The Deck At The Bucks County Playhouse

3.5
43 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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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Wish they had French Fries. Chips were bland, sandwiches were tasty. A little high in price though for just a sandwich.

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LR
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The menu is very limited and very expensive (the food was good, but nothing special). I think adding some pub menu choices would be good.

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CR
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was enjoyable though limited for the dinner menu. Music level could have been quieter as it was hard to hold a conversation. Background noise level too high for my taste. Loved the view- felt like I was on a cruise ship...

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c
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We were very underwhelmed by the food. Service was great, loved the concept - being able to walk right into the theater for the performance was awesome. But the food? NOT GOOD. We got the tacos for an app - they were average at best - the chicken was rubbery. I got the smoked porkchops and they were overcooked and dry, the veggie - which seemed like sauteed salad greens - was bitter. The "cheddared polenta" was lumpy mashed potatoes, with less flavor. My wife got the garlic chicken over ravioli. The chicken was as dry as the porckchop, and the ravioli was tough and unimpressive.
Now, that said, with over 20 years experience in the restaurant biz, I have faith that these are fixable issues. The service was good (but not great), we loved the overall ambiance and we especially loved the theater accessibility. Hopefully they can fix the food issue - the place has great potential but we need to wait before we would consider coming back.

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LL
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Recently opened up. Service still learning and getting comfortable. We were very pleased with the food. A little more variety should come down the road. You can't beat the location especially if you're attending the show at The Playhouse. The views are beautiful. Nice going Deck and Playhouse team! We'll be back.

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MB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing and our server Justin was fabulous. He was aware of my food allergies and went above and beyond. Food was amazing!!!!

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EC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Love this place. New Hope definitely needed this! Good food, right next to the theatre and I can’t wait to enjoy the place during the warmer season with the views of the Delaware River. They need to put a curtain from ceiling to floor along the bathrooms! If you sit back by the bathrooms you see straight into them, when the door opens up. . Also, give the bathrooms a much more flattering light. Way way to bright in there.
Maybe ad a great burger and a few more relaxed dishes. I feel like the place doesn’t feel upscale enough for only having fancy dishes. The place will definitely be super busy come spring and summer.

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JO
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed our first meal at the new The Deck on a bright but cold Sunday afternoon. Our lunch was delicious. I had the Short Rib Reuben and it was terrific. The service was good and so were the cocktails. Outstanding views of the river through the all-glass walls which will roll-up in the warmer weather.

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SS
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Over priced! I enjoy that it is available when I go to a show but would never just come on a rainy day because the food was over cooked, not a lot of choices, and it was entirely too over priced! For two people, who didn’t get appetizers, the bill was almost $50. It wasn’t worth it. I don’t mind paying for quality food but NOT if I’m being ripped off for it. It was our first time since the decks opening.

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JD
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The noise level was off the charts. I could not even talk to my husband, all I heard was about 4 to 5 other conversations. The floor is cement, maybe had something to with this. bathrooms right in the middle of the dining room. menu was quite different from what I saw on website. chairs were uncomfortable. I thought the food was only OK. the noise level however, will prevent me from going back

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BS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We went to a show at the BCP and had dinner at the Deck before the show. Food and service was ok. Took 20 minutes to get the desert dish out, which was sorbet. Very loud and noisy. Hard surfaces of floor, walls and ceiling need some sound dampening, especially when the piano player is playing.

