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Living on the Main Line: Narberth: Dining and Entertainment

Posted on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 at 2:35pm.

Ryan Christopher's BYOBOne of the best restaurants in a town full of good ones: Ryan Christopher's BYOB, a celebrated New American bistro just off the Montgomery Avenue restaurant row.

Narberth may ooze small-town charm, but its dining scene is anything but that.  

The borough has several sophisticated eateries, both within its highly walkable downtown and along Montgomery Avenue on its northern border.

There's also entertainment available in Narberth of the good old-fashioned small-town variety.

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Here are some places you should check out when you visit—and again when you move there to live:

Ryan Christopher's BYOB, 245 Woodbine Avenue, 610-664-9282
This New American bistro is popular with Main Liners, having won numerous "Best of the Main Line" awards. That's because chef-owner Michael Klaumenzer goes out of his way to see to it that all of his ingredients are top quality and as fresh as can be, picking them up personally from the market each day. Wife Phyllis and daughter Kimberly Seeger turn out fabulous desserts to accompany the main dishes. The casual, family-friendly atmosphere makes for a convivial setting, and there's outdoor seating available.

Art of Bread, 920 Montgomery Avenue, 
Georges Perrier may have retired from the five-star haute cuisine business, but he hasn't hung up his toque completely. His bakery/cafe in Narberth brings a soupçon of Europe to this All-American community, and the locals love it.  Fresh pastries, artisan breads, and a cafe menu featuring breakfast items, quiches, sandwiches and salads, all reasonably price, make this a great place for a leisurely meal or snack. Of course, you can get everything to go if you prefer.


McShea's Restaurant and Bar, 242 Haverford Avenue; 610-667-0510
Hop off the Paoli/Thorndale Line train and walk right in—this friendly watering hole right off Station Square serves up an extensive menu of eclectic pub fare: steaks, seafood, Irish favorites, Italian fare, south of the border, you name it, you can probably find an example of it here, including vegetarian items. Buck-a-shuck oysters and $5 wines keep locals and visitors happy at happy hour, and commuters headed home instead can pick up dishes to go at the pub's takeout shop next door. McShea's also features live music from time to time, making it one of the places to go for entertainment in Narberth.

Narberth TheaterThere's still a good old neighborhood movie theater in Narberth as well.

The classic entertainment destination, however, is the...

Narberth Theatre, 129 N. Narberth Ave.
While the Bala Theater may be closed while its owners and its operator figure out how to repair it, its sister, the Narberth Theater, continues to operate in the heart of downtown Narberth with a rotating schedule of first-run films. Though the auditorium has been split in two, it retains its classic neighborhood-theater charm.

Photo of Ryan Christopher's from the restaurant; photo of Narberth Theater from the Narberth Business Association

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