The Original Spence Cafe

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335 reviews
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The Original Spence Cafe is a BYOB restaurant and has been a tradition in West Chester since 1996. We specialize in the finest quality meats and seafood as well as locally sourced produce and other ingredients.

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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Come and join us for a special Easter Menu! Make your reservation today!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food and service were quite good but the place is way too loud. For those prices, one should be able to have a conversation without having to yell.

I wouldn't go back unless I knew that they had fixed the acoustics problem.

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P
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Top notch dining in West Chester. Food is excellent and the staff is knowledgeable and friendly. The pork chop is gigantic and quite good. The ice cream sandwich for dessert is a treat worth sharing. Great BYOB though the $5 corkage fee is a little annoying since no alcohol is served at all. Tends to be pretty loud and gets very crowded on Saturday nights when Uptown has a show that night. All in all there’s few places better in the area for a good meal.

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KL
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to this restaurant MANY times and it NEVER dissapoints! The service, staff and food are consistently fantastic! I have a gluten allergy and they go above and beyond to ensure that my choices are Never limited! I would without hesitation recommend The Original Spence Cafe!!!

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service ! Loved the cozy atmosphere!
So glad this place reopened ! Will definitely be back !

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c
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had the crab cakes which were two and packed with super lump with fingerling potatoes and carrots..delicious, would highly recommend.
Only downside is the noise level. They should definitely invest in noise canceling ceiling.
Have been here for lunch but this was the first time for dinner. Will definitely return!

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal as usual ... especially the service by Marilyn !!! and the dessert is to die for !!

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c
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed our meal and the service was great- Thanks Chris! It was a little noisy as would be expected in a "city" restaurant. So glad Spence is still part of the West Chester dining establishment!

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S
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We totally enjoyed our dinner at the Spence Cafe. Service and food were excellent. We look forward to returning.

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c
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had dinner with the girls before a show. The restaurant was quiet enough for us to be able to talk. The waitress was great. We had soups and salads and a bunch of appetizers and shared it. I would go back again.

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TB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our visit to the café. Server was just so pleasant and patient with us. Had a great time celebrating my friend's birthday!

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T
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very lively place, good food with decent portions. Pretty rooms, with many candles and small lights giving a festive decor, especially during winter. Our first time there and we will return. Just remember it’s BYOB.

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SM
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still our favorite spot in WC. Great food, great service, and BYOB.

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WN
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & service, awesome atmosphere, great value w/ BYOB. Love this place.

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PG
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really amazing food. The Tuna tartare, halibut and ribeye were all terrific. Really cool place to take a date. Fancy, but not stuffy at all.

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GL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

When we arrived we were greeted and seated immediately. The restaurant was lovely but as it filled up the noise level became very uncomfortable. The food however was exceptional. I dined with three other people who all raved about their meals. The service was good for a busy Saturday night. Love that it’s BYOB but the $5 corkage fee per bottle was a little off-putting.

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KA
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just another awesome meal. Spence cafe just never disappoints and more often than not thrills you. Had business associates in town from NY and Baltimore - they were astounded at how delicious everything was. Service was on the money as well.

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AC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was wonderful, and the setting is lovely. We took out of town visitors, and we will definitely be going back on our own to try the delicious-sounding things on the menu we missed the first time around.

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SN
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

For four die racing meal was excellent and service on point. It was a little noisy for us especially to have nice conversations but the decor is pretty and staff very accommodating and attentive. Second visit was just as nice as the firat

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my parents out and they LOVED it!

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s
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have lived in the area for years and never went here. We have missed out. We loved the entire evening

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P
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner! The food was excellent and the staff is very attentive but not intrusive. Being a BYOB is an added value too.

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D
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The variety and quality of the food was excellent as was the service.. and the staff made sure we were finished before we walked across the street to a performance and the Knauer Center in West Chester

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SL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Four of us for dinner. Appetizers and salads were very good although the waitress questioned one of the guests as to why she wanted dressing on the side. Dinners were very good. I had one of the specials which was Farro Island salmon with scallops and crab. Scallops were a bit disappointing as they were tiny and very chewy but overall for all of us a very good dining experience. Have been several times and will return again.

