Ella's Bistro

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Ella's American Bistro is the perfect place for a romantic dinner or an upscale business dinner. There are plenty of dishes to choose from such as the pork loin, braised beef short rib, cassoulet au polet and Rohan duck breast. Finish up with a delicious dessert like a rum and vanilla bean poached pear, the apple tarte tatin, or choose from a wide selection of house-made sorbets and ice creams. Stop by Ella's Bistro for a drink with friends or colleagues and snack on Ella's poutine Kennebec fries, the fromage and charcuterie board or lamb "boulettes" meatballs. The knowledgeable staff will make your favorite cocktail from a wide array of spirits, and Ella's Bistro offers a world-wide wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful evening with great food and outstanding service

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vipJeff
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I must say that I had the best French Onion Soup ever ! It was perfect. The server was excellent with describing the menu specials. I will definitely be back.

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vipgoodfood
Las Vegas
74 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a great dinner at Ellas, and they have some great alternative low calorie dishes. Overall the service was great, and the entrees were perfect, great salmon! Thanks!!

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Ocean
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an attentive waitress. The service was great.

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Steve
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was our first visit to Ella's and we were impressed. There was an authenticity about the French cuisine that made selecting an entree a pleasant problem. The food was well-prepared, especially a beef short-rib dish that was better than other local, highly-rated venues.

Our dining area was a side room, easily quiet enough for conversation.

Only a slight service miscue detracted from our experience -- hardly an issue.

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vipElizabethC
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall5food5service2ambience4

Service was poor but food was good

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vipLarouse
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Great service! Carrot soup was delicious!

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karlk
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this quiet corner of the shopping center has an appropriate MAIN LINE atmosphere. they always serve excellent drinks. the food is outstanding. I am not a vegan but my friend had a butternut Squash with lentils that would have been a wonderful alternative to my best flank steak within 50 miles. Flank steak was delicious and done perfect. like the new fritz.

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vipGregCeeNYC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2016
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Our food was cold and had to send it back twice. Wouldn't be running back to this place. The dining area and waitress where both nice. The food was meh!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ella's Bistro is by far my favorite dining spot. The food is always wonderful, the staff attentive and the ambiance exceptional. Thank you again for a lovely evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved house smoked salmon!

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vipMLDiner
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was our 2nd time there....Food was great nice quite window table service was excellent from the hostess to the servers.....will keep it as a go to place

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vipMainlineFoodie
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Forget White Dog and Paramour...this is a hidden gem on the Main Line!

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nnydmb
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the new dishes! Very inventive chef. Squash special was so different and extremely delicious ! The Trout done to perfection! I have eaten here before but not for awhile. So glad we tried it again!! Love the decor and we had a very attentive server.
Well done all!!

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viplove2eatout
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ella's has seemingly gotten their act together! Now both food and service were wonderful. Ambience is always lovely - an added bonus.

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Celebrant
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2015
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Our most difficult choice we had to make was to eat appetizers or entries. The appies are large enough portions to eat as entries.
Our group of four chose four separate entries and each turned out to be delicious! The short rib was outstanding!

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Waldengate
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2015
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Beautiful place, perfect for a ladies lunch or an elegant French dinner. But food needs work. Dinner entrees were just okay. Tarragon chicken salad at lunch was surprisingly boring. Service was a bit lackadaisical, waitress would disappear for long periods at lunch.

I would like to come back for the food, right now it is the ambience that is the sell.

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vipOldYankee
Tampa
47 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit to this diamond-in-the-rough. Yes, it's located in a not-so-charming shopping plaza, but the dining room inside is classy, elegant and comfortable. Mattie, our server, was very knowledgeable and thoughtful, paid just the right amount of attention to us. Food was again excellent. I hope to return many times.

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vipYumm
Philadelphia
136 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A varied menu with delicious options for any palate. Each of us enjoyed our selections, especially the duck and the side order of brussel sprouts. The ambiance is lovely and relaxing.

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StandardJack
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2015
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ella's Bistro has great ambience and décor with its equestrian-theme, the food is just delicious - everyone in my party was very pleased - and the small setting is perfect for an intimate gathering, to catch up with friends, or a special night out. Service was very good - attentive without being overbearing. The menu changes periodically with the seasons and I look forward to going back to see what new things they have cooked up.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was extremely delicious. I had a chef with me from CA who is hard to impress and he loved his dish (lamb or veal). He has already requested to come back,on the next visit!

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vipMattW
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2015
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Atmosphere was great, the food quality significantly lessened the overall experience.

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vipBrit
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2015
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The room is beautiful and so unexpected in a strip mall. We have eaten here several times but this time it was very disappointing. First of all I had trouble finding something I wanted to eat on the menu. Nothing really appealed to me. We decided to share the mussels but they were the worse mussel I have ever tasted. In fact, I wasn't sure they were fresh. They just tasted bad! I then had fish which was very ordinary. My husband had flank stead which he said was just ok. I hope they improve their food as it would be a shame to lose such a lovely place.

Brit

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leinHoltar
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2015
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was good. The Steak Frites are a favorite, and the lunch special (tuna) was good.

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Kathleen
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2015
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was of great quality and delicious. Nice, bright setting in a crisp environment boasting a rustic elegance. Our server was very pleasant and attentive.

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RandomNeighbor
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2015
Overall2food4service1ambience2

First visit was good, second one was a disappointment. Reserved a table in what was supposed to be a white-cloth restaurant and was offered instead to choose from one of the regular tables in the noisy, cold and uninviting bar area. Food was good, but the waiter way too busy with her end-of-shift calculations to pay attention to her customers. I was hoping to start eating there on a regular basis, but it's definitely not worth the money, won't go back.

