If you love good food,
then you have to try this place! James Beard and Julia Child would have adored it. Every dish is imaginatively prepared with the best local and house-made ingredients (they smoke their own bacon and create their own ice creams). Service is caring and professional. Not only that, the bar and dining room, and private dining room are all beautifully decorated. Speaking of the bar, every customer at the bar was raving about their cocktails, all house specialties. (Never tried any so have to rely on their judgements.) All in all, an enchanted evening and good value.
5/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have had the pleasure of dining at Ellas many many times and have found every aspect of our experience delightful.
We highly recommend it to friends and look forward to many more exciting evenings with Ella's exceptional meals and friendly service.
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place! Have never
Love this place! Have never had a poor meal here. The food is fresh and well-prepared, and they are very acommodating to special requests, It's in a shopping center, but once you step inside you are transported to a very different place. Can't comment on the bar scene, but I noticed a long list of craft beers.
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great restaurant ... Creative
Great restaurant ... Creative menu .....
Excellent food and service.....nice decor
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best restaurant in the area!
We can't stop coming back to Ella's! Interesting and delicious menu, highly recommend this neighborhood gem.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely local gem
A bit pricey, but worth every penny. This little gem provides fresh local and unusual dishes. Nothing ordinary here! Loved our dining experience.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was delicious.
Our waitress was fantastic and very helpful with our menu suggestions.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great menu with everything
Great menu with everything from a gourmet cheeseburger to pate and braised veal. This was my second timing dining at Ella's. The first time a few years ago did not stand out, but this past Sunday night everything was excellent.
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a pleasure
The food was terrific and the service was great. We had a really nice evening.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
NIce upscale find
We were pleasantly surprised by Ella's. It was nicer than we expected. The linen tablecloths and napkins dressed the place up, as did the giant vase and floral arrangement in the main dining area. The waiter, Kyle - was wonderful and very prompt. The food was delicious- The seafood was fresh, and my husbands burger was huge! The presentation was tasteful. Very classy. The portions aren't HUGE.. but satisfying. It was a wonderful place for a date night with my hubby. We loved it!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the finest meals my husband and I have had. Flavor combinations are unique, yet not fussy. Asparagus with duck egg exceptional, as were the scallops. Lovely ambience, wonderful service and truly the best meal we've had out in a long time. Fabulous experience all around. We will go back and back!
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place. More than Casual.
The food and service was wonderful. Everyone at our table ordered something different and everything was amazing. It has a pleasantly unique menu. Will be back soon .
Great place if you just want to sit at the bar and have drinks/
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been to Ella's many times and it is always a nice dinning experience. My husband and I had the special tomato salad, it as delicious . The service was excellent.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, ok service, needs mgmt
Really really really good food. Loved it. But there was no music or background noise and they sat you right on top of each other with several seats available. Will certainly be back, but hopefully they can make a couple small changes to make this place an absolute gem.
7/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Outstanding, as Usual!
We enjoy having lunch at Ella's on a regular basis. The food is consistently excellent, and the menu always adds new delights, while maintaining the old favorites. Our server was attentive and cordial and the atmosphere was quiet, yet far from "stodgy." We are looking forward to our next visit.
7/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
third time here- always a
third time here- always a delight. Always interesting specials- hard to choose what to order.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
You can tell their food really does have quality to back it up. It isn't exactly cheap or for those on a budget, but it is nice and well-prepared.
7/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
This restaurant has it all. Excellent food, service, and decor. We have introduced several friends to Ella's and all were equally impressed.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pretty enough for romance
Yet casual enough for a burger. The martini was as ordered, and the burgers were great we loved our meal,
and have even had a private party here.... Which was not as good as expected.
I hope the owners keep a presence and remain on top of the vibes.
We've heard complaints, yet we didn't have any on this visit
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We just love this place!
