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The Original Spence Cafe, West Chester, PA

The Original Spence Cafe

4.9
4.9
872 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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Booked 24 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Meat, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (610) 918-1272

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Andrew Patten

  • Catering

    Banquet &amp; Buffet catering options available for both lunch &amp; dinner parties. Our team will handle as much as you’d like or need: including tent rentals, china &amp; glassware, tables &amp; chairs, linens, lighting and more.<br /><br />Accommodations can always be made for any special dietary requirements/restrictions

  • Private party facilities

    Lunch & Dinner catering services available for both onsite & offsite events such as; holiday parties & dinners, rehearsal dinners & weddings, baby showers, bridal showers, corporate lunches, dinners, & parties, and more!

  • Neighborhood

    West Chester

  • Cross street

    Chestnut St.

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Popular dishes

Menu

Available Wednesday-Saturday for Dine-In & Takeout. $5 corkage fee per bottle

Soups & Salads

  • Mushroom Bisque$10.00

    • Caesar Salad$12.00

      romaine, house made croutons, & classic Caesar dressing

      • Mixed Green Salad$12.00

        local mixed greens, goat cheese, blueberries, candied pecans, & balsamic vinaigrette

        • Roasted Beets$14.00

          Prima Dolce ricotta, local organic mixed greens, olive oil, & balsamic

          Shared Plates

          • Spicy Seared Ahi Tuna$18.00

            seaweed salad, sriracha aioli, sweet soy, & wasabi

            • Baked Oysters Spence$17.00

              spinach, bacon, & Pernod

              • Lump Crab Nachos$17.00

                blue corn tortilla, jack cheeses, pico de gallo, chipotle crema, & guacamole

                • Steamed Clams$18.00

                  white wine, garlic, & fresh herbs

                  • Shrimp Lejon Flatbread$18.00

                    shrimp, bacon, horseradish cream, & green onions

                    Entrees

                    • Miso & Sesame Baked Salmon & Seared Scallops$36.00

                      wild rice pilaf

                      • Dijon & Herb Encrusted Rack of Lamb$42.00

                        Yukon gold mashed potatoes & garlic demi-glace

                        • Braised Short Ribs$38.00

                          Yukon gold mashed potatoes & cabernet demi-glace

                          • Louisiana Crab & Crawfish Cake$38.00

                            creole remoulade & hush puppies

                            • Seared Halibut$42.00

                              saffron risotto & lobster tarragon sauce

                              • Filet Mignon$45.00

                                Yukon gold mashed potatoes, caramelized shallots, bleu cheese butter, & Cabernet demi-glace

                                • Seafood Cioppino$42.00

                                  seared scallops, clams, mussels, shrimp, salmon, & saffron tomato broth

                                  Last updated: February 3, 2022

                                  What 872 people are saying

                                  Overall ratings and reviews

                                  Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                  4.9
                                  4.9 based on recent ratings
                                  • 4.9Food
                                  • 4.8Service
                                  • 4.7Ambience
                                  • 4.5Value

                                  NoiseModerate

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                                  1. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Philadelphia

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined 4 days ago

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    From start to finish we had an absolutely fabulous meal!

                                  2. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Philadelphia

                                    137 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    137 reviews

                                    Dined 6 days ago

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Excellent food and the ability to bring our own wine to compliment our selections minimizing guesswork is a plus. The swordfish special entree with seafood sausage was a hit. The filet mignon was prepared beautifully, served with mashed potatoes, carrots and green beans all cooked perfectly. Portions are generous and the staff are pleasant and appropriately attentive. A gem in West Chester.

                                  3. M

                                    Mpat2zo

                                    Philadelphia

                                    31 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    31 reviews

                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    WE love the Spence Cafe. It is my favorite restaurant in the West Chester Boro. It is always excellent food. The ambiance is very nice as well!

                                  4. s

                                    smj217

                                    Philadelphia

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on May 7, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Yum! I have never, ever had a bad meal or been disappointed at The Original Spence Cafe. That includes lunches in the past (best humus and mushroom soup) and dinners in the past and last night. Only two blocks away from our home on a rainy night and with tickets for the theater across the street the four of us had a variety of soups, appetizers and entrees. The server, Erica, was delightful, inquired if we were going to the theater, kept us on our schedule and so much more. I have a severe shellfish allergy and they accommodated a substitution on my meal (which was delicious). Thank you to the entire staff for another stellar evening at the Original Spence Cafe.

