Forcella BYOB

4.8
207 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Forcella is an 18-seat plush BYOB in the heart of downtown Jenkintown, PA. We offer simple, elegant, fresh, produce-driven seasonal fare. Our aim is to provide exceptional service, fresh, dynamic selections & an overall experience that is personal, memorable and unique. We offer our chef's tasting menu
(5 courses/$65, available nightly), we also offer an a la carte menu (available nightly). Reservations are highly recommended for weekends. We are also available for private parties/events & off-premise catering. Also be sure to visit our Facebook page for daily updates, menu changes & special events.

All Saturday night reservations will need to be held with a credit card. We will confirm by phone Thursday. All Saturday night reservations must be confirmed by 3PM on Friday. Any cancelation after 2PM on Saturday will be subject to fees.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(267) 400-6155
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Payment options
Cash Only
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Forcella BYOB of offers a variety of off-premise catering options. From weddings, bar mitzvahs, baby showers, large/small get-togethers, let Forcella BYOB make your next event one to remember. We provide full service catering from food to pastry. Uniquely designed cuisine will dazzle your guests and take all tedious food preparation and hassle of your to-do list. We understand your event is priority and we strive to create a seamless, diverse and professional service that will take all the stress and hassle from your culinary plan.
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Cross street
West Avenue
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Parking details
Convenient street parking as well as 2 extremely affordable public lots on West Ave. All of which are within walking distance of the restaurant.
Additional
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

We will be offering a gorgeous 7 Course Prix Fixe Menu at $79/Person. 7 Elegant, fresh, unique, one of a kind selections as well as amuse. Seating will fill up quickly.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I’ve had all year, service was great and food was OUTSTANDING! I definitely recommend to anyone for a nice night out.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

very charming byob. the food is imaginitive and unique but lacks professional execution and balance of flavors. the pasta was fresh made and al dente but the sauces were overly salty and one note. the entrees were small and tasty but not dynamic and not what one would expect for the price. the owner/waiter is very attentive and nice, and i hear his wife is the chef. i like supporting local business but the prices overall should be adjusted before i would consider returning to try again.

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PM
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Forcella is one of our favorite BYOBs and we love bringing friends here. The setting is cozy and you feel as if you are dining in a friend’s house- if your friend is a wonderful chef. The menu is available a la Carrie or as a 4 course + dessert prix fixe (a great value). We love everything on the menu - the last time standouts included spicy mushroom dumplings, an Asian Pear salad, an excellent filet mignonette and an awesome homemade pumpkin cheesecake. The couple who own and run the restaurant are delightful. Can’t wait to return!

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w
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Good neighborhood restaurant. Food was good and Service was excellent.

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LA
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderfully prepared & tasteful dishes made with fresh ingredients.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and great experience

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MP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary there 10/27/2018. We forgot our wine & owner (husband) provided a great bottle for free & also later played our special wedding song later (after asking us what it was in conversation). He & his wife (chef) are a great team. Small open dining room (street front) but comfortable. He provides great service & his wife is an excellent chef. We did the 5 course tasting menu & everything was awesome, especially the filet mignon I had (best ever) and the scallops. Great value ($65 per person) based on the quality of the food + the 5 courses (includes dessert) + being BYOB. We found close, free parking. I would highly recommend this place & special thanks to the owners for a great night.

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TK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! We got the chefs menu & every course was delicious! We shared the filet & Risotto with asparagus & both were seasoned to perfection!
The service was excellent as well. I look forward to returning & trying the fall menu.

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L
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dining at Forcella was incredible. We went for a birthday celebration and it was the perfect spot. Bruce and Esther make such a great team and their inviting, bubbly personalities make the place that much more remarkable. The cozy seating and dim lights make for a romantic evening whether you are celebrating something special or just want a night to yourselves. Being a BYOB spot was also a huge bonus. Will definitely return!

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s
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolute find in Jenkintown, this restaurant exceeded our expectations. Food was prepared and presented beautifully. Bruce, the owner, and his wife, the chef, created a cozy atmosphere where you can enjoy excellent food. We felt as if we were invited into their home for a relaxing meal. Highly recommend.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Forcella never disappoints! Bruce and ester always go out of their way to make each and every dining experience memorable. The food is excellent and the service attentive. We will surely be returning for years to come. Love you forcella!

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RC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We discovered Forcella last Spring and have dined there several times. The service is outstanding, and the food superb. Bruce (runs the front) and Ester (the chef) have gotten this right! Intimate and cozy dining area with creative and delicious food with beautiful presentation. Seasonal menu that is relatively limited, but superb. Prix fix menu is a bargain. Upscale informal. Perfect. BYOB.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great first course! The rest was good but couldn’t compare to the first course. Excellent service and ambience.

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F
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place to have quiet dinner. Everything is perfectl

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RW
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our anniversary dinner at Forcella was fantastic. Really enjoyed the tasting menu and service was above and beyond. Highly recommend.

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Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very good food in a cozy space. Fresh/seasonal ingredients used throughout although menu is relatively limited. Cash only on evening we visited.

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i
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, exceptional service! We will be back, and recommending to friends and family.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding customer service! We went for a birthday and it was memorable for all of the right reasons!

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w
Philadelphia
73 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been meaning to try this restaurant for some time. It is so close to where we live and we heard great things about it. The owner and his wife (chef), were so warm and welcoming and so interested in making sure that we were enjoying our meal. They were so delightful. We did enjoy our meal very much. The ambiance was perfect - lovely yet not over the top. Each dish was delicious. We will be returning to Forcella often and will recommend it to our friends.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food, service & ambiance wonderful. Small cozy place. Owners/chef very attentive & warm. Felt like you were eating in someone's home. We'll be back!

