Pescatore on Bala
Pescatore on Bala

Pescatore on Bala

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pescatorebyob.com/
  • Phone: (610) 660-9400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open Tuesday - Sunday at 5:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Thomas Anastasi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Takeout

Getting there

  • Cross Street: BALA AVE AND HIGHLAND
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Pescatore on Bala
Pescatore specializes in Italian Cuisine with a rustic, Mediterranean flair. Pastas are made fresh each day, and all fish is caught and brought to your plate directly from the boat.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Pescatore on Bala reviews from OpenTable diners
117 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (93)fit for foodies (62)special occasion (42)romantic (21)good for groups (16)hot spot (12)great for lunch (1)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Neighborhood gem
    foodie
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Pescatore has been such a great addition to the neighborhood. They have a varied menu so there is something for everyone, and it's all good. The food is fresh with a lovely blend of flavors. This is a restuarant I will keep introducing people to.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neighborhood keeper
    neighborhoodgem
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    despite the large noisy family table next to us, the ambiance was nice...particularly once they left. The waiter was very quick to deliver a huge slew of specials and needed to be reminded to include the prices of those specials. Food was good, and they were willing to make amendments
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    LIked the food. You need to do something about the draft of wind that comes from the opening of the front door.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really great staff. Excellent 4 small group!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Really like this place. Very accommodating. Great staff and food. Easy parking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Meal With a Few Faults
    blendedlibVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This was our first time at Pescatore. They took us to our table right away and we were immediately approached by our waiter. There were a good number of specials. The bread was not particularly good - especially for an italian restaurant. All the food was good and the service was fine. We were surprised to hear the bolognese dish had dairy in it (butter and milk). A bit on the pricey side for an italian restaurant (avg entrees 20-25 instead of 13-20) so we are wondering how it gets 2 dollar signs on open table. Worth a try. I'll probably return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Batting a 1000!
    Foodlover
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We have been to Pescatore about six times over the past couple of years. It is a go to place where we take friends and have never been disappointed. The servers are pleasant and helpful, don't rush you through dinner. Food presentation is appealing and delicious. We look forward to dining there again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    SSKG
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Pescatore is a wonderful restaurant located just outside the Philadelphia city limits and worth the trip. Chef Thomas's creations are amazing. Our favorites are the charred octopus and his famous ossa bucco. The staff is incredibly attentive and welcoming. We return every time we are in Ohiladelphia. You should too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MayerVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Great neighborhood restaurant, good food reasonable prices. A $25.00 "early bird" 3 course dinner is a real bargain. BYO. Very pleasant staff. The chef will prepare it to your liking !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodie
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Consistently good food with an appealing menu. The bronzino was excellent and the staff very friendly and helpful. If they could do something about the noise level .........
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Once Again Wonderful
    crackcrabVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    This BYOB is wonderfully delicious! We enjoyed the Caesar salad flatbread with seafood, just as abundant and wonderful as before. My man got the mixed ocean grill - he thought it was good, but the lobster needed some more flavor. I had the Butternut squash ravoli with scallops in a white wine sauce - delicious! The huge chocolate cake was so chocolaty, it satisfied our sweet craving. We drank our wine, conversed with the staff and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Our thanks to the chef and the staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lack Of Consistency
    GuestVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I have eaten at Pescatore several times and their lack of consistency is what prevents me from being able to recommend this restaurant. I ordered the Branzino special with crab meat. While the restaurant is not well lit it was almost impossible to see or find the crab meat. I asked to have the mashed potatoes replaced with a double order of vegetables. What came on the plate were over cooked, soggy asparagus on one side and over cooked beans on the other. Both were cold while the fish was tepid. Our seats were right near the kitchen so there is no excuse for this especially at this price point.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Terrific
    jojokligVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Consistently Terrific. Grilled octopus is particularly delicious! Make a reservation now!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorate Place
