Cerise features contemporary European cuisine inspired by Chef Ben & his wife Elena Thomas' time abroad and love of open-air markets; those found in every neighborhood with fresh produce, game, cheeses and milk and incredible boiling and bubbling dishes from diverse ethnicities. The dishes will highlight the lighter more modern side of European cuisine, and the diversity of dishes represented by the region's varied landscapes. The name 'Cerise' (French for 'cherry'), is inspired by the cherry season that marks the most abundant time of year in Europe's farm regions and markets.
We believe that fantastic food does not need to be served in a stale or stuffy setting for a meal to be truly memorable. In Europe there is a social ritual to dining, where a multi-course meal does not require over-eating, and isn't limited to special occasions. These are meals that involve spending time with friends and family while enjoying the best the season has to offer.
Cerise is a BYOB, conveniently located near parking and the Bryn Mawr Wine & Spirits store. We are always happy to share recommendations on pairings for our current menu.
Visa, Discover, and Mastercard Accepted
BrunchCerise offers a classic market brunch featuring the choice of fresh salads, homemade terrines, pates and charcuterie. While you enjoy the salad course, two hot courses will be delivered to your table and fresh seasonal desserts will round out the meal.View Brunch Menu
Chef Ben ThomasBen Thomas is a classic-French trained chef with experience at some of Philadelphia's top dining spots. Ben attended French culinary school at the L'Academie de Cuisine outside of Washington D.C., studying under Michelin star chef Gerard Pangaud. Since moving to Philadelphia in 2007, Benjamin has worked as a celebrity caterer in New York with Callahan Catering, at the Rittenhouse Hotel's acclaimed Restaurant LaCroix, and at one of the Philadelphia area's 2012 top new American restaurants, Sycamore, in Lansdowne.
In 2010, Ben joined his wife Elena on assignment in France; there he was invited via Chef Pangaud to chef at a bistro in Paris. While living in France, they also had the opportunity to travel extensively across Europe, exploring outdoor food markets and regional cuisine. From France, Ben and Elena moved to Mexico City where Ben delved into new ingredients and techniques. These experiences became the inspiration for Cerise.
Chef Thomas On Opening Cerise
I'm thrilled to be bringing my love of open-air markets, exciting and seasonal ingredients, and classic culinary techniques to the Main Line. I hope to incite enthusiasm in our guests for dishes that aren't over-complicated, but that bring out the best of interesting, high quality ingredients.
Ben & Elena in Munich, Germany.
Pan-seared trout, sweet corn, zucchini, and crispy shallots.
House-made farmer's cheese, local figs, hazelnuts.
The Restaurant Cerise bi-level dining room.
Freshly foraged ramps.
Hanger steak, haricot vert, frites, truffle bearnaise.
Chocolate bread pudding, dark chocolate sauce, candied orange
View from the second-level dining room.
Address & Parking1011 West Lancaster Ave
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Convenient parking lots can be found across the street and at the corner of Warner Avenue.
1 (610) 527-4400
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DinnerFour-course prix fixe Wednesday through Sunday - $47
Three-course prix fixe Wednesday & Sunday - $39
Alcohol Service - $5 per table
First Course - Salads & Appetizers
Kale Salad, Feta, Raisin Vinaigrette, Almonds
Gesiers de Canard, Red Beets, Cherry Gastrique, Basil
Potato Latkes, Trout Roe, Creme Fraiche, Chives
French Onion Soup, Gruyere, Grand Marnier
Second Course - House-Made Pastas
Tagliatelle, Basil & Walnut Pesto, Parmesan Reggiano
Casareccia, Sweet Pork Sausage, Broccoli Rabe, Balsamic
Rigatoni, Lamb Ragu, Eggplant, Pecorino Romano
Macaroni, Fontina, Cheddar, Butternut Squash, Sage Breadcrumbs
Third Course - Meat, Fish & Vegetables
Shrimp & Guanciale, Black Rice, Shishito Peppers
Hanger Steak, Sauteed Spinach, Frites, Truffle Bearnaise
Pan-Roasted Salmon, Roasted Cauliflower, Black Garlic, Mint
Wild Mushrooms, Buttermilk Crepe, Braised Greens
Fourth Course - Desserts
Chocolate Caramel Tart, Candied Orange
Nutella Ice Cream, Hazelnut Tuile, Cherries
Pumpkin Cheesecake, Graham Crackers, Pistachios
Croissant Bread Pudding, Baked Apples, Cinnamon Cream
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Children's MenuAges 10 and Under - $20
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Mixed Greens Salad, Buttermilk Ranch
Swirly Pasta, Basil & Walnut Pesto
Macaroni & Cheese
Braised Pork, Crispy Potatoes, Peas
Italian Meatball, Parmesan, Garlic Toast
Hanger Steak and French Fries
Nutella or Vanilla Ice Cream, Cherries
Bread Pudding, Baked Apples, Cinnamon Cream
Chocolate and Caramel Tart
BrunchSundays, changes frequently - $29
Beets, Sherry Vinaigrette, Chives
Israeli Carrot Salad, Chickpeas, Harissa
Bulgur Wheat, Herbs, Cauliflower, Peppers
Kale Salad, Raisins, Almonds
Mixed Greens, Buttermilk Ranch
Grandmother's Cucumber Salad
Terrines & Cheese Board
Chicken Liver Pate, Brandy, Apples
Terrine de Campagne, Dijon, Parsley
Brie, Cherries, Pistachios
First Hot Course
Shirred Eggs, Baked Ham, Tarragon
Second Hot Course
Salmon, Celery Root Puree, Oyster Mushrooms
Coffee Cake, Maple Crumble
Chocolate Chip Cookies*Vegetarian hot courses available
New Year's Eve December 31, 2013$75
Potato Latkes, House-Cured Salmon, Creme Fraiche
Lobster Bisque, Puff Pastry, Tarragon, Brandy
House-Made Rigatoni, Duck Confit, Braised Greens, Chestnut Cream
Mixed Greens, Sherry Vinaigrette, Bourbon Spiced Pecans
Beef Tenderloin, Horseradish Potato Gratin, Sauteed Spinach, Cherry Demi Glace
Egg Nog Creme Brulee
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News & Reviews
Nov. 24th, 2013 - Suburban Life Magazine Feature of Restaurant Cerise by Food Critic Brian Freedman! Sept. 22nd, 2013 - The Main Line Times' Cheryl Allison profiles Restaurant Cerise
Ben and Elena Thomas bring 'contemporary bistro' to Bryn Mawr Sept. 1st, 2013 - Michael Klein of Philly Insider makes a pre-opening visit to Restaurant Cerise
Cerise: A Euro bistro in Bryn Mawr Aug. 22nd, 2013 - Pennsylvania Wine Company features a summer pairing by Chef Ben Thomas
Rose paired with Crispy Skin Dorade July 1st, 2013 - MainLine Today welcomes Cerise to the booming Bryn Mawr restaurant scene
Summer Openings: Bryn Mawr Welcomes Two New Restaurants - Fraschetta & Restaurant Cerise June 19th, 2013 - Philly Insider Michael Klein interviews Chef Ben Thomas
Lacroix alum opening Cerise in Bryn Mawr April 26th, 2013 - Cerise featured in Mainline Media news!
More Restaurants Finding Bryn Mawr Has The 'Right Feel'
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