The Farmhouse Bistro at People's Light

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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The Farmhouse Bistro offers a casual dining experience featuring seasonal dishes created by Executive Chef Scott Burns. Choose from an array of tantalizing appetizers, freshly-prepared entrees, tempting desserts, and a sophisticated wine list
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Lulubee
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always a pleasure to dine at the Bistro. We have never had a bad experience. They always get us to the play on time. We recommend this restaurant to all.
I am sure they will enjoy also.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to catch up with friends. Food was delicious and brunch was a great price.

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Hideko
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the prix fixe brunch and play deal, and it couldn't have been more delightful. A real wood fire was burning in the fireplace; the service was quiet and efficient, and the food was delicious. Even though it was prix fixe, there were a number of options. Coffee was high quality and hot.

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BradyB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I were delighted to discover The Farmhouse Bistro at People's Light. We've lived in the area for four years now and just stumbled into it on a Sunday brunch/lunch. The staff and service were great. The ambiance, furnishings, and local glassware provided a great experience. Loved the colored rock sugar sticks for the cappuccino (and so did my kids). The steak, caramelized apple french toast, and warm apple tartan were great!

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vipRoninWallyworld
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Wonderful ambience, quiet environment conducive to conversation. Excellent service. Food was rather disappointing, very mediocre, could have been improved with more creative use of seasonings.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A special dinner out with our daughters prior to the People’s Light panto.

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Aggie
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was much better than last few times we were in.
Live supporting the theater and the Bistro!

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Brandywinerdiner
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Convenient before an evening performance, with the staff careful to make sure one doesn't miss curtain time. Both of us enjoyed our entrees and desserts.

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JeffM
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was very good, however the already included 20% gratuity struck me as a little high especially since it was a buffet

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JustinH
Naples
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the Thanksgiving Day Buffet at Farmhouse. Very good food, especially for the cost. Particularly enjoyed the fresh salad and fish. Also quality desserts. Wine and spirits might be better presented, but overall an excellent meal and experience.

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JerryM
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best idea we’ve had to date. The food was excellent. The staff was excellent. The place was beautiful. I will make sure to go again next year. And I will use the tickets provided for one of your shows. Thanks.

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vipMONT
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal especially the butternut squash soup. The atmosphere was electric and the service was excellent. Thumbs up

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SarahR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We certainly enjoyed our dinner at the Farmhouse before attending the Panto. The atmosphere was really nice and the manager was very helpful in working with the theater to solve a seating dilemma for us before we left the restaurant. Thanks for a great evening!!

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AndreaB
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Food was fabulous. But it took so long we didn't have time to eat the dessert from the prix fixe brunch menu before the show at the theater began. And we booked our reservation 1 hour and 45 min before the show. Also they gave us the wrong dessert to go. I will try them again though because of the menu and the great tasting food!

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LucyD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good. I ate from the prix fixed menu, a very good deal, I thought. The scallops were very well prepared, everyone in our group was happy with their food. The staff was very accommodating. We had a reservation for two but were actually four, they found us a table, no problem. We even had our dessert packed to enjoy at the show after dinner. I would definitely do it again.

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CLPhilly
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great food on the $40, three-course menu -

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vipPhillyMom
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The Farmhouse Bistro is always enjoyable. Our table was ready and they even had our tickets ready so that we did not have to make an additional stop at the Box Office. Great wines by the glass and plenty of choices on the menu.

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vipGreta1
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice bistro with great ambiance for brunch or dinner before a show. You save money on the show when you add the meal/show combo. A lot of food for the price.

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Cary
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

A convenient restaurant when attending a People's Light performance. Food quality and presentation is very good, but preparation could be better, e.g. wonderful swordfish steak but cooked very dry. Farmhouse ambience and service staff quite attentive and pleasant.

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Aggie
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We are season ticket holders, so we go before every show we are attending

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vipCaroline
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We frequently eat here before the theater. The food is not fancy, but is fresh and well prepared and presented. I love the peaceful atmosphere after a busy day.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I had crab soup, which was very good; and the veal, which was just okay. My wife had the filet mignon, which was just okay. We both had rice and broccoli, which were both just okay - both had the same quality that we would have achieved at home. We weren’t impressed.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This outing was part of a dinner theater experience at People’s Light. It was delightfully relaxing to enjoy a quiet dinner at this restaurant which is right next door to the theater. The fixed price menu offered plenty of tempting options. We all selected seafood dishes, which tasted fresh and perfectly cooked. All of our food items were fresh and well prepared. Service was pleasant and friendly. We finished up in ample time to stroll across to the theater.

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InnaP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely mother’s day

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Abby
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was yummy and our server was very courteous and attentive. A little pricey but you get a lot of options in the buffet. So you can get your money’s worth if your stomach allows it! Definitely worth pairing a meal and a show. It was a great experience!

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BethF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I had the shrimp scampi. The shrimp was chewy and not fresh. Way too much pasta, and also overcooked. My friend had the veal, which was a bit chewy and her vegetables were overcooked and soggy. Our salads were good.

