New Favorite Restuarant
Third time at Byrsa Bistro, everything is done very well from the salads to the bread to the entrees. The food is exceptionally good, prepared wonderfully. its now our favorite restaurant in the area.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Terrific Food, Best Staff Ever
I had such a nice meal at Byrsa Bistro with friends a few weeks back, that I decided to take my husband there for our anniversary. What a perfect choice! The fig flatbread and scallops were terrific and my husband really enjoyed his steamed mussels and paella. (I had the duck on my previous visit and enjoyed that thoroughly as well.)
The service could not have been better; my husband travels extensively and he commented that the service was the "best ever". We will be back for sure and definitely recommend to friends. I am just hoping the place doesn't get so popular that we have trouble getting a table!!! We ran into acquaintances at the restaurant who said it was their third visit in recent months!
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food here has been consistently
The food here has been consistently excellent (this is my 4th visit in the past 3 months).
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food, staff and atmosphere
Food, staff and atmosphere are great. We will dine again.
6/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
a hidden gem
This small restaurant, hidden away in Kennett Square, PA, is a delight! We took a 10 minute drive to the restaurant after a great afternoon at Longwood Gardens, and could not have been more pleased. They are prepared with ice buckets, glasses and other help with your BYOB wine, and the meal was delicious. The staff is amazing, and knows the menu, making them able to give good advice. I was reluctant to order the paella on a hot summer evening, but it was fantastic - not too much spice but great flavor, not too heavy and a great recommendation. Do yourself a favor and find this great spot!
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lots of charm
Bursa Bistro is a little spot tucked in down Kennett Square. The staff was great, helpful with ordering and attentive. The food was so good! My husband and I had the sample to start which was delicious. I recommend their parfait jar for dessert. It was our first time and we will definitely be back. It was cozy and fairly quiet when we went.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yummy in the Tummy!
Byrsa Bistro just gets better! There was a period where the food wasn't quite as good but I recall hearing there were some "chef" issues which clearly have been rectified. The menu changes and is creative & varied. The Branzino is to die for & salads r lovely. Food presentation is beautiful & generous. Suggestions: Hot bread consistently & perhaps a few more dessert options. If u like Mediterranean food --& even if you don't--you will be pleasantly surprised! Love BYOBs: keeps the price down & preserves the cozy more homey feel.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Restaurant in Chester County!!
Incredible find right in the heart of Kennett Square. A French/Mediterranean menu in a bistro setting that is reminiscent of isle de la cite. We discovered the bistro about a year ago and have made it a regular must do dining destination. The food is so fresh, it is prepared and presented beautifully. It is mildly spiced and very aromatic, each bite delights my senses so that I find myself making audible mmmm sounds as I enjoy the flavors and texture of the food. My favorite is the Toulouse Casoulette . The Mediterranean Sampler is a great way to start the meal with a nice portion for two people to share. The Bistro is byob, prices are moderate and the portions are hearty. The owner Ahmed is warm, welcoming and enthusiastic.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Once again very good
our 4th visit in 3 months, consistency is the hallmark here, everything is done well, other restaurants have better reputations in the area, but none have better food.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a dinner party of 8.Byrsa Bistro's staff was very friendly and gave us outstanding service. The Mediterranean foods, especially the Paella, were outstanding. The lamb servings were good but quite small. The desserts were excellent. The Baklava was among the best we'd even had.
6/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
this place is the Real Deal
When my beau and I were looking for a place open on a Sunday night and read the reviews for Byrsa, he said "That guy must've paid someone to write all of that!" We took a chance and booked a reservation. It did not disappoint-- and "that guy" deserves every celebratory review on here because Byrsa Bistro was a beautiful find right in the heart of Kennett. The owner himself, from Tunisia, tends to each table in this small, ambient Bistro. The menu represents the best of the Mediterranean region of cuisine, paella and lamb shank, grape leaves and hummus tapas and bright, savory fish dishes. All of the ingredients are fresh, many locally purveyed. I, and my food curmudgeon of a beau, left very happy and full. We will most certainly be back!
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mushroom Soup is the best
You must try the mushroom soup it was the best I ever had. We also had mushroom soup at Longwood Gardens 1906 fine dinning restaurant, while it was very good Byrsa Bristro was 100% better.,
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasty Mediterranean fare
We have dined here several times and always have had a good experience. The grilled octopus special appetizer was excellent - octopus cooked perfectly, not chewy at all, and the sauce was so amazing we were all dipping our bread in it when the octopus was gone. The baba ganoush is excellent! There are many great appetizers and small plates and colorful, creative salads, that sometimes we combine those for dinner. This time we tried entrees and all four of us loved what we got! Try this restaurant - you won't be disappointed!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our second visit to Byrsa
Our second visit to Byrsa reinforced our view that it is a nice addition to the Kennett / West Chester dining scene, with a true Mediterranean menu and vibe. Warm rolls arrived with a smooth summer squash concoction for dipping. We decided on the tasty fig and shredded duck flatbread, which we knew from past experience was plenty for two to share. Our entrees were a hearty, delicious paella and lovely scallops over risotto. We skipped dessert, but I did have their Turkish coffee to finish - very strong and flavorful. Service was prompt and very good. Byrsa will be giving Catherine's (and maybe even The Orchard) a run for their money, especially since they don't hit you with a corkage fee.
