Where to Eat in Media: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Weston Hennigan

The borough of Media is the county seat of Delaware County, in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and is located 13 miles (21 km) west of Philadelphia. Media was incorporated in 1850 at the same time that it was named the county seat. The population was 5,327 at the 2010 census, down from 5,533 at the 2000 census. Its school district is the Rose Tree Media School District with Penncrest High School and Springton Lake Middle School. In June 2006, it became the first fair trade town in America. Media promotes itself by its motto: "Everybody's Hometown".
Things to do in Media

1. La Porta Ristorante & Wine Bar

1192 N Middletown Rd, Media, PA 19063-4308 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 610-358-5104
Excellent
53%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 212 reviews

La Porta Ristorante & Wine Bar

La Porta features regional Italian cuisine drawing inspiration from all across Italy, with classic theory and Chef McAndrews' personal finesse. Our menu changes often to provide the freshest seasonal ingredients. We welcome you to enjoy an authentic Italian experience with good friends and good wine. Buon Appetito!

Reviewed By Donna F

Visited last week (12/13) for lunch, it was my first visit. It is an unassuming little place with amazing food and fantastic service. I will certainly be back to try this place out for dinner.

2. Fellini Cafe of Media

106 W State St, Media, PA 19063-3204 (Formerly Fellini's Cafe) Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 610-892-7616
Excellent
46%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 236 reviews

Fellini Cafe of Media

A contemporary approach to Southern Italian cuisine with ever changing innovations by Chef Chris Blasi.

Reviewed By dfgdave - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Went last night with a friend after a long work day. Wanted a BYOB as friend had a fine bottle of cab. Have been here a while ago and liked it.

I ordered the lasagne and my friend ordered the gnocchi in a pesto sauce. My lasagne was spot on. Nice cheese on top, pasta and meat layers underneath. Extremely tasty and satisfying. My friend enjoyed his large bowl of gnocchi saying it was too good not to finish even though he was full after about eating three quarters of it.

The cab went well with my lasagne. I will order it again when I go back with my wife. I suspect she will order the same.

Good service and nice lively atmosphere. And, the prices are reasonable. No reason to dine at the over abundance of chain Italian restaurants when you have a local place that does it so much better.

Try it. You’ll like it.

3. Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

30 E State St, Media, PA 19063-2904 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 26 +1 610-627-9000
Excellent
32%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 249 reviews

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Reviewed By Susan F - West Orange, New Jersey

This is a huge place and was very busy on a recent Friday night. My husband and I enjoyed our burgers and received good service. They have a special menu for gluten sensitive customers - so I enjoyed having my burger on a gluten-free bun.

An error on our bill was rectified promptly.

4. Spasso

1 W State St, Media, PA 19063-3310 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast +1 610-565-7803
Excellent
46%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 177 reviews

Spasso

http://www.spassoitaliangrill.com/media/index.html

Reviewed By joeF_10 - Media, Pennsylvania

Besides being a great bargain, the food was excellent. It was a four course meal for $35 and you could pick off the entire menu. We had clams and antipasto for an appetizer, a pasta dish, veal dishes and dessert.

5. Bittersweet

18 S Orange St, Media, PA 19063-2613 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 610-566-1660
Excellent
69%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 80 reviews

Bittersweet

Reviewed By CardyDog - Spriingfield, PA

Stopped by fir lunch with friends. It is a cute little spot right down the street from the court house. The sandwiches were very good. You go to the front and order and the staff will bring you your order. The staff was very attentive. If you need a quick cute spot for lunch. This is the place.

6. Ariano

114 S Olive St, Media, PA 19063-3202 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch, Late Night SGD 20 - SGD 33 +1 610-892-6944
Excellent
44%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 173 reviews

Ariano

Reviewed By Travelgirl22016 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Good food and service at Ariano. We were seated on second floor terrace which was a bonus as the day we visited was nice and sunny. Recommend the Tricolle Risotto and Marco Branzinos. Try to get seated at Connor's table as he was friendly, informative and took great care of us.

7. Desert Rose

305 W State St, Media, PA 19063-2615 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 484-442-8012
Excellent
57%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 97 reviews

Desert Rose

Reviewed By Rikter - Media, Pennsylvania

Had been wanting to try this place for a while, based on great reviews. We walked in on a quiet Sunday for a late lunch. We were the only ones there at first. Very friendly service. We ordered the Moroccan tomato soup and a Desert Rose Chicken Shawarma sandwich. Highly recommend the soup. It is on page 2 of the menu, so many might miss it (I suggest they redo the menu, get the soup on page 1, and make it obvious that there is a second page. I also suggest more descriptions for the menu items. Add in branding and some graphic design expertise and the whole presentation would be improved for not a lot of $). The sandwich, which we split, was delicious, too. We had brought cold beers in to complement the food. Very nice lunch. We plan on returning

8. Azie Asian Fusion

217 W State St, at Orange Street, Media, PA 19063-3153 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Fusion, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks SGD 20 - SGD 26 +1 610-566-4750
Excellent
47%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
8%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 141 reviews

Azie Asian Fusion

Reviewed By MilenaPhilly - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

The restaurant is very beautiful and clean and nice looking, the food is wonderful and fresh and delicious! One of the best sushi restaurants Ive been to in this area. I highly recommend it, chocolate lava desert is out of this world! Had it two nights in row lol! Everything was superb, definitely going again.

9. Dos Gringos Mexican Kitchen

113 S Olive St, Media, PA 19063-3302 (Formerly Dos Gringos) Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 8 - SGD 26 +1 610-565-7794
Excellent
40%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 88 reviews

Dos Gringos Mexican Kitchen

Locally-owned fresh Mexican flavor in downtown Media offering lunch and dinner five days a week. Signature offerings include scratch-made chorizo sausage, slow-roasted meats and fresh seafood. BYOT - bring your own tequila. Fresh margarita & mojito pitchers available for mixing. Indoor & outdoor dining (weather permitting) and participant of Media's own Dining Under the Stars.

Reviewed By Shopaholic_x0 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dos Gringos is one of my favorite places to get take out from in Media. It's quick and the foods always good. Some of my favorites are the surf and turf burrito, empanadas, and chicken quesadillas.

Also, cannot praise the girl on the phone who takes orders enough! She's so pleasant and always gets the order right!

10. Pinocchio's

131 E Baltimore Ave, Media, PA 19063-3427 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol Italian, American, Bar, Pizza Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 610-566-7767
Excellent
47%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 73 reviews

Pinocchio's

Reviewed By Howard P - Ewing, New Jersey

I kept hearing a lot of good recommendations about this restaurant, so I thought I would give it a try. Overall, nothing special. The restaurant itself is cramped and noisy, the food is average, and the service was just average (if not slightly below that). I wouldn't say to avoid this restaurant, but I also wouldn't recommend it either.

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