                                  5. CC

                                    ChrisC

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 6, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Excellent food, excellent service! Great restaurant for a special occasion!

                                  6. p

                                    pvmac

                                    Philadelphia

                                    6 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    6 reviews

                                    Dined on May 5, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Spence Cafe delivered an excellent dinner experience, as always! The menu is varied and the food is creative, fresh and perfect portions. The staff is professional and the outdoor patio dining was a treat on a lovely spring night.

                                  7. D

                                    Drdiva

                                    Philadelphia

                                    3 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    3 reviews

                                    Dined on May 4, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    As always, a wonderful dinner and experience. Food and service ice outstanding. My favorite restaurant I. West Chester.

                                  8. LV

                                    LoisV

                                    Atlantic City

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 4, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Best dining experience in years! If I was a local I would dine here regularly! The care given to the cuisine and the customers, the thoughtful decor and ambience… I will be back ASAP

                                  9. JL

                                    JeffreyL

                                    Philadelphia

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on May 4, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Always excellent food and service. Our favorite local restaurant

                                  10. h

                                    hungrymom

                                    Philadelphia

                                    15 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    15 reviews

                                    Dined on April 29, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                    First time eating at Spence. Was a very welcoming restaurant with an upbeat and friendly atmosphere. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable on all menu items and helped with suggestions. Food was delicious. Cannot wait to return for outdoor patio dining - looks like a great spot!! Definitely recommend.

                                  11. D

                                    Deezer

                                    Philadelphia

                                    32 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    32 reviews

                                    Dined on April 29, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                    Andy is the best. We have to dine there twice a month at least. Gina is a great manager and Chris is a fabulous waiter. See you soon!

                                  12. MA

                                    MarcA

                                    Philadelphia

                                    12 reviews

                                    vip
                                    3.0

                                    12 reviews

                                    Dined on April 28, 2022

                                    overall3food3service3ambience4

                                    This was our fifth visit to Spence Cafe. We had always been very pleased with the cuisine and service level. However, at this visit, our experience was average at best. Both the food and the service did not meet our expectations. In terms of the food, the tuna tartar was light on the tuna, comparatively heavy on the seaweed salad, and much too creamy. The smoked wild salmon was dry and salty, neither to the point of rendering the dish inedible, but also past the point of the exceptional dining we had come to expect. The cioppino was bland, not inspiring. We felt that our desserts, creme brulee and limoncello cheesecake, were the best part of the meal. In terms of the service, the word that describes it was 'ignored'. When I made the reservation, I included a note saying I would bring my wine by the restaurant so it could be decanted. I stopped by around 2:15, thinking someone would be in the kitchen for a 5:00 opening. No one came to the door, so instead I opened/decanted/refilled the bottle to bring it with us. I mentioned that to the waiter, who offered to get a decanter, which I said was unnecessary at that point. At no point during the meal, did he offer to refill a wine glass, or even a water glass. I do not know if that is a new health department regulation, but if it was, a mention would have clarified why we were being ignored. The restaurant was not crowded, so that would not be the reason for the inattentiveness. We hope these mishaps were a one-time event. We will consider dining again at Spence Cafe, at which time we hope the restaurant will again offer the stellar experience we had previously.

                                  13. DD

                                    DianeD

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 27, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    For a long time, we have missed having a special "go to" restaurant in West Chester. We now have one and will definitely return. The appetizers, entrees and desserts were all fabulous! The flavors of each dish, the presentation and the portions were outstanding. The service was excellent as well. All of us enjoyed every aspect of our meal but a special mention goes to dessert - the oatmeal chocolate chip cookie with salted carmel ice cream. It was big enough for 4 to share and was probably the best dessert I've ever tasted. The fact that it is a BYOB is an added plus.

                                  14. SC

                                    SimonC

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 27, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                    We went early to avoid too many people as we're still pandemic conscious. The tables had good space and we felt very comfortable. Food quality and presentation was great. It's a much bigger space than you'd think just by looking at the store front. Nice place.

