Sola - Bryn Mawr
Sola - Bryn Mawr

Sola - Bryn Mawr

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://solabyob.com/
  • Phone: 6105260123
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Penn
  • Public Transit: Bryn Mawr R5 stop is about 1/4 mile away from the restaurant.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Catty-corner to the restaurant is a church & school with a large parking lot. The church is named "Mother of Good Counsel" Guests are permitted to park there while dining at Sola.
A word from Sola - Bryn Mawr
At Sola, our mission is to be regarded as an outstanding fine dining destination & a valued treasure of the Main Line & greater community.
We strive to serve contemporary cuisine in an intimate & pleasing room with the proper level of service (not too much, not too little). We want our guests to enjoy the window of time that they spend with us, savoring their food & wine & enjoying the company of their friends & family.
Our intent is to always remain a BYOB, knowing how important that is to many of our guests. Sola will provide a dynamic menu, driven by what is available fresh for the season. The expectation is that everyone will find a number of choices that appeal to their palate.
Our wish is that most of our guests will become regulars & will view us a spot they can enthusiastically recommend to their friends & can rely on when hosting visitors.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Sola - Bryn Mawr reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since April 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (56)neighborhood gem (55)special occasion (41)romantic (26)good for groups (6)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • foodiedudieVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We had a great summer meal at Sola...lovely version of a Caprese salad, with cherry tomatoes and arugula, soft shell crabs and monkfish with farro ( my favorite grain). Only complaint is both my and my friend's meals were a tad over-salted. Sola is one of the best restaurants on Main Line.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Everything from the table to the service to the food was exceptional .Gewat place will not wait as long to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing dinner
    Fracah
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I have dined at Sola on many occasions and had wonderful experiences. Last night I found the chef had a heavy hand with the salt. My appetizer of mussels in curried broth was flavorful but the mussels were small they were quite expensive ( $15 ) and too salty for my taste. My main course of hangar steak was similarly unsatisfying due to both the salt and pepper which actually left an unpleasant aftertaste and the toughness of the meat. The owner was helpful and asked if there was anything that they could do but my dining companion does not believe in sending food back so I did refuse assistance. I did inquire and subsequently learned that there was a new chef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special dinner with husband
    EuropeanFoodCritic
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Enjoyed the special items on the menu. Very nice ambience. BYOB means no sticker-shock for my husband when the bill came. I would highly recommend SoLa to my friends!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Dinner
    Mml19041VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was delicious and the service was excellent. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sola is dependably excellent.
    jsegelVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Never disappointed with a meal at Sola. If anything, the chef is getting better and more creative, all the time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yurt
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    as usual, sola was exceptional. just a well orchestrated meal- they always put all the parts together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sola Redux
    KentuckyVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We have been Sola enthusiasts for a long while but a few misses (food and service) in the past couple of years have dimmed our feelings about this white tablecloth BYOB. However, a recent visit indicates that the reasons for Sola's popularity and staying power are back. The Lobster special was excellent and the chocolate fondant superb. the wait time for entrees with only a few tables filled was a minor put-off but the service was attentive. Sola is back on our list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great flavors! The sweet potato puree was especially wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bryn Mawr star
    Cheeseplate
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great BYOB for a pleasant dinner a deux or with friends. Well-thought out menu, with good specials as well. A little more than a bistro but a little less expensive and fancy than an event place. Good value for money. We thoroughly enjoyed our selections and I particularly liked the cheese plate as an option for an appetizer or after the meal. Good selection of cheeses.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Daphne
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    5 star food and wonderful, attentive service. Will be back again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great...
