The Original Spence Cafe

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349 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.

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Come join us for a special Mother's Day menu from 1 - 5 pm May 12, 2019!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

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WH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time visiting and will definitely be back. The Easter brunch selection was great and everything we tried was fantastic. We will definitely be back to try this place's regular menu. Service was excellent as well. Don't hesitate to give this place a try if you are in the West Chester area.

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DU
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Spence Cafe several times with friends. This was a family dinner over the Easter weekend. It was the first time for our daughters who live in New York City. The meal was excellent, as it has been in all our other visits. We were seated in the back room that was well suited for conversation for our party of five. We like the BYOB aspect of Spence which lets us bring our own wine to enjoy.

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BM
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed everything about our evening @ the original Spence Cafe! The space was lovely, looking forward to going back in warmer weather and sitting outside:-)
The service was excellent! The food was wonderful, new different combinations with incredible flavors! All our entrees were perfectly presented and roasted veggies were perfectly al dente...who could ask for more?
Highly recommend this awesome BYOB in West Chester!!!

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C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, service and atmosphere!!!

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JA
Philadelphia
107 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice farm to table byob restaurant, fresh ingredients in a nice casual atmosphere. Four of us, two had starters, Caesar salad and a greek salad. Both were large enough to share so all sampled them. For entrees two of us had the pork chop, a wonderfully large and flavorful chop with mashed potatoes and some root vegetables. Another had the crab cakes and the short rib. Everyone thought the meals were very flavorful and had enough to take some home. Dessert was a flourless chocolate cake with ice cream, that was also shared. Great service, only one issue that was quirky. When I asked to substitute some brussel sprouts, which were on the special menu, for the mashed potatoes that came with the pork chop I was told they couldn't do that. It seemed strange but I just moved on, though in the end the meals were great. The byo makes it reasonably priced, and the noise level, though a little high, was tolerable

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BD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our first time and the atmosphere, service and menu selections. We’re all excellent! We will be back to experience it again. Voted Top 2019 by Philadelphia Magazine and well deserved! 👍🏼👌🏻

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CW
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We will be back again!

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CS
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal and great service. It’s lively so a little noisy but not enough to be concerned with. One of our favorite West Chester restaurants

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AM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is just amazing. Great space and excellent service.

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great, once again! We’ll be back soon

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LF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

First course of cheese boards was very slow to come out, but everything else was nicely paced. We passed on dessert since we were told that the kitchen closes at 10PM and we needed to hurry and get our order in. That seems early for a weekend night. The food was outstanding, well-seasoned and great quality. We'll be back for sure.

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M
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our dinner was wonderful - food, service, ambiance. We have been to all 3 Spence Cafe’s. This one, by far, has the best atmosphere. It was bright and pleasant. We loved it. Can’t wait to eat on the patio once the weather warms up.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Light casual lunch with friends. Perfect portions and price! We decided to repeat the lunch in May- maybe be able to enjoy outside patio.

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DF
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chris was a very friendly server. The food is always amazing and I like going there for lunch with prospects because it's not noisy.

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AS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food and service were quite good but the place is way too loud. For those prices, one should be able to have a conversation without having to yell.

I wouldn't go back unless I knew that they had fixed the acoustics problem.

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P
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Top notch dining in West Chester. Food is excellent and the staff is knowledgeable and friendly. The pork chop is gigantic and quite good. The ice cream sandwich for dessert is a treat worth sharing. Great BYOB though the $5 corkage fee is a little annoying since no alcohol is served at all. Tends to be pretty loud and gets very crowded on Saturday nights when Uptown has a show that night. All in all there’s few places better in the area for a good meal.

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KL
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to this restaurant MANY times and it NEVER dissapoints! The service, staff and food are consistently fantastic! I have a gluten allergy and they go above and beyond to ensure that my choices are Never limited! I would without hesitation recommend The Original Spence Cafe!!!

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service ! Loved the cozy atmosphere!
So glad this place reopened ! Will definitely be back !

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c
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had the crab cakes which were two and packed with super lump with fingerling potatoes and carrots..delicious, would highly recommend.
Only downside is the noise level. They should definitely invest in noise canceling ceiling.
Have been here for lunch but this was the first time for dinner. Will definitely return!

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal as usual ... especially the service by Marilyn !!! and the dessert is to die for !!

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c
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed our meal and the service was great- Thanks Chris! It was a little noisy as would be expected in a "city" restaurant. So glad Spence is still part of the West Chester dining establishment!

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S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We totally enjoyed our dinner at the Spence Cafe. Service and food were excellent. We look forward to returning.

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c
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had dinner with the girls before a show. The restaurant was quiet enough for us to be able to talk. The waitress was great. We had soups and salads and a bunch of appetizers and shared it. I would go back again.

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TB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our visit to the café. Server was just so pleasant and patient with us. Had a great time celebrating my friend's birthday!

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T
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very lively place, good food with decent portions. Pretty rooms, with many candles and small lights giving a festive decor, especially during winter. Our first time there and we will return. Just remember it’s BYOB.

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SM
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still our favorite spot in WC. Great food, great service, and BYOB.

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WN
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & service, awesome atmosphere, great value w/ BYOB. Love this place.

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PG
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really amazing food. The Tuna tartare, halibut and ribeye were all terrific. Really cool place to take a date. Fancy, but not stuffy at all.

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GL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

When we arrived we were greeted and seated immediately. The restaurant was lovely but as it filled up the noise level became very uncomfortable. The food however was exceptional. I dined with three other people who all raved about their meals. The service was good for a busy Saturday night. Love that it’s BYOB but the $5 corkage fee per bottle was a little off-putting.

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KA
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just another awesome meal. Spence cafe just never disappoints and more often than not thrills you. Had business associates in town from NY and Baltimore - they were astounded at how delicious everything was. Service was on the money as well.

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AC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was wonderful, and the setting is lovely. We took out of town visitors, and we will definitely be going back on our own to try the delicious-sounding things on the menu we missed the first time around.

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SN
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

For four die racing meal was excellent and service on point. It was a little noisy for us especially to have nice conversations but the decor is pretty and staff very accommodating and attentive. Second visit was just as nice as the firat

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my parents out and they LOVED it!

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s
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have lived in the area for years and never went here. We have missed out. We loved the entire evening

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P
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
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
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
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 on February 15, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
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 on February 13, 2019
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 9, 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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