Where to Eat in Paoli: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Franklyn Hardiman

Paoli /peɪˈoʊliː/ is a census-designated place in Chester County near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. It is situated in portions of two townships: Tredyffrin and Willistown. At the 2010 census, it had a total population of 5,575.
Things to do in Paoli

1. Anthony's Pizza & Italian Restaurant

127 W King St, Malvern, PA 19355-2411 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 610-647-7400
Excellent
61%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 190 reviews

Anthony's Pizza & Italian Restaurant

At Anthony's, nothing makes us happier than bringing people together through the warmth, comfort, and flavor of homemade Italian cuisine. With years of culinary experience and influences from the dishes of our family's heritage, we transport you from Malvern to the very streets of Italy. Our meals are always freshly prepared with only the best ingredients, and our warm, accommodating staff is here to ensure you feel right at home with us. Join us soon, indulge in fresh, familiar, delicious meals with friends and family, and let us share with you our love of all things food and hospitality!

Reviewed By cmo1061 - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

We dined on a Tuesday night. Easy to get a table for four at 6:00. Great BYOB. Had my heart set on the eggplant parm but decided to try the eggplant special. Yummm!Last minute order changes can be a pleasant surprise, and it sounds like the Eggplant Special was just that! I'm happy you had such a nice dining experience, and we hope to see you again soon. -Anthony, Owner

2. San Nicola Restaurant

4 Manor Rd, Paoli, PA 19301-1708 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner SGD 39 +1 610-695-8990
Excellent
38%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 157 reviews

San Nicola Restaurant

Reviewed By Vince M - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA

Went out on a Saturday night with friends. we have been to this restaurant many times and have never been disappointed. It was crowded but the food service and ambiance were as usual first class. We had chicken and pasta dishes. Prices were very reasonable as well.

3. Nectar

1091 Lancaster Ave, Berwyn, PA 19312-1242 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 41 - SGD 66 +1 610-725-9000
Excellent
50%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 256 reviews

Nectar

"Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon…" Dalai Lama.At Nectar, our love for cooking is deeply embedded in that belief.Nectar, a sensuous, sumptuous, savory experience, features the Asian-inspired-French-infused signature cuisine of star chef Patrick Feury.Nectar's eclectically creative menu offers the perfect amalgamation of classic French cooking with the freshest, finest, seasonal and sustainable ingredients. From wild Alaskan salmon to Arctic Char to grass-fed beef to free range poultry to locally grown, hand picked organic produce; Nectar is committed to selecting what is best for our patrons as well as our planet. Our dedication to quality is captured in our extensive collection of wines, craft beer and fresh nectar cocktails. We assiduously pair the varietal notes in our wines to consummately complement our aromatic dishes.Such attention to detail is also illustrated in Nectar's architectural combination of artistry and urban beauty. Designed by the New York-based David Rockwell Group, Nectar showcases a bi-level, stone structure with vaulted ceilings that give room to a towering 18-foot silk-screen Buddha. Resplendent in His robed repose, the Buddha's radiance is reflected in Nectar's impressive interior. The dining room's inviting ambiance of fiery orange glows and warm, lemon yellow and chocolate brown banquettes delivers a kindred spirit to Nectar's distinctive menu.

Reviewed By Arch L

My friends have such good things to say about this restaurant. It has beautiful ambiance. We made reservations which was a good thing it looked busy. They have plenty of parking. We were seated right away but it took our server 15 min to get to us. When we spoke to us he was very curt and unwelcoming! I was surprised. We were seated in the round table near the corner. We started with drinks guava pomegranate martini, cranberry with vodka. The drinks were pretty delicious. We got shrimp tempura rolls and veggie rolls. The sushi was missing some key flavors. It was dry. We had chicken pad Thai and edamame dumplings. They were ok overall. The dessert was delicious. We got cinnamon ice cream, chocolate and mousse. It was a pleasant dinner overall.

4. Handel's Homemade Ice Cream

576 Lancaster Ave, Berwyn, PA 19312-1664 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American +1 610-640-1606
Excellent
76%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 95 reviews

Handel's Homemade Ice Cream

Reviewed By reelwise - Boca Raton, Florida

This Ice Cream stand off the highway is always crowded with waiting lines at windows. Good Ice cream and "very limited" seating available but heat and few tables keep most "diners" in their cars eating. Must be some mystical attraction because Ice Cream is good but not GREAT. Nostalgia must be the draw.

