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The Farmhouse Bistro at People's Light

370 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary French / American
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  • Pre/post Theatre (9)
  • Special Occasion (9)
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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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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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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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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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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
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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 for more information or call 610.647.1631 x156.
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What 370 People Are Saying
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SaraS (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

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

vipJohnC (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

We frequent this restaurant. It is consistently excellent.

CAMyrt (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 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.

vipCarol (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Way to expensive for the meal I received

Doxielover (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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.

MEMCN (Dallas)
2.0  Dined 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

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined 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!

Delicioso (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 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.

vipGerryB06 (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined 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!

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined 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.

AlexH (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 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.

windy (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 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.

Dadbart (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 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.