Bryn Mawr, PA
** Bella Luna has closed permanently. Fans can visit Stella Blu in Conshohocken, Bella’s more expensive sister restaurant. **
Rating: 3 silver spoons (out of 5)
Overall: A very nice little neighborhood BYOB. Unfortunately the food can be inconsistent and the wait can be unbearable.
Food: The quality of the dining experience at BL often hinges on the specials available. One steak special, a butterflied sirloin on a bed of mushroom risotto was easily one of the best steak plates I’ve had in the last few years. If the specials are not to your liking however, there is little on the regular menu that excites, with mostly very basic chicken, veal and pasta selections.
Bread: Crunchy crust with light, airy middle. High Quality Olive Oil on the table.
Atmosphere: A brilliant little place with quirky nighttime sky motif. The tables are all private enough to feel secluded but the space bustles enough to feel like you’re someplace important. It doesn’t get much better.
Service: The waitstaff is always knowledgeable and friendly.
Intangibles: I’d visit BL much more frequently if not for the absurd wait on weekends. Twice recently I’ve shown up after 9pm on a Friday or Saturday and been told that the wait is approximately 45 minutes. That’s to be expected at 730 or 8, but at 915? Come on.
Value: As always, the BYOB offers the best value. BL always offers an affordable meal.
# of times we’ve eaten there: 5-10
Reservations: None. Huge weekend waits.
Payments: Cash Only