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“Ban the smoking...” 2 of 5 stars
Review of The Temperance House Restaurant & Tavern - CLOSED

The Temperance House Restaurant & Tavern
5 S State St, Newtown, PA 18940
2158609975
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Price range: $35 - $45
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Washington
Description: "Simply The Best in Bucks", The Temperance House located in historic Newtown, Pennsylvania offers the finest in quality, service & accommodations. Our simple, yet elegant menu specializes in steaks & seafood. From intimate gatherings to gala affairs our banquet facilities provide a perfect venue for any event. Please contact our banquet coordinator regarding your next affair. Journey through our historic chambers & discover why our Inn is one of Bucks County's best kept secrets. Plush accommodations with an at home feel, we cater to corporate clientele, bridal parties & couples looking to get away. Please contact our Innkeeper for more information.
Southampton, Pennsylvania
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50 reviews 50 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Ban the smoking...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Hadn't been here in awhile because of a horrendous Easter brunch experience a couple of years ago (horrible seating...bland choices from the buffet table)...the whole family (six of us) was disappointed and annoyed...

Figured we'd give it a try again, so we went with friends to listen to music, have some appetizers and drinks...

Phew...the room with the four piece group was tiny and LOUD...the smoke from the neighboring bar was pervasive (you're separated by a sliding glass door)...drinks were fairly priced...appetizers were okay...service was good...

...but, the smoke...sigh...in a day and age when Irish pubs in IRELAND are smoke-free (and everybody smokes in Ireland), there's no excuse for this...won't be back 'til the smoke is gone...

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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temphouse, Owner at The Temperance House Restaurant & Tavern, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
We are happy to let you know we have made our Tavern and Entertainment Lounge Smoke-Free when we have entertainment (Tuesday through Saturday). We invite you to try us out again. We
have continued to offer outstanding local entertainment for your enjoyment.
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English first
King of Prussia
1 review
“The 'other' server”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

We would have given the Temperance House a 5 star review, but our waiter was terrible and we feel that service is part of the experience. My wife & I ate here on Christmas Eve, and had it not been for the waitress in the room we were in, we would have not had fresh water, not had our dishes cleared, and not had our menus taken away so we could actually have room for our dinner plates at the table. We knew this woman was busy with other patrons, and we really appreciated her attention to detail. Wish we knew her name, because we would come back just to thank her and would not hesitate to request her! We were sitting very close to a table that was lucky enough to be in her section, and the way she described the soups (our waiter never told us what the soup was, he just took our order), the way she took care of them, made us jealous. It is obvious that she was the glue that held that dining room together, because we saw her comb through the room. We will be back to the Temperance House in hopes that we will not have to succumb to the same waiter's service. He was AWFUL! My wife suggested I return to leave her a tip. I may just do that since I work about a mile away.

Food was very fresh and tasty, though. And we really enjoyed our steaks!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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temphouse, Owner at The Temperance House Restaurant & Tavern, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
Thank you for your feedback we have addressed the unacceptable service you received and assure you this will not happen in the future. I will pass your kind words on to Maria regarding her
attentiveness.
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Beautiful Bucks County, PA
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47 reviews 47 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Really great special occasion dinner.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

My husband and I went for our anniversary. We had a groupon, which really helped. We shared the spring roll sampler. The duck spring roll was fantastic, the cheesesteak was surprisingly good. The 3rd was okay. He had the stuffed pork tenderloin. It was really wonderful. The leftovers of it were even better the next day. It was served with a squash and apple saute, which was acceptable, but not great. I had the shrimp and scallops, they were a little overcooked, and two of the scallops were sandy. The risotto served with it was phenominal! If they just served the risotto as an entree I would get that! Their house salad was a generous portion of very fresh, clean, crisp veggies. We were very pleased overall, and will look for another groupon!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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temphouse, Owner at The Temperance House Restaurant & Tavern, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
We are happy to hear you enjoyed your meal on
12/11/12. We are a little disappointed to hear you were not 100%
satisfied with some of your selections. In the future, please let us
know at the time of service so we can rectify any issue.
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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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“Great food & drink; not excited about the smoking”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

I love the restaurant atmosphere and food. Easter brunch here was especially good. We would come here more frequently if it weren't for all the smoking in the bar area.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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temphouse, Owner at The Temperance House Restaurant & Tavern, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
We are happy to let you know we have made our Tavern and Entertainment Lounge Smoke-Free when we have entertainment (Tuesday through Saturday). We invite you to try us out again. We
have continued to offer outstanding local entertainment for your enjoyment.
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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
135 reviews 135 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
“It averaged out to an average meal”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

We had a coupon for this place so we thought we would try it out. There were pluses and minuses to the meal which leads me to giving it an average rating. My husband really enjoyed his crab-cakes but I felt my scallops were undercooked and swimming in too much butter. Service was responsive but nothing spectacular. Bread service was ridiculous (old school dinner rolls with new school olive oil - it just did not work) but our appetizer was delicious. So it was just one of those meals. Diners are stuffed into one charming little dining room (except one table which was in the adjoining room) which although pretty, is very noisy, hot, and stuffy. I would not return to this restaurant - coupon or no coupon.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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temphouse, Owner at The Temperance House Restaurant & Tavern, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
We are a little disappointed to hear you were not
pleased with your dining experience. In the future, please let us
know at the time of service so we can rectify any issue.
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