The Water Wheel Tavern

4.5
406 Reviews
$30 and under
American
DUE TO TO COVID-19 REGULATIONS WE ARE UNABLE TO TAKE ONLINE RESERVATIONS FOR PARTIES LARGER THAN 6, PLEASE CALL THE RESTAURANT TO MAKE LARGE PARTY RESERVATIONS


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 406 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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4.4
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Many dishes were not available and we weren't told that until late. Food we did get was ok at best.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

No propane for heaters. It was ridiculous on a Saturday night

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family met on a Friday night. We were a party of 6. We were promptly greeted and seated. The service was attentive and our food was delicious. The Brussels sprouts appetizer was great. The drink selections were extensive and there was live music which was quite good. We had an enjoyable experience. And although we live nearly an hour away in NJ would consider coming back again.

JB
JohnB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

We were very much looking forward to getting out and having an enjoyable dinner .Our reservation was for Saturday, April 10th at 7:30 P.M Our waitress could not have been any nicer if she tried, however her hands were tied with a kitchen that at best was in complete dissaray. It was literally after 9:00 P.M before wer received our entrees. Yes, over90 minutes later. During the ninety minute wait , not a single manager was to be found ..You would at least expect someone to walk the floor explaining the reason for the delay ..sadly, surrounding tables experienced similar delays and were quick to complain..
We hung in there but honestly...90 minutes is a Very long time to wait..

My takeaway is that if Saturday was an indication, the Waterwheel is really not ready to handle any kind of volume . Maybe a slower lunchtime visit might have yielded a different experience.. maybe I'm being too gracious. All I know is that the complete lack of supervision is unforgivable ... We were probably one of 7 tables left in no man's land waiting for somebody to explain what exactly was going on ? I suspect, if we stayed we would still be waiting for the manager. Feel very bad for the waitress who is left to explain the unexplainable .. I chose to separate her from the bad experience..I'm not so sure others would be as forgiving.


John Burgos
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EileenAndKevinS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect outdoor spot for dining!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Dinner with my wife

SN
vipSteveN
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Water Wheel is very consistent

LM
LanceM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and service, a little too dark had to use phone flash lights to see menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service very good, good ok

AH
AnnetteH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Easter brunch - selection provided buffet opportunities without the buffet. We were able to order a platter of cheese fruits muffins danish and buns for the table. The entree selection was varied and well priced. My eggs Benedict was done beautifully.

DW
DanielW
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food. I highly recommend the cheesesteak egg rolls!

LT
vipLoveToEat
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

We were in a high traffic table, our menus showed up late, we gave up waiting for my beer and we were expecting a better menu selection compared to the competition. Our waitress was very good under the circumstances even though the bill still had the original beer price to which she said that's OK. We have eaten there before and based on the overall experience, we will take this one off our list.

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Dada1
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fun time. Great food and service. Music is great but can be a little too loud

JS
vipJoeS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Limited choices
Pub food

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best meal I’ve had out in a year!! Bonus music and atmosphere.

SR
SharaR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Hasn’t been there in quite a few years. Food was good, but way expensive for what we got. We ordered scallops wrapped in bacon and there were 4 tiny pieces and two of them didn’t even have scallop in the middle.! Dish was mostly cous cous. Soups were good, but $9 a bowl? A bit pricy! For what we paid for 4 people, I would have expected to leave feeling full.

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vipKenny
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time dining here. Pleasantly surprised how nice: decor, bar area, food presentation, draft beer selection, and menu variability. Bacon wrapped scallops app very good, and the salmon entree portion was very large and done perfectly. Only disappointment was the Shepherds Pie special, though very tasty, it could have had more of the meat/potatoes blend in the carved out soda bread bowl (which wasn't carved out as much as you would like). It was almost like you were getting a cup of meat mix placed on top of a 6-7" dia. round baked soda bread. Plus, placed around the bread bowl were more slices of soda bread. Carrots or some other veggie perhaps might have been a better choice. However, if you're into carbs, then that dish is for you. Re: service, it couldn't have been better!!! Lindsay was an ace, and very attentive! Will definitely be going back soon.

CS
ChristineS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service from our guy Jeffy was great 5 plus stars.
I feel for the prices charged servings could have been bigger.
The prices on the menu online that we were told to look at were different,we were charged more.
The food was good.

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Cindy75
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was good. We will definitely go back. I had the chicken panini and it was good, but will probably try something different next time like what my boyfriend had. He had the bacon wrapped scallops and risotto. I had a taste and LOVED it! Our server Nina was AMAZING. She was great. Gave us a big hello when we first got there that set the tone. She was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. Love the atmosphere. So cozy and relaxing. Would highly recommend this restaurant!

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ERS1082
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, good food. Broad selection menu complemented with specials.

HP
vipHard2Please
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This was our first visit to the Waterwheel Tavern. We experienced a casual pub environment for lunch. My wife had a Rubin sandwich which see liked very much, however, her rum & Diet Coke had way too much ice and little rum & Diet Coke. I had tacos & onion rings. The latter were really good - large & not heavily breaded. But my tacos were made with corn tortillas that were over cooked (microwaved) which made them stiff and plastic like. Would have preferred soft tortillas or corn ones that weren't stale. Nevertheless, we had a good time and we will probably return when we are looking for a friendly pub. Good draft beer selection.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food was delicious,highly recommend the burger and cheesesteak egg rolls

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our lunch was great and our server Zach was very attentive and friendly! I enjoyed my drink and we both enjoyed our meal! I booked thinking we were having brunch. Due to covid they are not serving brunch on Sundays. We were disappointed, but assuming it’s a miscommunication with open table.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A group of us were there for my birthday and our waitress was excellent, she was on top of everything and made it a very fun experience! The food and cocktails were wonderful as well!

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Love130
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks, and atmosphere were all fantastic. Great tavern. Will definitely be returning

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect date night, delicious food, and great live entertainment! The food presentation was awesome!!!! Scallops were yum!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Shrimp Stack was amazing.

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MichaelM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good Caesar salad and crab cakes. Will be back

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seats were as promised. There was live music in the dining area which was unexpected but very good. Service was outstanding so overall very good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!! Enjoyed live music for the first time in a year!!

EH
vipEdwardH
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great find. Big enough that you can feel very comfortable during COVID. Everyone is well space out. Great food. Great drinks. Great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was wonderful, the service was wonderful and the Ambiance with the live music was wonderful one of our favorite places for dinner

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tomh
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Got the Valentine's day special for dinner tonight, was overall non plussed. The shrimp cocktail was overcooked, and the desert cake was unfortunately dry.

CG
CosmoGal
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, everyone from the hostess to the bartender was awesome! Friendly and attentive. Best Chicken Caesar Salad in town. The wine selection is really nice. And the martinis are always delish! ;) My favorite place to dine no matter the occasion - like cheers, where everyone knows your name!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day with my husband. Everything was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing all around

DG
DanielleG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection. Everything we ordered was delicious including their special dessert!

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vipNett
Philadelphia
56 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Waterwheel is consistently good, love the scallops wrapped in bacon! It was a burger night and the burgers are awesome. Live entertainment was a nice touch as well, felt good to get out and our server was a doll.

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Beanie
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was great. Our hot scallops appetizer came out cold, and we asked for another, they initially only brought out two of the four, but then fixed it. Corn couscous was excellent. They really went out of their way to fix the app issue. Dessert was incredible.

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vipwenz
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service and so clean!

The music was so good.

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The Water Wheel Tavern is rated 4.5 stars by 406 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.