Sontuosa BYOB

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216 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Sontuosa means sumptuous!
Our menu brings flavors from Italy, France, Mexico, Lebanon and America to your palette in unique and fresh presentations. Seasonal ingredients will make for additional delicious creations, daily, and our seafood is personally chosen by Ernesto every day to ensure top quality and freshness.
Our dining room is comfortable and we have lovely outdoor seating, weather permitting.
We have been chosen for "Best Neighborhood Gem" by Open Table and "Great Date Night" by Main Line Today Magazine!
We invite you to join us for a wonderful dining experience!

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

We are offering a delicious Thanksgiving Dinner with all the fixings and giving each guest a lunch box of left-overs to take home!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

What 216 People Are Saying
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SL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience3

They were short-staffed and did not alert us in advance. Dinner came 1 1/2 hours after we sat down. The food (once it came) was excellent.

Sontuosa BYOB
Responded 7 days ago

I appreciate your feedback and suggestion, Susan. Again, I apologize for the sluggish service, it was a tough night but I hope it won't inhibit you from visiting us in the future. I'm glad you enjoyed our flavors!

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K
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Supposedly, there was a kitchen worker who called out sick
We heard this because we asked, sort of
Our question was “where is our dinner?”
This question was asked 50 minutes after the appetizer plates were cleared
That is bad enough
But nobody came by to explain, offer bread or anything
In fact, I think we should have been forewarned when we arrived
A one hour wait for the next course is simply unacceptable

KM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We wanted to put an appetizer order in and then decide about our entrees. We were told we couldn't do that. We had to put both orders in at the same time. One of the entrees was cold when it came out.

Sontuosa BYOB
Responded on November 6, 2019

Yes, Kate, we have our servers put the entire check in at once because this system minimizes the wait between apps and dinner instead of your dinner order getting delayed by other tables putting complete orders in . I apologize for your entree being cold, I hope you alerted your server and it was rectified immediately.

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HS
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ernesto and Mary, we missed you tonight! Everything was exceptional. We took my boss and his girlfriend and they were very impressed. Loved it!! We also met your beautiful daughter. See you soon!
Hennie and Jeff Shore

Sontuosa BYOB
Responded on November 3, 2019

We're glad to know you all enjoyed your meals, thanks for bringing "Newbies"! We'll see you soon!

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the skirt stake. Served medium rare with a delicious deep red reduction sauce. One of the best skirt stakes I've ever had. I'll have it at least twice per month, so should you!!!

Sontuosa BYOB
Responded on November 3, 2019

What a nice review, thank you!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was fantastic and I will highly recommend to all my friends.

Sontuosa BYOB
Responded on November 3, 2019

Wow, super rating and thank you!

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FO
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The osso bucco and the pasta that came with it was amazing! Quiet enough for a good date night.

CM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Friendly waitstaff. Delicious dinner. We are so lucky to have Sontuosa in BM!

NC
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’d say fantastic “as usual,” except that nothing about Sontuosa is “usual.” While the menu regularly includes some of their specialties, there are always some new surprises as well. This week there was escargots and a special delight — a marrow bone appetizer. My main dish was a lasagna. Not the stringy cheesy dish, but a real European style — three layers of light pasta with a Bolognese Ragù in between and just a hint of cheese. My husband’s appetizer was scallops with bacon. His main dish was a pork cutlet, pounded thin and breaded. Even the sides are special. You could really come here every week and never get tired of it.

E
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Not one complaint! Had a great meal.

OT
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treasure, tucked away on Bryn Mawr Ave., but walking distance to the Bryn Mawr theatre!
Ernesto greeted me warmly, as I waited for my friend to arrive. Our server, Kaitlin, was very attentive, friendly, but not invasive. For appetizer, we split the special flatbread, zucchini w/truffle drizzle-outstanding. I enjoyed the grilled calamari, done perfectly and my friend loved her potato soup, the special of the day. We each had a different salad, she, the beet salad and I, the arugula/lemon ....can't wait to try more at this lovely trattoria.

S
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is delicious but next time I would definitely request a table for 4. The table for 2 is tiny and we felt squeezed in.

DF
Philadelphia
143 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Cute place with interesting menu. Appys came out luke warm. Entrees were good not great. Service was pleasant but slow. BYOB a plus, $5 corkerage fee. Good parking.

JM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique menu and fresh food. We'll be back for sure!

BC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Love this byo! Pizza with bone marrow and jalapeño out of sight as was my pork chop!

WA
Philadelphia
102 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was excellent and service outstanding. We would go back and would be interested in trying their homemade pizza the next time.

TK
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

It was an odd experience. We went because of its reputation for Italian food. However, due to the anniversary of Mexico's Independence the menu was changed to a Prix Fixe Mexican.
No heads up or notice as we entered, we discovered this change after we sat down at the table.
We stayed, food was OK, but not what we were expecting. Note, we will go back to check out the main menu but we will call in advance and make sure no other "anniversary" is being celebrated.

