Lavi BYOB

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68 reviews
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Farm-to-table
As a farm to table restaurant, Lavi is a proud supporter of local farms. We share an unwavering passion for constantly sourcing fresh, local, and sustainable ingredients. A seasonal menu is offered based on the local produce that is currently thriving. We proudly grow our own herbs in the summer as we believe that fresh ingredients are an important element to every dish. Our cuisine has been dubbed New American with a strong emphasis on flavor. A flavor we are excited to deliver to our customers. With our profound sense of community, we are family friendly restaurant alongside a BYOB. Grab your favorite bottle and un-wine at Lavi!
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1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great neighborhood BYOB that seems to have become known well beyond the neighborhood. Menu is eclectic with new dishes appearing regularly. Each one is a novel twist with really interesting spices. Great place.

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

Did not live up to the rave reviews. Service uneven. No bread. no limes or lemons for sparking water. Appetizers came 10 minutes apart. Food was average. Nice people trying hard but disappointing overall

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SP
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service, convenient location. Add in good friends = a good evening.

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TM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Service was poor. Menusthen nothing for 20 minutes. No bread for table.40 minutes after ordering for 2. Awful noise- no absorption/ baffles. Staff& owner out of the room for 10 minutes at time

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L
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

This is my second time at Lavi--first for brunch and then for dinner. Brunch was incredible--a great value, wonderful and creative food, excellent service. But dinner, albeit on a Saturday night, was disappointing. They were understaffed with servers and in the kitchen, which made service very slow and some of the food come out lukewarm. Oddly, they were out of the house salad, even though it was early in the evening--perhaps a glitch in their planning and ordering. The menu is creative, portions are adequate, excellent tiramisu. It is obvious that the kitchen is trying very hard to do things differently. However, it is clear that they are making rookie errors. There should be some way to balance the noise in the dining area. The website also must mention prominently that only cash is accepted and that there is a corkage fee--not a bit deal, but again, rookie error. Lavi has great potential to become a "go to"place as they gain more experience.

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KA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is excellent, service was great. My wife and I will definitely be back.

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s
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Expensive ,BYOB w corkage fee per bottle, no bread, terrible service. 3 groups arrived after us were fed first. Too bad. Would never return.

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KK
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the restaurant. Will be a wonderful neighborhood gem.

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RS
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem- you won't leave hungry or dissatisfied in any way!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was great and we are looking forward to coming back! And it’s very close to our house so a great local spot for date night. Also looking forward to summer and outdoor seating.
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l
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Sweet little place off the beaten track. I think they are still refining service and food. I had salmon and forgot to ask for it to be pink and waitress didn't ask how I wanted it served so it was a tad overcooked for my taste but not dry and it was flavorful. It was annoying to be charged a $4 corkage fee for a screw top bottle. The glasses were not stems so glasses will just go in the dishwasher. (I prefer stemmed glasses for my wine though. Just tastes better!) I love BYOBs and I don't mind paying cash(instead of card) to support a small restaurant but the corkage fee has got to go. Chocolate cake was delicious but described just as chocolate cake. Glad I took the chance on dessert which I don't usually do but it was worth it. Maybe I will give Lavi another try in a few months. Outdoor tables after rush hour will be a plus.

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S
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Goodfood and service

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RT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

They didn’t have theee of the items we wanted on the menu. It was loud and my meal was bad.

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JE
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is great. Variety and quality abound. Service needs to reach the culinary level. Value is off the charts. Give them a try. You will not be disappointed!

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I was really excited to try this place as a great new addition to Ardmore. It didn’t quite live up to the build up in my mind. We stared out with some service that wasn’t great. We had to wait well over an hour for our meal and didn’t get a great response for things like asking for water and stuff. My friend chicken was very good. Breading was nice, not greasy and the meat was very tender and it was not dry. My wife had shrimp and grits and they were as a giant plate of grits but only 5 little shrimp and it just didn’t quite look right. Also the shrimp wasn’t deveined. Not sure if that’s a mandatory but usually it comes prepared that way. They ran out of a few things on the menu which happens. We had the shrimp and endive as an appetizer and it was ok. Overall I’m willing to give it another try or maybe a shot on caviar. It may take some convincing for my wife however.

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was really good! Shrimp and grits and chicken were delish and elevated to a special something with some amazing sauces. Excited to go back and try brunch.

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P
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We decided to go to Lavi for brunch in Ardmore, nothing but great reviews.We we seated in the private dining area, well lit and a very comfortable atmosphere.
Ten of us reviewed the menu and decided to order a number of entries and sample each amongst us.
Not one item was to be forgotten! What an afternoon of excellent food, service and atmosphere.
If you haven't been,you owe to yourself to do so. Very highly recommended, do it!

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MR
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our experience at Lavi was wonderful. We were in the area for a business meeting and our point-of-contact recommended Lavi. The food was delicious, well seasoned and prepared "exactly" as requested. From the moment we entered Lavi until our departure, the service was professional and phenomenal; hence we will definitely visit Lavi again.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and definitely worth trying

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s
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

this is a place that has yet to realize its potential. My fried chicken was oily not crisp. Crab appetizer was bland. Fried brie was not fully cooked/melted. ChARGED A $4 CORKAGE FEE to supply regular glasses for bottle of wine. Server was new and did not know the menu. Mac and cheese tasted like it came out of a Kraft box.
THis restaurant is in a good location with a good potential clientele. But it does not yet deliver value for the upscale prices that it charges. BTW it also requires cash only--- i don't think it said that on the website..

