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About The Carversville Inn
Welcome to The Carversville Inn! You have to get lost to find us, but once you do you won't want to leave! Chef/Owner Will Mathias and his wife Denie take pride in welcoming you to their warm, inviting restaurant in the heart of Bucks County. The menus reveal the chef's Southern roots, classical training, and familiarity with the diversity and variety of American regional cuisine. The offerings encompass a broad spectrum of choices, including classical French, Spanish, Southern, and Asian cuisines, with options to please all palates.
Carversville, PA 18913
American, Southern, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm,
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Carversville & Aquetong Rds.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking in front in the town square and in the rear lot.
Private Party Facilities:
Parties up to 25-30 in one of our dining rooms. Sundays and Monday through Thursday nights. Luncheon parties of the same size Tuesday through Sunday.
Private Party Contact:
Will Mathias: (215) 297-0900
Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
The Carversville Inn Ratings and Reviews
I LOVE this place, have introduced it to a few of my friend and family and they love it. Love the new floors, have to admit that the old ones were getting scary. We are never disappointed in the food or service there. My last reservation for 530 I asked for the fireplace room and was confirmed, I did change from 8 to 5 buy was disappointed that they sat us elsewhere and not in that room.
Although we booked via OpenTable, the manager put us at a table in the bar. She said we should have called in our reservation. After pleading our case, she let us have a table near the noisy hostess stand with the condition that we finish in 45 minutes. When we left there was still an open table for two. It's too bad because our waitress and the food was very good. I just wouldn't go back because of the manager's attitude.
A beautiful drive through the woods of Bucks County got us to The Carversville Inn and it was all we had hoped, charming, old and wonderful food. Glad we made a reservation because it was packed! Don't forget to have dessert! Our family each got a different dessert and we all shared. Took another route home down Old Carversville Road and along the Delaware River, which just added to a wonderful evening.
We have been going to this restaurant since 1987. I believe it has been under the same ownership for about 25 years. For many years the Carversville Inn was viewed as one of the best restaurants in the area, a view which we shared. In recent years it has declined significantly in many respects. The owners are rarely on site, the food is mediocre and the prices too high. It doesn't look like the place is very well maintained. The windows leak like a sieve and the wall hangings are all crooked. While the staff is very friendly and professional, far too often the place is under-staffed resulting in significant service delays. It is sad to see what what was once a neighborhood gem decline so much. We hope the owners do what is necessary to return this facility to its former state.
My husband and I had a really delicious dinner on Christmas Eve. The smoked salmon appetizer I started with was the best I've had anywhere. I really enjoyed the etoufee for dinner. It was very crowded and loud in the dining room. Most of the noise came from two men, at two separate tables who were just plain old LOUD! Nothing but a sock in it will fix that.
I took my husband to Carversville Inn for his birthday. Everything from start to finish was delicious. The soup was delicious, the braised beef was delicious, the dessert was delicious, even the coffee was great. I do not know where you could go and get a better meal.
The room has poor acoustics, so you can hear the other diners talking, word for word. A few more Christmas decorations might have made for a more festive atmosphere. Other than those minor complaints, Carversville Inn is a a great find.
Arrived for 7:30 reservations...no parking in any of the lots. Had to park in a church cemetary up the street, SPOOKY! Needless to say we were now late but our table still wasn't ready. Once it was ready it was set for 5, our reservations were for 6 people. Had to ask for bread and the girl who filled the water and cleared the dishes was miserable. The last straw was they ran out of the seafood dish and malbec wine! It is not like we were ordering late at night! The food is excellent though and none of this was the fault of our server Bob. My second visit here, probably my last.
I live locally and have eaten at Carversville Inn many times, usually making reservations by calling direct.. due to the fact Carversville did not answer the phone (multi attempts) I made my reservation through open table. Unfortunately it seems at Carversville that means your table is to the bar area and not in the dinning room. If it was just my wife and I going out on weeknight for a quick meal I would not have cared, but this event was a Birthday celebration (party of #4). When I requested the main dinning Rm. I was told there were none available and that Open Table reservations are for Bar seating only. If that is the policy It should be stated on the Carversville website or on the Open Table site ! In addition the hostess was rude and gave me a great deal of attitude, basically stating it was my fault for not calling direct and for making my reservation sooner.
The food was Very good but when I am spending approx $100 per person for diner, I do not expect Bar seating, nor do I expect to receive attitude from the staff.
Needless to say I will not be returning to the Carversville Inn, and I will make sure my extended family, friends, and neighbors know of my experience as well. (they are all frequent customers)
Restaurants like Carversville rely heavily on the local population for repeat business, I want the management there to know.. if they continue to treat their repeat customers this way, they will come to find themselves with out any customers at all.
We were a group of 6 celebrating a birthday last Saturday night. Our waiter (Bob?) was very friendly and very good. Everyone really liked their food.
