Avalon Restaurant - West Chester

4.3
1855 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

About

Avalon Restaurant and Bar, located at 116 East Gay Street in historical West Chester, Pennsylvania is best known for its romantic ambiance and rustic Italian menu. We are a full service restaurant and bar decorated with European elements. Our accommodations go beyond the main dining area. If you enjoy dining al fresco, street cafe, lined with lush plants is perfect for you and your guests. Avalon also provides private dining rooms open most weekends for a more quiet and romantic experience and available during the week for private parties of up to 45 guests. Enjoy our Giro del Menu "Tour the Menu". A four course medium plate offering available daily $49.
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
3.8
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ShawnR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Reviewed on September 20, 2018
Overall5foodserviceambience

Easily the best restaurant in Chester County. The food is amazing, and the staff is very friendly and attentive to all of your needs. The owner came to our table to make sure our visit was a pleasurable one. A MUST for all foodies .... And the bar .... WOW.

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JenO
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Went to Bar Avalon with a friend for dinner. Took them an hour to serve our dinner (after receiving appetizers). We were not served until 9pm with a 7pm reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around, superb. The staff was attentive and always ready. The food was delectable. I advise the pizza with blue cheese and ribs as well as the truffle fries-
Yum! The cocktails were handcrafted magic. I will absolutely be visiting again and dining with my girlfriend. Just be sure that if you are lucky enough to get the couch table, you ensure there is not a party of drunken, bombastic middle aged women expecting the same table.

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vipFSH66
Naples
18 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Owner is onsite and keeps drinks and food service moving timely. Food is very good. Happy Hour pricing makes it very affordable.

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vipFranco
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Used to have such good food. Now it's McItalian. This is a shadow of its former self. What happened? I used to love the Menue di Giorno.

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vipMarkB
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Came for advertised crab and pasta. No bread or crab hammers/ crackers. No cucumber at bar for advertised cucumber drink. Disappointing.

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TriciaP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service, food, and atmosphere were great. However, the prices were quite high for the portions.

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JeffC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went with friends for a date night and had a great time. We highly recommend the Smoked Manhattan and we discovered it didn't matter what food we ordered; all of it tasted wonderful.

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vipCMDiner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2017
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Party of 9 for a birthday dinner. It took 30 minutes to get drinks, we had to ask to order apps, entrees started arriving 1 hour and 40 minutes after being seated but it took several minutes as they came out one or two at a time. We twice complained about service. Manager came over to table...after all food was finally delivered. Food was very good but I don't think we'll be back. Too many good restaurants in West Chester with good food and much better customer service.

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vipBuntz
Philadelphia
785 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great time at one of our West Chester favorites . Dined outside on warm evening and enjoyed everything from start to finish. Very good service from Daniel. Love Avalon.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2017
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Food was good but service was terrible. We were surprised actually because we've been there before!

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ValerieR
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2017
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Avalon is probabaly my favorite restaurant in downtown West Chester. We go every few months. This was our first AYCE blue crab night and it was great! $29 and comes with an antipasto board and crab fries. So yummy and fun!

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vipMadnes
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Appetizer and entrees were great, dessert not so great. Service was extremely slow with both the food coming out of the kitchen and drinks coming from the bar. Noise level really high, we had to lean in to hear each other speak. AC was up too high, had to ask them to turn it down.

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WestChester
Orlando
30 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice. Great risotto that you had to wait for, a good sign that it's real!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience for a group of 8. The staff went out of their way to accommodate us. Sat outside, had great service, delicious food and lots of laughs.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was great.... gluten free four course meal for my anniversary was the BEST!! Thanks for the manager who made accomodstions even for us to have a private table in the wine room so we could talk and enjoy celebrating away from the crowd!

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vipCDWJ
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We came to Avalon for the all you can eat crab special and the crabs were very tasty!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Mother's Day dinner, was a very great experience, food and service was exceptional as always!

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Djsgirl
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Took my mom for Mother's Day brunch... it took a while for food to arrive but that's the only complaint. Food was great

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ChristopherD
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Avalon is one of my family's go-to restaurants for special occasions. We were there for Mother's Day brunch. The food was good as always; however, service was slow - we didn't receive our main dishes until over an hour had passed, and even then, one of the orders was incorrect. It was a disappointing experience, but they still have a great track record.

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vipBuntz
Philadelphia
785 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful Mother'Day brunch for our family with great selections on the $35 prix fixe menu and nice drinks. Very enjoyable time in one of West Chester's best restaurants.

