Broad Table Tavern

4.1
316 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.
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Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were excellent. The broccoli appetizer is amazing and the Monday special (chicken and biscuits) was delicious. It was a very pleasant evening.

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SL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

brunch: tasty, generous portions, fairly priced, leisurely

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b
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for Valentines Day. Could not have enjoyed it any more than we did. Fantastic ambiance with service and food only adding to the excellent evening. Thanks to everyone on staff from front of the house to back of house who made the evening happen.

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SM
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Rough night for the staff

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G
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, drink, service and atmosphere! Can’t wait to go back!

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P
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and superb service by the team. Glasses alway filled and food was out quickly. The cheese plate for the appetizer was plentiful, requiring us to bring home some leftovers which were appreciated the next day.

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RD
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was much improved from our last visit. Food was as great as ever.

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SC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time there for lunch. We had the mushroom soup, hummus platter, and simple soup and sandwich. Soth soups were delicious and hearty. The hummus platter could have served 4 and tasted homemade. The turkey club and side salad were also delicious. We washed it down with a memorable hibiscus tea to warm us against the weather. Sitting just adjacent to the fireplace it could not have been any better.

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J
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

People very friendly and excellent service. Food very well done.

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JW
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food and service. Was a little noisy on a Sat. night.

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M
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good service. Food delivered hot. Nice breakfast menu.

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E
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a beautiful atmosphere. Modern and casually elegant. The service was great, food was fresh and delicious. Portions were plentiful. I will definitely go back again.

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OT
Philadelphia
76 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

This place is convenient if you're doing anything in Swarthmore, but I'd avoid it. The restaurant (a few tables next to the bar) is incredibly noisy, and the food and drinks are average at best. The wine pours are about 4 ounces, for which they charge $12 or $14. Ridiculous! And the menu can best be described as elevated bar food. But by far it is the noise when the place is full that makes it absolutely obnoxious.

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H
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Average menu. Service was slow, albeit, most of the people were at the bar. My wine was 10$ for a 1/4 filled glass-rip off!

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RP
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My friend hadn't eaten here yet, so she was glad to find out about it. I've never been disappointed in the food here, though I am very sorry the octopus salad is no longer on the menu. (Even if I felt kind of bad about eating something so intelligent.)

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D
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, innovative food choices. Freshly prepared and top notch ingredients.

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d
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

It was nice as a local place. Probably great for Swarthmore parents and locals. Wouldn’t call it a destination. But pleasant.

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L
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good lunch after several unsatisfying meals on the past. Looks like they are finally getting their act together

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A
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The restaurant itself is quite attractive with a modern feel and an open floor plan. The bar, fireplace, and tables all flow together. The restaurant is centrally located in the Inn at Swarthmore — a very nice addition to the Ville. There is plenty of parking in the rear of the Inn.

Alas, the menu was limited, the wine list pricey, as were the wines by the glass. I’m not sure what the management’s strategy is on that front. Fortunately, there is a good selection of beers on tap, as well as cider.

The noise level was off the charts for at least half of our time in the tavern. A party of fifteen or twenty people in the center high table managed to drown out attempts at conversation nearby.

As to the food, well, it was OK at best but not memorable. The wait staff was warm and professional, as was the receptionist.

The Broad Table Tavern should be a winner but it hasn’t succeeded. The operator has had abundant time to fine tune this place. They must try harder.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service wasn’t great. Half the food was good, the other half was meh. The dinner menu didn’t have the lamb sliders on it so I didn’t know that I could order them until after I had ordered my food (I would have liked to have tried them). Not sure if I’ll be back.

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FS
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

To start, our server Dana was awesome. She made us feel so welcome and provided a couple food selections off the menu. A few of us had the French Toast breakfast and others had the Route 66 breakfast. Everything was delicious and Dana did not rush us. I know we will all be back. The atmosphere was lovely.

Highly recommend going for their brunch. Thank you.

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CO
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a great local spot for a meal, or a meeting over coffee. A nice addition to the town!

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Y
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really nice, and a great addition for the Swarthmore and Delaware County dining scene. Great service too - attentive while not being overwhelming. We'll be back.

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s
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Wish the working people would be a little more enthusiastic about their job!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drinks and fish entrees

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

Way too noisy!

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KD
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice looking place, warm service; too bad the food was disappointing. Had fish tacos made with salmon, which was incredibly overcooked and dry.

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P
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We’ve been there several times for lunch. Always good food and service. Nice atmosphere.

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D
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fabulous, great service and food( not your every day fare) with a relaxed atmosphere.

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D
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a bunch of starters to share and everyone agreed they were very good. The only disappointment on the menu was a noodle dish that was a bit like ramen.

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EB
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

This restaurant has a beautiful setting with lovely seating arrangements. The food is adequate and the menu interesting. On our most recent visit this Thanksgiving am, the restaurant was not crowded and we waited quite some time for sandwiches and an equally long time for a simple piece of pie for dessert. Also on the two occasions when we went for a breakfast/brunch on a holiday, this past Thanksgiving and last Christmas we were told there was only a holiday chef's menu available and we could not order anything else. This year when we asked the waiter to make a request to the chef to alter his plan and allow us to order from the menu, he acquiesced. Last year he did not and we were not even permitted to sit in the main dining area for a cup of coffee, we were asked to have our coffee in the lobby! Keep in mind on both occasions I made reservations and was not informed of this policy. After last year's fiasco we were gracious enough to give your establishment another go mainly because it is such a lovely setting and within walking distance, and it was ironic that the same thing happened to us for the second time, but with slightly better results this year. I think it is important for your chef to understand, NO ONE wants a chef's menu. Consumers want to go to a restaurant and order how much or how little they would like and from an entire selection. I would suggest conducting some type of market research to validate this point before you offer any of your special menu "only" option again.

Thank you
Dr. Eloise Boccella

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance. Farm to table food. Scallops were outstanding.

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DD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Close to home. Average food. Great waitress. I have nothing else to say.

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CM
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely, high end restaurant with locally sourced ingredients, in the heart of Swarthmore.

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OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for dinner on a Sunday evening and everything was just delicious! We were warmly greeted by the hostess. We tucked into a cozy booth and John took care of us very nicely. I had the chef's preparation of Mediterranean sea bass over root vegetables and it was outstanding. My husband always gets his martini well prepared at Broad Table...not sure who was bartending, but he hasn't had a complaint anytime we've been either at the bar, or eating at a table. My husband had the basic burger, which was just fine, good fries!

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IG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Great food but the staff seemed a bit off their game. We've been before a couple of times without the same problems, so hopefully it was a one-off.

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t
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The above items I checked says it all! Wonderful addition to our town old Swarthmore!
The fact that there is convenient parking is a plus!

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service is extremely slow. And impossible to find any server to ask for anything.

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GC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food and ambiance are good. However, it has pretty aggressive pricing. Based on my recent fine dining experience at Napa, San Francisco and Palo Alto, price and value ratio is high.

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MT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

The worst hamburger I’ve ever had at a non-fast food restaurant. The service was terrible.

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