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Posted by JoAnn on 01/22/2009
On Thuesday night, Jan. 20, 2009, while the world celebrated Pres. Obama, and rabid group of supporters took over Sola for a "mini" inaugural ball. We were 40 strong and enjoyed a wonderful evening of good food, good feeling and good service. We brought a life-size cutout of Barack, so he dined with us and we all agreed that the evening was a huge success, thanks in part to the wonderful food and service. Chef bent over backwards to accommodate us in every possible way. He even pointed out the one Republican waiter so we could razz him with good humor. My usual server was one big smile (usually he's all business) and the feeling that all will be ok filtered to the kitchen too. All in all, I couldn't be happier with the way things went and I thank them for having such a wonderful restaurant that we can go to in our neighborhood. I still say it's one of the very best in Philly and the burbs.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/07/2008
Overall I would not call the experience one I would put in the cherish category. We had a reservation for 6 PM and at 6:10 PM we were being encouraged to order, because as the waiter stated "He did not want us to feel rushed, but that a second seating did come in at 8:30". Throughout the meal our party felt like we were being "moved along". In fact, the waiter took my plate as I was talking to the person next to me, and I was not even done my entree!!! Overall, the food was OK, but the portions were most ideal for those conscious of limiting their calories. The waiter accomplished his goal of having us out of our seats by 8:25, but he also guaranteed that he would not have us visit his establishment again.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/07/2008
The chef needs an attitude adjustment if he would like repeat customers. If a customer has a concern, the chef should address the concern, whether he agrees, or not. Lovely atmosphere, but afraid to return with clients.
Posted by Donna from Boston on 03/16/2008
I live in Boston and dine in restaurants all year long but I can't wait to visit my daughter at college! in Bryn Mawr, Pa. Why? Because I have discovered a mouth watering restaurant in Bryn Mawr! Sola on the Main Line. If you get to Philly.......go to Sola!
Posted by nevets on 02/03/2008
My wife and I had an early dinner at Sola on Saturday night. The restaurant was full by the time we left. The food was tasty as usual (this was our 5th time there) but it is not keeping up with the price. We shared a seafood special appetizer that included four small plates: an oyster in a vinagrette, sea urchin in blood orange sauce, hamachi with kumquat, and peeky crab salad/cake. While visually pretty, the urchin sauce was bitter and the oyster was tasteless. The crab and hamachi were tasty. Not a good value for $16. My wife had the striped bass and I had the monkfish. The striped bass was good and the risotto it sat on was very good (full of shrimp and peas). My monkfish was okay. However, I must note that for $28 and $26 dollars respectively, the fish portions were very small. I maybe had 4 to 5 bites of monkfish attached to a large center bone. Service was spotty. Once the restaurant got busy, our waitress pretty much ignored us. We had to ask the busboy to take our payment for the check (credit card). We also had to ask the busboy to return our remaining wine which was in an ice bucket a few tables away against the wall. Here is the rub...several months ago we purchased a restaurant.com certificate for Sola. This gives you $25 towards food for a $10 purchase price. The certificates are good for 12 months after purchase and if you want to use it on a Saturday you must be at Sola before 6:30 PM. We made an early reservation in order to use the certificate. After we ordered and told the server we had the certificate, she told us that they no longer accept them and to take it up with restaurant.com. She said that they lose money on these and walked away. I also asked the hostess about this and said that they should honor existing certificates but she just said that they stopped taking them at the end of 2007. No apologies were offered and no other offers (even a modest one) were made. When Sola agreed to participate in restaurant.com, I'm sure they were told that the certificates were valid for 12 months after purchase. It is fine for Sola to decide not to offer more certificates through restaurant.com, but they should honor the ones out there. Sola was essentially saying, we're busy enough now that we don't have to honor these. Restaurant.com keeps track of who purchases certificates and we could have been informed prior to using it that they were no longer accepted.
Posted by christopher on 08/12/2007
My wife and I have dined at Sola many times, with parties ranging from just us (2) to parties of 10. The food is always extremely fresh, seasonal and cutting edge - forward thinking. The chef tells me they have local organic farmers who grow some of their produce just for them. The food is always very polished and beautifully presented. For my money, this is the best restaurant outside of Philly. The service is top notch as well. It is a small room, and it does get busy and crowded, but I think that adds to the overall experience. You get to make friends with the people next to you. The last time we ate there we chatted with the couple next to us. They were amazed at how great everything tasted and made ohh and ahh noises with every bite.
Posted by JoAnn on 10/04/2006
I love this restaurant. I've eaten there about six times and enjoy it more each time. The room is beautifully decorated, the linen, glassware and china are beautiful and sparkle in the candle light. The food is superb. I'm eating my way through the menu. The staff is very accommodating - even bring a vegetarian appetizer for a friend - when they give a special amuse buche to try. I have never had a bad meal there.