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AS
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here with my girlfriend a few times. We really enjoyed the atmosphere. The staff is friendly and the food is very creative. Definitely recommend this place if you wanna take your lady out on a good time or just want some good food. The owner is also kind and courteous she made us feel very welcomed. Definitely gonna be one of my regular places.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience at Lavi was phenomenal! The environment is very welcoming and the servers are great at recommending dishes if your having a hard time choosing between the delicious selections. My roasted chicken was cooked to perfection the Chef even came over to the table to make sure it was prepared to my liking. The service and atmosphere makes you feel right at home. Lavi will definitely be added to my list of faves whenever in town!

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J
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner at LaVi! Everything from the service to the food preparation/taste was perfect. The owner made sure to come and check on our dinner party to make sure everything was going well. I will definitely be back!

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AC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very cozy dining experience. The hostess Khadeja was very warm and welcoming. The service was great. the food was delicious. Lavi will definitely be a regular after work dinner restaurant.

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L
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was excellent with many creative options. It’s very unfortunate that the staff was poorly trained. One person took our order, and another brought out only 2 of the 3 dinners ordered. We assumed she went back to get the third. But after a 10-15 minute wait, we had to call out to a waitress to see what the problem was. Then a third person said it would be out shortly & that they had caught the mistake. After waiting another 10-15 minutes, we then called over the Hostess who said it had to be made from scratch & that’s why it was taking longer for it to come out than our initial dinners. The meal finally came & it was very good. But the lack of notice of the problem or communication of the length of the wait was poor. They did give my friend a $15 gift card to return. But the better practice would have been to comp the dinner. Communication is the key to good service.

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c
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Wilted salad, ordinary salad dressing, salmon was too plain and was dry... servers were not well trained.

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m
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Solid BYOB close to home. We will be back. There were a number of interesting dishes on the menu.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent addition to the neighborhood; real food in a nice setting

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AH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We wanted to make a drink that we brought and they didn’t have any ice. That wasn’t a great start. The zucchini appetizer was salty and had too much batter. The side sauce wasn’t as good as the first time we went. My lamb Kabob was over cooked and had to send it back. The tofu dinner had big chunks of it and didn’t taste great. The other persons dinner was the stir fry and it was tasteless. Was not the same quality that we had the first time we went.

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PC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The service started out good and the waitress had great knowledge of the menu. However, after that the service was awful. The server basically disappeared in a basically empty restaurant. We will not be going back!!

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MW
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was excellent and we enjoyed the cozy environment. A few things held this back from a 5 star rating. My wife and I shared the Cheese Board appetizer, which was good, but for $20 seemed a bit lacking. My biggest pet peeve is having our entree's brought out while we still had the appetizer on the table. We only had the app for less than 10 minutes then the entree's show up, which felt a little rushed. Finally, they apparently recently switched to cash only, which for the prices you're paying for dinner is inconvenient for your customers - just slap a card reader on your iPad and charge the transaction fee and be done with it. It was still a nice night out and we enjoyed our meal; the food was excellent and our server was friendly, we may give it another shot.

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

Excellent, excellent food!!!

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EM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food and the ambience. Will definitely be back and will bring my family and friends.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lavi was terrific! The owners have truly placed their love and care in Lavi!

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KS
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We were at Lavi on a crowded Saturday evening. The food and the quality of the food were quite good, but the portions were small. Adequate but small. After our entrees were finished, we neither were offered dessert or received a check for about an hour. Also we were charged $12 as a corkage fee (?) for 2 bottles of wine and 2 bottles of beer. Also a strange $1 charge for bread which we never received.
I would probably try Lavi again as I live in the neighborhood, but not on a Saturday.

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CC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was ok, but nickel and dimed on costs. Charged $4 to open wine, another $4 for the privilege of opening our own whiskey and another $4 to open a bottle of beer. Then charged $1 for a portion of bread. Ruined the experience.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Cash only. Doesn’t say it there is an Amex sticker on door, closest atm half mile away

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CC
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was terrific. FYI that this is a cash-only restaurant.

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A
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

The service was horrible. We waited for 20 minutes without even getting served water which we had to ask for. When we complained they comped us our appetizer which was nice. The food was ok- interesting choices. The price point is reasonable. But the noise level is way too high. Overall would not recommend.

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Y
Philadelphia
166 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed this BYO very much and will return for another Dinner; worth the drive. My Partner is Vegan and the options were good. Server was very friendly and helpful. Food was delicious and appropriate portion. Don't agree with the previous negative comments other than it is cold by the Windows during cold Winter weather. We knew this going in and wore heavy sweaters and were fine. Food came out piping hot. I had the Mac&Cheese and Salmon and loved them both. My Partner had the Hummus and Vegetarian Salad and was happy with his Choices. Bring a nice wine to enjoy with your Dinner.

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