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“No Horsing Around” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ella's American Bistro

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Ella's American Bistro
East Lancaster Ave., Wayne, PA
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Ranked #57 of 100 Restaurants in Wayne
Cuisines: American
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wynnewood
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39 reviews 39 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“No Horsing Around”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Good, solid American food in a thoroughbred setting, lots of photos and paintings of horses and jockeys. Pleasant service. The room can get very noisy on weekends.

Visited May 2014
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  • English first
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English first
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
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137 reviews 137 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“comfortable elegance in a strip mall”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Once you step through the doors, you can imagine yourself in old mansion. The rooms are spacious, bar area attractive, and tables nicely distanced to allow comfort and privacy and better noise level than most. The colors are autumn and warming. The maitre d' Yves is welcoming and adds his own old world charm. Our server was also timely and well versed in the menu offerings. All this before you get to the menu. Decent, though somewhat pricely wine list.

We found many choices ranging from a version of small plates to full entrees. The regular menu and nightly specials equally tempting. The special house salad was generous, fresh and properly dressed. I enjoyed a large (housemade) pate plate with cornichons and crispy baguette slices with mustard. My husband's small plate filet tips was also properly done as requested, tender and well seasoned. Nice to know that this is so close to our recent relocation that we can make it a neighborhood gem.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Suprisingly Good Meals Found in a Strange Location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Ella's is in a strip mall that houses an Acme Supermarket and a Kmart; one would not expect to find a good meal here but Ella's delivers. The atmosphere inside makes you quickly forget that you are in such a location and the delicious food banishes all doubts you may have had when driving up. The selections change seasonally and it is easy to find something to satisfy; I would say the appetizer course was the star of the recent meal. (I had the Smoked Salmon and my husband had the Roasted Beet Salad.) But save room for dessert as the selections are yummy! If you find yourself visiting the western part of the Main Line (Devon Horse Show for example), this is definitely a place to try. And consider dining in the bar if the main dining room is filled - same food and well-paced service.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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