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 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.

  • 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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    Visa, Discover, and Mastercard accepted

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    Dinner Nightly - $47 four courses
    Wednesday & Sunday Only - $39 three courses

    • First Course - Salads & Appetizers
      Kale Salad, Feta, Raisin Vinaigrette, Almonds
      Cauliflower Soup, Cashews, Pancetta, Dates, Fenugreek
      Roasted Red Beets, Arugula, Warm Goat Cheese, Sunflower Seed
      Roasted Oysters, Prosciutto, Pernod, Spinach, Garlic

    • Second Course - House-Made Pastas
      Baked Rigatoni, Pork Shoulder, Broccoli Rabe, Sharp Provolone
      Gnocchi, Roasted Chestnuts, Fried Sage, Brown Butter
      Campanelle, Brussel Sprouts, Guanciale, Truffle Oil, Dried Cherry
      Spaghetti, Crispy Eggplant, Parmesan Reggiano, Basil

    • Third Course - Meat, Fish & Vegetables
      Duck Confit, Carrots, Blood Orange, Scallion, Star Anise
      Wild Mushrooms, Polenta, Thyme, Black Garlic, Molasses
      Verlasso Salmon, Green Le Puy Lentils, Allspice, Oven-Dried Tomato
      Braised Lamb Shank, Pommes Puree, Pomegranate, Gremolata
      12oz New York Strip au Poivre, Grass-Fed Beef, Herb Frites, Cognac Demi - $15 supplement

    • Fourth Course - Desserts
      Banana Créme, Dark Chocolate, Myer's Rum, Crunchy Peanut Butter
      Pumpkin Cake, Butter Pecan Ice Cream, Jack Daniel's
      Pont l'eveque, Fig Jam, Pistachio Brittle
      Gateau Basque, Sour Cherry Jam, Almond Cake, Ginger Anglaise
    Alcohol Service - $5 per table
    Menu subject to change

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    Children's Menu

    Ages 12 and Under - $20

    • First Course
      Baby Arugula Salad, Warm Goat Cheese
      Baked Rigatoni, Pork, Provolone
      Gnocchi, Roasted Chestnut, Brown Butter

    • Second Course
      Verlasso Salmon, Lentils, Allspice
      Duck Confit, Blood Orange, Scallions
      Steak & Fries

    • Third Course
      Black Grape Sorbet
      Chocolate Pistachio Ice Cream
      Pumpkin Cake, Butter Pecan Ice Cream

    • Menu subject to change

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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

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    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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