Brandywine Branch Bistro

4.6
34 reviews
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Farm-to-table
Brandywine Branch Distillers, Founded by Don Avellino and Scott Avellino, is a new small batch micro-distillery located in Pennsylvania’s bucolic Chester County. Brandywine Branch Distillers inhabits a lovingly restored 130-year-old barn, located on an eight-acre property and exclusively produces everything on site utilizing handcrafted methods. The Revivalist Gins™, is an award winning portfolio of four unique and small-batch expressions: Equinox, Summertide, Harvest, and Solstice. Revivalist represents a year-round portfolio of gins that reflects different taste profiles and echoes the natural progression of the seasons, their scents, colors and flavors, in order to create something for every palate.
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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here almost monthly and are always given outstanding service, excellent accommodation to food allergies, and the food and drinks are delicious!

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SM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time here, didn’t disappoint. Brought foodie friends and they loved it too. Great cocktails and handcrafted spirits.

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N
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food paired paired with gin distillery - unique gin blends.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My friend and I keep coming here to get together because the food and drinks are great, and we have some food allergies to accommodate, including Celiac disease. The Chef always does an amazing job identifying the meal options which meet these needs or can be modified to do so, and the cross-contamination is always taken care of as well (which can be an issue for those more sensitive). Love the ambiance and the aesthetic, also! Such a great find.

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WW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun atmosphere, beautiful setting! The menu is small, but everything is good, and it is a fun experience in beautiful surroundings.

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cozy and the drinks are great! We already made our new reservation!

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AJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic people. Very knowledable and fun. Great drinks and food. A MUST see

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LA
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We love the atmosphere. The service was great. They had a glitch with Open table. Open table said there were booked except for 5:00, 5:30, and 6:00. So we settled and took the 6pm reservation. When we got there the place was empty. So we pretty much had the place to ourselves. They had a singer/guitarist. He was good but was too loud. The food was expensive for what it was and it was very good. We wish they had a chicken dish, a steak dish and a fish dish. Instead of just on top of a salad.

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t
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Cute place but they were out of every entree. Female bartender was nice but embarrassed about the lack of food. Literally there were only two dinner entree options left. Got a Rueben sandwich that was made with mushrooms not corned beef. Must have missed that description on the menu. Not very good. Ended up going to Sonic for a burger afterwards. Gin and cheese plate were tasty but don’t go expecting a good entree.

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AE
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The House Salad and Saurbraten Sandwich were excellent, and the custom gin drinks were delicious! The atmosphere is quaint, we had a classical guitarist serenade us. overall a wonderful night.

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

Fantastic ambiance, inventive, fresh cuisine and top-Notch cocktails combined with great entertainment by Shawn Cephas

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BS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Second visit. Nice ambiance and very friendly staff. Food was great but not the place to go for a full dinner. A little pricy but worth for an occasional visit.

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T
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Limited menu but everything we tried was great! We will go back for sure.

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k
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Best. Martini. Ever. And I’ve had some good ones. Their gin and bourbon are very, very smooth. Try the duck melts.

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e
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful night! The gin drinks were delicious! We had a lovely cheese board that came with plenty of crackers and bread. I had a lamb sausage sandwich that was sooo good! My husband had the mushroom reuben which he thoroughly enjoyed. This restaurant has a lovely atmosphere as well.

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AW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Very cozy great gin and food! Ambiance was very cool!

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KD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We very much enjoyed our meal at Brandywine Branch Bistro. They make fabulous cocktails using their homemade gins and bourbons. The cheese plates and charcruterie are all from local sources and are outstanding. Entrees were well crafted and delicious. Service was very attentive and friendly.

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

Do not miss an opportunity to visit this beautiful venue and enjoy delicious and surprising menu items. Cocktails are fantastic and complement the offerings of
Local -sourced ingredients and great preparation, presentation and service by a very attentive wait-staff.

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f
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

Gin tasting, waitress, intimate rustic venue great. Food not so good - appetizers/ small plates not good, sandwiches simply okay.

