The Washington House - Pennsylvania

4.5
2146 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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Whether you are looking for a romantic dinner, a casual drink in our historic bar, fresh air while dining on our patio or a light snack before a show next door at Sellersville Theater, you will be pleased with our eclectic menu and our warm hospitality. Our guests especially enjoy the carefully chosen wine and beer lists and year round calendar of events including beer and wine tastings, specialty food nights and holiday menus. Join us for a blind taste test at our Wine Tasting Dinner: The Judgement of Sellersville. And Thanksgiving is also right around the corner. Forget the mess and the stress, and let us do the cooking this year. Call to make your reservation today.
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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Bar: Monday - Thursday: to 11:30pm, Friday - Saturday: to 11:30pm, Sunday: to 10:30pm
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Phone number
(215) 257-3000
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Rashaad Clinkscales
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Catering
Please call Cyndi Dietterich at 215-257-3000 x207 or see website "Private Parties" for menus and details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
North Main Street & West Temple Avenue
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Parking details
The Washington House has a private lot right next to the building. There is also a large, free municipal lot at the end of the block and plenty of unmetered street parking on surrounding streets.
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Entertainment
Sitting right beside The Washington House - Pennsylvania is the beautifully renovated Sellersville Theater 1894. A vital stop on the East Coast concert circuit, this intimate, welcoming listening room presents an ambitious, eclectic mix of top name artists and hot new talent year round. The theater is renowned for its sound quality and the up-close feel of the shows. Together, the restaurant and theater offer an exciting entertainment destination mixing big city talent and small town charm.
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Special events & promotions
Bluegrass Jam in the bar 1st & 3rd Tues of the month; Jazz Jam in the bar last Tues of the month. Freestyle Flights Of Wine 4th Fri of the month. Beer Tastings 1st Fri of the month. Plus wine tasting dinners and other special events. See website for details.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2146 People Are Saying
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Philadelphia
10 reviews
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service and delicious food! Beautiful place too!

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AB
Philadelphia
1 review
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Seated immediately, friendly prompt service, fantastic food.

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GM
Philadelphia
81 reviews
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I ate here for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. We've been here several times before for dinner before a show. We were very pleased by the food and the service before and this time was no exception. Our server Laura was excellent. She is very friendly, personable, and spot on. My wife had the salad with swordfish entrée and I started with a Cesar salad, which was very plentiful for a starter salad. I then had the crab and shrimp cake w/mashed and hericot verts. Both of our meals were excellent. We highly recommend dining here especially if you're here for a show at the Sellersville Theatre.

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a
Philadelphia
4 reviews
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent dining experience at the Washington House!

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o
Philadelphia
9 reviews
4.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Long wait for the appetizer and then the entree came as well!
The "crispy" peking duck was just a soggy piece of meat with no flavor at all save for the relish on top.
Despite these disappointments we remain loyal customers of the restaurant because of the beer tastings.

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S
Philadelphia
20 reviews
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband was playing at the theater next door.

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HH
Charleston
52 reviews
4.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyable evening for four. Meal pacing was not good, quite a bit of time between appetizer and entree presentation. Server was personable and professional, did a nice job overall. No steak knives present despite a filet mignon entree and a duck entree. I had to go inside to request a knife. Calamari app had very little calamari but instead was made up of filler—-breaded jalapenos and red peppers. A real disappointment. Overall a very nice family dinner with. Just a few hiccups. Always a pleasure. here for lunch or dinner. While we still like the Washington House, it truly is not what it used to be as cliche as that sounds. No dress code anymore, walkers stopping into the bar in sweaty shorts and tanks. Fifteen years ago we loves it here. Now the standards have dropped. Still, good food and good service, just don’t expect the elegant restaurant that once graces this corner

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CC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
4.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I was pleasantly surprised at how great the food was. I had the swordfish entree and it was perfectly cooked and seasoned, and their bleu cheese dressing is to die for! The service was very friendly and attentive but it did take incredibly long to get our food. I hear this is a thing there...so I allotted enough time. Overall however a better than good experience.

