The Water Wheel Tavern

4.4
426 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 426 people are saying
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DaveZ
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food. Awesome atmosphere. Our waiter was a little busy. Don't hold it against him

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Dinner
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a very good meal and Olga was awesome!

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MikeC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server David was exceptional. The food was prepared just as requested. My wife enjoyed her birthday.

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CraigB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

A beautiful evening outside at the Water Wheel. Perfect setting.

DD
vipDirkDiggler
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have a huge outside bar and patio area, if your concerned about being packed in you shouldn’t be. Service was great, food was good. One of the better places in doylestown.

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KeithM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Our waiter was new, so service was a bit slow and our order was confused. But he was quite attentive to the mistake and the restaurant made amends, which we didn’t ask for but we’re appreciated. Food was good, plentiful and well priced. Atmosphere was very nice, although low lighting made it hard to read the menu. Will definitely try again. Very pleasant evening overall.

DD
vipDaleD
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here- food and service was great, will definitely be back.

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Sbyummy
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

CT
ChristiT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place, always enjoy the food, salads are a bit pricey. Outdoor dining and live entertainment Thursday thru Saturday is always great!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the coziest big restaurant around! Since they have a variety of rooms (even outdoor dining) you feel like you are in a friends lovely log-cabin home. Yet the range of menu options takes you beyond just comfort food. While they do have amazing burgers and fun food like that they also have great salmon and filet options. This past time I had the scallop meal with bacon corn quinoa and maple bourbon glaze. A-maz-ing! Totally getting that again. (And the roasted Brussel sprout appetizer is a must-have.)

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my dad here for his birthday and we had an amazing time. The outdoor dining set up is adorable! Our server Olga was extremely polite and personable! The food runner (did not catch his name) was also amazing. I will definitely be back here again!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Server Jack was definitely passionate about the food served and offered great recommendations. Job well done!

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Nancy
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, lived our dinner! We will be back soon!

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vipLisaH
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience4

This is a favorite destination, we live nearby, and they handled the pandemic dining experience beautifully. I have found the new menu limited, which I understand because of the supply chain, but the presentation and quality have suffered. Is there a new chef? The caprese salad, for $14, is miniscule and the red peppers are not a good addition - bring back the basil! I had a ceasar salad with grilled shrimp and the shrimp were raw and slimy. I did send that back. Nice to see bar seating has returned! Always a good experience at the bar and the staff is attentive and professional throughout the restaurant.

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GaryB
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time at restaurant, very pleased with food and service, will be going back.

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vipKaren
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

First time there, thought the place was cool. Menu has something for everyone and lots of drinks to choose from. Service was excellent. I had the Buffalo Shrimp Flatbread and it was just ok. The pieces of shrimp were tiny. My friend had a burger that looked great. She ate all of it. Thought the drinks were good but expensive. Off the beaten path in Doylestown. Not sure I would go back when there are so many options to choose from.

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JoAnna
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good and so was the service. Nice for a dinner out with friends

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vipFlavia
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good menu. Tasty food. Excellent service.

CG
CosmoGal
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always greeted by the staff with a friendly smile and the GM, Jim, always remembers who we are and stops for quick chat - has a "Cheers" vibe! Food is always good, drinks are great, entertainment on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday eves has always been great and interactive - great at taking requests. Looking forward to when the outside patio is open more often this summer!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
13 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.

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

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

OT
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.


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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

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vipSteveN
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Water Wheel is very consistent

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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.

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vipDanielW
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They had live music when we went. the food and service was amazing.

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vipLoveToEat
Philadelphia
5 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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vipDada1
Philadelphia
48 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

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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.

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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.

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ChristineS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
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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Jamie88
Philadelphia
2 reviews
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.

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The Water Wheel Tavern is rated 4.4 stars by 426 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.