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The Fern & Fable, Malvern, PA

The Fern & Fable

4.5
4.5
557 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American


The Fern & Fable offers a casual outdoor and indoor dining experience featuring our fall/winter menu by Executive Chef Scott Burns. We’re talking fresh salmon burgers, veggie-filled salads, fried chicken and waffles, gourmet waffle fries, and a great selection of seasonal cocktails, beer, and wine.

Outdoor dining is back! To be seated outdoors, please make a note in your reservation to let us know.




Monday and Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 3:30pm-8pm
Thursday: 4pm - 9:00pm | Live Music 6:30pm-8:30 pm!
Friday: 3:30pm - 8pm
Saturday: 3:30pm - 8pm
Sunday: 3:30pm - 8pm

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Booked 1 time today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Fri–Sun 3:30 pm–8:00 pm Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (610) 647-1631 ext. 158

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Scott Burns

  • 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, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 557 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great expanded menu! Perfect for dinner before a play at People’s Light.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    The service was very poor. The staff was impacted by a wedding going on at the same time. The salads were far too cold. Apparently directly from fridge to table. The grilled chicken was very dry and had far too much balsamic drizzle. The short rib entree and roasted vegetables were very nicely prepared. We are not inclined to return.

  3. D

    Dining

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful spot. Lovely outside setting. Nice menu and moderately priced. Will be going back. Thursday they have live music on the patio.

  4. H

    Harkins

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We loved everything! From the food to the service, we were completely satisfied. Definitely a place we will recommend to family and friends.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    38 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience3

    We were so excited to eat here but were let down. We started with the $26 charcuterie board, that was cubes of cheese and cheap lunchmeat. The farmhouse autumn salad was better but not by much. The entrees were also a huge disappointment. The only part of the meal we liked was the dessert, which is supplied by a local bakery. Sadly we will not be back

  6. MS

    MargaretS

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went last night for dinner, first time there. Sat outside, food was great, service was awesome. Really enjoyed the music and the view of the beautiful landscaping. We will definitely go back.

  7. JA

    JeanAllele

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outdoor dining is back! Great food, including delicious margarita specials and fish tacos for Cinco de Mayo, attentive service, great ambience indoors and out - including live music most Thursdays.

  8. KK

    KevinK

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    We were warmly greeted and shown our table quickly. The server was patient and gave good descriptions of the food. Service was quick and the food very good

  9. H

    Hilltop

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Lovely way to spend the holiday. We were a party of ten with different dietary needs and preferences, and everything worked just as I had hoped it would . The entire room was beautifully decorated, the wait staff were terrific, and the wide variety of food meant everyone had plenty of choices. Particularly outstanding were an egg casserole, the shredded carrot salad, the peas (yes, the peas!) and the salmon. Two younger people loved the chicken and waffles, and everyone enjoyed a dessert (or two!) We had all the holiday foods and atmosphere with no preparation or clean-up. Great choice!

  10. DK

    DianeK

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Enjoyed a lovely, delicious and bountiful Easter Brunch with our family! Everyone was so welcoming and hospitable! We will definitely be returning in the future!

  11. SL

    SheilahL

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My family had Easter Brunch at the Fern & Fable. It was wonderful. Great food, great service, great environment. We’ll be back.

  12. RH

    RebeccaH

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    We ate here prior to attending the play “We hold these truths”. Very convenient and the food was delicious. Price was very reasonable.

  13. F

    Frazerman

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome staff. Superb service. Great food. Lots of parking. Pet friendly.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved the fern and fable

  15. JD

    JoyceD

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time there. Food was great. No need to change menu. Can’t wait to go in summertime. Recommend highly.

  16. S

    S123

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    It's a fine place to eat if you are on your way to a show at the attached theatre. I would not go out of my way to dine there. The menu is basic, a few entrees, mostly sandwiches but good enough. Drink offerings were limited and only lower end wines were offered. Food came out very quickly and was tasty. Entrees come with either rice, mashed potatoes, root vegetable or french fries. You only get one which seemed odd to me considering I had short ribs which really could have used a starch and vegetable. The pan cookie for dessert was very good. Service was not good. I get it, COVID has made hiring waitstaff next to impossible. Our server was obviously new and inexperienced and just didn't have the personality or attention to service needed to wait tables well. The food courses each came out very fast but the server would disappear for too long in between seeming to struggle managing our section of tables. Overall, prices are reasonable and food was good but nothing special.

  17. T

    Theatergoer

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, awesome service, and beautiful ambiance.

  18. T

    Tom6

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Delicious creative meals despite limited menu. I will definitely return. I have never had such good brussel sprouts. Outstanding pleasant service.

  19. RW

    RhodaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The menu was excellent. Great variety for all dietary needs. The food was good value and tasted good as well.

  20. ES

    ElleSil

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time here before a performance next door. Very attentive server and very good food. Accommodated us by splitting an entree salad for us and made by chicken and waffles starter into an entree. Delicious!

