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: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Night Live Entertainment is offered during Happy Hour. Please refer to the Calendar on our website for additional information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Penllyn Blue Bell Pike
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have ample self-parking available as well as 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
333 reviews since May 25, 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 (222)special occasion (168)vibrant bar scene (157)neighborhood gem (140)good for groups (116)fit for foodies (111)hot spot (106)great for lunch (92)romantic (73)notable wine list (71)late-night find (33)great for brunch (21)kid-friendly (13)scenic view (10)Show More
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Casey1
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Beautiful renovation. Too loud, however. Service good. Food disappointing.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
  • I just need to say it...WOW!!
    tjohnson33
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This place is a knockout. My wife and I joined another couple last week for dinner and were blown away by this place from start to finish. The redesign has made the atmosphere unparalleled in the suburbs. We sat outside around their fire pit and waterfall for cocktails then came inside to the main dining room for dinner. Our server was polite and knowledgable, he recommended the short rib with signature watermelon barbecue: it was sensational! My wife and friends had the seafood plateau (huge!) from the Raw Bar, filet and Halibut special - everyone raved about their food. The new owners have certainly made this to be the new hot spot...350 in seating capacity, there wasn't an empty table in the whole place at 9pm! We will be back SOON.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The new Blue Bell Inn
    Bernersrule
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Outstanding food! Beautiful decor and excellent service. Not much more one can ask for.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Kick the food and service up a notch to match ambience and prices then we wil have a special place in our neighborhood
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love what they done with the place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was outstanding and our server (25+ year veteren) was wonderful. We couldn't get a table outside so we ate in a smaller, quieter room upstairs. The group in the room next door seemed to be having a ball. The bar looked lively and the outdoor area looks great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was mediocre. The service was very slow!!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our server ( Kate ) was outstanding. She was very professional yet personable and friendly making our anniversary dining experience fantastic and enjoyful.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DaleVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Four of us had a great lunch in the outdoor area, which is just gorgeous. Beautiful renovation inside as well. Service was wonderful and food very enjoyable We plan to go back next week for lunch and plan to make it a regular place for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Have gone twice on a wednesday and it is a very busy place. Beautiful restaurant and outdoor dining area. Food is very good, but a limited menu. Parking lot is always full.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • JEB99
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    we liked the old Bluebell in better. We had to eat int the bar area because of someone not being able to climb stairs. Because, the building was so recently renovated, we would have expected to see some sort of ramp for easier walking with a walker. Very very noisy and difficult to carry on a conversation. We were disappointed in the menu choices. Would have liked to have a few more to choose from. If we had been able to eat in the main dining room I am sure we would have enjoyed our lunch much more. Place was very busy and obviously very popular. We had never seen the parking lot that crowded for the old Blue Bell inn.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friend's lunch out
    Friend
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The updated interior/exterior and new menu are great. Service was impeccable. Noise level was perfect for having a conversation....friend's getting together to chat. We were not hurried or rushed to turn over tables so it was a perfect meeting point.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3rd visit 3 strikes your out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Third visit with couples had 8:30 reservation Went for drinks outside bar no service for 10 mins went to the bar and got our own drinks Michters old fashioned Got a brandy snifter of rye whiskey Hardly an old fashioned At 9:20 we went to the hostess and we were seated in the garage area which was dark No server for 20 mins not even a glass of water we decided to leave NEVER GOING BACK For all the $$ spent on ambiance they need experienced bartenders and servers Restaurant lacks management and leadership! We are avid diners out on weekends and enjoy upscale dinners for thier pricing they have to be better
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great dinner experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    6 of us had dinner and had a wonderful time. Eddie was our server and he knew when to leave us alone and when to help us. terrific person. the food was excellent. It just made you feel special being there. the general manager was great, greeting us etc. Certainly would recommend having dinner, brunch, etc to anyone.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.