The Farmhouse Bistro at People's Light
The Farmhouse Bistro at People's Light

The Farmhouse Bistro at People's Light

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thefarmhousebistro.com/
  • Phone: 6106478060x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Tuesday: CLOSED

    Wednesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm

    Sunday Dinner: 5:00pm- 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American
  • Executive Chef: Joe Maguire
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: The restored 18th century farmhouse boasts a newly renovated ballroom. With a private tented terrace and spacious landscaped surroundings, it offers the perfect setting for any occasion from 20 to 200 guests. Smaller, more intimate celebrations of 10 to 25 are also elegantly executed in the adjacent Farmhouse Bistro.
  • Private Party Facilities: Set among award-winning perennial English gardens of People's Light & Theatre Company, The Farmhouse is a premier venue in Chester County. The restored 18th century farmhouse boasts a newly renovated ballroom. With a private tented terrace and spacious landscaped surroundings, it offers the perfect setting for any occasion. Smaller, more intimate celebrations are elegantly executed in the adjacent Farmhouse Bistro.
  • Private Party Contact: Spencer Brennen 6106471631x156
  • Entertainment: The Farmhouse Bistro is part of People's Light & Theatre Company, a professional, non-profit theatre that produces 7-9 plays each season. Enjoy a delicious dinner before seeing a stellar production on one of two stages on the People's Light campus. For more information about the theatre, visit PeoplesLight.org.
  • Special Events: The Farmhouse and Bistro offer a complete package for your special event. Menus are executed by our in-house chef and parties of any size (up to 200) are easily accommodated. Event types include weddings, rehearsals, corporate meetings and celebrations, milestone celebrations including birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations. Visit www.farmhousepeopleslight.com for more information or call 610.647.1631 x156.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lancaster Avenue
  • Public Transit: Septa Bus Route 204-Lincoln Highway and Conestoga Rd. this stop is .3 miles from the Farmhouse and Bistro

    Septa Regional Rail Paoli/Thorndale Line-Paoli Station. This stop is 2.6 miles east from the Farmhouse and Bistro on Lincoln Highway (Route 30)
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample free parking is available on the People's Light campus.
A word from The Farmhouse Bistro at People's Light
The Farmhouse Bistro offers a casual dining experience featuring seasonal country French classics created by Chef Joe Maguire. Choose from an array of tantalizing appetizers, freshly-prepared entrees, tempting desserts, and a sophisticated wine list.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
The Farmhouse Bistro at People's Light reviews from OpenTable diners
21 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (8)fit for foodies (7)neighborhood gem (7)great for brunch (3)scenic view (3)great for outdoor dining (2)great for lunch (2)romantic (1)good for groups (1)notable wine list (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • What a great dinner
    Ladydi
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We went here for dinner after a matinee show of "Row After Row." We had the fixed price dinner. The soup was delicious, the short ribs were fork tender and absolutely delicious. Service was great too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The food here is always excellent. The service always commendable. Eating here before the People's Light and Theatre show always makes a for a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thumbs up!
    DreamerVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Nice atmosphere! Food good and consistent! Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner and a show
    ocean480
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    There were 3 of us at dinner and we all ordered the same entree, The scallops. We had the crab soup and enjoyed it. The preperation of the scallop entree was delicious but the scallops were not good. They were said to be sea scallops but tasted more like pressed shark and the texture was like a bay scallop. This was disappointing since everything else was great. I found the prices to be on target. We still had a nice experience and would come again. Don't let me forget to mention the service was good, but I have a problem when a server uses the phrase you guys at a restr. of this caliper. I expect a little more professionalism.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful meal
    Mike
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We chose the Bistro for convenience prior to a show at People's. We were very pleasantly surprised by how well the food was prepared. And our waiter, I believe his name was Frank, was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food at the theater
    thomas32147
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Hy husband and I enjoyed a lovely dinner before Peoples Light show. The location right next to the theater is perfect. Food and service were excellent. I had the scallops in a perfect light tomato/wine sauce, he had the trout. Will return before the next show. Only negative is that with even a few additional diners the noise level was high. Could be fixed with a little work
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pre theatre gem
    Gerrie
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Great place to enjoy dinner prior to attending Peoples Light Theatre.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient but erratic
    marshacope
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is convenient for a pre-show dinner, but the quality of the food is mediocre, the service is amateurish and a bit frantic, and the prices high. My husband ordered the crab cakes, which were fine but accompanied by plain boiled white rice and overcooked vegetables in a medley. I had a steak quesdadilla which was dry, tough, and contained very little beef, some cheese, and a few onions. My chocolate ice cream was dry and chewy, something i have only encountered in truly elderly ice cream. I will be looking for another restaurant in the area for the rest of my season's shows.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ginoVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    service was great. food certainly not gourmet. convenient for theater goers but at best the food was ok
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a little loud
    DB3723
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Food very good, service excellent.. Hard to hear because of noise level
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pre-show meal
    LikesToDine
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We arrived at the Bistro at 5:30. Curtain time was 7 at People's Light. This worked out very well, as we strolled back to the Steinbeck Stage just in time to take our seats. In keeping with the Bach at Leipzig show currently up, there was a prix fixe menu with offerings named after the characters in the play. We ordered one prix fixe meal and one additional starter and there was just a bit too much food for the two of us. The food was uniformly delicious and the house wine was just fine. Service was attentive, but not intrusive. The only suggestion I would make is some additions to the beer list, nodding in the direction of the craft beer explosion.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Occasionalcritic
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We found the dinner to be overpriced for the quality received. a) Nachos appetizer was basically black tortilla chips with a spicy shaked-on seasoning served with an overly creamy guacamole sauce. Underwhelming as we were hoping for something more typically Mexican-like. b) Strip steak entree tasted slightly off due to the unusual sauce (though the Portobello mushroom were a big redeeming factor), and the grilled asparagus tasted more burnt than grilled c) Peach cobbler dessert was another odd item, as the 'broth' was overly tart (but the ice cream was good) All in all, not a place we're probably going to try again. However, the server was outstanding and if I can remember his name will post that as he deserves the recognition.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Farmhouse Bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Everything outstanding until a table of four women was seated and raised the noise level to unbearable! Staff should be trained to deal with such ill-mannered guests who ruin the dining experience for everyone else in the room!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 195 reviews are from the The Farmhouse Bistro at People's Light reviews archive.
  • My experience
    joey
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    It was a very satisfying experience -- need I say more?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming eatery/Attentive service
    zenrodeo
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Lovely restaurant with diverse and appealing menu. Al fresco dining is a plus. No bar to speak of so not a place for drinks only. Food portions bigger than expected. Can be noisy when theater is active or private party being held. Service was terrific. Atmosphere is great for a celebratory dinner. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • shawbost
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    perfect for meal with Peoples Light and Theater performance.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • need to cook steaks better
    disappointed
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    All 4 of our steaks were over done and the mashed potatoes were dry. If we had more time before showtime we would have returned the meals. We have eaten there several times before and enjoyed the food. This time it was a real disappointed. The couple at the next table also had a problem with their steaks but they had time to spend them back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Much better than the reviews
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    I booked a table here before seeing Woody Sez. Then checked the reviews on OT. Good news is: we were seated promptly. ceviche starter was great, seared scallops great. key lime pie excellent. Service was also good. For $35 for 3 courses, a good value as well. Glad I didn't let the negative reviews scare me off. Many are from people who went there for Mother's Day buffet. Maybe they had a bad day.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food
    MonicaVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We have eaten here on multiple occasions and each time I go I consider not returning. This time I think that we will not. It is convenient for pre-show dining. Service is generally good. Seats are uncomfortable. This time I really wasn't happy with any of my food. Nor was my husband. Salads were overdressed and overseasoned with Dill. Filet was overcooked and under seasoned. Scallops were overcooked and their broth had an unusual taste. Most likely due to Kalamata olives, Which did not pair with the other vegetables with which they were cooked.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ambience pleasant; food fair
    veg13
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My husband and I came for my birthday late afternoon. I am a vegetarian and my husband a carnivore. His chicken marsala looked attractive, and he was satisfied. My pasta, for which I asked for extra vegetables was actually rather disappointing. The extra vegetables were green peas added to a olive oil, diced tomato, and light pesto topping. Peas are not what I would have predicted. While my husband had some lovely asparagus with his chicken, I had peas. How about some green peppers, kalamata olives, broccoli, or aspargus?! I should mention that I had also ordered roasted asparagus soup (which was over seasoned with something that masked the asparagus). I should have ordered the roasted veggie baguette.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mothers Day Brunch
    Disappointed
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Very disappointed. Service was poor. Had to clear dirty dishes from table. Food was not replenished. Food trays were left empty we had to ask for trays to be replenished. Wait staff was allowed to eat from buffet before we left the dining area. Would never revisit or recommend .
