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Sola - Bryn Mawr
Sola - Bryn Mawr

Sola - Bryn Mawr Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://solabyob.com
  • Phone: (610) 526-0123
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Contemporary French
  • 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 WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Consistently excellent food & service at this pleasant BYOB on the Main Line."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Great food, great atmosphere. Always something really interesting on the menu. The seasonal salad is a big favorite, as is the duck"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We had a lovely dinner at Sola; it is a BYOB which is great."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "The specials with lobster and the salad and the soup and mussels, and desserts! An amazing place!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "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 "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We had a delicious dinner. The service was excellent."
    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."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We love everything about this place. It's the best in the area."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The staff is welcoming and attentive. The food is spectacular. BYOB. What more can I say. Just go there."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "You definitely need reservations! Small, cozy restaurant with excellent food and good-sized portions. BYOB, which is even better. Waiter/Waitresses were knowledgeable and friendly. Something for everyone on the menu. I would not recommend it for children, however (too gourmet for them), unless they have a separate children's menu."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My friends and I were warmly welcomed to Sola. The observant waiter opened the wines and made sure that everyone had refills when needed. He explained the specials and took our orders when we were ready. We had two people in our party with allergies, The server made suggestions for substitutions and the chef made sure everyone had a delicious dinner. The desserts were all made in-house, and I was served a sampling of their delicious sorbets in honor of my birthday. Everyone at the party agreed that Sola is a great restaurant."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "The food was excellent (especially the duck). They were patient with us when we stayed later than other patrons, encouraging us to take our time. It is a BYOB and, in consequence, a bit less expensive than its quality might suggest. The evening we were there it was quiet, conducive to conversation with friends in an informal and friendly atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "sola continues to be a great restaurant, the food is fantastic, the wait staff friendlier than most and it's a BYOB. what more could one ask?!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Sola is one of the best restaurants on the Main Line , and is a bargain as a BYOB"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Hubby and I enjoyed a delightful delicious dinner..We tried the .prix fixe; great service and we will certainly return..."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Consistent, high quality menu, presentation and food. Sola is one of the Main Line's finest."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal on Sunday night. Sola does a very nice job with their fish dishes. The wait staff was attentive. Noise level was low - even though there were two larger groups there"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I came into town to visit my college freshman and took four starving coeds to this lovely restaurant for a delicious meal. The owner, Brian, took great care of us, made fabulous recommendations from the menu, and his staff prepared a wonderful meal. All of the young ladies left raving about the food and personal attention we received. I definitely recommend the scallop appetizer. We had 5 different entrees; all were great. Thanks for a great evening!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The noise level in the restaurant ruined the overall experience for me and it was also uncomfortably warm inside. Once people started leaving later in the evening it was much more enjoyable. The food was very good , although my soup could have been hotter. Portion sizes were perfect and food nicely flavored."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "SOLA is back. The jerk is gone an new ownership has brought back this gem of a restaurant. Really nice people serving really good food. Back to being our favorite local BYO."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We were lucky to get a same day reservation and really enjoyed our meal, especially the seasonal salad and the duck."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Based on one recent review I was expecting great dining and so-so ambience. I was on the look-out for missing ceiling tiles and bare walls with holes from missing artwork as had been reported. In fact I did find great dining, but also pleasant ambience. No gaping holes in the ceiling and no holes in the walls either. While the decor is modest, the place is clean and neat and does not detract from the dining experience. If I were to offer a helpful criticism it would be that we felt a little cramped at our table for two. There's a fine line between providing comfortable dining and maximizing the earning potential of a finite space. In Sola's case they're just a wee bit too much on the profit side of the line for my preference."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Very good food and service. Will definitely return!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Consistent high quality food and service over the last 2 years, since Brian took over. We like the austere, distraction-free, interior. Sola is a great place to share your favorite bottle (BYOB) with good company, on weekdays, when it is not crowded and there's plenty of time to savor food and leisurely conversation. Keep in mind that it is not a Disneyland restaurant, it does not have glowing neons, waterfalls or chocolate fountains. Adjust your expectations accordingly and go to Sola with the clear intention of avoiding such nuisance. We have tried most of the sea and land items on the menu and have had them prepared to our personal preference and taste on every occasion. Sola is a keeper."
    Dined on 2/19/2014