VELA

4.5
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260 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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About

Vela is short for Veterans Lane, our location in Doylestown. Our inspiration comes from the ingredients of the season and the community that surrounds us.
We believe that the best experiences are shared with friends and family enjoying great food and drink with warm hospitality.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary Italian
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(215) 230-8352
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Main Street & Veterans Lane
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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c
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food is excellent and our waiter was very attentive and helpful. Not the waiters fault that we waited over 45 minutes from appetizer to entree.

Was not happy with the position of our table. We were shown to the hightop at the very end of the bar near the restrooms. There was a hightop available in the middle of the bar.

SH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I attended Vela for a small birthday outing. Five of us ordered different cocktails, apps, and entrees - everything was great. The speed of service was good (it was very slow that weekday evening with few customers), but we did have an issue with the waitress just being rude and agitated over a couple very simple, polite requests: for me to mention this in a review, it was truly rude. I will say the menu needs to be a little bit larger considering there are smaller establishments in Doylestown with more options. Drink and wine options are good, so I would visit the bar again as I did enjoy the modern, clean feel of Vela.

s
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Room space was awkward and dull...no warmth or personality. Gray and sterile. No flowers or tablecloths. A small candle on the table seemed out of place. The menu was not terribly big...maybe 6 entree selections. What style of food? Italian? Spanish? No rhyme or reason to the selections. The meatball appetizer was so bland. No spices....the meat was white. Turkey? Pork? No explanation. The red sauce was thin and runny. Again, no flavor. The chicken had a weird spice. Not in a good way. The skin was rubbery. The meal was unimpressive. Service was ok. Pleasant but not attentive. No one filled our water glasses. An odd dining experience.

MR
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

VELA has a very nice setting and the service was very good. The fish came out not hot enough, but was very good non-the-less. I would like to go again for a happy hour as their appetizers were really good.

PF
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner...nice bar...really good staff....6 of us all ordered different items...everything was terrific.

MO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious. Don’t miss the meatballs. The staff is friendly and accomoding. And the setting is modern and sleek

t
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and drinks!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an absolutely wonderful experience at VELA! Shane the manager sat us and was so nice and our server Nick was so attentive and kind. The service was fast and the food was hot and delicious. We cannot wait to come back and dine again!

d
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was tasty. Portions not very large. Service very, very slow. We waited way too long for our entrees and we were seated at 8 pm, not their busiest hour. Cauliflower gratin was watery. Should have been creamy and cheesy. The gnocchi was delicious, just wish the portion was larger.

Wine was $15 per glass...kind of pricey.

Not sure if I will go back.

D
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service,food and ambiance! Highly recommend!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is light and airy! It is beautifully decorated and the decor pairs perfectly with the food! The food was outstanding and our server (Freddie) was knowledgeable and efficient as well as personable!

RP
Key West
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a very nice experience for our first visit to Vela. Jared, our server, was very attentive and informative about the menu. We would recommend if you looking for someplace new in Doylestown.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food ambiance and service was good. The menu is too limited and expensive for what you get.

T
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food very good, menu needs to be updated periodically because it is small

TM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Service was very good. Had some issues with them changing my reservation because they checked in the wrong party. Wine is a little expensive but the food is amazing!

AH
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was our first trip to VELA and we were not disappointed! Donna is the chef/owner and is/was also the chef at Radice in Blue Bell. Menu item names were similar to those at Radice, but the taste was totally different; equally as good but different. We each had the crab crepes--an enormous amount of lump crab between two very thin eggy crepes with a very light (slightly sweet) tomato sauce. Delicious! The wine list is excellent. We did not try the cocktails. The restaurant is very contemporary with high ceilings and lots of hard surfaces. It could have been very cavernous but the sound proofing is excellent and there were no echoes. We will be back soon.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints. I’m not kidding...

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

They should re-work their pasta recipes as I found them to be bland. Also need more variety of pasta dishes. Salads are fantastic. Beautiful atmosphere.

GS
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

They need to offer a vegetarian meal on the menu & have a special offered as well. There wasn't anything on the menu for a vegetarian & that kind of was a kill for the night.