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mother's Day brunch
    Pmalvern
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Always a supporter of Peoples light theater, I had planned on hitting the restaurant before a show... Mother's Day brunch popped up... It was a little expensive, but why not.. Food that was there was good, but had to wait at times, no plates out, no glasses for beverages, didn't clear plates often.... I would hope that it was due to late seating... But I certainly did not get a discount...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Farmhouse Bistro
    Carnivore
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Good spot for Mother's Day Brunch. We sat outside in the front, however I think they should have had tables set up in the back, which was closer to the buffet and a more quiet location (away from main road). The brunch buffet food was very good. The service was a bit slow and it would have been better if the servers actually brought coffee or juice, given the buffet was further away, down two levels. Took several trips to get what you needed given there were doorways, etc to navigate and either the food got cold or coffee got cold as a result. Worth trying again when going to people's light theater.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DISAPPOINTED
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    WE WENT THERE FOR MOTHERS DAY BRUNCH AND FROM THE START THE STAFF WAS VERY UNRESPONSIVE WHEN WE FIRST ARRIVED, WE HAD TO ASK FOR PLACE MATS FOR THE OUTSIDE TABLES AND DRINKS. I WOULD NOT GO BACK THERE.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Brunch Service
    dinnerman
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I have not eaten at the Farmhouse Bistro for quite some time and thought I would give brunch a try. The food was quite tasty and the staff kept the buffet fully stocked. The ambiance was very quaint. However, the selection was somewhat limited for the costly $35 price. The service was atrocious. At one point our table of 4 had 10 empty dishes and 4 empty bowls plus water glasses that were not refilled. Only after my wife went and talked to manager did we get our glasses refilled and plates removed. And then we never saw a server after that. My daughter had to track down our waiter to ask for the check.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The signature dish for this restaurant was the bouillabaisse. I thought it was unremarkable. Over salted with an overcooked lobster tail and a few shrimp and scallops swimming in a watery risotto. The place was extremely loud so conversation was at a minimum.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food, service spotty
    NanC
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Food good and the Farmhouse is always a lovely place to dine. Had Easter brunch at 1:00, not terribly crowded. While our server was very pleasant, the service was minimal. We were never given an opportunity to order drinks/beverages. No bread came with the meal though there were bread plates on the table.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Easter Brunch
    Bean
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The Easter brunch was awesome and that was the first time we dined there. Service was impecble&the food was delicious. We will recommend and be back!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Pre-Show experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    We were given a gift certificate for the Bistro - and even though we have been subscribers to the theater for years, we had only been to the Bistro for after show dessert/drinks. We ordered from the Prix Fixe menu and were delighted with our choices. The Goat Cheese Tart was fantastic, and the desserts - flourless chocolate cake and key lime pie really good. Frank was attentive to our needs. He is a gem. It was particularly nice that the took care of our ticket exchange at our table saving time standing in line at the theater. The room was a bit "stiff" and stark, not particularly comfortable, and a bit chilly, however, we'll be back again, and may try the brunch next time.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Frank is great
    LuvService
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    We go to the Bistro for two reasons. First is that we know Frank and we know that the service will be outstanding. He is such a kind, attentive individual that we go just to enjoy his service. Second is the close proximity to People's Light and Theatre. We don't have to move the car after dinner. But if Frank wasn't there, we would go somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lamb stew was fantastic!
