Ella's American Bistro
Ella's American Bistro

Ella's American Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ellasamericanbistro.com/
  • Phone: (610) 964-3552
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;

    Dinner: Monday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm,

    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French
  • Executive Chef: Jay Chadwick
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We do catering events as well. Please call Jane at, 610-964-3552 or email her, jane@ellasamericanbistro.com for further information.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Widener Room, our private room, can accommodate up to 22 people. The entire restaurant and/or bar area can be rented out for private functions as well.
  • Private Party Contact: Jane Lachat 6109643552x
  • Special Events: Please contact our event coordinator, Jane Lachat, for private event inquiries. jane@ellasamericanbistro.com or call the bistro at: 610-964-3552 and ask for Jane.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Morris Rd
  • Public Transit: Strafford train station is a 10 minute walk away down Sugartwon Road across Lancaster Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have a large parking lot.
A word from Ella's American Bistro
Ella"s American Bistro features transitional American cuisine, interpreted through a contemporary French vision, perfectly balancing classical flavors with locally grown and seasonally sourced ingredients.

The concept of the menu is portrayed in the timeless post-modern décor of the restaurant which establishes a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Delicious food and great drinks pair seamlessly with a beautiful atmosphere - stop by for a classic cocktail and a quick bite at the bar, enjoy a wonderful experience in the dining room, or host your next event in our private banquet area.
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Ella's American Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
89 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (51)fit for foodies (44)special occasion (31)romantic (25)great for outdoor dining (22)great for lunch (22)notable wine list (22)good for groups (20)vibrant bar scene (17)hot spot (11)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Great Find!!!
    rdbkal
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    My wife and I where only in the area for a couple of days for a family event. We were tired of group dinners and hotel food. We wanted an evening alone and found Ella's. Great food along with great service what more can you ask for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Lamb Entree
    JJRH
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    A "best ever" lamb entree with great friends on a noisy Saturday night. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great foodie restaurant!
    beachfoodie
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Food was great, service was incredible. We had a guest with a severe food allergy, and the chef and manager assured us that it was fine. They could not have been more gracious. They use fresh ingredients and the portions are huge. Great place to dine on the main line.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still Tops
    JillB
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Ella's has been our favorite lunch spot since the restaurant opened. The menu items are interesting and tasty, and the ambience is great. Our waitress was superb! We hope to return soon to Ella's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I always give chance.
    Honest
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    If you are those kind of costumers who like to feel special, do not go to this place at all. I have been there for 5 times and had the same experience about service. The servers come to your table twice, one to take order other to bring your bill. They do not know about the menu, they do not try to sell you wine, etc. You will not feel motivate by them. If you get a smile you will be luck. The food is good, but they have no consistences, they change the menu a lot. The place is beutifull and clean. For that price you can eat in many great restaurant around and be well treated. Good luck if you go!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic food and service
    dana
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Very welcoming - I was greeted by name when I walked in. The service was superb, attentive without hovering. Lobster bisque was a wonderful rainy day lunch, very intense liquified lobster flavor. Will return often.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My favorite
    Linda
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I love the simplicity yet elegance of Ella's. have a question, the executive chef Jay is happy to come out. Never rushed. Great atmosphere and fun people to chat with at bar
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Linda
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    When Ella's first opened, there were doubts it would make it! New Chef, new menu, new attitude has made this one of my favorite, if not my favorite place to dine. Very relaxing, not rushed and constant attention. We were out electricity last winter, I was in there for lunch and dinner. If you want some Devon History, look for an elderly man at the bar. Lou is in there every night and can tell you the fire works factory history - back in the 30's. The food is excellent. very social place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    My mother, my siblings and I had a wonderfully delicious lunch yesterday. We'll do it again.!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably delicious, as always
    SujoVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Ella's is becoming our "go to" restaurant. Very creative and reliable menu. Excellent service. A keeper!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Accustomed to Better
    HotDish
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We have had wonderful experiences at Ella's so I hope this was just a "bad day" as we all have them. However, the music was too loud, the server cold (although he did warm about just before the bill arrived) and 3 out of 5 meals were disappointing. Too many negatives for the expense. Sad to lose a favorite place.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent Food and Service
    ladiegrayVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I had gone here when it first opened and while the food was ok, service was spotty and the bar awful. I decided to go back recently and was very pleasantly surprised. The new manager and chef are outstanding. Service was great. They have all new bar staff. The food was some of the best around, whether it be the burger or the charcuterie plate, to the entrees. I have had the hangar steak as well as the veal and both were top notch? I hope the restaurant is finally discovered to be what it is now, one of the best in Philly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outrageously good
    marshapetVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We stopped in for lunch and I had such a great meal, I ordered the ham and cheese sandwich with egg. I asked if they could make open faced with sauce on the side. They graciously prepared it exactly as I asked and the sunny side up eggs on top were the best I ever had. YUM !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The bistro does it again!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    All our experiences at Ella's have been nothing short of fantastic. Great food, wine and service all while being a FUN place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The ambiance of the restaurant is very nice. The staff is friendly and the service was good. However, the entrees were awful and overpriced. If it wasn't for the salad and the dessert, it would have been a completely poor experience. Not rushing back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We loved it again!
