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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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4.1

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3.8

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4.1

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3.9

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85% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·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.

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 (Philadelphia)·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!

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·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.

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·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.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great Thanksgiving Day buffet!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined 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.

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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vip
 (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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