Blue Bell Inn

4.7
2956 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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DKeats
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this place. It never disappoints and is so consistent! We’ll definitely be back A LOT

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JulieC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful location to meet up with friends. Kyle, our server was top notch.

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CrissyK
Poconos
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We LOVE the BBI and this is the first time that we were disappointed. First, they didn't have the usual complimentary valet parking - not the end of the world, but the first time I've ever seen them not have valet parking.

Our server was inexperienced and clearly training someone new. Neither knew how to properly pour a glass of wine without touching the bottle to the wine glass.

There was no special entree.

I ordered the ahi tuna for dinner , same meal I ordered back in June on the same Monday BYO night. Back in June, one whole side of the tuna was full of avocado smash and the other side of the fish lined with pineapple salsa.

This time quarter size dollop of each.

I don't know if people don't want to come to work and/or they're having a hard time sourcing ingredients, but it was not the BBI experience that we're accustomed to.

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Kathleen
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal. Great atmosphere. Noise level is very loud

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NancyH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch in a beautiful garden courtyard. Food was just what we wanted.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience! Excellent food, service& ambiance!

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vipKathyP
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated an anniversary and we were delighted with our overall experience. Our server, Megan was attentive and personable; the menu selection was appropriately balanced and every one of our party of 5 enjoyed their respective entree. Megan then brought out a special dessert for the anniversary couple. We will definitely be back as they were welcoming, accommodating to handicapped people and they certainly aimed to please.

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JenniferF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, atmosphere, service was amazing. We will be back soon.

JB
JBW8
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We choose the ‘quiet section’ - upstairs instead of near the bar. We also went early. Had the room to ourselves most of dinner. Everything was delicious and our server was great. Definitely going back.

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DS16
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely lunch with friends sitting outside. Quiet enough so we could talk and catch up. There is always something on the menu that appeals and food is consistently very good.

PJ
PhillyJill
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time and I loved that the staff wished my hubby a happy birthday! The cheesesteak dumplings, calamari, wagyu beef and filet were all amazing!

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Fran
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food always, staff is friendly

JF
vipJF37
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love coming to see Clay McElwee play at Blue Bell Inn! - Sam is my fave waitress too!

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Oceansoffun
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality food with an abundance of menu selections - Service provided with great personalism and competence.

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ThomasM
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love oysters and had them both raw and fried as appetizers. It was wife’s birthday and she had her favorite lobster roll while I had more oysters. All seafood was fresh and delicious. Our server was friendly and efficient on a very busy lunch for the restaurant. This is one of our favorite restaurants and will definitely return.

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EllenS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rosh Hashanah family dinner

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vipAnnie555
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really loved the outdoor area and the food & service was outstanding! 😊🥂

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vipDean
New York Area
254 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous dinner in one of my favorite restaurants. Nancy, our server could not have been any more attentive and accommodating throughout the entire dinner. It was the first time our dinner guests had ever been to the Blue Bell Inn and they were all absolutely blown away !

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AngelaS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience as always. World class service too.

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London92
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We hit a super busy Tuesday night, which was unusual. I think that affected the noise level and service. Service speed was fine and our waitress was outstanding. Everyone loved their meals.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the space open to the air. Charming building.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal and excellent service by our server Kyle. Always a wonderful experience!

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KarenT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Good: nice refit of an historic place; plenty of seating for large and small groups plus two outdoor seating/service areas; most in our party enjoyed their brunch selections; and, courtesy valet was perfect with an 85-year-old in tow;
Not so good: should've spoken up right away for a differently located table; brand new server spilled first drink, a sticky mimosa, onto table and splash, then got two orders incorrect; and, training server could've seen to some sort of comp in the bill for those goofs on this birthday outing :( We'll try it again for brunch or other meals.

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vipMauigirl
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blue Bell Inn never disappoints. The service and food are always top notch.

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Mikebby20
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place with really good food! Prices are good too!

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vipNickle
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I met three women friends for an early lunch. I was very happy to be seated in the more formal room and no one else was in there at 11:30 am. (I am dismayed when seated right next to people when there are other tables farther apart.) The service was good, the food was delicious and we were not rushed. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a delightful experience

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AimeeG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Arugula salad and entrees (pasta with pork & scallops) were great. Appetizers - fried oysters and crab cake were really just edible and were not very appetizing in presentation. $19 crab cake appetizer was overpriced for taste. Bread putting dry.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is the best spot around!!! Love it.

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ElaineG
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

It was so noisy i couldn’t hear my girder at time. The waitresses and hostess were yelling across dining area to each other. I thought I was in a biker bar. Not happy with expierence

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vipMarg
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside it was beautiful!!!

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Dorth
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My main complaint is the number of parking spaces blocked off for valet. I have been there numerous times and never had a problem finding a parking spot until yesterday. There were too many valet spaces!!! Also, the filets were overcooked for two of us. We ordered them to be medium and medium rare and they were well done....almost charred. Not good!

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SJacobs
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From Start to Finish our meals were Amazing! The Caesar Salads, Buffalo Chicken Bites and Cheesesteak Dumpling appetizers Incredible!!! Surf and Turf, Braised Short Ribs and even the Burger was Fantastic. The desserts, omg Insane! Our server Nancy was Attentive and Very Sweet, it was nice seeing our server wear a mask which made everyone at the table feel more at ease. I only wish that the other staff were wearing their masks like our server.

MJ
MJB1
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, great food and excellent service. One of my favorite local spots for both business lunches and romantic dinners with my wife.

JP
JessP
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Great service. Will definitely be going back.

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vipMichelle
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Delicious food! Will definitely be back.

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LizC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, great people, terrific food, nice experience

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Foodie
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We had not been here since its initial reopening, and were looking forward to being with our group of 6 friends. It was VERY noisy, probably due to high ceilings, and couldn't hear people at our table. The lunch menu was pretty good, but expensive when you add in drinks and appetizers (almost $300 for 6 people with tip). I had a crab cake which was good, with some green beans that a knife couldn't cut, and decent fingerling potatoes. Very small portions (4 of us had the same thing) which we joked about. Desserts were very good, like creme brulee, bread pudding, and chocolate cake.

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MarkD
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always very good and professional service. Portions are scanty, but drinks are not.

JM
JoeM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food was outstanding. Service was good and much improved from our last visit. Noise level in the dining room was not great.

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