Give it a try. You may have a difficulty deciding whether to choose from the regular menu or the extensive specials list. This is a good problem, and will keep you coming back. Bring a date, choose a bottle of wine to share, and relax. The excellent staff will take great care of you, as if you are in a well-run house, rather than interfacing with an industrial kitchen. Recent favorites: pan-seared halibut from the specials menu, the scallops from the regular menu. My guy loved the asparagus soup and the whole trout.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Was looking for a new restaurant to try near home and Ella's fit the bill. Great food, service and atmosphere make me want to return.......soon.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was interesting for what
Food was interesting for what would appear at first blush to be a staid Main Line establishment geared to the "horse" cwowd. A surprisingly diverse amount of choices for all tastes, albeit the food is a bit rich. Tables are nicely spaced which creates a comfortable ambience.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was outstanding. Other than our particular waiter, service staff appeared to be excellent.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The dinner was delicious.
The dinner was delicious. There were four of us and everyone enjoyed their meal.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great experience ......everything
Great experience ......everything was wonderful
Definetly will return
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ella's American Bistro is Fabulous!
But don't rely on their posted menu on the internet; it's good but incomplete. Every day they have specials that are varied and interesting. I had a pheasant pate for my appetizer and duck breast as an entree. The pate was outstanding and the duck was the best I've ever eaten.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We really enjoyed our dinner-I had the Lobster Risotto special and it was delicious. My husband had the pork tenderloin and he really enjoyed it. The decor is great and it is not too loud. Great bar!
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a great find!
Somehow, Ella's had slipped under our radar. As others have noted, their regular menu is fairly simple, but the list of specials is amazing! The weeknight we were there, the combined list of appetizer and entre specials included more than 15 items. I had fresh oysters and my wife had a very nice salad with tomatoes and watermelon. Both were excellent. My wife had the special pork chop - tender, juicy, and perfectly prepared; and I had the special rack of venison - again, perfectly cooked, not at all gamy, with a complementary reduction. Presentation was also excellent. Wine list includes a good price range, and a reasonable number of the usual suspects, as well as some not so well known. Highly recommended. We will return.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great local restaurant!
Great meal, ambience and staff. Would recommend it to everyone.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
My friends and I enjoyed our conversations as much as the service!
Our waitress was very friendly and on top with everyone's wishes!
Excellent food :))
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sorry we waited so long to try it!
We were led astray by the 'bistro' name - this is much more than the name indicates. Lovely decor, more formal than most area restaurants. Portions were generous, food tasted good and was well prepared. We'll certainly go back. BONUS - they have Plymouth gin!!
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our Favorite Restaurant
Ella's is our favorite restaurant! The food, service, and ambiance is consistently superior.
9/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Inventive without getting wierd
The "regular" menu is fine, but not exciting. The daily menu had dishes (razor clams?) and combinations of ingredients that were new to us and good enough that each dish passed the "Would you Order this Again?" test with flying colors. Often portions with such items are vanishingly small. Not so at Ella's where the assumption is that you will like what you order.
Go and try something you have never had before. You will like it.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
NY style dining in Philly 'burbs
Although the reviews were mixed it was one of the few places that could accomodate a group of 8 on what was a busy weekend in Philly with two conventions in town and parent weekend at Villanova. We were pleasantly surprised when we walked in - decor and ambience was better than expected, service was attentive but not intrusive and the food was outstanding- the 8 of us had 8 different entrees an each one was top notch. We were a fairly demanding group with 2 small kids one with allergies, two teenagers and in general fairly raucous. The server was patient , accomodating and kept track of all our needs with a smile throughout.
I would recommend this highly when you are in the area
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful evening ...
Celebrated a team success from Main Line Today magazine on Tuesday night at Ella's. We were warmly greeted and the were seated at the very cool "half moon" booth - perfect for our party of 7. Execution sparkled as appetizers quickly arrived and were followed with top notch entrees. Most got the scallops, and the two of us who ventured away from those delicious plates got the filet and the fluke special. Bother were amazing. The fluke was pair with artichokes that had a sweet wine reduction sauce. Very nice. Can't wait to return for another special evening.
9/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Ella's is wonderful!
We dine at Ella's frequently for lunch. Had dinner there for the first time this week. It was as wonderful as lunch.
