There are more than 65 eateries in downtown West Chester. Whether you enjoy al fresco dining at the many sidewalk cafes or an intimate BYOB, you will find a restaurant for every taste and budget. After 10pm, there are plenty of choices for entertainment and dancing. See the complete list of downtown restaurants at the Restaurant Directory.
DOWNTOWN WEST CHESTER WINS "BEST AL FRESCO DINING" in COUNTY LINES MAGAZINE
See the 13th Annual Local Dining Guide, featuring New Chapters in the History of West Chester Dining by Malcolm Johnstone, along with 2017's "Best of the Best" winners. Congratulations and thank you to all of the downtown restaurants who helped make this possible, and for giving West Chester its wonderful outdoor dining experience. For other dining options in downtown West Chester, click here.
BARTENDERS BALL at CHESTER COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Sunday, January 29, 2017 | 6pm-11pm
Dress to impress and then enjoy the Roaring 20's at the 2017 Bartenders Ball at the Chester County Historic Society. The 21+ event features a five-hour open bar, stocked with premium liquors provided by Beam Suntory, complimentary food, live entertainment & DJ, industry awards, photo booth, and games of chance. Tickets $50 online, $60 at door. Proceeds support local charities. More at WCBartendersBall.com.
CARLINO'S UNWINED & PAINT NIGHT 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 7:30pm
Carlino's presents a night out with a twist! This exclusive event will feature wine, food, and fun. Bring your friends and your creativity to combine food and art into a masterpiece of an evening. See ticket information.
Check out what's new on the foodie scene. . .
OPA! OPA! | 122 E Gay St
Inspired by the beautiful Greek island of Mykonos, Opa Opa offers quick, fresh, and authentic Greek food. Simple and freshly made gyros, souvlaki, platters, salads, and other traditional Greek specialties are perfect for a quick lunch or an easy dinner any night of the week. Eat in or take out by calling 484-266-7106.
LORENZO & SON'S PIZZA | 27 N High St
Known for their GIANT slices of pizza and their famous location on South Street in Philadelphia, Lorenzo & Son's West Chester offers a variety of pizza options including their extra large pies, sicilian pizza, personal pies, strombolis, calzones, cheese steaks, specialty sandwiches, salads, and gourmet french fries. Available for delivery, dine-in, and takeout. 484-999-8756.
CLASSIC DINER in WEST CHESTER NOW SERVING DINNER | 16 E Gay St
The Classic Diner will now be serving dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5pm-9pm. The dinner menu will include The Classic Diner menu favorites along with chef inspired dinner specials. They will also offer the full breakfast and brunch fare. The Classic Diner is BOYB and offers outdoor seating. Book dinner reservations by calling 484-947-0809.
RESTAURANT 51 TAP & SPIRIT | 30 N Church St
The old firehouse is now serving up some delicious burgers and entrees, as well as a full menu of beers on draft. Enjoy lunch or dinner in a historical landmark while catching up with friends in the cozy upstairs seating area, or check out the game while sitting at a high top or booth in the bar.
MARQUEE BAR and LOUNGE NOW OPEN at HOTEL WARNER
At the end of the day, the new Marquee Bar and Lounge at the Hotel Warner, 120 North High Street, is the place to relax and enjoy the company of friends in the quiet elegance of the Hotel Warner. Enter from the hotel lobby. Craft beers, wine, and specialty mixed drinks are available.
WEST CHESTER COFFEE & ICE CREAM BAR | 8 East Gay St
Grand opening for the West Chester Coffee & Ice Cream Bar is December 4 during the Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade. Try out coffee and light breakfast items such as granola, oatmeal, and fresh donuts along with espresso drinks and craft coffee from vendors such as ReAnimator and Green Street. Later in the day, try an ice cream or milkshake prepared by a roster of vendors, most of them local, such as Scooped and Little Baby's.
T'EVER CAFE | 124 E Market St
Enjoy Gourmet coffee and espresso drinks at the new T'Ever Cafe, 124 E Market St, 484-787-0187. Gourmet tea and chocolate drinks plus a variety of grilled skewers, salads, soup and rice dishes round out the menu. House specialties include Bubble Fruity Green Tea and Bubble Black Milk Tea each presented with assorted flavors.
FRENCH BAKERY OPENS | 202 W Market St
Discover why the French are universally renown for their breads and pastries at La Baguette Magique, a French bakery that brings a little bit of the romance of Paris to West Chester with each delicate pastry. Sit outside and watch the world go by or inside and savor the many aromas. 202 West Market Street. 610-620-4729. MagicBaguette.com.
