Anniversary Dinner Recommendations (On a Budget)

Updated on February 25, 2010
K.D. asks from West Chester, PA
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I am wondering if anyone has any recommendations for a romantic anniversary dinner in the West Chester, PA area. I'm all about ordering in and lighting candles as we are living on a tight budget, but my husband really would prefer to go out somewhere nice. I'm looking for a place with nice atmosphere and good food (my husband is european and really enjoys fine dining) but that's not too pricey. After all, the babysitter takes a significant portion of our overall budget :) Thanks in advance for all your ideas - I appreciate it!

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Depending on what you order, it can get pricey, but there are delicious options that are less than $20 at The Olive Tree, a Greek Restaurant in Lionville. it is BYOB so no alcohol costs. it's small and has a great atmosphere. everything is homemade and we love it. to stay on your budget, get a gift certificate prior to going. you spend $50 on dinner and get $25 off. can't beat that deal.



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I would recommend the High Street Cafe. It is Cajun/ creole cuisine with a lovely low light atmosphere. I beleive you can even bring your own wine. The entrees are a bit pricey BUT the portions are so large that a salad and starter were enough for me (although I brought half my starter home just so I could enjoy a delicious desert). On Friday night it did not get crowded until after 8:30 so if you eat a bit earlier you can enjoy some quiet talk as well. They will accept reservations. We just celebrated our 16 yr anniversary there in January.


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Hi K.!

We really love Culinaria on Marsh Road in north Wilmington. It’s very small and intimate. Most of the entrees are in the mid-teens and are outstanding. I recommend the Salmon!



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Doc McGrogans (seafood) - West Chester
Zwei (asian) - Exton
Carrabba's (italian) - Fraser
Seven Stars Inn (cozy, great food) - Phoenixville
Bonefish Grill - Exton

TOP RECOMMENDATION: Big Easy Saloon in Paoli. Fine dining with a cajun flair, great atmosphere. Call ahead - sometimes they have live music (like jazz, sax players, etc). Very cool place.

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