Broad Table Tavern

4.0
268 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Broad Table Tavern at the Inn at Swarthmore offers seasonally inspired menus showcasing locally sourced ingredients and regional, artisanal products. A convivial atmosphere, approachable beverage selections and warm, welcoming staff make the Broad Table Tavern the ideal gathering spot for colleagues, family, and friends.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Low Country, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: 7am-11am Daily
Brunch: Sunday 8am-2pm
Lunch: 11am-4pm Daily
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 4pm-9pm
Friday-Saturday 4pm-10pm
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Phone number
(610) 543-7500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Catering
Private Dining: The beautiful Ingleneuk room provides comfortable private seating for 20 guests. Those with larger parties may contact us to inquire about our larger banquet spaces - the Sycamore Room (max. 60 dinner guests) and the Gathering Room (max. 120 dinner guests).
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
South Chester Road & Fieldhouse Lane
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Parking details
Please park in the hotel parking lot if you are coming to dine at the Broad Table Tavern.
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Public transit
Minutes walking distance from the Swarthmore SEPTA stop (Media-Elwyn Regional Line).
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 268 People Are Saying
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Charlotte
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Board table is a good choice when visiting Swarthmore. Comfortable and friendly. Good food and service.

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Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent meal! Neila is the MOST amazing server at the restaurant and the chef is now excellent too! And, Jet makes the best cocktails- A+!!!

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LA
Philadelphia
105 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was "buck a shuck" night.
Service was prompt and responsive.
Oyster were perfectly shucked and fine.
Nice glass of chardonnay.
Rolls and minionette.
Perfect.

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f
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The menu is very small, and there are no specials (at least for lunch). For local guests, such as myself, it gets boring eating the same thing. They need more imagination, more specials and a larger menu.

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SH
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I've eaten at the Broad Table Tavern several times and I have had a wonderful food experience every time. Delicious!

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AN
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Page is the best!

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D
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Way too complicated. I got a negative vibe the minute I approached the hostess stand. Service was slow and food was even slower after the order. When the order did arrive, the Gluten Free meal was in edible due to cross contamination.

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s
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 5

We are finding that their appetizers are very good but entree s need some work. Their chicken sandwich lacked seasoning. Their fish tacos lacked flavor.

Love their hummus, semplice salad, broccoli app, and chocolate pott dessert.

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D
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Only major criticism was noise level. Impossible to hear conversation with friends at table. Need some sort of sound baffle.
Service was excellent, although we had no time for dessert as our waitress became exceptionally busy and we had to leave for theater.
Menu would benefit form a bit more variety or ingredients that could be eliminated, ie. Some spices and mushrooms. Severe allergies.

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JC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you to all of the amazing people at the Broad Table Tavern for a lovely first anniversary celebration. They even made us a special dessert. The BBT is a beautiful gift to the Swarthmore community.

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KB
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went for the second time here to have brunch. Very modern but cozy restaurant that has a tasteful classy vibe. Our server was very professional and helpful. Ordered a burger, it was a bit dry. My sister ordered the country grits with Tasso and it was AMAZING. I wish I had ordered that instead! Coffee is good and the whole meal was reasonably priced. I do know the last time I was here the tuna tartare is phenomenal, but drinks are a bit pricey! Overall great for a fancy-ish night out or brunch!

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RF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent casual food and drink , with superb friendly service. Will return soon.

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e
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Neela our server was great ! The food was good as always !

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G
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good food and amiable, responsive service. Stingy on the glasses of wine.

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SL
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Wait service was slow. Brought the wrong soup and no spoons to eat it with. The soup was over-salted. The setting is nice and I had high expectations even though I'd been told by locals that it was mediocre. Won't go back again soon.

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D
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service and food ! Will come back again !

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AV
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was outstanding. It is a limited menu so I don't recommend it for picky eaters. Disappointed that they ran out of two of the four dessert options. Server was friendly, knew the menu well and was able to answer our questions.

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S
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

This relatively new restaurant is part of the Swarthmore College Hotel which is very quaint and fitting with the college's beautiful green campus. Set next to the Swarthmore train station and at the intersection of the town center it is perfectly located for any one who is near the town center, train station or just breezing thru campus. The décor is very rustic and contemporary at the same time. Cool out coves with comfy seating (indoor and out door) seating with fireplaces outside surrounded by beautiful plantings. Outdoor heaters for cool days/nights. The food was very good (we had breakfast) with a good selection. The service was very slow (took someone 15 minutes to come to the table) and the restaurant was 3/4 empty. The servers were mostly Swarthmore college students who seemed like they were still learning the trade. Hopefully this was just the exception. That said we would come back due to the ambiance and quality of food and reasonable prices (we paid $31 for 2 breakfast's which were very good). Minus the bad service I would give it a solid 4. Fix the service and this place is a 10.