Our real complaint was that even though we made reservations (through Open Table) we had to wait over 30 min. for our table. This wouldn't have been as troubling but no one ever indicated that our wait would be that long and never suggested we sit at the bar (which was busy) or offered us another place to go - so we stood in the tiny entrance / hallway until the bar finally emptied out a little and we got a drink (figures right after that our table was ready).
None of us had been there before so this wasn't a very good first impression.
The rest of the staff lacked a little in personality but again, our waiter was very nice and we all really enjoyed our food (especially the scallop app. and the duck and venison entrees). Would definitely go back and be prepared to wait in bar area.
Dinner for 8 has a lot of potential pitfalls. The Carversville Inn not only avoided the pitfalls but made the evening truly memorable.
It started with our seating. We we're situated in a quiet corner at a round table. Perfect for a family gathering.
Our server was both pleasant and knowledgeable. She took our drink orders which ranged from cocktails to wine to Shirley Temples. All came promptly and exactly as ordered.
She then gave us the specials and told us she would be back shortly to take our orders.
As promised, she returned shortly with 2 baskets of hot bread and butter. She took our orders and left us for what was a period of family memories and stories.
The first course came out and was excellent. I had the onion and cider soup with Brie. It was outstanding. The smoked salmon appetizer also got raves.
Then dinner was served. It was served all at once and piping hot.
I had the fish "stew ". It was loaded with mussels, shrimp, scallop and mahi mahi in a tomato and wine broth. Excellent. The duck, the strip steak, the venison and the chicken also got great marks.
After dinner there was no room left for desert but the apple cobbler with ice cream sounded so good we got a couple for the table. Glad we did. The homemade cinnamon ice cream on the apple cobbler was fantastic.
That was our first time there but I can assure you it won't be our last.
I haven't dined here since May and have read about some of the issues with the service (I don't think it was fairly stable since James left). This being said, I had a wonderful experience. Both the oyster stew and the chicken breast were delicious. A bottle of chardonnay (one of 2 listed at $18) was so reasonable that I think this good, but not too lengthy wine list, "notable." Despite the large number of diners, service was fairly efficient. If it may have seemed slow, I thought it more leisurely, and given decent wine to sip (and time was no issue), I thought this a delightful way to spend a lovely autumn afternoon.
Beautiful fall day for having lunch at this Bucks County PA landmark restaurant. Easy to drive to; parking no problem. We sampled 3 specials of the day - 1chicken, pasta and quiche and the oyster soup and escargot. All were nicely presented and delicious. Good portions for lunch. Prices are reasonable for the area.
My wife and I celebrated our 48th anniversary at your Inn recently and we can't say enough about the excellent quality of the food as well as the friendliness of our waitress. My wife had the rack of lamb and I had the Peking duck. It was absolutely the best duck I have ever eaten. Our soup, salad and dessert were tops as well. We look forward to our next visit.
These days I haven't the same fond feelings for the restaurant as in the past. The food is still excellent as before but something is missing in the service. By that I mean that SOMEONE there (behind the scenes) prevents the 'good' servers from remaining at CI! These good ones move on to other restaurants for better treatment, I think!
My husband and I still feel like dining there on occasion because we know the food will be good however we go to other restaurants now in place of CI.
For me, I feel personally insulted that whenever (in a review) I took the time to praise the owner/chef for something or once or twice I asked him "privately" (on the message to the owner section of a review) about the disappearance of a server, I NEVER ONCE HEARD BACK FROM HIM .
Thus he has lost MY loyalty as well as others with whom I have spoken. Owners do not get it..............when a patron is happy with a restaurant and "tells the world" about it, it's a good thing! But the reverse is also true and that's not a good thing if trying to increase business or at least maintain it!
So I will still dine there when I feel a need, but much less often for us and my WONDERFUL reviews will be missing!
The food was very creatively presented and tasted wonderful. Bee went on a Sunday lunch, it was not crowded but the service was very slow. We stood for at least 5 minutes waiting to be seated while phones rang and several attendants walked by. They would stop and say they would be with us shortly. While at the table took over15 minutes to get the soup which was delicious. Had to ask twice for water glass to be filled and the third time I got up to get it myself. We ordered dessert and waited 15 minutes. I decided to walk around this historic place and finally someone noticed me and said "you didn't get your dessert yet?" If they would have just checked in with us every now and then with updates it would have been fine because good food takes time. Because of the poor service when it wasn't even crowded we will not be back.
The building is lovely, a romantic reminder of the long ago past when nothing was high tech. The service was excellent, and the food was delicious, carefully prepared with a good presentation. The Carversville Inn is not noisy or crowded, so conversation is easy in its relaxed atmosphere. Even the drive there is delightful as the roads that lead to it are beautiful and scenic country roads. I highly recommend the Carversville Inn to anyone who enjoys an old fashioned atmosphere and ambiance coupled with outstanding food and good service. The jazz playing softly in the background and the candle on the table added to the charm of the evening.
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