Located in Chester County, and just a short drive west from Philadelphia, Downingtown is a small suburb in PA. With a bunch of historic buildings and sites, there’s always something to see in this town.
Did you know that Downingtown is also home to plenty of mouth-watering restaurants? That’s right, this little town doesn’t skimp on flavor.
With so many different cuisines to choose from, you may have trouble finding one to try first. Not to worry, we’ve narrowed it down to our top 14. So what are you thinking? Italian, pizza, breakfast? Whatever it is, you’ll find a place on our list to grab the best of it.
Keep reading to learn a bit about the best places to grab food, drinks, and enjoy company while in Downingtown, PA.
Anthony’s Cucina Fresca
78 W Lancaster Ave, Downingtown, PA 19335
Phone: (610) 873-5544
In the mood for some Italian food? Check out Anthony’s Cucina Fresca. Prioritizing fresh ingredients and homestyle cooking, you’re sure to feel right at home in this restaurant. Anthony’s also has over 800 reviews praising the food, drinks, and service.
Though Italian cuisine is the main attraction here, their menu also offers sandwiches and burgers if you’re not in the mood for pizza or pasta. We recommend the Mediterranean pizza, pear ravioli, or gnocchi bolognese. Don’t forget to grab a cannoli or tiramisu for dessert!
105 E Lancaster Ave, Downingtown, PA 19335
Phone: (484) 237-8179
With a ton of wonderful reviews, it’s no surprise that Amani’s BYOB is a popular restaurant among locals. Having served the Downingtown area for over ten years, you can count on this restaurant providing some of the best food in town. As the name may suggest, Amani’s is a BYOB restaurant – but with a twist.
Amani’s provides mixers for whatever drink you decide to bring along with you. Seeing as this spot has a seasonal menu, you’ll never tire of going here as there’s always new options. We recommend the barbecue pit, sherry braised chicken, or filet mignon. Be sure to grab something for dessert too!
207 W Lancaster Ave, Downingtown, PA 19335
Phone: (484) 593-0560
If you’re in the mood for some comfort food and drinks, Station Taproom is the way to go. This unique restaurant is super popular among locals. It’s no wonder seeing as Station Taproom has so many great reviews about their food.
With a wide variety of delectable foods to choose from, a rotating list of on-tap beers, and long list of other drinks, you definitely can’t go wrong here. Try out the hot chicken mac and cheese, kimchi brisket panini, or dan dan noodles. Don’t forget to stop by on Sunday for brunch!
Pomod’oro Pizza and Italian Restaurant
200 Chestnut St, Downingtown, PA 19335
Phone: (610) 873-0405
Another popular place among locals for Italian food is Pomod’oro Pizza and Italian Restaurant. This family-owned restaurant is run by a chef who grew up in Italy himself, learning to cook from his parents. In other words, you know this will be the best Italian food you’ve ever had.
With a menu full of classic Italian dishes, it can be hard to make up your mind. Be sure to try the cheese tortellini alfredo, manicotti, or capri pizza. You can’t forget dessert too!
Estrella Tacos y Mas
202 E Lancaster Ave, Downingtown, PA 19335
Phone: (484) 237-2423
Looking for a great place for tacos in Downingtown, Philadelphia? Check out Estrella Tacos y Mas. Estrella Tacos y Mas is not a Mexican restaurant, but rather, an Austin, Texas restaurant. This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner so its a great place to stop by any time of the day. They also make their tortillas in-house.
What makes this restaurant special is the mix of plates available. We recommend the Texas style brisket sandwich, Frito pie, or any of the breakfast tacos. Be sure to stop by for happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday!
Green Street Grill
150 E Pennsylvania Ave, Downingtown, PA 19335
Phone: (610) 873-1700
When you’re in the mood for some breakfast or lunch, be sure to try Green Street Grill. This diner-style restaurant offers a variety of breakfast classics and some lunch dishes but with a little bit of a twist.
For breakfast, be sure to try out pop grecos cream chipped beef, the brown sugar cinnamon swirl french toast, or the lew benedict. If you’re in the mood for lunch we recommend the market street grill wrap, pulled pork Italian, or the Mexican turkey burger. Be sure to check their website for weekly specials!
102 Wallace Ave, Downingtown, PA 19335
Phone: (610) 873-2500
If you’re craving pizza, Liones Pizza & Restaurant is sure to satisfy your hunger. This small pizza joint, located in a strip mall, is definitely one you won’t want to miss. With hundreds of reviews praising the food and service, it’s no wonder this place is so popular.
