Catherine's Restaurant

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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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TS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time and enjoyed this BYOB. All dishes were very spectacular foodie grade.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious dinner, we will be back soon!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Time! Food was Outstanding! Will definitely return

MB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have followed Catherine's from it's inception in West Chester through the move to Unionville and have yet to be disappointed. The menu is modest in size but wide in scope with a few specials rounding it out but the quality is consistently excellent. The presentation is wonderful and the owner's provide ingredients from local farmers. Besides dinner, we enjoy their Sunday Brunch, whose menu is the same as lunch. The outside dining area is replete with various plants and the owners have a knack for the aesthetic with other seasonally appropriate décor.

D
Philadelphia
62 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and our waiter was awesome! We come often with 2 other couples and we all enjoy dining at Catherine’s. I had the short rib agnolotti and it was awesome. Only thing I didn’t like were the prices of the salads. I just have to be honest - salads are outrageously priced at 13-15$ (Not entree salads) and my soup was $13. I just think that’s really sticking it to your patrons. Sorry but have to be honest!

M
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing meal. The mushroom soup is the best you will ever find

A
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

The food was excellent. The service ok given the number of people in the restaurant. You just could not even hear people at your own table because it was so VERY noisy. I would not go again on Saturday night as the noise level ruined the meal.

B
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A captivating historical end to our wonderful Chester County Day tour. From the quaint ambiance to the friendly, energetic service and the fabulous food.

S
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was mediocre. We each had something different and it was tastelesss.ervice was slow due to poor staffing.

M
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Catherine's restaurant has never been a disappointment. The food and service are above reproach. I will definitely go back soon.

E
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of four on a multi-day holiday in the area and the restaurant was recommended by our hosts. We made reservations for a weekday evening for an outdoor table. The patio was decorated in an eclectic and pleasant manner. Three of us had salads (all different and all excellent) and the mushroom/crab soup (superb and rich). One had a filet which was cooked to perfection.

Service was excellent, altho had it been busier it might have been stretched, as all bookkeeping was done by hand.

Important note: This is a BYOB establishment with a $7 corkage fee per table, so plan accordingly.

We never had a reason to venture indoors so can't comment on the indoor arrangements or ambiance.

EM
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, and great coffee! Will definitely go back!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Catherine's is our favorite place in Chad's Ford area. I love the decor and homey feel. Never a disappointment.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting, wait staff exceptionally helpful and nice. Scallops and veggies prepared perfectly; readily accommodated for a vegan diet. We look forward to the next opportunity to visit!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food & a lovely, serene, laid back but beautiful atmosphere. We sat on their outside deck - gorgeous! Fab Sunday afternoon.

C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Sunday Brunch. Very slow to be seated even though there were only 3 tables with guests. Omelet, eggs were overcooked to a brown which changes taste drastically. Potatoes were ultra greasy. Bread was great. Service did get better after they got their groove.

j
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We love coming to Catherine's for great meal. The staff is always attentive and friendly. Excellent food prepared fresh with quality ingredients.

F
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best gems in Chester county

TR
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is outstanding. The cream of mushroom soup is the best ever!

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, quiet brunch. Worth the visit.

JW
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience from start to finish. Highly recommend to any and all looking for a delicious meal and an appealing atmosphere to eat it in. The restaurant says the dress code is "smart casual" but I think most of the diners didn't take that seriously unfortunately. Oh well, my wife and I looked good and it felt right in that setting to be dressed nicely.

d
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine at Catherine's! Great staff, love the atmosphere and the food is wonderful!

RM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Nice restaurant with excellent food. The dining room is very noisy due to wood surfaces all around..

RR
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The Mushroom-Crab Bisque is a must! Fresh crimini mushrooms and lots of lump crab meat, with just a hint of heat. Also suggest their filet, something I rarely order out because its so often disappointing. But Catherine's was perfectly cooked to order, had no gristle, and was served with a delicious reduction sauce and blue cheese. The mashed potatoes were pretty good too!
My wife just ordered the app portion of blackened scallops, which included three rather large scallops. Nice heat, cooked just right, and served with a blackberry sauce.
The service was exceptional. No complaints at all. However, if the weather allows for it, sit outside. Much quieter and very pleasant garden setting.
This is a BYOB only restaurant - which I wish I had remembered before hand.

M
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the service and good were exceptional. This is our favorite place to meet friends. Their cream of mushroom and crab soup is the best!

KS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food is to die for. So yummy! They have an amazing chef! From salad to dessert, everything was delicious! I won’t write a pretentious review like a professional food critic, but I definitely give it two thumbs up. It’s located in a charming old brick house with an adorable outdoor garden seating area. The inside seating area glows with candle light. Service is very pleasant, but can be a little slow, but who cares. It’s worth the wait, and more time to enjoy some wine. It’s a byob too!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and exceptional service in a beautiful restaurant. Mushroom crab soup is a must. The gentleman who served us was very friendly, attentive and efficient. Will definitely visit again.

LC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

We love Catherine’s, but this is the second time where service has been very slow. Our server was great, but the restaurant seems to be short staffed.

r
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My dinner choice is risotto and beef short rib was delicious but more a fall choice than summer. Too heavy! Took my extra home. Other than the noise level we thoroughly enjoyed our getaway weekend visit. Always many choices I would enjoy. Like the BYOB option as well. Only wish it was closer to our hometown! :)

D
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent as always!! We sat outside on a great night and noise was very low . The service was generally slow as there was only one person serving the outside area (he was working hard, he just needed help). Management should consider someone to help bringing food and drinks out and clearing tables. The waiter had to do it all!!!! Otherwise great dinner!

AP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food! Good service, wonderful presentation but room was much too loud. Can't wait to go back! The entrees were amazing and the dessert, WOW!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time there and will certainly be going back again

RW
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience and wonderful food selection. Staff was amazing with a wealth of knowledge and suggestions. Can’t wait to return.

BU
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We really were excited to find this little gem. The service was outstanding, the food delicious. The warm bread with fresh tomato basil spread was yummy. Will definitely visit again.

SM
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere and excellent food!!!

TC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
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 on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Spectacular as always

OT
Philadelphia
12 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
7 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.

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