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A
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Unfortunately, we had a drink mix up and an alcoholic drink was served to my non-drinking friend. That's a big mistake. We also had 2 servers, one when we initially sat down and then another 5 minutes later. They eventually worked it out. Restaurant still has a little organizing to do, but I have hope they will get it together between servers, kitchen, and bartenders.

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CA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife here for the Mother's Day brunch. The small initmate setting was ideal. The food offer for the brunch was superb. Grilled Vegetables , salad, two fantistic tasting fratatas, Lamb sausage and soup with a nice assortment of breads. The best was the Bloody Mary's made with your choice of the gins that they distill there. Looking forward to making dinner reservation.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall, very fine. Drinks were top notch, delicious. Duck melt very tasty, Caesar salad also very tasty. Mushrooms in bourbon too pungent, could be cut with some butter. Environment as cozy as could be. Staff attentive and warm.

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JW
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I loved our experience at Brandywine Branch Bistro. We enjoyed a fantastic tasting of their in-house distilled gins. The bourbons were delicious as well. From there we enjoyed a few appetizers and then finished with the Kielbasa and the Pulled Pork. The servers were fantastic and friendly. The food was excellent. The only point of disappointment was the Gin Mule made with their Jalapeno Gin....it was just missing the typical mule kick. You could taste the jalapeno gin, but I'd recommend they consider another ginger beer approach because what they used just didn't work...no bubbles, not enough ginger kick. My wife loved the Old Fashion with the special Cask Bourbon so they can definitely make a mixed drink...the Mule just didn't work. Overall I'd highly recommend this place.

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it here! The ambiance was great, the drinks were creative, and the food was just right. We'll be back!

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JM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Enjoyed the dining experience. It was a bit pricey for the location and the kitchen was very slow. The menu is limited, but the food was excellent. The dining area is part of an old barn which has been beautifully restored and there will be outdoor seating when the weather gets warmer. Reservations definitely recommended; seating is limited.

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JE
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very nice, good gin flight sampler (purchased a bottle as well) , food was great, a small place but nice, the cheese plate is a bit pricey and should be ~$5 less. We will go again.

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TR
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience - we will return very soon.

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I almost don't want to write a review as it will draw more people to the absolute GEM!! and I want to keep it to myself... this is a converted 18th century barn, impeccable décor, fantastic Food... and the Cocktails!!... you have to try their onsite made Gin & Bourbon!... Do yourself a favor and find this place!

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L
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Brandywine Branch Bistro! Scenic spot, unique menu, cozy interior.
It is known for its gin drinks, great variety of cocktails. Service is good , friendly, helpful and they remember if you are a return guest. Drawbacks are the abbreviated hours and small tables...both excusable for the dining experience.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us, all first time diners at The Brandywine Bistro, enjoyed a delicious dinner on Friday night. We all agreed that the food was creative and tasty, the ambiance was lovely and rustic, and the staff could not have been nicer. Thrilled to have a great restaurant out here!

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D
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding, exceptional, the best. The hostess was energetic, gave us an explanation of the distilling process-wonderful. Our server was superb-attentive, engaging-perfect! The cheese offering as appetizer was beautifully presented and delicious. The warm persimmon hazelnut salad was excellent. Atmosphere was charming. My entree- the stuffed acorn squash was served lukewarm- not a good thing. Presentation was good but would not order again. The other entree ordered was the pork chop- again, presentation good, but meat was tough and no appropriate style cutting tool was offered. Bland taste.
Lovely atmosphere, drinks were above average, appetizer/salad were superb. Entrees, in my opinion, were quite lacking.
Go for the drinks and appetizers. You will enjoy these.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

we sat in the distillery room which was fun and private but cold - wear a sweater if you opt for that. the soup was like warm but tasty The gnocchi was small and not enjoyable - too much vinegar flavor for me. it took 90 minutes to get our main dishes so it was a long and disappointing meal. But the owner heard about our evening and reached out to us. Really impressed with his response and planning to try again sometime.

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SD
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The drinks are excellent as is the food. This is my new favorite place. Very small inside so reservations are necessary. They don't have a lot of seating. The bar is awesome.

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AJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice place, but prices are way out of line. We could have dined at far nicer establishments for the money.

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