Owner and Chef Peter Gilmore brings more than 30 years of experience to Gilmore’s Restaurant. This remarkably talented chef worked for 22 years as Chef de Cuisine at Philadelphia’s Le Bec-Fin before venturing out on his own. Located on West Chester’s main drag, Gilmore’s Restaurant offers classic French fare with an American twist. Dishes like Confit of Boneless Duck Leg and Escargots sit side-by-side with Shrimp Corn Dogs and Foie Gras Pizza (from humanely raised ducks). Although Chef Gilmore has a little fun with his menu, it does not mean there is anything lacking in the classic French tradition. The menu offers traditional French cuisine with personality, creativity and variety.
Despite generally very good food and service in a nice ambience, this place was disappointing on a recent Saturday night visit. The 8:30 seating did not commence until close to 9 PM (what kind of time management is going on here?) and the hostess/maitre d' was cavalier and unresponsive to the health needs (very bad back)of one of our party. She did not bother either to provide a chair or attempt early seating despite being notified of the discomfort being experienced in the standing position by the unexpected seating delay, which was clearly Gilmore's/the restaurants fault. Very second rate greeter/hostess for a place with first tier pretensions. Given the numerous excellent places in the city of Phila and environs, it is unlikely we will return to Gilmores again.