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 WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
McCoole's Red Lion Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
75 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (47)great for outdoor dining (35)great for lunch (28)good for groups (27)special occasion (27)fit for foodies (20)romantic (20)hot spot (13)great for brunch (12)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (6)vibrant bar scene (5)scenic view (5)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BAp SIC...
    cigarknightVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    What can I say about this place...The wife and I were in town for a wedding, and decided to stop in for lunch...the food was good and pretty basic, the service was OK, and the atmosphere was quiet...the place was pretty empty. Now the decor is "rustic" at best, and the entire place could use a good scrubbing..would classify this establishment more of a "bar" with a dinner menu than a restaurant....
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too loud
    renbrig85
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The noise level was very loud. There was a party at the other end of the restaurant that was out of control with their loud outbursts. Also, the reception area was very small
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love this place.
    Diane
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Old fashioned country inn decor. Casual yet feels special. It's great on the weekend when they have some live music in the evening. It complements, rather than competes with the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • McCool's Red Lion Inn was
    GuidoVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    McCool's Red Lion Inn was once a civilized upper Bucks eattery. Today the bar and theater crowd have overtaken and thurned Saturday night into a shoting match. We wound up using our cellphones to text each other. Lot parking is impossible. We wound up on the street four blocks away. We suggest you pass on this one. Week nights or lunch may be a better choice.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • WOW
    kjbonnor
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    For years, my wife and I have driven past the Red Lion Inn and wondered how good it was. Well, we finally were able to go based on the recommendations of our friends who went with us. It was fantastic! From the service to the food, it was great. It has definitely been placed on our repeat eating places to go to. I also appreciated the ease of making reservations online via "Open Table". What a neat feature and very user friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Repeat Customer
    Brian
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We have been to McCoole's Red Lion on several occasions and have not been disappointed yet. We were a bit taken aback by the "smoke salmon and pasta" dish not being what was described (ended up being a strip of lox and two salmon cakes over pasta) but it was very good nonetheless. Our waitress Genevieve was exceptional. Attentive but not pushy and never made us feel rushed. The portion sizes were generous but not too much and the food was served piping hot. We received a complimentary hummus sample with toasted pita (my date thought the hummus had too much garlic but I - however - don't think there is such a thing as "too much" garlic). Overall: another enjoyable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We Should Try That Place Sometime..
    PlumsteadBob
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    So, last Friday night we went for it. Made reservations on Open Table for 8PM. We arrived at 7:50 and the hostess area was packed with patrons waiting for a table.. Surprised, we were seated exactly at 8 in the main, old section of the building. The atmosphere was loud and lively with several large tables and a one man live music act. The fish in the fish and chips was great, although only two pieces of fish. BBQ Cheddar burger and onion rings, was tasty and cooked perfectly. Service was commendable for the number of people dining. The noise and music fit the rustic, friendly casual atmosphere. Go after 9 or make a reservation! Call for parking options as parking is tight. Great casual night out, enjoy it with some friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday dinner
    LivGreat
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    It was my son's birthday and I took him & his special girl - it was their 1st visit and we all enjoyed the food and drinks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Night Out After Work
    Workgroup
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Our group had a wonderful time at McCoole's. The food was unbelievably good. We are still talking about it. I would recommend this place to anyone. In fact, I have been recommending it to people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • McCool's is my kind of place.
    oldmilwaukee
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    If you are looking for a quaint and cozy place with excellent food and good service, then you are going to like McCool's at the historic Red Lion Inn. The vintage architecture and decor has a log cabin type of feel that is warm and inviting. The menu is diverse but not overbearing. Try the Tournedos au Cognac. I was impressed with the beer and wine list as well. They have Peroni, which is one of my favorite beers and is difficult to find. One thing that really stood out was the friendliness of the staff. Everyone, from the hostess to our waitress, to the bartender couldn't have been more pleasant and responsive. Good place to take a date. My one negative (which is minor) was that the dining room was a bit noisy.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience...
    SSBB
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We had an incredibly good dinner with excellent service. Would definitely dine there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    McCoole's Red Lion Inn is so absolutely delicious and very reasonably priced for even big groups! I recently had friends come from MI to visit my husband and I and I'm pretty sure the next time they come won't be just for visiting us ;) Keep up the great food and service! Looking forward to dining there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    TheDevilWearsPrada
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    This was our second time at McCoole's. The historic building coupled with the excellent menu and awesome services provides for a terrific dining experience. I look forward to going back soon! The crab cakes are among the best I've had and the layered chocolate cake is incredible!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1700's Bucks County Gem
    JTBrown
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Great service with a personal touch, good food and outstanding ambiance. If you are in Bucks County this is the place to spend a memorable evening. I could visualize Bucks County legends like John Fries (Fries Rebellion), members of the Doan Gang, Oliver Evans (the inventor) and Evan Foulke (Liberty Hall across the street) stopping in for a tankard of flip (beer, rum and sugar, heated with a red-hot poker).
