Amani's BYOB

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Amani's BYOB focuses on providing a menu which incorporates the best local ingredients available each season, enabling the chef to utilize local farmers and promote local business. Amani's puts a twist on the traditional BYOB theme by offering a creative selection of mixers to be paired with the various spirits that our guests provide. Our chef, Jonathan Amann, has won the title of "Best Chef in Chester County" for the past three years.
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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brunch was perfection. Thank you.

S
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife thought the crab cakes were a little too salty but still tasty. My chicken was excellent. Good timing, nice server, reasonable prices. Love byob. This place can be a little cold so I hung my scarf over my chair and that helped. We like going here a couple times a year. Consistent.

LI
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great location to celebrate NYE with friends/family. Attentive service, and great food.

LF
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been out of the dining scene and were so grateful to spend New Years Eve, and our Anniversary, at Amani...we will be back and bringing friends!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

new year’s eve

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always a treat to see what John Amani is cooking up!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent service. It was a bit busy and loud for private conversation. The specials were outstanding although a little pricy. We’ll definitely be going back.

RJ
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been several times to Amani’s. The menu is appealing and all courses were well prepared. The service was impeccable.

L
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I return to Amani as often as possible as the specials are always amazing and there are still so many items on the menu for me to try. Right now on the menu do try the Chicken Confit Spring Rolls, Escargot, Butternut Squash Bisque and the Field Greens with Fig Balsamic Vinaigrette to start - now if you have room for mains the fresh fish of the day is always a winner and the Bolognese, Roasted Monk Fish Osso Bucco or Duck give you a great range of options - my husband continues to love the Lancaster Chicken Breast. Also, please leave room for dessert Chocolate Tart is worth the calories..and as always, just make a reservation to come back and continue to eat through the menu. Best Chef and team......

d
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Amani's is our neighborhood gem. Great service nestled in the heart in Downingtown. Make sure you ask for a table away from the door. The evening started off with grilled sourdough bruschetta. Strong grill taste which we loved, although not overpowering the other ingredients. Our main entrees were 50/50. The duck confit and grilled shrimp with butternut squash grits were amazing. The salmon and chicken breast were both quite sweet . The chicken was hardly touched. Vegetable sides were good. All and all and average meal. Not their best.

JK
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an outstanding meal! Took friends there over the holidays and they were extremely impressed. Keep doing what you're doing Amani's!

MM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Christmas Eve. A tradition we began three years ago and whole family loves it.

OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spent Christmas Eve here. Food was excellent as always with lots of different options and specials. Had calamari to start followed by a seared tuna steak and an Apple crostata for dessert. Staff are very friendly and helpful. The head chef/owner was also there waking the floor and helping serve. Overall a great experience!

D
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was wonderful as usual except their was a loud threesome near us - the girl of the threesome was very loud and her language left a lot to be desired. S... and f...ing being used. They were right by the hostess area and I can’t believe it wasn’t heard by the hostess and other help standing near by. I felt as though they should’ve addressed it with the party. Fortunately the threesome was at the end of their stay and after they left it was a peaceful wonderful dining experience. Lobster raviolis were amazing - best I’ve ever had!

E
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!
This tiny bistro is a treasure. My cod was perfectly moist, our friends had the duck and short ribs, also delicious. Everything was perfectly done. It was a very quiet night, service was prompt and attentive. This is a little restaurant and I would definitely consider it "fine dining" without the extravagant price. Don't forget to bring your wine!

S
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nothing special, there are better options in Chester County

GD
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! Nothing even close to mediocre. Always above and beyond!

JC
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Feast of the Seven Fishes tasting menu was awesome! Wonderful flavors, and superb service! Armani’s never disappoints!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our new favorite place. The unusual pairings of ingredients make for some taste delights. If you are a foodie, this is the place for you.

CC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Typically we love Amani’s but the past several times we’ve been there, we’ve been disappointed with the food. The items are very salty. We decided to give it a try the other night and when we walked in we saw our friends who just finished dining. They said their meals were so incredibly salty and that this was the last time they’d be coming back. My husband and I almost left but decided to give it another shot. Our friends recommended the soup which was excellent. And when we ordered an entrée we asked them not to add any additional salt. This seemed to help. I love that it’s a BYOB and I love to support local businesses, but I can’t get behind the salty dishes.

G
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was generally good. The pork Belly was excellent. 2 people ordered the steak and it was charcoal on the outside and a little past the medium rare that they reguested. The service was very good. They did seat us basically at he front door so it was a cold night and not all that comfortable. I had the monk fish and it was good but nothing spectacular.

PH
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal, one of our favorite places to dine.

GD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I have eaten at Amanis several times and it’s my choice in Downingtown for a nicer dinner out. The food was amazing and probably the best meal I have eaten at a restaurant in a long time. My girlfriend is a gluten free vegan and they always manage to make her something she truly enjoys which is not always easy! I would highly recommend Amanis to anyone looking for a great dinner. It has a City restaurant vibe to it in a small town which may not appeal to everyone but you won’t be disappointed.

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent!

PC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Got a little noisy. I was not overly crazy about the halibut I should have requested it be cooked just a little more. Texture was a little slimy for me. My husbands steak was quite fatty.

ME
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Selected the 10 year anniversary menu. Not sufficient amount of time in between courses and not up to their usual standards. One of our favorites but just not on this night.

T
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Excellent meal with unique menu choices. Portions were more than sufficient.

KT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Amani’s!! Perfect place to go on a date or with a friend. The staff and Chef really care about the guests. If you’re looking for a place with awesome people and delicious food, look no further.

NK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Food is good, however it is too loud and too crowded. Our table was at the door and when anyone opened it we got a blast of cold air. My coat was knocked off my chair at least 5 times. Waitress took 20 minutes to acknowledge us and gave me a difficult time when I wanted my dish with no goat cheese (allergic to it). Also my tea tasted like dishwater. I sent it back but it was still on the bill. Overall, not a good experience.

C
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent, flavorful food. Perhaps the best restaurant in the area along with Andiario.

L
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints - the food is fantastic. The flavors and dishes are works of art made with the freshest ingredients and unique combinations that make my mouth water just thinking about them.

LB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

The restaurant was full but very loud. Annoyingly loud. The menu looked terrific but the preparation was just ok. We were served a bad oyster and the crab cake was fishy.

PH
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food excellent, a bit loud for the evening.

PW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Amani's is our local Go To restaurant for friends and business. We had an overseas business partner and two people from the Midwest and we went to dinner / supper at 7:15 this Wednesday. Midweek is not too busy. We had Strip Steak, Pasta, Fish and the fish, Arctic Char was absolutely superb. Amani's crafts its food so you get a picture on the plate with the layout like a work of art. The deserts are memorable and to sum up, you get service exactly when needed and at a price that is going to be higher than a restaurant chain but worth every penny. Weekends are busier and noisier so for intimate Dining make it mid week. Happy to commend the entire establishment, crew, food and ambiance to you.

NC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the unique menu options and how incredibly delicious it always is.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places. The food was wonderful; I had field greens with mission figs and steel head trout with risotto. Fabulous.

D
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

"I love the relaxed feel of this restaurant – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. This is my second visit for lunch and it was outstanding. The BYOB is great. Food was delicious and the service perfect.

MJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Imaginative and delicious food, pleasant surroundings, ample parking

LD
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are never disappointed by Amani's and this latest visit was no exception. My mother and I enjoyed cocktails and appetizers and dessert and everything was delicious. The service was fantastic and the ambience was delightful.

JS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about our experience. Our food was fantastic. We were a bit over dressed due to the cooler temps and it was a bit too warm inside. Won’t make that mistake again.