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited for first time for our anniversary. They were extremely friendly and attentive. The food is delicious and fresh. Menu changes seasonally, incorporating fresh ingredients from the season. The food was the right kind of perfect for a special occasion. Its cozy and we felt like we were celebrating among friends. We will definitely visit again.

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PM
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal at Forcella. This time we brought friends for a 60th birthday celebration and they were bowled over by the food. Service is always wonderful (a husband and wife team handle front and back of the house respectively). At $55 for a 4 course meal, the value is great for a white tablecloth, fine dining (without the pretentiousness) experience. Can’t wait to go again.

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Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Esther Kwok and her partner Ken have created a microcosm of grand flavor and exotic comfort which my wife and I with two others enjoyed this past Saturday. I heartily recommend the Korean free range chicken and Ellen love the savory salmon. Be advised this is a tasting menu served in a sequence and with courses that demand a lazily consumption to allow you to luxuriate in Esther's creations.

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AB
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small intimate atmosphere, amazing food and genuine service. Here you are not just a customer you are a person with wants and needs that are addressed and accommodated. Perfect for all ages and people, highly reccomended!

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l
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The food was exceptional and the service very good. The noise level was terrible because a crowd at one of the restaurant was inconsiderate and talked loudly, which caused me to not hear the person I was talking to. The restaurant needs to enhance its dining room with noise reduction devices to absorb loud noises. In fact, the overall ambiance needs some sprucing up. The furniture was comfortable and cozy. The table was beautifully dressed. I would go there again for the food, which is of great importance to me, but not for the ambiance.

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RR
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food! The chef-owner, Esther and her husband Bruce, are very lovely people. Very warm and welcoming!!

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RC
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This is the 3rd time I’ve been here, and the food & service were both excellent, as in the past. Bruce and his wife Esther are wonderful hosts, and she’s an amazingly-talented chef.

The only thing we noticed is that the summer menu was fairly limited, with only a few options each of us could eat (gluten-free diet and garlic-free for my friend), and there were no salads on the menu this time.

I would definitely come back!

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L
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, small BYOB. Wonderful service and the owners are amazing. Great food!

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PM
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another wonderful meal at Forcella, an intimate BYOB in Jenkintown. The owners are wonderful hosts and make dining feel like a special occasion. The 4 course prix fixe menu is a great value, with enough choices to please everyone. The chef/owner uses seasonal ingredients, so it is fun to dine there as the seasons change. We give Forcella our highest recommendation!

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CP
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing, and the owners are awesome! Great place for any occasion.

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S
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our date here was perfect. Having moved outside the city, it's been hard to find a fine-dining location that doesn't feel too much like a chain or where the waiters seem indifferent to the customers. Forcella is a gem of the Northern Philly Suburbs.

The restaurant is owned and run by a husband and wife; the wife prepares the food and the husband serves it. Both of them were lovely, and the husband made us feel so warm and welcomed.

The highlight of the night was certainly our entrees. I had the Salmon and my wife had the Filet Mignon - both practically melted in our mouths and were truly meals which you wanted to slow down on because you were worried that soon they'd be gone.

Our only gripe was that the second course felt a little lower quality than the rest of the meal, but all in all, Forcella is well worth the cost, and certainly worth a 20-ish minute drive to try out. Great for intimate dates or double dates, but very cozy! Make reservations in advance.

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D
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a nice meal. Food was beautifully presented and both my friend and I had the daily fish special of salmon which was delicious. Service was attentive but a little too exuberant at times when we just wanted to talk.

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SE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOWWWWWWWW-WOWWWWWWWW-WOWWWWWWWWWW. Get ready for your taste buds to explode with pure happiness. We felt so special how our waiter treated us. The 4 course meal is more then just a meal, it was journey of excitement. We had so much anticipation waiting for the next course. Please, bring a bottle of wine and let Forcella do the rest. You will leave their wondering how you ever ate any other food. as I'm writing this, I have the biggest smile on my face from my experience. I recommend the 8pm seating. 2 hours of pure enjoyment. We will be back for the best kept secret in Jenkintown.

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R
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, creative, attentive, warm, welcoming, relaxing. We’ve eaten here many times, consistently good, Bruce and Esther gracious and genuine. We’ll be back!

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C
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cuisine was creative and delicious. Very accommodating to Gluten free dining without losing any of the taste and presentation. Wonderful! Coming back with our friends.

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c
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and Service was excellent! Highly recommend the dumpling appetizer.

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MR
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service, and an overall excellent experience. They took care of us, and spoiled my wife on her birthday. The menu had a enough diversity to it that a vegetarian can thoroughly enjoy themselves and a steak lover can have themselves a party. Highly recommended, and looking forward to the next visit.

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MF
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal we have had in many months. We often go out for fine dinning.
The 4 course option is a bargain.

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EB
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A thoughtful, seasonal and creative menu. Unique ingredients, well put together. Each course outdid the previous. The highlight for me was the steak, which was hands down the best steak I've ever had. The steak was succulent, perfectly tender and perfectly cooked. Ambience was beautiful. The service was outstanding. This restaurant is a true local gem!

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C
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a lovely meal here on Saturday. Things to know include the fact that the restaurant is very small, so you will be sitting close to fellow diners. Also, the menu is limited, so this may not be the best choice for non adventurous eaters. That said, we enjoyed everything ordered and did not feel crowded! Our host/server was attentive and very interested in making sure that all our needs were met. We will return!

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