The Farmhouse Bistro at People's Light

3.6
387 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary French / American
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
  • Sunday Lunch
The Farmhouse Bistro offers a casual dining experience featuring seasonal dishes created by Executive Chef Brian Burns. Choose from an array of tantalizing appetizers, freshly-prepared entrees, tempting desserts, and a sophisticated wine list.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary French / American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Tuesday: CLOSED

Wednesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Sunday Dinner: 5:00pm- 9:00pm
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Phone number
(610) 647-8060
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Brian Burns
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Private party facilities
Set among award-winning perennial English gardens of People's Light & Theatre Company, The Farmhouse is a premier venue in Chester County. The restored 18th century farmhouse boasts a newly renovated ballroom. With a private tented terrace and spacious landscaped surroundings, it offers the perfect setting for any occasion. Smaller, more intimate celebrations are elegantly executed in the adjacent Farmhouse Bistro.
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Private party contact
Spencer Brennen: (610) 647-1631 ext. 156
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Catering
The restored 18th century farmhouse boasts a newly renovated ballroom. With a private tented terrace and spacious landscaped surroundings, it offers the perfect setting for any occasion from 20 to 200 guests. Smaller, more intimate celebrations of 10 to 25 are also elegantly executed in the adjacent Farmhouse Bistro.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lancaster Avenue
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Parking details
Ample free parking is available on the People's Light campus.
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Public transit
Septa Bus Route 204-People's Light & Theatre campus. This stop is on the Farmhouse property.

Septa Regional Rail Paoli/Thorndale Line-Paoli Station. This stop is 2.6 miles east from the Farmhouse and Bistro on Lincoln Highway (Route 30)
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Entertainment
The Farmhouse Bistro is part of People's Light & Theatre Company, a professional, non-profit theatre that produces 7-9 plays each season. Enjoy a delicious dinner before seeing a stellar production on one of two stages on the People's Light campus. For more information about the theatre, visit PeoplesLight.org.
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Special events & promotions
The Farmhouse and Bistro offer a complete package for your special event. Menus are executed by our in-house chef and parties of any size (up to 200) are easily accommodated. Event types include weddings, rehearsals, corporate meetings and celebrations, milestone celebrations including birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations. Visit www.farmhousepeopleslight.com for more information or call 610.647.1631 x156.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 387 People Are Saying
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2.0Dined 6 days ago

We usually have a good experience at the Farmhouse Bistro. And the food was really good. But the service was very poor. We were there for a play, and we did not get our entree until almost 20 min before curtain time, and we had to ask for it twice. And we were overcharged for a salad, and the waiter did not offer any apology but rather was rude. But this was very out of character with our previous experiences at Farmhouse.

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3.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Chairs are very uncomfortable.
Lid of the sugar container was dirty. I wiped it with a hand wipe I had in my purse. I wonder if servers are reminded to clean the containers when they refill them?

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

This is a lovely location for pre-theater dining. The selections are good and the ambience is really lovely.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Excellent, as always.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

This is a very friendly and efficient restaurant. Great food and great service. Love the old cabin ambiance and good wait staff. We were assisted by at least 3 people at our table to provide a very relaxed and efficient dining experience before the play that night. Just wonderful!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Very enjoyable brunch Mothers Day. We sat in the original farmhouse which was perfect for our smaller group. The main room had large table rounds, great for a bigger group.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We were there before a show at People's Light. Service was well-timed and friendly. The food came out hot and was plated nicely. The meal was well priced and delicious. We had 6:15 dinner reservations. The play started at 8:00 p.m. and we had plenty of time to walk over to the theater and be seated without being rushed. Will definitely go again!

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Everything great except noise level. Needs more noise deadening materials.

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2.0Dined on April 4, 2018

The Farmhouse is a nice venue but the food is mediocre and the prices are high. I had the Brussel sprout salad which was good but my spinach salad with salmon was not. The salmon was over-cooked.

My husband had the fried calamari which was deep fried and dry. His salmon was also over-cooked.

