The Deck At The Bucks County Playhouse

3.8
106 reviews
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Meet me at The Deck — New Hope's new gathering place offering gastropub fare, a full bar, and a broad and balanced beer list. Our menu features modern twists on classic fare ... made from scratch, seasonally driven and locally sourced. We offer a variety of brews on tap, as well as great local IPAs, signature craft cocktails and an extensive wine list. Located behind (and attached to) Bucks County Playhouse, THE DECK Restaurant and Bar is open for lunch, dinner and late nights. Offering great pre-theater and post-theater dining, The Deck also welcomes walkups looking for an outstanding every day dining experience.
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JG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing transformation! The place looked great and the food was great too!

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AN
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

Food was ok, no local beers which was surprising. Took a long time to get food and food was ok. Will definitely go back

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T
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Yes, we should have come earlier than 6PM if we were seeing the 7:00 show, but since our server knew we were seeing the show, I wish he had either expedited our dinners or advised us that we did not have time to properly enjoy a full dinner and suggested menu items that could come out quicker. Our empty salad plates languished for several minutes before 6:30, and our dinners were not put before us until almost 6:40. I don't like to gobble. The chicken and ravioli was delicious, but I only got a taste before I had to bid my barely half-eaten plate goodbye at 7:00. I wish I'd just ordered soup.

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s
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Poor service!

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HW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Over all a good experience. Great staff, wonderful view and yummy food- my bad I went on Trivia Tuesday which meant lots of noise!!! This is going to be THE spot all summer for the great view drinks and food.

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LM
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Restaurant was very accommodating and loved the atmosphere. Food was very good and a little pricier than thought but menu was too limited. Would definitely recommend eating here.

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PT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Eating at The Deck is a great idea prior to going to a show at the Bucks County Playhouse. It's very easy to walk into the playhouse after dining there. We also used the Valet Service that worked out well. Only concern about The Deck as a restaurant is the limited menu. While I typically like a smaller menu with limited choices, more choices of food are needed. The food we did choose was very good. I would definitely dine there before a show and hang at the bar if no show but would probably choose another restaurant in town if not going to a show.

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JB
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Noisy, if only other patrons would learn to talk in proper tones. We were there in winter so the big doors were closed. I can’t wait to return during the spring so we can really enjoy the view. The service was good but the 90 minutes we alloted for dinner was not enough for us to enjoy a coffee before the show.

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BB
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Our waiter served the soup grasping the bowl around the rim; I hope he had clean hands.
Had to ask for refills on coffee.
Decorating of the area is dismal; dark and depressing
Loved the easy access to the theater and probably will eat there again only because of that.

Suggest you give people who valet park and use the restaurant a break on the $20 parking fee which is outrageous!!!
We met two gentlemen outside the restaurant before we went in who recommended we not go in. They had been ignored and treated "unfriendly" at the bar when they went for a drink.

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s
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the atmosphere and music at The Deck. The Eric Mintel Quartet was playing -- what a treat to hear such high quality jazz. The Deck is a great space -- love the bar, the big windows, and high ceilings. The menu is small but interesting, and the food is pretty good. Nice wine list too.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Service was slow and indifferent.Food was mediocre at best.Its a great spot hope the management will work to improve the food as will as the service.

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JB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Sadly the Deck cuisine pales in comparison to the outstanding performances in the theatre.
Although the setting is wonderful with a great access to the Playhouse, our dinners that included snapper, chicken, and sweet sausage pasta as well as the service could use the same attention to detail as is given by the actors. Of course, the restaurant is in it’s infancy but if it is to compete with New Hope dining it must mature quickly.

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AN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Who ever designed the Deck must have no knowledge of the design of a restaurant.
Having tables next to the rest rooms. The aisle between the rest rooms and tables was constantly busy with the help going from the bar area down the aisle to take orders and continue down further to place orders. The kitchen was on the other end of the bar.
An order was given and when the plate arrived it was not as advertised on the menu. The manager told us it was a "typo" on the menu.

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Y
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

We were greeted in a very friendly manner, and seated promptly for our 6:45 pm reservation for 2. The restaurant was about 60% full, busy but not packed. Our waiter was friendly and took our drink order, and explained the specials in detail, leaving the impression he really knew the food. We had built up excitement at this point but all went down hill from there. It took 10 minutes to get our drinks and 60 minutes to get our Ceasar salad (thankfully we did not need to get to the show that night). after 30 minutes, I told our waiter we would leave if the salads did not come out in a few minutes. We had another drink and waited, with assurances it would be right out. We were then told all the show goers dessert borders are what caused our salads to be delayed. Finally we grabbed the manager who was getting around the restaurant, but was not aware of our dilemma. He apologized and said our order would be the next one out of the kitchen. It was not and the waiter told us our tickets printed and fell on the floor and got lost. He had to ask for our entree order again as our salads finally came out. when the entrees finally came, they looked great but the chicken was dry and overcooked and our scallops had a vinegar flavor that made them taste off. We declined dessert and the waiter said he fought to get our drinks comped, but they wouldn't do anything about the food. After 2 hours we were finally on our way and I was happy to be out of this disaster. I don't like to post negative reviews, but this time it was really well deserved.

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JA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to go before you go to the playhouse or have a cocktail after. We were sat right away and weren't rushed at all. Piano player was awesome. Would recommend to anybody to go even if not seeing play.

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T
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My second time. Love the location and the view and the service is outstanding. Menu feels like work in progress (the restaurant is new), but very promising.

