Blue Bell Inn
Blue Bell Inn

Blue Bell Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bluebellinn.com/
  • Phone: 2156462010x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday 5:00 - 11:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Pete Sherba
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Entertainment: Thursday and Friday Night Live Music is offered. Please refer to the Calendar on our website for additional details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Penllyn Blue Bell Pike
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have ample self-parking available as well as complimentary nightly Valet parking.
A word from Blue Bell Inn
The redesigned rustic-meets-modern ambiance compliments the Contemporary American menu which features premium cuts of meat, ocean-fresh seafood and signature raw bar. Seasonal outdoor dining on the flagstone patio is available upon request.
In 2013, Blue Bell Inn underwent extensive renovations for over a year. Various historical aspects were enhanced through thoughtful restoration and new materials such as solid white oak and porcelain tile floors were introduced to create a stunning architectural mélange spanning three centuries.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Blue Bell Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
336 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (217)special occasion (168)vibrant bar scene (153)neighborhood gem (147)fit for foodies (115)good for groups (115)hot spot (107)great for lunch (88)romantic (75)notable wine list (73)late-night find (30)great for brunch (19)kid-friendly (13)scenic view (8)Show More
  • Handsome place, good not great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Newly refreshed restaurant is handsome and the food was good, though not terrific. Service was quite good. Portions are generous, though the garden salad was unattractively large. Diced garden vegetables which accompanied the Halibut were cooked unevenly.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ANother wonderful evening.
    Foodiesx2VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Beautiful outdoor night.Water wall and fire pit enhance ambiance.Wine by the glass list is superb,if pricey.We started with a Caesar salad and a Roasted beet salad.Both were dressed perfectly,although I would have preferred my beets a bit more tender (they left off the prosciutto as I am vegetarian).Husband's veal chop needed a bit more flavor,but was perfectly tender.We spoke to on duty manager and he compensated us.The broccoli rabe was one of the best anywhere - it came with the veal and I had it as part of my entree, along with the polenta which was rich and delicious. The new BBI has quickly become oue of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Awesome!
    LoveBostonsVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    What a great find!! Great ambience, amazing food and cocktails - a must have is the French 601, and the shrimp and lump crab wedge salad is one of the best I've had!! The service was impeccable and overall we had such an amazing time that we already made reservations for next weekend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Experience Yet....
    melba418
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We have tried BBI on several occasions- some better than others. We decided to stop in again to try out their Restaurant Week. The menu looked great and offered a super selection- not just the one or two items per course like a lot of places. We opted to sit at the patio bar in the back, as I recognized Matt (bartender) who had previously given us great service. This visit did not disappoint. The food that we had was the best we have ever had there. The sweet potato and lobster bisque was perfect, as was the risotto app. I have had problems in the past qith my filet being a bit charred on the outside, like the grill was too high-but this time it was cooked to perfection. Oysters were good too. And again, Matt was on point! Ashley too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    mrmontcoVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Great job remodeling. The bar is very vibrant and the music was excellent. The food is always top shelf
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Main Line Restaurant Week
    Jeff
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We just happened to have a family gathering for Main Line Restaurant week. The three course meal with 6 entree selections were efficiently served and very tasty. The vibrant scene at the restaurant infused the entire restaurant on a Thursday night. This place is now a real keeper.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice but not Unique
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Been going to the BBI for over 40 years. I like the new facility,they did a great job. Food was very good. Service was very good. Looking back at my experience I found there was nothing that really stood out as "Special". When we would go to the "Old" Blue Bell we looked forward to Blue Bell Potatoes, Bernaise Sauce,Baked Alaska, and other little treats that made it unique. Dinner wednesday night was good but basic. It was a meal you can get almost anywhere!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mort
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Spectacular renovations completed; great vibe but with quiet areas, too. Wonderful food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bonnie
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The new Blue Bell Inn is airy, pleasant place to dine. The foods are always the way I expected:delicious, timely served, good atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A suburban favorite
    Mauigirl
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I have eaten here many times. The food is always good and never disappoints. The service is impeccable. I highly recommend the Blue bell Inn.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    had a very nice time, service was good & food was delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great meal
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Best filet mignon I've had in a long time. The cream of asparagus with crab was also delicious,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Waffles
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We ate outside on patio and it was lovely. The food was very, very good. Highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overrated place with slow service
    DiningAgain
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I loved the old Blue Bell Inn. This new one is beautiful, but the service was not great, the food was nothing special, the noise level was high. We had 3 young men waiting on us, one way or another, but they were never around and the delivery took forever. Parking was a nightmare. One valet parker on a busy night and no self parking spaces.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Business Appeal
    BelleNicoleVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Cuisine, décor, service ... perfect perfect perfect! A business luncheon was held and our management returned insisting another event be held at the Blue Bell Inn. When you can please all 10 people dining at a restaurant, you know you have a winner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved our meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We loved the recent renovations, the ambiance, food and the service. Everything about our meal was fabulous! I have never had a meal arrive so quickly, in a fairly full restaurant we were very impressed... Had drinks, appetizer, our meal and dessert in an hour. I had the special of the night which was fluke and it was amazing! The two people I was with had the burger and loved it. We will return and I'd recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great First Visit!
