The Water Wheel Tavern

4.6
452 Reviews
$30 and under
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.*

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

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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Dine in
Starting Feb 14, 2022

We will be offering a beautiful Valentines menu Friday 2/11 through Sunday 2/13. We will be closed on Monday 2/14

What 452 people are saying
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vipSueC418
Atlantic City
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was great. Waiter was excellent. We sat by the window and it was freezing. But we do understand it’s an old building. The entertainment was great. Will be back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal, great service

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friend’s birthday

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StanleyH
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place and great service. Wonderful wait staff. Great selection of food and drink

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Lovetodance
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Trevor was outstanding, my SO stated that it was the first time in a long time since dining out that the entire staff was very pleasant and helpful. One of our favorite go to l places in D’town.

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vipKellyJ
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was our first time to Water Wheel Tavern and it was a wonderful experience! Service was outstanding - we will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food! Went early so wasn’t super busy - tables well spaced out. Friendly staff and quick service. Saw live music in bar area on our way out. Great find and will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. From initial greeting to paying the bill, everything was amazing. The staff is awesome, very attentive but not overbearing. Food choices are great, new menu on a few weeks. Definitely going to make this a regular.

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CharlesG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, good food and excellent service. We have been dinning there for many years.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service. Waitress very attentive and friendly!

JC
JoanneC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OVERALL HAD A GREAT DINNER AND EXPERIENCE...only negative thing was the table behind us had a couple of very loud patrons ...may have been celebraing New Years early with too many drinks way before midnight...lol

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Ovsanna
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server, Harry made the dining experience outstanding. We requested his station, as we have been to the Water Wheel previously and he was our server at that time.
It was New Years Eve but the food came out promptly and was very good.

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LeslieC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at the restaurant and we loved it! The food, service, and overall experience was fantastic! We will definitely return.

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JenTeach
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food. Bar seating area is very nice. Love the atmosphere.

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vipDaleD
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Will be back.

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Wendy
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I must say I never go out on Christmas Eve, but this was a real present! Our server, David, was a delight. Very personable, yet professional! We had an outstanding meal. The steaks were delicious and cooked perfectly. The sides were special and plated beautifully. Great atmosphere! We will be back again soon!

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DanM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Meal was fantastic, filet and scallops, Brie appy was done perfect. Our server David was awesome, friendly, attentive with great suggestions. One of the best servers I’ve had in years. One of our regular dining spots.

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vipKarenM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David was the best waiter hands down that we have had in a very long time! He is definitely an asset to The Waterwheel! The food was great and our family had a great time!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience3

Food was overpriced. We ordered the Salmon, which was $32. We were expecting a decent portion for that price but the piece was ridiculous. I Never will go there again !! Very overpriced!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there after peddlers village we had a nice time food was great service was good

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vipKtmtgal
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food quality below average. Atmosphere is cute and staff were pleasant and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious and Our waiter, Daniel, was absolutely amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place. Alcoholic drinks are overpriced

DD
vipDaleD
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great! Thank you!

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vipLizB
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fun spot, great food, drink and service. Very hard to hear at the high top table with full house and music

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JimA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Beautiful place; I have lived 15 miles away for 35 years but this was my first visit. Very nice restored old mill house with lots of character. It was crowded and noosy, but service was prompt, efficient and pleasant- kudos to the hard working crew who I know are short staffed, but never let it show. Very good beer and wine selection, and the food was very good too. From burgers to salmon, crab cakes and scallops, everything my family had was delicious and presented well. It is not cheap but not at all out of li e with other restaurants in the area. Glad I finally tried it, and we will definitely be back.

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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
15 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.

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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.

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vipDaleD
Philadelphia
30 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

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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!

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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!

LH
vipLisaH
Philadelphia
8 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.

FAQs

The Water Wheel Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 452 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.