Sontuosa BYOB
Responded on September 19, 2019

Please accept my apologies in regards to not notifying you of the Special menu that should have been presented as additional specials to our regular menu. I'll be sure to address this with our staff for our next event and also, post it on Open Table. We hope you visit us again to enjoy a menu of flavors from Italy, France, America, Mexico and Lebanon!

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Simply a great place.

Sontuosa BYOB
Responded on September 19, 2019

Thank you so much for your support and your rating!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this spot. The staff are sweet and the food is a knockout.

D
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As always, the owners of Sontuosa greeted us with open arms. It was the perfect pre Fall evening to dine al Fresco.. The Osso bucco was an outstanding choice. It was exquisitely seasoned.

c
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

absolutely outstanding little gem- so happy to have found this spot!

OT
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time - will definitely not be the last time. The food (appetizers through desert) was uniformly good - with a special mention for the 'breakfast for dinner' (egg & bacon) pizza.
The atmosphere was quiet (but we ate early so your mileage may differ) and definitely conducive to a 'date-night' dinner or good conversation.
The value was good - not cheap but worth the price. This is a BYOB so that helps keep the overall cost down, but - that said, the prices were comparable to many fine center city BYO's.

KH
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience from the moment we walked in until we walked out everything was wonderful. The food was great the service was great Mary and Ernesto were so welcoming.. the food was delicious, serpas was terrific, what more can I say! I think you should go and enjoy this jamavar restaurant in Bryn Mawr.

WS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious food Great to eat outside. Excellent staff

g
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a beautiful evening so we sat outside on the wide sidewalk. Most tables were empty when we came just before 7 but soon all outside tables filled up. The owners, Ernesto and Mary, were very welcoming and fun to talk to. Ernesto is a great chef and really knows how to get fantastic flavors into the food. Had his Osso Buco once before and was very impressed. This time time I tried the Aubergine which was also excellent and was a joy to eat with the Rose I had brought along. I had the gazpacho as an appetizer and my wife had the beet salad and a seafood melee; all were very good and tasty. Can't wait for our next visit!

LS
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ernesto spent time with us discussing wine and food choices. Osso Bucco was excellent as was the Boullabaise and grilled calamari salad. We had a lovely evening and enjoyed Ernesto's company!

NC
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Ernesto Guzman has ruined me for other restaurants. We recently spent two weeks near Asbury Park, which is experiencing a restaurant revival with many names familiar to Philadelphians. All I could think about was hitting Sontuosa when we got home. The dishes here are always a perfect blend of flavors combined in a beautiful presentation. I’m never disappointed. Now they’ve added free mussels and live music on Wednesdays! What’s not to love? Great for a date night, a relaxed dinner with friends or a post-movie pizza.

p
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived about 5:30, and the place was empty, with one couple dining outside. By the time we left around 6:30, the restaurant was filling up. The fish was perfect, as were the vegetables, dessert and coffee. The space is lovely.

j
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Thin crust pizza was not crispy and dripping with fat

ML
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Really average food with really high price for value coupled with terrible service. That’s a pretty bad combination. We look forward to trying the restaurant that moves in when they go out of business.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, start to finish. Service and food were both fantastic. Great atmosphere and will definitely be back... often.

r
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine at Sontuosa at least once or twice a week, it's that good. This evening we dined outside, which is delightful any night the weather cooperates. The owners, Ernesto and Mary, are always welcoming, kind and attentive. The fish special of the day was bronzino, very fresh and perfectly cooked and served on a bed of parsnip puree and fresh green beans. The sweet pete salad is always delicious and a generous portion of pine nuts and raisins. The pizza, an original with added mushrooms and carmelized onions was thin crispy crust and perfect amount of toppings. The server, was attentive and friendly. The food is as delicious on a Monday night as it is on a Saturday night, not always the case in some places.

TM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Earnesto is a great host!! The food was scrumptious and the server, Caitlin, was sweet and thoughtful. Heading back soon!

ML
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was our first visit to Sontuosa BYOB, but it certainly won't be our last. This place is a little treasure in Bryn Mawr. I had the seafood stew special; the fish and shellfish were perfectly cooked, and the broth was delicious. My husband's eggplant was also excellent, and we really enjoyed the "crisp" salad we shared. Our server was perhaps a little TOO attentive, but other than that, the experience was perfect.

AR
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the prices were very reasonable. Our waitress was very friendly and helpful The overall service was impeccable.

TP
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. Muscles in spicy Red were delicious as well as the Arugula salad and caesar. The Bronzino special was so crispy and perfect and the gnocchi melted in your mouth! To full for dessert but we highly recommend !
Terri and Pete

EG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate a delicious meal outside with wine we brought. Felt like we were in Europe.

SG
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time here, but definitely will be back

Food was sensational. Loved the thin pizza !

Service was very good with items coming out at the right pace

Cannot wait to come back

T
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always good, very much like reliable home cooking, and the ambiance is welcoming. We're regular customers!

TW

r
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A surprise in downtown Bryn Mawr. Would definitely go again and have recommended to others.