7/8/2013 5:00:00 PM
We visited Byrsa about a year ago and found it to be OK but not outstanding. We returned recently and all aspects have improved significantly. We mentioned this to the owner and he said he has changed both the kitchen and wait staff-much improved.
I had the mushroom soup which is unusual and extremely tasty. We both had one of the special fish entres and baklava for desert.
Remember it is BYOB. This could be my new favorite in Kennett.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
My daughter selected Byrsa as her favorite restaurant and we went there for her birthday. The food was spectucular. The flavors of every dish we tried were outstanding...perfectly cooked, perfectly seasoned. Even the iced tea was incredible! We even asked how they made it. I would highly recommend this restaurant. My one daughter is a vegetarian and there were many options for her. My husband said the chicken dish was the best entree he has ever eaten! Fabulous experience!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The dishes are unique and very well prepared with attention to the details. This restaurant has become a favorite when we are looking for a special meal. It is a gem!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
There were three of us dining and we each had a different meal. My lamb dish was delicious. All were excellent. The food was well prepared, nicely presented, and fresh. Service was excellent. This is a very pleasant and comfortable place. It has a cozy rustic European feel to it.
We have to go back to sample some of the other great menus choices!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just another reason to visit Kennett Square. Different menu but outstand food.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Finding a restaurant online is often risky, but lucked out with this one. Wife and I both enjoyed our meals (scallops and lamb respectively) and the owner's willingness to chat was appreciated. BYOB but so are many of the other restaurants in town. Will definitely be back to try the other menu items...so hard to decide.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
I will go back to this restaurant
I will go back to this restaurant again....I liked the food and ambience.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Byrsa Bistro - A Must Try!
Western Mediterranean cuisine, skillfully prepared and appealingly presented, and at a reasonable price. The owner/host and staff are welcoming and congenial. Exposed stone walls and wooden ceiling beams provide a rustic backdrop for a colorful, eclectic decor. Service is attentive, but unrushed, and lends to a delightfully relaxed atmosphere. A real treasure in the heart of Kennett Square.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fresh and Fabulous!
Had an excellent lunch here! Food was so fresh and flavorful. Lamb on baguette was perfectly spiced, salad with fig and duck and delicious grilled vegetable antipasto plate were wonderful. We had a vegan in our party, and the staff made him feel very welcome - they can adjust many of the menu items to suit. Desserts were also excellent; poached pear with marscapone & raspberries was delicious. They have regular & Turkish coffee prepared in traditional fashion. Portion sizes were perfect. Prices for lunch were very reasonable, especially considering the quality of the preparations. I wanted to try this place for lunch before trying the slightly more expensive dinner menu; can't wait to go back!.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great dining experience
My wife and I had a terrific dinner at Byrsa Bistro. The food was excellent, very flavorful and beautifully presented. Our waitress was very helpful and could not have been better. The owner stopped by to welcome us to his restaurant and later on the make sure everything was good. My wife told me she would love to have Byrsa as a local restaurant. Next time we are in the Chadds Ford area we will have dinner there again.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was good and the staff were very friendly. BYOB which makes it very affordable
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our dinner was delicious! Even the vegetarian at the table was happy. At our table we had the scallops, the lamb lollypops and the vegetarian offering. All diners were very pleased with their meals. We also ordered the sampler appetizer and one of the flatbreads, both were tasty. Compliments to the kitchen!
The one downfall of the evening was slow service after we sat down. Our table was not greeted for several minutes, as a BYOB we had bottles of wine that could have been opened for us, even if the server was running behind. We finally had to ask another server to make our server knew we were there. Ugh - otherwise a beautiful night out!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a find.
This was our first time to Byrsa and we loved it. The duck breast and scallops risotto were amazing, as was the baklava we shared for desert. Can't wait to go back to try more from their menu.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to go
A little restaurant with nice ambiance and quality food. Nice staff.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
loved the Meditteranean sampler.
