Black Lab Bistro

4.6
709 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Welcome to Black Lab Bistro. We trust healthy food make happy life. Our mission is to provide a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. It is a perfect destination for you to spend the time with the boss, getting together with old friends or date night with that special someone. We have 3-course prix-fixe for $25, Serving from Sunday to Thursday. Our menu items including braised beef short ribs, lump crab cakes, duck and scallops are must haves. Diners are invited to bring their own wine, beer or champagne.

We are a BYOB restaurant! If you have any questions, please call us anytime during our hours of operation.
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Still
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been going to the bistro for years but it’s the first time since the pandemic. The food is still great. Service was pleasant and its just a nice place to eat. We’ll be going back!

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ValerieS
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I had a stir fry dish with shrimp and scallops. I thought this was the healthiest item in the menu. Most items came with mashed potatoes . I would prefer green vegetables.

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JenS
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Polite staff, accommodating, great food. Perfect for a special night out or a meal with the family.

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HungryMan
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent crab cakes and a really nice dining experience

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vipTonyg
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

My wife an I have been going to Black Lab Bistro for years. We both ordered the crab cakes that are the best around. We also saved room for carrot cake at the end.

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KathleenM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local BYOB with consistently good food. It can be a little on the noisy side depending on how loud the patrons are on a specific night—some people seem to feel like the entire restaurant needs to hear what they have to say:)

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MRCII
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is awesome. The food presentation is exactly how it is on their website’s menu. Please don’t forget that it is BYOB. If you do, there are plenty establishments nearby that you can buy alcohol for your meal at the Black Lab Bistro. Will go there again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Shared a salad - it was minuscule, maybe 2 mouthfuls per person.
Hamburger and fries were great!

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vipSandraK
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

James was great!! Very attentive and efficient even though it was busy he was always around.
Outdoor dining very nice and fun!!
Delicious food!! A++

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vipReviewer000
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Great food. Service was poor and food took forever. Very loud inside. Reservations must state (write-in) outdoor if you want to sit outside. Also, BYOB. Had no idea..

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BBHappy
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Only one waiter for many tables. Main entree took a long

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Foodie2
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to eat in Phoenixville. We had fabulous meals - highly recommend the salmon and braised short ribs. One of the best in the area. It was our first trip back to this restaurant since the end of 2019. It was good to see their food quality has not changed due to the pandemic. If you are looking for a nice restaurant with reasonable prices, we highly recommend Black Lab.

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Anthony
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to Black Lab for years and they continue to be our favored place to eat along Bridge in Phoenixville, PA.

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vipgeoffhaim
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were seated immediately on arrival. We ordered the calamari which was lightly breaded and cooked to perfection.

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grexis
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

First time here with friends. Had a reservation. The service was good, although they only had a couple of servers, maybe because of the entire pandemic restaurant problem. The server did well though. Had the calamari appetizer and it was good. Had the crabcakes entree. Mashed potatoes were ok, could have used more butter or something else to kick it up a notch. Crabcakes were very good, lump crabmeat with little filler. I would recommend a visit.

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TMD9015
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although I've eaten dinner many times at the Black Lab, this was my first time meeting a friend for brunch and it was delicious! I had the crab cake benedict and she had the blue berry pancakes. Both entrees were well-portioned and nicely presented. We sat outside on a beautiful, quiet Sunday and the tables were appropriately spaced apart. Service is always friendly and efficient. Recommend always.

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vipcoachemg
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Average at best. Brussel sprouts appetizer was bland and lacked much thought. Duck confit spring rolls were mushy. I had the duck breast and scallops for an entree...the scallops were perfect but the duck was chewy and were flavor less.

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vipSandraK
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining on a beautiful evening. Great server, he was busy but very attentive!
Great food and desserts!!

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FoodLover
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great dining experience at Black Lab, but their brunch is definitely my favorite. The zucchini bread alone keeps me coming back every time.

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vipKly1202
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our meals! Great service! Highly recommend.

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WilliamS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and service was timely. Staff was very friendly and attentive.

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vipTerriW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience; and we can count on having a delicious meal from start to finish at The Black Lab.

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BenH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I never expected to see Duck Breast and Scallops on the same plate, but they were both delicious.

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JohnG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

great food. service was good. The waitress could have used some help

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vipJerry
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice place to have dinner with friends. Recently I had the salmon with wasabi and it was excellent. BYOB is nice as you can bring your favorite wine.

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JimS
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love BYOBs. The food was very good and a very nice presentation.

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DennisS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Still very very poor acoustics even with social distancing. Could easily be solved with proper placement of acoustic panels. They need to talk to CertainTeed Ceilings Division

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JenniferG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adorable cafe with delicious food. Staff were wonderful and accommodating. Highly recommend!

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RileyW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and the service was great. Overall we were very happy with o experience

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JulieM
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant ever!

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TCol
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good BYOB in Phoenixville. We had the fried brussells sprouts (nice and crispy with little bits of pancetta in the mix) and duck confit spring rolls (very tasty) for apps, followed by Chicken Piccata and Butternut squash Ravioli. Both entrees were quite good, served hot. Service here was decent (the place was crowded so didn't expect miracles). I liked that they sat us within 5 mins of arrival. This restaurant is a nice venue, but can get a little noisy, the exposed brick walls and other hard surfaces don't absorb noise much. Nice place though, I will definitely be back here again.

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Heather
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fairly priced, delicious food and a great ambiance.

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Jenn
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Everything came out timely. We didn't have to wait long. Definitely recommend if you haven't been here. You won't be disappointed.

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vipJenniferN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Crab cakes were excellent.

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LilyT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very pleasant dining experience with friendly staff and delicious food. The beef short ribs are amazing, and they are happy to accommodate for kids even though there is no official kids menu. Will definitely come back again.

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vipGrocerman
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service
Was there for several hours and there
Was a no rush feeling

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vipLovegoodfood
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a pleasure to eat here.

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NadineM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are always excellent, and this time was no exception!

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JoeS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. We will return and reccomend to others

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Live the food and the owners.. always good!

FAQs

Black Lab Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (610) 935-5988.

Black Lab Bistro is rated 4.6 stars by 709 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.