The Original Spence Cafe

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315 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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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 10, 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 10, 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
3 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
63 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 26, 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 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food! Chef owner Andy makes amazingly tasty food.

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DG
Philadelphia
2 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 20, 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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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 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 12, 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 6, 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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PZ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little byob in West Chester with excellent food, friendly staff and fun decor. It is a very good place for a special dinner with friends or a couple. You will not be disappointed.

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WH
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

All three thought that this was one of the best meals I've had

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

New Year’s Eve

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P
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful restaurant! We were re-introduced to the Original Spence Cafe 6 weeks ago and we were so impressed that we returned for New Year's Eve dinner. We were not disappointed. The meal was fabulous and reasonably priced. The staff was friendly, accommodating, and gave us excellent service. It has now become one of our favorites.

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MS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful! The best food in West Chester!

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f
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice server. Pleasant atmosphere. The food was rather over priced in our opinion. It was nicely presented and tastey. We were told it was a BYOB so we took one bottle of wine and one can of beer. We were shocked that each couple was charged a corkage fee of $5. This seemed silly especially for the couple with the one can of beer. We told with our server that we had not been informed prior to our bill at the end of our meal. She kindly removed the charge. This was much appreciated.

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n
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Original Spence Café never disappoints. Thank you for another memorable dining experience!

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down, the best restaurant in West Chester

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A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Second time there and this place never failed to please. Fantastic menu and always awesome specials. I think this may be our favorite west Chester restaurant

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is EXCELLENT! Our server would not let us order an app while we decided on dinner. She said the kitchen doesn’t like it that way, you’ll have to order everything together and basically ran away. Heard the chef is a genius- too bad that doesn’t translate to the staff.

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RL
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The hostess was pleasant, the ambiance nice, the variety of soups, salads & dishes we ordered had excellent flavors, fresh ingredients, nicely presented, portions good. The downsides during our visit : the waitress was quite aggressive removing plates/moving us through and the noise level became too high for cross table conversation.

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T
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal! Food was delicious!

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c
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

the restaurant is great except for the noise--extremely loud. Some noise deadening in the ceiling would help.

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SG
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Will be back soon.

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f
Philadelphia
64 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious menu. Difficult to choose. Generous portions. I love Andrew’s food!

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely perfect. The food, the service, the ambience...all of it. This has been one of our favorite places for 15+ years and it never disappoints.

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JB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful meal, family oriented or business meeting

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RM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been here a number o of times with friends and have always enjoyed the changing menu. It's comfortable inside and when weather permits, its very enjoyable al fresco.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time! A great place for for a friends get together.

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a
Philadelphia
157 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool spot. Menu was interesting. Food and service were great. We will be back.

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