The Water Wheel Tavern
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.*
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Contact tracing information collected
Gilded Grilled Cheese
Texas toast, cave aged gruyere, fresh goat cheese, cheddar, smoked tomato jam dip
Fish and Chips
bells two hearted ipa batter, fresh atlantic cod, fries, slaw, sweet pickle tartar sauce
Great food. Awesome atmosphere. Our waiter was a little busy. Don't hold it against him
We had a very good meal and Olga was awesome!
Our server David was exceptional. The food was prepared just as requested. My wife enjoyed her birthday.
A beautiful evening outside at the Water Wheel. Perfect setting.
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.
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.
First time here- food and service was great, will definitely be back.
Great as always
Very nice place, always enjoy the food, salads are a bit pricey. Outdoor dining and live entertainment Thursday thru Saturday is always great!
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.)
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!
Server Jack was definitely passionate about the food served and offered great recommendations. Job well done!
Great food, great service, lived our dinner! We will be back soon!
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.
First time at restaurant, very pleased with food and service, will be going back.
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.
The food was good and so was the service. Nice for a dinner out with friends
Good menu. Tasty food. Excellent service.
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!
Many dishes were not available and we weren't told that until late. Food we did get was ok at best.
No propane for heaters. It was ridiculous on a Saturday night
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.
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.
Perfect outdoor spot for dining!
Dinner with my wife
The Water Wheel is very consistent
Great food and service, a little too dark had to use phone flash lights to see menu.
Service very good, good ok
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.
Great service and great food. I highly recommend the cheesesteak egg rolls!
They had live music when we went. the food and service was amazing.
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.
Always a fun time. Great food and service. Music is great but can be a little too loud
Best meal I’ve had out in a year!! Bonus music and atmosphere.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Great service, good food. Broad selection menu complemented with specials.
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.