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We arrived for Easter Brunch. Looking forward to a wonderful experience.
It was quite frankly the worst meal We have ever had. Our waitstaff were delightful but the food was awful.The potatoes were gray and slimy.
We were served white bread that was toasted on a grill and burned. I think they need to invest in a toaster.
Good luck if you ever go.
We would NOT recommend.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We made a reservation for 5 for Easter brunch. We were placed in a room called the "atrium", and were the only people in a large room meant to host groups/events (think wedding / anniversaries/etc). When they called to confirm our reservation, they should have informed us that we were going to be alone in a space separate from the main dining area. We would have made other arrangements. The ambiance was very cold and unwelcoming, and quite honestly awkward. They could have done a lot more to make it a comfortable place: pipe in music, decorate for the holiday... anything would have been better. We should have left at that point, but decided to give it a shot. The food was mediocre - overcooked and not particularly creative. We were very disappointed with the experience, and will not be returning. This might be decent for a pre-show cocktail and appetizers (the restaurant is attached to playhouse), but it not a good place for a full dining experience.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Risotto was more underdone than al dente, and long grain rice weird. Salmon was delicious as were the brussel sprouts. Ambience was lovely and wait staff very accommodating.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Brunch before Sunday afternoon theater was very good. The room was cool, almost cold. Food was good and fairly priced. We will return.

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Convenient because of location next to theatre but overall experience very mediocre.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

We frequent The Farmhouse Bistro. The food quality and service are consistently excellent.

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2.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Not good, disappointing , had to return wine, food wasn’t cooked completely

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Very good dining option before attending the theater. Courteous service, good wine and food.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

We frequent this restaurant. It is consistently excellent.

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Good food, good ambiance, good service. My only complaint is that it's a tad pricey. The onion soup was a good value but the vegetarian chili was around $15, which I thought was high.

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2.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Way to expensive for the meal I received

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

Lovely atmosphere, delicious food and eccellent service make The Farmhouse Bistro a treat. Although connected to People's Light theater, you don't have to attend the theater to enjoy an excellent meal here.

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2.0Dined on January 10, 2018

Meal was 3 course fro $40 - soup was great, entree's vegetables were unevenly cooked- carrots were raw while potatoes were soft- dessert was a mediocre lime cheesecake- overall, not a great value

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Had an excellent experience. Even though we came in very late, the waiter and chef waited for us, made sure that we had a wonderful time and food.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

No show so we were the only table. Great service and food and enjoyed our own private night. Thanks for staying open!

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4.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Dinner and the theater are always a great night out, and this was no exception. There were seven of us, and we ordered just about everything on the menu, from 40 garlic chicken, to salmon to short ribs and a burger, and there wasn't a crumb left. Everything was well priced, and the wine list paired well with the menu. I look forward to going back.

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3.0Dined on November 29, 2017

The Farmhouse is a convenient location for a meal before a play at People's Light & Theatre. It is on the same property and within walking distance of the Leonard Haas Stage. For a performance at the Steinbright Stage, you have to drive over.

We ate in a small dining room that seated about 18. There is a second dining room where a group was having dinner. I did not see how large the room was.

The hostess was very helpful. She asked if we already had our tickets for the performance of Lights Out: Nat "King" Cole. When we told her that we had vouchers, she proceeded to call the theater and arrange to get our tickets for us. She brought them over to our table. That was a very nice touch.

The person who seated us seemed very nervous and tentative. The table we picked was wobbly. Rather than offer to find a way to stabilize the table for us, she made a gesture as if she was hoping that nothing would fall off the table.

We had one server ask for our drinks, then someone else came to the table without any explanation. Apparently there had not been a handover of the table because the new server was not aware that we had already ordered something to drink. I asked her to get something to stabilize the table which she did readily and quickly. This suggested to me that they are aware of the state of the tables. The person who sat us down should have checked on the table before she left if they know they have wobbly tables.

The food was the best part of the evening. We opted for the Prix Fixe Menu from which we had Pumpkin Asparagus Crab Bisque and Caesar Salad as the appetizers, followed by Forty Garlic Chicken and Horseradish Encrusted Salmon. For dessert, we had
Copa Marscarpone and Lemon Sorbet Ripieno. Everything was delicious. We truly enjoyed the meal.

