The 60 Best West Chester Pa Restaurants Fall 2017

The following  West Chester area restaurants meet my  statistical threshold for being worth a visit within a 25 minute drive of the borough. They are grouped by category, then sorted by popularity.  Living in West Chester, I’ve been to many of them and can vouch for the list. Where available, I have included links to my reviews. I’ve placed a star next to places I think are worth a special look based on personal experience.

Italian

Greyhound Cafe- Malvern
Montesano Brothers- Chester Springs
Il Granaio*– Glen Mills
Carlino’s Specialty Foods*– West Chester
Portabello’s Restaurant- Kennett Square
Antica Italian Restaurant & BYOB– Chadd’s Ford
Pomodoro Pizza & Italian Restaurant-Downingtown
Toninos Pizza & Pasta- Malvern

Mexican

Taco Maya– Exton
El Limón- Malvern
La Peña Mexicana- Kennett Square
El Tio Mexican Restaurant- Berwyn
Los Sabores De Mexico- West Chester
Real Mexican Kitchen- Glen Mills
El Limón- West Chester

Japanese

Asuka– West Chester
Tsunami– West Chester
Murasaki- Chester Springs
Okinii Modern Japanese– Downingtown
Bon Bon Sushi*– West Chester
Rai Rai Ramen & Hawaiian BBQ– West Chester
The legendary Bonzilla Burrito at Bon Bon Sushi in West Chester

American

Amani’s BYOB- Downingtown
Talula’s Table- Kennett Square
Bonu Cafe Express- Exton
Spence on High Street– West Chester
39 West American Bistro– West Chester

Breakfast

Roots Cafe*– West Chester
Market Street Grill*– West Chester
Three Crazy Ladies- Malvern
Julie Anne’s Place- Malvern
The Black Cat Cafe- Devon
Cafe Americana- Kennett Square

Mediterranean

Byrsa Bistro- Glen Mills
Cedars Cafe- Frazer
Fattoush- Malvern
Zoes Kitchen – Glen Mills
Kaboburritos- Kennett Square
La Madera Bistro-Kennett Square

Pizza

Ravanesi Pizzeria Napoletana- Concordville
Venice Pizza & Pasta- Malvern
Anthony’s Cucina Fresca- Downingtown
MOD Pizza- Glen Mills
Giorgio’s Pizza & Subs- Exton
Gyro from Opa! Opa! West Chester Pa

Other

La Baguette Magique– West Chester
Bakeries
Yori’s Church Street Bakery- West Chester
Bakeries
Big Bad Wolf Barbeque BBQ- Aston
Barbeque
Malvern Buttery- Malvern
Cafes
Pour Richard’s Coffee Co- Devon
Cafes
Cajun Kate’s*– Boothwyn
Cajun/Creole
Da Shin Bistro- Media
Chinese
Lemon Tree Asian Restaurant– Chester Springs
Chinese
Philter- Kennett Square
Coffee & Tea
Purebread Deli- Glen Mills
Delis
Opa! Opa!*– West Chester
Greek
Mi Pais– Malvern
Hispanic
Manam Indian Cuisine- Malvern
Indian
Delco’s Original Steaks & Hoagies- Chadd’s Ford
Sandwiches
Raw Can Roll Cafe- Wayne
Vegan

 

  • Robert

    List contains places as far away as Wayne (~20 miles) but nothing in Phoenixville? Absolutely should include Majolica (American new). And probably SIPs (French) and Pepperoncini Sotto (Italian) and Black Lab (for Sunday Brunch).

    • Jack Maguire

      Thanks Robert. Phoenixville was just on the edge of the map. Here is the driving radius: https://www.freemaptools.com/how-far-can-i-travel.htm?address=west%20chester,%20pa&speed=38&time=25&accuracy=5&u=miles&hw=false&at=false&m=false&mode=DRIVING. Candidates would have been Chikara Sushi & Asian Fusion, Thai Place, Soltane, Nook & Craany, Downtown Bangkok, Franco, Amman’s, and Bridgeside, Wasko’s, and Franco. None of the places you mentioned would make the cut.

      • Robert

        Agreed Phoenixville is at the edge — but as freemaptools.com shows, it’s actually closer to West Chester than Wayne by a few miles (so this seems to be a subjective cutoff rather than data-based). As for which ones make the cut, your original article states “sorted by popularity” — what’s the source? Yelp? Google? Facebook? (I read your article comparing them.) Is it raw rating or does it take into account # of reviews in some formula? I couldn’t find this info in the article. Majolica is one of the best restaurants in the West Chester area, so if it “doesn’t make the cut” that’s interesting. Also, what’s your definition of a restaurant? I love Wasko’s but it’s a take-out sandwich shop only open for lunch.

        [EDIT: OK — ignore my comment about the distance being closer. The Freemaptools site you linked initially displayed a pure radius-based region on the map; an exact circle which included Phoenixville and showed it closer than Wayne. Then at some point later, it re-drew to include other criteria like drive time, I think, and it created a complex polygon that did indeed include Wayne but exclude Phoenixville.]

        • Jack Maguire

          Roberrt, this list doesn’t contain all of Wayne. Raw Can Roll is on the western edge of Wayne, which is closer than Phoenixville to West Chester. As for methodology, I’ve written on that extensively at http://www.theoptimizednow.com/restaurantraters/. The data based on an analysis of my 500 past Yelp reviews correlated to online sentiment scores from Yelp, Google, and Facebook. Majolica statistically is not within my margin of acceptance.