  21. EL

    ELLE

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    I had the grilled chicken breast. Food was very fresh and tasty. Service was a little slow to start but overall a nice experience.

  22. S

    Steve

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    1st time dining here and found that the positive reviews we've seen proved accurate. Great service, food and atmosphere. Live music on Thursdays nice bonus too!

  23. S

    Shmuel

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5

    It took a while before our waiter started taking our orders, but once he did the service was fine. My wife was happy with her salmon teriyaki and borderline ecstatic over the Sweet Jazmine's sweet potato cake. My pork medallions were fair—a nice glaze but the pork was a little dry and a bit less than fresh. The Super Tuscan red was quite good. The atmosphere is terrific—such a handsomely decorated room with a cheerful fire on a cold rainy night. I'd certainly come here again if/when I go to another People's Light production.

  24. CM

    CarolM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Pretty place to have dinner. Food was ok. Not bad but not stellar. Once the third table of people were seated in the room it was so loud we had to shout at each other.

  25. n

    navyvet68

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dinner with five other friends. We all had different entrees and all were excellent. Homemade potato chips were fantastic! And, the chicken with pear chutney was especially good. The deserts were incredible and uniquely prepared. The service was over the top good. Everyone was very pleasant, helpful and patient with our group. The photo shown is the adjoining People’s Light Leonard C. Haas Theatre, where we saw the performance Personality: The Lloyd Price Musical, after our wonderful dinner.

  26. e

    emem

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Went for St. Patrick's day and had good food, well priced and enjoyed the music.

  27. LS

    LyndaS

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Food and service were very good! And all of restaurant staff very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend.

  28. MV

    MichaelV

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went for St. Paddy's Day. Food and service were excellent as usual. Live music as well. Always a great experience dining here.

  29. NC

    NicholasC

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    very comfortable , enjoyable after theater dinner

  30. k

    karbear

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time we were there. Had a wonderful experience. Super nice staff and delicious food. The filet sliders and seafood Newburg were wonderful. Looking forward to going back. (Oh and great bartender!)

  31. LM

    LindaM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This restaurant was a real surprise. It is more than a theater-based place. Had one of the best meals I've had at a restaurant in several years. No exaggeration. Definitely get the French onion soup. Amazing flavor and texture. Best I've ever had anywhere.

  32. TC

    TomC

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Very nice meal and service before the show. Service was efficient and friendly.

  33. LA

    LizA

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    It’s great to be able to pair a nice dinner with a good show. Drinks were outstanding

  34. G

    Gardengirl

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A truly lovely evening! Perfect to be so close to the theatre, the dinner was delicious & we had an excellent waitress! Try the Sweet Potato Cake! Mmmmm!

  35. JA

    JeanAllele

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exemplary service! Staff like clockwork on a busy theater evening, attentive and friendly, to meet our every request. Made us feel as special as if we were the only guests.

  36. CM

    CheleinMalvern

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    All was good but the noise level in our room was very high.

  37. KK

    KarenK

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The wait staff was friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. They served us quickly, giving us plenty of time to get to the play. My vegan shepherds pie and roasted vegetables were excellent, as were my friends’ dinners. We’ll go back for sure.

  38. JR

    JanetR

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My friend and I enjoyed a lovely meal here. I ordered the chicken breast with pear chutney and the roasted root vegetable side. It was delicious! A little too abundant. Two generous sized chicken breasts. I could not eat it all. Unfortunately, I did not take the leftovers home because we were headed to the play afterwards. My friend had the vegetarian Sheppard's Pie, which was equally delicious and well prepared. We were seated by the wood burning fireplace, which added to the ambiance. Loved the decor. There was live music in the upper room at the entrance. This was slightly loud for our quiet conversation but the musician played enjoyable songs, so I'm not going to complain about that. Our server was efficient and the food came out quickly and hot. Wrap that up with a reasonably priced menu that seems like an exceptional deal for the quality of the food. Will be back!

  39. JC

    JohnC

    Philadelphia

    85 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Very enjoyable meal. Fodd was very good. We've eaten here many times in the past and will continue to do so.

  40. MK

    MaxineK

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We so enjoyed a sweet meal prior to the show. Our reservation was early, and it was very quiet when we first arrived, of course picking up a bit as others arrives. It was a lovely experience.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

The Fern & Fable offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (610) 647-1631 ext. 158.

The Fern & Fable is rated 4.5 stars by 557 OpenTable diners.

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

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Google Map for The Fern & Fable

39 Conestoga Rd. Malvern, PA 19355

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Lancaster Avenue and 401 (Conestoga Road)

  • Neighborhood

    Malvern

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Fri–Sun 3:30 pm–8:00 pm Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary 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

  • Executive chef

    Scott Burns

  • 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, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (610) 647-1631 ext. 158

  • 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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