    Neighborhood1DinerVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Dinner at Pescatore's is never disappointing. We are not adventurous and usually get the same thing despite some of the very tantalizing specials and items on the menu. Always exceptional. We have brought our family to the restaurant for family special events. All of our guests rave about their meal. The owner's mother is very welcoming and hospitable. Frank, the manager, always makes you feel like you are a VIP. The wait staff and bussers are also very nice. We've had Giovanni a few times as our waiter and he is extremely good at his job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood BYOB
    mainlinedinerVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great neighborhood BYOB! Service was terrific as was the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Flowers13VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    My dinner was really good! I think the menu is a little pricey! The service was really good! The one complaint I have was when I called the restaurant to ask about credit cards I was told they accept them but rather have cash! I thought that was rude!!!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent
    PentimentoVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Five for dinner. Everything from the appetizer flatbread to the fish, sea bass and branzino; the meat, lamb shank and short ribs and the lobster pasta was beautifully prepared and delicious. Our guests were jealous that we had such a great local restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good place
    freddiemerion
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    This modest yet refined BYOB in the village of Bala in Bala Cynwyd offers excellent food and satisfactory, if not great, service. The menu is diverse and interesting, although the chef seems to think that adding crabmeat to a dish makes it more exotic and tasty, whereas in fact the dishes without the crabmeat would be wonderful, given his obvious capability with seasonings. It's gilding the lily. For instances, I had a branzino entree with crabmeat which was very good, but branzino has a special delicacy all of its own which is excellent just sautéed with lemon and pepper. The crabmeat masked the fish's delicate flavor more than it enhanced the dish. All this said, we will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • the best of the best
    bnissanVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The service selection and quality ,are second to none!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I wasn't blow away by the food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The appetizers were better than the entrees. I wasn't impressed with how they handled groups during Restaurant Week. They insisted that the entire table had to either order from the fixed-price menu or the regular menu. They didn't accomodate different choices - that seemed chintsy to me.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy Pescatore
    luvmenue
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    A wonderful neighborhood restaurant that is still noisy. Customers forget how to use their indoor voices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A nice experience
    JWag
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We chose this restaurant solely on their menu, so I had no doubt the food would be good. Better yet, the food was fabulous! The staff were all friendly and made our time there an enjoyable one. Extra bonus is it's BYOB so your bill won't sky rocket from ordering drinks. I'd definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • renee
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Nice comfortable place with very good food. Like it alot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Barbara
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food was great. We often patronize this restaurant. Portions seem to be getting smaller.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SSKG
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Outstanding is the best word to describe our dining experience. Best ossabussco ever! Grilled octopus was incredible too! Thomas is an amazing chef supported by a equally talented souschef, Anthony. Service was (and always is) wonderful - attentive, engaging and helpful when choosing from a full menu and evening specials. Dina and Giavanni are our favorites. Worth the trip out of Philly to find this gem of a BYOB in Bala Cynwyd!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • watch the bill
    bridgeguy
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We've been several times, and enjoy the restaurant. Yesterday we had a group of 6 and all enjoyed the food and the service. However, when the check came our official "check checker" noticed that her entree was $2 more than the menu price. Upon further examination several other entrees were also higher. The waitress was unaware of the issue. The manager took care of the problem, apologized and said that there was a glitch following the Labor Day changes. They raised their prices for Labor Day?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food
    pleasantevening
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My friends and I enjoyed our meal very much. The food was very good and the service friendly and helpful. The ambiance is pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pard
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The service and food were exceptional. We were celebrating a B-Day and all had had a great, fun evening. I would highly recommend this gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • enjoy this little place
    neighborhoodgem
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Intimate dining with nice food selection. Pastas were quite delicious and portions large. Very convenient to the main line neighborhoods who don't want to go into town...parking isn't good
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fish- Many Options
