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The Fern & Fable

4.9
4.9
766 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
  • Charming
  • Good for special occasions
  • Neighborhood gem
! Please note ! The Fern & Fable is currently offering buffet-style dining.

Join us for a summer of delicious eats and live music! The Fern & Fable is offering a picnic buffet menu that's perfect for beating the heat. With our Live Music Series taking place every Thursday from 6 - 8:30pm, what could be better than dinner and a show? The buffet is $29 per person, and $20 for children 12 and under.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, American
  • Hours of operation
    Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Thu 4:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (610) 647-1631
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    Celebrate your special day in the relaxed elegance and charm of The Farmhouse, the premier wedding venue in Chester County. Our recently renovated ballroom and new indoor pavilion accommodate events of all types and sizes up to 200 guests and offer breathtaking views on the seven-acre campus of People’s Light, a professional regional theatre in Malvern, PA. Our on-site, award-winning Executive Chef creates delicious signature dishes and tempting desserts to make your experience memorable.
  • Private party facilities
    Celebrate your special day in the relaxed elegance and charm of The Farmhouse, the premier wedding venue in Chester County. Our recently renovated ballroom and new indoor pavilion accommodate events of all types and sizes up to 200 guests and offer breathtaking views on the seven-acre campus of People’s Light, a professional regional theatre in Malvern, PA. Our on-site, award-winning Executive Chef creates delicious signature dishes and tempting desserts to make your experience memorable.
  • Private party contact
    Dawn Koller: (610) 647-1631 ext. 156
  • Neighborhood
    Malvern
  • Cross street
    Lancaster Avenue and 401 (Conestoga Road)
  • Parking details
    Ample free parking is available throughout the People's Light campus.
  • Public transit
    Septa Regional Rail Paoli/Thorndale Line-Paoli Station. This stop is 2.6 miles east from the Farmhouse and Fern & Fable on Lincoln Highway (Route 30)
  • Entertainment
    The Fern and Fable 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.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 766 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

750 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We attended Swing Night at the Farmhouse and had an amazing time! The ambiance was incredible, both inside and out. Manager Richard was phenomenal, explaining the history of People's Light, detailing the artistic work, and sharing fun facts. We had such a great time and highly recommend this event to everyone!

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  2. LizC

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A beautiful setting with a lovely staff! We enjoyed the special event (swing dancing) and everyone was kind and helpful. My husband even left his wallet by mistake and the waiter went out of his way to find him and ensure that it got back to him safely!

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  3. JeanAllele

    Philadelphia

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding as usual! The Thursday night music series is a great way to spend a summer evening - indoors when hot, sticky, or thunder-boomers threaten.

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  4. JeanAllele

    Philadelphia

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thursday evening music is back, launching with the wonderful April Merion and a smashing summer picnic buffet including flavorful BBQ chicken and cast-iron pan jalapeno cheddar cornbread.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Mother's Day brunch, the food was outstanding.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful Mother’s Day brunch! Thank you to all the staff.

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  7. Hilltop

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the Easter brunch everyone wants. Welcomed by a giant bunny, a gracious host and attractive decorations, we were shown immediately to our table. We were in a small room, which was perfect for a group of 70-somethings, one of us with a hearing aid. The buffet covered almost every possible offering. There were vegan and lots of vegetarian options, as well as a classic ham carving station. There were things for staid eaters and people with more adventurous tastes. Who knew mashed parsnips were so good? Guacamole with frittata - terrific. The blueberry brioche bread pudding was heavenly. The hot offerings were hot without being dried out. The bacon was crispy. The varied salad bar items were fresh and crunchy. There was an egg hunt for the children (not very challenging, but seemed to be lots of fun) and plenty of food choices for them. The wait staff were on the spot and incredibly friendly. The only, and I do mean only, potential problem was the location of the restrooms. For someone looking for a great brunch option - this is it. People from toddlers to the elderly all seemed to be having a good time and there was lots of lingering over meals and enjoying family and friends.

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  8. Eatingout

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were at the Thanksgiving buffet and it was excellent so when you offered the Easter buffet, we signed up. It was wonderful. We have two grandchildren and they enjoy sampling food they may not have tried before. Our group of seven; five adults and two children thoroughly enjoyed the Easter buffet.

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  9. TerryL

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quaint and perfect for date night. I loved everything about it. Service was amazing. I really liked that it was not loud and bustling. I can’t wait to go back!

    1 person found this helpful

  10. TooCute56

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My best friend was visiting from NY and we decided to have dinner before seeing the play. The buffet was laid out beautifully. My favorites were the shaved Brussel sprouts salad and the roasted vegetables. Actually, they were my second favorites, if there is such a thing. The short ribs melted in my mouth. The shrimp Wellington was a wonderful surprise to my taste buds. There was also a complimentary glass of wine included in the meal. Yes, we saved room for the dessert too. We loved the ambience of sitting by the fire. The wait staff was attentive and friendly. For a cold, rainy night, it was a lovely way to spend the evening. Would highly recommend.

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FAQs

The Fern & Fable is rated 4.9 stars by 766 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for The Fern & Fable

39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern, PA 19355

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Lancaster Avenue and 401 (Conestoga Road)
  • Neighborhood
    Malvern
  • Hours of operation
    Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Thu 4:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Ample free parking is available throughout the People's Light campus.
  • Public transit
    Septa Regional Rail Paoli/Thorndale Line-Paoli Station. This stop is 2.6 miles east from the Farmhouse and Fern & Fable on Lincoln Highway (Route 30)
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    The Fern and Fable 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.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (610) 647-1631
  • Catering
    Celebrate your special day in the relaxed elegance and charm of The Farmhouse, the premier wedding venue in Chester County. Our recently renovated ballroom and new indoor pavilion accommodate events of all types and sizes up to 200 guests and offer breathtaking views on the seven-acre campus of People’s Light, a professional regional theatre in Malvern, PA. Our on-site, award-winning Executive Chef creates delicious signature dishes and tempting desserts to make your experience memorable.
  • Private party facilities
    Celebrate your special day in the relaxed elegance and charm of The Farmhouse, the premier wedding venue in Chester County. Our recently renovated ballroom and new indoor pavilion accommodate events of all types and sizes up to 200 guests and offer breathtaking views on the seven-acre campus of People’s Light, a professional regional theatre in Malvern, PA. Our on-site, award-winning Executive Chef creates delicious signature dishes and tempting desserts to make your experience memorable.
  • Private party contact
    Dawn Koller: (610) 647-1631 ext. 156
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