Pescatore BYOB

4.6
907 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Pescatore BYOB specializes in Italian Cuisine with a rustic, Mediterranean flair. Pastas are made fresh each day, and all fish is caught and brought to your plate directly from the boat.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Open Tuesday - Sunday at 5:00
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Phone number
(610) 660-9400
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Thomas Anastasi
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
BALA AVE AND HIGHLAND
Additional
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Takeout
What 907 People Are Saying
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JD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Waiter was very responsive to my complaint of my dish being too salty. He asked what else I might like and was able to bring it to me in good time...with out to much salt!
Apparently the fish stock was salty.

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C
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian food from appetizers to desert. Will definitely return.

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C
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was quiet and delightful, our server was a doll. We’ve had her before. ReLly enjoyed the meal

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

Spectacular food matched only the people working there

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N
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I fell in love with Pescatore and cannot wait to go back. The warm Caesar shrimp/lump crab salad on flatbread was everything! The service was the best. It is a very well kept secret.

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H
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious! Service was great!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food choices just ok. Taste was very good but portions not really adequate especially for the price. Service declined. Front of house people need to smile more. We didn’t bring wine so only had tap water. No one ever came over to refill our water glasses. Expected more from this type of restaurant.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding neighborhood seafood and Italian restaurant. It’s fine dining but not fancy.

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JE
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We recently visited Pescatore for my husband's birthday and surprised him with two of our friends who met us there. None of us had ever eaten there before. We were very happy with the meal and service. The restaurant was cozy but tables weren't on top of each other. Decor could use some updating but pleasant atmosphere overall. Food was excellent. Crab cakes very good! Think the tiny cannoli for birthday treat could have been larger but overall a very good experience!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful night. The food was absolutely delicious.

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DS
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit and we were not disappointed! The flatbread Caesar is AMAZING!! Three of us had the swordfish special and it was also ANAZING! Great service - very friendly, efficient and knowledgeable! We chose Pescatore because it is close to the Mann and we were seeing a show there. I will definitely be back and will always pair a night at the Mann with dinner at Pescatore!

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SD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent, ingredients seemed fresh and dishes tasted homemade. Staff was very friendly. Prices are on the upper end but I can understand being a BYOB. I would RECOMMEND this restaurant to anyone that asked.

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OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another great meal the Resturant. They do a great job.

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S
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

My friends wanted to try a new place, so I found this restaurant by doing a search for restaurants in the suburbs of PA. I am glad I did. We had a great time and enjoyed the attention we received from the servers. Food was excellent. Because we booked an early dinner at 5 pm, we had the place to ourselves. I noted that it got busier as the night progressed. By the time we left, every table was taken. I would recommend this place to others if they are in the Bala Cynwyd area.

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S
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Waitress was extremely engaging.

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SS
Tampa
25 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another outstanding meal at Pescatore! Chef’s new stuffed clam appetizers were delicious, and scallops, and black bass entrees amazing! Can’t wait to return.

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h
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

food was great as usual. i do have a problem being served room temperature water on a hot day.

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CC
Philadelphia
301 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ho hum - - just another weekday dinner at Pescatore. Grilled octopus, soft shells, and the special fish of the day: "strawberry" grouper (new to us, the web says it's a very flaky white indo-Pacific delicacy). There's always something cool here, which must be why we're back so often...great food, service, staff and vibe!

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C
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal! Sevice outstanding, food outstanding. Will return and recommend

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OT
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter’s graduation! Waitress was wonderful and friendly. Food was amazing, you have to have the clams and Caesar salad on flatbread with shrimps, truly amazing!! Desserts were so good. Great place and great dinner!

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VR
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We like this restaurant, but I personally have not had good meals two of the three times I have eaten here. Why do we like it? Well, the others have all enjoyed their meals. The first time we were a couple, the second part of a family group, and the last time just a couple of friends getting together for dinner. Last time, we ordered a lot of appetizers, including the calamari, the Caesar salad topped with crab (served on flatbread), the squid, and several others. All agreed that they were tasty and that we could have happily made a meal just on the first course. Entrees people enjoyed included the crab cakes, the scallops, and the linguine pescatore. Unfortunately, I ordered a fish dish with a very lively and tasty sauce that completely overwhelmed the fish. I couldn't taste my fish at all, which was very mild (can't remember what it was). This time my companion had a veal chop in a mushroom sauce that she clearly enjoyed a great deal. I had a chicken breast in a wine sauce topped with spinach and cheese. Again, I could not taste the chicken at all, unless I scraped the vegetable off the top and ate it alone, which based upon the way it was served was not the intention of the chef. Basically, when they get it right, the food is excellent, but there is definitely a tendency toward heavy handedness on the part of the chef. Would we go back? Yes, absolutely, but I will be trying to figure out how to order so that I don't continue to be disappointed when foods with subtle or mild flavors are overwhelmed by the foods dumped on top of them!

