Catherine's Restaurant

4.7
1761 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Catherine"s Restaurant is a charming BYOB nestled in the heart of Chester County's horse country. An upscale casual destination restaurant, located in the historic (c.1851) Unionville General Store, Catherine's is 'dining at it's BEST.' (Philadelphia Inquirer) Chef Kevin McMunn's "Wild Mushroom & Lump Crab Soup is EXQUISITE." Craig Laban. Catherine's is one of the Delaware Valley's top BYOB's & has earned many accolades since opening in West Chester in 1999! Catherine's is continually rated EXCELLENT by Zagat. Chef Kevin McMunn and his partner & wife Marybeth Brown are an exceptional team that pay homage to Brown's grandmother, Catherine, with their warm and welcoming hospitality and unbelievably delicious food! The gorgeous dining room is lit entirely by candles - over 125 - which adds to the special touch of mini flashlights which come with every menu. Enjoy Lunch and weekend Brunch on the patio. The Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes are the perfect way to end the weekend!
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TC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner. The waiter recommended the mushroom and crab soup. It was excellent! We are definitely coming back. Can't wait to try the brunch there!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Spectacular as always

OT
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Went there for Brunch and they seemed short handed. Service was good considering.
But, food was very good so would definitely try it again for dinner

R
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely place to eat, nice to be able to bring wine and not get raked on the bottle fee. Only issue is parking, small lot and guess everyone drives.....

JH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and would highly recommend this restaurant.

OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We love this restaurant & hold it in high regard. Two things really detract from the experience
1. It’s too loud. Some noise is part of a “happening place” but the noise here is louder than that. We have friends who won’t eat there with us any more
2. The parking lot is too small & is in awful shape. I’m a professional engineer who designs parking lots. This one needs serious enlargement and repair.

KL
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!

CJ
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Very disappointed with our recent visit to what had been one of our top 3 restaurants in the area.
Table of 4 and 2 of us who got the swordfish special received a dish that was barely warm. We both sent it back and it came back barely better. The other complaint was the crab cakes having no lump meat discernable in the cakes. We may or may not go back. We have had many great dinners there so this was very disappointing.

NL
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best filet. It melted like butter. Mushroom soup is amazing.

LM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was delicious. We enjoyed the entire evening. Our server, Susan, was wonderful. She made the evening and meal superb. We’ll definitely be back!

L
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere with wonderful food and service.

N
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, homemade bread, fresh salad greens and great jumbo shrimp. The staff was amazing. It was a welcome change to be treated so well.

CK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Catherine's is a charming restaurant. You walk through a beautiful garden and outdoor seating area to enter the restaurant. Would like to go back to eat in the garden. Our server, Adam, met us immediately and seated us. He was extremely friendly and attentive. His recommendations were spot-on. We shared the sea scallops appetizer and decided the dish was the highlight of the meal. My husband enjoyed his pasta with shrimp and my filet mignon was done to perfection. We look forward to returning.

BP
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service are always top shelf. Better on weeknights for noise level, especially for we geezers. Probably better for the house, too!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Catherines! The food selection has something for everyone, the food is delicious. I have never been disappointed. Our waitress was friendly and service was prompt. The noise level when the restaurant is full is a little high, but we had a later reservation so by the time we had our main course it was perfect!

TW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had the Goat Cheese Ravioli with Smoked Scallops appetizer and the Sea Scallops entree. I enjoyed the entire meal. Service was good, atmosphere was nice...outside or inside dining (we ate in), conversation was a little difficult due to noise level in the restaurant from other patrons. We would definitely eat there again and would recommend others to try it out.

LM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

As usual the food and atmosphere was great, however the service could've been better. It took a long time for our server to return to see if we needed any more drinks, or if everything was OK.

OT
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our meal was great, as always. Consistently excellent!

M
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always !

WS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service were really excellent. If you're a person who had difficulty hearing in a more noisy environment, this place may not be for you. The wood floors and ceilings seemed to resonate with the lively conversations which were all around us. If you have difficulty hearing in such an environment, take that into account before booking. I suspect most people will like this, but it was a bit much for my liking.

r
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate outdoors and the atmosphere was excellent. The food was also excellent, especially the desserts. Our waitress Susan was a delight with a wicked sense of humor. We had one our best eating experiences.

c
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always good, it's calm and quiet for lunch. Beautiful re-use of historic architecture, with a lovely patio and English cottage garden. All to the good- thanks!