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David
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall1food2service1ambience1

This was one of the worst dining experiences I've had in quite some time. We went to Mother's Day brunch. They botched my son's order not once but twice and refused to fix it. While the waiter was quite nice, the food selection was subpar and ordinary, and the service was painfully slow. That would have been enough to never dine there again, but there's more. During the meal the chef launched into a profanity laced tirade at one of the staff members that the entire restaurant heard and leaving all of us speechless - the restaurant was filled with young families so this behavior was beyond inappropriate. I must say this was the second time dining at Avalon and while the first time was not quite as eventful, it was very disappointing. West Chester has many very good dining options; don't waste your time or money on this one.

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Michelle52
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place with great music and food!! Our waitress was very attentive and personable. The only negative is that we had to wait 20 minutes past our reservation time, only to be seated at a table that was vacant since we arrived. The hostess was trying to keep up with setting tables and sitting guests, she was extremely friendly and apologized for our wait. Overall though, everyone enjoyed their meal and the music.

Thank you

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AmandaP
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Service was slow. Our waiter did not pay attention to our table. We ended up with a complimentary appeitzer for the wait. Food was decent. Would not recommend this

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HatesMakingUpNicknames
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Been to Avalon numerous times and always had a great meal, but the service was abhorrent this time. In fact, at one point the entire room (6 tables) began openly talking to each other about how ridiculous it was, and how we all should have left a long time ago. The owner's wife was there and did little to improve the situation or compensate anyone for it, instead she chose to complain about how good help is hard to find with a "poor me" attitude. For 4 of us it was nearly $300 and took 3 hours for 2 courses (we only got apps and entrees). They offered us free dessert, we said we didn't have another 2 hours to waste. So sad when a good thing goes away.

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JanetR
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My friend and I enjoyed the Chef's Tasting Menu with Wine last week, a delayed Christmas gift. I have also had the Thursday night Wine Dinner here on a couples dinner - an exceptional value. Everything on menu has been tremendous. Dishes are artfully prepared and delicious. The portions on the tasting menu are plentiful but not so huge that you are uncomfortable at the end - just right. Keep in mind that for these tasting dinners, everyone at the table must be participating. If you choose to order off the menu, there's really nothing you can go wrong with here. This last time we were seated close to the bar, which is an attractive area but can be a bit noisy. But honestly, as busy WC restaurants go, it's not that loud. If noise bothers you, request the carpeted dining room.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I was there for a Birthday brunch. The only comment I think that is worth noting is that the band was just a bit too loud based on the amount of people in the place.

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JessicaD
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Overall we enjoyed Avalon. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was lively. But the service was way too slow. It took over 90 minutes to get our entrees. Eat here if not in a rush at all.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing. Will definitely be going back.

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mchu
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was very good. Hostess was nice and waiter was good. Drinks were fine but pricey!
First time for white pizza with brussel spouts.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was great. Had a 730 reservation got seated 30 min late and service was pretty slow. But would go back again because the food was great

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Terry
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Had to wait for table/-directed to bar. Others coming in seated first. Food great! Service great! Too noisy!

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vipBuntz
Philadelphia
785 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific Easter Brunch sitting outside in the casual "sofa" area and enjoying great food and bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys. We all had something different from the extensive 3 course selections and were all very happy. John and his staff did a fine job. One of West Chester's best.

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vipBrianK
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great spot for couples and groups. Good draft beer list, plus many other cocktails to choose from. The menu isn't extensive, but it still gave me pause before I could decide what I wanted. My wife and I started with fried calamari that was lightly fried and very tender. For her entree, my wife chose shrimp and gnocchi, which she loved. And I went a different route -- they have burgers on the menu. While the burger was cooked over what I asked, it was still very juicy and flavorful, and was served with delicious truffle fries. Unfortunately, we didn't have room for dessert (maybe next time).

The service was good. Only complaint was that it took about 10 minutes for them to ready a table after we arrived on time for our reservation. But they were friendly about it and kept us informed that they were working on it. Also, the bar was boisterous on our Friday night visit, which meant the restaurant was loud, too.

All in all, we plan to revisit.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Beautiful patio and delicious food!

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StevenJ
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had another excellent dinner at Avalon, we've eaten there several times and are always very pleased.

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vipduke22
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Avalon has a great menu with outstanding service. The entertainment at the bar was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was amazing! Can't wait to go back!

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vipbobbie
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening. Delicious food, great ambiance and great service. Definitely would recommend this local gem.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Great food, but always horrible service. It took 30 minutes for our drinks, an hour for appetizers and an hour and a half for our dinner. It wasn't even crowded.... No apologies or compensation. Again the food is great, but I've never had good service. It's quite disappointing.

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