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My friend and I, for the second time, chose Bala Ave. for a food adventure. We both had appetizers: she- eggplant tower which she said was "very good". I- buratta stuffed with broccoli rabe and seasonal tomatoes which was creamy, beautiful, huge (I could only manage half) with very little flavor, almost overwhelming eye appeal. She ordered salmon with risotto which was not on the menu. The salmon of the day had sauce with shellfish. She made a good decision. It was very good. I had the bronzino in sauce. The fish had the skin. There was a large amount of fish covered in a large amount of white wine sauce and crab- too much fish, too much sauce, but tasty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistenly excellent
    hungryVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We have been here at least 6 times and it only gets better each time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant Surprise
    OpenTableGirl
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I had not been to Pescatore in awhile. The appetizer and entrée offerings were great. Service, food, and ambience were very good. There was a nice buzz for a Wednesday evening in the suburbs. My friend and I split their meatball appetizer that is a clear specialty of the kitchen. The nice size meatballs (2) were amazing, a beef, pork and veal combination. Salmon and branzino entrees were very nice. My friend accidentally left her cell phone and did not realize until she got back into the city. Since she was already back home and could not return that evening, our waiter offered to drop the phone at the desk of her apartment building at the end of his evening. That made for extremely gracious service and attention to customers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little disappointing
    FoodfanVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Maybe it was my bad choice of entree, but I left feeling disappointed in our evening out. My husband raved about his short ribs and ravioli but I didn't enjoy my pappardelle and lobster pasta dish at all. The lobster was a bit overcooked and therefore too chewy, and the pappardelle was drowning in red sauce. The prosciutto stuffed with crabmeat appetizer was interesting though, and the tiramisu was delicious. And of course, it is BYO!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We love Pescatore on Bala
    Luvphilly
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We love to eat at Pescatore on Bala. The food is always delicious and the service excellent. We always feel as if we are "at home" having a great Italian dinner. This is difficult to accomplish with real Italians! Lol. We are never disappointed!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great all around experience!
    bethysue
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We really enjoyed this restaurant. The food was excellent, not everyday fare. The ambiance was simple and understated but very comfortable. It was full on a Wednesday night! The service was great; the food came out in a timely manner and the servers themselves were very attentive without overdoing it. It's great to have this more sophisticated restaurant in our neighborhood, without having to go into the city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Scientistfoodie
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I have been to Pescatore several times and it never disappoint (well, except during restaurant week with the mass produced bland dishes, but don't them all? Argh). Anyways, the food was super fresh and delicious. Seafood is their specialty and for a reason. The grilled octopus was soft like butter, the Caesar salad had lots of crab (not the usual 3 strings), and the fish (we had flounder and the branzino) were both super tasty (with is one of my pet peeves when fish tastes like nothing). Prices are one the higher side; most main dishes are in the upper 20's, but it's a BYOB, so make sure to bring a red and a white so you can enjoy they whole gamma of flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shoshanna
    Shoshanna
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    A very nice byob with a delicious menu and presentation. Highly recommend for a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    DreamerVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I have dined here 3 times in the last month. Each time has been a wonderful dining experience. The menu is creative and the food is delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal in a great little spot
    PhillyMovieGoer
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Had dinner prior to heading out for an evening concert. Dinner was excellent and I think it is nice to bring my own bottle of wine. Atmosphere was cozy and the service was very good as well. We'll be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mangia Bene!
    luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Pescatore serves some of the best Italian food in the Philly suburbs. The crab and prosciutto appetizer was so outstanding that we tried to duplicate it at home (did not come close!). The Veal Pavarotti was a generous portion of chunks of veal in a delicious red sauce complete with cheese and veggies. The flatbread special, topped with lump crabmeat, was unique and so flavorful. Portion sizes of all courses are large, so we shared the Tartufo for dessert and topped off the meal with very well-made cappuccinos. Prices are reasonable, especially for the quality of the cooking and the portion sizes. And did I mention that Pescatore is a BYOB? Kudos to the chef. We can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    JShultz
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I took my wife for her birthday. She loves Italian food. The rustic Italian was fantastic and the service was top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.