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The Temperance House

22 reviews
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$30 and under
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Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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Featuring friendly customer service and marvelous cuisine, the Temperance House makes it easy for guests to enjoy an exceptional dining experience without leaving the hotel. Come and enjoy the Temperance House dining room, boasting two beautiful fireplaces. This quaint and cozy alcove is the perfect setting for delicious meal, artfully prepared, by our award winning chef. **If you prefer to enjoy dinner in the Tavern, please put a note under Special Requests. Thank you**
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hours of operation
Dining Room Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm – 9:00pm, Friday and Saturday: 4:00pm – 10:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 944-8050
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Our premier private dining services cater to a variety of occasions and party sizes. Whether it is a small business meeting, corporate retreat, rehearsal dinner, birthday party, wedding or anything in between, we have rooms and menu options to serve all of your needs. Please contact our banquet sales department for availability & pricing.
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Private party contact
Melissa Lewis: (215) 944-8050
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Cross street
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Overall ratings and reviews
4.2based on all time ratings
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on November 19, 2016

Pleasantly surprised by how nice it is there. Food was very good. Nice bar. Would definitely return.

2.0Dined on November 5, 2016

Oddly, since it was busy, our meal was mediocre and the service very poor. We were disappointed....

4.0Dined on October 29, 2016

We were received with a warm greeting at the door, and friendly service at the table. The ambience, food, and service were great! The only reason why I get four stars is because the food coming out of the kitchen was very slow… Otherwise the seafood risotto, the shrimp cocktail, and the lobster fettuccine were superb! I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting an intimate dinner with a spouse or with family and friends.

5.0Dined on October 14, 2016

Lunch with two friends. Had dining room to ourselves. Food was great. I had portobello sandwich. A great experience

4.0Dined on October 8, 2016

We were in town for a brief visit and wanted a convenient, local place and this was perfect. Historical ambiance, generous meal, interesting beer on tap and a charming waiter/bartender.
Our lunch was thoroughly enjoyable!

3.0Dined on October 1, 2016

Starting with no one greeting us upon entry things went down hill. Eventually a nice woman did come out and found our reservation although she commented on how things were "disorganized out here". Perhaps she was comparing it to the separate bar?

Then a man approached dressed in beaten jeans and an untucked shirt who informed us he would be taking care of us. Took my wife's wine order. Reappeared later through a mysterious door in the room and left without closing it. Later asked if we wanted bread. Eventually took our order. Delivered salads which we did not like. Brought main courses. Undercooked salmon for her, nice scallops for me although the potatoes could use more heat.

Eventually the room filled up and we watched a number of men and women in dirty jeans serving the diners.

Not a great experience.

3.0Dined on September 18, 2016

Quiet Sunday night. Earnest and helpful server. Simple food well prepared.

2.0Dined on September 13, 2016

After an unpleasant first experience where after a long wait of 1-1/2 hours for a simple cheeseburger that arrived totally raw, at the urgency of the manager, we decided to give it another try with friends. One friend got the burger and again, it was raw. The server (with hat on) was clueless and rarely seen. Wine and beer refills were hard to obtain. The bacon crab truffle mac and cheese, which was the only item that was edible on our first trip, was changed to include red pepper flakes by the chef (not noted on the menu) was not eaten by my wife as she cannot have spicy foods. The manager, Kathy, was very nice and again, apologetic for everything. Will we go back? No.

4.0Dined on September 3, 2016

We sat in the dining room, where the food and service were very good. Next time (and there will be a next time), we'll eat in the tavern area, a bit more lively and fun. The dining room ambience was dated and too quiet for our group of 6.

2.0Dined on August 31, 2016

One of the worst restaurants in a long time. Chicken over cooked and super dry, stuffed shrimp fishy tasting, fish swimming in some kind of sauce.

5.0Dined on July 31, 2016

5 STAR across the board. Lovely host/owner. Very helpful. Excellent food and service.

3.0Dined on July 30, 2016

The noise level was over the top, had trouble hearing each other, that is the main reason we would not go back, to many other great choices in Newtown

5.0Dined on July 29, 2016

i am very happy to say that the Temperance House is back and running in historic Newtown! that's a good thng! the service was fabulous, the food was deeelicious and the am't of food for the price was astounding!
go hungry or else there's too much to finish at one sitting!
It's hard to find a good warm Caesar salad but i found one there! it was enormous and soooo good! Loved it!
the mussels were HUGE and very very tasty and plentiful!
i appreciate it when the owner comes to the table to see how things are going ............and he did!
i will definitely become a regular again!

5.0Dined on July 17, 2016

Dinner was excellent. I had Chicken Oscar, loaded with crab meat, and my husband had flounder, very tasty. Because we are on a low carb diet, the restaurant accommodated us with a side salad in lieu of the potatoes. It was a very fresh, large salad served with dressing on the side. For dessert, we split the chocolate chip cookie topped with ice cream. A reasonably priced bottle of wine complemented the food. Our server, Harrison, was attentive and knowledgable about the menu.

5.0Dined on June 25, 2016

we were the only ppl there for lunch on a saturday, super quiet!

4.0Dined on June 20, 2016

Food was very good and reasonably priced. Chose the TH as we had not been there for a number of years.

4.0Dined on June 19, 2016

This was our first time eating at the Temperance House and we were pleasantly surprised! High quality food and friendly service. There weren't many people there (we went with the kids for Father's Day brunch), so this seems to be a hidden gem in Newtown. We'll definitely be back to try dinner.

5.0Dined on June 15, 2016

A wonderful first time visit. Great food ,service and friendliness . We will be back . can't believe we never had been there since we live 15 minutes away

5.0Dined on June 9, 2016

My husband and I enjoyed a nice "date night" dinner. The food was delicious - our salads were great and my husband really liked his steak. I LOVED the lobster fettuccine - it was out of this world!
Our server was friendly and attentive without being annoying - the perfect balance!

We will definitely go back.

4.0Dined on May 19, 2016

Depth of the menu was a surprise. Portions were good size. Meal was very tasty. Prices were rea sonable. Hav e not bee n there in years. Would return.

1.0Dined on May 7, 2016

made reserve for Sat night for an early Mother's day dinner. Rest was pretty much empty and we had early reserv. They told us they could not seat us in dining room and put us in the tavern. Was not looking to eat in a tavern atmosphere that was noisy and not conducive to a nice dinner. We left and went elsewhere.

3.0Dined on April 3, 2016

Grabbed brunch with a friend, was unimpressed overall.
- Menu indicates Build your own Bloody Mary - Drink came preassembled. When I asked about it, the waitress indicated that the bar didn't always have the unique ingredients people asked for. WHY IS IT ON THE MENU THEN?! Either list out the available ingredients or don't have it listed on the menu asa a build your own
- Biscuits tasted like the were from a can/pillsbury
- Overall biscuits & gravy meal was not served hot, they were warm when I got them
- Maple andouille sausage gravy was the only saving grace of that dish
- If you hadn't stated that the pancakes were lemon ricotta, one would have never known they weren't regular pancakes.