Blue Bell Inn

4.6
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2230 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
The redesigned rustic-meets-modern ambiance compliments the Contemporary American menu which features premium cuts of meat, ocean-fresh seafood and signature raw bar. Seasonal outdoor dining on the flagstone patio is available upon request.
In 2013, Blue Bell Inn underwent extensive renovations for over a year. Various historical aspects were enhanced through thoughtful restoration and new materials such as solid white oak and porcelain tile floors were introduced to create a stunning architectural mélange spanning three centuries.
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Last day before they closed for corona virus , assuming that’s what the cold and over cooked food was about. Service was great as always, food was disappointing. Will not hesitate to go back after things settle down in the world.

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Reviewer
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was super friendly and the food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good good great staff

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent meal and the service was great! We can't wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Service was fantastic

Exceeded our expectations

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vipGary
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good. Both brunch and dinner menu have many good options to choose from. Nice upscale setting and close to home

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LauraL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Christy was the best! Good food and no pressure to hurry along. Had a light brunch. Muffin basket was a nice starter. Little drafty in bar area.

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KeithH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice restaurant. We very much enjoyed everything.

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vipCaptain
Philadelphia
169 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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vipChuck
Philadelphia
62 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a pleasure to go to the Blue Bell Inn. Service is always spot on, attentive, helpful, there when you need them. Food was excellent, Branzini was very good, I had the Seafood Risotto, excellent. Big chunks of crab, lobster, and the mussels and scallops. Very tasty risotto. Also had the calamari very tasty.

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joeG
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Outstanding service

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vipBernie
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Creative menu, good food and attentive service. What else good one ask for?

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vipRobertG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, everything about the evening was perfect not notably because of the exceptional service of our Server, Beth. We have enjoyed ourselves immensely each time we have been to The BBI, largely because of Beth’s knowledge of the menu, the specials and the libations. The restaurant is fantastic, but the service, tops it!

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vipAnonEmaus
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was amazing. I’d highly recommend the halibut. I don’t know how they prepared it, but it so good. Never had a bad experience here.

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KathyP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my husband’s birthday and had a handicapped guest in our party. I had asked for accommodations when I made our reservation and was pleased to see that all our needs were met. We had a wonderful, funny server (Christy); the drinks were a generous pour, and our prime rib meals were done to perfection. Thank you for your outstanding customer service and for the role you played in celebrating Ted.

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MaryaliceB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second time there. The food was delicious, service was fantastic and very nice atmosphere. A nice place to go to celebrate something special or just for a night out. Will definitely go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Service was slow. We finished our appetizers before we even received our first drink. Also, the waiter brought the check to the table and we planned on ordering more drinks. It was almost as if they were rushing us out.

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SM33
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine at the BBI often. The drinks and food are consistently very good. We appreciate the healthy fresh entree options, especially the fish, filet, etc.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal in a beautiful place! I had the Bronzino which was delectable with crispy skin, fluff gnocchi and a perfectly seasoned Puttanesca sauce.

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Italygirl
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service .

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ChristineM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very enjoyable experience!

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vipFamilyofsix
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic brunch. Service was better than it’s been in years.

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vipHPCJ
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a wonderful brunch!

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RoseB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Entrees were amazing! Our waitress was very good.

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joeG
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Outstanding service!

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vipLWatko
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great standby local restaurant with good food, service and atmosphere

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StevenC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Blue Bell Inn offers excellent food across the New American spectrum, though I wouldn't necessarily call it "gourmet." My wife and I started off with a crab cocktail appetizer, followed by lobster roll and branzino for mains. Generally, I'm not a fan of skin-on fish, but, in this case, the skin was crispy and it worked. For dessert, we had a slice of red velvet cheesecake with a scoop of maple ice cream.

My main complaint, if I have one-- as the meal, frankly, was fantastic-- was simply value. The above dishes, plus one cocktail and a coffee, was roughly $150 (including tax.) I found that a bit steep for what we actually got. That being said, I'd certainly return.

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vipJanS05hhi
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meals of braised short rib and filet mignon. My oysters on the half shell were great and the shrimp in my husband's shrimp cocktail were jumbo sized and delicious!

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vipJo3y
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was slow - believe short staffed and very busy. Overall everything was okay.

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vipRick0452
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I have dined there several times. The food is always very good, if pricey. Last night I had the oysters on the half shell as an entree, which were excellent followed by seared tuna over black rice with Bok Choy and an orange sesame glaze. The entree was also very good and I would order it again.

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Marcy
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience5

I am celiac and they poisoned me. Ended up in the hospital. Next time ask for the chef because they do not educated their waitstaff

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines brunch

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vipPhillyFoodies
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I showed up for my reservation and the restaurant reported to you that I didn’t. The idiot seating guests is the reason this happened. It was as if the reception area was pure chaos because of his lack of ability to seat guests.

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Steven
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Overall good night. Seated right away, area we sat was nice and not to loud. Food was good with only criticism being 3 of the four meals were either over or under done. Still tasted good.

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Norm
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Only one issue, we felt a little rushed to order and our main course food came much sooner than expected for a fine restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

God company good food; a little cold and drafty near the door; somewhat pricey, but very good

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food and great experience. Really enjoyed the level of service! Will be back for sure!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Valentine’s Day
Been to BBI several times over the past 3-4 years.
Worst experience I’ve had, will not be back.
Very surprised by the subpar crowd on such a big day.
It was not busy, yet service was slow, food was so-so.
Waited about 30 minutes for a drink, about an hour for a bowl of soup to come out.
Man course was underwhelming, my dish was light on both size and substance.
Very very disappointing from a place that was once one of our favorite spots.
Too much good competition to give it another shot.

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cindy
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were pleasantly surprised with the Blue Bell Inn. We had a great Valentine's dinner. The food was good as was the service. The ambience was nice and we were not rushed at all. Always thought it was a special occasion place but we will return for dinner or happy hour.

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GolferGirl
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We requested a quiet spot and were given a table in a small dining room that was perfect for conversation.

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