The Choice - B.Y.O.B

4.8
405 Reviews
$31 to $50
Fusion / Eclectic
Offering a modern European Fusion cuisine, The Choice - B.Y.O.B in Bnyn Mawr is a new addition to "Philadelphia's Mainline " neighborhood harnessing that American "melting pot" attitude. Our menu is composed using a fresh selection of meats, seafood, and seasonal vegetables using a mix of traditional and modern techniques bringing them together. Our warm and friendly staff look forward to your visit!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 405 people are saying
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vipLena22
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always , The Choice, never disappoints! Delicious food, great atmosphere and service!

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vipCharlie
Philadelphia
167 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I have never seen a smaller restaurant like this have so many entree and appetizer selections. Is that why they call it "The Choice" ? Have dined here twice over the summer, tried different things each visit and was more than satisfied. Family owned with nice service.

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Suzy
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Choice is small, family owned and run. The food is over the top…I am looking forward to returning soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent and the spot was quaint. It’s definitely someplace we will be returning in the future.

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vipCharlie
Philadelphia
168 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Appears to be a family run spot with a really extensive menu for the size of the place. Everything we ordered - 2 salads and 2 fish dishes - was delicious. Will certainly dine here again soon.

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vipknowshergrub
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely a local gem---the kind of food you'd typically have to go downtown to find. It's family-owned and that care and attention is evident in all they do. Amazing place.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an amazing meal celebrating my husbands birthday. I had the tuna tartar appetizer which was beyond delicious and the halibut Almondine. Husband had Octopus appetizer and the other Halibut entree which he very much enjoyed. The menu has something for everyone.

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Debbie
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. Our party of four enjoyed every bite of our appetizers, meals and desserts. Everything was superbly cooked and the flavors were so well balanced and delicious. We were seated next to regulars who recommended, well, everything on the menu. What a fun, delicious find. Can’t wait to go back.

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vipMoonchild
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is truly outstanding. The service is attentive. A gem.

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DaphneR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Choice is consistently excellent. This is a gem on the Main Line, and we think the best restaurant. The menu is creative, the presentation artistic, the food wonderful. Great value.

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vipDavidB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food .. nice atmosphere .. the chefs sons were adorable!

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vipTravelingFoodie
Central Coast
46 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in the area. Food and service are amazing! You won’t be disappointed!

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vipPegiK
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Choice continues to be an exceptional quality consistent restaurant in the Mainline. The veal chop was superbly prepared, with two choices of accompanying delicious sauces and the most wonderful potatoes. We also tried the Canton duck, another exceptional entree. We can’t return to sample more of the talented chef’s cuisine.

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vipAlWorthington
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

It was nice to find a restaurant open on a Monday night. We liked the menu and decided to give it a try. Our server was very nice and attentive. Our food, on the other hand, was disappointing across the board.
My starter, scallops wrapped in shredded filo dough could fairly be described as scallops wrapped in shredded wheat. It tasted great but the wrap was annoying, much of it falling to the table and creating a mess. My entree, spare ribs in a bed of mashed potatoes, one of my favorites, lacked texture. The meat was mushy and the gravy had a burn aftertaste. My wife chose not finish her sea bass.

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TramN
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

My husband and I went here for our anniversary dinner on. Friday night. The ambience is great and the decor inside really reminds you of an European cafe. The staff was super professional and very friendly. They gave us plenty of time to look at the menu and decide what to get. We ordered the duck confit salad to share, which was really good! The duck was cooked really well and flavorful. The salad wasn't drowned in dressing so you could actually taste everything. It was a bit sweet for our taste but overall still a good dish. For entrees, my husband got the short rib and I got the wild caught sea bass wrapped in potato with creamed leek and red sauce. My husband liked the short rib but thought the portion was a bit small. I really didn't like my sea bass. The whole fish was wildly under seasoned and the creamed leek/red wine sauce mixture really didn't go well with the fish. It also had a weird texture, which made it difficult to eat. Overall, I really liked the place itself but the food was disappointing even though we had to pay a decent amount. I would recommend for someone who wants to try new things and maybe order something that's not a sea bass?

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CarolineD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is such a gem! The chef easily accommodated a food allergy. There menu has a wide array of choices. The foie gras was lovely and delicate serve with brioche, fig and nectarines. The tuna tartare was also amazing with finely diced avocado, micro greens and handmade chips. We also tried the beet carpaccio with goat cheese- the beets were beautifully sliced and served with delicate and tangy quenelles of goat cheese. The halibut almandine did not disappoint! Again, the chef executed a delicate hand with the preparation accompanied by a beautiful lemon butter sauce on the side. Our server was gracious, knowledgeable about the menu and very accommodating. We will be back!

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KathyC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely time. Food great. We weren’t rushed.

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vipDave
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner and nice ambience

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vipLainie
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit to The Choice, recommended by my friend and dining partner.
The menu had so many exquisite food choices. I wanted to taste everything, which I only had that pleasure a few times. Our server could not have been more patient, b/c, I had a difficult time deciding what to order. It was a lovely relaxing dining experience and will certainly return many times. BYOB

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vipsteady
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent experience! Lovely attentive and professional service. Exceptional food- delicious and beautifully presented. Will definitely be back!