SPLIT RAIL TAVERN | 15 N Walnut St
Connect to handcrafted food and drink made from locally-sourced, common-sense ingredients in a humble, yet refined environment at Split Rail Tavern, now open at 15 North Walnut Street (484-999-8805). Read more at fig.
SALOON 151 | 151 W Gay St
Join Saloon 151 Whiskey Bar & Grill (151 W Gay St, 610-701-8489) during the Grand Opening Celebrations! Saloon 151's menu features slow-cooked meats, hand-cut fries, and, of course, an extensive whiskey and craft beer list. Stop in August 10 - 14 and enjoy great food and drink specials, gift card give-aways, live music and more! See more at The Town Dish.
BOXCAR BREWPUB | 142 E Market St
Locally-crafted beers from Boxcar Brewing Co plus Pennsylvania wines and cider are offered at the new Boxcar Brewpub (142 East Market St). Food menu offers authentic, non-processed pub fare so every time you walk through our doors, you’ll to feel at home in a casual atmosphere that was built for the beer lover. See West Chester Dish article First Look: Boxcar Brewing Company Opens a Brewpub in Downtown West Chester.
THE LUNCHBOX CAFE | 234 W Market St
Offering breakfast and lunch -- or just a place to relax with a cup of coffee. Menu includes burgers, sandwiches, and Thai dishes. Table service or to go. Vegan and Vegetarian are also available. Try them for Sunday brunch. facebook
MERCATO | 33 W Market St
Southern Italian cuisine is the influence for Mercato Ristorante (610-701-6326). Whether it's a Neapolitan pizza baked in a brick oven, or artisan pasta and fish dishes prepared from authentic recipes, you will find an Old World experience at Mercato.
THE CLASSIC DINER | 16 E Gay St
A menu that offers well-presented traditional and non-traditional "classic diner fare" including the renowned eggs Benedict, "famous" bacon, a wide array of egg dishes, brioche french toast, and buttermilk pancakes. Favored lunch offerings include the Boston BBQ pulled pork, crab cake sandwich with chili lime aioli and custom order burgers.
GEMELLI ARTISINAL GELATO & DESSERT CAFE | 12 W Market St
Offering truly Italian artisanal gelato and unique Italian desserts, Gemelli is the first Italian owned & operated Gelateria in the Greater Philadlelphia Area. Professionally trained gelato masters use only wholesome, local and organic ingredients for a healthier dessert experience made daily in the store.
MUMBAI BISTRO | 18 S Church St
Healthy and affordable Indian cuisine combines freshness with great taste. Mumbai Bistro prepares their dishes slowly, then served fast. Perfect for the healthy life-style -- no butter or ghee used and no trans fat cooking oils. Vegan, gluten-free, & lactose-free options available. Most items are nut-free. Eat-in, take-out, delivery and online ordering available.
The Couch Tomato Café, 31 West Gay Street, now offers their enormously popular lineup of specialty salads and gourmet pizzas to the vibrant Borough of West Chester as a BYOB establishment (as in: bring your favorite wine or beer). Stop by and see their newly built restaurant from 11am to 10pm daily. Watch for their Grand Opening on January 31. See details at West Chester Dish.
WEST CHESTER HERO
To help you be safe from The Hunger, West Chester Hero, at 230 West Market Street, offers hoagies, cheesesteaks, burgers, hot sandwiches, wraps, soups & salads, and even pasta dishes. Free delivery and curbside pick-up available. Call 610-436-1600.
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COUNTYLINES ANNUAL DINING GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE
Pick up your copy of the January County Lines Magazine for their Annual Dining Guide featuring new West Chester restaurants and the Best of the Best. Pick up your copy today. See the article The Amazing Expanding West Chester Restaurant Scene plus other restaurant news you don't want to miss. Featured restaurants at facebook.
Many downtown restaurants are participating in ThinkShopBuy...Local, a special discount coupon program developed by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce. See the special offers from the participating downtown restaurants.
VIDEOS TOUT WEST CHESTER RESTAURANTS
- Adam Joseph visited i-Pasta (134 E Gay St, 484-887-0760) for FYI Philly and gave a review of this popular BYOB. See the video at i-pasta.net.
- You'll be ready to eat your way through West Chester after watching Tim Furlong in this video episode of Nonstop Foodies on NBC Philadelphia Nonstop.
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PARKING TIP >> Your best option for parking in downtown West Chester are the centrally located municipal parking garages. Park as long as you want and have no fear of getting an overtime parking ticket. Go to the Parking Tab for details. Download the updated downtown parking map (PDF).