    cstrike
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The place looks amazing! The food was good and very attentive service. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Super disappointed
    cat1
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I made a reservation for 4 a week ago for Saturday at 7:45. We arrived on time and were promptly seated at a table next to the kitchen. I asked to be moved to an empty table across the room that was also for 4 but was told that that table was for six. About 15 minutes later a party of 4 was seated at that table! The food was excellent and our server did the best he could but regardless we did not get our entrees until 9:45; 2 hours after being seated. One of our party was sitting directly under the air conditioner and was freezing during the majority of the dinner. I will not be returning to this restaurant or recommend it to anyone.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DfreedVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    First time at BB since it was redesigned and it certainly was different than the original. Very modern, very " with it " decor. Our wait time , with a reservation , on a croeded Sat. night was not long and had drinks at the bar frirst. Our server was energetic and described specials as if he was " conducting a symphony orchestra." Only issue we had was that he was serving too many tables so getting his attention was a little tricky. However, our overall experience - including the food- was a good one and plan to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Quite There
    Hopeful1
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great ambiance, but the food was just OK. Will try again and hopefully will be pleased all around.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow night
    AutumnJoyVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I love the vibe here, love the bars and adore the outdoor patio. The menu is varied and has something for everyone. Service was very slow this last visit. We finished off a bottle of wine before the entrees came, and entrees were a burger & seafood wedge salad. Something was off in the kitchen as those are pretty easy dishes to prepare. Our server was apologetic but our additional 2 glasses of wine with dinner should have been complimentary after the wait. Also shared a 1/2 dz raw oysters. We are big oyster lovers, and order them everywhere. The last two visits they were the tiniest oysters I have ever seen. Really tiny, but the price was not. Ran into an acquaintance and they too commented on the extremely slow service that night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was Never Going There Again, But...
    kwinVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    A colleague suggested the revamped & updated BBI this summer & I hated it from required $5 valet parking to the noise to the indifferent/customer-serviceless hostesses. Food was ok but not worth the chaotic & pretentious atmosphere. Fast forward 2 months & I was encouraged to go there for a birthday dinner: happy to report valet is still there, but not required, the pace less frenetic & more befitting an upscale restaurant (but the hostesses -- VERY young & inexperienced - still need better skills). From miso scallops to spinach-arugula salad & pork chops to lamb chops, our dinners were wonderful: fork-tender meats, fresh seafood & sides. Our waitress was friendly & attentive& made great suggestions. From this experience, I would return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food but Too LOUD!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was very good. The decor was excellent. The noise level was too loud. You could not have a comfortable conversation because it was too noisey.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Richard
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The resturant has many dinning areas but the one near the kitchen entrance is noisy and busy with server traffic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent all around
    LuvBoston
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I never saw the old restaurant but the new restaurant is amazing! Beautiful decor, fabulous menu and great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rushed
    dragonfly
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    If this were my first visit, I would not return! Prior experiences were very good, but this was horrible! The waiter didn't seem to know what he was doing. We also felt very rushed by both the waiter and the kitchen. The waiter kept asking, "What are you going to do...just sit here a little longer?" I replied, "Are you trying to get rid of us?" That's exactly what his tone implied. The man is in desperate need of customer service training! Although we may go back, it will be a long while before we do so. I hope the restaurant doesn't take its success for granted.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    BlueBellnative
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I looked at several of the better restaurants In the area and they had the best menu for a carnivore. It is more expensive than many of the other top suburban restaurants, but worth it for a special occasion. My fillet was divine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gigi
    gigi
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Having been a longtime customer of the old Blue Bell Inn I found this not up to the former restaurant .