    antldistef
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My wife and I went to Sola to celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary. We had a great meal and couldn't be happier with the friendliness and rapport of the staff. The place is small, so it definitely would be tough for a large group, but that is part of the reason we really like having dinner at Sola.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    FoodE
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We came here for a birthday celebration and I have to say we basically licked our plates at the end. The short rib was extremely juicy and tender. We also ordered the cheese plate and I was very impressed with not only the quality but the variety they chose to serve which whet my pallet just right. I will definitely go back to Sola and tell all my friends about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hidden gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Sola is an unpresuming quiet restaurant with little fanfare. The food was outstanding and the service was very personal and prompt. No doubt we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    NerakVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Great food however a little bit expensive for the location. Apps, dinner and dessert were all excellent. Service was very well done as well. Location in an older building is a contrast to the quality of the food. Street parking was easy during the middle of the week on a summer night when the restaurant only had two or three tables taken, however I'm sure that it can be a challenge when the place is busy.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic is underrated.
    JohnGeorges
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Crawfish angel hair pasta was bursting with flavor . Hanger steak was simply perfect , very tasty charbroiled crispy on the outside and rare on the inside, beautifully sliced on top of thin cut roast beets. The sauce can't quite remember what is was but I remember being pleasantly surprised as I thought is may be bland....it was not. Think we are going back tonight! I feel this restaurant is not recognized as much as it should be for the quiet elegance of it's food. It's not "sexy" just really really delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sola is Special!
    Slowfoodjack
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Excellent, creative dishes beautifully plated. Warm welcome and service from the very hands-on owner. Lovely to find a superior BYOB on the Main Line that offers up city quality food at reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious and delightful
    mainlinemomfoodie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We went to Sola for the first time last weekend. We loved that it was a BYO and close to our home. The food was so good and well presented, except for the appetizers. They were a bit skimpy and a bit overpriced. We had the caesar(arugula sale with caesar dressing ) and it was nothing special. The main courses were superb. Everyone in our party had a different fish dish and we all loved it. Service was great too. We will definitely head back a give the appetizers another try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sola is worth a detour
    herbengVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Consistently excellent food & service at this pleasant BYOB on the Main Line.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yums up!
    noreasonneeded
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Been a few times. Everything has been good or very good and a few dishes have been exceptional. The foie was so tasty, one of us ordered it as an app, than again for entrée (double portion). The veal chops special was indeed. Other gems included the Caesar salad, shortrib, chocolate gateau and fried apple pie. The service could not have been better or more accommodating. My friend, in town from Austin was so ecstatic she almost cried when we left.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recent Dinner
    mlmom
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    At this small BYOB restaurant, the room was rather cramped-tight spaces between tables. Ordered halibut, which came with a nice brown crust but was ice cold in the center of the thick piece of fish. The thai-inspired sauce was nice, but scant. They were nicely comped us a dessert because of the fish, which was a nice creme brulee. I would try it again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a feast!
    kaji
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Thoughtfully prepared food, elegantly served, in an atmosphere which is conducive to conversation because of the attention paid to acoustics. The menu was varied and creative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great food, great atmosphere. Always something really interesting on the menu. The seasonal salad is a big favorite, as is the duck
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at Sola
    TheQuietManVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We've been at Sola several times and have never been disappointed, and never rated below "Outstanding". But this time there was an accident in the kitchen which caused our 2 course meal to take well over 2.5 hours. There were lots of apologies, but some extras (appetizers, desserts, ...) would have kept us going, especially since the portions are so small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A BYOB with great food and service.
    DaveandEv
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    We had not been to Sola in a couple years. The new owner (Brian) has really made a difference. We had a wonderful dinner, great service, and love that it is a BYOB. Now that they are open 7 nights a week, we will make dinner at Sola a frequent event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Perfect Evening!
