to Avalon with a West Chesterian :-) and she couldn't believe she hadn't been before. She loved it (I always do) and plans to bring back her friends soon. The cheese plate is amazing. Followed that with a beautiful beet salad and shared another appetizer. More than enough food. The dessert was awesome, donut bread pudding, and a chocolate lava cake. Byob helps keep it affordable.6/13/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways GreatWe have eaten at Avalon many times and have never been disappointed. The food and service is wonderful. Love the BYOB atmosphere!!6/13/2013 12:00:00 AMexcellent food, friendly cordialexcellent food, friendly cordial staff, outdoor dining area was very romantic6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat dinner with the wifeThere is a reason why Avalon is by far our favorite restaurant. The food, service, atmosphere are all fantastic. Nothing else to say but keep up the great work.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMWill be backHad a great time. Surprised it took us so long to come here since we live in town and love good food. We tried the four-course menu special and I'm glad we did. Originally I thought the portions would be too small for my boyfriend however we both left stuffed. Another thing I will mention is that we were able to enjoy our food without being rushed! I take my time when eating and I hate when I'm feeling rushed onto the next course. Overall the food was amazing, seasoned perfectly and I can't wait to come back with friends!6/5/2013 12:00:00 AMAnniversary DinnerCelebrated our 48th anniversary sitting in the courtyard near the fountain on a beautiful evening.
The food was exceptional right down to the Italian cherries and the real mint in the ice cream.6/5/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat outdoor ambianceAlthough we have been to Avalon numerous times we especially enjoy their outside dining space as well as their great food. Even though you are in downtown West Chester, the outdoor dining area seems like you are in a tranquil garden with water fountains, etc. Their Four Course European Giro Del Menue is wonderful for people who enjoy trying different dishes (small plates) or sharing with each other. The menu changes often enough to continually make it interesting to try new items. The selections are unique when compared with some other local Italian restaurants as well. We will be back again.6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat quality and serviceWe started our meal at Avalon with a cheese board selection which was outstanding. We did the four course tour and although the menu mentions these are smaller portions, we found them more than generous . Each course seemed to be better than the previous. Our food came out piping hot, bursting with fresh flavors and the perfect pace between courses. Since this is a BYO, it is always important to me not to be rushed through our meal and we weren't. The tour includes desert .. a must have. I had the mascarpone crepe which was the perfect ending to a wonderful meal. Our server was knowledgeable and professional. The tables are fairly close to each other which I think gives it that "downtown bistro feel". Overall an excellent experience!6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways fantasticWe have been going to Avalon for years. It just keeps getting better and better! We ate outside in their back yard patio. Even with 90 degree heat the paddle fans kept it very comfortable. There were many tables but the noise level was very low. They stagger and arrange the tables so you are not on top of each other.
The service was wonderful, polite and knowledgeable; yet non hovering. We had their tour of the menu prefixed special for the night. Smaller plates of several items. One was better than the other and all were outstanding. The presentation was lovely.Their fresh roasted beet salad with goat cheese was wonderful. Perfect amount of food! Great contrasts, complex but so satisfying.
This is a 5 star winner.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulousWe met here for dinner with old friends. The patio dining was like being in another country, beautiful! The tasting menu was reasonable, not necessarily inexpensive but worth every dollar. Perfect place for dinner.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding food and serviceMy companion has food allergies and the wait staff and manager were very attentive to that. Very on the ball. Our waitress was great; very knowledgable on the menu items and able to make recommendations. Friendly and attentive. The manager checked in with us a couple times to make sure everything was to our liking.
The only issue we had was the noise level. During the first part of our dinner, conversation was difficult because it was so noisy. There was a table of 6 or 8 that was being loud which seemed to cause everyone else in the restaurant have to speak loudly too. It's an intimate place (small) and sound really carries in there.
Despite that we had a great time, the food was incredible and we will definintely go back.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Beet Goes OnHad another delicious meal at Avalon, as we attempt to eat our way through the new items on the spring menu, this time the strozzapretti (veal, crab and pasta), last time the fazzoletti (pork cheeks and mushrooms.) Having said that, my wife started with her favorite beet salad with goat cheese and it was as good as ever. The Giro del Menue continues to be a great value and service manages to stay at a high level, even though some new people have been added to the staff recently. Avalon doesn't miss a beat - or a beet!!5/23/2013 12:00:00 AMBest restaurant in west chesterI cannot say enough good things about Avalon. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is inviting. If I am ever able to schedule a date night, I chose Avalon. We did the menu tour. Everything was outstanding. Go here. You won't regret it.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways good, alwaysWe are now faithful customers for both the Downingtown and West Chester locations. The menu does vary between the two, which is nice to see. Our staff this time, though quite new, was extremely attentive, knowledeable, and she helped us to make some nice selections from charcuterie list.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMVery goodDelightful outdoor dining..great food..excellent service...rustic Itialian5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome AvalonWe love this place for special occasions. The food is always delicious and delightful and the service is excellent. We sat outside and enjoyed the ambiance last Friday. We highly recommend Avalon for your next dinner out!5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMWe went to Avalon for Mother'sWe went to Avalon for Mother's Day 2013 and were thoroughly impressed. Our waitress was excellent and the food selection was fantastic. Having several food allergies ordering can be a challenge but all of my requests were accommodated without hesitation and execution of said requests was flawless which made me extremely happy! HIGHLY recommend!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMLove it!I have eaten there twice and been very happy both times. I love that the tables are a bit spread out & you are not sitting with and overhearing what the table next to you is discussing, which many restaurants in the area have been overcrowding with tables. Love the BYOB. Will absolutely come back again!