Slow Hand

4.2
195 Reviews
$30 and under
Farm-to-table
Slow Hand is a locally sourced restaurant located in the borough of West Chester Pennsylvania. We feature handcrafted cocktail and farm to table dishes.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 195 people are saying
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foodieforlife
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food. Awesome drinks. I like how you can reserve outside or inside. Ambience was excellent

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Rick
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Not our first time. Great place to eat

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Johno
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Emmy was our waitress and was PHENOMENAL! Great suggestions and attention to detail was perfect! Food was excellent and the Mussels were about as good as any I have ever had.

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vipChowHound
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved the vibe at this repurposed firehouse. The menu was not extensive but there was a nice variety. Food was good and service was pleasant and efficient. Loved my cocktail! Fun spot to go and meet up with friends.

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vipKiki
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good. We ate outside at one of the sidewalk tables, so can't comment on interior ambiance.

CD
CherDH
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing live entertainment and fantastic server!! Highly recommend this place!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding! And the food exceeded my expectations.

DD
vipDebD
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Grace our server was fabulous. The location, live music, and good food made for a good night out with friends. Thank you.

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vipCdague
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Bad service. Over an hour to get our food. Place was empty. Waitress was not very friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the casual, fun ambiance, inventive seasonal cocktails as well as the seasonally inspired menu. Definitely would go back!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was very good. I had the chicken and my friend had the scallops. Both equally good. The fried green tomato app was also delicious. I was a bit taken back that when we ordered coffee they only had sugar and no sugar substitute. It would be nice if they offered Stevia.

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vipMarc
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

It must have been a bad day for the staff and cooks. Waitress was depressed, drinks were lacking, and food was just ok. Not a great visit especially since West Chester has so many good restaurants, I expected better. Just not planning on trying that restaurant again.

SG
SamanthaG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Love the ambiance - but disappointed with brunch. Biscuit was DRY and no bacon on my sandwhich.

Service was just ok. Server didn't know what the quiche of the day was, couldn't tell us about the sausage (links?patty? Sage as mentioned in other dishes?) Had to ask for coffee refills and spoons - didn't check on us at all l, but some folx like that.

Cocktail was delicious.

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Hungry1
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Pleasant outside dining. Nice selection of cocktails and creative food selections

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Slessy625
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice place to meet. Limited menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Unfortunately this wasn’t our best experience. The restaurant was quite empty. The service was rather slow. The specialty cocktail I ordered sat too long before being delivered, was warm and had separated by the time it arrived. We ate most of our appetizer and left. We found another restaurant to have dinner.

The location is amazing, the ambiance and look of the restaurant is nice. The food menu seems to be missing the mark. I know Covid was hard for restaurants, but maybe revamping the menu would help.

JD
JimD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Not a bad spot at all, but "craft cocktails" is a bit of stretch. Their Old Fashioned was a little under sweetened and the orange twist wasn't expressed over the top (they did serve it with a quality maraschino cherry and a good sized ice cube although not a clear one), their Cosmo was made with Roses Lime Juice instead of a pure or fresh lime juice and that dominated the drink (not enough cranberry or orange favors to balance it out), their Daiquiri however was actually pretty good - came in the proper Nick & Nora glass, was shaken pretty well, balanced well for flavor, and garnished with a lime twist.

They have the potentially to really hit it out of the park on their drinks, and it seems like they try to with their selection of classic and inventive cocktails, it's just that last 5-10% of the details they're missing to carry the drinks across the finish line.

Food wise, the Hush Puppy's were amazing. The Deviled Egg's were very good, the shrimp on top of them was a little small, but the flavors and presentation were great, we'd get both of these dishes again.

Their Nashville Hot Chicken was too hot for my taste, but the breading and juiciness of the chicken was just perfect. I'd order it here again if they could tone down the heat a little.

Their strip steak was well seasoned and plated, the cucumber salad was really nice as well (gives me some ideas to try at home), but the steak came pre-sliced. Not a bad thing but it lets it cool a bit faster if you're having a conversation while eating.

The staff was very nice (missed a couple things like water glasses at first, and a coffee ordered with desert) but they were very polite, knowledgeable, and helpful.

Managing a restaurant in a college town (that's out of session) during COVID must be incredibly challenging, I expect most restaurants are suffering from many of the same issues right now. I'm curious to see where they go from here, they have a lot to offer.

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mts58421
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch menu was amazing. I got the chicken fried chicken; it was delicious and a huge portion. My wife got eggs Benedict and said it was the best she’d ever had. The cocktails, as always, were also excellent.

