The 10 Best Restaurants in Chester County, Ranked for 2021

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Chester County’s restaurant scene is ever-evolving. It now offers plenty of variety, from Mediterranean to Japanese to Traditional American. Chester County lays claim to many restaurants and offers a large variety of cuisines. No matter what your taste, our guide to the best restaurants in Chester County will offer plenty of restaurants to choose from. These are MyChesCo‘s picks of the best restaurants in Chester County.

Best Restaurants in Chester County

1. Portabellos
portabellosofkennettsquare.com
115 W State St, Kennett Square · (610) 925-4984

Portabello’s is located in the heart of historic Kennett Square, with a menu that offers something for everyone. The food is always delicious, with service that is friendly and efficient. We recommend the Steak Portabello, a 12 once prime New York strip with Cognac mushrooms, tarragon butter and frizzled onions.

2. The Whip Tavern
www.thewhiptavern.com
1383 N Chatham Rd, Coatesville · (610) 383-0600

Every community in Chester County has its go-to spot. and the Whip Tavern is one of those places. They provide an authentic pub atmosphere with traditional English dishes crafted from local, sustainable ingredients. Our favorite is their award-winning Sticky Toffee Pudding, a moist cake made with dates, served warm and topped with toffee sauce and fresh whipped cream.

3. Nudy’s Bridge Street Cafe
www.nudyscafes.com/locations/phoenixville/
450 Bridge St, Phoenixville · (610) 933-6085

Nudy’s Cafes are famous across Chester County but it is their Bridge Street Cafe that makes it onto our list of best restaurants, with some calling it “the best breakfast spot in Phoenixville.” The food is great, the staff is friendly, and the service is quick. We recommend the Lobster Benedict,  which includes two poached eggs with lobster topped with hollandaise sauce served on an English muffin with home fries.

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4. Catherine’s Restaurant
www.catherinesrestaurant.com
1701 W Doe Run Rd, Kennett Square · (610) 347-2227

A delightful BYOB nestled in the heart of Chester County’s horse country, Catherine’s Restaurant provides award-winning, locally sourced, American fare. The food is always quality with excellent brunch and dinner options.  Make sure you try their Blackened Tuna Steak with fire-roasted poblanos and paprika cream.

5. 1906 at Longwood Gardens
longwoodgardens.org/dine/1906
1001 Longwood Rd, Kennett Square · (610) 388-1000

1906, named in honor of the year Pierre S. du Pont (1870-1954) purchased the grounds which became Longwood Gardens, has a reputation for uncompromising quality. While always exceptional, food offerings do change from season to season. You will want to check with the restaurant for current pricing and menu information.

6. Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
www.ironhillbrewery.com/west-chester-pa
3 W Gay St, West Chester · (610) 738-9600

The Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in West Chester provides fresh handcrafted beers, creative New American Cuisine and friendly, attentive service in a casual, upscale environment. Here we are recommending the Moroccan Salmon, with sauteed spinach-quinoa, scallion sauce, and red onion jam.

7. O’Grady’s Family Restaurant
ogradysfamilyrestaurant.com
273 Schuylkill Rd, Phoenixville · (610) 933-9335

O’Grady’s Family Restaurant serves quality breakfast, lunch and dinner in a warm, attractive setting and at reasonable prices. The food is more “Traditional American” than fine dining but it is excellent and the service is just the best. We recommend stopping by for breakfast. You just can’t go wrong with Chocolate Chip Pancakes.

8. Four Dogs Tavern
www.thefourdogstavern.com
1300 W Strasburg Rd, West Chester · (610) 692-4367

With an atmosphere that is friendly, fun and casual, the Four Dogs Tavern is not just a restaurant, it is a destination. The food is always delicious, the service friendly and prompt, and the outdoor seating provides an attractive ambiance. Here we are recommending the Sauteed Crab Cakes with charred asparagus.

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9. Ron’s Original Bar & Grille
www.ronsoriginal.com
74 E Uwchlan Ave, Exton · (610) 594-9900

What would this list be without one of Chester County’s most established restaurants, Ron’s Original Bar & Grille? This establishment has what is likely to be the largest following in Chester County, with many repeat and happy customers. The food here is not just good, it is great! We recommend the Short Rib Pomodoro: braised beef short rib, San Marzano Pomodoro sauce, caramelized peppers and onions, wilted spinach, over polenta.

10. Amani’s BYOB
amanisbyob.com
105 E Lancaster Ave, Downingtown, PA 19335 · (484) 237-8179

Amani’s BYOB is an award-winning restaurant providing a menu that incorporates the best local and seasonally available ingredients, utilizing local farmers and promoting local business. As a result, their menu changes at least four times a year. This restaurant checks all the boxes.

Honorable Mentions

With so many notable restaurants in Chester County, we created an additional section to recognize restaurants that did not make the top 10 list but absolutely deserved to be highlighted.

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How We Ranked the Best Restaurants in Chester County:

We compiled this list by using online data from major review websites, including Facebook, Yelp, TripAdvisor and others, giving each restaurant a score based on reviews and how many times it appears on a top list. Also, we gave each establishment our own rating. We then tallied up the scores to create the final ranking.

Travel Responsibly: While conditions related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic improve, and Chester County and the Commonwealth begin a phased reopening and lifting of restrictions, hours or services still may vary and businesses may be operating at a limited capacity. Additionally, mask-wearing and social distancing remain in place per official guidelines. However, many restaurants are offering delivery, takeout, and curbside pick-up. Some delivery services are offered and it is encouraged to call businesses ahead of time to verify the service you’re looking for. Some places also have modified hours. Your best bet is to plan ahead.

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L. Wanstall
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L. Wanstall
March 28, 2021 1:36 pm

Yum!

BR
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BR
March 28, 2021 2:31 pm

You lost me at O’Grady’s…

Shelly
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Shelly
March 29, 2021 8:18 am

You lost me at Nudy’s.

UrNuts
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UrNuts
March 29, 2021 10:47 am

Nudy’s really #3. What about Birchrunville, Martin’s Kitchen, Talula’s, Butterscotch.

Madhu
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Madhu
March 29, 2021 12:34 pm

Hi could you make a list of restaurants offering enough veg options as well which is not restricted to salads and pasta ? Thank you !!

Courtney
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Courtney
March 29, 2021 3:51 pm

There are so many great places to eat in Chester County but O’Gradys and Nudys?? Really?? hahahahahaha

Chris P Foreskin
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Chris P Foreskin
March 29, 2021 7:30 pm

This list is garbage. I don’t care how you compiled the results. The results are wrong.

Tom Fogarty
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Tom Fogarty
March 30, 2021 9:24 am

Wow! A top restaurants list that excludes nearly all recognized and acclaimed Top Restaurants. Mind Blown!

Timothy Alexander
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Timothy Alexander
March 30, 2021 9:32 am
Reply to  Tom Fogarty

Can you give a few examples of ones you think should have made the list?

NA
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NA
March 31, 2021 1:44 pm

Bright Spot Cafe is the place for breakfast. Whip Tavern is aces. Ron’s is a go-to for any and everything. Amani’s should be much higher on the list.

The lobster benedict at Nudy’s is the worst lobster I’ve ever had. Not to mention no one sweeps the floors between customers. I don’t understand everyone’s fascination with this place.