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S
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

The Deck is great for pre and post show drinks/dining when you are going to the Bucks County Playhouse. You can walk directly from the restaurant into the theatre. They take your ticket at the door. It has giant garage doors (which were closed this being January) that provide a fantastic view of the Delaware river. The bar is also quite nice. However, it is quite pricey, and I would definitely stick to beer. The pours on the wine were probably the smallest I have ever seen (3 ounces) for $8 per glass (which is not outrageous). Two of us had the red snapper, which was quite good but very small, served in a soup bowl-sized dish with very little cauliflower puree, and a few microgreens (a spoonfull). Our friends had the appetizer tacos and a salad and that pairing looked quite a bit nicer than our $27 red snapper dishes. Our two red snapper entrees (which again, were very tiny and without any vegetables on the plate), four glasses of wine, and tip came to $111. I still had to make myself something to eat after the show. So if you're looking for a good view, or if you're going to the show, eat something beforehand and try the deck for appetizers and beer. If you want a great dinner and don't want to pay an arm and a leg, try some of the other great restaurants in New Hope.

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KS
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Highly recommended. We went for lunch before a show. Food was very good and the waiter was AWESOME! MY daughter is a picky eater.. and he asked the chef to " make it kid friendly" and they did and my daughter loved it! Great views as well. Will definitely be going back.

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LH
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was much too expensive and the Main entree did t come with anything.
Menu was limited.
Very very noisy .
Food quality was ok. Nothing special.
Service was not good.
It's a lovely venue but the decoration was very poor. It looked like a wharehouse.
Piano playing was nice.

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r
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I gave The Deck 3 stars which is a little generous for what we got. It is a brand new establishment in New Hope and with its excellent location on the riverside of the playhouse theater and incredible views of the river I think it has great potential.

The Deck is designed to be informal with glass garage doors that offer a great panorama of the Delaware and Lambertville. Once the warm weather comes to town I will be back with my friends to enjoy the open air and views from the bar and patio.

The food was “meh”. I had the scallops which was something I could have made at home. Perhaps after a few months the chef will get more creative and lure the good foodies of Bucks County with something more creative.

The service was earnest but tested the patience of my party of 4. I think there may be shortage of good help in New Hope.

Good luck The Deck. I’ll be back with every expectation to give you a high score in the future.

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BB
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

What a disappointment. Hostess was rude. Atmosphere reminds me of a ski lodge. Food was over priced and servings are small. Waiter tried hard, but he is not responsible for the res of the shortcomings. The people running this are either amateurs or have failed in other restaurants. $22 for a dozen clams over 10 strands of pasta is a crime. My wife's impossible buyer was so over cooked she needed a chain saw to cut. Avoid this failure.

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AG
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our lunch was delicious and the cocktails were outstanding. Our waitress was top-notch -- pleasant, polite, and very accommodating.

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d
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Where do I begin... It took a very long time to have anyone wait on us. There was lots of confusion and chaos even when the restaurant wasn't crowded. We went for dinner. The cocktails were not tasty. The fruit in the Old Fashioned wasn't muddled. The portions served were very small considering the price charged. The actual food itself was just "okay". Really tasteless. We all ordered something different and all of us were extremely disappointed. On top of which, we were told they are negotiating with the parking company to offer a discount. When dining at Logan in or Lambertville Station, the parking is either discounted by 50% or completely reimbursed. Also, I recognize it has only been open for two weeks, but you cannot expect all of your patrons to be able to climb those steps. The elevator was not working and should have been! All, in all, I will never go to this restaurant again. There are too many other restaurants that have amazing food and drink in New Hope and Lambertville!

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H
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

As my husband said, "soft opening", crash landing...

We had a 5:30 Wednesday reservation. Only a handful of people at the bar and only 1 other table had patrons, so there shouldn't have been any delays/problems. We were given the lunch menu when seated. By the time the waitress finally came we had already made our choice. She apologized when she took those menus and replaced them with dinner menus which no longer carried my choice and she apologized again because I could now not get what I wanted. When I booked our reservation on line, it said the menu was pub fare food... The lunch menu was, but the dinner menu, which only carries 6 entrees, was definitely not and had nothing I wanted. I chose the Chicken Caesar salad which then I was told would be made with kale. For $17, I got a very small plate of salad and what amounted to 1 small chicken tenderloin. My husbands $26 dinner choice was also a small plate of food with no sides whatsoever. I asked the waitress for bread, rolls, anything to help fill the void. She said she'd check. When I later asked her if she checked on the bread, she said she "thought" they only served bread/rolls on Fridays and Saturdays! Oh come on!!! Really!!! It was apparent she never checked or she would have known whether they served bread or not and what nights!.. I still can't get over that comment. Needless to say, we left hungry and asked the parking attendant if there was a coffee shop nearby as I didn't want my stomach to be growling during the show.

