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About Amani's BYOB

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.

105 E Lancaster Ave
Downingtown, PA 19335
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Continental, American

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Lancaster Avenue and Wallace Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(484) 237-8179

Website:
http://www.amanisbyob.com/

Catering:
Amani"s BYOB also offers full service catering, for both off premise and on premise events. From weddings, rehearsal dinners, baby and bridal showers, corporate luncheons, and everything in between, Amani's BYOB can provide a personalized menu for your specific needs. Please contact Jeanine Amann at amanisbyob@gmail.com for more information and party planning assistance.

Parking Details:
There is free street parking on Lancaster Avenue and Wallace Avenue, as well as free parking lots behind our restaurant. Even more additional parking lots are in close proximity on Lancaster Avenue.

Executive Chef:
Jonathan Amann

Private Party Facilities:
Reserve the entire restaurant for your party or event needs. Contact Jeanine Amann at amanisbyob@gmail.com for more information. .

Private Party Contact:
Jeanine Amann: (610) 316-0146

Additional:
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Special Events & Promotions:
Our Surf or Turf Menu is available every Monday at Amani's BYOB! Three courses for only $35. Please visit our website at www.amanisbyob.com to see the full menu. Our regular dinner menu is also available in addition to our Surf or Turf Menu.

Amani's BYOB Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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Seasonal (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Fun (11)
Authentic (10)
Cozy (10)
Great for Brunch (7)
Healthy (6)
Business Meals (5)
Organic (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2016

Great food, staff was excellent. Noise level was good

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2016

We had a reservation and were seated right on time. Unfortunately we were sat next to a larger party (of 6) who were very loud and obnoxious (we weren't the only ones who thought so either). Initially there were no options to change tables and eventually the other table left. The staff were very apologetic. While the restaurant was still loud, it was more manageable. More importantly, the food was amazing! There were great options and everything came out perfect. I would definitely go back, maybe during a more quiet week night though. And I would definitely recommend it as what really matters, the food, was very very good.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 1, 2016

Finally we were able to go to this restaurant. It has been the talk of many family and friends. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint. Th portions are very generous. the service is impeccable. And the food is fantastic. The menu is seasonal, so it does provide variety depending on what time of year you go. We highly recommend. This is a BYO and they also have mixers available if you bring hard liquor.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 1, 2016

Dinner was wonderful. We had the Tomato Bisque as an app, Lobster Ravioli and Braised Short Rib Bolognese for entrées and the chocolate tart for desert. Only complaint is I think there was more lobster/bigger chinks in the Ravioli last year but overall very good.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 1, 2016

Our waiter neglected to tell us that the special my date selected was spicy. She took about two bites and could not eat the remainder. I was going to order her a different entree (at my cost) but the waiter never came back to the table to check on us after he delivered our entrees. We tried to flag him down but he was too busy with other guests. When he did show up with the check I mentioned to him why she didn't finish her meal and his reply was, oh yeah, that's a spicy dish. This type of thing can ruin the whole dining experience.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Casual, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 27, 2016

Ultimately the food wasn't worth the price and dealing with the noise (two big groups). Servers were awesome! Maybe it was just an off night.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 24, 2016

We enjoyed our anniversary dinner at Amani's. We sat outdoors which was nice and quieter than inside where it can be noisy. Service was good, we really liked our appetizers and desert.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 24, 2016

The service was very good but overall very over priced place not to mention very loud atmosphere. Ordered the "jumbo" shrimp appetizer for $14 and we received 3 not so jumbo shrimp. My wife ordered the salmon which was good. I ordered the steak medium which came out rare, small and fatty. We came here a year ago and food was great but won't come back now.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2016

Always a wonderful meal at Amani's. Wacky weekend with guests coming and going and they were happy to accommodate several changes we needed to make to our reservation throughout the day. All of our guests enjoyed the menu and the evening in general.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2016

fabulous meal for my girlfriends birthday dinner.
I brought the vodka and they made her an very good martini. I love BYOB's as I had some nice wine to share with her.

Food was great! We had Tuna Tartar- good, grilled oysters- amazing!!! Would go back for that alone.
pork tenderloin and swordfish were specials and were creative and tasty!
bourbon-peach tart was delicious for dessert.
A+ meal- I'm glad I gave it another try as my last experience wasn't good but they really impressed!

