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OTTO By POLPO, Bryn Mawr, PA

OTTO By POLPO

4.6
4.6
508 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

Renowned executive chef Bujar is responsible for maintaining the quality, taste, and authenticity of Otto by Polpo’s cuisine, selecting each ingredient, produce, meats, fish, and cheese fresh everyday. If it’s not good enough for his table, it won’t make it to yours. We are a BYOB so make sure you get your favorite wine with you.

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Booked 38 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:15 am–3:15 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (610) 880-0001

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Bujar Daku

  • Neighborhood

    Bryn Mawr

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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What 508 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. JC

    JoseC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was a nice place and very nice servers with great food.

  2. SG

    SemeradG

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is my third time and I have tried something new each time - I have loved everything! It's so nice to have a great Italian BYOB, so close to home. Make sure you make reservations at least 4-7 days in advance - it's very popular!

  3. AK

    AlexK

    New York Area

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Excellent food and service. The decor is a little bland but the overall experience was enjoyable and we will definitely go back.

  4. F

    Foodie

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Everything was great - Vinny best waiter. Suggestion is to spray the plants outside

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    They really did not make any effort to make this a nice night. I’m fact I had to ask twice for a seat outside and the lady finally sat us, their were plenty of seats. It was not crowded so don’t know why the concern over seating us outside????

  6. PA

    PatriceA

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another home run for this lovely spot. Had a fab heirloom tomato salad with chicken and balsamic - delish

  7. SS

    SouthShoreGeorge

    New York Area

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    We ate al fresco on a nice Saturday evening. All the apps were delicious as well as the entrees. Desserts were great and the drinks from the bar generous. I would go back.

  8. d

    dhba

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    wonderful- always delicious- always friendly- loved our server- sorry you ran out of milk and it took a while but it didn't matter we had a great time as always

  9. SB

    StaceyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My friend and I had a wonderful lunch. The food was fabulous and the service was exceptional. Definitely coming back.

  10. K

    Kraig

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Visited the restaurant for Mother's Day dinner, so as you would expect they were very busy which made it somewhat loud. Service was attentive and the food very good. I wasn't sure what to expect based on some reviews, but I was pleasantly surprised and will dine here again.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    I frequent here often. The staff is very nice and friendly. The food is always exceptional and consistently good. I highly recommend

  12. c

    cityburbs

    Philadelphia

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was our second time dining here. Despite the restaurant being extremely busy because of Mother’s Day, the service was very good and attentive. The food was excellent, from the salad and polenta to the pasta dishes for the main course. It’s nice to have a great BYOB Italian restaurant in the neighborhood!

  13. MD

    MarianneD

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Food and service remains very good. I did have a problem with the new policy charging a fee to use a credit card.

  14. SG

    SarahG

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day for lunch

  15. B

    Buckeye

    Atlantic City

    69 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    We were celebrating the 19th birthday of our grandson, William Harrington, a freshman at St. Joseph’s University. We were one of the first patrons of the restaurant for the day. We were seated immediately and our waitress was there to greet us and take care of our refreshments. We ordered the calamari as an appetizer and a Kale Salad to start with. Two of us ordered the chicken parmasean and I ordered the veal piccata. All three portions were overflowing on the plate and they were cooked to perfection. All of us had pasta as our side, two with marinara and one with garlic and oil. The penne with garlic and oil was cooked perfectly as well. We ended our meal with a cappuccino and a piece of Tiramasu. Delicious! The food and service were excellent! The only negative was that the bread was served almost at the end just before the dessert order. The bread truck was late getting there. All in all a wonderful place for dinner at anytime. The waite staff did offer a cupcake with a candle and sang our grandson “Happy Birthday”. A nice way to spend your birthday. They made us feel special.

  16. D

    Discovery

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2

    Nice dinner. Nothing exceptional.

  17. CC

    CrustyCurmudgeon

    Philadelphia

    383 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    383 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    It would have been 5 stars if they only had a lunch menu. We've enjoyed a few meals here and love the food. I had spaghetti marinara and shared a side of sauteed spinach with my wife, who loves the risotto at Otto and had the mushroom variant. But she didn't order an appetizer or side, which we both usually do, because we know the only menu they have is the dinner menu. So portions are quite large (and a bit pricey) for a casual lunch. We sipped our wine and let everything settle long enough to make room for cannoli, which is one of my all time favorite pastries. It was certainly a delicious meal, and our waiter was both appropriately attentive and delightful. But if there had been a lunch menu, we'd both have had appetizers and sides with our meals if everything were scaled back to a lunchtime level.