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R
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Presentment was so nicely done. you didn't want to wreck the scene by eating the fare!
But- the consumption was well worth any remorse suffered for ruining the creation. Outstanding!!
Been there previously, will return, positively!!!

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C
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food in an informal setting. The best in West Chester!

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CM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had an enjoyable Saturday night out with friends. Setting was nice--formal but not stuffy. We had an 845pm reservation and they had our table ready for us when we arrived around 835pm. Always nice when a restaurant actually honors your reservation time! Specials were really interesting--3 of the 4 of us ordered them. The starters were a bit of a miss, but not by much. The surf and turf dumplings were hard to distinguish between the beef and the crab, so we had to cut them all up to know which was which. And the sweet potato toast, while flavorful, was a bit too heavy on the sweet potato so we never finished it. But the entrees were great--very well done. And, since it was a BYOB, even ordering some of the pricier items on the menu didnt result in a check that gave us any pause. Location was great, especially with the parking garage directly behind it. Would recommend and will visit again.

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D
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious! Service is great! We were seated by the front and so it was very loud. It seemed further back in the restaurant was quieter.

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We LOVE this place, food is always amazing!

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d
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was spectacular! We had a wonderful meal with our friends. The staff did not look at our special request until a couple of hours before our reservation time. They could not fulfill our main request which was only apparent when we arrived. We asked for a quiet table in their back room. They had a large party there so no room for us. Ok--but would have liked to be notified. Not a deal breaker. We will be back.

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LH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Compliments to the Chef and his staff... they made my special occasion a memorable one! Outstanding all around Andrew!

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f
Philadelphia
64 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything on the menu is so appealing, it is difficult to make choices. The soup specials are always delicious! The shrimp and crab roll is,packed with fresh delicious seafood. My husband loved the grilled cheese short rib sandwich. MSpence is,our favorite restaurant!

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MM
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was so fabulous, I've already made a new reservation for next week! Andrew - this is your best restaurant yet, and that's saying something. Our family has enjoyed dining in every restaurant you've owned, starting with your first Spence Café on Gay Street, then Butterfish, and now The Original Spence Café. If you love fish and seafood, there's no place better. The filet is pretty darn delicious too. This visit, I had the Branzino, which was the special of the evening, and my friend had my favorite, the Halibut. We both started with your oysters, which were amazing. Then we shared the oatmeal cookie sandwich. OMG! 2 huge oatmeal cookies, filled with salted caramel and vanilla ice cream, drizzled with chocolate, and a dollop of whipped cream on the side. I'm getting hungry, so it's a good thing I'm returning in a few days!

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SB
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal, there was a nice ambiance in the restaurant, the food was delicious, I had the short ribs which were melt in the mouth tender and the service was outstanding !

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PM
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food! Chef owner Andy makes amazingly tasty food.

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DG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service....

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G
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place in a very convenient spot, I’ve missed Spence Cafe for years so it’s great to have it back and even better! BYOB is a great and if you have any wait time for your table the Marque lounge at the Warner Hotel is right across the street! Excellent meal and great service too.

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KL
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was Excellent!! Such a refreshing surprise that we were told to relax and enjoy and not be rushed out!!

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LB
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Took a girlfriend for a birthday lunch. Ww both had the crab cake sandwich with a quinoa salad on the side. Absolutely delicious! It's truly one of the finest crab cake sandwiches I've ever had. The quinoa salad was also outstanding, which was a pleasant surprise. I thought I was just opting for the healthy side, but it was wonderful. Wish I had the recipe for both.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time! Great food and excellent service!

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JQ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best restaurant in west chester! The chef takes such pride in his food, every bite was just delicious. The staff is great too, super pleasant. We just love it here

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