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 SundaysAlong with our current prix fixe menu, on Sunday evenings we also offer mussels! For $20 guests are welcome to unlimited mussels, frites, and house-made bread. Bring along your favorite Belgian beer and enjoy!
Pre and Post Theater DinnerThere is so much to do in Bryn Mawr these days, in order to allow our guests to enjoy 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 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.
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 - $47 four courses
Wednesday & Sunday Only - $39 three courses
Alcohol Service - $5 per table
First Course - Salads & Appetizers
Kale Salad, Feta, Raisin Vinaigrette, Almonds
Cured Salmon, Green Cabbage, Rye Breadcrumbs, Pastrami Spices
Roasted Red Beets, Arugula, Warm Goat Cheese, Sunflower Seed Vinaigrette
Braised Pork Belly, Cranberry Beans, Shishito Peppers, Cider Jus
Second Course - House-Made Pastas
Tagliatelle, Lobster, Fennel, Tarragon Cream
Risotto, Pumpkin, Pancetta, Hazelnut Pesto
Spaghetti, Veal & Pork Bolognese, Pecorino Romano
Lasagna, Wild Mushrooms, Baby Spinach, Parmesan Reggiano
Third Course - Meat, Fish & Vegetables
Saucisse de Toulouse, Barley, Pistachio, Cipollini, Forelle Pears
Yam Medallions, Cranberries, Brown Ale, Mache, Ginger
Seared Crab Cake, Shrimp Mousse, Green Peas, Pickled Red Onion
Grass-Fed Hanger Steak, Herb Frites, Truffle Béarnaise
With Seared Foie Gras and Fig Bordelaise - $13 supplement
Fourth Course - Desserts
Buttermilk Crepe, Caramelized Apples, Candied Orange Zest
Roasted Pineapple, Passion Fruit, Pound Cake, Coconut Cream
Zamorano Cheese, Gooseberries, Spiced Caramel
Mille Feuille, Milk Chocolate, Lavender, Clove
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Children's MenuAges 12 and Under - $20
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Baby Spinach Salad, Figs, Warm Goat Cheese
Spaghetti Bolognese, Parmesan Reggiano
Pumpkin Risotto, Pancetta, Pesto
Crab Cake, Green Peas, Dill
Toulouse Sausage, Polenta, Cherry Tomato
Hanger Steak and French Fries
Roasted Pineapple, Pound Cake, Coconut
Chocolate Pistachio Ice Cream
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
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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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