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
DinnerCerise offers guests a four-course prix fixe menu, with several options for each course. Expect to be full, but not over-stuffed, by meal's end! We welcome vegetarian and gluten-free guests, just let us know when you make a reservation and we'll be sure to have dishes to delight!
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Mussel SundaysDue to a shortage of shellfish out of the northeast, we are temporarily suspending Mussel Sundays. We hope to reintroduce mussels once the shortage ends, check back soon!
Pre and Post Theater DinnerTo support the renewed Bryn Mawr dinner and movie scene, Cerise now offers a Pre and Post Theater Menu. Available Wednesday to Sunday for reservations from 5:00-6:00pm or 9:00-10:00pm, guests can choose any two courses from our Prix Fixe Menu for $29. Happy movie going!
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 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.
The Restaurant Cerise Team
Sous Chef - Michael Matzik
Line Cook - Raymond Merryman
Manager - Craig Cathcart
GalleryRestaurant Cerise, courtesy of Michael Klein and Philly Insider.View from the split-level dining room.Ben & Elena in Munich, Germany.House-made Rigatoni, PEI Mussels, Fennel, Pernod Cream.Gesiers de Canard, Red Beets, Cherry Gastrique, Basil.Pan-Seared Trout, Israeli Roasted Carrot Salad, Fennel.
Wild Mushrooms, Buttermilk Crepe, Creamed Greens.Chef Ben and Sous Chef Jonathan at work in the kitchen.
Croissant Bread Pudding, White Chocolate, Cranberry, ThymeOlive Oil Almond Cake, Ginger Cream, Cherries.
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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DinnerDinner Nightly - $49 four courses
Wednesday & Sunday Only - $39 three courses
Alcohol Service - $5 per table
First Course - Salads & Appetizers
Kale Salad, Feta, Raisin Vinaigrette, Almonds
Soupe au Pistou, Haricot Vert, Carrot, Zucchini, Pesto
Terrine de Campagne, Hot Mustard, Radicchio, Cornichons, Sherry Vinaigrette
Pan-Fried Octopus, Chickpeas, Fennel, Saffron Tomato Sauce
Second Course - House-Made Pastas
Spaghetti, Sauteed Shrimp, Preserved Lemon, Cilantro, Red Chili
Cannelloni, Beef & Pork, Pecorino, Romano, Nutmeg, Basil
Campanelle, Brussels Sprouts, Guanciale, Truffle Oil, Dried Cherry
Ricotta Gnocchi, Plum Tomato, Garlic, Parmesan Reggiano
Third Course - Meat, Fish & Vegetables
Veal Schnitzel, Herb Spaetzle, Green Peas, Lemon Aioli
Belgian Tart, Leeks, Goat Cheese, Sunflower Seeds, Cherry Vinaigrette
Pan-Seared Barramundi, Butternut Squash, Arugula, Country Ham, Balsamic Vinegar
Roasted Quail, Apples, Braised Red Cabbage, Caraway
12oz New York Strip au Poivre, Grass-Fed Beef, Herb Frites, Cognac Demi - $15 supplement
Fourth Course - Desserts
Spaghetti Eis, Vanilla, White Chocolate, Strawberry Sauce
P'tit Basque Cheese, Cherries, Thyme, Sesame Crackers
Warm Rice Pudding, Clove, Quince Jam, Pistachio
Perfect Chocolate Cake, Glass of Local Raw Milk Upon Request
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Children's MenuAges 12 and Under - $20
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Ravioli Duo, Ricotta & Basil, Sausage & Tomato
Spaghetti, Sauteed Shrimp, Dill
Cannelloni, Ground Beef, Ricotta, Nutmeg
Barramundi, Butternut Squash, Country Ham
Veal Schnitzel, Herb Spaetzle, Lemon Aioli
Steak & French Fries
Perfect Chocolate Cake
Spaghetti Eis, White Chocolate, Strawberry
Warm Rice Pudding, Quince, Pistachio
Game of Thrones Premiere Dinner$55 per person
Braavosi Breakfast, Dothraki Blood Pie, Potted Hare of the North, Spiced Squash
Riverrun Trout, Salad of Spinach, Walnuts, Cherry Vinaigrette, Grilled Plums, Violet Petals
Dornish Lamb Loin Chop, Fried Shishito Pepper, Rice with Dates and Chickpeas
Marinated Feta, Olives, and House-Made Flatbread
Elderflower Custard, Sansa’s Lemon Cake, Milk of the Poppy, with Sweetwine
BrunchSundays, changes frequently - $29
Moroccan Eggplant, Blistered Tomatoes, Coriander
Orange and Fennel, Chili Pepper, Fenugreek
Kale Salad, Feta, Raisin Vinaigrette, Almonds
Honeydew Melon, Lime, Olive Oil, Mint
Mixed Greens, Buttermilk Ranch
Terrines & Cheese Board
Charcuterie, Pepper Salami, Sopressata
Duck Rillettes, Carrots, White Soy
Soft-Ripened Goat Cheese, Hazelnuts, Lavender
Hot Course Selection
Hanger Steak, Fried Potato, Sunny Side Up Egg, Garlic & Herbs
Verlasso Salmon, Pommes Darphin, Baby Spinach, Truffle
Nutella Crepes, Cherries, Vanilla Sauce
Spanish Strata, Peppers, Green Olive, Goat Cheese
House-Made Tagliatelle, Basil & Walnut Pesto
Peanut Butter Cookies
- Salad Board
May 10th - Celebrate mom with a real treat at Cerise!
News & ReviewsOct. 29, 2014 - Cerise listed by Zagat as one of 10 restaurants in the Philly suburbs worth a visit.
10 Restaurants Worth a Trip to the Philadelphia Suburbs Aug. 26, 2014 - Philly Style Magazine features Bryn Mawr & it's new restaurant scene.
Neighborhood Spotlight: Bryn Mawr July 2014 - Main Line Magazine Critics name Restaurant Cerise Best BYOB in Bryn Mawr.
2014 Best of Main Line Mar. 5, 2014 - Main Line Today's Melissa Woodley Visits Cerise.
Bryn Mawr BYOB Brings a Bit of Europe to the Main Line Feb. 2014 - The Cerise brunch makes Main Line Today's must-try BYOBs list.
The Must List of BYOBs on the Main Line 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
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