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Ella's Bistro

493 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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French, American
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;

Dinner: Monday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm,

Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(610) 964-3552
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kenneth Kunz
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Private party facilities
The Widener Room, our private room, can accommodate up to 22 people. The entire restaurant and/or bar area can be rented out for private functions as well.
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Private party contact
Jane Lachat: (610) 964-3552
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We do catering events as well. Please call Jane at, 610-964-3552 or email her, for further information.
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Cross street
Morris Rd
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Parking details
We have a large parking lot.
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Public transit
Strafford train station is a 10 minute walk away down Sugartwon Road across Lancaster Avenue
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Special events & promotions
Please contact our event coordinator, Jane Lachat, for private event inquiries. or call the bistro at: 610-964-3552 and ask for Jane.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on April 5, 2016

A wonderful evening with great food and outstanding service

vipJeff (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on March 9, 2016

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.

vipgoodfood (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on March 5, 2016

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!!

Ocean (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 20, 2016

We had an attentive waitress. The service was great.

Steve (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 20, 2016

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

Service was poor but food was good

vipLarouse (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2016

Excellent food! Great service! Carrot soup was delicious!

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2016

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.

vipGregCeeNYC (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on January 29, 2016

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!

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2016

Loved house smoked salmon!

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2016

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

vipMainLineFoodie (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2016

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

nnydmb (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 9, 2016

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!!

viplove2eatout (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2015

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

Celebrant (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on December 16, 2015

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!

Waldengate (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 16, 2015

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.

vipOldYankee (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 12, 2015

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.

vipYumm (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on December 8, 2015

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.

StandardJack (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 5, 2015

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.