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special occasions
    Larryk
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Celebrated our anniversary with another couple. Came here as it was an old favorite. Everything has changed except the good food and service. Appetizers were a broad selection and excellent. Steak was good but needed more seasoning. Lobster bake was excellent. Overall everyone enjoyed the evening. It is a beautiful restaurant with great vibes. dessert was not good as the tart crust was very soft rather than the normal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Outstanding food service and facility. Drinks could be better! From the Valet to Servers to Management everyone did exceptional job. Highly recommend Blue Bell Inn
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bill
    BILLVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was great although there is a heavy hand on the seasoning. Would definitely go back again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Casey1
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Beautiful renovation. Too loud, however. Service good. Food disappointing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place, nice atmosphere
    Mackx1
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I took my wife here for our anniversary. It's local to us and we'd never been. The menu was complete. They have a raw bar with several selections (which were fantastic), but the regular menu was uninspiring. I had the lobster roll, which was good. My wife had the grilled chicken panini, which was completely under-seasoned. The concept is sound (chicken, brie, mostarda, greens), but it was bland and all of the brie had melted off somewhere so she was left with a chicken sandwich with lettuce and mustard. Not really worth the $21. Honestly, the place is beautiful and the other entrees looked great. She just chose poorly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Same Name, BRAND NEW Experience
    MelMcL
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Blue Bell Inn was the goto place of my youth. Every event from birthdays to graduations were "toasted" around their tables. As I recall, the food was good, but the atmosphere was formal & stuffy, but my Dad loved it. Recently, I had heard of their renovations and complete menu overhaul and decided to try it. WOW! Our experience was fantastic. Beautiful decor. Bright bar scene which leads to outside patio. Extremely pleasant staff. Extensive wine & beer lists. Top notch dinner menu. The calamari was the best ever. The cheesesteak dumpling were delicious. The salads were fresh and fun and right up our alley...I added chicken to the spinach & arugula salad - loved it. My friend had the seafood wedge and loved it. Go and Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lobster101VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    WE had a fabulous evening. Four of us went to dinner and ordered lobster rolls, wedge salad, flatbread, cheese steak dumplings, mussels and salmon. EVERYTHING was delicious. Our server was Eduardo who was amazing. Couldn't sit outdoors since it had rained but after dinner we walked to the patio and it is sooo pretty. Hopefully next time we will be able to sit outside. Can't wait to go back to try some of the other items on the menu. Thank you Blue Bell Inn for a great evening!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The New Bluebell Inn
    RonnaDonna1VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    What a great surprise! The old dark friendly Bluebell Inn reborn. Gorgeous renovation. Great bread basket. We ordered strip steaks that were every bit as good as a center city steakhouse at 2/3 the price. Loved loved loved it! GO!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our service, meal, and the bar scene was great! This was our third visit and i am going back today for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Night
    Noah1976
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    7 of us came over on Saturday night with no reservations, but were greeted by three smiling hostesses with a "don't worry let's see what we can do" attitude. Grabbed a few drinks and were seated in the patio bar with open garage doors and lower lighting, very cool. Everyone loved the food: cheesesteak dumplings lobster roll and seafood pasta were the favorites -- the staff really made our night though, especially bartender (Matt) and the attractive/blonde manager (Kerry?), you could tell they genuinely cared about us having a good time. Heard theres live music on Friday, definitely will come back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blue Bell Inn, Fantastic!
    Chuck
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This was one of the best dinners I have ever had. I went to the Blue Bell Inn maybe 30 years ago, it is definitely not that place any more. First, the remodeling is spectacular, the bar area and dining rooms are beautiful. The staff was very welcoming and our server was attentive, knew the menu and had a personality, friendly, fun. Then the food, outrageous! We had two appetizers we shared, the flat bread and cheese steak pot stickers, great. Then we all had a different cut of steak, there was four of us. None we disappointed. I had the veal chop, perfect, and the sauces, great choices. For dessert we had the shortcake, decadent, delicious. Great evening, my wife wants to go back once a week and that is something to be said.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous renovation
    Cusso
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The Blue Bell Inn looks great these days after a total renovation. Food and service are great with a really nice outdoor area. The only issue is noise from traffic along 73...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.