L
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had heard mixed reviews about this restaurant and am so glad we went to see for ourselves. Our table of 6 had 3 appetizers--all amazing. Stuffed onion was so good. My friend always orders the salmon because it's that good. I got the pork ragut papparadelle. The pasta is so fresh. It was delicious. Wine choices were good, with generous pours. Our waitress had great suggestions. Loved the open feel to the restaurant. We will go back again!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is outstanding.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tatsy food and helpful/cheerful staff. The open plan ambiance works well.

E
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Bucks County. Beautiful restaurant, excellent food. Well worth the money.

CM
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were pleasantly surprised. We had heard negative comments from friends, so didn't try it for a long time. Then, curiosity took us there, to see for ourselves. The ambiance was lovely -- clean/cosmopolitan -- understated elegance. The music was great -- quiet jazz. The temperature was perfect -- usually, restaurants are too cold for me. The food was both excellent and unusual. There were several dishes that were out of the ordinary -- stuffed sweet onions, for example. The service was very professional. No negatives. I only wish that it was a BYOB restaurant.

C
Atlantic City
40 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

I’ve been to Vela 4 times and have always had a pleasant experience. I don’t know that I’ll return after this dinning experience. Service was really slow and food was mediocre. My date asked the waiter if the Riesling was a sweet or dry and he said sweet. It was dry and not palatable for my date so it was just let on the table. The cauliflower gratin was over cooked and just in a pool of butter with cheese on top. It had no flavor and didn’t look appetizing either. The medium steak that was ordered was well done and tough.

G
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice venue. Food was tasty and very reasonable priced for the portion you get.

C
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here. Really modern, nice looking place. Waiter and management gave us a lot of attention. I had swordfish and it was prepared perfectly. My wife had pasta and shrimp and that dish was outstanding also.

The only slightly negative comment I have was that the portions were a bit on the small side. Fish was a decent size but the risotto that came on the side wasa very small portion.

All in all, a great experience and we'll definitely be going back.

E
Philadelphia
86 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

This is my 3rd trip back in the past few months and I would say that the food is very good!!!. The pizzas are delicious!!! I would come just for that...but have shared it as an appetizer every time. The service is a little stretched but the servers are very nice. The wine list is good. We really enjoyed a bottle of the French Sauvignon Blanc. I had a halibut special that was great!!! I love halibut so it’s always a treat to find it at a restaurant. Don’t skip dessert either bc the blueberry crisp that is one the menu currently (I am assuming it’s seasonal) is fantastic.
I love the open and airy feeling of the restaurant. The tables are not so close together that you really feel
like you can elegantly dine here. I definitely recommend this restaurant for a wonderful dining experience.

K
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jared our server was great, the food was fantastic. We will go again.

M
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to Vela for Father’s day brunch. Perfect venue for everyday dining or a special occasion.

F
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I really like Vela. The food is all made from scratch so its all very fresh food and high quality dishes. The cocktails are great. My only small complaint is that the dishes are a bit pricey for their sizes.

BS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vela was a find. Great atmosphere, attentive bartenders and servers. The food was amazing and a great value. Not o eyblarge enters which we loved. Can’t wait to go back with friends.

HA
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as usual, great food and great service

P
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent. We really enjoy meeting friends at this restaurant.

MC
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

At first we heard and read very mixed reviews and decided to wait a little bit before trying Vela. New restaurants often have kinks to work out in the beginning. I am SO glad that we tried it this weekend. To start, service was impeccable. We were a party of 6, eating and drinking a lot and the service staff didn't miss a beat with refilling waters, getting drinks, and making sure everything was perfect. The atmosphere in here is beautiful - modern, clean, and so comfortable with the sofa-like benches. For apps, we ordered the stuffed pepper (special), lamb sausages, and polenta. Yum!! Then, my husband and I shared the gnocchi dish. The gnocchi was cooked perfectly. For entrees we all had the halibut special. Everything was absolutely delicious!! Definitely try this gem!

MH
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very attentive, courteous service.

DW
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the food and the space is absolutely gorgeous. I've been there five times and it remains consistent. You can't ask for anything more than that. Donna, the chef and owner, is a delight and Jared is a wonderful server. You gotta go!

RH
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and Service was great. Drink prices are on the high side.

MC
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time dining at VELA - great service, cocktails and food!

CP
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the staff and ambiance. And the food is delicious!

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