West Chester Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in West Chester

April 14, 2018 Veronika Gaddis

The borough of West Chester is proud of its long history of hospitality, having hosted its first visitors way back in 1769. These colonial roots still show, with over 3,000 surviving structures dating from before the Revolutionary War. The tree-lined downtown area is listed on The National Register of Historic Places, with such a large collection of Greek Revival buildings that the town was named Athens of the West. It's the perfect place for a relaxing day spent walking and window-shopping.
Things to do in West Chester

1. The Couch Tomato Cafe'

31 W Gay St, West Chester, PA 19380-3010 Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Pizza, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 9 - SGD 14 +1 484-887-0241
Excellent
63%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 246 reviews

The Couch Tomato Cafe'

The Couch Tomato Cafe' is a quick/counter-service style establishments. Offering roughly 50 seats indoors and an additional 50 seats on the roof deck. The Couch Tomato Cafe' proudly features an array of fresh, local, and organic items, including artisan pizzas, salads, sandwiches, soups, and more! You may order Couch Tomato for dining in, takeout, delivery, OR catering! We make it easy to be a loyal customer.

Reviewed By Russell2475 - Malvern, Pennsylvania

I decided to give this place a try for something different. People were raving about the pizza. It was just OK in my opinion, nothing to write home about. The reason for the bad review is that the service is terrible. Our food was ready at different times and some of the hot items came out lukewarm. The staff was just hanging out and it wasn’t terribly busy so I’m not sure why the poor service. Sadly I don’t think I will bother going back.

2. Limoncello Risorante & Caterers

9 N Walnut St, West Chester, PA 19380-3128 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Buffet Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 39 +1 610-436-6230
Excellent
51%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 584 reviews

Limoncello Risorante & Caterers

All the acclaim aside, Limoncello is run by a family that is loyal to its customers. We want to ensure that every time you come in you feel part of something special. The Mingrino family is faithful to their customers and are always bringing you good food, good drinks, and good times. Limoncello caters to private functions and banquets such as bridal and baby showers, anniversaries, birthdays and other social events. Our award winning team brings legendary Italian cuisine and exceptional service to your home or your preferred venue. We'll guide you through every step of the event and provide our own professional servers and bartenders to make your event memorable. If you love Limoncello, consider us for catering your next event.

Reviewed By acaida - ny

Loved our meal here. Two of us had pasta dishes that were delicious. I had clams over pasta in a garlic, white wine sauce. The best clams I have had in a long time. I had a asparagus side which was also good. Friends had salmon and enjoyed theirs as well. Great wine offering and we enjoyed a very good bottle. Desserts were also good and enjoyed a great cup of coffee. Service was excellent.
It is very noisy and lively her so if you want a quite meal this may not be the place for you.
I can't wait to go back!

3. High Street Caffe

322 S High St, West Chester, PA 19382-3337 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout American, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 610-696-7435
Excellent
64%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 223 reviews

High Street Caffe

Reviewed By Luna-Kay - Huntsville, Alabama

This is the fanciest Cajun restaurant I've ever seen. It's probably the only place I've ever seen that decorated in Mardi Gras style that I would actually call tasteful! The food was a bit pricey, but it was delicious. The servers were constantly around to re-fill your water glass.

Parking is difficult. There's a parking garage nearby that costs $3. Which incidentally, means I spend $3 less at my destination since I have to get back that cost.

4. Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

3 W Gay St, West Chester, PA 19380-3010 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 610-738-9600
Excellent
42%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 521 reviews

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Reviewed By Bob F - West Chester, Pennsylvania

This bustling busy place has been and is predictably fun and enjoyable. We've been coming here for years and it only gets better. The menu has something for everybody, and the bar is provides excellent drinks at reasonable prices. Whether you're here for a burger or a steak, fish & chips or salmon filet, you'll get an excellent version of it. It's a little loud here, but we never let the sounds of people enjoying themselves get in the way of our good time. Good food, good drinks and good service add up to a consistently good experience.

