The Original Spence Cafe

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$30 and under
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American
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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4.7
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect!

SM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience, creative menu and a perfect setting.

E
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the experience at Spence Cafe from start to finish. The service, food and ambience were excellent! Cant wait to go again. Recommend the fried brussel sprouts and the brownie!

M
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about the experience was wonderful. Food, service, atmosphere. Our waitress Ashley was so enthusiast about the place and the food and she just topped the whole experience off with her personality. A +++ can’t wait to return to try other menu items. It was tough to choose just one.

NK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time going to this restaurant. I was impressed with the appearance when I walked in. Service was excellent. Food was outstanding. I would highly recommend the braised short ribs. I will definitely be back to try another of the amazing sounding entree’s. The parking garage right around the corner is very convenient. If I could give higher than a 5 star, this place earned it. Very very nice place with an outstanding attentive staff.

KW
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fillet mignon and the halibut were outstanding. Added vegetables were fantastic as well.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The service was excellent. The coffee was bitter and luke warm.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely time, amazing food and relaxing atmosphere.

MI
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow... what a fabulous meal! Hidden gem in West Chester.

p
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and setting Love that it’s byob

WC
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Glad you’ve added the sound absorbing cloth on the ceiling...Always a treat to come to Spence.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service, sweet setting, we were delighted to bring our dear friends to dinner at Spence. Always reliable and welcoming. Our go-to dinner spot!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great ambiance and exquisite food.

GJ
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Original Spence is a regular BYOB for us. A nice place for an excellent meal at affordable BYOB rates. Taking the wine out of the equation allows us to turn an excellent meal into something truly special without all the extra expense of a $150 bottle. Or buy the $70 bottle and bring it with you for an amazing dining experience.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service

ED
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spence offered very elegant fine dining. The ambiance was lovely from the lighting to the music to the coziness. Food was outstanding. The chef came out and chatted with a few tables. Service was excellent. Although a bit pricey, well within the range of fine dining. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

OT
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Spence Cafe. Currently located next to jane chalfont on high street. Service was excellent. BYOB with uncork fee. Salads were able to be shared and the Halibut entree was exceptional. We went on a monday night and were able to sit and chat for awhile prior to ordering which was nice. Absolutely a must try location in west chester.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was impeccable. The staff were very accommodating. We really should go more often.

D
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is the best restaurant in Chester County. We eat there once a week otherwise I go for withdrawal.

w
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Spence! Always a great experience every time we go!

MK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service1ambience5

We had an amazing time during our first time at Spence. The food was outstanding and the ambiance was excellent and romantic. Our waitress only came to take our order, open our wine and bring us the check and never checked in on us in between and rushed us during our order and didn’t have the answers to our questions about the special. She was on her phone the counter every time we looked over, but the waitress who brought out our food was helpful.

OA
Philadelphia
101 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Back for another visit, and we had a wonderful time. Our meals were amazing. Thank you!

P
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Spence is superb each and every time you go there. It is consistently one of the two or three best places to eat in West Chester Borough. It’s such a pleasure having Spence Cafe back in the Borough. The Filet Mignon dish and the scallops were exquisite. Reasonably priced for the quality of food you receive. The ice cream sandwich dessert is quite simply ridiculous: it is enough for two or three people. We will be back time and time again.

m
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We were very pleased with everything about the restaurant- ambiance, food, presentation. And may I also add that the restaurant and the restrooms were spotless!

MC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without a doubt this restaurant has the best menu, service and ambiance-period.

K
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful mushroom bisque! Lovely night out, even though it was raining

B
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very quaint restaurant off the beaten path in West Chester. Loved the décor. So homey and inviting. The staff makes you feel welcomed and doesn't rush you. It's like you're in someone's home. The food was outstanding. Each course was better than the one before. I would definitely go back. There are a few more apps and entree's I want to try. Great place.

B
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I ordered the mushroom ravioli special with duck and it was delicious. The sauce was so tasty and perfect with the mushroom ravioli. It was recommended that my husband order the short ribs and they certainly did not disappoint ~ they melted in his mouth. I also had the seafood trio as my appetizer which was fresh and quite refreshing.

c
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very nice lunch spot with fresh food at reasonable price.
Will be back!

G
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice experience

S
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Chicken salad was very good. Love the 1/2 soup/ sandwich option.

D
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Andy has really come into his own with this location. We are addicted to his tuna tartare. We dine there almost every week. We look forward to seeing what specials he has created. The wait staff is great and the hostess is adorable. I can't wait to dine there this week. Keep up the creative cooking.

Dee & Bill

KD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The table was set for two, not four, even after we had a reservation for four. Service was good but the waitress waited until all four people arrived to even ask us if we needed any appetizers or anything. We started to feel ignored. All in all the food and desert was great! We will be back. Loved the byob.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my daughter passing the CPA exam and everything was perfect. I hadn’t been there in years and was glad we went back.

P
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is spectacular. Great for groups of people or a date night like we had!! We will go back many times over!!

CS
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Love Spence! Great place to go with friends or a date night. Food is amazing and excellent service. Love that it's a BYOB. Extremely loud though....hardly could talk above the noise. Will always return but would be nice if they could quiet it a little.

D
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere and wonderful service. Food was very good, but our salads had too much dressing. Desserts are fantastic! We love this BYOB restaurant.

CB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food with wonderful service. Always a pleasure to is this fine establishment.

D
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely evening celebrating a friends birthday. The food was delicious and there is enough variety on the menu to satisfy every palate. The only thing I will never understand is why there is a corkage fee at a BYOB. Alex was delightful and extremely attentive and helpful with our meal and appetizer selections.

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu had a wonderful variety. I had a hard time deciding and need to go back to try more! Both of our meals were perfect Chris was a great waiter and the hostesses were very warm and friendly