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McCoole's Red Lion Inn

673 reviews
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$30 and under
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McCoole's Red Lion Inn is a historic restaurant found right on the corner of Main Street in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. The dark wood, antique decor and stone walls maintain the traditional atmosphere of the inn. In each of the two dining rooms there is a bar and a fireplace. McCoole's Red Lion Inn is conveniently located next the theater making it a great spot for dinner before or after a show.

One of McCoole's own micro brews from the Red Lion Brewery is the perfect start to any meal there. The dishes offered on the menu are all created with locally grown ingredients and are antibiotic and hormone free. Meals include such as options as Scottish salmon, slow roasted pork shank and the signature McCoole's marinated beef tenderloin grill.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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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
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Phone number
(215) 538-1776
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Dan Orr
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Private party facilities
Please call the restaurant for more information.
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Private party contact
Jan Hench: (215) 538-1779
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Cross street
Broad Street
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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.
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McCoole's has live music for dinner entertainment on Friday and Saturday. Trivia every Tuesday in the bar from 8-10pm. Visit for complete entertainment schedule.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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vipbill (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on May 17, 2015

This was one of our favorite restaurants up to a few months ago. The menu has changed and it does not have the value or diversity of the previous one. It is very disappointing. Parts of our meal (baked potato, pasta) arrived lukewarm. This had never happened before. The new menu does not include salad or soup with full entrees, nor are two sides offered, and all menu prices have seemed to significantly increased.

Is McCool's under new (worse) management? If their aim is to chase away loyal patrons, they have succeeded!

Pati (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on May 9, 2015

We went here with friends for the first time for dinner and were pleasantly surprised. The food was delicious and the portions were big. I would recommend the Main St Scampi & the Bruschetta Chicken. They were excellent. They also have some Gluten free options on the menu. One person in our party has to follow a GF diet and order the GF pasta and said it was really good. We would definitely recommend this place.

condo404 (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on May 8, 2015

I have been there many times but was less than satisfied this time. Our server was great and the food was only average. I don't like the new menu at all. It was copied on paper that looked like the ink was running out on the copier. I didn't like the set up of the menu or the lack of choices that were there previously. I didn't like that I was given no choice of sides with my entree - rice and the veg of the day and that was it. I wasn't able to use a coupon on a Friday night that I was previously able to use. Overall, I was disappointed and not sure that I will return anytime soon.

vipNancy (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on March 27, 2015

We celebrated our friends special birthday lunch and our server made every part of our luncheon so special and gave us the time to talk for hours and help to make us so comfortable. Just a great time. Would highly recommend McCoole's!

Mike (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on March 24, 2015

Great building with a lot of character. What disappointed me was I had ordered one I their own brews and noticed I was waiting a while. About 10 minutes later the waiter caught site I was still waiting (as he was probably busy) and when he went to retrieve my beer, they needed a new keg. Then I waited even longer...eventually I ordered a bottled beer.
Food presentation was really good. I ordered Spinach & Bruchetta but when I tasted the pasta, it was well over cooked...way too soft. Too bad because I was really looking forward to it.
It may have just been the night I selected but it was a bit disappointing. I may give another shot while on business in the future but there are other options out there. I'll look around a bit first.

kjbonnor (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on March 21, 2015

Awesome experience. We choose this place every time for eating out after events.

vipJackie (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on March 21, 2015

I used to love this place. But since they got the new menu the food is different. The cheesecake especially was always a highlight, but this time it was so small and lacked flavor. The previous homemade cheesecake was by far better!!

vastm4 (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on March 7, 2015

Over paid for quality of food served, soup of the day as and everyday soup were even the same. The steak my son ordered was fatty and thin - not near worth what we paid for. My husbands dinner was not exactly what was described, he got seafood combo expecting a crab cake but got crab stuffing instead.

Erin (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 28, 2015

Great food--I got the salmon which is always a good choice. My husband got the steak which he said was the best he has had in a long time.

