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Spence Cafe


The Original

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Spence Cafe


The Original

 

A Destination

The Original Spence Cafe is a BYOB restaurant and has been a tradition in West Chester since 1996. We specialize in the finest quality meats and seafood as well as locally sourced produce and other ingredients. 

We are no longer affiliated with Spence 312 or Spence on High Street and unfortunately we do not accept their gift cards, offers, or coupons. 

 

 
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Eat Together


Every plate achieves that elusive, cuisine-defining balance of sweet, salty, and sour — even dessert.

Make a Reservation

Eat Together


Every plate achieves that elusive, cuisine-defining balance of sweet, salty, and sour — even dessert.

Make a Reservation

The House that Spence Built

A hundred years ago, if you were anyone important in West Chester, native or stranger, and you wanted a good, quick meal, you knew where to go.

A century ago, if you walked down Gay Street you certainly would catch the salty satisfying smell of cooked shellfish. From 1849 to 1910, the Spence family ran a succession of oyster houses and restaurants considered the best in town. The café, which apparently catered to the professional elite of West Chester, flourished until the time of World War I. Specializing in oysters, fried clams, snapper soup, and an excellent chowder, spiced with horseradish grown in the restaurant’s basement.

The first floor of the building had a dining room on the right-hand side, which was open to ladies. On the left was the saloon bar. The second floor housed two banquet halls and the third and fourth floors Spence’s family.

Meet the Chef

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A new offering from a West Chester native.

For 15 years, Andrew Patten brought life into the West Chester food scene with Spence Cafe. Now he’s back and better than ever with a brand new offering. Visit The Original Spence Cafe for delicious hand-crafted entrees from organic Scottish Salmon to Grilled Maple Brined Pork Chops, and many more locally sourced, fresh from the kitchen dishes. Don’t leave without sweetening your palette with Andrew’s seasonal desserts like double pumpkin bread pudding, or the house favorite creme brulee, made fresh daily by Andrew himself.

Andy is excited that The Original Spence Cafe is a BYOB. “I’m concentrating on the food, and focusing on both lunch and dinner,” he said. He explained how the goat cheese was sourced from Lancaster, and the short rib was braised for four hours. They’re making their focaccia and soup stocks in house. In the spring, The Original Spence Cafe will open the back patio, which seats another 40 people. The space has a private room that can be used for private parties of up to 30 people.

 

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