The Original Spence Cafe

4.7
417 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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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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p
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is just well done. We have visited multiple times and have not been disappointed. The serve staff are friendly and attentive.

VS
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Unfortunately there was a large group in the back room so we had a very long wait for our entrees. However, the bread was delicious and my sea bass was excellent. Hopefully on our next visit, we will not have to rush our meal in order to leave for the theater.

BP
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location in west Chester with excellent food and courteous service. Top notch

LC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Love Spence's, but service was really really slow last visit. I hope it was just a bad night.

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!!!

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Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our third visit to this restaurant in the past 5 weeks. It has quickly become one of our favorites in the southern Chester County area. Excellent, well-prepared and presented food. Just the right service by very pleasant servers. And to top it off, it's a BYOB which we prefer. Strong recommendation.

JO
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything but the noise level. When room was filled, hard to have a conversation.
Food and service were outstanding.

OT
Boise
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have great service and unique/amazing food dishes.

p
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wish I had read that It was byob otherwise was great

j
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great evening and dinner before performing arts event. jd

V
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal with outstanding service.

RD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, crab cakes were amazing

T
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I tried the Original Spence Cafe for the first time on Friday and everything was excellent. The baked oysters with fresh spinach were savory and tender. Our entrees were cooked perfectly, the Halibut was fresh with a nice sear on the outside and tender meaty flesh inside. We also enjoyed that most of the entrees were served with local vegetable sides that were gluten free and lower carbs than typical restaurants. The staff were pleasant, knowledgeable and attentive. Plus as a BYOB, you can enjoy an excellent dinner at a reasonable price with a wine pairing of your choice. We will definitely be back!

JL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We went there before and the food was excellent. On this trip, the daily special of short rib crab cake duo was very disappointing. The meat was not high quality and was dried out. Also served very dry with inadequate sauce. Crab cake was only so-so. Not high quality.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed everything about this restaurant and plan to go back again

D
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
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!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
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.

VS
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
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!

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!

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.

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

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

T
Philadelphia
10 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.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love this place. Our regular spot.

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

Great food and personal touch.

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

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

D
Philadelphia
18 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.

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!

K
New York Area
46 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.

OT
Philadelphia
15 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

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.

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.

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!

p
Philadelphia
13 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.

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.

B
Philadelphia
758 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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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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