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DT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit to The Deck and we did enjoy the experience. I will add though that the menu is very limited in options but I am assuming that is by design. Service was excellent. It was great being able to enter the theater right from the dining area.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Hoping they can work the kinks out. It was extremely loud. Loud enough that we may

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p
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

would not recommend at this time - too new too many bugs yet. Had high hopes but disappointed on initial visit - many other choices in the area.reserved table for 2 - asked for window seating. i know that window can't be guaranteed but we had walk-ins right before us who did get window seat. The manager escorted us to a table and my wife asked about our request for window seating. The manager abruptly responded that it is by request only and my wife shot back that we did request it. Manager said she never looked at the request so we just took the table offered. Tables are extremely tight and close together - about 6 inches between us and table for 4. One of us had the pork which was enjoyable and the other had the beef ragu with pasta which was not good at all and returned uneaten. While management did not take the time to ask what was wrong with the meal, she did make sure to tell us that they were not going to charge for it as if i was getting a free meal.

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R
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Service was somewhat rushed and dis organized. They forgot to bring things. Ie. Salad dressing sweetener for drinks. Massive pepper spill in the soup because it was not the proper shaker.

For this type of space the food was overpriced. This is more of a bar food type atmosphere not fine dining. Portions were small. Beef in the Bolognese had large fatty parts. Not good at all.
The black garlic chicken had fatty parts and small bones the “ravioli were not mushroom stuffed. They had goat cheese not mushrooms inside. This gave the dish an odd flavor. The flavors were discordant.

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BH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Way too noisy with unnecessary piano player just adding to it, slow service that almost caused us to miss show even though we allowed 2 hours between our reservation and show time, food was mediocre, very limited menu, décor more appropriate for outside dining. We'd go back only on a nice summer afternoon. Too many other choices in the area to put up with this.

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D
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A perfect place to eat before a show at the Playhouse. The food is quite good with a good selection. The noise level is a bit high. The view of the river cannot be beat. It will be an amzing place to visit in warmer weather as well. We all enjoyed our meal. The drinks were a little slow coming at first, but overall the service was good.

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MR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Three of us had dinner before seeing The Buddy Holly Story on a Friday night. I had mistakenly looked at the lunch menu (when originally looking at a matinee show) and did not realize that the dinner menu was different. We were each able to find something that appealed to us and I had the braised lamb shank which was on special. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their dinner. Out waiter was courteous, attentive, and friendly. We had preordered valet parking when we purchased the tickets which completely removed the stress of New Hope parking. We were finished dinner in plenty of time for the show, which was terrific.

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RB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Waited about 45 minutes til we were served our appetizers; another 30 minutes, or so for main course. The spring rolls were hard. The snapper was rubbery. If we come back it will only be for cocktails. Could not recommend The Deck to my friends/family.

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SS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would go back again. Nice atmosphere. Super service.

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MT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server justin was great. The food was delicious. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Cant wait to go back.

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DM
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Charcuterie board is a must have app! Our waiter was very personable and efficient. A great dinner before a show at the Bucks County Playhouse.

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L
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Great ambiance - some food courses were just ok like Caesar salad and the appetizer (cheesesteak wraps. The main course was awesome - Lobster Tail . The time gaps between food courses could have been longer. I know the place is new - and maybe the ambiance could be richer - but a good first showing for a new place trying to find its niche. Has plenty of potential given its great location. Will try again - soon.

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CG
Palm Springs
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Watched a show at the Bucks County Playhouse and walked directly into the restaurant. Very convenient. Nice views of the river with good food and drink. Our waiter was excellent.

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J
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food and ambiance were very good. Problem with service as there were bout many people there and it took some time for the server to acknowledge our presence and ask for our drink order. When he finally had the drink he stood with it on a tray for a few minutes while he conversed with the table next to us.

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NG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I think it would be great for a drink but we were not impressed with the food. Coleslaw was way too hot and spicy, homemade chips are too burned to enjoy. Actual lunches were really just so-so. Beautiful view of the river and very convenient for a show.

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NJ
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Beautiful view of the Delaware. Limited menu but what's there is very good. Nice bar. If you are going to the playhouse it is connected to this restaurant. A nice night out.

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JG
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the view and convenience of having lunch and entering directly into theater after!

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BM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The deck was a pleasant surprise. Staff was friendly and food was very good. Best of all you can walk from the restaurant through a door right into the Playhouse .

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NB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great space, beautiful view of the river. Nice menu. Excellent addition to New Hope!

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PD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The food was expensive and not good. It was also very loud.

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d
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food. Good drinks, although a glass of wine was a small, measured portion which was not a good value. Perfect place to enjoy a nice dinner before a performance.

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JP
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

First time we went all was good. Second time very different. Dinner food with limited menu. Low energy feel but good river view. Hope they improve by summer

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MC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very impressed by the style, decor and service. Food was very yummy, the menu was a little small but we didn't have trouble finding something each of us would like. The view speaks for itself an we can't wait to return in the warmer weather.

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CH
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I am sure this is because it is so new, however they offered a strip steak as one of the nights specials. It was only 6:35 PM and the strips steak was sold out. Another issues that I had were the bathrooms. The bathrooms are very nice, however they are situated right where people are seated eating dinner. This could make for a very unpleasant meal. I feel they should have been placed in a back corner. I did however love the piano player, very nice. Overall, I am hoping that in time, things will run a lot smoother and hopefully the bathroom's won't be too big of an issue. Perhpaps sometime in the summer we will consider trying it again.

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