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LC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
3.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The service was tremendous, the food so-so. I was disappointed with the duck-though the flavor was fine, it was so tough I was unable to eat some of it (the table knife could not cut it). My app =too much bread, not enough salmon. My partner enjoyed his swordfish (I thought it overcooked) his soup was superb.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had an anniversary dinner there. I had the petite filet and she had a veggie wrap. My wife couldn't stop raving about the wrap. My steak, garlic mashed potatoes, and asparagus were great. My wife had a flight of white wines, while I had two of the double IPAs. Our meal was great, the service pleasant and prompt, and the atmosphere perfect for a get away weekend. We will be doing this again.

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PW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Washington House always makes special days tremendously and wonderfully beyond special. A menu for everyone’s palate, impeccable waitstaff, and a beautiful ambiance! Thank you for a great Father’s Day!

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JC
New York Area
6 reviews
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always make a reservation for dinner at the Washington House when I am attending a concert that night at the Sellersville Theatre next door. I have a long drive to get to Sellersville so I want to make the most of my trip there. The food is delicious and the Victorian building and decor are lovely. The service is excellent. It is worth the trip.

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SJ
1 review
3.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Sadly, our experience with the food was not enjoyable. The waitress was sweet. We ordered crab soup and potato soup and they were excellent. My husband ordered a salmon platter that came out rare. My Father-in-law's carrots were not cooked. I had a crab and shrimp patty on the sandwich bun and was unhappy with two pieces of tomatoes which were small and not ripe! We left feeling like we could have paid half the amount at another restaurant and would have had more and better food. Staff was aware of concerns and did not make amends, except to put the salmon back on the grill.

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S
Philadelphia
144 reviews
5.0Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always! The only thing I noticed was they either changed the recipe for the rolls that are brought out while you’re waiting for your food, or they just blew it. The rolls are not as big and are not as delicious as they had been in previous visits through the years. I miss the old recipe!! They used to be screaming hot, browned perfectly and had a very yeasty slight sourdough taste. Otherwise everything was great. Incredible service, the dishes we ordered were terrific.

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MA
1 review
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most memorable dining experiences ever - a prelude to the mesmerizing music of Dom Flemons that evening next-door.

We enjoyed the spring pea soup with lump crab meat, which was divine, then a perfectly constructed side salad and sublime burger and shrimp/crab cakes as well as a variety of specialty IPAs. The service was outstanding and the atmosphere was magical. We can't wait to return!

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ER
Philadelphia
55 reviews
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bartender and Sever ELLEN is The Best!

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FF
Orlando
1 review
4.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had reservations before a show at the theater, and it was a very nice dinner. Server was very nice, very attentive, and the food and atmosphere both good. Will definitely make reservations again when we see another show!

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JD
Philadelphia
1 review
5.0Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've never had a bad meal at The Washington House.
The food is varied and delicious, the atmosphere is great, and the staff is always wonderful, even when the house is packed.
Always worth the 2 hour trip from home!

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KE
1 review
3.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Very neat place to visit but the past the ambience it went downhill a bit. The food was average. it was presented well but the portions were a bit skimpy and the vegetables that were barely warm. Our waitress was very nice and offered us a complimentary dessert to make up for that. This was our first visit we will most likely return for a sandwich a quick bite or a drink when we are in town to see a show but most likely not for dinner. I wouldn't take anyone there as my guest for dinner.

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RC
Philadelphia
44 reviews
5.0Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stayed a night in the hotel and had time to catch a dinner. I had a pistachio encrusted sword fish that was terrific. Everything I had was very good. Even the cocktail. Grabbed a cocktail at the warm and friendly bar later in the evening.

Credit to the staff which was excellent in every respect. From the bartender to the wait staff, both dinner and AM continental breakfast. All were above average. Hotel staff included.
I'll be back.

