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VELA, Doylestown, PA

VELA

4.3
4.3
261 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary Italian

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (215) 230-8352

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Doylestown

  • Cross street

    Main Street & Veterans Lane

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 261 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. c

    cat1

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2019

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    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.
  2. SH

    SHudg

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    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.
  3. s

    squirrel

    Philadelphia

    39 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2019

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    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.
  4. MR

    MarcR

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2019

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    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.
  5. PF

    PhillyFrank

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinner...nice bar...really good staff....6 of us all ordered different items...everything was terrific.
  6. MO

    MaeO

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is delicious. Don’t miss the meatballs. The staff is friendly and accomoding. And the setting is modern and sleek
  7. t

    tprgriff

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and drinks!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  9. d

    debbieg

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    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.
  10. MD

    MDelf0428

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service,food and ambiance! Highly recommend!!!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  12. RP

    RichardP

    Key West

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    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.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The food ambiance and service was good. The menu is too limited and expensive for what you get.
  14. T

    T123

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food very good, menu needs to be updated periodically because it is small
  15. TM

    TuckerM

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2019

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    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!
  16. AH

    AliceH

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    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.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place never disappoints. I’m not kidding...
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    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.
  19. GC

    GwenC

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2019

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    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.
  20. L

    Lisa

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    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!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food is outstanding.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Tatsy food and helpful/cheerful staff. The open plan ambiance works well.
  23. E

    Eileenh

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in Bucks County. Beautiful restaurant, excellent food. Well worth the money.
  24. CM

    CathyM

    Phoenix

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  25. C

    Crystal

    Atlantic City

    50 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience5
    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.
  26. G

    Globes

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice venue. Food was tasty and very reasonable priced for the portion you get.
  27. C

    Craig

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  28. E

    Experteater

    Philadelphia

    97 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    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.
  29. K

    Kim6

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jared our server was great, the food was fantastic. We will go again.
  30. M

    Maven

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came to Vela for Father’s day brunch. Perfect venue for everyday dining or a special occasion.
  31. F

    Fallon

    Exclusive

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    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.
  32. BS

    BettyS

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  33. HA

    HANK

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding as usual, great food and great service
  34. P

    Prof

    Philadelphia

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always consistent. We really enjoy meeting friends at this restaurant.
  35. MC

    MelissaC

    Indiana

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  36. MH

    MichaelH

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very attentive, courteous service.
  37. DW

    DebW

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  38. RH

    RobertH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and Service was great. Drink prices are on the high side.
  39. MC

    MeganC

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time dining at VELA - great service, cocktails and food!
  40. CP

    ChristineP

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the staff and ambiance. And the food is delicious!

FAQs

VELA offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 230-8352.

VELA is rated 4.3 stars by 261 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Main Street & Veterans Lane

  • Neighborhood

    Doylestown

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (215) 230-8352

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