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“An update under new owner and chef” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sola byob

Sola byob
614 W Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-3806
610-526-0123
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Ranked #8 of 64 Restaurants in Bryn Mawr
Price range: $31 - $80
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Penn
Transit: Bryn Mawr R5 stop is about 1/4 mile away from the restaurant.
Description: At Sola, our mission is to be regarded as an outstanding fine dining destination & a valued treasure of the Main Line & greater community. We strive to serve contemporary cuisine in an intimate & pleasing room with the proper level of service (not too much, not too little). We want our guests to enjoy the window of time that they spend with us, savoring their food & wine & enjoying the company of their friends & family. Our intent is to always remain a BYOB, knowing how important that is to many of our guests. Sola will provide a dynamic menu, driven by what is available fresh for the season. The expectation is that everyone will find a number of choices that appeal to their palate. Our wish is that most of our guests will become regulars & will view us a spot they can enthusiastically recommend to their friends & can rely on when hosting visitors.
Newtown Square, PA
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87 reviews 87 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“An update under new owner and chef”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

My wife and I went to Sola one week before the owner left for a new life in California. As usual, the meal was excellent. This week our Thursday Night eating club members were polled to see it we wanted to try the new Sola with the new owner and new chef or go to another place we have liked. it was unanamous to go back to Sola to see if it was as great as before I was greated by the new owner who remembered me. We all ordered the Pre Fixe menu. At the end our informal poll was that that Sola had maintained its excellence as one of the great restaurants in our area. My praise also goes to the former owner who spent weeks training the new owner and the new chef to insure the continued level that Sola has maintained.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bryn Mawr, PA
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229 reviews 229 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 85 cities Reviews in 85 cities
231 helpful votes 231 helpful votes
“Not Bad, But Ditch the Corkage Fee!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

After reading the many negative reviews I was quite concerned about dining here, but went anyway because my son wanted to try it. The good news is that it's under new ownership since April and the current owner seems very nice and genuinely eager to please. Also, the atmosphere is pleasant and intimate. The not-so-good news: the food was good but not great; for the quality, the prices are much too high. I ordered my steak medium and it was purple inside -- practically raw. But the two really annoying things are the $2 corkage fee per bottle of wine and the requirement that you give your credit card when reserving with the threat that you'll be charged a penalty if you cancel less than 2 days ahead. Both of these practices are pompous and offensive. Why would a BYO charge ANY corkage fee? There is absolutely no sensible reason for it. Those two turn-offs, in addition to the average food, are why we won't return to Sola.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Phila. PA
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60 reviews 60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Dependable food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

We made a reservation for our "wino" friends and us on Bastile Day. The chef ( after seeing our wine choices by email) made a wonderful 5 course dinner for us. The service was GREAT- good glasses, decanting our wines, and serving courses at nicely spaced intervals. All for $75.00 per person ( tip included) Remember this is a BYOB-- the corkage fee is $2.00 per bottle. It is one of our all time favorites !!!!

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Haverford, Pennsylvania
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49 reviews 49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“A bit overpriced but still a good night out!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

This restaurant, while having a nice ambiance, was a bit overpriced for what it offered. The menu offers a variety of seemingly interesting dishes, but the service was a bit slow (it took 50 mins from the time we were seated to be served!) Still, the food was tasty, and the ambiance is nice for a date night. A bit overpriced- they may need to re-think their prices and/or provide more refined food and service.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Haverford, Pennsylvania
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31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Ok... just, but wayyyy overpriced”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012 via mobile

A lesson in why you should never assume food and service are excellent based on sky high prices. The food was good and if you're careful about what you order it can be worth it. Service was, however, spotty in an empty restaurant. Atmosphere is pleasant.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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