Chip Roman in the dining room of Blackfish.

There’s a reason the spare white rooms of this contemporary Conshohocken storefront are perpetually filled with crisply pressed, pastel-wearing, fine-wine-toting Main Line devotees.

Chef-owner Chip Roman’s BYOB easily remains one of the most sophisticated places in the western burbs to dine, with a focus on seafood that is both refined and inventive, whether it’s sublime sashimi laced beneath heirloom radishes with sweet and spicy Japanese sauce, perfect grilled tuna, or Cape May oysters topped with fizzy clouds of frozen Meyer lemon soda that are the ultimate raw bar fantasy.

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119 Fayette St., Conshohocken; 610-397-0888 ,

A BYO star has risen in the storefront space of the former Maya Bella, where ex-Vetri/Le Bec-Fin hand Chip Roman has brightened the rooms and is producing a stellar bistro-plus menu full of clever surprises, from foie gras streaked with cinnamon oil to seafood flavored with spruce. Service also shows some polish.


Lunch: French onion soup; chicken pot pie. Dinner: chestnut risotto; hamachi tartare; smoked salmon with deep-fried egg; foie gras with cinnamon oil; blackfish; surf and turf; bouillabaisse; arctic char with spruce bark; lamb loin with brussels sprouts.




Lunch Tuesday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. ; Dinner Tuesday through Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Reservations recommended.

Wheelchair accessible (call ahead for access through rear or side door).

Street parking only.