The Water Wheel Tavern

4.7
378 Reviews
$30 and under
American

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Casual
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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 378 people are saying
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MichaelM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good Caesar salad and crab cakes. Will be back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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!!

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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
7 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.

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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

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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
54 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
5 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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vipDankinshp
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food, service and fun!!

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vipTomgolfs
New Orleans
35 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All in our party chose Fish and Chips. Large portions and well prepared, served promptly and all individual requests handled as expected.

The restaurant was abiding by social distance requirements and sanitation procedures evidently in place.

Everyone was attentive and provided an excellent experience

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Susienote
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner with friends and the live music was the perfect touch. There is on-site parking which eliminates the stress of finding parking. They had a wide variety of entrees but not so many choices it was overwhelming. The servers were very helpful in answering questions and even brought me a small taste of a drink to help me decide what to order.

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RosemarieW
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were so glad to see that the restaurant was busy on Saturday night. We love the water wheel and had a delicious meal there. We always do!

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Happyplace101
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Everything was mediocre at best. The room was cold and so was our meal.

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vipRobertB
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the French onion bruschetta and fried avocado appetizers. Always something creative on the menu either food or specialty cocktails. We enjoy the cozy atmosphere. Friendly staff.

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Delightful
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, good food and beer selection, great service and terrific atmosphere.

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vipAnnebelle
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am never disappointed at Waterwheel. The food is always flavorful and delicious and the service is attentive. They have a unique menu so it is always a treat to see what new items are on the menu or specials. Music on the weekends is entertaining. I highly recommend

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CosmoGal
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the staff is friendly, welcoming and they always go out of their way to greet us and make sure we have everything we need. Bartender makes the best Cosmo and we’ve never had a disappointing meal. The entire restaurant is spotless! My favorite place in town!

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Sbyummy
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Good food good service good value

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vipPirate314
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service were outstanding! Nina was a terrific server.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had a birthday party for family for my daughter 8th birthday!!! Everyone was so nice and we had a great time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a fun evening!!! The food was delicious and wait staff excellent!!

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Foodie
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The mussels were not done well and the sauce was strange. The mashed potatoes were cold.

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MaryBeth
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had appetizers at a bar table. Food was excellent - wings, flatbread and mussels. Drinks were good and priced fairly. Service was a little scattered at times. Hostesses need a bit more experience. Went because we wanted to hear live music. Unfortunately, the musician they had was a bit hokey. Song choices were poor, singing not very good either

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and beautiful restaurant. Our server helped us decide drinks and dinner choices, she was really friendly and helpful! We would have loved to sit closer than the band area but it was full. Really nice place all around!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great service! Nice staff

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Kristin
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. I ordered the corned beef reuben for lunch and it was pristinely lean. Our server was very friendly, attentive and accommodating. Looking forward to returning soon!

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vipBillF
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good good - service was awesome - menu is limited a bit - great bar - would return

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Claire
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were given a very nice table in the corner and enjoyed the food and evening! There was live music in the bar area but we could not hear it.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Valentine’s dinner - waitress could best be described as “surly”, cocktail tasted like a cup of lime juice, steak tough and food bland. Will say our appetizers (beat salad and onion soup) were good and bussing staff was good. Not the experience I was hoping for.

The Water Wheel Tavern
Responded on February 17, 2020

While we heard many rave reviews from our customers on Valentine's Day, and not one complaint on the day of, we may not have achieved the level of food and service we desired to achieve for your table. Feel free to contact our GM, Jim Daven, to discuss. We would be honored to have you back to prove what a fantastic setting, food, and service we can provide. best, Water Wheel Management

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was underwhelming for the price

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Trevor
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food. Quite evening. Staff was great. Will go again.

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vipShariV
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We are long-term diners at the Water Wheel. While we love the renovations and new look of the restaurant, brunch left us a bit disappointed. First the positives- the young man Staffing the omelet and carving stations is skilled and helpful. The servers are attentive, and the mimosas are quite good.

Buffet selections need improvement. Breakfast potatoes are coarse and dry. Green salad needs some additional ingredients to make it palatable- croutons, tomatoes, etc. Pasta and potato salad are clearly mass-produced from an outside supplier, and really unappetizing. Desserts during our first visit were quite good, but during our visit this week were sparse.

We hope to return when quality improves!

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vipterrisauers81
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We chose this location to have a double date after we had a great experience a few months ago. This time around, I ordered the flat iron steak - which I didn't feel was as great at the filet mignon but was still good. My husband ordered the tomato basil soup with the grilled cheese croutons and loved it! My friend ordered the partridge pear sandwich, and her date ordered a burger, and everyone was very happy with their food. We even ordered dessert because we were having such a great time. We weren't rushed, everything came out in a timely manner and all the food was incredible. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went at an off time but service was great and food was excellent. Great vegan options as well.

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GERRYB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely, took pictures of the restaurant and buffet setup to share with friends and family

FAQs

The Water Wheel Tavern is rated 4.7 stars by 378 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.