    JCPreston
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    I wanted a smaller venue, outstanding food and wonderful service. Sola is all this and more. They could not have been more accommodating with special requests, resulting in a lovely and very special birthday dinner. The scallop appetizer with white beans, english peas and chorizo was excellent and a perfect portion size. My Goddaughter didn't leave anything on her plate of grilled Salmon. I was in heaven with a delicious blend of onions & roasted peppers accompaning a melt in your mouth Braised Short Rib and assorted roasted potatoes. Desserts, yes we had those as well~it was a birthday, after all! :) We ordered a trio of sorbets & the cheesecake. Both were delicious, creamy & addictive, we may have finished them all. Thank you, Sola!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Sola Dinner
    BTGirlVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We had a lovely dinner at Sola; it is a BYOB which is great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    redwinetodine
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Three long time friends dined for a birthday celebration. It was wonderful. The staff was attentive. The food was excellent. We ordered 3 different things all to share. All equally good and would be ordered again. It was a great choice in regard to the food and location. Had no problem polishing off that chocolate dessert that they wrote happy birthday across the plate. A nice touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    NewZagats2VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The specials with lobster and the salad and the soup and mussels, and desserts! An amazing place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lauren
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    My husband and I have had dinner there several times for special occasions and always leave very happy. The owner is very friendly and eager to satisfy his customers. This last dinner we enjoyed the seared scallop appetizer and blue cheese salad- both were delicious. We also both loved our entrees- the steak au poivre special and braised short ribs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sola is an oasis
    janpanVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Sola is a very lovely place with only 14 tables and superb personalized service and sumptious food. Go there with your favorite wine in Hand and enjoy a lovely Evening
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 51 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 635 reviews are from the Sola - Bryn Mawr reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The cod was disappointing - overcooked, tough and tasteless; the chorizo was dry and hard; the mild curry broth was too thin and watery. Butterfish was good. Pea soup was pretty but tasteless. Seasonal salad good. Scallop appetizer excellent. Ice cream/sorbet excellent. Service intrusive with partner a little needy for affirmation - repeatedly stopping by our table to interrupt to ask how everything was. Otherwise service was fine. I would not recommend this restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Felt like a regular
    McWino
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    White Tablecloths, small room, we were alone and also felt like we were surrounded by Friends. Brian and staff made sure the experience was top notch. The food was outstanding. Scallops, Cheese Plate, Salmon and Rack of Lamb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The food and service after we were seated were both great. The only criticism of the night was that because we arrived about 10 minutes early relative to our reservation, we were told that we'd be seated at the actual time of our reservation. However we were not seated until 15 minutes after the time of the reservation which made the total wait 25 minutes. Small detail but both the food and service were excellent otherwise. We also love that it's a BYOB.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a delicious dinner.
    Mml19041VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We had a delicious dinner. The service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not our best trip there
    Tony
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We were sat in a very dark corner near the crockery cupboard and the waiters kept knocking past the back of my chair. I ordered the Skate Cheaks as an appertiser. Always good to try something new but these were very dissapointing. Mushy, without texture and no flavour at all. The entres took quite a while to come out too. This was due to a mix up in the kitchen apparently, which can happen to anyone. Just a shame that it happened in conjunction with all of the above. The Lamb Shanks were great though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    Frank
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    My wife and I were looking for someplace new that we hadn't tried before. We decided on Sola and were rewarded with an amazing meal and great service. I had the lamb shank which was delicious and my bride had the Hawaiian Butterfish. Both meals were great. We will definitely be back. Make a reservation, you will definitely need it. The dining room was packed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good meal, enjoyable evening
    Jane
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    We often go to SOLA on special occasions--birthdays and such. We like the menu and we love the quiet, unrushed, friendly but not pushy feel of the place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Shoreguido
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    This was my second time dining at Sola having had an excellent meal about 1 year ago. This time, I found the food less interesting and less flavorful. My girlfriend for an appetizer had the spring salad which was fresh, crispy, but not particularly noteworthy. I had the pickled beet and goat cheese salad which was probably the best part of my meal. For our entrees, she had the pork tenderloin with mustard sauce which was juicy, spicy but not overly so, and tender. I had arctic char (a special of the day) which was very uninteresting. This was prepared well but had very little flavor. For $30, I expected to be a little more impressed.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We love everything about this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    We love everything about this place. It's the best in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.