                                  15. EV

                                    EddieVee

                                    New York Area

                                    41 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    41 reviews

                                    Dined on April 23, 2022

                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                    Food was outstanding - really well done. Service was very polite and friendly. But they didn't pour our wine despite a $5 corking fee and didn't pour the water.

                                  16. D

                                    meganD

                                    Philadelphia

                                    1 review

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 23, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Spence is the best restaurant in Chester county by far. Gina and her staff are amazing. The food is impeccable.

                                  17. MB

                                    MegB

                                    New York Area

                                    2 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on April 23, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                    It was our first time and everything was amazing can’t wait to go back for another great dining experience

                                  18. TF

                                    TouristFamily

                                    Philadelphia

                                    4 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    4 reviews

                                    Dined on April 23, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    We were celebrating my wife’s Birthday. The Aioli Calamari was delicious and highly recommended. It wasn’t tough but tender and the sauce just seasoned just right. Our main course were equally delicious, service was great, and we like the ambiance and the fact that it is BYOB. Makes a great night on the town so reasonable. It is one of our favorite places to eat.

                                  19. r

                                    robmcn

                                    Philadelphia

                                    18 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    18 reviews

                                    Dined on April 22, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    This restaurant is our secret place to take good friends. We can always count on a satisfying meal with great service. Easy parking and lovely ambiance.

                                  20. JG

                                    JohnG

                                    Philadelphia

                                    9 reviews

                                    vip
                                    3.0

                                    9 reviews

                                    Dined on April 22, 2022

                                    overall3food3service4ambience3

                                    Service was good. Food was pretty good. Outside seating was

                                  21. LC

                                    LCrow

                                    Philadelphia

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 21, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    The food,, service, presentation, and general atmosphere were all outstanding.

                                  22. FH

                                    FranH

                                    Philadelphia

                                    16 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    16 reviews

                                    Dined on April 17, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Wonderful food! Beautifully prepared & presented! Great staff with just enough attention & being a BYOB, it can’t be beat! So fortunate to have it here in town!

                                  23. KM

                                    KellyM

                                    Philadelphia

                                    73 reviews

                                    vip
                                    4.0

                                    73 reviews

                                    Dined on April 16, 2022

                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                    We had a delicious meal and will return again and again!

                                  24. v

                                    vino

                                    Philadelphia

                                    69 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    69 reviews

                                    Dined on April 14, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                    It had been years since we went to the cafe, we should not have waited so long. All of our meals were outstanding. We look forward to returning soon.

                                  25. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Philadelphia

                                    10 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    10 reviews

                                    Dined on April 10, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Amazing all around once again at Spence! We hadn’t been in about 6 months and it was as good as ever…best restaurant in town by far!

                                  26. SM

                                    SandraM

                                    Philadelphia

                                    45 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    45 reviews

                                    Dined on April 9, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Still our #1! Always great to see Gina, Chris, Peter, and the rest of the awesome staff! It's like going to a friend's house for dinner (and boy can they cook!). So happy the original crab cakes are back...the best you can get! Last night's mushroom "scrapple" special appetizer was amazing and so creative as was the branzino special. How Chef Andy and his crew come up with these dishes is true genius! If you've never been, do yourself a favor and go. You won't be disappointed!

                                  27. C

                                    Canarylynne

                                    Philadelphia

                                    19 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    19 reviews

                                    Dined on April 8, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    An excellent meal from beginning to end. Wonderful waiter who has served us several times in the past! Well done!

                                  28. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Philadelphia

                                    8 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    8 reviews

                                    Dined on April 8, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Fantastic, consistently good food and amazing service.

                                  29. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 7, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    It was our 38 th wedding anniversary and the evening was perfect!!! It was the best salmon I’ve ever had! All the food was excellent as was the service ! We will definitely be returning!!!! Delicious!!!

                                  30. B

                                    Buntz

                                    Philadelphia

                                    807 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    807 reviews

                                    Dined on April 6, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    We had another wonderful meal in a delightfully pleasant atmosphere at Spence with delicious Oysters Spence and their tasty Lobster Bisque to start and a succulent NY strip and mushroom ravioli as mains. Gina’s service was great, as always. Consistently top-notch casual dining experience.

                                  31. T

                                    Trainergal

                                    Philadelphia

                                    13 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    13 reviews

                                    Dined on April 2, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                    As always, the food was wonderful. Christopher was great. My only continual gripe about The OSC is the noise. The baffles don’t seem to do the job. I suppose it cannot be helped. Regardless of that, we had a wonderful time. Thank you for making the evening special.

                                  32. TK

                                    TammyK

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 2, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Our Family is former Fine dining restaurant owners & WE COOK!!! When I tell you our bar is HIGH, I mean it!! This is by far our favorite restaurant!! The food is ALWAYS spectacular, the service AMAZING & the price Fair. We were a party of 4, ordered 4 appetizers to share, 4 different entrées & desert. I can't even tell you what the favorite was because it was all SCRUMTIOUS!! What more can you ask for??

                                  33. SW

                                    SuzanneW

                                    Philadelphia

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 2, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Everything was fabulous. Excellent service, great food, special ambience. Can't wait to go back.

                                  34. T

                                    Thorntonlb

                                    Philadelphia

                                    11 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    11 reviews

                                    Dined on March 26, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Great experience- food, service , value- 5 star for sure- we will definitely return and always recommend as a go-to in West Chester

                                  35. G

                                    Geno

                                    Philadelphia

                                    9 reviews

                                    2.0

                                    9 reviews

                                    Dined on March 26, 2022

                                    overall2food3service2ambience1

                                    The noise level was unpleasant to say the least. People were actually shouting across the table trying to make conversation. Service was very slow. Our server never came back to check on us after she presented our appetizer or dinner. I was looking forward to the halibut. It was over cooked. Did not want to send it back and wait another hour for an entrée. Just wanted to leave. There are too many great restaurants in Westchester to do a repeat of that one.

                                  36. MM

                                    MichaelM

                                    Philadelphia

                                    12 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    12 reviews

                                    Dined on March 24, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Fantastic dining experience for party of 4. Steaks and sides were incredible, and appetizers and dessert were exceptional. Our favorite restaurant in Wilmington - kennett square - west Chester area.

                                  37. TJ

                                    ThomasJ

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on March 24, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Great food, service and ambiance. This restaurant is a treat for us but we’ll worth it.

                                  38. RC

                                    RickC

                                    Western NC

                                    3 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    3 reviews

                                    Dined on March 19, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    As always The Original Spence Cafe delivered a great dining experience......large portions, moderate prices, nice service.....and byob to boot! Love this place!

                                  39. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Philadelphia

                                    1 review

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on March 19, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                    Great dining experience every time.

                                  40. JG

                                    JuliaG

                                    New York Area

                                    7 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    7 reviews

                                    Dined on March 18, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Went for New Year’s Eve and went back for my boyfriends birthday because it was so good! Delicious food and ambiance. We love the tuna tartare ingredients are so fresh and everything is so yummy and flavorful. You will not leave with an empty stomach!

                                  Safety precautions

                                  • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                  • Physical distancing

                                    • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                  • Screening

                                    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                  FAQs

                                  The Original Spence Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (610) 918-1272.

                                  The Original Spence Cafe is rated 4.9 stars by 872 OpenTable diners.

                                  Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                  Booked 24 times today
                                  Google Map for The Original Spence Cafe

                                  131 N High St West Chester, PA 19380

                                  Additional information

                                  • Cross street

                                    Chestnut St.

                                  • Neighborhood

                                    West Chester

                                  • Hours of operation

                                    Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

                                  • Cuisines

                                    American, Meat, Seafood

                                  • Dining style

                                    Casual Dining

                                  • Dress code

                                    Business Casual

                                  • Parking details

                                    Public Lot

                                  • Payment options

                                    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                  • Executive chef

                                    Andrew Patten

                                  • Additional

                                    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

                                  • Phone number

                                    (610) 918-1272

                                  • Catering

                                    Banquet &amp; Buffet catering options available for both lunch &amp; dinner parties. Our team will handle as much as you’d like or need: including tent rentals, china &amp; glassware, tables &amp; chairs, linens, lighting and more.<br /><br />Accommodations can always be made for any special dietary requirements/restrictions

                                  • Private party facilities

                                    Lunch & Dinner catering services available for both onsite & offsite events such as; holiday parties & dinners, rehearsal dinners & weddings, baby showers, bridal showers, corporate lunches, dinners, & parties, and more!

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