A more diverse dinner menu is needed and some bread would be really nice if you continue to serve such miniscule portions. The Deck is way over priced and is not for the average person who would like to eat there before a show. We saw a family of 5 leave after one of them had a beer. I would think they 1) didn't like the menu choices, 2) the prices or both. Smart move!

Next time we go to the Playhouse for a show, we will eat in our hometown beforehand...

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LP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was terrible. We when on Sunday for an afternoon show. We were sat in the back of the restaurant. When we asked to be moved to the window, we were refused. The host said that all the tables were already assigned. The restaurant was almost empty. There were at least five open tables by the window. We left without ordering. With all the places to eat in New Hope, the Deck should treat customers better or they will go elsewhere.

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L
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great new restaurant overlooking the Delaware River and behind/connected to the Bucks County Playhouse. Had a great sandwich for lunch, staff managed serving everything in time for the 2:00 pm show. Very nice lunch spot for New Hope.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing environment! Can’t wait to visit in the summer.

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TC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

this is a new restaurant, which just opened in December of 2018. There are very few selections on the menu. The night we visited they were completely out of the only pasta selection on the menu that several of us were going to select. The portions were small, but the food was well presented. It took far to long to get our entrees.

Maybe things will improve as they learn the ropes in the coming year. It should be a really nice open air restaurant with the unique design of using customized garage doors as windows allowing it to be a full open air restaurant for spring, summer and fall.

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J
Philadelphia
93 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Celebrating our 2.5 years wedding anniversary. We had a great time tanks to our server Politeia very professional and friendly. Had the soups of the day but it was room at temperature but good flavor. The burger of the day was Bloody Mary and IT was delicious. Will definitely return since we are locals and love this new restaurant with a nice river view.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The waiter was very attentive. I wasn’t thrilled with the seating options so near to the restrooms. Great option for the playhouse pretheater!

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AT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Overpriced food not the best quality. Our food was slightly cold. Very small pour of wine.

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B
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Main meal was very good, they need to improve on desert-some sort of bread puddings/ice cream

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Can’t wait to try the dinner menu.

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D
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

I realize they opened only a few weeks ago. But we definitely expected better.
It is beautiful - good ambiance- and we would consider going to the bar (which looked great) for a drink in the future.

Dining experience, however, was not up to par with all the other choices in New Hope.
It was 4 of us on a Thurs. night and tables were less than 1/2 full when we arrived. Had a 6pm reservation and told the host we were going to the play at 7:30. We were seated with lunch menus, which we thought was a mistake. With 10 minutes of no one coming to our table, we got up to ask about getting dinner menus. It was then we were told that they were only serving the lunch menu right now.

Another 15 minutes, still no one - at this point more than 1/2 the tables were full. We were doing the "5 more minutes and we leave" countdown. Kept trying to make eye contact with someone, anyone, to just even get a drink. Two tables that sat after us were already drinking. The manager walking around may have noticed, but apparently wan't interested in doing more than that. (having worked in a restaurant - it's all hands on deck when you have people waiting- so I couldn't understand this)

Finally drinks are in front of us after being there 40 minutes. Food came shortly after. The manager finally stopped at our table to see if our food was to our liking - mere seconds after it arrived and before we even had a chance to eat anything. Our wine glasses were near empty - but she didn't notice that either. Cheese plate was amazing. Would've been even better with a 2nd glass of wine! (another 12 min wait) I had a $9 salad, which was a joke. The others had sandwiches which they said were "fine". Menu was nothing special - and neither was the food. This was a bit of a surprise.

