Catherine's Restaurant

4.7
1736 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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SF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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

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NM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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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.

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B
Philadelphia
757 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.

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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.

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

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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NL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lunch was delicious -crab cake and salad ! Server came to the table as soon as we were seated and the lunch was served in a timely fashion. Will definitely return !

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EM
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this little local restaurant. Call well in advance for a large table, but the food and service is top notch!

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JH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. Our server was knowledgeable and very pleasant and the food, like always, was prepared perfectly and delicious.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always delicious and the deserts are a little slice of heaven! I highly recommend this to anyone who appreciates a relaxing brunch with friends and family.

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CC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We have been wanting to try Catherine’s for quite some time so decided on it for our anniversary. My only main complaint is parking. There is a gravel lot which is very tight. My husband and I drove around for 10 minutes looking for a place to park b/c there is no street parking. We finally made our own spot in front of the restaurant dumpster! The restaurant itself is very nice inside. We enjoyed the ambiance. Our server was sweet and helpful. Our main entrees, crab cakes and scallops, were a bit saltier than we like but still tasty. The crab and mushroom soup was delicious and make sure you save room for the bread pudding! I’d like to go back again but hesitant because of parking.

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ST
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant - ambiance so cute - definitely would go back

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H
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food in an attractive environment with attentive service.

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JB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous and the service was awesome! We love Catherine's!!!!!

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MK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my nieces high school graduation. The staff was so accommodating (we were late). They did not rush us and made the night super special for the girls. The table was beautifully set. The ambiance was simply perfect. Food was perfectly prepared and so tasty. Desserts are well worth the calories!!! Highly recommend.

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s
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We go hear for special occasions and the food is always excellent. We like BYOB as we think it is more cost effective and we get to bring our favorite wines.

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M
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great !!

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MW
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and great food. Dennis was a excellent waiter - very attentive.

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CG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Outdoor dining space was cute and comfortable. Service was excellent. Salad was very fresh & flavorful. Entree prepared as ordered, both fish dishes we ordered were excellent. Dessert was okay, could have been fresher and more flavorful. Overall very nice evening!

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JS
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very much enjoyed the evening. The food and the service were excellent...as always! My only complaint was the noise level did get quite LOUD at times even though it was not a full house. This seems to be something that happens a lot these days...groups getting too boisterous....which causes everyone else to have to raise their volume just to converse.

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C
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very lovely, outside dining. I would come again.

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C
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, Catherine’s did not disappoint. Quiet for a Thursday evening, it was the perfect atmosphere in which to have our 37th anniversary “dinner date”. Everything was full of flavor, and wonderfully delicious. My porcini-stuffed agnolotti with braised short rib was warm and plentiful, and the seared scallop with blackberry jalapeño coulis appetizer was perfectly prepared. My wife’s filet mignon with Madeira demi glace was tender, and perfectly seared, and her baby spinach leaf salad with Spanish bleu cheese vinaigrette was a delightful opener. Our BYOB bottle of 2016 Zinfandel from The Terraces in Napa was the right choice to accompany our meal. A lovely evening to celebrate our anniversary.

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B
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Overall good experience. The one waiter had too much to do but did amazing well.

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AB
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Disappointing lunch for two. Omelet was dry; cheese in the filling was hard to find. Chicken salad was entirely adequate, but we expect so much more from Catherine's. Won't be hurrying back, even though the ambience is quite lovely.

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BY
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We have been here a few times over the years. Very dissapointed that the menu has stayed the same for at least 5 of those years. Do not recommend the scallops or crab cakes. The sauces ruined the plate. Over sauced red pepper on the crab (why sauce on crab cakes) and who knows where the scallops were other than drowned on the plate. Very weied experience. No one introduced themselves, not the maitre de or the waitress. Very cold unfriendly non personal evening. Super disappointed. Beyond words. Will not return.

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KG
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. The mushroom soup was delicious, the blackened tuna phenomenal, and the key lime pie a great wY to end the meal!

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SM
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this spot....food and service is great!!!

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JM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic meal at Catherine's. Request outside seating in the private courtyard if available.

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GN
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service was amazing!! Many choices for an awesome Mother's Day brunch . Eggs, pancakes and the best burger in the tri-state area. Not to mentioned amazing deserts!! Always the best!

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D
Philadelphia
57 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Catherine's is one of our favorite local restaurants, although it can be very loud on a busy night. The servers allow you to settle in and never rush you for menu choices or to move along. The food is always wonderful, and Mother's Day was no exception!

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B
Philadelphia
757 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, great service, mushroom crab bisque par excellence, lovely setting. What more could you ask for? A lot less noise when eating inside on a busy evening. Catherine’s needs some baffles. Can’t wait for the patio to open up!

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