1st time here. Well worth it. Great appetizers. Nice byob. Will definitely go again.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our third visit to
This was our third visit to Byrsa Bistro and it is becoming a favorite. I began with the delicious and creative fig flatbread (which provided lunch the next day) and then had the scallops risotto with crabmeat and a sauced of pureed green beans. My wife had the fig and pine nuts salad and perfectly done lamb chops (one of which provided lunch the next day). Had no room for dessert. We sat outside but lots of noisy motorcycles intruded on what was an otherwise great meal. Service was good, but not as attentive as it might have been, probably because we were outside.
8/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Loved the food and the owner could not be happier and kinder! What a gem in Kennett
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good freshly made food. Friendly
Good freshly made food. Friendly environment and overall very nice ambience.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've eaten at this restaurant a couple of times.
This last dinner was delicious. Everything was cooked to perfection. The only flaw was that the service was slow. It took an extremely long time to get our entres and there was only about six other people in the restaurant as it was a Sunday evening.
I would definitely recommend this restaurant, and I will definitely be going back.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hope to Visit Again
The atmosphere was warm and the owner, Ahmed, and his staff, were attentive and friendly. We shared stuffed grape leaves, served warm, that were delicious. My friend had the calamari which she enjoyed very much, and I a mushroom soup that was the best I've ever had. We each had salads that were good. The only faux pas Ahmed made was not to substitute a different cheese as I requested. We shared the Vegetarian Byrsa entree, which they split for us without having to ask. It was excellent - unusual cous cous and a variety of vegetables, each prepared perfectly. It isn't an extensive menu, but it offered a good variety of foods that were creatively and expertly prepared. Very vegetarian friendly. BYOB.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Spectacular service again. We both had paella this time and it was fantastic. Everything was fresh and perfectly cooked. Pear with marscapone filling was a perfect ending. Can't wait to go again.
10/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Our 8th trip within a year, food is consistently great, no problems with any aspect of the menu, quality is superior to other, more expensive and more pretentious restaurants in the Kennett Square/Chadd's Ford area.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small town gem
The Mediterranean menu selection had something for everyone. Our party of four had no disappointments with our lunch selections.
The food and service was excellent. The restaurant is small with a very relaxing atmosphere. I highly recommend it. We are looking forward to returning for dinner.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Friendly, relaxing and delicious
Warm welcome from the friendly owner and well prepared , delicious food. Well worth return visits. Particularly liked the salad with pear and the duck flatbread. Seafood was great too.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wonderful food + warm, friendly service = me going back. Trust me you will not be disappointed.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Outstanding food, service
Outstanding food, service and ambiance. If you haven't already, give it a try. On weekends parking across the street is free of charge in the parking garage.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our fourth time dining
This was our fourth time dining at Byrsa and it continues to serve very tasty, creative food. We started with the Moroccan Bastila (a meat pie with thin pastry crust) and had the salmon and scallops risotto as entrees. The salmon was a bit dry - I'll ask for medium rare the next time - but that was our only complaint in what was a very pleasant dining experience.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
The other couple and I had
The other couple and I had been there before, but brought my husband who loved it as much as we do!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, atmosphere and service
This place is not just a good find, it is a great find. We dine weekly at BYOB's in Chester County and we would rate as high as any. Ahmed is an excellent host, the best! The food is fantastic and we love the atmosphere. Do not hesitate to Byrsa Bistro, you will be glad you did!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous new find
I live about 15 minutes away and now wonder what took me so long to try this little gem. Innovative menu and I'm looking forward to returning to try even more.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice night out in Kennett Square
A delicious meal. Mushroom soup, paella and scallops on corn risotto were all excellent. Add BYOB to the mix and a great evening out. Service was attentive and knowledgable and not rushed. Highly recommend.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
what a meal
Everything we tried, there were four of us, was fantastic. From the appetizers to dessert and everything in between. Exciting use of spices, complex but not overdone.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
My fiancee and I had dinner and thoroughly enjoyed our whole meal. We had the Mediterranean sampler, Brazino fish, rib eye steak, and baklava. The grape leaves in the sampler were the best part of the whole meal. We definitely recommend the restaurant.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Why did I wait so long?
Byrsa has been open for 2 years and somehow I just got around to going - what a wasted 2 years! The food is comforting, high quality, simple yet delicious, and served with love. Service is slow due to from-scratch cooking but the ambiance and apps were so good we didn't even care. Reasonable prices, BYOB, and very friendly (if overwhelmed) staff on a recent very busy night.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was superb. The staff was great. The setting was pleasant and BYOB kept the cost reasonable for the quality of the dinner. I highly recommend!
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
My group of six all agreed that choosing Byrsa Bistro was an excellent choice. We were seated immediately upon arrival and were immediately attended to by the management and the wait staff. Foods were described accurately and enthusiastically and everyone in our party was pleased with their meal. We all had appetizers, soup or salad (special kudos to the incredible mushroom soup), a main course and desserts. We will definitely return to this fine restaurant.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM