Brandywine Branch Bistro

4.7
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$30 and under
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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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J
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, spirits, and service. Would have been a 5 if they didn’t bring me out decaf tea. Come on- you serve dessert so you should have a decent selection of tea.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were absolutely perfect. The staff is warm and friendly.

C
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food & great service!

SK
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing drinks!
Amazing food!

My new favorite place

DK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Really wanted to like this place. If you're expecting dinner, check the menu before you go since it is small plates. Very few seating choices. The bar offerings are limited to gin and bourbon, red and white wine (one of each). Only a couple of craft beers and no other soft drinks other than ginger ale. The bartender was clearly inexperienced and the drinks were awful. Servers were unclear on the limited choices (ours did not know what a soft drink was and wasn't sure if they even had them!). Pretty pricey overall. On a positive note, the food was fresh and delicious. Not worth a return visit for me.

R
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here, definitely will come back.
Love those gin drinks, not a bad one on the list.
Food was very good. Flatbread special and Smoked Duck Breast Melt were very tasty.
Keep up the great work!

LS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We liked to vegetarian and gf options. My husband thought the mushroom ruben was a delicious sandwich, I had the shrimp tacos without the flour tortilla. It would gave been better with corn tortillas. The kitchen omitted more than the tortillas tho and I had to request the remaining ingredients. The cocktails were perfect!!!

MD
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extraordinary tasting and dining experience! The live music, well crafted spirits, dining experience and service from Kristin made for a really great evening. Looking to bring friends back soon.

MK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were fabulous! Our server was polite, attentive, and helpful. We will certainly be back!

l
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. We had the chef sampler and duck breast sandwich. Gin sampler which was fun. I enjoyed the bourbon old fashioned

RG
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space - clean and creative environment! We had no idea that this gem existed. Food was fresh and service was incredible. Cocktails were perfectly crafted for us!

i
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful barn, romantic setting. Great food and craft drinks. I found a bourbon I actually like! Service was wonderful and very attentive.

JD
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After frequenting a local tasting room weekly who serves their spirits in cocktails, my husband and I had to stop in to pick up a few bottles of our favorite gin and bourbon. We decided to have a few cocktails and a bite to eat. The service was great, Marissa was friendly and knowledgeable. The food was fresh and delicious. We were told most of the ingredients were local. We shared a large cheese plate, and my husband loved the tomato basil soup and fish tacos. I had a veggie burger with fresh avocado and a salad. The decor was unique, somewhat midwestern and the ambience was very relaxed. It’s a little pricey but definitely worth a visit. I highly recommend, and we can’t wait to return!

SA
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my 3rd visit for lunch. Its a 45 minute drive, so you can be certain it’d have to be 100% worth it. HOWEVER, why a tarot card reader hanging out in the distillery culling clients from the bar??! In my opinion, unwise gig.

JO
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

So happy I found a neighborhood gem only 10 minutes away. This will def be added to the rotation!

SA
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW. WOW. WOW

R
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place to enjoy a well crafted drink and a lite bite. A breath of fresh air and a welcome break from the typical bistros and pubs that dot the Main Line and surrounding area. Interestingly enough, the modest menu enhances the place and doesn't try to turn it into something its not. We stopped there on a late Saturday afternoon and found it quiet, charming and welcoming. There should be more places like this.

W
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a good time at Brandywine Branch Bistro! The food is delicious, the space is cozy and fun and the staff is thoughtful and very friendly!!

MB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good
Satisfying

OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was pretty good but we arrived early and sat at the bar for a drink until our table was ready. Waited 15 minutes to be waited on and then waited another 10-15 minutes for the drinks to be prepared. By then the table was ready. Overall a little stuffy for our taste and drinks we had were not exceptional. A bit pricey too.

MD
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food friendly service will definitely go again!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was tasty.. drinks were phenomenal ! Only thing that was disappointing were the sautéed mushrooms. Hardly any flavor, boring. But they were kind enough to take it off our bill

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

Had been looking to go here for a year. Excited but disappointed. Smaller than expected. They had a guitarist that was good but too loud for the small space. The drinks are all gin or whiskey based and I’m not a drinker of either, but all the cocktails were fabulous. Service was good but our server kept saying we ordered too much food.. We ordered pretzel cheese plate and we ordered the ENTREE empanadas. Thank goodness we didn’t listen to her as the apps were super small (we had 4 people) and the apps were just enough. When we ordered dinner there were not many options and there were NO MEAT OR CHICKEN OPTIONS (despite meatloaf being on the online menu) the specials were salmon or crab cake (note only ONE) and they were good but again small portions but at least had sides. The rest of the entrees had no sides. We each ordered a dessert, which we normally don’t do, but we were all still hungry. The food was good, but for the price it was not worth it. And each of us had to stop for a snack after. Not worth the $240 bill.

s
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place far exceeded our expectations! Food was outstanding and service was incredible. The spirits are fantastic and beer choice was great.

GK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The atmosphere was nice, bourbon was real good. The food was tasty but the menu is very limited. Overall a great first visit. We all enjoyed it very much.

C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

It is such a cool place to gather with friends. The menu leaves a lot to desire but what we did have was very good just very limited. Service was lacking but very nice and polite.

JF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good 1st experience service could be stepped up somewhat.
Will differently return

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

The drinks are the best. I love the limited menu and the atmosphere is ideal. The live music also adds to a very nice evening. I live in Elverson and it is fabulous to have such a nice place so close.

AW
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent drinks, food and service! Highly recommended!

CR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Little plates and tasting the different spirits. Their gin is so unique and I love the variety. I think it would be even better with a tapas style menu. I do wish the servers had more knowledge about the flavor profile instead of just handing over a paper with all the descriptions, but they all looked very young. The service was excellent and timely. I always appreciate when a server is attentive to refilling my water and clearing plates. Hopefully next time my husband and I go we’ll be able to have a tour of the distillery.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
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!

SM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 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.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this place! The atmosphere, food, and staff are amazing!

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

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

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.

WW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 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.

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

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

AJ
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

LA
San Francisco
2 reviews
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.

t
Philadelphia
25 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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