Broad Table Tavern

4.0
296 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 296 People Are Saying
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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FS
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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
61 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
3 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
2 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
5 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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S
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This is our go place in Swarthmore, PA. The homemade hummus is fabulous. Appetizers are always delicious. and the salads are always fresh and plentiful. The entree's are not all equal-we've had some outstanding meals, and other dishes that are meh. Overall, it still remains our go to place.

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H
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Darnell is such an awesome chef - the market fish was SOO delish - really excellent!!! And, the waitstaff - Paige and Neila are both fabulous!!!! And, cocktails are always excellent! GREAT SPOT!

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J
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was so-so and not a great value for the price. Had a mushroom pasta that was swimming in mushrooms...over cooked, soggy and tasteless, even with a million mushrooms in it!! Menu choices also leave something to be desired. Chef should stop worrying about being trendy and focus more on taste and crowd appeal. Scallops were a bit better, but not as good as we get in Media. Rice, saffron, that they came with was hard and cold, again very disappointing. Server did her best.

We have tried this restaurant numerous times and found the same thing. They only thing it has going for it is atmosphere. But it’s now off the list :(

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MD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good, but expensive. Food selections are limited. Services were kind slow. For some reason waiters did not look very happy, (I don't know why) and it seems he did not want to server us. Also he did not pay attention to orders. So he forgot part of one order and we had to wait for long time to get the food.
Few people recommended to go there, but I was disappointed and wouldn't go back nor make a recommendation anyone.

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H
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neila once again made our dining experience so wonderful! She's the ultimate professional and so pleasant! Darnell, the chef, also did a superb job once again and, Jet is the best bartender around! Excellent experience!

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S
Charlotte
27 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
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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H
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
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
107 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
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
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
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
32 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
13 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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