Exploring the design concepts of our borough’s best kitchens and dining spaces. This Month: Greystone Oyster Bar
Story: Andrea Mason | Photos: Erik Weber
Greystone Oyster Bar opened its doors in March 2021, and since then has garnered praise for its upscale atmosphere, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and delicious food. Situated on Church Street, Greystone Oyster Bar is difficult to miss with its sleek, contemporary black and white building front and eye-catching string lights made of—what else—real oyster shells.
Greystone is known for its fresh, locally sourced seafood coming in daily. When you step through the doors, the first thing you’ll notice is a delicious display of glistening oysters at their bar-top seating area. Here you can watch firsthand as manager Christopher Jones or any of the staff members shuck them for their patrons.
While the menu is full of tasty seafood, it also has a popular land menu, and above all, they’ve got oysters. Your eyes will pop with their Greystone seafood platter, a feast-for-the-eyes presentation of lobster, seafood salad, oysters, shrimp, and clams. Deserts are made in-house, with a few favorites being the chocolate espresso cake and crème brûlée.
Pair your meal with a notable selection of drinks and custom craft cocktails. Their Bloody Mary at brunch is a meal unto itself, with shrimp cocktail, bacon, lobster, pickles, and pepperoncini. Every wine, beer, and liquor proudly displayed at the bar is sourced from the great state of Pennsylvania.
The wonderful food aside, you cannot beat the ambiance here. Owner Alfredo thoughtfully and deliberately designed this space as friendly and casual, and used upscale materials and fixtures to achieve the effect of a big city restaurant plopped right into our borough. Originally, the venue was two narrow office spaces, now transformed into an open and bright dining destination. The walls are covered in high gloss subway tiles; the flooring echoes that with its beautiful hexagon tile, creating an industrial look and feel. It’s the details that warm the space, like its live greenery accent wall and the gorgeous wood ceilings, mimicking the curved vintage wood mirrors adorning the walls. Patrons can sit at two- or four-person tables, and larger groups can gather at the private adjoining room. There is both modern and vintage lighting with various wall sconces, pendants, and chandeliers, ensuring every table is appropriately lit and to help create the perfect urban dining experience. The aesthetically pleasing mix of brick, wood, and tile make the entire space inviting, attractive, and lively—a perfect destination whether going out with friends, family, or a special date night.
If you haven’t already, please treat both your eyes and your palate to this gem in downtown West Chester. They’re open daily for lunch and dinner, brunch is served on the weekends, and there’s a not-to-be-missed happy hour from 4-6 on weekdays.