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    Schmitty
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We go there a lot and find it very enjoyable while there. The staff is very friendly and courteous every time we are there. We especially like the 90 year old woman that comes in and plays some of the old rag time music on the upright piano. Other musical guest are great to listen to also. I would absolutely recommend McCoole"s to anyone.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try a McCooles brew :-)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Our service staff was outstanding. Friendly and attentive. The food excellent as always. We came to see the band and appreciated that they were able to adjust our reservation to a table close to the stage. While we waited we enjoyed a delicious drink special and a McCooles brew at the bar. This neighborhood gem always makes me happy to live in Quakertown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A very nice unique restaurant!
    lvloafer1
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    A very nice unique restaurant! The food is delicious! Keep up the great work!
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy and Historic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The history of the building obly added to the delightfulness of this quant neighborhood restaurant. Very good experience!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A really neat restaurant
    VickiB
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The food was great, the service exceptional and the atmosphere can't be beat. There are so many great menu choices, you may have a hard time deciding. If you like Mac N Cheese, they have great one.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best in Quakertown :)
    The1OriginalFoodCritic
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    I was looking to take my date somewhere and after I searched I found McCoole's. Her and I have never been there so we decided to give it a try; and boy oh boy the food was awesome! Everything was cooked beyond perfection. This is a great place to take your family, friends and or your husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend to show them the appreciation that you have for them.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • McCool's
    bikerlady1
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I've dined at McCool's a few times and alway have enjoyed the food, and service. This time was different. We were seated right away and our drink orders were taken fast and brought to our table fast and our orders were taken. But no sooner that we had our soup and salads, they brought out our dinner and we weren't even finished the soup or salads. And even before we put our forks down and our plates weren't cleaned off , the wait staff kept wanting to take our plates away. We felt so rushed. We also sat at a table that was near the entrance to where the staff went in and out for the food and drinks, so we constantly had staff rushing by our table constantly. And our table was wobbley. We were very disappointed this time around.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Valentine's weekend
    BradAndJackie
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The staff was very friendly, in spite of cold & snow outside and holiday weekend crowd inside. The menu gave more than adequate choices for lite fare to full entree choices, covering most possibilities a diner could want. There was also a daily special menu. We were given adequate time for each course, with no feeling of pressure to move the table for the next seating. Everything was excellent, with enough food to package some for lunch the next day. Desserts were awesome, with half of one boxed for later. We would recommend this restaurant to any of our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent valentines choice.
    Randomdotguy
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Had to create a last minute valentines date night plan, the waiter was excellent, he kept the mood slightly goofy enough to break a first date on valentines day night kinda tension, the food was perfect, and there was live soft non-overbearing music playing in the back ground, overall great night, even though febuary 14th is a horrible night for a first date.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Historic Ambience
    Gigi
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Had reservations for Valentine's Day. Restaurant was very crowded, but was seated within 10 mins. Server was busy making service a little slow but expected for the day and crowd. Food was okay. Shrimp cocktail had only 4 medium sized watery shrimp. Steak was cooked to order but under seasoned. Potato of the day ( rustic mashed) tasted burnt and was also under seasoned. Expected more.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Quakertown Gem!
    Buckshot
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Good food, nice selection. Service was a bit off, but I'll give them a pass because it was Valentine's Day and the place was packed! They did bring in 2 guys singing and playing guitars. My only complaint with that is....it was too loud and too much bass. I am as picky with my music as I am with my food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place!
    scoringcorey
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Mccooles is my favorite place to go for a nice dinner! I went for Valentines day two times now and it is always a perfect night out. The food was great, my steak was cooked exactly how i wanted it, and the service was quick and friendly. The only thing is I wish they had a special Valentines day menu like the had last year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So disappointed
    JustaChic
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Unfortunately, there was nothing really to rave about except the company I was with. We started with the mussels as an app, and some of them smelled and tasted fishy. I ordered a cup of the Lobster bisque with an up-charge and it tasted like tomato soup with crab meat in it. It wasn't rich and creamy at all. for our dinners, my date ordered the creole pasta pot... which was ok, except it was linguini, sauce, and seafood on a plate... the shrimp was overcooked and tough. The scallops weren't too bad though. I ordered the salmon stuffed with crabmeat. which really came out as a crab cake with 1/2 fillets around it. They must have left it under the heat lamp for too long. The filets were like rubber and the cake was SUPER fishy.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So close to perfect
    sonylou91
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    I grew up passing this place, I'm so glad I finally stopped in. The menu has a good variety, the drink menu was ample, service was friendly and prompt, and the food was excellent. There was even a piano player to set the mood! The only downfall is the building was rather cramped and it was so noisy it was hard to hold a conversation, or even hear myself think.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.