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

McCoole's Red Lion Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mccoolesredlioninn.com/
  • Email: mccooles@verizon.net
  • Phone: (215) 538-1776
  • 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 (215) 538-1779
  • 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!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "this place is always great...it NEVER disappoints!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Had a great meal with great service. Wait staff came around just enough to take good care of us but was not intrusive."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "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...."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We had an incredibly good dinner with excellent service. Would definitely dine there again."
    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."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "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)."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "A very nice unique restaurant! The food is delicious! Keep up the great work!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The history of the building obly added to the delightfulness of this quant neighborhood restaurant. Very good experience!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I love the historical significance of this place. It is such a beautiful place. We go there for our special occasions! The staff tonight left something to be desired. We could not hear our waiter, he talked so quiet and mumbled. Then the bus staff kept trying to take our plates, although we were still eating. Must have just been an off night. Not our typical visit there."
    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."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I used open table to put in a reservation for the same day that I wanted to dine. It was a very cold day, so in the preference section I requested a table near a fire place. The table that we were given was exactly what I wanted. The food was very good and we had an enjoyable dining experience."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "McCoole's did not disappoint. Great place, very rustic. Great food. Alittle cold but the cozy fire made it feel better. Service was good. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "We arrived 20 minutes early, since we left early because of road conditions, but were seated immediately, at the table i had requested. Our server, I can't remember his name, was excellent. Overall, the food was good, although I've had the Tournedos many times, and they were not as good as in the past. They were thin, as was the sauce, and not as flavorful as I remember."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "After my wife and I had dinner we both agreed that McCoole"s was to be our new favorite place to eat. As a matter of fact we are planning to return next week for my birthday. The food choices, the prices, atmosphere and service were all factors in our choice of making McCoole"s our favorite special place to eat. Thanks!!!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014