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMAvalon is our favorite restaurantAvalon is our favorite restaurant and we are never disappointed. John manages to keep the menu fresh and interesting with new dishes and his crew of servers combines professionalism with friendliness, which is a tough combination to beat. This time we shared the charcuterie with a couple of Italian cheeses, salami and nice accoutrements, including tasty "candied" figs. My wife had the goat cheese ravioli while I had the fazzoletti with pork cheeks. Wonderful. We finished with a tasty cinnamon bread pudding topped with ice cream. Lovely evening.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMAvalon always gives you aAvalon always gives you a great meal. We always look forward to the cheese selections as a starter. The tour is a great value and we never go away hungry. We always look forward to going back.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMDate nightFood was delicious, well presented. Service was very good, prompt and efficient but not intrusive. Atmosphere was interesting and romantic. Worth a repeat visit.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food and serviceI've had the ciopinno before at Avalon and usually get it. It wasn't on the menu this trip so I asked our server about it. He said no worries, it's used at the base for one of the pasta dishes for the spring menu. It was delicious, just like I remember. Avalon will continue to be a favorite for us.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was good. Wait staffFood was good. Wait staff was aware of and did a great job of taking care of individual diner needs and checking with the kitchen if certain dishes could be modified. We had a very good experience. All dishes came to the table hot and one of our guests (who is a slow eater) noted that none of the dishes were taken away until she had finished, which she has noted is becoming less common in restaurants these days. Over all a very good experience.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMConsistently the best restaurantConsistently the best restaurant in West Chester. our favorite for many years. Never disappointed and always exceeds our expectations.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a great find in downtownWhat a great find in downtown West Chester. The food was impressive and reminded me of northern italy. The service although very attentive and polite, was a bit slow. Took our server quite some time to take our order and even longer to bring us the bill. Perhaps because it was rather busy this particular evening. No matter, we will definitely return.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMUsually the restaurant usUsually the restaurant us less noisey. But the food and service never vary from very good. M4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMI go here all the time andI go here all the time and I just love it here. I have always had such a great experience.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoyable mealThe service was excellent. It was lively and friendly, and the food was good, especially the cheese plate and apple tart.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMAvalon just keeps gettingAvalon just keeps getting better every time we visit!4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMMenu selections always interestingMenu selections always interesting enough to try different things on repeat visits. Tour of the menu best way to go as you get more variety. Really good cheese selections. Mussels always great. Soup very good this time too. Gnocchi dish surprisingly good. Does fish very well. A favorite BYO place for us. Can't wait to sit outside again.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were very pleasantly surprisedWe were very pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food, and the presentation. Service was very good , and the "Tour" menu excellent, and fairly priced at $45.00.
Lovely place to take one's special friend. Remember it's a BYOB.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was great. Server needsFood was great. Server needs to be trained on the art of serving. She seemed rushed eventhough it was not crowded. She had to be asked for things that should have been common knowledge.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMHad a wonderful 3-course EasterHad a wonderful 3-course Easter brunch for our family of 6. There were many items from which to choose; several of us found the frittatas especially good, but you could have picked almost anything and I'm sure you would have enjoyed it. Avalon also had all the fixin's needed for great Bloody Marys with BYOB vodka. Great service to boot! Very nice experience, as always.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMWe will be back! Food is alwaysWe will be back! Food is always good and the ambience is always warm!3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMAvalon is a great place forAvalon is a great place for dinner in WC. As long as I have lived in WC and dined out so often, I can't believe this was the first time there. The food was great, with a very nice and creative menu. The portions are a perfect size. The chef's menu is a god deal although we did not try it. I would definitely try it the next time. Definite place for foodies! The decor and ambiance were great, very classy yet low key. it was little noisy at times, but there was a large party near us, and they were having a great time. Who can blame them or the restaurant? The two fireplaces are very nice, although the one we were sitting next to was not in operation. The staff was excellent!! Very attentive, without being intrusive. I will be back for sure!3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was a phenomenal find!This was a phenomenal find! We found it searching for a nice BYOB and fell into a foodies paradise! We enjoyed the 4 course menu tour and each dish was beyond expectations. There's nothing bad to say about the experience. They even had gluten free options for the pasta course and the manager checked on me to make sure the food allergies had been addressed throughout the meal. A definite 5 stars and we look forward to returning!3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMYou will not be disappointed!This is easily my favorite restaurant - and the unmatched best - in the West Chester area and beyond. The food is outstanding, the service is wonderful, and the ambiance is just perfect. When you send every plate back utterly clean, you're saying something!3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMOnce again, we had a greatOnce again, we had a great meal at our favorite restaurant. There were 3 of us late on a Saturday evening and we ate at the chef's table right up near the kitchen area. Neat location! Everything was great, and, even though it was a busy night, our servers never missed a beat. If you're an olive lover, try the chili-cured olives as an appetizer or addition to an entree. Top notch. Avalon always delivers!3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMSuperb food and service makeSuperb food and service make Avalon the best find in West Chester for over 5 years we have dined there. Whether ordering a la carte or the Tour of the Menu you will not be disappointed. Consistently a delight!3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMTerrific!As always, Avalon is a fabulous restaurant to visit. The food is terrific both presentation and taste. Prices are respectible and size is just right - not so much that you can't eat it all, or so little that you are still hungry. Pace is nice too - not rushed, but no long pauses between the courses. And as a BYOB, this is just perfect.3/9/2013 12:00:00 AM