McCoole's Red Lion Inn
McCoole's Red Lion Inn

McCoole's Red Lion Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mccoolesredlioninn.com/
  • Phone: 2155381776
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 12:00pm, Sunday: 11:30am - 9:00pm; Happy Hour: Tuesday - Thursday 4-6pm, Fridays 4-6 & 9-11, Saturdays 3-5 & 9-11, Sundays 3-5pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Dan Orr
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call the restaurant for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Jan Hench 2155381779
  • Entertainment: McCoole's has live music for dinner entertainment on Friday and Saturday. Trivia every Tuesday in the bar from 8-10pm. Visit mccoolesredlioninn.com for complete entertainment schedule.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broad Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: For your convenience McCoole's has establised three designated areas for parking: Take advantage of our newly paved parking lot located behind the restaurant. There is a large lot located at McCoole's Arts and Events place next to the restaurant. The Quakertown Historical Society offers parking for McCoole's patrons located one block from the restaurant on North Main Street.
A word from McCoole's Red Lion Inn
Upscale Atmosphere For a Working Person's Wallet. As a historic building in Quakertown, McCoole's encompasses historical elegance with casual comfort. Seating available in the Main Dining Room, Martini Lounge & in the Bar. Come enjoy a little history in an eclectic atmosphere, with great food at a great price!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
McCoole's Red Lion Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since March 30 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (54)special occasion (31)great for lunch (31)good for groups (27)great for outdoor dining (27)fit for foodies (18)romantic (17)hot spot (12)great for brunch (11)vibrant bar scene (10)kid-friendly (9)late-night find (7)scenic view (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Schmitty
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We go there a lot because of the rustic atmosphere and their excellent food and service. My wife had their excellent crab cake dinner and I had the Posta pot dinner, which is one of my favorites. We were entertained by the piano player at the upright piano playing the oldies from the 40's, 50's and 60's.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday Evening Outside Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Our party of 8 had a Great time! Food fabulous, staff courteous, outside entertainment fun (cant be inside for live music as member from party injured in gulf war was accommodated through music outside- hadn't enjoyed himself in a ling time) a great time for all(age 8-57). Went back for lunch Sunday and made reservations to do it again this Saturday.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love mccooles but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My husband and I frequent McCooles, almost every weekend. We love it. The food is excellent and the music is generally pretty good. It's the perfect place for a romantic date or brunch with friends. While the service is generally good even during their busiest times, on Sat night it was horrible!! We sat for half hour before even being acknowledged. One waiter walked right by us looked at the table and kept on going. We would have left had it not been for my husband seeing an old friend. I truly hope this is a once and done thing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mjayes
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our waitress was extremely engaging, informative, and very personable. While attentive, we never felt like she was at the table without a purpose. None of those "how's everything going" visits.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AGREAYPLACE
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The restaurant has a very good selection of entries. It is a geme in the rough. It always has excellent food and drink. We look forward to thier list of specialty drinks and food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was absolutely terrible!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Waited almost 1 hour just for our drinks! Then simple things like bringing out my salad without any dressing, having to ask for dressing, overall long wait time for everything. Would not dine there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will Return
    closetohome
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The food and the service was excellent! We plan on returning sometime soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great menu selection
    jeffsqueen
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    It took us forever to figure out what we wanted because there were so many selections that looked great. There is something for everyone's taste from sandwiches to comfort foods to full entrees. Service was prompt and friendly. The only slight downside to dining outside is that, at least on the night we were there, the intersection was traveled by a great many motorcyclists. Sometimes conversation had to be completely suspended while eight rumbling bikes waited for the light to change then revved up and proceeded. It wasn't enough of an issue to deter us in the future and I'm sure we'll be back at least enough times to try all of the other tempting dishes we didn't order.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Schmitty
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We went there two nights in a row and had great meals. My wife had their famous crab cakes. They are the best we've ever tasted. One of our friends had the prime rib dinner and loved it. We go there a lot because we like the atmosphere, staff and the food. We really enjoy listening to the lady playing the oldies from the 30's and 40's on the upright piano on Saturday evenings. My son had the Creole Pasta Pot and enjoyed the blend of tomatoes, sausages etc. We've had that meal a few times and would order it again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A really nice restaurant
    PittFAN
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The restaurant is very nice, has very good food, personable service, and a good selection of wines and beers. It incorporates a friendly and energetic atmosphere with the ambiance of the old historic inn.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Great Place
    lovetodine
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I have never been disappointed here. We went on a Saturday night, even though it was busy, our service was good and food arrived pretty promptly. Our appetizer of spring rolls arrived nice and hot and had the right amount of crunch and flavor. My husbands prime rib was done to his liking and the accompanying veggies were good and homemade. My McCool's scampi was served nice and hot. I liked how the crab meat clung to the pasta and the shrimp were perfectly done. We shared a cheesecake, which was nice and moist. The most impressive thing here was even though they were extremely busy the kitchen didn't skip a beat. Kudos to them and the wait staff.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great spot for any pocketbook...
