Forcella BYOB

4.7
233 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.
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MP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and service was extraordinary. Definitely will come back.

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M
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The owner was solicitous but also gave us our space. The food was amazing! We sampled several different things and shared and we were all delighted with our choices.

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

the food was a bit bland overall. My wife's pasta was over-salted.

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R
Philadelphia
94 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My Wife and I enjoyed the five course Prefix Menu - every course was well prepared and nicely presented.
Each course had interesting flavors and textures and a real value at $65
It's a cosy little restaurant in beautiful, downtown Jenkintown.
Be prepared - Cash Only !

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

Delicious food, diverse and delicious changing menu and wonderful service! I highly recommend this intimate, tasty, byob! My husband and I left full and happy!

Btw, I’m vegetarian and there were lots of great options for me. Big plus!!

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M
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a wonderful little gem! The food was fabulous. Esther and Bruce the owners were so welcoming and kind. I highly recommend you try this little treasure.

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TD
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing experience for my husband & I. We do not get out much, but I am glad we had dinner at Forcella! The filet mignon was outstanding and cooked to a perfect medium rare. The service was also amazing - very attentive to our every need. The poached butter olive oil that was served with the fresh warm bread was to die for.
We will return to this restaurant in the near future! :)

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

Superb, as always. Wonderful and delicious food and excellent, attentive service.

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AA
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Forcella is one of our favorite places to go for special occasions such as our anniversary or Valentine's Day. The food is created with great love and care; the ambiance is intimate; and the customer service is spot on. Chef Esther and her husband Bruce who hosts are artful in their craft and deeply concerned about the dining experience for their guests.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a fabulous dinner The first course was a spicy andouille sausage tomato soup packed with flavor with a spicy punch.

It then progressed to a more sophisticated softer pallet with the pear pomegranate

Each course brought yet another layer of interest and had me wondering what intersting culinary treat was to come.

A favorite contender for both my husband and myself was the black troufle pasta. This was so light and rich without that heavy overbearing feeling. Left me wanting seconds.

My first experience with foie gras was a delight. The honey comb complimented the citrus, pear and basalmic glaze and creamy foie gras.

The cara cara orange poached lobster was such a delightful departure from drawn but. However, the smoky flavor and secret rub infussed filet mingin was spectacular.

Oh did I mention the Rocher Hazelnut dessert. Creamy, light and sweet.

The entire meal was laced with a fresh, hint of sweet citrus and uncomplicated flavor that added continuity to the meal and transitioned nicely from course to course

We will return for sure.

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A
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again we were warmly welcomed and served a wonderful meal. We always look forward to our visits to Forcella! We will be back soon!!

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RK
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had an incredible experience. The owner Bruce and his wife Esther, who is also the chef, have created a warm and inviting atmosphere to enjoy their wonderful menu. Their food is simply delicious and with beautiful presentation. We're looking forward to visiting again and recommend to all our friends.

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We feel like family when we come here. The food is excellent. The perfect place for celebrating a special occasion.

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MP
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took my wife for an early dinner on a Saturday night and we both loved it. Highlights for me were both pasta dishes we ordered, the carbonara and seafood risotto, as well as the filet mignon and salmon. Both desserts, the berry cake and chocolate mousse, were amazing too. Would highly recommend!

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite place outside of Philadelphia for amazing food, service, and a special place to take my wife. Forcella is a must, from the amazing table service to the delicious food. BYOB is another nice feature of eating here.

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LM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Besides serving fabulous food the owners go out of their way to make you feel like special guests in their home. Thank you to Esther and Bruce for a memorable evening!!

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We selected the tasting menu and every course was pure perfection. On top of the delicious food, the service was impeccable. Highly recommended!

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S
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our second reservation at Forcella, and as always, the service here is unmatched. I travel for work and spend plenty of time dining at 4 and 5 star restaurants - the service at Forcella meets or exceeds those experiences. The co-owners are the head chef and only waiter, and in a restaurant that only seats ~18 people, you're night becomes the star focus of their attention.

Be prepared to hold longer conversations - they encourage you to enjoy the experience as a smaller staff means slightly longer prep times.

My only comment this time was that the first 3 courses were a mix of 3-4 star in taste/quality (a slight drop from my first experience). However, the entree course was outstanding as always. Whichever option you choose, the dish melts in your mouth and truly makes you slow down to enjoy it.

I can't recommend Forcella enough to everyone. Do yourself a favor and head over here for a date night.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always. Best restaurant by far in the area!

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C
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would like to say WOW for 50 characters. Blown away by the 7 course New Year's Eve dinner. The atmosphere, the service, the imagination, the care...WOW. Just book a reservation.

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J
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing]! Food & service top notch! I can't wait to go back!

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C
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Only reason no 5 stars on the food, was my eggplant was too salty. Spoke with the chef, she will fix next time. My wife's Filet was done to perfection !!!! Will definitely return !

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EV
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful family dinner! The food was delicious, some of our party selected the tasting menu, others ordered ala carte which was no problem. Everything we had from amuse bouche to dessert was great! I look forward to returning!

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RM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I and two friends dined there on Saturday, Dec. 22. From start to finish the meal was delicious and the service was excellent. I had salmon which was prepared perfectly and my husband and friends had mouth-watering filet mignons that they said were the best ever! It's a neighborhood gem in the heart of Jenkintown. I would highly recommend going there.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant evening with good friends! Host was particularly helpful choosing dinner selections and it was appreciated.
It felt like we were dining in someone’s home it was that comfortable.
Whatever you do-order the filet. I want to watch the chef prepare it so I can learn tbh. Outstanding.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best date night place ever! Excellent atmosphere and wonderful food!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 8, 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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PM
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on December 1, 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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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 1, 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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w
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

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

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LA
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 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 20, 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
5 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 29, 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
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place to have quiet dinner. Everything is perfectl

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