The Farmhouse Bistro at People's Light

3.9
408 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary French / American
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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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Our annual Mother's Day brunch is back! Enjoy a wonderful brunch with the whole family. Dine in our airy pavilion, spacious ball room, or intimate & historic Bistro. (Served 11-3; Adults 40 and guests under 12 for only 18) Add tickets to the show at People's Light for a truly special day.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

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Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

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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JC
Philadelphia
57 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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D
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

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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RD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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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JC
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

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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T
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Tomato soup was excellent. We enjoyed every spoonful.

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D
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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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O
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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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M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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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JC
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dine here often. Consistently outstanding in every way.

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MA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I’d love to give this place a better review! It could be such a nice place but it just misses the mark. We were there for an event & had decent food but loved the event space! Just beautiful & apps & drinks were a B+. As was the service. Food just a B.
Went back to recheck the restaurant & was not impressed at all with the

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D
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to the Bistro frequently and food and service are often uneven. We usually go on a Thursday evening prior to the performance. On this occasion, we had dinner on Saturday evening. The meal and service were exceptional! I had a delicious and tender filet mignon and my dining partner had penne with fresh vegetables. Excellent value for three courses with non-alcoholic beverages. $40 per person.

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j
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We must have come on a bad day, This was our least satisfactory experience at Farmhouse. It seems as if it might be struggling to maintain patronage and quality.

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JR
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday brunch. Atmosphere is great and service has always been exceptional.

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JC
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent

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F
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

First time and will not go back. There was only two tables for a la carte brunch and service was chaotic. Being that it is a banquet facility, the restaurant should not open if the event is overwhelming for the staff. Food was just ok, nothing memorable. Service was choppy and inattentive. Definitely overwhelmed! Very dissapointing as the place is beautiful. A real shame.

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J
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We were very disappointed in the main course ( prime rib and salmon) and dessert ( peach crisp). The appetizers were very good. It is a great location if you are going to a play, but unfortunately we will not go again,

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BS
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had tickets for a show at The Peoples Light Theatre. Two of us were coming from NJ and ended up running late. The server Steven could not have been more accommodating. He paced the meal so we weren't rushed and were permitted to take our desserts into the theatre to avoid missing one second of the show. Our server Steven, the prefix-menu option, food and drinks were excellent! We will return...Thank you all!

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AB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

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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MM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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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ND
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

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JC
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, as always.

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SR
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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AC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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AL
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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s
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

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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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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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LF
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

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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TF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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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GC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

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

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JC
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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WW
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

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

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SS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

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JC
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We frequent this restaurant. It is consistently excellent.

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CA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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