The Choice - B.Y.O.B

4.8
378 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 378 people are saying
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSamanthaK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
1 review
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
84 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service….

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Jeannette
Philadelphia
21 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
367 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
8 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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vipErica
Washington DC
11 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
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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vipandml
Philadelphia
84 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A work colleague and I had an early (5:30 pm) dinner at The Choice earlier this week. Very limited seating outdoors - 2 tables along Route 30, Lancaster Avenue, so we elected to eat inside as no one was there at this time. The Choice is very nice inside with plenty of room between the tables. The salads we had were excellent and the entrees were also very good. The service at The Choice was prompt and quick. Overall, we had an enjoyable meal and the BYOB aspect definitely made it even better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food! Will be back!

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Andrewb
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great experience as always. Wonderful prep of food and taste development. Always a enjoyable experience

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MikeB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10 Star, my favorite go to for special occasions or for a Friday night after a long week.

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vipDiner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and a great menu. The service was excellent. Lots of space between tables. Will definitely be back soon. Love the Tuna tartar salad. Snapper with mushrooms was amazing as well. Even the desserts were great. The waitress was very nice and really knew how to provide great service without disrupting a meal.

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vipamalyutin
Philadelphia
135 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit and we were very impressed with all aspects of dining. The ambience was modern and cozy. The service was very nice, efficient and attentive. The taste of the food was AMAZING ( we ordered Burrata and Beet Carpaccio for appetizers (and received a little introductory compliment from the kitchen which was VERY YUMMY! thank you so much!), Duck and Chilean Seabass with miso sauce and Apple Pie for dessert. Every dish was VERY tasty and had their own unique flavor. Dishes were big in portion size and beautifully presented. Our waitress Irina had nice and warm attitude and was very helpful in recommending good match of sides to the dishes. Price wise it's very adequate to the quality of the food and service. And saving on the BYOB option is also helpful : ). The whole experience was very impressive.
We were visiting the area and unfortunately can't enjoy this place as often as we'd like to, but every time we come back we'll definitely be here for sure and recommend everyone to visit this wonderful place. Thank you so much for a wonderful dinner!

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vipGayleG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is a great spot. The food is good and creative. The service was great. I would highly recommend!

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AndyD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food as usual!

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vipRoberto
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

There is no better BYOBin the Western Suburbs. The fish entres are superb

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vipshadeeS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant I’ve been thus far this year hands down... and I am a chef

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vipFrank
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Great place for a date or special occasion. Will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing.
Server was very helpful and kind.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Real interesting menu, influences from all over the world. Great BYOB

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erikmb
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a Main Line gem. Food, ambience, everything is excellent!

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Desi
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great time. Small, quaint, quiet, dimly-lit, and romantic. Small fancy portions, great plating & presentation!

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Lexi
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, highly recommend the scallop appetizer! Will definitely be back.

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JamalB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exquisite . The staffing was accommodating and personable . The establishment was very clean with an intimate setting .

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vipMeghannF
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I wanted to love this place, I thought it was good, but I don’t need to rush back.

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vipSuekup
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is terrific! Delicious, interesting flavors , felt very safe and socially distant and clean.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is another level! Great!

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vipBrad
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service.

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vipTheRedWiner
Philadelphia
146 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Looking for a local BYOB we had not yet tried, I found The Choice on-line. It is conveniently located right on Lancaster Avenue with street parking available. As there was considerable snow on the ground when we dined in January, it was great that we were able to find a space right across the street from the restaurant. The dining room décor and atmosphere is tastefully subdued. It gives a warm and relaxed feel, except when people entering or exiting did not completely close the sliding door, which allowed a chill breeze to flow through. Our party of three all found personal favorites on the menu. For appetizers, my wife started out with the Seared Octopus, shiitake mushrooms, asparagus, Brussels sprouts with soy-garlic sauce. Our friend had Scallops wrapped in filo dough, deep fried, served with creamy wasabi sauce, and I had the Seafood Soup. All were delicious. Entrees consisted of the Chilean seabass filet marinated in miso sauce, the Filet Mignon, and the Pan-seared duck breast, served on a bed of mushrooms and asparagus with plum teriyaki and Yuzu truffle sauce on the side. The Seabass and the Duck were both mouth-watering. Unfortunately, the Filet Mignon was so tough, our friend could barely slice it. She returned it to the waitress, who apologized profusely, and replaced it with an order of the Chilean Seabass, which she loved. For dessert we enjoyed the Warm apple pie served with vanilla ice cream. Despite the issue with the steak, overall we liked the restaurant and will definitely return to try it again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always outstanding. A rare find and somewhere to add to your regular dining plans.

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vipLaura
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was the first time we have been to Tbe Choice but we will definitely be going back. The food was excellent and the staff were very good.

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vipFoodLover
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Choice is a wonderful restaurant. The staff is very accommodating and very careful with keeping a clean, well spaced out, safe place to eat! The food is creative and delicious!!

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vippjc1
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently the best food and service available anywhere in the Ardmore to Wayne area. The food is always perfectly prepared and presented - always fresh. And the service is always outstanding - warm, friendly and efficient.

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vipCBall
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so happy to have finally found The Choice. The food and the service were both wonderful. We will be returning soon. I hope more people continue to support small, local restaurants like this, they deserve it.

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 378 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.