U
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely night outside all to ourselves ! Adam was great, food wonderful as always. The mushroom soup is one of the best I've ever had !

DD
Philadelphia
225 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Filet was good short ribs were not of the quality we experienced in the past. Service was great friendly as always and prompt portions are generous so we skipped dessert we will return as it could have been an off night in the kitchen

DM
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first time there and I was there to celebrate my sisters 50th I was very impressed with the unique surroundings and scenario inside the restaurant I was impressed with the personal service and our waitress went above and beyond her responsibilities in regards to waiting on us definitely a place to go to at least w it was my first time there and I was there to celebrate my sisters 50th I was very impressed with the unique surroundings and scenario inside the restaurant I was impressed with the personal service and our waitress went above and beyond her responsibilities in regards to waiting on us definitely a place to go to at least once

SF
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just excellent in every aspect. Eclectic menu with the dishes prepared masterly well. Highly recommend, be sure to ask for Susan as your server, tons of personality and very efficient. She also made good recommendations. Atmosphere is superb, great ambiance

NM
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The outside is lovely. It is a beautiful place to relax and eat on a summer evening.

GE
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outside Sunday Brunch was very nice. Pretty setting and nice menu selection.

B
Philadelphia
758 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our last experience at Catherines was marred by an overdone filet: juicy but overdone. Everything else was up to their usual high standards, especially the mushroom crab bisque which is truly special. Service was great. They comped us a dessert, a nice gesture indeed. We ate on the lovely patio, even though no one else joined us out there. Their loss. Always top notch.

CR
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food, excellent service, lovely atmosphere. A nice restaurant for date night or just an excellent well prepared meal. Local, seasonal fresh food.

M
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always. Simply outstanding. Food service and atmosphere !!!

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food (had blackened scallops, mushroom ravioli, and the spinach salad); the service was perfect. Would return!

AL
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 5

Lovely setting. We sat outside in the garden. Interesting menu and food was good service was incredibly slow. The restaurant was not crowded in fact it was only half full. Brunch took over two hours. Ok if you have no other plans.

c
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious. Service was good. It was only the two of us and we had difficulty hearing each other. It was very dark.

LF
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I am sorry to say that I've been going to Catherine's since it opened and had an awful experience on my 37th wedding anniversary. I booked outdoor dining, indicated it was my anniversary, and arrived on time. Our table had been given to other diners and we did not want to eat inside because it was a beautiful evening and we specifically booked for outdoors. We were told to sit on the bench and wait. The bench was full of vases, flower pots, etc. along with some dirt and facing the garden where everyone was eating. This was not a comfortable situation and we did not want people to feel uncomfortable with us looking at them while they were eating. We waited for 30 minutes and no one was leaving. We called another restaurant down the street and immediately were able to get reservations in their outdoor garden. I let the host/waiter know we were leaving. He was not concerned at all and made no effort whatsoever to apologize or keep our business. I dine at Catherine's at least 4 times per year. Now I am not so sure we'll be going back.

F
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal and service by Dennis, our server.
Scallop special was great!
Short ribs were excellent!
Mushroom soup w/crab meat was excellent!
Huge golf outing party of women made it extremely noisy (not a problem generally because I've been part of a noisy golf group at a restaurant), so Dennis recommended sitting outside. Very pleasurable.

RF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Always a good meal and nice ambiance. Overall it’s a good experience at Catherine’s.

AA
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming cafe, with excellent food and service. Warm atmosphere, filled with candles, flowers, and friendly staff. While not inexpensive, most entrees were under $30, which is starting to be really reasonable these days. Lovely courtyard.

C
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great welcome upon arrival u owner great ambiance and Food we had fish special and salad special and service was exceptional quaint little restaurant on old house
Felt very warm looking forward to going back with other friends

K
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was lovely...the service was excellent....the food was delicious.

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