    Nick
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Ella's is in out neighborhood. We enjoy coming to a high top at the bar as well as dinner. The food is always exceptional. Try the house Manhattan; my favorite and the best I have had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, 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.
  • Mutti
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Hadn't seen our children for 9 months, this was the place we thought of first for our reunion and it didn't disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always count on Ella's
    Amazing
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Ella's has yet to disappoint. Food is always great, good drinks and usually good service. This last time I think our waiter was a little overwhelmed and not as attentive. In the end though it was fine. Great spot for a nice meal and drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very pleased
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food and service were great. The kitchen was a little backed up, but it was a healthy crowd that night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Thursday 9.11.14
    Thegreenfairy64
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food was outstanding. After having dinner at Ella's at least six times so far this year, I can say without hesitation that the food is consistently fresh, delicious and very well, prepared. The prawns with the watermelon panzanella was my favorite new item on the menu. What a wonderful twist. The foie gras torchon, as usual, melted in my mouth. The serving was generous, so I needed to ask for another slice of brioche. So good! If there is one appetizer that you should try in addition to the prawns, it has to be the heirloom tomato salad with the house-made fromage blanc. Perfectly ripe, seasoned tomatoes, but the cheese is the star here. One last thing, for an Indian Summer evening, try the "Corpse Revival" cocktail. Really refreshing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The atmosphere was very upscale, food was very good! Beet salad was superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great late summer menu!
    Pbreslow
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We stumbled upon Ella's a couple months back and we quickly became regulars. The menu is hyper seasonal with a good amount of produce coming from their own farm about 5 miles away. They make their own sausages and charcuterie in house that is outstanding! Great wines to pair and friendly knowledgable staff. Can't go wrong:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Improving with age
    peripatetic1
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Ever since the hiring of the general manager and executive chef brother duo, Ella's has been improving. Their produce is now mostly grown by the restaurant and is picked fresh daily. On Saturday night, our late reservation might have caught another place running out of steam. Here, the heirloom tomato salad, gnocchi, scallop and prawn dishes were each terrific. In particular, the salad allowed the perfect season-ending tomatoes to shine without more than a hint of saltiness provided by the restaurant's homemade cheese and light olive oil. Ended with a peach bread pudding that was lightly sweet without being cloying. Nice to see Washington State wines on the list, as well as the usual suspects from France and California. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good neighborhood find
    LunchBunch
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We enjoyed a quiet dinner. All the entrees were excellent:vegetarian, pork, seafood. Good value. Well versed staff who explained all choices well. Great place to catch up and enjoy a good dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ella's Continues to Deliver
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This is a neighborhood gem, great good and service in the dining room, patio, and bar. This week I had the heirloom tomato starter and the trout almandine in brown butter main course. Wonder presentations and flavors.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Spot!
    PhillyPhoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We've been dining at Ella's regularly (like 4 or 5 times a year) since it's a great neighborhood spot. During the summer, dining on the patio is a fantastic experience. The food has always been notable and the menu has a wide range of choices. I don't know if something changed recently (new chef?), but please go easy on the salt! It was overwhelming at our last meal here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • provence
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    each of us thought our meal very good quality, very fresh ingredients, beautiful presentation. A little too pricey, so we won't frequent as often as we would if less expensive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant with one caveat
    AndreaVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Our server was fantastic and the food was mostly excellent. Only caveat is that I am on a low sodium diet and generally have found that fine restaurants (similar to Ella's) can accommodate my needs. I selected a few entrees from the menu and asked the server to check with the chef to determine which would have the least sodium. To my surprise, the chef responded that he/she salts all meats and fish when they first arrive at the restaurant, so I had virtually no choices for a protein with little salt. My meal of tuna, which was recommended as the least salty option, was disappointing (and fairly salty). My companions thoroughly enjoyed their meals (wiith no dietary restrictions).
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in town!
    Pbreslow
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Ella's is our favorite restaurant on the main line. Consistent in both food and beverage. Exceeds expectations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous!
    JimG
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Have enjoyed Ella's many times over the years but find it even better now with the installation of a new chef. Food which was always good has been taken to a new level.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 59 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 363 reviews are from the Ella's American Bistro reviews archive.
  • We expected better
    JulieTrue
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    It's expensive and for the price the food, the service, and the ambiance were not satisfactory. The salads were good as were the drinks, but from then on it was disappointing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friday July 18
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Very good service. appetizer (shrimp filled crusted spinach or something like that!) was excellent. Entres were pretty good, but overall, not a lot of food. Good drink menu.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place, beyond great location
    RobC
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Ella's has been excellent each of the 3 times I've been there. It's amazing it's tucked into a strip mall in Devon, PA! The food, esp. the sauces & presentations, is outstanding & unique, the service has been consistently good-to- excellent, & my family & friends haves loved it each time I've gone - a real winner. It's a touch pricey, but worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    Frank
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Everyone was great! Bartenders were friendly and answered all of our questions. Service was above and beyond. Can not wait to go back.. A real must try.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Have had multiple visits to this restaurant--it is consistently enjoyable. Great servers.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal once again!
    NellVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Ella's is our favorite restaurant on the Main Line and we are never disappointed. As usual, great food and service in a lovely atmosphere. We will return again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stormy night
    Nicenightout
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We ate at Ella's on a steamy, stormy, summer night. The lighting and ambience were so warm and elegant. Our server was very attentive. Water and bread service was frequent. Food was pretty good. The Monkfish was a little dry and the dish itself was a little salty for our taste buds. Only complaint was no sugar on the rim with a lemon drop martini. That's a must,
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All of us loved our meals. Bravo!
    Nana
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The service was attentive and friendly from the greeting until the finish. Our dinners were creative and delicious. My Trout Amandine was perfectly prepared presented. We voted unanimously that we would return soon. On another note, we were able to hear one another easily in an eye-pleasing room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BBDj
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We love Ella's. The menu is not too extensive which tells me that the chef is not trying to stretch himself too than. Rather, he wants to focus on offering a menu which appeals to most diners. I think this is very wise and it has paid off well for him and the restaurant. The bartenders are personable, professional and have great senses of humor. Tim made me a special strawberry and basil cocktail which was delicious. For dinner, I had the steak which was SO good, and since I NEVER order steak because I have been disappointed, I thought I would try it. Perfectly cooked. My husband and our friend had a burger which looked delectable. My other friend had the spinach crepes which she enjoyed. Great spot. Keep up the good work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top Notch! New menu is fantastic!
    JB22VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Not certain where to begin, so I'll start at the beginning. A real bar, with a GROWN up bartender who knows how to make things like a Makers Mark Old Fashioned (perfectly), wonderful host, and professional wait service that was serving a great new menu executed flawlessly from the kitchen. We sampled from across both sides of the menu - highlights included the short rib, the gnocchi, the trout and the soup of the day, a cold crisp cauliflower soup. Fantastic imagination in both presentation and flavor. Our wait team was mature, and on point providing the proper amount of attention and measured privacy. The restaurant decor has the charm of dining at a friends house, the new menu with farm to table choices making it even more so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.