We will not be back for a while to eat there - if at all. We had 6 minutes to spare till the show...and the amount of time, food and price of check just didn't make it worth it.

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r
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

first impression was they did a nice job building the place and was very clean. went on a Thursday pre theater and was seated with a lunch menu. when we asked we were told that they were not serving entrees for the Thursday performance. great and too late to go anywhere else. After a little wait we ordered our drinks and started with the charcuchare {spelling} which was very good. next we each had a cup of the cream of mushroom soup which again was good, not the best. Next I was told that I could not have a regular cheeseburger I had to have the chefs burger which was spicy , just what I needed right before a show. I guess our waitress took a dip in the Delaware since we didn't see her for a while. Wanted to grab the next tables waitress who decided that racing right by our table several times was much easier than stepping around to the wide open aisle way, but waited for the nice gentleman who seated us to bring our sandwiches. Upon arrival he spilled a portion of my house made chips on the floor, apologized didn't offer to bring more and then left them there for speed racer to crush into bits. I eventually cleaned them up. Finally, here comes our waitress to maybe take another drink order to help me put out the pablano fire in my gut. Setting my wifes drink down with her hand cupped over the rim I decided it was time to use the restroom and abandon this pre theater nightmare. topped off the evening with the auto towel dispenser not working. By the way burger was ok, wifes short rib sandwich wad very dry. She liked mine better.

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PK
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The view is spectacular. The lunch menu, not so much. Cleverly named sandwiches didn't measure up.
Mushroom soup, very good. It's brand new, so we'll give it another try.

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L
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Brand spamming new. Was pleasantly surprised how good everything was we had lunch after Xmas show at the playhouse. I did not care for the homemade slaw. Very spicy
The chicken melt was outstanding and others had the burger special, pulled pork and short rib sandwiches. All excellent.

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KH
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

OK. It is newly open so there are things to debug. First, we went for dinner only to be told they are using their lunch menu. Then the waitress cane over to give us water but failed to ask for our drink order. Then our food arrived but it was for another table. Then our real food came. It was good. But weak on the side portions. Our salad was good. We finished then they came to our table with another order but this was for another table. Could have eaten three times! Bathroom placement is rather awkward. Right in the middle of the floor to the side but doors open right into the restaurant - could make for uncomfortable moments.... you can hear the person in the room. Definitely a learning curve overall. See in a few months how things are. Right now I would wait and avoid using the bathrooms if you go. 😲

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K
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The food selection did not match the atmosphere. The menu presented as high end the atmosphere was not. Our table was right outside the restrooms which were very much exposed to tables right outside the restroom doors. The suggested amount of time to reserve prior to a show at the playhouse was 90 minutes, I reserved the table 2 hours ahead and just made the show.

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Z
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Ambiance was great - need more work on food & menu. Has tremendous potential

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Tables were way to close to each other. Had piano player and that caused the noise level to be very high. Hard to have a conversation. Also put tables right next to bathroom doors and too close to main walkway. Traffic was heavy and constantly brushing by the tables. Food was very good though. I never complain but first table for two they tried to seat us at was like three feet from the host podium and the door. Spent 180 and expected a little more as far as comfort and ambiance for that.

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EM
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Very loud acoustics, hard to hear anyone talk despite it not being very busy. Food was extremely overpriced for what it was. No kids menu or any options close to kid friendly. Service extremely slow and priced extremely high. Probably gonna have nice views of the river in the summertime, but that's probably about it.

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DL
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

We brought guests as a ore Christmas gift and the food was very disappointing . We’re local and hope the food will,improve with time.

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NT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Pre show dinner. Loved it!! Ambiance is great. Excellent addition to the Playhouse

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JK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had no expectations but were very pleased with our dinner there. The atmosphere was really nice - the lights could have been a tiny bit lower. But this is being picky. Awesome and tasty vegetarian options. Well done. We will be back!

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