The Water Wheel Tavern

4.4
360 Reviews
$30 and under
American

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Casual
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Water Wheel Tavern is an historic Bucks County landmark originally built in 1714 by John Dyer, an English Quaker. It existed for centuries as a water wheel driven grist mill, and later hosted both a post office and a general store. The mill was transformed into an inn and tavern with the repeal of prohibition in 1933.

Now, after an extensive industrial chic renovation, we invite you to experience our comfortable ambiance, diverse menu and hard working professional staff!

*High tops & Patio tables are non reservable, but we will make every attempt to accommodate your request.*

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • 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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 360 people are saying
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vipRobertB
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the French onion bruschetta and fried avocado appetizers. Always something creative on the menu either food or specialty cocktails. We enjoy the cozy atmosphere. Friendly staff.

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Delightful
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, good food and beer selection, great service and terrific atmosphere.

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vipAnnebelle
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am never disappointed at Waterwheel. The food is always flavorful and delicious and the service is attentive. They have a unique menu so it is always a treat to see what new items are on the menu or specials. Music on the weekends is entertaining. I highly recommend

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MelissaP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the staff is friendly, welcoming and they always go out of their way to greet us and make sure we have everything we need. Bartender makes the best Cosmo and we’ve never had a disappointing meal. The entire restaurant is spotless! My favorite place in town!

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Sbyummy
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Good food good service good value

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vipPirate314
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service were outstanding! Nina was a terrific server.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had a birthday party for family for my daughter 8th birthday!!! Everyone was so nice and we had a great time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a fun evening!!! The food was delicious and wait staff excellent!!

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Foodie
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The mussels were not done well and the sauce was strange. The mashed potatoes were cold.

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MaryBeth
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had appetizers at a bar table. Food was excellent - wings, flatbread and mussels. Drinks were good and priced fairly. Service was a little scattered at times. Hostesses need a bit more experience. Went because we wanted to hear live music. Unfortunately, the musician they had was a bit hokey. Song choices were poor, singing not very good either

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and beautiful restaurant. Our server helped us decide drinks and dinner choices, she was really friendly and helpful! We would have loved to sit closer than the band area but it was full. Really nice place all around!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great service! Nice staff

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Kristin
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. I ordered the corned beef reuben for lunch and it was pristinely lean. Our server was very friendly, attentive and accommodating. Looking forward to returning soon!

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BillF
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good good - service was awesome - menu is limited a bit - great bar - would return

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Claire
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were given a very nice table in the corner and enjoyed the food and evening! There was live music in the bar area but we could not hear it.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Valentine’s dinner - waitress could best be described as “surly”, cocktail tasted like a cup of lime juice, steak tough and food bland. Will say our appetizers (beat salad and onion soup) were good and bussing staff was good. Not the experience I was hoping for.

The Water Wheel Tavern
Responded on February 17, 2020

While we heard many rave reviews from our customers on Valentine's Day, and not one complaint on the day of, we may not have achieved the level of food and service we desired to achieve for your table. Feel free to contact our GM, Jim Daven, to discuss. We would be honored to have you back to prove what a fantastic setting, food, and service we can provide. best, Water Wheel Management

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was underwhelming for the price

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Trevor
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food. Quite evening. Staff was great. Will go again.

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vipShariV
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We are long-term diners at the Water Wheel. While we love the renovations and new look of the restaurant, brunch left us a bit disappointed. First the positives- the young man Staffing the omelet and carving stations is skilled and helpful. The servers are attentive, and the mimosas are quite good.

Buffet selections need improvement. Breakfast potatoes are coarse and dry. Green salad needs some additional ingredients to make it palatable- croutons, tomatoes, etc. Pasta and potato salad are clearly mass-produced from an outside supplier, and really unappetizing. Desserts during our first visit were quite good, but during our visit this week were sparse.

We hope to return when quality improves!

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vipterrisauers81
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We chose this location to have a double date after we had a great experience a few months ago. This time around, I ordered the flat iron steak - which I didn't feel was as great at the filet mignon but was still good. My husband ordered the tomato basil soup with the grilled cheese croutons and loved it! My friend ordered the partridge pear sandwich, and her date ordered a burger, and everyone was very happy with their food. We even ordered dessert because we were having such a great time. We weren't rushed, everything came out in a timely manner and all the food was incredible. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went at an off time but service was great and food was excellent. Great vegan options as well.

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GERRYB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely, took pictures of the restaurant and buffet setup to share with friends and family

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

comfort , great food , great service

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Nickcw
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The meal was rushed. Barely into our salad when the entrees were brought out. Would have liked a second glass of wine with dinner but didn’t have time. Didn’t get dessert and were out the door in 50 mins. Not a relaxing experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favorite pace. The ambience was charming, the wine selection was good and reasonably priced, the service was excellent and friendly and the food was very good. We are new residents of the area and can’t wait to visit again.

JM
JosephM
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I had a wonderful experience for Sunday Brunch at the Water Wheel Tavern. Everyone was happy with the food and service.

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SusanS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food always good - We have always had great service and have enjoyed our evenings there ....

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ElizabethR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks (awesome winter sangria!), great food, great atmosphere! Nice music -- with just the right volume. We really enjoyed ourselves and plan to go back often.

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Mindy
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Other then it is in a large but cozy space Water Wheel is nothing special. They serve a lot of fried, unhealthy, high carb, high salt content food.

The Water Wheel Tavern
Responded on January 20, 2020

Hi Mindy, We value input from all of our customers and design our menu based on your feedback. Many enjoy our great selection of salads, as well as our hummus, cheeseboard, and vegan and vegetarian options such as the Impossible Burger and Impossible Bolognese. Yet, we also have many customers who also enjoy items like our Pig and Fig Burger, as well as our Flatbreads and Mac Fritters. Thanks again for your input. best, Water Wheel Management Team

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time here. Just wish their specialty cocktails were a bit better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always!

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vipNett
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice beer list on tap, good wines and a great bartender! Cheesesteak was good, garlic parm fry upcharge...they could have been a little tastier. Seemed like just grated parm put on regular fries. Will be back! Nice, cozy spot with a great menu.

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AnneC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am bringing four of my friends there next Saturday for lunch. Wonderful all around experience!!

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PSot
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great

KD
vipKevinD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The menu seems to be hit or miss. It was great when it opened and then went downhill. Over the summer and into the fall the menu was very good but now it’s back to limited options. No pasta unless you want impossible meatballs and they removed the good salads.

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KevinK
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. From the welcome of the hostess, the service was spot on and food was excellent. Mac and Cheese Fritters are always a favorite. Live music in the bar was really good!

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BillF
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service - was our first time there - would definitely return

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vipMervinTheSheriff
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Felt very rushed on NYE, but that’s to be expected. Food was still very good.

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StephenS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The cod po boy was just ok. But everything else was great. I’ll definitely be back.

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Sbyummy
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food great. Ok with separate checks. Don’t rush you out. We sat for about an hour after we ate.

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The Water Wheel Tavern is rated 4.4 stars by 360 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.