    Grammy
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Good ambience; great prices; good food and service. ....and what an interesting place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bd dinner
    Dibet50
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We celebrated a 67th bd dinner here. All five of us loved the place, the food, and the atmosphere. No complaints. Yor waitress was the best!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • PERKASIE
    Williamd
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    First time here and we will be back the food was great and we got to sit outside on a great night and enjoy the food and drinks and relax. we will be back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great night out
    kyle570610
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Food was great. There were so many great things to choose from on the menu I couldn't decide. Took a long time to get our food but having drinks with friends we didn't mind.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh food
    classymom
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    its so nice to be able to find a place that actually serves fresh quality food. The sandwiches are reasonably priced. Love the gluten free options.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food!
    qtowners
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We were there on a busy night and just needed a table for two. We were able to get reservations. The only thing was we were kind of sat in a corner and it felt kind of weird with one of us only to face the two walls in the corner. Luckily there were some interesting pictures and things to look at while we were there.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BAD. BAD. BAD.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Made reservation on line. The Red Lion received and confirmed it but did not hold it. It was like a bad Seinfeld episode. Made us wait 20 minutes to only be told it would be another 20 minutes. Received a curt, formal "sorry" and nothing else. Treated very poorly. What a great Father's Day.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always a Pleasure!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This was my 3rd time, and each time the food and service were great. The pecan crusted chicken spinach salad and lobster bisque were delicious!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RichVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Pleasantly surprised, quaint place with really good food. The service was a little slow but worth the wait
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Historical Tavern Atmosphere
    TheBigEm
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    For a fun night, eat at McCoole's. The menu is varied and the dishes are prepared well. The old tavern atmosphere lends a certain type of ambience to the occasion. Service is excellent and they'll do anything to make your meal pleasurable. Plenty of locvals know the place well, so it's usually a little crowded on weekends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    First time at McCoole's. We sat outside, listened to Adam's Fear, had a great meal and great service. Will be going again next month.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great!
    Erin
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Our experience was great. We went early (5:15pm), so there weren't a lot of people there yet, so it was generally quiet. We did eat inside. There is outdoor seating available, but it is also right by the road, so we preferred indoor. Everything came out very quickly, and was super hot, which I love! The prices are good, too. I'd definitely recommend it. There is also a restaurant.com gift certificate available so you could even save a little money (We didn't use it this time, but will in the future--you usually have to buy them at least a day ahead of time).
