The Fern & Fable

4.8
511 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
We're taking a short break to rest up after the holidays, and to finalize some very exciting changes in the restaurant. We reopen on Thursday, January 20th. Our live music series will also return on the 20th. We can't wait to see you back soon!

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. Reservations are required for a socially-distanced table in the restaurant.

Diners must show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours of reservation, along with a valid photo ID for indoor restaurant dining.

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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 511 people are saying
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JeanAllele
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious seasonal meal by the fire. Lanterns light the long winter night. A beautiful oasis!

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vipSenora
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. The ambiance was relaxing with a fire blazing. The waiter was very attentive.

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Darian
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The Farmhouse is fine dining in a casual atmosphere at a great value.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Very attentive. Clean, beautiful table setting. Fast delicious meals. Will be back!

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MelvinM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was hot, delicious, and served with a smile.

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vipCobiBlue
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and ambience. We sat near a beautiful fireplace and had a wonderful dining experience. Dinner and drinks were delicious and I appreciated the gluten free options. I highly recommend especially if eating dinner prior to an event at People's Light Theater.

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LisaM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I’d definitely go back. The appetizers were great. The staff were friendly and attentive.

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KathyG
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Awesome pre theatre meal. The staff was amazing—incredibly attentive and just a joy to be with. THe short rib grilled cheese and soup was to die for…..charcuterie board was VERY generous. Spinach salad ok….chicken on it was a bit too salty but had a great evening

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RickM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was delicious… service was slow…,never received our salad, rarely saw our waitress

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Bill
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The experience was made good by the great service. Food was very good, too.

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PaulS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was fortunate enough to have dinner on my birthday and we were the only diners. The food was excellent and well prepared. The wait staff was attentive and the drinks were also well prepared.

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JillK
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, & the overall experience was wonderful!

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EmilyM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to the Sunday Matinee of the Christmas Carol at the People Light Theater which was an exceptional performance. We decided to dine at the Farmhouse afterwards. Can’t say enough about our wonderful experience. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive. The menu offered a variety of foods for any palette. Our meal was phenomenal!!!! Kudos to the chef. The overall ambiance was lovely. I can’t wait to dine there again.

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KatC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went to the Christmas Carol and walked over to have dinner after. The food was great! Covid protocols were fantastic. Food was good.. the rooms were small and it was often tough to hear the waiter. Food was great, portions was perfect size, we enjoyed the food and atmosphere

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vipPhilipG
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas outing for our 92 year old mother

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vipTrish
Philadelphia
79 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our first time dining indoors - we had only previously been this past summer when the outdoor tent was set up. This is a charming restaurant - very friendly staff. Many people dine here before seeing a show, but we just wanted to have a nice dinner. We were seated in one of the rooms with a real fireplace - very enjoyable! The food is always very good - I had the pork medallions and my husband had the french onion soup and grilled chicken sandwich - all very delicious!

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vipkeepinitreal
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm and wonderful atmosphere, wonderful service, delicious food and just a perfect pre-show experience all around!

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Hilltop
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

An extremely loud party at an adjoining table rather spoiled an otherwise lovely evening at the Farmhouse. A group that large might better have been seated a private room or alternate seaating might have been offered to those of us at the other two tables. The setting is perfect, the waiter was delightful and the covid protections were complete, but not intrusive. They made sure we got to the theatre in plenty of time. I had a great burger, but the home-made potato chips were far too salty. The pork medalions, tomato soup and spinach salad were very good, and prices are reasonable. We certainly will go again.

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CharlesM
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Six of us had the Thanksgiving buffet. The food was plentiful and very good. Service was spotty, perhaps because we were in an isolated room away from the main dining room. But the servers were friendly and helpful. We would have liked more green vegetables in the buffet, but, as a vegetarian, I found plenty to eat.

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TimH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and freindly staff. Grounds and interior were also wonderful.

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HarveyD
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The main menu items were excellent. The holiday staff looked a little rusty but overall, it was a very enjoyable meal.

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Kyle
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great Thanksgiving dinner at The Farmhouse! The ambiance was outstanding and the food was all quite tasty!

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RachelS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting. They had everything my family wanted to eat. Great service.

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SheilaD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Vinny Paolizzi was playing Guitar
It was romantic and we loved the ambiance

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Erik
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. We reserved an outdoor table for a Thursday evening to enjoy the live music they offer. It was very intimate, the service was great, and the food blew us away. The value is unmatched. We will absolutely be returning soon.

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Courtney
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful place! The Farmhouse at People's Light has outdone themselves. I live in an old farmhouse so I immediately started to look around and appreciate all the character of both the interior and exterior. The dinner was absolutely delicious. I had the french onion soup and salmon. Not to mention the hot toddy was the perfect cocktail to have on a chilly, rainy evening. I would not have wanted to spend my birthday anywhere else. I cannot wait to go back on Thursdays for live music!

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AmandaK
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were great. It was raining, so we could not eat at the amazing space outside. But, we had a whole room to ourselves, so felt safe from Covid.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my family for my wife’s Birthday and we had a great time! The place is amazing and the food was really good. We had a great service, and the entire staff was super friendly and helpful! I highly recommend it!

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Caryn
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very relaxing, enjoyable evening outdoors on the porch for the intimate concert by Joe Greco. Fantastic musician, wonderful service and delicious food. We will go back, again & again. Manager roams table to table to talk with you and everyone is very nice.

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Happy
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried out the new fall menu. Everyone happy with choices. Redecoration very attractive.

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vipJeanAllele
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another relaxing Thursday evening with great music, food, ambience.

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MarR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience5

Wait staff never asked to refill our drinks
Did not give name
May have been his first day
Did not refill water
Did not check on our table
Appeared nervous and wanted us to hurry
Since I was banquet wait staff

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vipJeanAllele
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thursday evenings at Farmhouse Bistro are becoming a tradition. Great music, great food, great service, great garden: this is the life!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful evening! I wish we had discovered this gem earlier in the summer. Not crowded, wonderful service, fantastic food and drinks. It was such a cute outdoor setting. Only downfall is the picnic benches could use a little cushion after awhile. We will definitely be back!

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vipMichaelH
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A very nice evening outdoors! A perfect picnic setting! Music playing in the background , black tablecloths and we had gorgeous weather. Looking forward to Fall…..

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PanM
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very pleasant experience, perfect for date night or family gathering.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Perfect. Not too Loud, music was great. Everyone friendly. Food outstanding

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful spot! Great food, cocktails, decor and service. Will definitely go back soon.

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McQ2
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! The food, service, outdoor garden seating and live music made for an excellent evening. We were all impressed with the friendly staff and delicious dinner. Will definitely return!

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vipFoodie
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Service couldn’t have been better. Food was fresh, and arrived on time and live music was a plus.

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 4.8 stars by 511 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.