5. i-Pasta

134 E Gay St, West Chester, PA 19380-3147 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 33 +1 484-887-0760
Excellent
66%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 199 reviews

i-Pasta

dolce Zola is a modern Italian lifestyle restaurant. Our story starts in northern Italy. Reimagining classic dishes into our own chef driven creations using local and organic Lancaster farm ingredients. 1% of profits are donated every month to help our community.

Reviewed By Reillys1013

This is one of the many local spots that we stop in for dinner. Usually we don't "plan" to go here, but we often end up here. The choices of pastas and sauces is very good and constantly good.

6. Four Dogs Tavern

1300 W Strasburg Rd, Rt. 162, West Chester, PA 19382-1632 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 610-692-4367
Excellent
43%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 320 reviews

Four Dogs Tavern

Reviewed By RoadTripper516 - Wilmington, Delaware

Four Dogs Tavern and the adjacent Marshallton Inn (not a hotel) are both eating establishments with identical menus. The Marshallton Inn also has an extensive wine list, where as Four Dogs Tavern does not but has a fantastic local and regional draft craft beer selection.

The service is outstanding. Seating in this old stone and timber building has several dining rooms upstairs and down, as well as a cozy bar with fireplace. There is a huge outdoor covered patio with fire pit.

Now the best!.......The food is spectacular! Excellent French Onion Soup, perfectly done Escargot and the Shrimp Lejon (huge & plentiful) is the easily the best I have ever had. Their Crabcakes regularly appear as a special and are made with fresh Crabmeat in Scallop & Shrimp Mousse. Mine were served with incredible Grilled Asparagus, thick but tender.

Finally, perfection in dining! Quality all-around.

7. Teca

38 E Gay St, 38 E Gay St, 19380-3145, West Chester, Pennsylvania, West Chester, PA 19380-3145 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 20 - SGD 26 +1 610-738-8244
Excellent
48%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 199 reviews

Teca

Reviewed By MilenaPhilly - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

I was just there last weekend for Christmas party and we were seated in the basement. What a great earthy comfortable and classy restaurant. The food was excellent and everything was just so delicious. I had Salmon with potatoes and great creamy lemon sauce and string beans but I've also tried their steak and wow! The appetizer was delicious and so was the desert( creme brûlée). The wines were all quite dry and light. Overall wonderful satisfying dinner.

8. Carlino's

128 W Market St, West Chester, PA 19382-2902 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner +1 610-696-3788
Excellent
66%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 75 reviews

Carlino's

Reviewed By megnelson928 - West Chester, Pennsylvania

I've been to Carlino's numerous times for sandwiches over the years and have always loved them, but yesterday was the first time I have ever tasted their tomato pie and it will definitely NOT be the last. Their tomato pie is the real deal. It's not just a pizza with no cheese...it is a fresh crust with real tomatoes, which = FABULOUS. This is a must if you are visiting. I also picked up a Carlino's pre-made caesar salad which my husband and I both described as "the best caesar salad we have ever had." It was extremely fresh and delicious. Do yourself a favor and visit Carlino's West Chester or Ardmore if you ever get the chance.

9. Market Street Grill

6 West Market St # 1, West Chester, PA 19380 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available American, Diner, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 610-429-5328
Excellent
68%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 84 reviews

Market Street Grill

Reviewed By Jeff T - West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States

Whenever I stop in this place just has a small town feel. Staff is efficient and friendly. Large menu selection, never ending coffee cup, I'm always comfortable having business meetings here. They never rush you.

10. Spence 312

312 S High St, West Chester, PA 19382-3342 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Gluten Free Options Dinner +1 610-738-8844
Excellent
68%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 62 reviews

Spence 312

Reviewed By Bowlerx_424 - West Chester, Pennsylvania

Used to be the location of Avalon which moved a few blocks away. I believe they left their magic at this local and Spence 312 now has it! BYOB -- smallish and intimate. Not a huge menu but varied and everything we had was very good if not excellent. Soups were home made -- both the split pea and mushroom were excellent. The grilled caesar salad was very good but would benefit from some fresh parm. Braised short ribs were EXCELLENT. crab cakes and scallops were very good. Service was a bit inexperienced but tried hard to please. I prefer the table by the fireplace but we were not lucky enough to get it.....front tables were a bit cold when door opened.

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