A la Maison Bistro has been serving classic French cuisine on the Main Line for almost 10 years and continues to impress with soft pâté, savory fromage, steak frite and boeuf bourguignon. The popular BYOB offers mood-setting weekend music from 6:30-9:30 p.m. for a small fee.
53 W. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore.
Having recently undergone a stunning architectural expansion (with more on the way), Anthony’s has upped the ante with an elevated menu, while continuing to serve its addictive oven-fired pizzas. Look for the new Danilo Charcuterie Board with gorgonzola cheese, sharp provolone, prosciutto di parma, honey roasted red peppers and Kalamata olives. Incredibly crafted and well priced cocktails pair perfectly with favorite piano tunes starting at 6:30 on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
78 W. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown.
The Chadds Ford Tavern recently reopened under new management. Also new is Friday and Saturday night bands accompanying the well-received menu, which includes a raw bar, prime rib egg rolls, jumbo lump crab cake and drool-worthy desserts like caramel apple doughnuts and coconut panna cotta.
1400 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford.
Gypsy Saloon has live music every Friday and Saturday night from 9 p.m. until close to accompany its creamy lobster mac and cheese, comforting chicken pot pie and Mama Mary’s meatballs and spaghetti. The atmosphere is whimsical, inviting and has the friendliest staff this side of the Schuylkill.
128 Ford St., West Conshohocken.
Built in 1796, the historic Kimberton Inn defines elegance in a country setting and offers renowned service. The menu includes a duroc pork belly appetizer, a frisee and roasted beet salad, lobster or carrot bisques and seafood, beef, chicken and pasta entrees that continue to astonish. Come on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to enjoy music with your meal.
2105 Kimberton Road, Kimberton.
From Wednesday through Saturday, starting at about 7 p.m., La Porta has live music. Just outside of the borough of Media, this popular spot strikes continued success with an Italian-inspired menu of pastas, seafood and crisp oven-fired pizzas. The ambience is intimate, yet casual.
1192 N. Middletown Road, Media.
Ever so slightly hidden along a country road, don’t let the tranquil scenery fool you. Inside, Righteous Tap House is the perfect combination of exceptional food, local and international brews and great bands (Wednesday and Saturday nights) to keep you humming right along. Sink your teeth into the award-winning Inquisition Burger and Resurrection Fries while enjoying the spirited vibe of this popular pub.
1548 Shadyside Road, West Chester.
While Steel City has locally-roasted coffee and a munchable menu of wraps, flatbreads and sandwiches down pat, it’s the outstanding music lineup that keeps this area mainstay on our list of head-bobbing entertainment destinations. Well-loved and diverse singer-songwriters, bands, jam sessions and open mic nights keep things lively. Be on the lookout for small batch in-house brews to pop up on the menu soon, too.
203 Bridge St., Phoenixville.