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Aray
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome from start to finish!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience5

The food quality wasn’t great. It also took forever to receive our food when we were the only ones in the restaurant. Waitress was nice. The menu was limited and overpriced

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RosemaryB
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time eating here. EVERYTHING was delicious. I ordered a Tommy Gun Margarita. Very well made with just the right amount of sweet/sour and heat. For brunch I ordered my favorite Eggs Benedict. Probably the best version I've ever had. Every component of it was perfectly done...crunchy muffin, delicious ham, expertly cooked poached eggs and a dreamy hollandaise to top it all off. Lightly lemony, rich and light at the same time. My husband got the Chicken Fried Chicken and was equally happy with his meal. The space is really cool and the staff is nice and efficient. I can't wait to try the rest of the menu!

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Alex
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Good food but our entries came out before our drinks.

CS
vipCSwizz
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience2

Dining at Slow Hand was disappointing. Based on the menu that I viewed online, my friends and I were excited to dine at this establishment. When we noticed the summer menu, it was the complete opposite of what was offered online. I ate deviled eggs and a garden salad with one alcoholic beverage and my total bill was $35.00! Not only was the food lackluster, it was so loud from the band at the front of the restaurant and all the patrons collected near our table waiting in line to go to the bathroom. We will not be back!

CG
CynthiaG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food!! Small menu but everything we had was great!!

DM
vipDanM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Portions were small and prices high. More of an emphasis on food that looks artistic rather than quality.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

this restaurant is simply not worth the bother. the scrapple was the best thing we had. it was an open faced sandwich with a kumquat marmalade, i believe. it was serviceable but not extraordinary. the scallops were lackluster and rather dull the beast part was the pork rind garnish. the pork belly, oh boy, truth be told it should be a simple dish that is well cooked. but the chef complicated it by stuffing it with over spiced sausage. why? and it was accompanied by black eyed peas served cold and dressed. add broccoli rabe, tarragon, and sun dried tomato purée (again why??!). literally everything but the kitchen sink. it was fussy and the flavors weren’t complimentary. too much. pump the breaks. everything is over accessorized. not what one expects from a farm to table restaurant. in fact quite the opposite.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Service,all around, was slow but I guess that’s implied in the name. But when you have a hungry 7-year old, waiting an hour to eat was problematic.

My French toast were excellent…Irish coffee waaaay too strong. Also ordered the breakfast sandwich which the kid devoured and husband and teen got the standard, both enjoyed but said it was not remarkable. Crowd was light for Father’s Day so not sure why the long wait but the waitress was friendly.

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SusanS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Really poor service, long wait for drinks and food, food under-seasoned and bland.

JB
JeanB
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Just an okay experience. Server was attentive. The food was absolutely wonderful! We had a vegan in our party, and unfortunately, there were no options for her except the farm salad.

That said, the bar was slow; the wine I ordered when my dinner came didn’t arrive until I had finished eating. Also, a band started at 9:00, and it was so loud that we had to yell to hear one another. Not great considering we were with of town guests and wanted to visit with them.

I’d like to understand what Slow Hand is aiming for with music like that. It’s not a concert venue. Most people are not there to listen to music, they are there for a meal/drink, and to enjoy time with friends. Music is fine, but the volume should have been 50% of what it was. If we had been able to carry on a conversation, we would have stayed for dessert and another drink. As it was, we didn’t take the wine that arrived too late, just got our check and got out of there. I will go back, but not when there is live music.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were amazing! Servers were extremely attentive and the ambiance is great. Will definitely be back!

CG
vipCatGal
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our first experience at Slow Hand! Our servers were friendly and attentive. Food arrived piping hot and delicious when ready as we had requested for the multiple small plates/apps that we had ordered with drinks. The mussels and clam appetizers were especialy remarkable and arrived with a soup spoon that we took advantage of to get the last drop of broth in both bowls.
Thank you for a great meal!

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tonyi
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Not for me, too loud Nothing absorbing the din of voices

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was tasty, but seemed a little expensive for what it was.

PF
vipPaFoodie
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

some really nice artisanal dishes. and very interesting cocktails. worth a look and a great location.

JB
JB51
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was excellent! Service was very good. It was a bit noisy because the bar when we first got there was very busy and we were outside and with the door open into the bar and the street noise it made conversation a little difficult until the bar emptied out. Not a big deal.

MG
vipMelissaG
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our first time here, we were really impressed with the variety of dishes. Everyone in our party tried a different menu item, all were well prepared and enjoyed. Can’t wait to come again!

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Doug
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Came by for Sunday Brunch for a party of 4. We ate inside and the service was excellent without being bothersome. Thank You! The drinks were well made and our food was delicious! We will be back. Thank You!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good and unique food and very good service

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

It was okay the chicken wings were bland the pig and a blanket was okay. High price didn't deliver

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Entrees were very good! However, appetizers were over priced and not enough food. We paid $18 for 3 scallops which were just ok. Took forever to get our drinks. $354 later, we left wanting to get a slice of pizza.

FAQs

Slow Hand is rated 4.2 stars by 195 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.