Tags: Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Chef Amani is doing in Downingtown what no restaurant in West Chester is: gourmet dining. I would compare the food to the fare at Talulah's Garden, without the drive to Philly. Added bonus: it is byob!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Cozy restaurant in the heart of Pheonixville. The service was very friendly and efficient and knew their menu well. The food was delicious. The restaurant is BYOB, so plan appropriately.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2016

I dine here regularly. My experiences range from very good to outstanding. My last visit fell squarely into the outstanding end of the spectrum. Jonathan continues to make daring dishes that his kitchen pulls off flawlessly and delightfully. I can't wait to go back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2016

Best BYOB in Chester county

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2016

I've dined at Amani on several occasions and it is always at the top of my list for family and friends to show off the work of the chef/staff who use local ingredients and create delectable dishes without pretense. The staff are happy, welcoming, and just lovely to interact with--perfect balance of engagement and privacy from the serving staff. They all seem to enjoy being there---the attention to detail without pretense is refreshing. The food + experience make it one of our top choices. The noise level can be distracting if you want a completely quiet evening. Tables are spaced well-enough for privacy, but a bit noisy if you want 'intimate' setting.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 5, 2016

Food decent, but over priced and have had better meals at other BYOB for less

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 4, 2016

My husband and I met two of our friends for dinner. We sat outside on the little patio beside the restaurant. There are only a few tables outside and it was a pleasant summer evening. There isn't much ambience, but the delicious food made up for that.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 30, 2016

Our waiter, Rick, was wonderful. He answered all of our questions about the menu, and was very personable.
We would definitely recommend Amani.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Tapas, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 27, 2016

My husband and I celebrated our 12 wedding anniversary on Saturday. We had a lovely meal and wonderful service. I would absolutely recommend Amani's!

Tags: Romantic, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 27, 2016

A major disappointment in all areas. The service was inattentive. The gazpacho was good but nothing special. Every one of our fish entrees was severely overcooked. The tuna was ordered rare and came out medium. Another tuna. was ordered medium rare and came out medium well. The salmon was ordered medium to medium rare and came out well done and dry. The lemon merangue dessert was abominable. The shell was rock hard and it was all a soupy merangue with minimal lemon custard. I gave this restaurant two stars but I think I may have overrated it.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 26, 2016

The server was knowledgable and attentive. She put two tables together for us because our party of 4 was a little cramped. Everyone enjoyed their meals: sea bass, short ribs, and salmon. Amani's is one of our favorite places. Ask for a table outdoors when the weather is nice.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 26, 2016

This is a wonderful, local BYOB with excellent food.
They also accommodate my gluten free diet with great concern!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 24, 2016

Seemed to be short handed. Service was slow. We joked that normally at restaurants thy try to turn the tabl. We had to ask a few times for our check and then had to find our credit card which they forgot to return to us.

Food was good, just a longer experience than expected.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 20, 2016

My husband & I went for our anniversary. Our first time there but it won't be the last. The food was exceptional, local ingredients, fresh. We had appetizers, entree and dessert. Everything was outstanding. The wait staff were great. We would definitely recommend this wonderful restaurant.

Tags: Disabled Access, Authentic, Casual, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 18, 2016

Love the food at Amani... The ambiance is not great-food is, though!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 16, 2016

Great service and amazing food. Perfect date environment.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 13, 2016

Excellent food and service. Have been there 3 times in the past 3 months and have not been disappointed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 13, 2016

We love Amani's. The food is always excellent, the service is wonderful, and the atmosphere is pleasant and laid back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 12, 2016

Enjoyed dinners here many times. Tonight was less impressive. Restaurant was noisy; food was not as good as expected and

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 12, 2016

Always a lovely dining experience at Amani. The only complaint we ever have is that it is very noisy--the dining could really benefit from some kind of sound proofing .

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 10, 2016

Our server was fun and efficient. Sadly, on the warm night of our meal, one of the air conditioners was inoperable. Of course it couldn't be helped but it sure was hot!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 6, 2016

We had a great anniversary dinner at Amani's. I tried a few of the specials (gazpacho and swordfish), my husband had the salmon. We both enjoyed the duck flatbread. Dessert was great too! It's not a super quiet place, but we enjoyed it and the food was excellent.
Of course remember to BYO - they do offer mocktails that you can spike with your own spirits if you prefer cocktails to beer/wine.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 5, 2016

Always good food. Server was knowledgeable of the menu. Server seemed distracted and never attentive. However, the rest of the team ensured they checked back often. Lamb and seafood were great!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 3, 2016

First time dining there. Good menu choices and daily specials. Appetizers, soup and entrees were fresh and delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Amazing food and exceptional service. The restaurant is very cozy so it can get a bit loud during peak hours. Love the open kitchen!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 23, 2016

really loud inside, but sit outside and enjoy very good food

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 22, 2016

We went to Amani's to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We have always had excellent food and service. The Calimari appetizer was delicious. I loved the presentation of all the plates too. We had a spring salad which was split on two plates at our request, so we could share. I ordered salmon over quinoa. It was good but slightly under salted for my palate, and my husband felt the same about his short ribs. All in all it was a pleasant experience.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 16, 2016

Love this place!
Our only disappointment with last nights dinner was the tuna entree. Fish was tendon-y. Not a good cut. Calamari appetizer was great and so was beet salad. My scallops (special) was delicious.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 15, 2016

Food just ok, little high for not medioker food. Was recommended by a friend, little disappointed.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 14, 2016

Great service by friendly staff. The menu is always excellent and you can count on inspired specials, too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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