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1.0Dined on November 23, 2017

Worst Thanksgiving dinner ever. Horrible buffet with almost no food. Server cleared away our place settings and glasses of wine when we went up for seconds. Never will I go back there!

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3.0Dined on November 23, 2017

We went to their Thanksgiving buffet. It took a long time for the wine to come and the waiter rarely came by to fill the glasses. Also, the plates were not cleared between courses. It was not very busy when we arrived. When we went to the buffet, the stuffing was about empty so was a bit cold. I went back for seconds and it was much better. The turkey was good but the sides were average. The pumpkin cheese cake was good but they had run out of both the pecan and sweet potatoe pie. They also automatically added 18% gratuity which seems high for someone to deliver a glass of wine and fill water twice.

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4.0Dined on November 23, 2017

We were there For their Thanksgiving meal, and the food was excellent! The turkey was juicy, the ham was succulent. The sweet potatoes has just the right amount of toasted marshmallow.

Our server, though, he was terrible. He came to our table 10 minutes after we sat down to take our drink order, and they didn't come until after we got back with our food.

We ran out of drinks, and we didn't see him for 10 minutes, and the only reason we saw him was that the best table over was getting their check. I asked him for more drinks, and guess what... He didn't show up again for 15 minutes! When he came again, I had to ask once more for drinks. When I went to the buffet, again, I actually talked to the person in charge of the buffet display. He said he'd talk to the head server.

The only time he ended up being quick was when he dropped off the check, and then left for 30 seconds and came right back to see if it was ready. I was really tempted to talk to a manager right then and there. It was Thanksgiving, so I paid the check, with the automatic gratuity, but you can be sure I didn't leave any more than that. If it wasn't a holiday, you can be sure I would've argued the automatic gratuity.

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4.0Dined on November 23, 2017

Had a problem with gratuity being included with bill. Know this is done with large groups but we were only two and no notice that this was done. At same time on menu it said that gratuity was included in price. Note "price", not "bill" or "check". Confusing wording and poorly handled.

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4.0Dined on November 23, 2017

The restaurant is great for atmosphere. Even better if paired with a play. That can't be beat. Service is normally pretty good, it was a bit under the norm for Thanksgiving, but still ok.

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

Great Thanksgiving Day buffet!

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

We went to the Farm House Bistro for Thankgiving. We sat in a cozy room with a wood burning fireplace. The food was marvelous! No stove top stuffing. Gourmet Buffet! I went back twice. And I never do that! Service was attentive. Will return!

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

We had a great dinner and exceptional service at the Farmhouse Bistro. We had the pre-theater three course menu. Food was outstanding. The pumpkin-asparagus-crab bisque was amazing. Beautiful, unique glassware is worth noting. Lighting was too bright and it would have been nice if they lit the fireplace. But other than that, it was a very nice experience before we went to see Lights Out.

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2017

We frequent The Farmhouse Bistro. It is always excellent. We've been there for holiday meals, dinner and lunch. There has never been anything to complain about.

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2.0Dined on October 19, 2017

Disappointing food with okay service. Shrimp and crab cocktail was mediocre, steak over cooked, spinach with too much oil....

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2017

Excellent options on the Prix Fixe menu. Quite good value for money. My soup WA cold, but when asked to have it heated, it was accomplished immediately with a smile and a clean bowl and spoon.
Only criticism is too.much food for meal. Left with two "doggie bags"

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2017

We always enjoy dining at the Farmhouse Bistro prior to seeing a show.
Our server was extremely helpful, conscientious, and polite. He even took us the back way to the theatre. The swordfish was cooked to perfection and my husband loved the lamb stew!

Our only complaint is the ambiance and acoustics in the lower level dining area. We miss eating upstairs where we felt like we were alone and on our own date instead of someone else's. We were able to hear the entire conversation of a women sitting behind us.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2017

Waiter did a great job serving our every need.. place was casual and quiet in a private sort of room .. only wish they had draft beer.. would have made it better for me ..?nice and convient to theatre show

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2017

A wonderful spot whether you're attending a theater production at People's Light or not. A special venue to share with family or friends.

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