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
Brunch 11:00am -  2:00pm Sun.
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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.



    1 (610) 527-4400
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    Visa, Discover, and Mastercard accepted

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    Four-course prix fixe Wednesday through Sunday - $47
    Three-course prix fixe Wednesday & Sunday - $39

    • First Course - Salads & Appetizers
      Kale Salad, Feta, Raisin Vinaigrette, Almonds
      Chicken Rillettes, Carrot, Pistachio, White Soy
      Artichoke Soup, Chardonnay, Herb Oil
      Pan-Seared Octopus, Cerignola Olive, Eggplant, Frisee, Harissa

    • Second Course - House-Made Pastas
      Casareccia, Creamed Leeks, Scallops, Black Garlic
      Tagliatelle, Wild Mushrooms, Swiss Chard Pesto
      Rigatoni, Braised Squid, Chorizo, Red Bell Pepper
      Spaghetti, Veal Breast, Easter Egg Radish, Roasted Lemon, Pecorino Romano

    • Third Course - Meat, Fish & Vegetables
      Pork Tenderloin, Green Peas, Pickled Red Onion, Dijon, Dill
      Verlasso Salmon, Black Rice, Pickled Carrot & Fennel, Tarragon Beurre Blanc
      Roasted Cauliflower, Tahini, Gremolata, Toasted Quinoa, Local Microgreens
      Hanger Steak, Herb Frites, Choice of Sauce - Truffle Béarnaise, Salsa Verde, Bordelaise, or Beurre Maison

    • Fourth Course - Desserts
      Blood Orange Panna Cotta, Cardamom Crumble
      Miticaña de Cabra, Rosewater Honey, Hazelnuts, Lavender
      Nutella Mousse, Almond Lace, Orange Confit
      Dark Chocolate Torte, Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream

    Alcohol Service - $5 per table
    Menu subject to change

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    Children's Menu

    Ages 12 and Under - $20

    • First Course
      Cheese Croquettes, Arugula Salad
      Spaghetti and Meatballs
      French Onion Soup

    • Second Course
      Fish of the Day, Spring Mix Salad
      Pork Tenderloin, Dijon Mustard, Green Peas
      Hanger Steak and French Fries

    • Third Course
      Chocolate Ice Cream, Cherries
      Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream
      Nutella Mousse, Almond Cookie, Candied Orange

    • Menu subject to change

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    Special Lamb Dinner Easter Saturday & Sunday - $60
    Standard Dinner Menu also available.

    • First Course
      Lamb Chops, Eggplant, Spring Onion, Cerignola Olive, Basil

    • Second Course
      Herb Risotto, Sweet Peas, Carrots, Lamb Sweetbreads

    • Third Course
      Roasted Leg of Lamb, Chermoula, Asparagus, Blistered Tomato

    • Dessert
      Lavender Creme Brulee, or
      Dark Chocolate Torte, Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream

    Alcohol Service - $5 per table
    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

    Check here and on facebook for the latest happenings. Follow us on twitter for first updates!
    Our special Easter Lamb Tasting Menu is available this Saturday & Sunday only!

    News & Reviews

    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

    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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