    misssasha
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Prior to seeing Dear Elizabeth, we dined at the Farmhouse Bistro and selected the Prix Fixe menu. It is a really great deal. I enjoyed a delicious goat cheese tart, hearty lamb stew, and the chocolate torte. We dine here quite frequently, and this may be the best meal so far.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only for the Leisurely
    tfortwo
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Reservation for 5:30, not seated until 5:45. Ten minutes more before we saw wait staff. Soup was barely warm. Wine tasted like vinegar. This restaurant caters to persons attending the People's Light theatre and should have sufficient staff on hand. In the past 1 1/2 hours before curtain time was sufficient to have an enjoyable dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waitress was friendly but
    SloMo
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Waitress was friendly but the service was slow. Possibly under staffed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very poor service <1 star
    RilkeVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    After initial seating and order our server did not return for 22 minutes. We needed to ask another server to refill water, she never put in our drink order and stated that she was busy with other tables when asked. Other staff served us until she presented the bill before desert was served when we request to box our desert because the show was starting. We made out reservation within recommended time to eat and see the show but only receiving 2 of the pre-fix 3 courses. We love peoples light and have been season ticket holders but would not come to the restaurant again unless we were assured that there would be changes to the quality of service.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had 7 in our party for
    Mickey
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    We had 7 in our party for Sunday Brunch. A variety of dishes was ordered amongst our group and I believe that everyone was pleased with the food and the friendly service. We sat around chatting after our meal was finished and even though the restaurant was otherwise empty, we were not made to feel that we should leave. We enjoy the atmosphere at the Farmhouse Bistro. This was our first time having their Brunch. . In the Fall we had a lovely dinner and enjoyed the production of "The Devil's Music." We will return
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, but very slow service
    Bonmac
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    My three friends and I ate here before a performance of Pride and Prejudice at People's Light and Theater Company in Malvern, Pa. I have eaten here three times before and everything went well. But this time, the service was incredibly slow. We arrived promptly for a 6:30 reservation and did not get our orders taken for food until 7 p.m., after I flagged down the hostess and asked what the problem was. The food did not arrive until about 7:25, so we felt we had to eat in a rush to get to the performance at 8 p.m. So we sat there for nearly an hour before our food arrived. Hopefully, it was just a fluke. But if there had been a problem in the kitchen, etc., my friends and I thought our waiter should have explained the delay and apologized.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    Debbie
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The food was mediocre and the service was poor. Our plates were congealing by the time the waiter came to clear them. The appetizer plates were still sitting there when the entrees came out. We were never able to order a second drink. We frequent People's Light Theater so we thought it would be convenient to have dinner before the show. However we will go elsewhere next time.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food
    DancingDavid
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Limited selection of items especially the prix-fixe menu. Dessert was very good. Very small place, definitely needs reservations.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing to write home about
    Lynn
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    They have a prix fixe menu for $35. which, I'm sure makes it easier for them to manage the surge of theater goers that visit their restaurant when attending a play. There are 4 selections in each of 3 categories (appetize, entree and dessert). The French ONion Soup was a little weak although had plenty of cheese. The Chicken Marsala was good but the asparaguse was over cooked. Service was adequate. The most that this restauant has to offer is the proximity to the theater.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • If you are going to the theatre...
    BonApetit
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    The restaurant is great if you are going to the People's Light Theatre next door. The food is good, the waitress was very attentive and time sensitive. Enjoyed brunch followed by the theatre! Fun Sunday afternoon venue.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.