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner review
    Carol
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    This was our first visit to McCoole's. Thur night dinner We liked the decor and the atmosphere. Service was ok, however we had to ask for napkins and silverware, and our waitress (in training I think) did not smile at all. Dinner was average. I had a tomato bisque which was thick and chuncky like pasta sauce, not like soup at all. The bisque had little flavor. My blacked steak was properly cooked but had little flavor, no spice taste at all. My husband's tuna was also bland. I would not recommend this restaurant for a full dinner. I suspect their lunch/sandwich menu is better and will go back there to try a sandwich. We also went to the bar and received excellent service. Lively crowd in the bar.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RED LION INN
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Interesting menu, great specials, super lively place. MAKE RESERVATIONS this place is busy!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mingVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Enjoyed the outside seating, very pleasant even though it was a little cool, the heaters worked well, food was very good, was a busy night so things came a little slow, plan to return. Very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place to eat
    Schmitty
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We go there a lot. I had their prime rib and my wife had their crab cakes. Both were excellent. It was the best prime rib I had in a long time. I mentioned that to the waiter and the person at the podium.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • First time back in a bit...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Took the son to McCooles for a celebration of job, gradutation and birthday all in one week. Food was very good as always. Reservations for 7 PM, but weren't seated until 7:30. Wait staff seems very hurried and although not unpleasant, still just rushed. Challenging to be herded by the front door with no real waiting area. I don't mind waiting to be seated but there is no where to feel like you aren't in the way by the front door. The staff with the outdoor dining charged through 50x in the half hour we waited, people just had no where to really go. Just a challenge.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always good and enjoyable
    MicheleSc
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great food, above average service. Outdoor dining too noisy with lits of traffic. Definite return visits to a reliable eatery.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good time
    debbyandjody
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    we had last minute out of town guests, I made very last minute reservations, on the sat before mothers day/ so it was hopingt... but we ate like kings
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Find
    MBHAYESVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    This restaurant has the best food!! The only down side of the restaurant is that it is always COLD. Unfortunately we went on a rainy chilly day and that did not help things. The waitresses are all nice and efficient and the food is always good. I can't imagine there would be a better place in Quakertown. The prices are so low for the quality of food you are getting also.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JackieVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Only complaint I had was the featured turkey wrap was made with lunch meat turkey instead of real turkey!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best dining in the Quakertown area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We live in Reading but have friends in the Quakertown and Coopersburg areas. Lately we've been coming to McCoole's when visiting. So far this place is 2 for 2. Our first time there we got lunch and the food, service and drinks (try their Red Lion ales) were excellent, especially for the middle-of-the-road price. The second time was for dinner on a Friday night. We had to wait a little past our reservation time (15 minutes maybe?) but again, the food and service we received more than made up for it. The live entertainment was also great. And the noise level there isn't too loud that you can't easily converse.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • chuck
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    this place is always great...it NEVER disappoints!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delectable Dining
    EatR8RVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    We enjoyed a delicious meal in a cozy corner of the gorgeous dining room. It was a perfect space with perfect food to create a perfect evening to catch up together.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • meeting place for distant family
    Mickey
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    We love McCoole's! It is a trendy kind of place that makes everyone feel comfortable. We have family that is 1 1/2 south of it and we are 1 hr north so we meet there for lunch, occasionally. This time the hamburger which was ordered "medium" was more than well done. The shrimp/crab wrap didn't seem to have any crab and the taste was bland. The steamed clams were delicious:) Our server was great:) The music was too loud for us to hear each other and our server was kind enough to turn it down for us.:) We will return, of course, but will be more specific when requesting particulars. We didn't mention any of this to the server because our purpose was to connect with family, not draw attention to any negatives outside of our purpose.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed the Experience
    brandi
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Had a great meal with great service. Wait staff came around just enough to take good care of us but was not intrusive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was prepared as ordered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Food was prepared as ordered and was very tasty. Atmosphere was nice but a bit noisy if you are looking for a romantic dinner. Service was attentive and friendly. My only complaint was I ordered the "Blackened Ribeye" and while it was cooked to perfection, the "blackened flavoring" was almost nonexistent.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 44 ratings-only reviews submitted since March 30 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 541 reviews are from the McCoole's Red Lion Inn reviews archive.
  • Eh!
    Bucks2Lehigh
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Just so so. Typical pub food... No real notable to differentiators. For burger eaters, there are likely grounds to disagree. Mediterranean pressed sandwich was bland. So much more could have been done to this sandwich to make it pop more with wonderful flavor. Would be nice if creamed spinach were not the only spinach on the menu. Sautéed spinach with no dairy would be a nice alternative for health conscious diners.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great first experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Found this place on line and decided to give it a try. It was even better than expected. Our waitress was fabulous... Friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. Beer was delicious and the drinks our wives had were perfect. All 4 of us loved our entrees. We went on a Tuesday night. There was a good crowd with an enjoyable atmosphere. We drove 30 minutes from Montgomry County and it was well worth the trip.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.