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About The Farmhouse Bistro at People's Light

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.

39 Conestoga Rd.
Malvern, PA 19355
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary French / American

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

Cross Street:
Lancaster Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(610) 647-8060

Website:
http://www.thefarmhousebistro.com/

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.

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.

Parking Details:
Ample free parking is available on the People's Light campus.

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)

Executive Chef:
Brian Burns

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.

Private Party Contact:
Spencer Brennen: (610) 647-1631 ext. 156

Additional:
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

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.

The Farmhouse Bistro at People's Light Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.5

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4.1

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4.2

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91% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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"

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Seasonal, Cozy, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 30, 2017

very convenient to theater. Food is good, but not great. country pate was flavorless and bread was stale. scallops and burger were very good. Service is friendly.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Had a lovely brunch with girlfriends. When we went we were the only ones in the place which had me worried but it was fine. Food was great. Gave only 4 stars because they had a quesadilla on the menu but no sour cream on the premises. I thought that was strange to have one without the other.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 11, 2017

It was our servers first day but she made up for her lack of knowledge with great charm and spunk. My friend and I had a great time!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Casual, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 10, 2017

The pasta dish we both ordered was to have crab meat in it. Both came out with no crab. they did bring us both a side order of crab when we pointed this out.
The pesto on the pasta was somewhat bland and did not reflect what we both were expecting as far as taste.
The subscribers 10% discount was not available on the fixed price menu and the wait staff was not aware of this nor was it listed anywhere we could find on their website.
Overall, this was a very pricy meal for what we received.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Nice brunch, service was a little wonky.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Mother's Day Brunch - mixed bag, food looked great, but hot food was not hot, and
cold soup was meh. For the money expected more. Servers did not replace used silverware, no place to put sugar wrappers, toothpicks, etc.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Farmhouse Bistro is consistently excellent for food and quality of service. We visit here often and have never been disappointed. We've been here for everyday dining and holiday dinners.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 14, 2017

This is a restaurant that belongs to a theater so we went just as the show started therefore it was only us. The staff were extremely friendly and gave us a tour and showed us the newly renovated wedding hall- very nice!! Sandwiches were good. Not a fan of the avocado "fries" but an interesting options. Will definitely return and see a show as well!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 12, 2017

Excellent food in a very nice setting. Octopus was tender and great flavor , very nice salad and the chicken liver pate was house made and as good as I have ever had.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 7, 2017

My dinner was pasta and crab in a pesto sauce. The pasta was drenched in the oily sauce which completely overwhelmed the crab and peas. The accompanying salad was included but chewy and not very tasty. My husband had swordfish and felt his food was okay but nothing special. The service was attentive and prompt and the small room was quiet. The powder room was unheated , had no hook for hanging a coat or purse, and the light switch was outside the room (which I did not notice until after I entered.) We were disappointed overall.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Our waiter Frank was very attentive and helpful. The facility has a really nice farmhouse feel to it, but modern. The brunch menu was well-appointed and tasty. Overall, a very positive experience!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 26, 2017

Good atmosphere, the service was excellent and so was the food; appetizers and entrees. The only thing I would improve is the wine list, which is somewhat limited.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Great atmosphere, very good service, good food. Perfect for eating before the show at Peoples Light.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2017

You should replace the dessert option with a drink instead. We would rather have a drink included.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 22, 2017

The food here is wonderful and fresh. My book club loves to meet here because many times we have our own space so we can talk without disturbing other diners.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Appetizers were very good but entrees were very disappointing. Scallop entree was undercooked and braised short rib entrée meat was quite fatty and small. Root vegetables were over cooked and had too much spice. Service was good for a small restaurant. Would not dine there again, we thought it would be much better.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 12, 2017

I ordered a chicken dish where the chicken was barely done, and the potatoes were also barely cooked through. They were supposed to be scalloped, but I could not find a bit of cheese on them! The asparagus was way overdone!

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 8, 2017

Food good but salad, although fresh, had much too much dressing. Should serve it on the side. Seemed a little pricy for what was served. Would only go back if seeing a show there and didn't want to drive to two separate places. Feet cold in restaurant.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Great food and service- did dinner and a show and everything was awesome- will be back!

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 29, 2016

Very nice venue before and after the theater. A little pricy. Fixed price menu for show attendees a bit limited. The food was excellent.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Food was creative and very good. Frank "the Tank" was outstanding - friendly, helpful, just the right amount of attention. Prices were reasonable, actually quite good considering the creativity and quality of the offering. All-in-all, a very enjoyable experience and we plan to be back.

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2016

The food was all well-prepared, but there were a few disappointments. We booked dinner before the Panto, a child-friendly show, and were told when we got there that the children's menu was not available. Asked clearly for dressing on the side and when it came on the salad, was told "it's only a little," which was not the case (had to send it back). When it came back it clearly was not put together as nicely. Brought my daughter milk with ice in it, which was odd and resulted in it tasting odd.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 21, 2016

We order tickets to the Panto for Christmas every year and have dinner at the Bistro beforehand. Great service and food - easy walk to the theater, too!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2016

The trout was cold when served. It appeared to be heated up but lost the heat on the way to the table. The pork chops were fine that my partner ordered. It was a disappointment. The desert and appetizer courses were fine.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Good place for quiet conversation & a nice meal. Limited entree selection but enough to find something you like.

Tags: Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2016

thanks for a very creative menu. It was a challenging making a choice among so many nice appetizers and entrees. Jim

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Key West)·Dined on November 24, 2016

We attended the Thanksgiving Buffet which ran from 12 - 8:00 PM for at 6 :00 seating. All the meat dishes were dry, dry, dry. The turkey and the pork loin were so dry, even the gravy did not help. It did however help make the stuffing more palatable. We passed .on the trout, since the cream sauce was boiling in what was supposed to be a chafing tray. The rolls were not only cold, but hard as a rock. Perhaps an enterprising sever, could make holiday door knockers from they with a little decoration. The meal ended with a choice of four desserts that were 50/50 and the coffee was weak. To get to buffet, we had to walk down a set of stairs and through a room to the main dining room, balancing our plates on the way back. One of us was on portable oxygen and asked if we could be seated closer to the buffet and our server said no, that the main dining room was for larger parties. If we had not had to pay in advance, we would have left at that point or after sampling the food. Later in the evening, we even thought that the overcooked nature of the food was due to us choosing a later dinner. We quickly determined that it was not the later dining. If the service is to run from 12 - 8:00PM, a more professional restaurant would have taken the appropriate steps to ensure all diners a pleasant meal and experience. Based on the quality of the food and the callousness of the staff, we would not recommend any of our friends to eat there.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Although most probably come pre- post theatre- it is worth coming with or without theatre tickets... food is excellent !!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 17, 2016

Great food, service, perfect pre theatre experience. The bouillabaisse was excellent!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Loved the creative and tasteful food and good portion sizes from appetizer to dessert. Very convenient to pay in advance for the dinner and theater combo, receiving the tix upon arrival at the restaurant. Was disappointed that with a 3 course prix fixe menu there was no vegetarian/vegan entree or ability to sub an appetizer. In defense of the restaurant, the menu was available for review in advance. Great experience overall and plan to return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 9, 2016

Post show meal was lovely though the pri fixe seemed a bit overpriced.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 8, 2016

We enjoyed the presentation and the wonderful combination of flavors that the chef put together.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2016

very good location for before attending People Light & Theatre productions. Great service and broad menu.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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