5. Starbucks

15 E Lancaster Ave, Paoli, PA 19301-1401 Wheelchair Accessible, Seating Fast Food Breakfast, Dinner +1 610-722-5744
Excellent
20%
Good
68%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 15 reviews

Starbucks

Reviewed By janbK6058QR - Villanova, Pennsylvania

This Starbucks venue used to be a Burger King fast food location- but it was remodeled as a large upscale Starbucks

The staff is friendly and tries hard to get your order correct and as fast as possible

The interior seating could be improved- but overall a pleasant experience

Parking is not always readily available- but I like the drive thru!

6. Yogorino

233 W Lancaster Ave, Paoli, PA 19301-1791
Excellent
75%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Yogorino

Reviewed By NWRob - Malvern, Pennsylvania

I hope the owner of this establishment knows what an outstanding employee he/she has working at Yogorino. We came upon this place quite by accident. I am recovering from surgery and thought some sort of a frozen yogurt would taste wonderful. This the the first place we ran into on Lancaster Avenue. We were greeted by the most enthusiastic worker I have ever experienced. She clearly LOVES this product and told us all about it.
The yogurt itself is very low calorie; it's the toppings that can make the calorie count add up. The only flavor available is plain; it's smooth and creamy with a slight lemon taste. One topping is included in the price and all added toppings are 50 cents each. This is a great way to have a treat without being undone by the calorie count. There are very few of these franchises in the country and this is the only one in the area. There is a drive up window, limited inside seating and a seating area outside facing Lancaster Avenue. We will definitely return.

7. Sweet Jazmines Bakery

15 Bridge Ave, Berwyn, PA 19312-1715 Takeout American +1 610-644-1868
Excellent
85%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 26 reviews

Sweet Jazmines Bakery

Reviewed By utka - Devon, Pennsylvania

I have been patronizing this establsihment for over twenty years, since the young women who finished culinary school opened it, and I have never been dissapointed. Her sweet potato muffins and cakes are very different from anything else I had and are my family's favorites. But all of her muffins are great and different. They are huge, tasty and keep in freezer really well. The sliced cakes with real butter cream are always our desserts after a nice dinner.
Her small cupcakes are a great gift item and treat for children/ grandchildren. She started selling cookie dough, so now that is my homebaked cookie base, although a bit pricey, I think....the custom made cakes always looked beautiful and tasted moist and delicious.

8. TJ's Restaurant

35 Paoli Plz, Paoli, PA 19301-1303 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Full Bar, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Pub, Gastropub Lunch, Dinner SGD 16 - SGD 21 +1 610-725-0100
Excellent
44%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 93 reviews

TJ's Restaurant

Reviewed By Jayne C - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

We were in the small shopping center where TJ's is located and decided to give it a try. We were not disappointed and will definitely return. The menu is interesting and had many items that sounded delish. Two of us decided to try the mac and cheese - OMG it was good! Another tried the burger and was equally happy. A warm apple cider bread pudding desert topped off the meal and was big enough for the three of us to split. I only give the rating of very good instead of excellent because it took quite a while for our food to be served - we weren't in any hurry so it was actually okay -
and we did not get our appetizer until we reminded the server and it was then brought out after our meals arrived.

9. Restaurant Alba

7 W King St, Malvern, PA 19355-2409 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available Italian, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 26 - SGD 33 +1 610-644-4009
Excellent
55%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 204 reviews

Restaurant Alba

Reviewed By gwenrich8 - Reading, Pennsylvania

Not your ordinary "Italian" restaurant! Wonderful upscale offerings. Loved the grilled Caesar salad and my trout. My friend suckling pig was amazing.Thanks so much for the kind words!! The wood burning grill makes all the difference in both the salad and the trout, and that suckling pig...a house specialty!

10. La Cabra Brewing

642 Lancaster Ave, Across from the Berwyn train station, Berwyn, PA 19312-1663 Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 610-240-7908
Excellent
56%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 47 reviews

La Cabra Brewing

Reviewed By MNataro - Alexandria, Virginia

Decent craft beers, better food, we had an awesome lunch date away from the kids here this weekend. I wish we lived closer, we'd be back all the time.

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