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vipHarrietS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious and beautifully presented. The waitstaff is very nice and accommodating.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
21 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is truly a hidden gem on the mainline. Can’t believe we’ve not been there before. The atmosphere is simple and casual, small restaurant, fresh flowers on the table. Not pretentious at all.
This was the first time for all of us. We want to go back again this week …it was so good! We went with some friend and tried 5 different appetizers (all were fantastic) and our entrees were incredible. Standouts: yellowtail sashimi, chicken pate, seafood soup snd octopus were fabulous! The presentation is beautiful snd the food is some of the best if not the best on the mainline. The Chilean sea bass with truffle sauce and the veal tomahawk both were delicious. Everything is homemade, with such incredible flavors. I’ve been dieting and would have passed on dessert, but we had to try since everything else was so good. The apple pie with vanilla Ice cream and molten chocolate are a must. The restaurant is run by a husband and wife- he is the chef, she waits on tables. The service was fantastic. This is our new favorite place - it’s BYOB too. We eat out a lot on the mainline and in the city. This charming little restaurant should be in your list to try if you have not

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vipPeteM
Philadelphia
56 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The previous time we ate at this restaurant was in early 2020 just before the start of the pandemic. At that time we were very impressed by the food. Now, more than a year later we returned and were absolutely blown away by how good the food is at this restaurant. I had the sea bass and my dining partner had the duck, both dishes were delicious. The food at The Choice is easily as good as any of the better restaurants found in the city . Needless to say we’ll be returning again very soon.

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vipChristineS
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat outside. The inside seemed a bit dark on a beautiful summer evening. The food was wonderful. Duck done perfectly. Service was the best I've had recently in these post pandemic times. The entrée prices were a bit high, but I'm glad to pay if that ensures excellent service.

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earlm
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinners were excellent. Great presentation from the chef and staff. Highly recommend going if you can.

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floren
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food. Quiet plain atmosphere. Would dine there again.

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vipMerlee
Philadelphia
188 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a friends 61st Birthday and no more intimate restaurant with delicious food and wonderful service. Appetizer? Liver pate! Main Course? Duck! Rolls? 3 baskets!
Dessert? A candle in the ice cream! All low key and certainly will return.

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vipSamanthaK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were pleasantly surprised with this restaurant! We ordered the duck and the fish and were both blown away by both the quality of the food and the preparation. We will definitely be back!

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CAROLm
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very fine small charming Byob. Quiet. Interesting menu , Fish seems to predominate, fish soup not to be missed.

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ScottA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant on the Main Line and possibly the best restaurant in all of Philadelphia. Great, creative chef and wonderful friendly service.

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jennifers
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place- great atmosphere, service and eclectic menu. There is something for everyone on the menu - flavors are incredible.

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Mark
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extensive menu. We both totally enjoyed food, service and ambience.
A nice, quiet BYO for special occasions.

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vipBrad
Philadelphia
86 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service….

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Jeannette
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our new favorite restaurant. the food was amazing and the service was outstanding.

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vipCrustyCurmudgeon
Philadelphia
370 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First visit - we'll be back. Menu is deep enough to please most, despite the small size of the restaurant. Presentation is elegant, and the quality of the food is quite fine. Everything was exactly as the menu described it, and all 4 of us enjoyed every bite. Our friends started with soft shell crabs, while my wife and I chose the beet root carpaccio and the snapper ceviche - all were very satisfying. Our friends each chose one of the bass options, Chilean for him and striped for her. My wife had the second prep of the striped bass, and all fish were found pleasing and ample in size. I tried the New Zealand lamb chops, which were beautiful although quite small and a bit less tender than I'd hoped. In fairness, they were very reasonably priced and there were 3 on the plate.....and I did eat everything but the bone! We each had a sorbet for dessert. I don't know who supplies it, but it was rish, cremy and delicious. So as I said, we'll be back.

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Bruce
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining experience is always exceptional, the food delicious and the family-owned nature of this eatery makes all the difference.

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vipMare
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. This was our second time there and it was just as great as the first time. Excellent service and the food is out of this world! Would highly recommend it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mothers Day! Every mom got a rose when they left. The food, as always, was excellent and elegant. The owner’s son and God Son, both who looked about 14-15 years old were helping to wait tables. Why? Because normal help are making more on Biden’s unemployment and would rather stay home than go back to work. But this didn’t deter the owners of this small restaurant to provide top notch, high end cuisine in a warm and professional setting. Kudos to THE CHOICE! I applaud you! You made my Mother’s Day so special!!!

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Eric
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really nice spot: kind and attentive service and thoughtful food. Some dishes were absolute knockouts (duck canton, soft shell crab, sea bass with truffle sauce—WOW) while others were only fine (stewed leeks, bass with potato). However, overall a delightful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, the lamb chops turned out to be the biggest winner in our table. 👍

FAQs

The Choice - B.Y.O.B offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (484) 383-3230.

The Choice - B.Y.O.B is rated 4.8 stars by 405 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.