BayGal1954 (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on February 21, 2015

Three of us had dinner at McCoole's on a Saturday evening. Soups were terrific (beef barley and Manhattan clam chowder). We also shared fried mozzarella - yummy. This was not our first time at McCoole's. We are from Maryland and were visiting family in the area. We decided on McCoole's because we enjoyed their meatloaf on a previous occasion. It was "lick-the-plate" good. Well, they've changed the menu and now feature more game. On this visit, one of us had beef tenderloin (it was a generous portion, cooked exactly the way she likes it), and the other two had fish and chips. Fish and chips were OK...not the best we've ever had, but good. Only one had dessert...a peanut butter bomb. She raved over it. There is an extensive menu with a wide range of prices to please everyone. We'll be back, but we sure wish they still had meat loaf on the menu.

married0522 (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 20, 2015

We requested a table along the wall and the gave us a great table in the corner. We had a delicious meal and shared a yummy dessert. Waitress was very attentive and saw to my husband's dietary restrictions. The filet with crab was the best.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2015

I booked a table for 4 people at 4:30pm so my Husband and In-Laws could celebrate Valentine's Day! We sat next to the fireplace like I had requested. The alcoholic drinks were good. The food was great, we ordered the crab cakes, encrusted Red Snapper and Eggplant Parm. Everyone was satisfied. Our Waitress was very friendly, prompt and helpful with all our questions. We would definitely come back!

AngelJ (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2015

I like the look of the place inside. I got the shrimp/crab would be truer if they didn't even mention the crab as it was a few scant pieces on one side of the dish that all I saw was the dark crabmeat; not lump (it doesn't saw lump) but just a few shreds of claw meat. Not impressed. I would have rather it not even say crab. This is my only complaint.

gtral (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 31, 2015

Overall it was a pleasant experience. It was very cold outside and a bit chilly in the dining area. Other than that the atmosphere, service, and food was very good and reasonably priced.

GRocks (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2015

Great atmosphere - Great Food - Excellent Service. You must visit!

Tooey (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2015

Our first experience was a Saturday night. Very energetic, the food was awesome and ambiance was enjoyable!! The piano player was fun to listen to and she got the customers involved. This last time was a weeknight and much quieter. But, very enjoyable. And once again, the food was phenomenal. We will be back again.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2015

I have family in Quakertown and of the uncountable times I've been there, had never been into McCools. We stopped toc celebrate a victorius win by the Quakertown HS football team about a year ago. Ever since, I wanted to venture back with friends to enjoy the quaint yet upbeat atmosphere. I can honestly say I've never been disappointed with the service, food, spirits and everyone has always been more than gracious to make sure our experiences are positive. I have a favorite and special place but if I shared, the table would always be reserved! Enjoy as much as we have.

Dave (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2015

Quaint historic tavern restaurant with excellent food, wine and a good brew list. The atmosphere is warm and condusive for conversation. The menu is reasonably priced. A slam dunk favorite of mine.

vipchief1960 (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on January 17, 2015

The end result that the food was delicious and the extremely comfortable atmosphere just barely overcomes the less than attentive service and the horrible 35-minute delay beyond our reservation time.

We will return but similar ratings may occur if McCooles doesn't improve their professionalism in regards to customer service.

Farmfresh (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on January 16, 2015

I don't think they had our reservation--looked confused and checked many places. After a wait it seemed like they found it. They cleared off a serving table for us. Chairs not comfortable. Very cold night and cold drafts engulfed us every time the door was opened, and it opened a lot. My wife complained constantly about freezing. One music show was fair to bad. He butchered a Neil Young song so bad there should have been a lawsuit. I had some type of beef/steak--cant remember the name of dish. It was edible but no flavor. I was disappointed . My wife I believe had the scallops, she like it and would return when it is not cold out. I think I will go with a burger if we go back.