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TB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
5.0Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time I visited. From the moment I stepped in side everyone was very attentive to all and any needs. Food was fantastic. Would definitely go again.

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JD
1 review
5.0Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and accommodating staff. Inventive menu, reasonably priced. Interesting mixed drinks and a decent beer/wine list. Worth a visit!

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E
Philadelphia
3 reviews
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Mother’s Day Brunch. We were able to chose from 4 appetizers and probably about 10 entrees. Each of us received a complimentary glass of champagne. Dessert was 4 assorted mini’s with 3 other goodies that I can’t recall....but there was chocolate involved. 😃
Everyone enjoyed their meal and the service was excellent.

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K
Austin
24 reviews
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved every bite, loved our server, and we were delightfully surprised to find such a creative and well executed menu by happenstance. We live in Philly and we’re passing through. Recommend and will return if given the opportunity!

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TG
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was so very professional and attentive. Quality cuisine and service. HIGHLY Recommended.

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Philadelphia
1 review
5.0Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for birthday celebration and it did not disappoint....great food and attentive staff...went to theater after dinner...a good time all round

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E
1 review
5.0Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined there many times and the food and service have always been excellent. We have dined on holidays, with friends before the show at Sellersville Theater which is next door. I have also been to luncheons with groups I participate in. Some of their choices are the same each time I/we go, but there are many different ones each time also. Desserts are yummy!

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M
1 review
4.0Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The only critical review I could give is that you were out of salmon that evening. Other than that, first time, wonderful experience. Waitress was outstanding & thorough!

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KC
1 review
5.0Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best time eating out I've had in a long time. Enjoyed a show next door also.

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TG
1 review
5.0Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at The Washington House before a show at Sellersville Theatre. The fare was excellent and so was the service. Anyone looking for a great dining experience would not be disappointed. The dining room was elegant so if you are in the mood to "dress up" that would work, however, the atmosphere is such that you would also feel comfortable going casual!

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JN
1 review
5.0Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual the food was great and service was very good too. one thing that brings us back is they hav a very good selection of beers and wunes by the glass. I highly recommend going there for any occation.

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RH
1 review
5.0Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner! Sophisticated but not pretentious.

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HA
Philadelphia
13 reviews
1.0Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 3

The pasta was good. The duck was good. The crab chips were good. The chicken was raw. Sent it back. Upon return it was still raw. Very disappointing. The manager apologized. Ordered something else off the menu to go.
Both were gratis.
Disappointing evening. But attempted to make it right.

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RG
1 review
2.0Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Good: Atmosphere and Greeter/Hostess

Bad: relatively expensive for the quality of food.
Waitress was below average. Did not stop by the table to ask if we wanted a second round of drinks. Seemed content just to move us along.
My wife and ordered two different beers and they were out of both of them.

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NM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
4.0Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved the food, the service was great and it is easily accessible for people with mobility issues.

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OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
5.0Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had tickets to see a show at the theater and decided to go to dinner beforehand. Everything was perfect. I was with friends I haven't seen in a long time and they let us linger before and after dinner just talking. I know they were busy but they did not try to rush us one bit. The food was excellent. I highly recommend the fresh pea soup with crab meat. It is my favorite. Everyone enjoyed their meal. The price of food and drinks is very reasonable.

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a
Philadelphia
9 reviews
5.0Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting atmosphere with good food and good service. So convenient to the Sellersville theatre. Would definitely go again.

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AD
1 review
5.0Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was wonderful, as was the food. Service was excellent, and all of our courses were delivered hot. I would definitely recommend the Washington House for a regular date night or special occasion.

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JM
Philadelphia
20 reviews
4.0Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This a great restaurant for a pre theater dinner when attending a show at the Sellersville Theater. Food was well prepared and reasonably priced. The only drawback was the length of time waiting for our entrees. We were able to arrive in our seats prior to showtime however.

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CT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
3.0Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Went, as always, for dinner before a Sellersville Theatre show. Nice beer selection. Food is always good.

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