The Original Spence Cafe

4.7
402 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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D
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Love Love this restaurant! Great BYOB in West Chester Boro. It was a pleasant night so we sat outside in their backyard area that was nicely lit and an all-around relaxing area. Gina, our server, was very engaging and helpful in making food choices. I had the best soft shell crabs EVER and my friend had the best lump crab cakes he ever had too! Also had the tuna tar tar appetizer that we were fighting for the last piece. :) We will definitely be back to try some of their other dishes. So glad to have found this quaint gem of a restaurant!

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Evening out for my wife and I without the kids.

Food was great, service wonderful and responsive, and the outdoor seating environment was pleasant.

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VS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Their outdoor seating is the perfect escape from the noise of West Chester. The ambiance was perfect! Relaxing music, beautiful patio with delicious food and an amazing waitress. You couldn’t ask for more!

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LM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food , service and atmosphere. Love that you can bring your own wine!

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TM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of West Chester's gems. Innovative and delicious. A great choice before going to the Uptown Theater.

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J
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always welcoming, Excellent service, friendly atmosphere, delicious and creative food!!

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T
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Once again. wonderful. From our greeting to the end. Great, great, great! The hostess place our beverages in the ice bucket (so nice), the server was very friendly and helpful. The beet salad was an excellent choice to split. If you like beets, jump on that app. Our dinners were super. My Bucatini with clams was delicious (2x) :). My boyfriend had the short rib. What a portion! Superb. We also split a desert. Ice cream sandwich (cookies and ice cream). It was once of the most decadent desserts we have ever tasted.

The group in the back was a little noisy upon their entry but they calmed a bit after they were served some food.

Overall, it's a splendid establishment. A seat by the window is always nice at The Original Spence Cafe.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love this place. Our regular spot.

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C
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and personal touch.

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j
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were outstanding! I will definitely return.

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D
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

Great food and service. However the noise is very bad making it difficult to carry on a conversation.

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JA
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We can't wait to go back! The food was amazing, the ambiance was awesome and the service was fantastic!

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K
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Apps were very large and easy to share. Smoked salmon and tuna tartare were highlights.
Fresh blueberry feta dill salad delicious, and special peach, lemon poundcake mellba for dessert, off the chart.
Lovely place, especially mid-week when it's quoet.

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OT
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Brought two of our adult children and all meals were delicious - and plentiful

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AM
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lunch was a pleasant experience. Food is high quality and made from fresh ingredients. Prices are high, but portion size is satisfying. Crab and shrimp sandwich was very good. Chicken salad with grapes was a nice surprise. Friendly conscientious server added to the positive vibe from the restaurant. Rather stark decorations and lots of wood surfaces would amplify sounds to a high level if the room were full. No noise problem at lunchtime. Convenient garage parking behind the building. Looking forward to trying dinner here in the near future.

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KJ
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is always great. We dined on the patio and it was a great night.

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SM
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The outstanding food and staff continue to make this our favorite restaurant in West Chester!

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p
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was outstanding. All others are good. Since I go for the food, I highly recommend this place.

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M
Naples
12 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second trip in two weeks . Fabulous food! We will be back.

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B
Philadelphia
757 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Spence and Andrew Patten are serving up some of the Western suburb’s best food. The menu offers many great choices, prices are reasonable and service is always great. We ate our appetizers on the lovely patio until a few drops of rain turned into a drizzle and forced us inside for our delicious entrees. Wonderful either way.

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KJ
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spence cafe has moved a few times. We’re glad we found the new location. We always enjoy the food and love the new outside area.

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L
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is INCREDIBLE!!! Don’t miss this gem. They are allergy aware. Great service. The outdoor seating is in the Back and it’s so cute and cozy!

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P
Orlando
43 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot for dinner before going to the theater. Our waitress made it a point to ask if we had tickets. My mushroom soup and soft shell crab app made a perfect meal.

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k
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Aside from the no fried Brie on the menu, this was probably the best dinner we had in West Chester in a long time.

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SR
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to TOSC. We will be back. The service, provided by Chris, was wonderful, the hostess was so sweet and helpful. Our appetizers and entrees were excellent. I wish we had room for desert but alas, our bellies were full. We were delighted by the food, the service, the ambiance, everything.! It was a wonderful evening. Thank you!

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BD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to Spence numerous times and they never, ever disappoint. Especially when bringing friends from out of the area there is full confidence they will enjoy a great meal and service.

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JR
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perhaps the best overall restaurant in West Chester. Our new go to place for out of town guests as well as ourselves. Toped off our 35th by exceeding our dining expectations 🤗

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Friends in town

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r
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Another great meal at Spence celebrating a birthday!

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L
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the seasonal menu! The salmon and shrimp special was amazing

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C
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food portions were large. Great specials. Will definitely be returning!

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C
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb as always!

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D
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The tuna tartar was exceptional tonight. And the way he prepared the soft shell crabs was fabulous.

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T
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was exceptional. The food was fantastic. I recommend the Halibut for sure. The dessert was a sea salt caramel ice cream sandwich. The cookie was oatmeal chocolate chip. It was huge. Highly recommend that tiny gem in town!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited for the first time for lunch and loved it! The food and service were fantastic and the outdoor patio was cute and cozy. (A little loud due to the exhaust fan but music was on and you got used to it, so no biggie!) we can’t wait to go back for dinner!

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S
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Our waitress was excellent as well. We will be back ! Thanks

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c
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great. I didn't notice on your wesite that there is a cork fee. Our friends do not drink so we were embarrassed when their half of the bill included the fee. Please have server mention to guests the cork fee.

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BT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the service was wonderful. I had the halibut, others had the pork chops and the clam bake. Everyone loved their meals. Want to go back to try other items on the menu. Highly recommend this restaurant

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JB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent BYOB in the heart of downtown West Chester. Food is superb and the ambiance and decor are lovely. Service was pleasant and helpful if occasionally slow. When the dining room is full, the noise level becomes somewhat bothersome. When weather permits, opt for the charming and quieter back patio.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a consistently great meal!

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