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J
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

Food, decor, service all great.

Acoustics awful, very loud.

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L
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Horrible Service. i have been to this restaurant several times and the evening servers are ok but this morning we had breakfast and the service was terrible. We were the only ones in the restaurant and the waitress was no where to be seen. We had to send the hostess and others to get her and finally we asked the hostess to just take the rest of our order. I have had breakfast there before and had the same problem. The food is okay if you can get it.

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KB
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a pleasure to walk into town and dine at the Inn!

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JM
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

The service was almost non existent.

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NB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The menu is very limited and prices a bit high for what you get

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PR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

A very attractive restaurant and bar. Nice waiters but the kitchen and and ordering process was completely messed up resulting in greatly delayed meals and undelivered items. The food was pretty good, but the experience was disorienting. The busboy told us there was only one waiter on duty, and that Mondays are always a problem. He took our order, but it wasn't accurate. He also said that the kitchen was mixing up orders.
The menu and especially the wine and beer list looked well-chosen. I will try it again when in Swarthmore, but food management certainly needs work at present.

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BL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Great Burger. Great wine list by the bottle...by the glass not so good..very small pour for 15.00 a glass. lots of good craft beer. Pasta was good. Service fine.

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e
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice place right in the middle of Swarthmore. Menu had a variety of choices, drink menu and wine list plenty of options. Had pappardelle with mushrooms - delicious!

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JC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of the staff at the Boad Table Tavern make the dining experience a beautiful night out. I’m so grateful to have the inn in our community.

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j
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Overpriced for the quality. They talk a big game, but the food was quite mediocre. It’s not bad food, but it’s not great either. Fair. Maybe I’m just used to Philadelphia. Ambience was nice.

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LD
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We ate breakfast and it was not crowded. Service seemed on the slow side and we had to ask for butter for toast and refills for coffee. Waitress was nice enough just didn’t seem to check in on us much.

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C
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here with a group of friends since they offer the Impossible burger as a vegan option. We appreciated the clarity of the menu in terms of items being labeled vegan or gluten free, and our items were delicious! I enjoyed that the vegan cheese was made from aquafaba and not something one could buy anywhere. The drinks were delicious, however we all felt that the quantity received for the price was poor. Also, although we all ordered the same drinks only some of them came with a slice of lime. Seemily a small factor, but for the price we felt it should always be included. I may be back on special occasions since the Impossible burger is offered, but unfortunately not to enjoy expensive drinks.

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C
New Orleans
19 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pleasant and enjoyable.

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JA
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible service. Ordered eggs over easy and they came out over cooked. They were out of certain menu items.

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EV
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

My mother and I had reservations for 2:30pm on a Friday afternoon. The website did not indicate that this restaurant offered a limited menu during the hours between lunch and dinner. Therefore, we were not able to order the entrees that we were planning to. Our server was helpful in the beginning, but he never returned to check on us after we received our food. We thought he was very inattentive, since it wasn't busy at the time (only one other table seated and a few folks at the bar). But we soon found out from another server that he had left for the day - without a word! The food was good, but the experience was clouded by the server and the menu issue. I would eat here again because it's conveniently located near my job and, again, the food was good. But I've learned my lesson about the late afternoon menu!

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BJ
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Too expensive for not special food and mediocre service.

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

Dinner outside on patio on a lovely warm evening.

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J
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had drinks at the bar and then went to our reserved table. We shared a wonderful chopped salad (A serving spoon would have been helpful). Then on to fabulous scallops and the fish of the day. All in all, this was a wonderful and truly delicious meal. We will be back!

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

Very good for biz discussion over lunch; quality food, effective but not overbearing/intrusive service and tables spaced such that there is privacy for a confidential discussion.

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d
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Kind of expensive, decent food. Ate there twice over Swarthmore graduation weekend with our 2018 grad. However my big complaint is that the first of our two meals (May 25th) was "cancelled" by the restaurant after we ate there (presumably we were tagged as a no-show, even there we were there perfectly on time, and seated about 20 minutes later). I've written to the restaurant, and the inn, multiple times over the last month with no response whatsoever.

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Service has gotten slower and slower each time I've gone.

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RP
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I had very tasty salads, light but delicious. We had an early lunch, so things were very quiet. Our server (whose name I forget) was just attentive enough without bothering us - cheerful and knowledgeable about the menu.

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