JM
vipJackM
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2015
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent cocktails! Sweet Potato soup was divine! Wonderful server! Thank you for vegan options that were so much more than the usual hummus and veggie burger!

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vipEsther1958
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal here. There were adequate choices for vegetarians, and the kitchen was happy to hold the cheese for vegans. It is upscale, quiet, an excellent place for special occasions. The desserts--especially the poached pear--were thoughtfully constructed and delicious.

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vipMainlineFoodie
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every aspect of our experience at Ella's exceeded our expectations. I tried (and loved) a Zinfandel that our waitress paired with our dinners. We appreciated the attentive and thoughtful service. The food was very good and the portions filling.

I highly recommend Ella's for a date night and for special occasions. The main dining room has a cozy, upscale feel. The bar at Ella's is great as well for a more casual meal.

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ArBoHo
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time a Ella's Bistro. Ambiance, very good food, excellent server made our dining experience very special.
I ordered the Braised Lamb and my husband had Trout Almondine. Both entrées were delicious For dessert we ordered the sorbet, which we thoroughly enjoyed.

We would definitely try Ella's Bistro for brunch/lunch the next time.

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vipLeslie
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2015
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food is delicious, including their special healthy menu as well. Try the poutine on the bar menu...to die for!!! Service is always a thumbs ups especially Chelsea the hostess. She always has a smile on her face, friendly and helpful with menu suggestions.

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Anne
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

friends that I have not seen in months decided to get together for lunch. Some place with a lovely atmosphere, impeccable service and delicious food. Ella's is the place! We were able to catch up, it was quiet and we did not feel rushed at all. The Salade Nicoise was divine and the crab cakes were perfect. Highly recommended.

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vipMandes
Philadelphia
103 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went to Ella's Bistro for our 27th Wedding Anniversary. We picked it because I liked the menu but I had a good feeling. I was not wrong. The food was amazing!!! I wanted Caesar Salad which was not on the menu but the Chef did it anyway. It was delicious. My husband had the Trout and I had the New York Steak which was delicious. The dish presentation was really nice. We had the Banana Pudding for dessert and it was as amazing as everything we ate. I eat out a lot and travel and its one of the best restaurants I have eaten lately. I asked for the Chef and "Adam" came out. He was very young in his late twenties. I told him that he has a very bright future and that the food he cooked was amazing already. I will recommend this restaurant to anyone who appreciates great food!!!! It was a rare find but one that we will keep on going too!!! You will not regret it and will agree with me. Adam thank you for a wonderful meal and for making our Anniversary very special. The service was excellent too.

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MommaM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were delighted with the variety of dishes on the menu and chose things we'd only seen on the Food Network from top chefs. Each dish was not only beautiful and delicious, but we paused to savor each bite. The service was excellent - helpful without hovering. Dining at Ella's Bistro made our birthday celebration very special.

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vipFoodie
Philadelphia
104 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was our first time at Ella's for dinner w/ another couple and we were all very pleased with our meals. Our server was outstanding and adorable. I liked my squash soup and duck and my husband had the hanger steak which he said was very good. We ordered a bread pudding to share for dessert which was slightly dry but tasty. I like mine with more of a custard consistency. The wine was also very good. It's a little pricey, but not more than any other nice restaurant in the area. We'll definitely be back!

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Neelie12
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2015
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The entries on the menu had a wonderful variety. The cheeseboard was out of this world as was the pear for dessert. The entree's were all wonderful. We had the steak frites, salmon, chicken and porkchop. The owner came around to the table which was very nice. I loved the different chandeliers in the dining room. The prices were a little high but overall this was a delightful evening for a ladies night out.

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DPL1975
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was in town for an academic conference, and was staying at the hotel down the street from Ella's Bistro. I must admit that I was a little hesitant about the restaurant's location, tucked away near an Acme and K-Mart, but I was more than pleasantly surprised! The food was fantastic, and the service was just as good.

I made a reservation for 8:00pm on a Saturday night, and the amount of activity in the place was perfect for a nice dinner for two without feeling overwhelmed by others dining or by the wait staff.

Our server Clare was the right blend of enthusiastic foodie and professional/courteous staff. She seemed excited to share her thoughts on the menu when we asked for advice, but didn't feel the need to volunteer or interrupt with suggestions before reviewing the menu.

I definitely recommend Ella's Bistro when you are in the Wayne/Devon/Radnor area, and bring a healthy appetite!

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leinHoltar
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent, considering how well-priced it is.

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windy
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2015
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent all around - even if a bit pricey - but definitely worth it.

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Buffalo1949
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reviews I read beforehand indicated this was going to be a very nice occasion and they were right.
Restaurant is spacious. You won't feel crowded. We were a party of four, plus an infant and the large table was assigned to provide room plus a buffer to potentially avoid disturbing other diners. Seating was very comfortable. Tableware was high quality. Lighting was just right.
Menu was well-rounded. Three adults selected the Steak Frites. All enjoyed thoroughly. Fourth had the Braised Lamb. Sides were large enough for two to share.
Service was impeccable. Our waitress, Madi, clearly was well-trained and experienced and supported by an equally good team. Service was generally timely and discrete.
We had a couple very nicely presented desserts and coffee to top things off.
Given all the above, overall cost was just about right.
Location was a bit further than we normally travel for dinner, but was worth the drive for a special occasion.

FAQs

Ella's Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (610) 964-3552.

Ella's Bistro is rated 4.1 stars by 493 OpenTable diners.