1011 W. Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA (610) 527-4400

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Wed-Sat. 5:00 - 10:00pm
Sun. 5:00 -  9:00pm
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  • About Cerise

    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

  • Chef Ben Thomas

    Ben 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

  • Address & Parking

    1011 West Lancaster Ave
    Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

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    Convenient parking lots can be found across the street and at the corner of Warner Avenue.



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    Dinner Nightly - $49 four courses
    Wednesday & Sunday Only - $39 three courses

    • 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, Dill, Red Chili
      Ravioli, Foraged Ramps, Creme Fraiche, Kennebec Potato, Crispy Shallots
      Campanelle, Brussels Sprouts, Guanciale, Truffle Oil, Dried Cherry
      Ricotta Gnocchi, Plum Tomato, Garlic, Parmesan Reggiano

    • Third Course - Meat, Fish & Vegetables
      Pan-Seared Scallops, Forbidden Rice, Creamed Spinach, Ginger, Radish
      Veal Schnitzel, Herb Spaetzle, Green Peas, Lemon Aioli
      White Asparagus, Local Egg, Pecorino Tuile, Piquillo Pepper Hollandaise
      Lamb Loin Chop, Broccoli Rabe, Fennel Cream, Black Garlic
      12oz New York Strip au Poivre, Grass-Fed Beef, Herb Frites, Cognac Demi - $15 supplement

    • Fourth Course - Desserts
      House-Made Ice Creams, Ask your Server For Our Rotating Selections
      P'tit Basque Cheese, Cherries, Thyme, Sesame Crackers
      Almond Brownie, Dark Chocolate, Marzipan, Strawberry
      Root Beer Float, Molasses Cake, Root Liqueur Ice Cream, Butterscotch
    Alcohol Service - $5 per table
    Menu subject to change

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    Children's Menu

    Ages 12 and Under - $20

    • First Course
      Ravioli Duo, Ricotta & Basil, Sausage & Tomato
      Spaghetti, Sauteed Shrimp, Dill
      Campanelle, Guanciale, Dried Cherry, Truffle

    • Second Course
      Scallops, Creamed Spinach, Black Rice
      Braised Lamb, Mashed Potatoes, Pomegranate
      Veal Schnitzel, Herb Spaetzle, Lemon Aioli
      Steak & French Fries

    • Third Course
      Root Beer Float
      Almond Brownie, Dark Chocolate, Strawberry
      Ice Cream & Sorbet - Changes Daily

    • Menu subject to change

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    Game of Thrones Premiere Dinner

    $55 per person

    • First Course

      Braavosi Breakfast, Dothraki Blood Pie, Potted Hare of the North, Spiced Squash

      Second Course

      Riverrun Trout, Salad of Spinach, Walnuts, Cherry Vinaigrette, Grilled Plums, Violet Petals

      Third Course

      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
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    Sundays, changes frequently - $29
    • Salad Board
      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
      French Baguette

    • 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

    • Dessert Board
      Cherry Clafoutis
      Chocolate Torte
      Peanut Butter Cookies

  • Upcoming Events

    May 10th - Celebrate mom with a real treat at Cerise!

    News & Reviews

    Oct. 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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