Black Lab Bistro

4.6
503 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

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K
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to dinner with friends. All of our meals were very good. The crab cakes and filet are excellent!

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W
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service and food was good for a busy Mother’s Day. Good menu, good value. I would recommend to a friend

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JT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Mother's Day...on a day like this one would expect a little more...no flowers for mom, no little extra's like small desert for her. We ordered two of the specials - lobster stuffed with crab and a rubbed ribeye. Both overcooked. It is not the same place it was 4-5 years ago.

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AM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love this restaurant and have dined here many times. Black Lab never disappoints! We will definitely return and highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Mother's day brunch!! A variety of items on the menu - we chose the short rib omelette, french toast and crab Benedict. All were delicious. Orange juice was available to make our mimosas with the prosecco we brought. Definitely recommend!

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c
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The service and food were simply outstanding! Six of us dined and six were thrilled...That is remarkable. If only the place wasn't so noisy...

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AK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Been here several times now and it’s become my go to. Such a fun atmosphere and the crab cakes are amazing!

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R
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

First time at Black Lab. Wanted Prix Fix menu but not interesting entrees. Ended up ordering Beef Shortribs but it was brisket. Very good but not the shortribs.

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f
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Brie appetizer was exceptional, everyone in our party enjoyed their entree. Waitress very helpful.

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LR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent service. The scallops are amazing!

The tiramisu isn’t the best, but there are other great deserts.

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s
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall good experience. My fish was excellent as were my friends short ribs. I was told the Jambalaya was just ok and my husband who is Italian did not like his seafood pasta dish ( but growing up in NY she has a pretty high pasta standard). Always love a BYOB. Was pretty noisy but it was busy so good for them. We’ll be back

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VD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great low key reasonably priced BYOB across from the Colonial. Varied quality menu.Highly recommended.

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KE
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Ambience was great...Attendant was great. Food was ok...not great - not bad. Bisque was so so. Duck was very very chewy...nice fat content - flavors were very good. Scallops excellent. We'll come back and try some other stuff most likely.

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JL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Retirement send off

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I
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not busy at all on a Tuesday nite. Been going here for years. Always reliable. It can be noisy on a weekends.

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PK
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We made reservations for Easter brunch. It was good to have BLB confirm our reservations a few days prior. Our seating time was 1:00. It was very crowded from the 1:30 brunch seating, so we had to wait a bit, not a huge problem but it was obvious the morning was very busy for them. The fixed menu has plenty to choose from with an excellent variety. I'd expected, due to the crowd, that some items may not be available. This was not the case. The menu was complete. Everyone in our party was happy with the quality and portions of the meal. The wait staff was good and attentive. We would definitely go back.

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MW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Only complaint would be the slab of cream cheese in the middle of the slices of French toast I ordered. The description of the entree was misleading and made it seem the “cream” would be closer to whipped cream or something sweet. It was neither of those and I ended up removing it completely.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

deeeeeeelish

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always service with a smile- fantastic food-

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M
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at this restaurant. I had halibut special and it was delicious. The fist was moist and cauliflower and rice delicious. Definitely will go back.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there and we were very impressed with everything. The food and service were outstanding. We will definitely be back.

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C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing! Staff is friendly, helpful and funny.

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LM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing dinner. Can’t wait to go again

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AM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meals were excellent! My husband got a special which was a seafood chopino and I got their delicious scallops and duck. We were delighted with everything we ordered from apps to their delicious banana crepe fosters. We will go again.

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SH
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was great! We didn’t leave a morsel! But the very best thing was the service! Our server was extremely professional and got everything just right; a vegetarian request and a birthday dessert!

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LW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good. Everyone at the table was served at the same time.

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j
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The specials were exceptional and the serrvice was also great. Always a favorite in Phoenixville..

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JK
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I expected he food to be good, but the service and ambiance matched it. Our server recommended the spicy shrimp dish and the scallops—both superb. The presentation was also delightful. The restaurant is an excellent value.

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b
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food here used to be great but I haven’t been here in a few years and now it’s just okay. There were 6 of us and some of the food was good, some not so good. The portion sizes are really small for the prices and it’s super loud in the restaurant which makes it hard to hear the people sitting at your own table! Parking is also a nightmare so when you combine all the negatives they far outweigh the positives. The one thing I can say was great was the service and the staff: super nice, friendly and helpful! That’s not enough to bring us back though.

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s
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always great meal, special of halibut was awsome

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JZ
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fabulous and reasonably priced

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SW
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived and were greeted by the wonderful staff. The restaurant started to fill up quickly with tables of 6 and 8 people which indicated to us that we were in for a treat. The menu was excellent and we found it difficult to make a decision! We started with the flat bread and I had the fettucine alfredo with peas and my husband had the crab cakes, both wre wonderful. We were going to pass on dessert but their version of bananas foster was irresistable. Overall a lovely meal with a great staff.

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OT
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal and the service was excellent! Arugula salad was perfect! Dessert was great too!

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MA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were both great. No wait and the atmosphere was pleasant, not rushed. It was first time there and would definitely go back there. One example was the Hostess (not our waiter) was refilling coffee and when my friend said I'll want some later with my food, she remembered and immediately showed up to fill up here coffee cup when the food was delivered.

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KM
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went for 'brunch' which was breakfast off the menu. The food was good, choices plentiful ( mostly lunch based) and service fairly good. Food came out without long wait. Only comment was that water, coffee and creamer/ sugars took time to refill. Otherwise a nice family moment out. Thanks for a good experience.

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M
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ordered the duck and scallops. I am hyper critical about how I enjoy duck. It was cooked to perfection! The glaze was also to die for! Our waiter and the surrounding staff were attentive and not overbearing. I enjoyed everything about my dinner and will return at my nearest convenience.

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NG
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I could’ve cooked a better meal at home. Service sucked. It was awful.

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S
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on a Wednesday night and had a nice dinner. Each of us had different meals and loved them.

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JJ
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience! Great service, fun atmosphere, and all menu items are delicious!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service good. A little loud; hard to hear at table.

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