Staff is attentive, friendly and most efficient.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for date night
Went for first time with my wife. Very nice atmosphere, delicious food, great service. Couldn't ask for anything more!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a wonderful time had
Always a wonderful time had at this warm, 'neighborhood gem' that delights with delicious fare, attentive and accomodating service. Love the ambience between an in town 'go to' place and relaxed suburban scene. Hints of local society and the horsey set lend sparkle and cache without pretension.
Venue decor stylish and sophisticated yet again without pretense. Comfortable chic at this 'American bistro'.
One of my Favorites ! Delights at all levels, whether for a special occasion, festive holiday celebration, e.g. New Year's, lively Friday or Saturday night dinner with friends or quiet Monday evening supper. Great for a date or dinner out with Mum.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice time close to home
The food was good and the service was friendly. the place was vibrant, plan ahead if you are going to dine here.
I recommend the chefs specials, the steak is also terrific.
I will be back.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The decor is lovely and sets the scene for consistently delicious meals.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
A very good Bistro on the mainline
When visiting my daughter in college it is often difficult to find a very good restaurant near by. Ella's hits the spot. If I wish to have a fine dining experience, the main dinning room is great. There are numerous daily specials. I have always had a very good meal. If I feel more casual, the bar is a perfect place for a burger and beer.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Neighborhood ambiance w/city flare
A true rarity to find great food and ambiance in the 'burbs, but Ella's is THAT place. We have been 3 times and it's now our local gem with always great food, updated menu items, solid ambiance and and great service to boot.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A grown-up restaurant for grown-ups
Terrific from the jump. Got a table by the window for two, and like last time - the specials jumped off the menu and called our names. All of our orders - including the "custom" cocktails were from their specials portion of the menu. We both sampled the heirloom beet salad with candied walnuts and they were the perfect way to start the meal. The rib-eye was an overly generous cut of goodness cooked to perfection. Always love it when a restaurant knows what medium means. (it doesn't mean RARE!) - The fish and chips made with the wild caught cod, and home made fries popped with freshness - and the fish was light (not greasy at all) with a very crisp coating. Service was top notch with the right amount of attention.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Ella's always delights. Attentive and welcoming staff; very good fare. It seems the lights were on high beam at our last visit which detracted from a more subtle quiet ambience. Otherwise, as always, one of our favorites. Do wish, though, they would bring back their signature 'Mac and Cheese'.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
A Great Find
I live just down the road, but it was my first visit this weekend. Gourmet food, great wine and professional, courteous service. Upscale bistro with a nice mature clientele. Not a place for children. Elegant atmosphere and warm, friendly servers make for a very enjoyable evening. Pleasantly surprised and will be a regular at this place.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Better than expected, but just ok
Nothing extraordinary here, except prices. Most things we had were pretty good, but nothing "wowed" us. Not quite sure what the restaurant is aiming for - bistro to me says "neighborhood eatery," but the prices and type of food here seem to be a bit fancy for that. I'd probably go to Avenue Kitchen (great food, great vibe, good prices) in Villanova before coming back here.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
the first time i had been
the first time i had been here and i will definitely be back!!!!!!
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
THis place is THE BEST in the area.
AMAZING food, great service, friendly owner. The menu is fantastic. I went with the chef selection and it was tasty. We had our kids there and the noise level was enough that we didn't feel like they were bothering anyone around us. The beer/wine list is average to good. But the main attraction is the food. Our second time there and it was the best meal we've had in long time both times. Keep up the good work and we'll keep coming.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Have visited a few times and
Have visited a few times and have always had a nice dining experience.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had lunch and loved it
Our first time at Ella's and we had a great lunch. The food was delicious, not your ordinary lunch selections. I had a pumpkin soup that was very good and the tarragon chicken salad which came with a side salad, also good. We ordered dessert as well, my sister got the raspberry cheesecake which was unlike any cheesecake I've seen, the presentation was amazing and it tasted delicious. I had a raspberry sorbet which tasted like a fresh raspberry. The service was attentive and the restaurant is beautiful inside. We will definitely come back to Ella's!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM