A big improvement in food,
A big improvement in food, service, and management concerns for satisfaction.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
The fava bean ravioli appetizer
The fava bean ravioli appetizer was great. Steak was OK.
The cocktails could use some work. For me, they are too sweet and half-hearted. In this neighborhood, it's hard to find a good restaurant with a cocktail bar. Usually, either the food is really good and it's BYOB, or there are drinks, but the restaurant is otherwise ho-hum. If the drinks could improve, and the menu were tweaked, this place would kill.
The wait staff was very attentive and pleasant.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Happy we went
I saw some contrasting reviews on Open Table, but decided to try it anyway and I am so glad I did! The menu is lovely and the food does not disappoint. The service was impeccable - attentive, but not overly. It got a little noisy as the night progressed. With a little appropriately placed carpeting or soft art, they could probably do something to dampen the conversation noise. But the good news is people were having a great time. A little pricey, but not out of line for the rather expensive Main Line. We'll be back.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great looking dining room. Vibrant bar. And something for everyone on the menu. What a find!
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Don't believe all of the garbage
Don't believe all of the garbage you read about St. James. For some reason, the press decided to pile on. I have eaten here many times and have always enjoyed the food and the experience. Is it five-star dining? No, and it doesn't claim to be. But is it among the best available in the vast food wasteland known as the Main Line? Oh yes.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Second time dinning at The
Second time dinning at The Saint James. Very good food, service, and general overall experence. Highly recommend.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Better than I expected
Some of previous reviews were not very positive. However, we had a very positive experience. The Calamari and tuna tartare appetizers were delicious. My salmon was prepared as ordered, medium rare and ver moist. My guests had mushroom pasta and brisket. My only comment would be that the brisket dish might have been a bit larger considering the price.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went for brunch and were seated in the bar area. The room was bright and comfortable. We decided to get a selection of appetizers for the meal, including tuna tartare, pork belly "sandwich" and duck confit flatbread. All were tasty. The tuna was a bit mushy. The pork belly had layers of delicious flavor including a sweet root beer barbeque sauce. The duck confit flatbread was a wonderful comibination with carmelized onions. Overall, it was a nice dining experience. I'll be back.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were very happy with the St. James on 5/11/2013. However since it was a graduation celebration, i had called earlier that week to see if we could bring our own wine as mentioned on the website. The hostess said 'yes, but there would be a corkage fee. I said fine'. When we asked our waiter to open the bottles of wine, he said that they don't allow outside wines. I told him that i had called and it was ok. So my husband went to the hostess and asked again and she said 'it was fine to open'. However our waiter said 'no' that was wrong. We were quite disappointed since it was a special occasion! We would return ...food was delicious and ambiance was great!
Christine, Clinton ,NJ
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice addition to the neighborhood
I thought the food was good and the server quite attentive. I think this place gets a bad rap. I'm glad I tried it and will definitely go back.
5/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for brunch
Awesome bloody Mary's super spicy. Great food cute brunch spot for a family on a Sunday
5/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We booked the ST JAMES with no knowledge of the restaurant or even menu as none was available.We were pleasantly surprised - location is great with lots of parking, food was really good - great lobster roll, corn lobster bisque was amazing, and one in our party had a hardy breakfast. Everyone was very happy! Wait staff was very friendly and service was great. It was crowded so we anticipated slow service but not the case. Would definitely go again
5/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Finally GREAT food on Main Line
St. James was terrific! After reading the LeBan review, I wasn't sure what to expect. Boy was that guy wrong - must have had something against the place. I visited for lunch and had the brisket sandwich. Delicious! My guest had the burger and we split an order of the raviolis and flat bread pizza. Everything was excellent. The warm chocolate chip cookies were a wonderful way to top things off. I can't tell you how impressed I was with St. James. FINALLY - we have a place for good food on the Main Line. I will certainly be going back soon.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
All I can say is outstanding! Food and service were wonderful! Can't wait to go back.
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
I enjoyed my salmon dish so
I enjoyed my salmon dish so much that I ordered the Caesar salad too, which was also delicious! Service was gracious and generous. Lovely place, will definitely return!
