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The Water Wheel Tavern

4.6
4.6
493 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American



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.*

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Gastro Pub, Burgers

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sun 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 348-8300

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Mat Lawrence

  • Private party facilities

    Water Wheel Tavern can host Private Events for 20-100 people in any of our 3 private party spaces! Packages are online

  • Private party contact

    Katie Landis: (215) 348-8300

  • Neighborhood

    Doylestown

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 493 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Bucks County

    Hot Spot

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  1. a

    anonomous

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food2service4ambience4
    we had to pay $3.00 just to get bread on the table
  2. LS

    LisaS

    Philadelphia

    47 reviews

    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    A local favorite made even more local by our recent move close by!
  3. c

    constatntine

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The outdoor seating on a pleasant day was great. The service was prompt and friendly without being excessive.
  4. TM

    TammyM

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The outdoor patio was wonderful, and a live singer was entertaining that evening (unbeknownst to us). Our server was nice, and our food and drinks came quickly. I ordered the sweet Thai salmon and it was AMAZING. My husband ordered the swordfish and he said it was delicious. We will definitely return here again!
  5. D

    Dinner

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We’ve always had a good meal and service was great!
  6. A

    Anna20

    Philadelphia

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We went as a celebratory dinner after a concert. The food was tasty and the server was very attentive.
  7. SR

    SherryR

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Good food, loved the music but a bit loud. Hard to talk.
  8. ML

    MatteoL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice atmosphere, friendly staff, and quick service. Live music was great too
  9. SG

    SharonG

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Beet hummus is delicious. Barramundi was disappointing.
  10. F

    Foodie

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere. Pricey but very good. Definitely recommend.
  11. E

    Eileen

    Philadelphia

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic! I loved the hummus with the honey and Sirachi.
  12. AH

    AndrewH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A great restaurant in every phase of the game: food, service and ambiance. I picked it at random because I needed someplace relatively midway between Glenside and Easton. I picked well.
  13. g

    garon0817

    Philadelphia

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, great atmosphere and the service was excellent!!
  14. D

    Delightful

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal, terrific waitress, timing of apps and dinner was perfect allowing us to talk and enjoy the time there.
  15. DJ

    DebraJ

    Atlantic City

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were in the area and looking for a place to have dinner. They had an open reservation so we took it. It was our first time eating there and we loved it. Food and drinks were very good.
  16. M

    Mich

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic server!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was very good. Our waiter was great, friendly and attentive. He didn’t wait till our mouths were full to ask how the food was. Very good experience. We are already talking about going back. And the food was amazing!
  18. RG

    RubenG

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Harry was the best!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Good. Food was great. Service was good.
  20. D

    Dlfaul

    Philadelphia

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner was great. Our waitress was also great. Felt good also when the floor manager came over and asked how our meal was.
  21. JR

    JustinR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff and service! Very accommodating to families with babies and toddlers!
  22. q

    quincy57

    Philadelphia

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here on Saturday Mar 27. Lovely place inside and there was live music. We shared the cheesesteak egg rolls (superb and big), Caesar salad ( chilled and crisp), and fish and chips (big and best I ever had). The service was prompt and efficient along with being friendly. There was no room for dessert. We will return soon and loved it.
  23. h

    hawrlty

    Philadelphia

    104 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quaint historic building. Seating is nice and spaced apart. Good casual menu items. I liked the maple/Dijon vinegrrete salad dressing. Attentive service. I'd definitely go back to this restaurant.
  24. JO

    JOANK

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    Food was really good, was very happy with that. We sat in the bar area not knowing there was going to be a band. It was way too loud for our taste. Just couldn't talk to each other. Other than that, it was a great experience. We will be back, but likely wont' sit in the bar area
  25. K

    Kathleen

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful casual restaurant. Food and service was excellent. Live music was really good. We can’t wait to go back!
  26. a

    astar49

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Went on St. Patrick’s Day. Great drinks, especially the Irish Coffee. Food was not so good. Chicken Wings were overdone and dry. Corned beef and cabbage was ok but the corned beef was served as a single clump, I prefer slices, also too many potatoes both mashed and boiled. Nice place but stick with drinks and sandwiches.
  27. DC