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NG
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was Mothers Day which is usually a problem in most restaurants, but Pescatore was wonderful in everyway. The food was outstanding, nice service, and a comfortable table. We will definitely return again.

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GB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is always magnificent.. one of the Best restaurants in the city.

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c
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely local with fancy italian food, with lots if fish, meat and pasta, at reasonable prices - warm service and BYOB make it a wonderful choice!

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

Decent food. Efficient, though not especially friendly service. Too warm! Restaurant needs to invest in A/C for the sake of customers and employees.

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CC
Philadelphia
301 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Back again! My wife's so in love with the flatbread Caesar that she had it for a main course after the octopus. I had the long hots first, a treat I absolutely crave but usually skip in favor of a seafood appetizer - and I'm glad I did. They're just hot enough, with great flavor from the sausage stuffing and a tasty helping of ricotta. The Branzino was delicious too, with plenty of tender asparagus and a healthy dose of crabmeat. Friends at the next table sent over a cannolo, which only whetted our appetite for another - so we ordered it. Great food, great staff, great experience, great meal!!

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J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant! Dinner was delicious as always.

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VM
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Pescatore began as a refreshing addition to dining in the center of Bala. At the beginning, this BYOB was a good value, but the prices have been increasing steadily and it is now fairly expensive for the area and for the meal. Good food and service. Not outstanding, but too pricey over time.

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M
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious meal! This restaurant knows how to concentrate on wonderful Italian food with special touches and delicious combinations. We will go again for sure. My husband loved the Nonna's Italian Gravy dish (huge delicious meatball) and my veal was tender and accompanied by delicious sides (brussel sprouts and wild mushroom risotto). A new favorite!

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MB
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The early dining menu offered until 6 pm is a wonderful way to enjoy excellent food, perfect portions. , a quiet atmosphere, and attentive service at this byob gem

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D
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious first of season soft shell crabs! Three in our party ordered them and all delighted! Grilled octopus appetizer was good according to my significant other. Caprese salad had smallish tomatoes compared to those we had at another restaurant a few days ago. But the combination of mozzarella, tomatoes, prosciutto and balsamic was delicious.
Being a BYOB we happily drank a bottle of wine and enjoyed our delightful servers attention. Luckily the restaurant was not filled of it would have been noisier. We’ll be back!

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N
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pleasant evening with both a good meal and good company

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was great but...They did not tell us that there was a mandatory 20% tip automatically added, so we paid 40% tip. Not cool.

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s
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Pescatore several times recently and it is always good. The food and service are good and I like the fact that it is BYOB.

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BM
London
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good. Service was excellent. Nice atmosphere and not too loud. All in all, we enjoyed our meal and had a very nice time at the restaurant.

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MB
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Neighborhood gem. Consistent food, pleasant wait staff, varied menu, interesting specials.

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CC
Philadelphia
301 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We brought friends in from out west and wow'ed 'em! After tuna tartare, my wife had barramundi, which turns out to be a sound move for the environment as well as for her - it's a delicious whitefish that's easy on the planet but not served in many restaurants (yet). Our companions loved the Caesar flatbread with crab and the pasta with seafood, while I reestablished my relationship with soft shell crabs (who vacationed elsewhere for the winter...) We also did something rare for us - we all shared a huge dessert plate with enough calories to support a small army. Not one bite went unappreciated!

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PM
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great first time experience at Pescatore. We were seated promptly (even though the restaurant was busy, our table was set and waiting for us). The service was friendly and knowledgeable, with clear descriptions of the specials. The food was delicious and cooked to order (requested level of done ness, etc.). Portions were generous and I believe all of us had food left on our plates - despite this, we managed to make room for a shared dessert, which was also excellent. We look forward to our next visit.

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BN
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent with a wide selection of menu items. So many that I wanted to try that I'll have to make a point of returning. The server was wonderful. Very friendly, attentive and informative. The flatbread Caesar salad was delicious. Should be a regular on the menu.

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JD
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to Pescatore for a birthday dinner. I had not been there for many years and was pleased at the improvements. The noise level is now buffered and you can have a conversation. Variety of food choices for a party of people. Good service and pricing reflects most byob restaurants.

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