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MVBG
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The whole experience was lovely. The food was delicious. The dining room can be a little loud but it did not prevent comfortable conversation. We did the fixed price dinner which had generous portions. We took our dessert home.

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JenniferG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Easter Brunch

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vipluv2dine
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The food is mediocre and the service is lacking. I ordered coffee after our meal. It was tepid. When I informed the server he reheated it in the microwave rather than brewing a fresh pot.

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vipJohnC
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, everything about our dinner was outstanding. We frequent The Farmhouse Bistro. 'Nuff said.

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Doxielover
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delightful meal prior to outstanding performance in the theater. At $40 pre fixed dinner is a great option with several wonderful appetizers and entrees to choose from. My filet was perfectly cooked with a generous helping of seasoned rice and hearty vegetables. It was a fine meal even without the added bonus of the theater!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

It was a warm and pleasant evening, and we wanted to find a place with an outdoor fire. We read online this restaurant had such a feature, so we made a reservation and drove nearly an hour to check out and experience The Farmhouse Bistro. When we arrived, we quickly learned in fact there was no outdoor fire (maybe only for events/weddings?), but we decided to keep our reservation and stay for dinner. The lightning was a bit bright, but the dining area had a slight charm of an old farmhouse. Only a set Valentines menu was offered. At this point we wish we would have respectfully declined and left. However, the service was nice and the place was next to empty (there was one other two top, which was finishing dinner in the adjacent dining room). We felt bad leaving and decided to be adventurous and stay, though we were starting to have serious doubts.

The first course arrived with was described as mushroom risotto. I would say it was more of a mushroom rice pilaf, but it tasted fine and we were hungry. The main course was dreadful. We ordered one prime rib and one filet. The prime rib was ordered medium rare to medium, but came out well done. It really seemed as if this meat had been cooking for awhile, and I mean a long while in not the good way. The filet was barely edible due to the very unpalatable accompanying sauce. We tried scraping the sauce off the filet and put butter on both cuts of meat in an attempt to save the dried out leather. We wrestled with our main courses for awhile before giving up and bracing ourselves for dessert. I am typically of the mindset that chocolate is always good and when made into a mousse, it can never be wrong. This raspberry chocolate mousse however was completely inedible. We both took a single bite and called it quits. The meal came with a “toast” of a very sugary, unpleasant, inexpensive sparkling wine that neither of us could stomach.

At $55 per person, plus drinks, and tip, this was an expensive and disappointing lesson.

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RosannaD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

A partial recommendation -- for convenience when going to a People's Light performance, The Farmhouse is great. As a destination place if not going to the theater ... so-so. Food is okay ... not imaginative (seasonings range from salt to pepper -- other herbs and spices don't stand out, though mentioned in descriptions; sauces and soups butter-rich, overwhelmingly so). The charming, warm old-building ambiance -- small rooms, wood floors, fireplace (in at least one of the rooms), interesting glassware, etc. -- can be destroyed by the loud noise levels when most tables are full.

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vipJohnC
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food, service and ambiance. We frequent this place and always will.

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JennyG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Intimate dining room with wood burning fireplace, but lighting and general ambiance is stark, I almost felt like I dining in a hall way. Our server was super sweet but needs more training. The appetizers were awful. Brussel sprouts were mushy and luke warm, my guess is they were the frozen variety, dumped out of a bag into a pot of boiling water. Topped with balsamic and what appeared to be Kraft parmesan cheese from the green container. The spinach salad was doused with warm bottled italian dressing, to which bacon was added. The "starch" of the day was the star of the show--something between scallaped and mashed potatoes. Don't know what they were but they were good. The green beans were perfected cooked. Chicken marsala was so-so, scallops were tough. Dessert (cheesecake and flourless choc torte) were wonderful. We weren't attending the show but felt rushed out with the theater crowd. Sorry to say, very disappointing overall.

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vipThatguyoverthere
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stephen was awesome!! He made our night and delivered extra special service!!

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MelvinM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Tomato soup was excellent. We enjoyed every spoonful.

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Doxielover
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Dinner was excellent with one notable exception. The coffee tasted like it had been around since last week. It was sludgy and tasted burnt. My dinner partner had a cup before dinner and mentioned it to the waiter. We both had coffee after dinner and it continued to be undrinkable. Unforgivable sin in dining.

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vipOasis
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Could not access the restaurant! We made a reservation for 8pm. Went to the restaurant which had a sign on the door to ring the bell and someone would open the door. No one came and the restaurant appeared to be empty and locked up. I expect that most people eat there before attending the theater at People's Light. But we stopped at the theater and the 2 people there had no idea how to help us. Very disappointing.

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Marygoround
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Had a delicious dinner here before attending the People's Light and Theatre Co. We ordered off of the fixed price menu with it's many excellent choices. The house salad was outstanding with its apple cider vinaigrette dressing, cranberries, goat cheese and spiced pecans over mixed greens. The fillet mignon was done perfectly, although the sauce over it gave it an odd flavor. Perhaps the steak itself should be seasoned differently. The sides were also very nice and the pecan pie ala mode was delicious. All in all, we truly enjoyed our, first ever, dinner there.

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