    DavidC

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Our meals were great! My wife ordered the strip steak, best she ever had! I tried it, and I agreed. We are in our 70s, and have had a lot of steaks, none as good as this one. The couple that we dined with thought their meals were excellent.
  28. SF

    SteveF

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    First time there. Food was awesome and great atmosphere. Waitress was very nice but definitely had too many tables. But, service was still good.
  29. TM

    TomM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great place, great atmosphere!
  30. PN

    PatrickN

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Waited a while to be greeted and waited even longer for our appetizer. Never a courtesy follow up on drinks or when the app might be out. My son’s burger was ok. My short rib entree was Luke warm and dry and the accompaniments were just cold. Never asked how everything was. When the server came by and clearly saw the short rib was hardly touched, the server never asked if the entree was ok. She just assumed I wanted to take home a meal that I hardly ate and offered a box. very disappointing. I will say the cheese steak egg rolls are awesome and my beer was cold. Better training and food timing perhaps would have changed my opinion. In summary I will not be back but I will assume I must be a one off as the Water Wheel was busy. I just wanted to try a place that I usually forget about…now I know longer need to concern myself.
  31. TH

    TianneH

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Menu was upscale pub food. My burger was a bit too salty but it did have a good flavor otherwise. Fries were good. Overall nice meal and a great date-night place
  32. WP

    WillP

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This one of our go-to restaurants. The staff is very friendly and professional and the food always meets expectations. We like the ambiance and the energetic feel. They usually have pretty good live music when we are there on the weekends.
  33. JM

    JMC3

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistent good tavern food. Very wam and down to earth, local atmosphere. Guitarist providing live music was just the right volume and had great song selections. Really enjoyed listening to him. Our server was very attentive and friendly despite being extrememly busy. Hadn't been to the restaurant in a few years due to COVID and it was so nice to return and find it just as good as we remembered. My only 'complaint' ... moscow mules should be served in a coppyer mug, not a cocktail glass.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our experience. Waitress was amazing, good delicious. Ambiance so appropriate for the location. Will definitely be back!
  35. DG

    DanG

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Good food and a nice setting. The cheesecake xango was delicious
  36. KM

    KimberlyM

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's been awhile since we've eaten here, due to COVID - so glad that we came! We sat in a cute alcove and the food and service were wonderful! Nice wine selection, as well.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner!! Everything we had was delicious! We had 3 specials that were offered! Our server Dave was awesome, very friendly and attentive. We had to wait for our reservations and the manager gave us drinks on the house because we had to wait. Music was fun and not too loud that we couldn’t talk to each other, We will be back again.
  38. CJ

    CJBlake

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service from beginning to end. Music from live acoustic guitar musician playing in the back of the bar area. Good fun night.
  39. t

    terrisauers81

    Philadelphia

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I went for a late lunch, around 2:30pm, and were happy with the service and experience from start to end. We had to push our reservation back 30 minutes, and the host thanked me for letting them know, and was friendly in greeting us as soon as we walked in the door. When the host brought us to our table in the dining room, I wasn't comfortable sitting close to a larger party, so he was kind to accommodate moving us from there, to a high top table in the bar area. There was no other patrons seated at any of the other tables when we arrived, and only two people sitting at the bar. It was cozy, quiet, and exactly what my husband and I were looking for, as we hoped for something quiet. My husband ordered a create your own burger with fries. and I ordered the winter salad and added shrimp and cucumbers. We got wings for an appetizer, and all of the food was exceptional. Our server was also the bartender, and I watched as she also was serving tables in the dining room, and she was not at all frazzled or stressed (or didn't appear to be) and was smiling, kind, happy, and amazing. We enjoyed our entire experience and will return again soon!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well the noise level was to be expected as it was a Friday evening with live music! Harry was an amazing server and kept us laughing and cared for!!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

FAQs

The Water Wheel Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 493 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 7 times today
Google Map for The Water Wheel Tavern

4424 Old Easton Rd Doylestown, PA 18902

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Doylestown

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sun 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Gastro Pub, Burgers

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mat Lawrence

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (215) 348-8300

  • Private party facilities

    Water Wheel Tavern can host Private Events for 20-100 people in any of our 3 private party spaces! Packages are online

  • Private party contact

    Katie Landis: (215) 348-8300

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