Though pizza may be the main attraction here, Liones also offers other Italian classics. Additionally, they offer a gluten-free menu, stuffed pizza, and take and bake at home options. Be sure to try the Sicilian pizza, holiday calzone, or vegetable alfredo stuffed pizza. Don’t forget to grab a beer or wine as well!
2 Wallace Ave, Downingtown, PA 19335
Phone: (610) 518-3210
This Mexican food restaurant is another popular place among residents. Try out El Tarasco. El Tarasco offers eat-in or take-out options, so this is a great place to swing by when in a rush. Many have left reviews praising the food, service, and BYOB option.
With an extensive menu full of traditional Mexican cuisine, you’ll definitely find something you love here. Try out the molcajete, alambre, or homemade tacos. And, of course, check out the dessert menu before you leave!
130 S Lloyd Ave, Downingtown, PA 19335
Phone: (484) 401-5554
Looking for an exclusive dining experience? Try out The Orangery at Glen Isle. This secluded restaurant is located in Glen Isle Estate and is only open seasonally, starting October 2nd. It is also very intimate, so keep in mind you’ll have to make a reservation to eat here.
The menu changes weekly, so be sure to take a look at what The Orangery has to offer whenever you plan to visit. One thing is for sure, if you want to have a sophisticated night away from the crowds, this is the place to do so!
P.J. Whelihan’s Pub + Restaurant
853 E Lancaster Ave, Downingtown, PA 19335
Phone: (610) 873-1311
On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you’re looking for a casual dining experience, try out P.J. Whelihan’s Pub + Restaurant. This local chain is a sports bar, so it’s perfect for some American bar food and beer, if that’s what you’re in the mood for.
P.J. Whelihan’s Pub + Restaurant offers a wide variety of comfort food on their menu. We recommend the Chesapeake crab dip, buffalo bomb chicken, or PJ’s pub steak. Don’t forget to grab a beer or another beverage from their drink menu to go with your food!
Coffee Cup Restaurant
117 E Lancaster Ave, Downingtown, PA 19335
Phone: (610) 269-9336
When you’re hungry for some classic breakfast and lunch diner plates The Coffee Cup is the place for you. Serving the Downingtown area since 1958, you can count on this restaurant to know what it’s doing. This spot is located in the middle of this historical part of town, so it’s perfect to go to when you want to explore town after your meal.
The Coffee Cup offers a menu with plenty of options for everyone. Try out the grilled cinnamon bun, breakfast sandwiches, or Kelly special. Be sure to grab a milkshake or another dessert while you’re there!
Victory Brewing Company
420 Acorn Ln, Downingtown, PA 19335
Phone: (610) 873-0881
If you're a beer lover, make sure you stop by Victory Brewing Company. This local brewery offers tours but is also home to a restaurant where you can eat and drink some of the beer made right on the premises.
With plenty of food and beers to choose from, you're sure to find something you'll like here. We recommend the fried pickles, avocado grilled cheese, or jerk chicken grinder pizza. Be sure to swing by from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday for happy hour!
East Branch Brewing Company
202 E Lancaster Ave, Downingtown, PA 19335
Phone: (484) 593-0815
Another popular brewery with a great selection of food is East Branch Brewing Company. Not only does this brewery serve beer in-house, they also offer beer to-go and beer delivery services, so no matter where you are, you'll be able to enjoy it.
Though the menu may be smaller than others, East Branch Brewing Company's menu contains a wide variety of flavors. Try out the banh mi, pesto burrata salad, or brisket noodles. Be sure to check out the rooftop for a unique dining experience!
Bloom Southern Kitchen
123 Pottstown Pike, Chester Springs, PA 19425
Phone: (484) 359-4144
Rounding out our list for the best restaurants in Downingtown, is Bloom Southern Kitchen. This farm-to-table restaurant is all about using locally-sourced, fresh ingredients. As you may have guessed, the food also has a southern influence.
Bloom Southern Kitchen offers lunch and dinner menus, with a three course option for dinner. We recommend the crab and mushroom hush puppies, house gumbo, and fried chicken and rosemary waffle. Don't forget to order a cocktail or whiskey while you eat your meal!
Based on this short list alone, there's no denying Downingtown has a wide selection of delicious restaurants to choose from. Whatever you're in the mood for, whether its a fancy night and gourmet food or some casual eats from a sports bar, this town outside of Philadelphia won't let you down.
The Philadelphia area is also home to some amazing Japanese sushi spots that you should definitely check out. We highly recommend you visit these restaurants if you're up for some sushi.
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