5/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Great Rainy Night Dinner
A friend and I decided to head out for a dinner. We chose The Saint James and had a lovely evening. The food was delicious, especially the lobster role, well actually, the beet salad was also quite yummy.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice bar menu
Love going to St James. Food good, service good. Enjoyed the bar menu. Can have a nice plates for a good value.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good salads and shrimp
Very good salads and shrimp on ciabbata sandwich was excellent.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant in the past has taken some negative criticism. Some of it very justified. I've gone back a few times since and I feel each time has gotten progressively BETTER. I had a real nice sweet puréed corn soup with some lobster for app.,This was great. it could have been served for a soup at Thanksgiving! Had crispy popcorn shrimp on what I thought was endive wrap. A great mixture of flavors-almost had to order another portion as unexpectedly my wife started eating some of mine. My entree was the lobster roll. I would've liked the roll hotter on the inside decent portion of lobster. Great homemade cut fries. The wife had the kale salad followed with mushroom flatbread that both are still very tasty. New Brussels sprouts. Great
6/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous Lobster roll and more1
We had a terrific dinner at The Saint James, despite the rainy weather we needed a night out and we had a wonderful evening at The Saint James. The restaurant has great energy and the service was great, the wait staff knowledgeable and caring yet not pushy. The food was absolutely delicious. We had the tuna tartar which is served with excellent homemade crackers, lump crab meat appetizer (and it was a generous portion of fresh lump meat crab), the lobster roll was divine, perfectly served and plenty of fantastic fresh lobster, its one of the best ever and, the tuna nicoise was excellent and served properly.. We were filled up for sure yet we tried yummy desserts. An excellent night out and we will go back again...soon!
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice dinner out with the little one
Sometimes it can be challenging to find good places to eat that are appropriate to bring a toddler. The food was really good and they were very prepared and accomodating of our child. High chairs, a kids' menu and a real changing table (furniture...not just the plastic flip-down) made us comfortable and the staff were super helpful in finding the right wine, great dishes and looking out for our needs. There's outdoor seating, too, which can be a nice option with a little one. The corn soup was especially good.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
main line find
Second visit and liked the experience even more than the first dinner. Lobster roll had a good amount of very moist chunks of Lobster and my daughter's Salmon dish was very good. Crab flat bread was tasty and we ended our meal with a great dessert.
Our service was good and the manager was very interested in making sure that we were happy with the food and service. We will be back!
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had been to this restaurant
We had been to this restaurant for dinner about a month after it opened, and our experience, along with many others, was just horrific. However since then they have made many excellent changes to both service and food and I highly recommend this neighborhood gem for a second try.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food but way overpriced
Excellent food but way overpriced for what you get.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Kale salad was incredible-wastold at lunch they can add shrimp or chicken. Will definitely go back for that!
Scallops with risotto was also very good!!
Waiter was so efficient .
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is delicious and
The food is delicious and the service is good. Would definitely recommend.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely outdoor dining with a knowledgeable, mostly attentive staff. Superb cuisine.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
They have really upgraded
They have really upgraded since the bad reviews on opening. Food was great and the noise level is lower....We gave it a second chance and it was great.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food at a casual local spot
There were 3 in our party and all of us commented on the quiet, comfortable, upbeat setting of the St. James. The restaurant décor was lovely and the bar area was also very nice. We liked that the menu offered a good variety of dishes and delicious hot buns started our meal. We would highly recommend the wild salmon, hamburger and fries.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
new chef, new menu, new attitude.
new chef, new menu, new attitude. The Saint James deserves another visit so that people will be able to reevaluate the restaurant and enjoy the many changes that have taken place. We were a party of 6 and everyone was very pleased with the restaurant.
Our party enjoyed the beet salad, lobster spaghetti, chicken, brisket, tomato soup and scallops. Well located and easy access.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my first time at The Saint James. I took a friend to lunch after a recent tragedy in her life. We needed time and space to just talk. We had lots of space, as the restaurant was not crowded. The service was quick and friendly. The server did not hover. We both had the beet salad, and I was disappointed with the scarce amount of beets. But we were there to talk, not to eat. And it was nice to be able to do that without interruption.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our third visit and we( all four of us) enjoyed our experience at the St. James. Table outside was nice, as the weather was good for outdoor dining. Food and service were both good and we will be back . Good to have this restaurant in the neighborhood.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We are a family of five which included an eight year old and three year old.
We were seated at an ample table with plenty of wiggle room.
Decor was a great mix of stone wood glass fabric and light.
My girls are well behaved and I would not bring rowdy kids here. The ambiance is too nice!
Lunch was pretty tasty and not too salty.
The restaurant eminds me a bit of the White Dog in Wayne.
There was outdoor seating but we will try that another time.
