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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LB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
60 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Philadelphia
2 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.

AR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, appropriately priced! Wish the dining area was bigger. It's a little tight but not a big deal.

DG
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The butternut squash bisque was slightly bitter but offset with the sweetness and smoothness of the cinnamon marscapone cheese.

The Pork Belly and Grilled Oysters were both very nicely done appetizers. The gochujang and micro greens really set the pork belly off and the parmesan on the grilled oysters was decadent. Just add a hint of squeezed lemon juice to add a touch of acid to balance the richness.

The braised short rib bolognese pasta was very good and the portion was quite generous. Meaty and creamy with tons of umami to satisfy.

The open kitchen is fantastic and the wait staff was extremely attentive.

JS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Menu is always exciting. Food delicious. And service very accommodating.

ME
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had the 5 course pumpkin tasting menu. Amani’s never disappoints. Can’t wait for the next special tasting menu event.

LD
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and great service. Highly recommend.

t
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Outstanding service, friendly and attentive. My smokes tomatoes to appetizer had great complexity and balance. Delicious. My partner's entree was superb. my shrimp and pasta entree was very well prepared but not quite as flavorful as I had hoped. The shrimp were very tasty very fresh. Not the very best meal we've ever had their but still very good.

OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was on point. Loved the crab cakes so much. We will definitely be back. Thx for the awesome experience 😎

RC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I wish this place was closer. We were out in that area for something else and I looked for a nice BYO for birthday dinner...kill two birds with one stone. My search landed on Amani's. The menu on line looked very good and my wife and I decided to try it. Simply excellent from start to finish. I had the Bibb Salad to start. Not something I would normally order with some of the ingredients, but I took a chance. It was excellent. So many flavors that all worked together. My wife had the Baby Arugula salad and she was equally impressed. For entrees I had the menu steak and my wife had the crab cakes. My steak was cooked exactly as I asked and was outstanding. The char on the outside was perfect. I am not one who normally eats grits and cooked carrots are definitely not my thing, but I must say I cleaned my plate. If a person will gobble up things they normally don't eat, then that speaks to the flavor and preparation of the dish. The cabernet demi glaze tied it all together amazingly well. My wife offered me a bit of her crab cake and it was also amazingly tasty. She made short work of her plate as well. For dessert I had the apple crostata. I was prepared to be disappointed since often times I've found desserts to be a weak spot when meals start off so promising. Not to worry, it was fantastic. An entire meal that is excellent from beginning to end is a difficult thing to find. We've found it at Amani's. That it is also a BYOB is icing on the cake. I only wish it was not as far from home as it is. However, I have a feeling we will make the trip again regardless.

JJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. It was the perfect atmosphere to celebrate an anniversary! We will be back soon!

LM
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I have been there before but this time just didn't like the food.
Seems like alot of the same ingredients run through the menu and if you don't like something you limits your choices. Example goat cheese, grainy mustard etc.

Just wasn't my favorite menu.

D
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience3

This was the first or second night of his new menu and I think there were a lot of problems with the execution of it. My friend ordered her strip steak well done and I ordered mine medium well. They both came out like charcoal briquettes. In all fairness they did make me a new one which was still over done but not as badly as the first one. I love the restaurant and will go back again. I will chalk this up to everyone in the kitchen not being proficient with the new menu.

C
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience1

Food and service were wonderful ...the décor needs updated ...picket fence and dried flowers on the walls just doesn't match the quality of the food.

PR
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amani's never disappoints. The seasonal menu is both interesting, always evolving, so you never feel like you have the same options over and over. The service is very attentive and the waitstaff is exceptional at offering suggestions as well as pairings. The escargot appetizer was outstanding as well as the lamb chop special. Amani's is our go to spot for a nice date night away from the kids. If you go, I assure you will not be disappointed by this BYOB hidden gem in quaint Downingtown.

OT
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from start to finish is outstanding! Amani’s may very well be the best restaurant in Chester County. They are farm to table and every aspect of their food is just wonderful. They are on par with the restaurants in Philadelphia without having to travel to the city. Their menus change seasonally and their specials change weekly. We love their craft and look forward to dining there again.

JP
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Amani’s is ALWAYS very good. The Lobster Sheppard’s Pie is scrumptious. Interesting varied menu. Never disappoints.

C
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Not a bad restaurant but definitely not the best in Chester County, as is advertised. Two of us had fish dishes, which were good but nothing special. My partner had a special chicken and pasta dish, which looked nothing like the description. The flavor was okay but the chicken was hard to find - apparently there were small pieces in there somewhere swimming in the sea of sauce and soft pasta. I had heard so many good things so I was anxious to try it and hoped for a special meal on my birthday, but I guess my expectations were too high.

T
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Amani's always has really great food. We started with the local cheese tray which as very good. I then had the charred octopus and halibut for dinner with my wife having a nice salad and the Caribbean shrimp. The octopus, halibut and shrimp all had too much going on, too many ingredients that overpowered the main ingredient. They were all good but they could have been great with less complexity. The peach dessert was awesome. We will definitely be back but I hope the chef takes to heart my feedback.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience1

The food was absolutely fabulous by the noise level was painful! Will not return.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Wasn’t our best visit, but it won’t stop us from coming back.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit in two weeks. This is a great choice for foodies, as the combinations are fabulous and innovative. The variety of unusual vegetables such as ramps make for something special. I like watching the three chefs prepare the food right in front of you. The ability to bring your own beverage assures a great experience.

M
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

This is "our" place, so we go there fore all big occasions. Always love going back!

LU
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our second dining experience at Amani’s. What a sweet place! Great attentive and informative service and all four of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Docked only one star for the noise level....it’s a small venue and when it’s full of happy diners it can be pretty loud. Do yourself a favor and go on an off night..., but do go, as you’ll be glad you did.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed another special evening with excellent service and wonderful food! They always make us feel special!

MP
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Perfectly cooked food served impeccably. My dinner companion loved the lobster shepherds pie even though it was not served exactly like a traditional pie, and I loved my perfectly cooked steak. Noise level is the only down side but I hear Sundays and midweek are less busy and therefore less noisy. We will be back for sure.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

As before, Amani’s food is terrific, beautifully presented, and the portions quite generous. Get the shrimp/scallions appetizer - outstanding! Service is attentive without being suffocating. Plus we love that it’s BYOB, which really keeps the price down. My only negative is that the room is extremely noisy. Add to that the open kitchen area, with dishes, pots, and pans rattling, and the noise level at times was actually jarring. But...that won’t keep us away, we’ll be back!

FD
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I are both vegetarian, however we go to Amani’s because their chefs always create something delicious for us as vegetarians. Beyond the manner in which we are treated by the chefs the wait staff the hosts and all the employees in general provide a positive atmosphere .

8
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Server gave great recommendations.

RS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I keep returning solo or with friends. I've never experienced a disappointment.

DS
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always, well prepared and cooked to perfection. Best choice.

f
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit for us. If you’re looking for an extra special dining experience, food with style and unique flavor Amani’s is your go to. We will most certainly consider dining at Amani’s again.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always love coming here. The last time I was here the cheese plate blew us away and during this visit it was still delicious just not as amazing as our previous visits. The lobster pot pie was amazing!!