  18. PK

    PatrickK

    Treasure Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    They never fail. My wife and I had the fish special…striped bass prepared brilliantly. Our daughter had veal piccata and was very pleased. You can never go wrong at Otto. Go…and enjoy!

  19. J

    Jeanne

    Atlantic City

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went to celebrate my husbands birthday as it one of our favorite restaurants. We had the Polpo octopus and the special of fried tomatoes over a pesto purée topped with burrata and balsamic - out of this world. Had the lobster ravioli topped with shrimp and crab - so good. The ravioli were stuffed with actual pieces of lobster - not like the fillings where it is mixed with filler. So delicious. My husband had veal topped with crab and asparagus. The food here is always exceptional

  20. DP

    DebP

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The outside patio and unique menu made this the perfect place for a casual business lunch with our client. Each of us raved about our food- the Polpo appetizer, the Gamberi grilled shrimp appetizer, the Branzino, and the Salmon Livornese all were excellent. For dessert the cannolis are always the best, but the pistachio gelato dessert is my new favorite. Although the restaurant was busy, the service was friendly and accommodating to our needs. It's our second time dining here and we will definitely keep coming back!

  21. C

    Carrieann

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    All the food expertly prepared. Great dining experience Server attentive and engaging. Will visit again

  22. TC

    TomC

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Otto is always great. We sat outside given the nice weather and experienced the same great service and fantastic food. I'd recommend this restaurant for just about anything, from a first date to taking the family to dinner. The restaurant is large enough where you can get a table with some privacy or be "in the middle of things," and you'll always impress with the food.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    Over priced, service was slow, food was mediocre…

  24. BA

    BenAroundabit

    Miami

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Various pastas were cooked nicely. The risotto was undercooked, not creamy. Specials included a nice tasting, but odd pairing of veal and shrimp. Several of the listed desserts were unavailable even though it was early in the evening. That said, everything that was served had good flavor and the desserts that were available were well received.

  25. JB

    JudyB

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    The problem now is parking on the street in Bryn Mawr now that there are several restaurants on the street.

  26. B

    Berwynreviewer

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food is really first rate. Everyone loved their dishes.

  27. J

    Jebu

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience1

    Horribly loud. Food was ok. Service less than ok. Won’t be back.

  28. PW

    ProbablyWontGoAgain

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience1

    Food was good. Service was very good. But the noise was way too loud. There was a group of twelve people (six gentlemen and six ladies). They behaved like other guest did not exist. Also some of them were very rude at the door to other guests. Understand it was not the restaurant's fault. But it really ruined the night's experience.

  29. G

    Galv

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Have been to Otto's multiple times and have enjoyed every visit. I have one comment and it is regarding the pricing. Menu items typically run $12-18 per appetizer and $27-30+ per entre. However, the last 2 times we went, the "specials" were $47. I was not aware of this until it was recently brought to my attention by a couple that joined us. It created an awkward moment as the difference was $20 per meal item. I have absolutely no problem as I enjoy the restaurant, food, and service but ... it would be nice to know as this is quite a difference. You will continue to see us but suggest disclosure would be nice. Thanks and keep up the good work.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was excellent! Service was great too. We will be back!

  31. RS

    RobS

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very nice restaurant. Good food and outstanding service.

  32. P

    maddaP

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Authentic northern Italian food. Amazing service! Just fantastic!

  33. CS

    CharlieShore1931

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was outstanding we will go back

  34. E

    Elliott

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    My wife and I shared the special Arugula salad which was more than enough for two and delicious. Then we each had Risotto Agli Scampi which was probably the best risotto that we've ever had. It was also huge and we each took half home. We'll be returning!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    The food was AMAZING. Our only complaint is that we had no idea it was BYOB. There is not signage anywhere on the website, menu, nothing. If they would like to be a BYOB, that needs to be more apparent or offer a house option.

  36. J

    John

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    PppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppOoooooooooo Oooooooooooooo

  37. D

    Denise

    Atlantic City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Excellent food and service

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Family night out. Great meal!

  39. PM

    PhyllisandMe

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience1

    The food and service were very good but was ruined by the high noise level. Who can enjoy dining in such an environment? Not my date nor yours truly, so I would recommend that management look into installing noise abatement ceiling insulation, if possible.

  40. F

    Foodie

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from OTTO By POLPO using the Order Online button. OTTO By POLPO also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (610) 880-0001.

OTTO By POLPO is rated 4.6 stars by 508 OpenTable diners.

OTTO By POLPO does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 38 times today
Google Map for OTTO By POLPO

52 N Bryn Mawr Ave Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Bryn Mawr

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:15 am–3:15 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Contemporary Italian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Executive chef

    Bujar Daku

  • Additional

    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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