Would definitely come back for a parents' date night.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was very tastefully
The food was very tastefully prepared, and the service was attentive.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed our meals. Food was great. Loved eating outside! Waitstaff was very personable.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great restaurant but TOO noisy.
Next time I'll do takeout. Loved the food but difficult for conversation .
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Nice Surprise
After having read some mediocre reviews, we were very pleasantly surprised by The Saint James. Service was attentive and thorough, food was very good, portions hearty and the pace of the meal just right. Glad to know that there is a nice, new neighborhood place that you can count on.
8/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Since the restaurant changed the chef, the attitude and now offers a more reasonably priced menu we eat there frequently.
Easy access, pleasant atmosphere and good service. Variety of menu.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good food and service
We had a nice meal Saturday night at St James. Food was very good and reasonably priced. Service was courteous and prompt. The only negative was the door slamming. The 2 doors are obviously very heavy and close so loudly that a vibration can be felt if seated near the windows (which we were). This was more than annoying.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
A serious upgrade for mall food
With an address that's a parking lot, and a location right in the middle of Suburban Square, it was hard to know what to expect. What we found was delightful and delicious. At a shaded table outdoors I had a rich, sweet corn soup, then a shrimp BLT. The bread on that was too greasy for me, but the filling was a nice twist and the accompanying salad was fresh and tangy. My husband ordered eggs with a side of home fries. The waitress should have told him that his order already came with the fries. Ooops.
We would definitely give it another try.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food as well as the service
The food as well as the service was very good. We ate dinner outside on a beautiful, sunny Wednesday evening in the middle of Suburban Square!
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was wonderful and the service was amazing. It is a great setting and convenient location. We were in a rush as it was a work day and they delivered great food quickly..it felt like a much loner and more relaxing dining experience than a mid-week work lunch.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was meet a friend in Ardmore & we almost didn't pick this place based on old reviews. I'm so glad we went! The food was really good, service was very attentive & the decor was beautiful (kinda like white dog's rustic chic). I will definitely go back there.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I have eaten at Saint James numerous times, but our meal this past Friday was the best yet! We love the addition of the cheese boards which came with an amazing lavender and truffle infused honey to accompany the cheese. My chilean sea bass was cooked beautifully and paired nicely with the black lentils. Overall, we enjoyed a great meal. While the service has been spotty in the past, we think it's come a long way. This is a great neighborhood place that definitely deserves a chance. We'll be back again soon!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for Sunday Brunch
We went to st. James for the first time this Sunday, it was excellent - lots of outdoor dining space and with perfect weather it was a perfect brunch day there. the service was prompt and friendly and the food, although not my most memorable meal, was fantastic. here was an excellent kids menu too which is a nice plus (my 16 month old loved it!). We enjoy going out for a nice meal with our daughter and it is nice to find restaurants that are so accommodating for kids. We will come back sometime again for dinner.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
get the crabcake appetizer
Dinner was generally very good, especially the appetizers (crabcakes were divine, as was the squash soup).
Steak frites, burger, and mussels were excellent.
the featured dish (penne, chicken, cherry tomatoes) was nothing special.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
After reading all the terrible reviews, I was a little reluctant to try the restaurant. However, everything, from the time we walked in could not have been better. Service was attentive. Our waiter could not have been more helpful and pacing of the meal was perfect. We enjoyed the cheese platter we had as a starter. The salads, both the Cobb and the beet salad were a little disappointing, but everything else we had was really good. The starters, both the octopus and the crab cakes were great. Only my husband had an entree and he declared his pork chop excellent. We shared one dessert which we all enjoyed.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
We'll be back
This was a girls night dinner and first visit St James. Had a great dinner. In a very welcoming environment. Also enjoyed the pumpkin panacotta - so seasonal. The staff seemed rushed but that worked for us since we had a lot to catch up on. This could have been difficult if we didn't have a lot of time for dinner. We will be back again, Would love to take advantage of outdoor seating sometime in Spring
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Now an Excellent Choice
We have tried Saint James twice since the arrival of the new chef - and it is like a new restaurant. Excellent service and food. We were thrilled to see the turnaround at this attractive place located in the heart of Suburban Square. You have to try the brussel sprouts - outstanding!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
2nd time, liked it...
Our first visit a few months back we absolutely loved-had the charcuterie and cheese, braised shirt rib and lobster roll. All phenomenal. Lobster roll wasn't on the menu this time - had mussels and crab cakes (and kids' pasta). Mussels ok not great crab cakes still great as were sides of Brussels sprouts. Really good spot but average mussels...
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM