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Meredith Benson

22 August 2019

Absolutely amazing. Service was great. Suggested great options according to our likes.

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Nicole M.

19 August 2019

My family and I had a wonderful brunch at Amani's this past Sunday. I made a reservation via Open Table to celebrate my mother's birthday at 10am on Sunday. We were the only people in the restaurant until about 10:30/11 so it was kind of like having a private chef just for us for a little bit.Our server was extremely nice and accommodating. He removed plates and glasses that we didn't need and brought back champagne glasses and a bucket for our champagne that we brought.We started out with the Warm Fromagina Cheesecake, Braised Berkshire Pork Belly, Fresh Baked Bread Selection and Smoked Adobo Chicken Queso. The cheesecake was a dryer-style goat cheese which was different and very delicious. The pork belly was amazing and so was the crispy polenta that came with it. The bread on Sunday was a blueberry muffin and banana bread muffin. I ordered them for my daughter but the adults ended up eating them too! The chicken queso was awesome! Perfectly smoked flavor. The only reason for four stars was that we had leftover queso and asked to get it boxed up but then found out when we got home that our server only boxed the chips and not the queso. That made us so sad.For my entree, I got the Gulf Shrimp and Grits. There were plenty of shrimp places on top and the grits were very decadent, right with cream and cheese. Others at the table got the Eggs Benedict, Brioche French Toast and Chicken Confit Parmesan Sandwich. We all enjoyed our food so much. Everything here is cooked with total passion.Our server mentioned that they are planning to open the upstairs as a completely separate restaurant with a liquor license. I can't wait to see how it comes out and try it! More...

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FrankD

17 August 2019

My wife and I are both vegetarian, however we go to Amani’s because their chefs always create something delicious for us as vegetarians. Beyond the manner in which we are treated by the chefs the wait staff the hosts and all the employees in general provide a positive atmosphere . More...

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Kahleen Magbag

15 August 2019

Wonderful, innovative menu for special occasions, or foodies. Two of tonight's entrees featured ramps! Looking forward to our next meal here. Appreciate the BYOB, as we have some unusual wines that would pair well with this boutique menu. Kudos to the entire staff who made two people with no reservations feel very special. More...

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foodie

10 August 2019

First time visit for us. If you’re looking for an extra special dining experience, food with style and unique flavor Amani’s is your go to. We will most certainly consider dining at Amani’s again. More...

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OpenTable Diner

9 August 2019

Always love coming here. The last time I was here the cheese plate blew us away and during this visit it was still delicious just not as amazing as our previous visits. The lobster pot pie was amazing!!

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ChristopherR

8 August 2019

Great experience and wonderful dinner. Our family really enjoyed the entire night. Fantastic service and our meals were delicious. We would recommend without hesitation. More...

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Mandoo

3 August 2019

I love Amanis. I look forward to their new season menus. They never disappoint. They only get better. Some of the best brunch if not thee best around

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JasonM

3 August 2019

We went for our wedding anniversary and had a nice time. The server was a little "flighty" and kept forgetting things...I've never heard "I'm sorry" so many times...but her heart was in the right place even if her head wasn't. The food was excellent! We've been here many times and are always impressed with how John & Travis kick up their game. It's definitely a destination restaurant you should try. More...

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GuyD

3 August 2019

The entire dining experience was wonderful, as it usually is. We were seated promptly and immediately attended to. The room was cool and comfortable and the menu selection (and features) were varied and fresh. We each had three courses, all different and all delicious. We were not hurried and lingered a bit after we finished. Great place! More...

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Maya Potapova

1 August 2019

Amani's is amazing!! The husband and I went out for our monthly rendezvous (we like to pretend we're food critics), and were delighted by this place! The service was on point, and the food was out of this world. We've been to many places during our Chester County Restaurant Tour (we need a life), and so far this our favorite spot. Highly recommend! More...

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Garrett Hughes

1 August 2019

I had the squid slugs and short ribs. Food was tasty, timely, and delivered with a smile. Well be back

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Richard Starr Jr.

29 July 2019

Good food, menu changes for the season. I like that they are willing to try stuff. Perfect for Downingtown.

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mobird22

28 July 2019

The lobster shepherd's pie was outrageously good, Oysters Amani didn't disappoint. One of our favorite places.

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EmilyM

20 July 2019

This was our second trip. Loved the food just as much as the first time, but the service wasn’t as strong as our first visit. I think this was our server in particular - toward the end of the meal we had trouble finding her and getting her attention to ask about dessert, get the check, etc. she also didn’t offer he complimentary limoncello with dessert that we had last time and saw others serving. We’ll be back and hopefully the subpar service will be a one time anomaly. More...

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Foodie73

20 July 2019

The food was amazing, highly recommend going for the food, and frankly that’s what you are there for anyway! . However, we must have caught the restaurant on a night in a heat wave when their air conditioning was broken as it was really hot and humid in the restaurant. They turned on ceiling fans and moved air around but it was quite warm. I’m sure on a good day the full experience is amazing. More...

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MarkW

20 July 2019

the place is small, it was "very warm", and the tables are close together. its not a private dining experience if that is what your looking for...but what it is, is the best food you will find anywhere near to Downingtown. I have eaten here a few times now and the food has been exquisitely perfect. the chefs are amazing and their cuisine is delectable. i highly recommend this restaurant. More...

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JamesA

18 July 2019

Great as always. We've been coming here since they opened. Always a treat.

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ScottF

13 July 2019

It was a wonderful meal beginning to end. There was one table that had a lot of people that appeared to be quite drunk and loud but everything else was wonderful. Zack was an incredibly mature, knowledgeable server and I will request him when I return. More...

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Marisol G.

9 July 2019

I came to this restaurant after shopping in town. I did not have a RSVP but the hostess gladly gave us a nice seat.We had the pork belly and grilled oysters appetizer, jerk chicken soup and the short rib entree.Everything was amazing and delicious! I really love how the waitress was very attentive and took away our finished plates. Oh and the bread was warm and was served with a yummy oil to dip. I would definitely come back when I am in town again. The restaurant is BYOB and they have mixers for purchase! They looked delicious.I would definitely recommend this restaurant if you are looking for some scrumptious food. More...

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OpenTable Diner

7 July 2019

2nd time there. Service is awesome. Chef creations are out of this world delicious. This man can cook. Had the same server as the first time, though I can’t remember her name, she’s probably the most smiley person I’ve ever met lol.

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Lisa

5 July 2019

I live in the area and am happy to have a restaurant this good so close to home!

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Ed W.

3 July 2019

Just stopped in for the 10 year anniversary 5 course dinner last Friday. Been a few years since I had been by ( probably been in 10-15 times thru the years and have to say everything was top notch and just as good as all the other trips thru the years.Happy anniversary to a great business run by some of the nicest and most friendly people and staff in the area. As a top chef in Chester County for so many years it's almost routine  but guaranteed food and service never disappoint even after 10 years. More...

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Outofstaters

2 July 2019

This is one of our favorite restaurants. Great for a quiet, romantic meal and excellent for out of town guests who are foodies like us. Our meal on Tuesday evening was outstanding in every respect. We shared an escargot dumpling appetizer that was sensational. We enjoyed main courses of Scottish salmon and the special pork chop addition to the menu, thinking nothing could top that escargot appetizer...but they did. I'm still dreaming about this dinner--it was THAT good. Charming, intimate restaurant with a lot of talent in the kitchen. More...

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OpenTable Diner

2 July 2019

From appetizers, a beet spinach salad that provided unexpected, delicious flavors....entrees that everyone wanted to share and a decadent cherry tart....amazing time was enjoyed. Attentive service! The final joy was an amazing cappuccino!!! Did not want the experience to end...will be heading back!!! More...

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ChaddsCouple

30 June 2019

Wow ... we found a new go-to location!! A definite will come back .. again and again. Really enjoyed the visit. The baked oysters were themselves worth the trip. The branzino and swordfish entrees were perfect!! More...

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Harold Thompson

29 June 2019

This is another great gem here in my fair town of downingtown very good food and service my wife and children love going there

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Aly Starr

29 June 2019

Manicotti was awesome, and the ribeye special was great as well. Definitely recommend the key lime cheesecake

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Jonathan Clapp

29 June 2019

Good food, good service

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Plasma Arc

29 June 2019

Excellent catering service. Jeanine and Jon were friendly and accommodating with the arrangements for our work meeting. I highly recommend their catering services! Food was amazing!

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JenT

29 June 2019

We love this place and return time and again. The food and service are great. Looking forward to seeing the second floor when it opens.

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PappyDave

29 June 2019

Great food as always. This is one of my Favorite BYO restaurants. Food and service excellent.

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LOLO

29 June 2019

I love Amani’s, but the water they pour from the pitcher doesn’t taste good for some reason.Also, my husband and I both had stomach ache’s the last time we ate there. The food was delish however.

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Sean R.

28 June 2019

My wife and go to a few different places for special occasions. Amani is one of those places. It never disappoints. The calamari is tempura breaded and fried in duck fat. Spectacular. The duck is excellent as well. Bread pudding for her desert and chocolate banana creme brûlée for mine. Both were spectacular. 6/28/2019Just came back from Amani. Wife and I ordered from the 10th anniversary menu. Wife got the gazpacho and I started with an amazing Caribbean chowder. Coconut milk base with scallops, shrimp, pineapple and scallions. It was sweet and savory and really got the juices flowing. Next we both had escargot encrutè with mushroom purée and a quail egg. It was earthy and buttery and the pastry was soft but held up to the butter wine sauce the dish was excellent. For our entrees we both had steak with smashed potatoes and shishito peppers. Now I've had steak a thousand times and this was probably the best steak I've ever had. Perfectly cooked and seared with char lines and burnt ends. Dessert was an unbelievable s'mores pots-de-creme that would leave any chocoholic quivering and weeping with delight. All in all it was an excellent dinner, one of the best experiences I've had at Amani. The Chef/owner Jon Amann really out does himself over and over. His amazing instincts with pairing flavors and creating eclectic menus that never fail to produce multiple options for the most discerning foodies. He truly is one of the most talented young chefs in the Delaware Valley. More...

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Rosie C.

28 June 2019

The food was delicious! My fiancé and I tried the 4 course meal for their anniversary, it was our first time there.  The service was great! It a small restaurant and it's byob, if you bring your own alcohol they will make the cocktail for you. I recommend the crab cakes! We will definitely be back! More...

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Risrowe

28 June 2019

Ordered from the 10th anniversary menu. Every part of the meal was fantastic. Caribbean chowder was outstanding, escargot en crute was delicious and the steak was perfect. Amani is one of the top restaurants in the Delaware Valley. More...

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RobertF

27 June 2019

Excellent dinner! Scottish salmon, cooked and seasoned perfectly. Jumbo shrimp over linguini with mushrooms and artichokes...delicious! Lump crab manicotti outstanding! This would be the best restaurant in the are if the noise level could be lowered to a reasonable level. Noise reducing covers could be added to the walls and ceilings that might enable diners to hear each other during the meal! Can't understand why the owner does not take such simple steps that would result in such a much better dining experience. More...

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BrianR

26 June 2019

We’ve been big fans for some time now but there was a bit of a let down this time around. The service was a bit slow and we felt ignored during our time there. Granted, the server said she was new and it was full for a mid week seating during the 10 Year anniversary special. We’ll credit this one to a “one off” and still praise this wonderful restaurant. More...

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JosephF

26 June 2019

Outstanding, service is great, food is wonderful, would recommend.

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HANKH

23 June 2019

10th anniversary menu is wonderful. Very wonderful.

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SuzanneR

22 June 2019

The service was outstanding! Loved our server. She was so kind and courteous. The food was perfectly prepared. The Salmon was delicious and my husband said “I think that’s the best Chicken I ever had.”

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LindaA

19 June 2019

One of those 'inside is bigger than the outside' magical situations . An nice comfortable upscale experience with food and decor. Great food, service and ambiance. A few notes however, I prefer less salt in my food but I rarely cook with much salt; and the table was a bit tippy. Altogether a nice experience. More...

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MarkG

17 June 2019

Very good food and service. We shared both appetizers and dessert and each enjoyed our own entrée - all were very good.

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DawnC

16 June 2019

Top notch from start to finish, as always.

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StephenR

16 June 2019

Amazing inspired food. One of the best I’m chester county

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CMcDa

15 June 2019

Food and service was impeccable but our dining experience fell a little short with an extremely loud party of four behind us. At times, couldn’t hear my boyfriend speak to me. More...

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Norm Bouley

29 May 2019

WOW ..... True 5 Star Dinning...... An Experience!Read about Scottish Salmon before You go .... it will Blow Your Mind!!!!The Inhouse Desserts are to Die For!!!A MUST Visit! More...

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Magali Tranie

29 May 2019

We've been going to Amani's since they opened. They offer solid dishes - made fresh from local ingredients - and good service. Great for a foodie, or for a neighborhood gem! Super accommodating with food allergies :) More...

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Diane C.

26 May 2019

Stumbled upon this cute cafe while in town for a soccer tournament. So glad our boys wanted MickyDs, otherwise, we would have missed out on this farm to table cafe.  The cafe is a warm and inviting, the waitstaff is friendly and the food, delicious! I had the lump crab cake with hazelnut grits and and onion pesto. More...

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GinaC

26 May 2019

We went here for my birthday after a recommendation from a friend. Everything was fantastic from the service to the food. I had the fish special and it was amazing. I'm a bit picky when it comes to fish but thought I'd give this a try. The pairing of rhe main dish with the sides was perfect. We will definitely be back and I highly recommend giving this place a try if you haven't done so yet. More...

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Jim S.

6 May 2019

We've enjoyed Amani's quite a few times and last night was no exception Everything is at a high level, with great attention to details like providing very nice bread rolls, along with an olive oil dip and an inventive amuse bouche. I haven't been disappointed in any entree, but last night I had a sous vide chicken breast that was amazing.  I sampled my brother-in-law's ramen with pork belly, which was also just right.The BYOB aspect of Amani's is not to be ignored. You can pair your meal with excellent wines, at retail store prices, with no corkage fee. That alone makes Amani one of the best bargains in our area for fine dining. My wife and I shared a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir that would have cost at least $60 in another restaurant.Unfortunately, our dinner was marred by a loud, cackling woman at the next table. She was so loud I think it was heard by passing truck drivers. This wasn't Amani's fault, so I have not dinged them in this review, but damn, woman, have some courtesy toward your fellow humans. More...

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Rose Jenkins

29 April 2019

Unassuming store front & interior rewards with fantastic & creative dishes. Friendly service.

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Jeffrey Hoffman

29 April 2019

Really special place in the borough...they are using real fresh and local foods... tomorrow's pork belly came out of the oven when we were there...I'm going back.

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Robert Henry

29 April 2019

Great meal. BYOB

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Ben

29 April 2019

Beautiful dining experience. Attentive, friendly service with flavorful, unique cuisine. I loved the amuse bouche and the limoncello as intriguing accents on a wonderful meal.

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Danielle Vanderwalker

29 April 2019

Great swordfish , perfectly cooked.

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Joe Weidner

29 March 2019

This place is byob, they will take your alcohol and keep it cold for you as you enjoy their menu. This place is not exactly kid friendly as I did not notice a kids menu. The food is delicious and the variety on the menu is just as appealing as the food. If you are looking for a nice romantic place to take your significant other this place is one of the spots in Chester county I would recommend. I had the duck when i went and it was full of flavor, the grits were sweet. Definitely a place I will be visiting next time I am in the Chester County area. More...

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Jim Munnis

28 February 2019

Top notch food and service.

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Emily Manns

28 February 2019

Fantastic food! The steak I ordered here was cooked to perfection!!

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Lucinda Hubbard

28 February 2019

My husband and I love Amani's. The food is amazing as well as the service. We always end up ordering the specials and they do not disappoint.

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Dan Koval

28 February 2019

Such great service and atmosphere! And the food, wow!

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Kathy B.

16 February 2019

I take clients and friends  at least once a month! Great food, service and owners. The food is seasoned to perfection and menu changes with the season! Delicious and a tiny gem in Downingtown! More...

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Kevin Cordes

29 January 2019

Cool atmosphere... Diverse delicious menu.... BYOB also a nice perk

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Olga Dressler

29 January 2019

First visit and it was very lovely. Great service, surprise amuse bouche and delicious meal! Great depth of flavor for all courses highlighting seasonal options.

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Jeff Tincher

29 January 2019

Always a great experience when dining at Amani's. The menu has something for everyone and the specials are outstanding!

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Trachanda L.

5 January 2019

This is a great restaurant for a lovely date night. The menu is creative and surprising. Everything is well curated and blend well with another. The atmosphere is very Hygge and it makes you feel welcome and cozy. You never feel rushed and this makes the experience great because you truest feel like you can savor the culinary delicacies. The location is intimate so tables fill up fast. I recommend you booking a spot ahead of time and checking the special menus and events they offer. More...

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Keri Shannon

29 December 2018

One of my all time favorites. Gourmet food and class, but not snooty. Thanks!

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Joshua Clayton

29 December 2018

Wonderful atmosphere, exceptional menu and execution and friendly staff. True 5 star performance.

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William Coleman

29 December 2018

Awesome seasonal menu. Food is always amazing. Service is great too.

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Adriana M.

29 December 2018

Me and my boyfriend came here for my birthday. We had a reservation and they had our table ready when we came in. We brought our own wine, which they do not charge to open. We ordered the poke - it was amazing, it had this interesting hummus and a good amount of poke. I ordered the grilled sirloin - it was so tender, it came with blue cheese mashed potatoes and I've got to say these are the best mashed potatoes that I've EVER HAD!! My boyfriend got the short rib bolognese - that was amazing! Lastly we got the pomegranate blueberry cheesecake - its the best one!! We would definately be back here again!! And we highly recommend it! More...

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Brady W.

1 December 2018

We had a early Christmas office dinner. It was my first time, this place is absolutely amazing from the service to the meal. You can definitely tell the chef cares about every dish that comes out, the quality of the food, the presentation everything was perfect. I highly recommend Amani's and thank you Chef and staff for the experience! More...

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Paul McClain

29 November 2018

Amazing farm to table BYOB. Definitely deserves the title of best BYOB in Chester County. Every appetizer and every entree was fully enjoyed by my party of five. Dessert was incredible! Love the fact that it's BYOB. Definitely recommend to all foodies in the county! More...

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Caitlyn Keslick

29 November 2018

Great place to eat and good service. The food has very complex flavors and was very fresh. I would definately come back again. I rated only 4 stars because the food is not child friendly but the restaurant does offer a high chair. I'm not sure how anyone in a wheelchair would get in the restaurant. Overall perfect for couples and small parties, not good for children and the handicap. More...

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Gregory Wojcik

29 October 2018

Great place with outstanding gourmet dishes made fresh by professional chefs. Amazing dishes, amazing experience at great prices. Very highly recommended!

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Leslie Kaun

29 October 2018

Dinner was great. Wonderful food.

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Scott K.

14 October 2018

First experience Sat Night at Amani's.   I've read other reviews and the common theme was their table management.   They use a two seating plan.  One at 6 and one at 8.   We arrived at 7:50.   We sat at 8:15.     This seems the norm rather than the exception.    I'd expect it won't change since customers linger and they have limited tables.Food was really good. Braised short rib, halibut,salmon, salads all good. the cheesecake appetizer was unusual and good.    Same for the mushroom bruschetta.    Pecan peach cobbler desert -  no threat of more than 2 pecans but very good including a dollop of vanilla ice cream.Atmosphere is ok for my taste.  They got the food and service down but it's a little tight.  Service was very attentive. Entree pricing is reasonable. Salads seem $3 high - but it's a byob so they have to make it somewhere... overall I'd go back if I was in the mood for a fish or eclectic beef or pork entree.    Feel like the early seating expectation should be that they will want your table at 8.  The second seating expectation should be that the 6pm folks will probably take their time.   Enjoy More...

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Meep Meep E.

30 August 2018

The wife and I love this place.  Food is always interesting and well prepared and the service is great.  Open kitchen is very cool.  It would be 5 stars if it wasn't such tight quarters.  Go early...... More...

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Joe Benyish

29 August 2018

Service and food were excellent

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Carl Speroff

29 August 2018

Delicious seasonal menus

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Ashley Herring Soper

29 August 2018

We had our rehearsal dinner there for our wedding and we could not have chosen a better place! First of all, the staff was outstanding and easy to work with during all the planning. It is such a cute restaurant that we were able to rent the entire space for our party of 35. The most important thing was the food! Our guests could not stop talking about the delicious choices they had for their 4 course dinner that night. It also was not too expensive either. I highly recommend this restaurant we will be visiting a lot more! More...

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Jacque Zakorchemny

29 August 2018

However not as good as in the past. Very loud room.

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E. Miller

29 August 2018

Great quality, eclectic menu

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Mark S Smith

29 August 2018

One of our favorite places to have dinner in the burbs. I would describe the food as upscale comfort food. They change the menu on a regular basis, so there is some good variety. They also have s really good a la cart brunch on the weekends. We usually as for Rick as our wait staff representative. John is also a very hands on owner/chef. More...

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Nina N-Critters

29 August 2018

Delicious food! Quaint place, impressive plate presentation, love sitting by the window.

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Scott Silberman

29 August 2018

Their food is amazing. Service is also top notch. Every soup I've had is better than the one before

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Robert Girardeau

29 August 2018

Absolutely the best. Hands down!

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Joey Iredale

29 August 2018

Sunday brunch, really excellent. Something for every body on menu.

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Joshua Grove

29 August 2018

Excellent! Food was fresh and cooked perfectly. Possibly the best cheesecake my wife and I ever had!

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Judi Supplee

29 August 2018

Great food and service. Love that place

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Phillip Ro

29 August 2018

Lovely little byo. Haven't had a single bad meal or bite of food for that matter here.

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Erin D

29 August 2018

Went there last night and as always had a great time and experience. Such great food, atmosphere and staff.

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Larry Pruett

29 August 2018

Excellent and imaginative menu. Very good service. Food was well prepared and beautifully presented.

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Michael C

29 August 2018

Was very surprised by this place! Very impressed.

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Betha Snow

29 August 2018

Food and service is always superb. Never once had a bad time there. Food is just as good if not better than anything in Philly. Perfect restaurant in Downingtown.

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Amarie R

29 August 2018

I had my birthday dinner here a few days ago. It was my first time, this place is absolutely amazing from the service to the meal. You can definitely tell the chef cares about every dish that comes out, the quality of the food, the presentation everything was perfect. I highly recommend Amani's and thank you Chef and staff for the experience! More...

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Mary Ann Bond

29 August 2018

Amani’s NEVER hits a wrong note. It is a joy & a privilege to dine @ Amani’s. Celebrated my daughter’s Birthday @ Amani’s tonight & each course was exceptional. Try the charred octopus. It is Devine. Tonight’s lamb chops ( medium rare) melted in your mouth, the tiny potatoes first popped with the skin, while the flesh of the potato melted, asparagus were perfectly steamed & the chocolate tart with coconut crest is a heart throb. Celebrate these Blessed Holidays with the AmaniFamily. Thanks Jeannine & Jon, MAB More...

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Sasha Diehl

29 August 2018

An absolute must! We couldn't have asked for a more perfect evening. Thank you to the entire staff.

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Jonathan Moyer

29 August 2018

Rotating seasonal menus in an intimate, yet casual atmosphere always delivers. Perfect spot for brunch on the weekends!

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Dwight Frizén

29 August 2018

Locally sourced. Excellent food. This is a gem of Downingtown.

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Fred k

29 August 2018

Great service and food.

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Amy Fine

29 August 2018

Great experience from start to finish. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable. The meal was amazing in taste and presentation.

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Jerry Lopez

29 August 2018

The place is awesome, must try the porterhouse lamb with snow peas with puree........so tender....and good !

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Andrew Schenker

29 August 2018

I'm not a professional food critic, so take this as a purely anecdotal review. My girlfriend and I ate here two weekends ago. It was one of the best meals I've had in years. You know when every bite is so good that you need to make that face to your partner, like, I'd love to talk to you but this food is too damn flavorful for words? We made that face from the moment we started on the small plates. Everything was cooked to perfection (duck and beef were cooked to a precise medium). Our server was a very friendly dude (sorry, forgot his name). He explained what a "gastrique" is. Fascinating! He recommended the savory cheesecake app which was awesome. Go on... try that thing. We'll be back fo' sho'. More...

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nathan ellis

29 August 2018

What a great little restaurant right in the heart of Downingtown. Great menu, great staff, I can't say enough positive things about this little place. I highly recommend it.

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A McLeod

29 August 2018

Good local fine dinning. Entrees are creative and very well crafted. Seafood entrees are divine especially their crab cakes. Pricey but worth the price to support good local business started by homegrown folks. More...

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Stephen Oskin

29 August 2018

Each course was excellent, great atmosphere!

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Natalie Amann

29 August 2018

Great food choices

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Charles Ferrare

29 August 2018

Had octopus app and shrimp etufee. Fantastic. Great BYOB.

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Starling Ohara

29 August 2018

Expensive, but big portions, fresh, delicious, and the waiter was attentive. Good for dates, I bet. I went with my Mom and brother.

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Donn Roberts

29 August 2018

Excellent food and service.

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John Colaprete

29 August 2018

Amazing is an understatement!

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TIM Decker

29 August 2018

Tremendous. Food was amazing staff super friendly. Will be back

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Alan Farmer

29 August 2018

The ribeye knocked me flat. Astoundingly good. Explosive. Not all dishes hit a perfect ten but they are all creative and fun. And the winners? Wow.

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Kimberly Ticefelt

29 August 2018

Love it here! Everything is so fresh and delicious!

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Antonio Llopart

29 August 2018

Great restaurant in general, amazing food and our waitress was very courteous, polite, and sweet for my mom's birthday

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Ryan Warwick

29 August 2018

Amazing and different every time I go. This is now a go to place for me.

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Dan Saltzman

29 August 2018

Outstanding food and service. It is a little noisy but so what! Great meal.

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Matt Montgomery

29 August 2018

Always great food. Can get loud ...

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Matt Bloome

29 August 2018

Though it's not the sort of place we could afford to eat all the time, both the food and the entire experience were simply wonderful. The place is small, and very intimate. The food is is delicious as well as beautifully plated and presented. This is a special place. I understand why it wins so many "best of" awards. More...

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Jennifer Bloome

29 August 2018

Amazing. Delicious food, great atmosphere and service. Highly recommend.

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Wes Ford

29 August 2018

The food was spectacular!

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Jessica L.

27 August 2018

I came here looking for a tasty meal while here for a work trip. I was not disappointed. I was hoping to try to octopus, but they were out. I had the grilled oysters, which were good, and the red snapper which was AMAZING. I was completely taken by surprise by how good this fish was prepared. I think I may have whimpered.... This is a must-try. More...

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DM C.

13 August 2018

So tried Amani's for the first time after it popped up on Open Table when I was looking for restauarants around us.  So glad we did!  We went on a Sunday early evening, only ones there (guessing since summer) so had very attentive, helpful service.  Had oysters (server recommended the types - again he was very patient and helpful with our questions).  Husband had tomato/mozzarella focaccia and loved it!  Both entrees very good as well (swordfish and shrimp) and we split a dessert (chocolate waffle).   Everything was very good!  We enjoyed the quaint atmosphere but did think if it was busy (see Fri/Sat can be) that it might be loud since tables are closer together.  Do think its a little pricey considering the portions (fine with us do not like tons of food, like to try more rather than quantity) but think it kind of evens out as they did not charge a corkage fee - which many BYOB's are starting to do now.  We will definitely be going back! More...

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S P.

2 August 2018

We so enjoyed our dinner at Amani. The owners and servers were friendly and gracious. The food was delicious and upscale. It is a BYOB which helps keep the bill reasonable. It is nice to meet folks that have found their passion in life and have created a great little space. More...

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Christine C.

28 July 2018

Really great BYOB  on the burbs. Worth the trip, especially for foodies! Seasonal menu. We loved everything we had. A hidden gem in the outer burbs.

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Lee Boerer

20 July 2018

This place is amazing. The ribeye was beautifully crusted on the outside and perfectly pink on the inside. The flavor was great. Fresh local produce and meats is a huge plus! More...

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Lynette H.

2 July 2018

This restaurant is located near our home and we often said that we should try it.  We loved it and wish we had tried it sooner.  It's a small intimate setting and our server - Mandy - was wonderful.  She was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and specials.  The chefs were accommodating with my dairy allergy and worked around my order.  We both had incredible appetizers and main dishes and will definitely be repeat customers.  Mandy did mention that Fridays and Saturdays tend to be very busy and they can rarely accommodate walk-ins.  We made a reservation on a Sunday evening and found it very relaxed. More...

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Jack M.

17 May 2018

Good quality lunch with some good execution and a bit of predictability.I ordered the fried calimari app and the Reuben.The fried calimari was awesome. The calimari itself was delicate and soft, unlike the usual chewy renditions and copout Italomerican gravy joints.The cephalopod was paired with little bits of sweet micro peppers. All the flavors were light and sweet to balance the fried breading of the calimari. The crisp bite of the calimari finished with the soft interior was one of my favorite takes on the classic app.My main entree was a standard Reuben. I suppose there isn't much to write about. It was pretty good. The flavors were predictable. The bread was ok, not perfect. It maintained a bit too much chew and robustness on the bite. The meat on the sandwich begged for a bit more braised fat globules. As with the other recent reviews, I apologise profusely for the lack of photography. More...

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Colin Abernethy

8 May 2018

We went here for a date night one snowy evening and had an excellent meal. Service was on point and the food was quite good. Definitely worth putting into our regular restaurant rotation. More...

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Rina Kennedy

24 April 2018

This is our favorite local date night place. The food is absolutely wonderful as is the staff. I would highly recommend having a reservation. We love bringing our own wine/liquor. We are always excited to go back and love the seasonal menus. We hope this place is around a long time. More...

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Ethan Quirin

12 April 2018

Expertly crafted farm to table menu. The calamari was amazing and honestly one of the best recipes I've ever tasted for that dish. Staff was friendly and responsive and prices fair for the quality of food served. More...

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Lauren P.

5 April 2018

I have been here for dinner which was fantastic and have been wanting to go back ever since.  Last Sunday we had the chance to go back and enjoyed a lovely Easter brunch.  The place is small so be sure to make reservations. It is BYOB and we brought champagne.  They brought us orange juice and only charged $1 per person drinking which was not bad.  They have a lot of appetizers and entrees to choose from including many sweet and savory options. We started off with muffins which came with your choice of 2 flavors out of four. The muffins were huge and it was enough to share with 4-5 people. For my entrée, I went with the breakfast burrito which was stuffed with egg, small tomoatoes, sausage and barley. It was very tasty although I wish it had some greens inside. Also it did not come with a side and for $13 this was pretty pricy.  Others in our party got the hamburger (a little over cooked), frittata of the day which was made with lobster, and the eggs benedict (the hollandaise sauce was whipped which was not that great).  Everyone was pleased with their meal and the service was fantastic. More...

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DM M.

4 April 2018

Great catering. We've used them for several events.

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Angelica B.

19 March 2018

Absolutely love this place. It's small and quaint with phenomenal food. The prices are definitely high, but it is well worth it for us once in a while for a very special occasion.

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Chris N.

4 March 2018

Great food, super cool little place.  Tables are tight but staff is knowledgeable and it always is a great meal

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Aakash C.

11 February 2018

Fantastic food! Not a single thing we'd change in food. In our first visit, we randomly tried few things and they were just right. We started with Maine Lobster Bisque Soup for wife and CrispyPoint Judith Calamari to share. Soup had right taste profile and not too creamy. Calamari was rightly done with red hot chili, scallions & olives - perfect balance of calamari, heat of chili and tartness of olives. It just worked. For main course, wife had Seared Gulf Jumbo Shrimp Étouffée - it came on bed of colorful Orzo and Cherry Tomato & Peppers. A colorful dish visually & taste wise. I had daily special of Crispy Skin Red Snapper on bed of risotto with large pieces of beetroots. The beetroots was perfect balance to the creamy taste of fish and risotto - right ingredient to clear your palate and avoiding the dish becoming too "creamy smooth".  The only dish that was meh was the dessert - Salted Caramel Creme Brûlée. More...

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Dave D.

7 February 2018

Our go to BYOB white table cloth restaurant for great food and great service. We have always dined at lunch or brunch but last night we enjoyed a wonderful dinner. Mindy our pleasant server shared her great knowledge of the menu. Highlight...oysters! More...

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Heather H.

28 January 2018

Fantastic! Went there last night with my boyfriend and our parents for their first time meeting. It honestly couldn't have gone better. Small, intimate setting, all around great atmosphere... loved that you could see the chefs working away preparing our meals. We ordered a lot! Pork belly, oysters, calamari, flatbread and cheese board for our appetizers.. almost didn't have any room on our table, but everything was PERFECT. There wasn't anything we didn't like about it. Dinner we did steaks, lobster ravioli, halibut, quail, and pork. Again PERFECT. We all tried eachothers dishes, which was fun. Presentation looked awesome, meat melted in our mouths, sides were awesome. I definitely recommend this place to anyone and everyone. I think my boyfriend and I are planning to go back to try their brunch next time!! Thank you so much for such an awesome experience. More...

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Kathy L.

21 November 2017

First time eating here ...all of the food was outstanding. Complex flavors and beautiful presentation. The service was excellent. Can't wait to come back. Only critique is that the decor/ambiance does not mirror the level of the quality of the food. More...

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Sean T.

6 November 2017

An unexpected gem of a place! We went recently for the first time and enjoyed the freshness of the food and seasonal flavors (especially loved the swordfish with pumpkin puree and mushroom flatbread with prosciutto). Plus we loved that it's a cozy BYOB! More...

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Tony C.

4 November 2017

Always come with high expectations, and never disappointed!  The Chèvre Ricotta Cheesecake appetizer was excellent tonight!

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Rick S.

28 October 2017

This place is wonderful.  It is a small neighborhood restaurant. It is crowded and noisy on a Saturday night and you will want to make a reservation.  The food is exceptional.  The staff is superb.  It is a lovely little place.  It is a gem. More...

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Tim C.

13 October 2017

Fantastic experience from start to finish. They have delicious cocktail mixers so they can make you a tasty cocktail provided you bring the booze. Additionally, the server walked us through the specials and made solid recommendations. My seared duck breast was the best duck I've ever had. Would highly recommend! More...

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Charlene F.

12 October 2017

You simply must try this quant lovely restaurant!  My family and I enjoyed a wonderful meal that included appetizers of pork belly, corn chowder, oysters and gazpacho. Dinner at our table included crab cakes, braised short ribs, filet mignon, veal special of the day, and mussels. For desert we had, key lime pie and cheesecake. Everything was so delicious and well prepared!  The flavors was so good and complementary to each dish. The service was on point!  It is no doubt a local gold mine for excellent food and service!! More...

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Barb T.

25 September 2017

We had my son and daughter-in-law's rehearsal dinner here. Jeanine was great to work with. She put together a very nice menu and stayed within our budget. Our server Matt was also great. He was attentive and personable. The food was excellent and I am sure no one left hungry. Thank you Jeanine, Matt and all of the staff for a wonderful night! More...

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Candace W.

22 September 2017

Maybe it was just the perfect night, but we loved it. The menu is small, but everything sounded delicious. We sat outside, tucked away behind some trees with no one else around. The wait staff was very nice and attentive and we felt no rush between courses. The food was on point! More...

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Clay Fawthorp

29 August 2017

Good local fresh food.

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Helen and Adrian

29 August 2017

Really good meal and great staff

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Beans and Friends

29 August 2017

My husband and I dined here the other night for the first time and we can't wait to go back. We were really blow away at just how great this place is. The food and service will be hard pressed to beat and the atmosphere was delightful. We started out with the pork belly appetizer; WOW. It was like soft, candied bacon and melted right in your mouth. My husband had the crab cakes with fresh string beans and fingerling potatoes and I had the filet with an oyster mushroom ragout, fingerling potatoes and cauliflower au gratin. Our meals were nothing short of outstanding. His crab cakes and veggies were so fresh and my steak was cooked to perfection. It could very well be the best steak I've ever had. Most of their ingredients come from local farms in the area which makes a big difference in the quality and taste. The food portions were filling and we were so full, but decided to split the espresso creme brûlée for dessert which had hazelnuts, pears and strawberries to top it off; it was amazing and well worth adding to our feeling of fullness. Our server, Erica, was a gem. She was upbeat but not overbearing and very attentive. She knew her stuff and was a super sweet girl who helped to make our experience that much more enjoyable. The space inside the restaurant is quaint, but not stuffy at all. The overall atmosphere is a fresh, country chic with an open kitchen. Prices are very reasonable and your meal will be well worth every penny. They are doing it right at this establishment and we can't wait to return! More...

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Mrs. McCorry

29 August 2017

I enjoy farm to table restaurants. This isn't the best one I've been to but still very good. The squash bisque was excellent along with my quinoa salad. My husband's roasted chicken was full of flavor. We also enjoyed the calamari as an appetizer. Will return. More...

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Jessica Deal

29 August 2017

Delicious fresh food! Be sure to make a reservation. In addition to BYOB, you can bring liquor and they will make you mixed drinks from a menu of mixers.

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Angel Meadows

29 August 2017

The staff is kind and welcoming. Our server was informative about each menu item. The food was very well made.

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Devon Mellon

29 August 2017

Amani's is the perfect place for a date night or Sunday brunch. Exceptional menu and great staff.

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L Fontaine

29 August 2017

Love this place so much.

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Robin Patrono

29 August 2017

Just left.The food was excellent. Our server Rosie was awesome. We would recommend this restaurant to all our friends and family. The chef out did. Himself with the menu.Hats off to him.! More...

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James Creedon

29 August 2017

Great food, the chef will always make an amazing meal If you ask for a vegetarian dinner!

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Attie Heunis

29 August 2017

Cozy. Excellent locally and organically produced food. Service is very good.

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Evan Jones

29 August 2017

The food is always great. They have some of the best crab cakes around, great calamari, short rib, salmon, really everything. Highly recommended, and it's also a BYO. More...

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William J Orsi Jr

29 August 2017

Love everything about this place , fantastic food and great service

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Jeremy Shannon

29 August 2017

Our favorite place for an adult night out.

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Brad Davis

29 August 2017

Good food. BYOB is nice. They even have a mixer menu so you can bring spirits and order a mixer. Oysters are great. Ribeye and Duck also delicious.

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Tara Helwig

29 August 2017

Fantastic service and staff, amazing food.

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Grace Li

29 August 2017

Food is delicious!!

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Stephen F.

6 August 2017

This is my 20th time here and I always have a great meal. The service is always the best which is hard to find now a days with so many hipsters out there! The oysters are always delicious. The cheese plate is always the best in the area! The appetizers are always amazing! If I move out of the area every year I'll fly back to have my birthday dinner there! It's that great! More...

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Kristina P.

27 June 2017

First time here about a week and half agoFor my husband's birthday. Been wanting to try this place for awhile now. Service was great. Cute decor in the restaurant. I liked how the kitchen wasOpen. Food was truly wonderful. I had the duck breast and my husband had the pork chop. My foodWas a bit on the salty side but next time I'll just request less salt as I am sensitive to that. Highly recommend this restaurant, we will definitely be back again! More...

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Nick K.

30 May 2017

Located on a corner of downtown Downingtown, you can't find better food than Amani's.  From the appetizers to desserts, it is a great experience.  Since it is BYOB, you can bring your own bottle of wine, alcohol, etc.  If you bring a bottle of your favorite spirits, Amani's has a list of vetted cocktails they can make.  This is the first time I have ever experienced a craft cocktail list using my own alcohol.  Couple that with the amazing cuisine, I would highly recommend Amani's. More...

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Ali E.

11 May 2017

Excellent food and even better service.  Had brunch there twice and both times were very enjoyable.  Bring a bottle prosecco and they'll provide glasses and juices to make your own brunch drinks.

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Brooke R.

26 February 2017

Overall, good. What I liked:- the farm to table concept, all of their produce and meats are provided by local farms. -creative, healthy/yet flavorful dishes- BYOB!!-open kitchen so you can observe the chefs making all the food -some parking provided in the back of the restaurant What could be improved:- artisanal cheese board left much to be desired- very little portions of cheese, jam, and bread for $18.- seating is tight - the noise volume can get loudWould definitely come back! My Long Island Duck entree was cooked/seasoned so well, and everything on the dish made sense. Everyone else in our party of 6 left very happy and satisfied as well More...

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Mary L.

18 February 2017

Just came here for the third time, and I'm already ready to come back. The first two times I came for dinner, once with my boyfriend and once on a double date. Most recently my bf and I came for brunch on a Saturday morning. Each time is better than the last. The food, service, and experience are all amazing. The food is incredibly fresh and individually prepared (you can even see the chefs cooking from where you sit). The brunch was especially amazing, with the best bacon and home fries ever! Although a little on the expensive side, it's 100% worth it. Seriously can't wait to come back again. More...

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Ashley B.

11 February 2017

Came here on a Saturday night. Best sushi I have had in a long time! We are traveling from CT and I've had sushi from  so many areas in CT and I know if we were locals, we would come once a week here! Service is great and BYOB is fantastic. More...

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Rebecca S.

20 December 2016

This was our first time at Amani's and it was delicious. Our group of 4 split calamari and it was cooked beautifully, very tasty with the edamame. Some got salads, one got the crab and corn chowder and one got the pork belly, all were great. For entrees, we had the salmon, lobster ravioli, Long Island Duck Breast and the Braised Short Rib Bolognese. All entrees were wonderful. For dessert we had the blueberry pudding cake and Pear Ginger Crème Brûlée, again, everything was perfect. The staff was very attentive and our food was cooked exactly as requested. Would highly recommend and can't wait to go back. More...

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Jeff B.

20 November 2016

I went to Amani on Saturday 11/19 with my wife for our anniversary. This was our first time and came highly recommended. It did not disappoint. Carrie was our waitress and she was on point with ever recommendation. Calamari was outstanding to start and the veal shank and salmon were amazingly prepared. Put it on your list! More...

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Kit-N-Debbie W.

3 November 2016

This place is Super Fantastic. From the outside, unassuming. Boro of Downingtown not really bustling. In our opinion, and we are foodies, eat out every night. This is a must go to, true Gourmet restaurant. Rick was  great. Can not wait to go back.Went back 3-13-17 with two friends who have never been here, but are fellow foodies like us. They were equally impressed. More...

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Aashay Tambi

29 August 2016

Great food. They are all locally sourced. The menu changes depending in the local food.

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Peter Watson

29 August 2016

I have been blessed in that I have eaten in many fine restaurants in Europe and London and across the world. Amani's is right up there with them.This is doubtless our favourite restaurant in Chester County both for entertaining business guests and private dining. We (two couples) went back again this week.The food is superb, especially the Lamb which just falls off the bone and the beef can be cut with a fork and against the grain. We have always found the attention to detail in the preparation and the service to be 5 star. The outer decor of the restaurant is unassuming and wouldn't attract a second glance from the road. There is a sidewalk set of tables and chairs for eating outside. Recommended time to set aside for dining? 60 - 90 minutes.It is neither NY nor Mayfair as regards the decor but you could be in Spain or Italy. Yes as another reviewer commented the noise level is on the high side but so is both the enthusiasm and the ambiance reminds me a lot of Tapas Bars in Madrid and Barcelona.I am very happy to recommend Amani's. More...

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Kathy Bigos

29 August 2016

Hands down, my favorite restaurant. No exception. It's expensive, but it's small and they have to survive. It's Downingtown after all. As an inventive, seasoned cook myself, I am constantly in search of food I can't make myself or at least wouldn't think of making. Amani never disappoints. More...

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lonnie beck

29 August 2016

Want the best possible dinner date with the freshest food that's prepared by an award-winning chef? This is the place for you. Family owned and operated this place is a gem that won't let you down in any way. From the quality of the food to the outstanding service it's a must experience from top to bottom! More...

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Barbara Rhinehart

29 August 2016

Amani's is excellent. Great food and wonderful service. One of the best restaurants in Chester County.

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Brent Shipe

29 August 2016

I went here shortly after moving to the area. Despite hearing about the difficulty of getting reservations, we were able to get a table for two when we called only 6 hours in advance. All the food is locally sourced and absolutely delicious. Very creative and original menu. More...

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Bennett Donnell Jr

29 August 2016

Very pricey. But the food was good. We got the pork belly for an appetizer. It was fantastic.

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Mike T

29 August 2016

My wife and I eat here about 6 times a year. I have also held several corporate dinners with groups of about 20 people. I trust the owners to pull it off and I've never been disappointed. To summarize, we really enjoy the food and when they put rabbit on the menu I love it. It is one of our favorite BYOB's in the area. More...

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Kristen Hartz

29 August 2016

I've eaten at Amani's 3 times. 2/3 times were an excellent experience with delicious food in large portions, friendly and attentive service and timeliness in food delivery. The third visit our food came out ice cold. As if it had been sitting for a long time. It's a bit cramped and always busy.All in all, I'd say it's definitely worth a try, but try to miss peak meal times. More...

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Phil Trovato

29 August 2016

Five star all around! Menu, Food, ingredients, service, staff. Had the King Salmon, superb! Highest quality ingredients. Yes, you will pay a little more vs a chain restaurant, but you get what you pay for... Honesty prices could be higher given the quality cuisine. More...

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Jessie L.

28 July 2016

My husband and I visited Amani's for our anniversary on July 27th. It certainly did not disappoint! The atmosphere of the restaurant was wonderful. Not many tables which is great because it truly allows the servers to give more attention to the guests. Our server was wonderful and very attentive. She also gave great recommendations on a variety of dishes. We loved the BYOB aspect (certainly saves money to be able to bring your own!) For an appetizer we tried the calamari and it was very good. For our entrées we had the duck breast and new york strip. I had the duck it was so tender and flavorful. The cherry sauce accompaniment was wonderful. For dessert we had the mango creme Brule. The chef also placed kiwi on top which was fantastic. We certainly will be going back in the future for special occasions! More...

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Tom B.

9 July 2016

Came here the first time for my birthday dinner with family. Food was so fresh and delectable. Had an arugula salad as an appetizer, then the main entree was blackened grouper. Simply divine. Thanks for a wonderful evening. I especially enjoyed the locals strolling in and everyone enjoying their meals. Will definitely be back. More...

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Mark W.

23 April 2016

Best food. Skirt Steak was amazing.  Creme burlee was excellent for dessert. Quick friendly wonderful service. Complimentary lemoncllo!! Best in Downingtown for a reason!! More...

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B W.

20 April 2016

We have been told to try Amani's for years and finally had the opportunity last week.  Outstanding food!  Great atmosphere.  Would recommend to anyone and will be back many more times. More...

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Steve C.

1 April 2016

Great BYOB in Dtown.   Food is amazing, menu constantly changes and specials are always worth a try.  If you want fresh food, a low key  environment and great service check this lace out!

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Colleen E.

28 March 2016

My husband and I dined here the other night for the first time and we can't wait to go back. We were really blow away at just how great this place is. The food and service will be hard pressed to beat and the atmosphere was delightful. We started out with the pork belly appetizer; WOW. It was like soft, candied bacon and melted right in your mouth. My husband had the crab cakes with fresh string beans and fingerling potatoes and I had the filet with an oyster mushroom ragout, fingerling potatoes and cauliflower au gratin. Our meals were nothing short of outstanding. His crab cakes and veggies were so fresh and my steak was cooked to perfection. It could very well be the best steak I've ever had. Most of their ingredients come from local farms in the area which makes a big difference in the quality and taste. The food portions were filling and we were so full, but decided to split the espresso creme brûlée for dessert which had hazelnuts, pears and strawberries to top it off; it was amazing and well worth adding to our feeling of fullness. Our server, Erica, was a gem. She was upbeat but not overbearing and very attentive. She knew her stuff and was a super sweet girl who helped to make our experience that much more enjoyable. The space inside the restaurant is quaint, but not stuffy at all. The overall atmosphere is a fresh, country chic with an open kitchen. Prices are very reasonable and your meal will be well worth every penny. They are doing it right at this establishment and we can't wait to return! More...

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Jennifer N.

18 February 2016

The food was delicious and the staff was so friendly and knowledgeable.  Came here for my birthday dinner and could not say enough nice things about this restaurant.  We enjoyed the cheese plate and calamari to start- so good.  You can tell the staff puts a lot of effort into making each meal the best. More...

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Nicole S.

16 January 2016

Fantastic! If you are a foodie, or just love delicious food, you must go to this non-descript, corner slice of heaven in downtown Downingtown. Love that they are locally sourced and seasonal with their menu and will accommodate dietary needs/restrictions. My meal companions and I went for brunch on Saturday. We made a reservation but it wasn't crowded so not sure that's a "must do". I would imagine on a Sunday you need to. The outside of the restaurant is nothing spectacular but once you are inside, the hardwood floors, open kitchen and beautifully set tables make you feel like you are somewhere special.I wasn't on my game as much as I usually like to be and therefore don't have pictures of the TO DIE FOR grilled oysters or the HOUSE SMOKED salmon appetizers we started with. Succulent and tender are the words that first come to mind when describing both dishes. When you order the smoked salmon, don't expect to get thin slices like you would on a bagel. 3 generously thick pieces of house smoked (yes, HOUSE smoked!) salmon with varying accoutrements adorn the plate and just got better with every bite.  The grilled oysters were topped with spinach, panko crumbs, crimini mushrooms and an aged cheese that is making my mouth water just thinking about them. We shared them this time - next time (and there will be a next time) I'm ordering my own!  For our next course, I had the Belgian waffle topped with roasted apples and a vanilla cream. It was delicious. Hardy but not heavy. Waffle wasn't just made with white flour but I'm not sure it was whole wheat either. Whatever it was gave it a nice density without it being heavy or the flavor overbearing. My sister-in-law had the brioche stuffed French toast. Much more filling than my waffle, but again, excellent. The creamy filling was a bit tart and balanced out the sweetness of the syrup and bread nicely.  My daughter had the jumbo lump crab and baked eggs. LOTS of crab on this dish. Presentation was great and the eggs were cooked to perfection. We rounded out the meal with the warm, carmel apple pie a la mode and the lemon pudding cake. The apple pie was AMAZING. Light, flaky crust with a great combination of sweet and tart apples topped with delicious, local vanilla ice cream.  The lemon pudding cake was underwhelming compared to the rest of the meal because the cranberry compote on top overpowered any lemon flavor. Good, but wouldn't order again.The only reason I didn't give Amani's 5 stars was because of the lemon pudding cake and the service wasn't very good (our waiter was absent a lot). I struggled with this rating though because everything else was divine. 4.5 if I could. More...

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Victoria M.

14 January 2016

This is one of my favorite places to dine. I love everything I've ordered on this menu they have the best burger for lunch and amazing desserts

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Sue R.

13 January 2016

My son and daughter in laws favorite spot.  The food is amazing and so is the staff.  Very small and byob helps keep prices down.  Still a bit pricey, but worth it

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Sarah M.

4 January 2016

4.5 - On our way back from visiting Longwood Gardens, we stopped at Amani's for dinner the Monday before Christmas (2015). Located in the heart of Downingtown, this BYOB is a small, cozy space with an attentive wait staff and creative menu. Our waiter was attentive, thoughtful and made us feel very welcome. From my research, I found the chef, Jonathan Amann, has won the "Best Chef in Chester County" for the past three years. The menu uses seasonally available local ingredients to create unique, flavorful dishes. To start, we ordered the grilled lamb ribs with a pear bourbon molasses glaze, sweet potato hash, & pear slaw and the baby arugula salad with a cranberry vinaigrette, pickled apples, cheddar curd & cinnamon chipotle dusted lavash shards to share. The lamb ribs were fall-of-the-bone, perfectly tender and flavorful. I'm not usually a rib person but these were exceptional. The late fall/winter themed salad had an extra tang and touch of sweetness from the cranberry and the lavash chards were an interesting, tasty addition. As for entrees, we both went with specials being highlighted that night - the bone-in pork chop special which featured an Allagash Black glaze and the pan-seared salmon with Kung Pao sauce, Chinese 5 spice carrots and scallion rice. The salmon was cooked just right to match my taste and the sauce. This dish, light but tasteful, was a great way to go. After our entrees were cleared, we ordered the lemon pudding cake with cranberry compote, and whipped cream to share. The cake is served in a round ramekin with the cranberry compote piled on top so don't be alarmed if you don't see any yellow (the lemon) when you're served it. The dessert was tasty however the tartness of the lemon and the cranberry could have used something to balance it out. I also ordered a cappucino to end the meal.  Overall, there is no question that I'd be open to returning here some day and I've already recommended it to family & friends in the area. More...

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Craig D.

31 December 2015

(3.75) ~ Good Overall Food & Service.  Limited Seating, so make Reservations:)  And street Parking is free after 5pm.APPETIZERS:** Braised Beef Cheeks = (4) very good...my fav:)* Mushroom & Onion Soup w. Gouda Crostini = (3.75) Good* Lamb Ribs = (3.75) GoodENTREES:* Lamb Porterhouse = (3.5) good* Beef Short Rib = (3.5) goodDESSERTS** Chocolate Banana Creme Brulee = (4) very good...my fav:)* Blueberry Cheesecake = (3.75) GoodDRINKS:** Housemade Limoncello(complimentary shot) = (4.25) Very good...my fav:)* Water(tap) = (3.5) good* Coffee = (3.5) good More...

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Mike M.

27 December 2015

Small and cozy space, attentive wait staff and peaceful quiet.  $120 for a tasty meal, very well and carefully cooked and plated.  Local ingredients kicked up some notches.  Best dinner in Downingtown. More...

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Dick S.

27 November 2015

I had dinner there with my wife tonight and this is a really good little restaurant.  In addition to great food and service, my waiter Bob new the menu and specials without having to refer to a cheat sheet. His recommendations were spot on.  The rolls were warm with oil and seasonings.  We had oysters (delicious) and my wife had seafood while I had short ribs. I also had calamari.  Everything was prepared extremely well and with just a little surprise from the same fare at other restaurants.  My waiter also treated us to some complementary limoncello.  This is a great place do dine casually, maybe a little noisy, but definitely worth checking out.  Highly recommended More...

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Eric M.

18 November 2015

The BEST restaurant in Downingtown/West Chester (Period). My wife and I were there two weeks ago and we are still talking about the meal. I had the beef cheeks and she had a very enjoyable salmon. The service staff is on point. The price is beyond reasonable.  The decor is the only thing I feel they should change. They are not a cute little country farm to table anymore. They are a serious high end comparable to anything in philly restaurant. More...

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Erica J.

22 October 2015

My favorite place in the whole world! Food is delicious. Staff is welcoming and friendly. Atmosphere is adorable. I have never been disappointed and can't wait to go back!

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Terence K.

14 October 2015

I took my mother, father, and girlfriend here for a pre-mothers day.  I wanted somewhere that sourced locally where possible, was rated highly, and had a fun and creative menu-which was what I found here.The restaurant accepts reservations and I suggest you make them.  When making the reservation, ask to be outside if possible.  While the inside is fine, it can be quite loud, between the kitchen, the music, and the people.The food was all quite good.  Our entrees were lamb with Brussel sprouts, a New York Strip, duck, and beef ribs.  For appetizers, we had chicken wraps, oysters, a soup, and octopus.  And for dessert, banana bread pudding and creme brûlée.  All good portions, not too much nor too little.Complimentary limoncello, made in house, is served at the conclusion of the meal.Small rolls are complimentary at the start of the meal, and served with oil.When I went to the restaurant, the groups there seemed to be mixed primarily between elderly groups, couples in 40s, and groups of women in there 30s.  It may change based on the day of the week thoughThe staff were incredibly nice. More...

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Dave S.

20 September 2015

Wife and I were visiting the area from California and were very happy with our dinner at Amani's.  I'll give it 4 stars for the food and friendly service.  The ambiance is lacking, but maybe they'll improve that over time.I had the cashew encrusted salmon and wife had the seared yellow fin tuna.  I ordered my food to match the white burgundy that we brought.  The salmon was very good but the tuna was amazing.We will be back. More...

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Sarah T.

10 September 2015

This is by far favorite place for brunch. I go here a lot with girlfriends and do our "boozie brunch". Ask for Rick, he's amazing.  Bring as much champagne as possible! Cheese plates are always awesome, and everything is so reasonable when going for brunch. More...

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Liz S.

10 September 2015

This place is amazing.....absolutely every thing about the experience is ideal...great food...great service...great location....perfect.

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Marie M.

5 September 2015

Amazing food! I had the salmon and my oh my it was perfect! The warm peach pie is also a favorite.  Eat here and you wont be disappointed!!

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TAmi S.

2 September 2015

What a wonderful find. We came to a meeting in this area & looked for a quick good meal. What fabulous find- food  ~ fresh and very good-service- came in and had 30 min to eat a gourmet dinner. Perfect service in every aspect

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emily durham

29 August 2015

This place is amazing. I absolutely love everything I've tasted. Been there plenty of times! If I could afford to, I'd be there every day for every meal! For now, just special occasions!!!

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Mariana L.

9 August 2015

Excellent food and wonderful service! The staff were especially kind and attentive to the needs of the parents of young children.

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Erin D.

8 August 2015

As a foodie, I can't believe I am just now getting around to writing a Yelp review for this restaurant. My family, fiance and I eat here so regularly that it's no surprise when owners Janine and John stop by to chat about our meal, or their precious children. (By the way, if you really want to get on Chef John's good side, bring him some good old fashioned Knob Creek.) They have welcomed us from the beginning. Suffice it to say, I may be biased by now, but it's only because this place has stolen my heart and my tummy.Amani's BYOB, located in the heart of Downingtown, has a huge heart itself. From the decor, which changes seasonally and keeps the restaurant fresh and homey, to the knowledgeable and friendly wait staff, this restaurant hits every mark. We've had birthday dinners here, valentine's day dinner, my engagement party and we will evitably be having our rehearsal dinner here (which I am going to talk to Janine about tonight). We love this place.Some people frown on the BYOB status, but what could be better than your favorite wine chilled or uncorked at no fee, or your favorite cocktails mixed up for you as they have a selection you can pair your liquor with. BYOB is where it's at in my mind and Amani's is always willing to oblige your aperitif requests. (Remember the Knob Creek!)Always make a reservation. Always. The place is small and fills up quick! And why?John's food is amazing. Always a seasonal menu. Always additions to the already beautiful menu. Always blows my mind. American farm to table done impeccably. Out of the 20+ times we have eaten here, I can safely say I have never had a bad meal. I have one favorite from every season, but for Summer it's by far this Jamaican style conch soup with a coconut milk base. Lots if veggies, big chunks of conch and other seafood. It's a little sweet, a little spicy and downright super flavorful. And by the way, who else is doing things with conch in Chester County? No one I know.John puts his heart into his food, which is what makes the couple so friendly, and why we return so often. I hope nothing but great things for this restaurant always, and this wonderful family. More...

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Donna D.

29 June 2015

Had lunch today for the first time. Took my 87 year old Mother and my 33 year old daughter. We had one of THE most wonderful, delectable, perfectly executed and flavorful meals! Michelle was an excellent server who cheerfully took complete care of us and we all left way to full but with goodie bags of food to enjoy later. We shared three appetizers and tasted each other's entrees and forced ourselves to order dessert.....thrilled that we did! Just can't wait to make a return visit and taste more of the Chef's creations! Well done! More...

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Katie B.

23 June 2015

Celebrated Father's Day at Amani's BYOB in Downingtown. I have mixed feelings about the place-The Good1. Fresh-squeezed orange juice for mimosas- delicious!2. Awesome menu- a lot of different options, which all looked delicious.3. The breadbasket and homemade rhubarb jam were perfect.4. Service was really attentive up front, but slacked a little as the restaurant became more crowded. Took a while to get our check, weren't asked if we'd like another mimosa, etc.5. I highly recommend the mushroom and onion soup, and the pork belly eggs benedict. 6. Extremely reasonably priced for how high the quality of food was! The Bad1. Really loud, once the restaurant filled up.2. Servers need to enunciate, due to the volume. Most of my part had to ask for everything to be repeated.3.The salmon and eggs were both overcooked.4. Most of our Prosecco went unconsumed, as we had a round, and then the server stopped refilling.All in all, a really solid restaurant for brunch. I'd say there's room for improvement on some aspects! More...

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Stacia B.

22 June 2015

This is the restaurant that inspired me to join Yelp.  It is a unique, fresh n local experience every time.  The chefs take pride in their creations, and every bite we've had has richly satisfied.  We love bringing a bottle and having savory dinners but have been equally delighted to nosh on sweet Easter brunch delights.  I just had to share since they've always taken such good care of us.  Sensational!! More...

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Sandra W.

28 May 2015

A friend was visiting me from Australia and we were looking for a place that served really good food.  The reviews for Amani's convinced us to try this one out, and I have to say that we were not disappointed one tiny bit.  My friend has eaten all over the world and so she knows tasty food when she tries it.  I, however, have not had the opportunity to try higher cuisine than simple family fare very often in my 68 years.  I must say that I was delighted by the quality and taste of the food I experienced here.  It started with a tasting of an avacado and bacon treat that I am not knowledgeable enough to describe, but I will say that the single complimentary bite was heavenly.  It melted in my mouth.  I next had a vidalia onion and mushroom soup that was truly the best onion soup I've ever tasted.  The broth was full-bodied and rich with just the right amount of seasoning.  My entree was a short rib (actually 2 large pieces) with chipotle grits and grilled carrots.  The carrots were the best I've ever had and the grits surprised me with how tasty they were, because I'm not usually fond of spicy food.  The rib meat was so tender it simply fell apart with my fork alone, but it was full bodied in flavor and delicious. My companion and I hesitated getting dessert based on how generous our portions were with our meal and how full we were, but gave in to the idea of a light refreshing sorbet.  We chose to share a Mixed Berry Sorbet which came with 3 generous scoops along with two halves of a perfect strawberry.  The Sorbet was full of flavor and absolutely delicious.  We may have been stuffed when we left, but it was worth every bite.Mustn't fail to mention our attentive and thoughtful waiter.  He made us feel very welcome and is an asset to the restaurant.  Overall, there is no question that I will return any time there is a special occasion and I want to give a friend or relative a real treat.  Two thumbs high up for this establishment. More...

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Cristin C.

21 April 2015

Yum. The food is beautiful!!! Oh and delicious too. Never one to take pictures of my food, I was so tempted to snap a shot and send it to my sister, who would be drooling with jealously. We go here for every family birthday and special occasion and its always made more special by the good service, fresh food and my own favorite, the OYSTERS!!! More...

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Jason F.

19 April 2015

Great place to have a nice dinner with a group of friends. Good selection with a variety of choices and a byob, which is always appreciated. Casual atmosphere and not crowded like city restaurants. Much recommended. More...

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J K.

7 April 2015

Amani's BYOB farm fresh cuisine is to die for.  This was one of the most enjoyable meals from service to food I have had in years. Highly recommend it

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Liz B.

26 March 2015

My husband and I have been going to Amani's since they first opened! We feel that we are very fortunate to have such an AMAZING farm to table BYOB restaurant very close to where we live.  Being the foodies that we are, we can honestly say this is the best  restaurant in Chester County (and in a lot of counties for that matter).  We have gotten to know both Chef Jonathan Amann & his wife, Jeanine, over the years.  Together, they run an amazing establishment that we are so happy to dine at and support!  Their staff is top-notch - from their hosts, to servers, to bread runners, cooks, etc - we are always impressed!  We love the ever-changing seasonal menus.  Every dish is made to order and carefully prepared bursting with tons of flavor.  The only negative I would say is falling in love with one of Chef's creations of the season and having to wait for it to return the following season.  This is a small & intimate restaurant with tables close together.  Some people might not like this, but we love it.  We have even gotten to know our fellow diners over the years.  Whenever we have family or friends coming in from out of town, we choose Amani's - our guests are always impressed.  So when looking for your next night out be sure to choose Amani's and you won't be disappointed. More...

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Cassie H.

15 March 2015

This place was absolutely fantastic. We started off with New Jersey oysters that were small but to die for. By far the cleanest oysters I have ever had with no grit and no salty taste. Additionally, we had the lobster spring rolls which were by far the best I have ever had. You could tell without a doubt the meat was fresh and prepared to perfection.For dinner, I had the special bass that was paired with a rice cake. Delicious. My guests had the salmon paired with sweet potato (fantastic) and my other guest had the special filet (also very good).For dessert we split the blueberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream on top and whipped cream on the side. The cobbler was warm and melt in your mouth while the ice cream smoothed out the taste. Overall, a wonderful experience although my only complaint was I couldn't hear the waiter because the 10+ women sitting behind us were having a fantastic time with their multiple bottles of wine (which I really can't blame them one bit)100% would recommend this restaurant to anyone in the area. More...

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Charlie B.

24 February 2015

First visit to Amani and we will definitely be coming back!  The place is small, yet you're not on top of other diners.  The kitchen is in plain sight of everyone, which is exciting to watch.  Service could not have been better.  Bob our waiter rolled off all the specials and made sure we had everything we needed.Cheese plate and crab spring rolls were excellent.  Our entrees were also delicious.  I got the chilean sea bass special and my wife got the porterhouse pork chop.  I have only 2 very minor complaints:1.  Stems were left on some of the green beans.  Not fun to bite in to.2.  2" thick pork chop was served with no steak knife.  Minor oversight.Otherwise, meal and dessert were excellent.  Highly recommend this place. More...

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Mark M.

17 February 2015

Excellent service from all the staff.Food was amazing. Duck breast cooked perfect. King salmon fantastic. Great atmosphere. Highly recommended.Our waiter Bob was very attentive to us.Will be back soon !! More...

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Rachel W.

7 February 2015

From the fabulous drink mixer menu to the amazing meal and wonderful service, our dinner could not have been better! The calamari appetizer was delicious (though a little bit tough). The strip steak was perfectly seasoned and cooked. HIGHLY recommend dinner here! More...

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Mike D.

28 December 2014

Great place...pretty much agree with most other posts...great food, great atmosphere and we have always had nice service. I wish other places in town would follow suit of Amani...as this BYOB makes our town a better place! More...

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Brittany W.

26 December 2014

Amani's has been a favorite of my family's since the restaurant opened. The menu is creative and the food is always well prepared. While I appreciate occasional surliness and flippancy, I must say the service at Amani's is excellent. Everyone I have encountered is personable and informed about the menu. We recommend the oysters Amani, the duck, and the desserts. If you have an opportunity, I encourage you to spend your evening at this local gem. More...

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Samantha P.

20 December 2014

We love Amani's! The food is always good and changes with the season. I love seeing the owners on the floor and taking responsibility for their product. Make reservations as the place is small. I'd love to see them move to a bigger spot but I'm afraid they would loose quality and quaintness. Byob and enjoy! More...

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Jen G.

29 November 2014

First time at Amani BYOB...and it definitely won't be the last! Great atmosphere, the food was fabulous and the service was fantastic.! Bob was our server and I would ask for him again! He knew his stuff & was patient with questions & great about swapping sides & really putting the customers first! We started with the oysters & Bob's recommendations were perfect for us neophyte oyster eaters! I tried the Brussels sprouts salad..I had read previous reviews and I have to say..they took your comments to heart...the salad was not too salty & the flavor combinations were perfect. Also tried the artisanal cheese plate..local cheeses combined with an array of sauce/condiments that were really complimentary.. Excellent & perfect for sharing. My husband and I had the crab cakes and salmon off the menu...the crab cakes were all crab! Perfectly seasoned & the sides were the perfect compliment. The salmon was incredible...quite possibly one of the best I've had, and I loooove salmon, so order it everywhere! Sweet potato mash & Brussels sprouts with it were the perfect combination. Our friends tried the specials of crispy black bass & the New York dry aged strip steak...and they raved about both! You cannot go wrong at Amani...the people, the food and the atmosphere will make for a fabulous night out! Cheers to Amani...we'll definitely be back soon! More...

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Christian J.

24 November 2014

The food is constantly great.  I like that the menu changes buy really great items tend to remain, like the calamari, which is amazing.  I'm a semi regular here.  Service is great, Rick especially.  Any night of the week is good, but I think it's a noticeable improvement when the owner, John, is there and cooking.  The short ribs are awesome too.  My downsides are seating can be tight, and when it's cold sitting near the door isn't always warm.  There is warm bread served, which is good, not great (I think the bread at Majolica is amazing, John please give us something equally amazing).  There is usually an amuse bouche served which are always thoughtfully prepared. This is definitely a gem in the suburbs and worth checking out.  And, it's byob! More...

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Brian S.

17 November 2014

Quaint little restaurant, service was excellent. Seasonal menu, we had 2 appetizers and entrees, all were delicious!

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Ashley S.

17 November 2014

This place is such a hidden gem!!!! The staff is super nice and accommodating and the little back patio is cute in the summer!  The food is fancy and delicious. Highly recommend! More...

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Janet H.

28 September 2014

This was our first visit to Amani's and I will definitely be back.  I went with my husband and my son.  The food would best be described as fresh, colorful and flavorful.  I loved the open kitchen concept, but would love to have elevated seats to be able to view the chef's plates. We arrived and had to drive around a bit to find a parking spot, we were given the option to sit outside or inside.  it is a nice patio, even if it is located in a small spot on the side street with strings of lights overhead, but for my first experience I wanted to dine indoors.  The decor is great, fresh roses on the tables, wonderful smells coming from the kitchen, including some rattling noises from glassware and plates, but that wasn't bothersome in the least.  The noise level got a bit loud the longer we were there, and the wine started flowing I guess.  The one wall of the dining room needs some minor updating, but otherwise, good.  It could be a really hip spot with a little "tweeking" from an interior designer.Now on to the food, I ordered a cauliflower and cucumber gazpacho , my husband ordered  a seafood chowder, and my son ordered the spinach salad with fried egg on top.  We enjoyed them all, very fresh and flavorful.  Our next course was the beet salad, roasted oysters. And baby back lamb ribs served with a chunky fresh apple "slaw", which was the special app of the night.  Again, all very good,  The main course came next and we had the chicken breast, crab cakes, and the fish special of the evening, halibut with vegetables.  My husband enjoyed his very moist and tender chicken, my crab cakes we're very lumpy with whole back fin crabmeat and a nice risotto on the side with squash.  Very good!  My son had the halibut and it was served with a nice vegetable medly with some wonderful fresh veggies, including whole mild chili peppers, etc. in a broth over rice. Even though the dessert menu was clearly staring at me on the table for the entire meal, we opted to skip the dessert and coffee, but it was so tempting.  Next time?......I would highly recommend Amani's BYOB for a fantastic dinner.  Kuddos to Chef Amani! More...

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Bill M.

17 September 2014

Ambiance - 4 Stars: Outdoor and indoor seating is nice, the outside area is along one of the more busy roads in Downingtown, and there's not much "scenery". They have it set up nicely, however. Inside is classy, a bit tight. Comfy and warm feeling inside, seasonally they change the decor which is nice. Service - 4 Stars: Some of the servers do not seem super confident, spilling drinks or stumbling through the specials. Other than this, they are pretty good - making sure your water and wine is topped off, bringing items out and removing them on time. Food - 4 Stars: Pretty solid food. Certainly not the best food I've ever had, but the prices and selection are quite nice. Menu changes seasonally, so you probably won't eat the same thing twice. The meals are all very fresh, crisp vegetables. The chef certainly has a "flavor", and I do feel as if most of the dishes have a similar taste and feel to them. Not much variety in flavor profiles, which is the main reason I can only rate the food as a 4. Plating - 4.5 Stars: Very well presented plates. Usually includes a flower or fresh herbs/vegetables on top of the dish to make the plate a very nice presentation. Nothing super creative, so only 4.5 stars. Cost - 4 Stars: I do think it is a bit expensive. Meal for two usually reaches triple digits, even though it's BYO. The quality of food is mostly justified for the cost, however I do think reducing the prices of some of the appetizers & desserts could be justified. Overall Amani BYOB is a very good choice for a special occasion, or even a night where you're interested in spending a bit more money for good food. A solid 4 Stars. More...

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Irv E.

16 September 2014

Armani's is the best BYOB in the downtown area.  The menu changes seasonally. The food is excellent my wife and I have been to Armanni is at least 10 times and never had a bad meal. Make a reservation on the weekend as they get very busy. More...

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Antonio Fungairino

29 August 2014

Always good. Specials are special

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Julie Friedman Bacchini

29 August 2014

Always an amazing meal at Amani's! Been there many times and never had a bad bite. Last night's meal was no exception - just delicious. If you're looking for a great date night restaurant, you can't go wrong going to Amani's. Love that it is BYOB and their use of local, seasonal ingredients. It is one of our favorite places. More...

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Matt S

29 August 2014

Outstanding service and cuisine!

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Wendi C.

18 August 2014

Amanis is THE BEST in the area hands down. The food and service are second to nine. The owner/head chef changes the menu seasonally and use fresh local foods. The food never disappoints.  Its not cheap but its worth it for a nice night out. More...

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Bill P.

18 July 2014

Amani's offers a great casual dinning experience in a large, open-kitchen room. The food is excellent and the service is superb. We were a party of 8, all meals were delivered together by a team of servers, including one of the chefs!. This was my first BYOB experience, our waiter was very professional with the wine service ( ice buckets, open multiple bottles, lots of glassware, etc). I can't wait to go here again. More...

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Kathy P.

28 June 2014

Special birthday dinner at Amani's.  We decided on the outdoor seating which we loved.  I feel that the indoor seating is very loud, so the option to sit outside was welcome.   Our dinner was delicious.  We started with the crab stuffed peppers which was enough to split.  We each had a salad.  They were large, fresh and also delicious.  We both decided on the sea bass special.  I had really wanted the salmon, which they told me they were out of.  This was disappointing because I had looked at the menu online and was really  looking forward to the salmon.  The sea bass was good but was not real thrilled with the sides.  It came with a very unusual black rice and a green veggie that I really don't know what it was.  We were too full to order dessert but we were given complimentary limoncello.  Overall a great birthday dinner. More...

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Victoria R.

23 June 2014

We had my brothers rehearsal dinner here on Thursday and it was an absolutely wonderful experience. The atmosphere was warm and friendly. The restaurant itself is intimate and decorated nicely and the staff was very friendly and kind.The whole experience surpassed our expectations. The food was fantastic, every person who attended the dinner raved about their meals. Everything from the passed hor d'oveures down to the desserts was absolutely divine. I can't wait to go back! One of the best restaurants in Chester County, we are so lucky to have it in our backyard! More...

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Janine L.

8 May 2014

Absolutely Incredible! I've been meaning to try this place out for a while now, and with my Anniversary as an excuse I got my husband to take me. I found the menu to be exquisite, the service friendly, and the atmosphere inviting and warm. I was thrilled with my entire experience and will be returning again in the near future. More...

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Michael G.

16 February 2014

We've been meaning to try Amani's for quite some time after hearing friends continually rave about the food, but something always got in the way. So, I made a reservation for their Valentine's Day prix fixe dinner. Upon arrival, the hostess seemed a bit confused and was unable to find our reservation, but seated us anyway. Once seated, dinner was served, and both my wife and I thought the food was fantastic. All four courses that included: 1st course- Arugula Salad - Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette Crispy Prosciutto, Oven Dried Tomatoes, Burrata Crostini- Baby Spinach Salad - Butternut Dressing Crumbled Aged Cheddar, Cinnamon Toasted Pecans, Roasted Onions2nd course- Jumbo Lump Crab Cake - Scallop Mousse, Meyer Lemon Air, Chive Essence- Yellowfin Tuna Carpaccio - Wakame Slaw, Ponzu Emulsion, Wonton Crisp3rd course- Broiled Warm Water Lobster Tail - Truffle Butter Sautéed Butternut Squash, Cranberry, Spinach, Barley Risotto- New York Strip Steak - risotto (late addition so wasn't on menu) 4th course- Ricotta Cheesecake - Graham Cracker Crust, Blood Orange Puree, Fresh Whipped Cream- Gingersnap Salted Caramel Bread Pudding - Vanilla Bean Crème Anglaise, Fresh Whipped CreamThe meal also came with two complimentary glasses of champagne and limoncello. The food was heavenly and was more than we could eat.  After eating all we could handle, I had a cup of coffee and my wife had a cup of tea.  The only issue that I had was based on principle and is not meant to detract from the quality of the food presented. When the bill arrived, I expected the subtotal to be $160 (the prix fixe price was $80/person), but it was $170. When I inquired about the difference, our waiter, Rick, seemed a bit flippant as he turned over the ticket and pointed to the extra charges for our coffee and tea.  Firstly, I know we got a lot of food, and it was great, but figured coffee and tea would have been included as part of the prix fixe menu. Not too big a deal, but maybe they should have written that on the menu. But, what really bugged me is how he so assuredly flipped over the ticket to expose the additional charges, which were written as Coffee - $2.50 and Tea - $2.50, and then ran away before I could explain that $2.50 + $2.50 does not equal $10.We will definitely return to Amani's, but will be sure to seek out another member of the waitstaff. More...

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Damian D.

13 January 2014

All positive comments. Soup - excellent flavor and texture. Salad - spinach was wonderful. Cheese tray very tasty. Service was excellent.Small location but cozy. Everything coming out of the kitchen, which us clearly visible, looked awesome. Main dishes were perfect - venison just fell off the bone, lobster ravioli wonderful, grouper was flaky and tasty, salmon was light and perfectly cooked, and vegetarian option was curried with just enough burn. We will be going back. Without question. More...

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Monica D.

11 January 2014

This is one of the best restaurants in Chester County! BYOB; however, they offer different prepared mix to compliment your spirits. Their food is amazing and always creative. The service is always friendly and the atmosphere is so cozy and warm. More...

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Jason M.

21 November 2013

Last evening we and some friends visited this charming restaurant again to enjoy yet one more set of scrumptious dinners.  The chef here is exceptionally talented so the creations are...well...creative.  As a restaurant the food compares admirably with many of the finest restaurants I've ever eaten at (on this continent or the others I've visited).Service is adequate, not spectacular, but they don't rush you by trying to turn tables too quickly.  You are able to take your time, enjoy a fantastic meal and good conversation with your dining partners.I highly recommend this restaurant!! More...

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Tess S.

2 November 2013

My husband and I have been to Amani's several times.  It's one of our favorites.  The food is always good.  The service is good.  It's always our first choice for a nice night out. More...

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Mary M.

6 October 2013

I almost hate to write a rave review because it will only make reservations more difficult to come by. Can't say enough about the food, the service, or the ambience.  Such a great little spot to celebrate life's milestones and it's right in my own backyard. More...

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Arthur C Tompkin

29 August 2013

Had an early dinner. Appetizer and one special plus one menu meal. All were excellent. Can be noisy when there are many table conversations. We enjoyed our meal and attentive service. More...

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Andre B.

25 August 2013

Great food, and pretty good service.  If I had to change anything it would be their hours (they close at 10p on Fridays and will kick you out at 10p if you are still there), and their location (move into Downtown WC).  I've had the beef short ribs which were amazing, and my wife had the Scottish salmon which was very good.  Overall great food, for a pretty good price for what you get.  No real complaints here! More...

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Dave H.

18 August 2013

This gem in Downingtown, PA serves many great dishes with locally grown produce and meat. I've been there 3 times and none disappointed. The portion of each dishes was just right, and the dish I enjoyed the most was the honey pork belly sliders. It melts in your mouth without the greasy aftertaste. The service was very attentive and polite. By the way, don't forget their dessert menu and the complimentary shot of limoncello.  Highly recommended. More...

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Elizabeth L.

15 August 2013

I really like it here! It's a great byob and the food was excellent. We made a last min reservation on open table and they were very accommodating. Great place.

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Steve T.

10 June 2013

Great little neighborhood byob new American restaurant with plenty of parking nearby.  Everything we tried was deeeelish...three different oysters on the half shell, the crab spring rolls, and the duck breast, which was properly prepared.  Location is right on the main drag in Downingtown.  As solid a four star experience as you will ever get, be sure to stop by if you are in town. More...

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Noelle B.

18 May 2013

Incredible. I went here with my boyfriend for our anniversary and could not have chosen a better place to go. Our food was so delicious and came so quickly. Amazing food and enough to fill you. Since the restaurant was mostly empty we received multiple complementary items. Oh and the service was outstanding. Obviously its a bit pricey but completely well worth every penny. All restaurants should be this way. More...

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Magali T.

12 May 2013

Since Amani's opened, is has been our go-to BYOB. We love this place because they have a pleasant, happy, courteous and professional staff, their menu is local and seasonal, and they are super accommodating to special diets. My vegetarian husband often asks them to make up and dish and has never been disappointed. They cater to my gluten allergy very professionally and the homemade limoncello is FAN-tastic!!!! More...

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Patrick R.

26 April 2013

Place and food is exceptional. Worth the trip. Seats outside are a bit rough.

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Bob H.

3 March 2013

first time visit but not our last. I had the scallops with with beets and mushroom risotto...fantastic!  So happy to find a great restaurant in Downingtown.

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Party G.

5 January 2013

I'm tight with 5 star calls, but this place deserves it.  Had lunch with the family and absolutely loved the kobe burger.  Wife was equally impressed with the arugula salad and tilapia tacos.  No kid menu (didn't expect it) so we had them split some delicious quesadillas.  Calamari starter was spot on.Hopefully they'll plan a special prix fixe menu seating for Valentine's this year. More...

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Shadyside T.

4 January 2013

Had a wonderful 5 course New Years Eve dinner.  Everything was terrific including our waiter.  The only thing  I had a problem with was our table wobbled.  Other than that the atmosphere was great and you could actually hear your other parties conversation, which in a crowded restaurant if you cant hear someone that can be a turn off.  Great way to end 2012 :)downingtowndish.com/snip… More...

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Kim N.

29 December 2012

We've been here for dinner and for brunch. Go for dinner. Skip brunch. I never had lunch there, but would like to.The dinners are always amazing, tasty and pleasant. We are never rushed and the waitstaff is incredibly attentive. There's always a great surprise, whether it be a new entree or a delightful dessert.Brunch is a total waste of money and time. It is obvious that the same chef/waitstaff does not carry over into the brunch staff. They didn't have coffee available (for brunch) and even though we were only one of two couples in the entire place, it took about 30 minutes for our food to actually be served to us from the time we ordered. I had an omelette and it was so overcooked that the eggs were actually brown. It took 10 minutes from the time we asked for our check to the time we received it.In short, go for dinner, skip brunch. More...

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Ryan V.

28 December 2012

My girlfriend and I have been going to Amani's once every few months for the past couple years now and it never ever disappoints. It's become our "go-to" date night restaurant when we don't feel like trying something new and want to be sure we'll have a great dinner. Seasonal menus, nightly specials, complimentary limoncello with dessert, and the owners and wait staff are always friendly. We've probably tried everything on the menu at least once and have enjoyed all of it. I can't say enough about this place. More...

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Jeff H.

3 September 2012

Amani's is a fantastic little BYOB in Downingtown Pennsylvania. We go here for special occasions and random meals as we have family in the area. The owners are super friendly and always recognize us when we come in. The food is incredible ... the menu changes each season but in probably 6-7 visits I have never had anything but well executed, super satisfying food. The prices are not cheap but being a BYOB makes up for that and for a special occasion this is our go to establishment. I have also had the pleasure of attending a rehearsal dinner here where our party took over the restaurant. The meal for 25+ people was perfect and the owners were happy to host the special occasion. Don't skip this restaurant if you are in the area. More...

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Jana S.

7 April 2012

Absolutely amazing! The Thai Mussels were to die for, along with the escargot. Soup to nuts everything was top notch. Can't wait to come back!

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Paul H.

10 February 2012

Had a very good meal at Amani.  In fact, it was headed for a five star grand slam in the appetizer phase, with a great cheese plate, a simple - but nice atmosphere, a cheery and helpful server, and a nicely varied menu. The deal breaker?  I had the scallops, and C had the prime rib.  Both were very good - neither was awe inspiring.  (And I know awe inspiring scallops when I taste them.)  Similarly, the chicken spring rolls were a near religious experience, and the chocolate creme brulee was...  good.  So in short, a very solid four stars for this charming little eatery.  It's about the same distance (though much more scenic) for us to drive there or downtown Philly, and I don't quite put Amani on par with our best meals in the city.  Then again, I didn't pay $30 for the privilege of parking my car.  A great addition to our BYOB list.  I suspect we'll be back. More...

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Matthew B.

2 January 2012

The short version? Amani's continues to prove itself as an "A" player in the chester County BYOB scence. The long version follows. We made reservations for the 8pm seating New Years Eve as a foursome. Amani's put together a very nice menu (prix-fix), a tad on the pricey side but given past experience we decided it would likely be worth it. While execution of the various dishes was not perfect across the board, but it was, overall, a superb effort.  We had decided in advance that we'd create our own "chef tasting" by ordering different items from each of the three courses and sharing them. First- the food:Paired with some truly great wines (a 05 Montrachet, 07 white graves, 01 barbaresco, and a 97 coach insignia cab) the meal was a real treat.  wonderfully fresh warm bread and olive oil to start - that usually speaks volumes about whats to come. A minor sour note (literally): the Cesar salad had too much vinegar - but i loved the "white" anchovies. The Lobster bisque was tasty, but chicken/chorizo soup was the best of the "soup/salad" course. Appetizers: the pairing of tuna tarter and yellow beets was enjoyable for some, not as much for others. Duck/brie spring roll outstanding;  mushroom risotto "balls" very tasty; escargot in pastry was classic. The main courses?  Generous and well prepared: fillet of beef with brussel sprouts and garlic mashed potatoes was spot on; pork chop with Roquefort demiglace rocked; crab "cannolis" were to die for; stuffed lobster tail (crab imperial) was a huge hit. The weak link in the dessert course was a coconut pie, the highlight a chocolate ganache; the cheesecake and bread pudding were both very good (but not great). The complimentary homemade limonchelo and champagne put a nice punctuation on the evening. Ambiance? Amani's has obviously amassed a large and loyal following. They were packed all evening, with the 10:30 seating line out the door. Not overly loud, but a good social vibe going on that provides a  bit of "downtown" feel here in the burbs. Service was excellent - just the right touch of hovering. We enjoyed the evening, the food , the wine and the company.  Based on the conversation around us, I'd say others felt the same. Amani's continues to be a shining star amongst the sea of BYOB's that litter our suburban landscape. If you're looking for a quality dining experience and appreciate the flexibility a BYOB lends, you'll want to keep them on that "A" list. More...

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Julia H.

20 November 2011

Simply put, this place is amazing.I drove past the restaurant one day and was intrigued by the sign.  I love seasonal food, and Amani's specializes in it!  We went on a Wednesday, and got impeccable service, and the amazing food was even delivered by the chef!Being a vegetarian, I sometimes have to settle for the same old pasta dish, but Amani's will tailor any dish to customers' dietary restrictions.  My favorite part was hearing where the local produce came from - our server explained which local farms produced the cheeses and veggies.Everything from the entree, right down to the olive oil we dipped our bread in, was fantastic.  Amani's is a little pricier than some of the usual places I choose for dining out, but it is worth every penny.  I look forward to more special occassions to celebrate at Amani's! More...

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Jerry O.

13 November 2011

This place is great. We found it while in the area (from Vermont) while searching to buy a horse. We ate there twice on that trip and once more when we returned to pick up the horse--making sure we made the trip on a day they were open.The food is well prepared in every respect and the staff was great. It's not often you find an excellent restaurant where you can bring your own wine.If Amani's was near Vermont, we'd be regulars. More...

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Ray R.

22 September 2011

I had previously mentioned that the tables are a bit tight. I don't seem to find this anymore, so I'm led to believe that the situation was corrected.My wife and I go here at least once per season (as the menus change) and have never been disappointed! More...

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Steve C.

28 April 2011

As someone who has been to many Philadelphia BYOBs, Amani would stand toe to toe with the best of them.  The entire meal was fantastic from start to finish.  The wait staff was attentive without being obtrusive and the service was excellent.  The skirt steak with cilantro cumin sauce is a must have and everything tastes so fresh that I am sure it was picked the same day.My only hope is that the location doesn't hinder what is an amazing restaurant.  We were sad to see Jasper's go and that was right down the street and we suspect it was probably due to the location not getting a lot of foot traffic.  If Amani's was on gay or market street in West Chester I am sure they would be packed every night. More...

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Bob M.

21 February 2011

The 'Le Bec Fin' of Chester County! Outstanding fine dining a-la-carte menu, superb food, wonderful flavors and a friendly staff. Kudos to Chef Amani and his wife Jeanine. You must dine here before everyone discovers this new delight and reservations take 3 months to get. A menu as good as the upscale Birchrunville Store Cafe serving French-Italian. BYOB. Prices $$$. More...

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Alex H.

30 January 2011

Fantastic food, fantastic service, fantastic experience. We even brought our 13 month old little guy and they couldn't have been more accommodating. Five stars!

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Dick D.

14 January 2011

What a delight to have a restaurant of this quality so close to home. The food is exquisite, plated artistically, and served excellently. We dined there at lunchtime and for dinner and found the quality of cuisine, creative and tasty, and the service consistently good. More...

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Bill J.

10 January 2011

great place for either a cozy meal for two or a group night out. excellent service and organic, locally harvested food (for the most part) are going to bring me back to this place.all the veggies and meats are from the area and are free-range or organic. the exception being seafood, highly doubt their are squid farms in chester county.the wait staff was very courteous and non-obtrusive to our conversations.an open kitchen allows for patrons to watch the cooks work, which is always a plus in my book.it is byob, but they do have tasty mixers for sale, and they keep your beer cold while you dine. More...

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liz b.

7 December 2010

Easily my favorite restaurant ever. Jonathan, Jeanine & the entire staff make for a fantastic evening. The food is impeccable, the sauces divine & the desserts from Mike - sublime.It's a no fuss restaurant, but you feel like you're dining at a 5 star James Beard froo froo establishment thanks to the insanely talented Jonathan Amann.If you're a fan of mollusks, I can't recommend highly enough the Baked Oysters Amani... beats the pants off Mr. Rockafeller.The smoked salmon, the steaks with sauces that our always out of this world & THE VALRHONA Chocolate cake... no words !!! More...

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Alex C.

8 November 2010