Lancaster Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Lancaster

April 14, 2018 Leonardo Torrence

Lancaster /ˈlæn.kæstər/ is a charter city in northern Los Angeles County, in the Antelope Valley of the western Mojave Desert in Southern California. As of 2013, Lancaster was the 31st largest city in California. Lancaster is part of a twin city complex with its southern neighbor Palmdale and together they are the principal cities within the Antelope Valley region.
Things to do in Lancaster

1. Crazy Otto's Diner

43528 20th St W, Lancaster, CA 93534-5960 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 661-948-6502
Excellent
55%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 199 reviews

Crazy Otto's Diner

We have proudly been serving breakfast and lunch in the Antelope Valley for almost 40 years and have been named Best Breakfast for 15 years. Our food is homemade, our portions are huge and our service is the best. We offer daily specials and are reasonably priced. We are open daily from 5:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We feature a special Child and Senior menu and of course offer wifi. Hope to see you soon!

Reviewed By rickpoet - Los Angeles, CA

Crazy Otto’s is a small chain of diners serving standard American diner food, and honestly, nothing particularly crazy. They also have a “no substitutions” policy, which is tough enough at almost any other nicer restaurant where some thought and artistry goes into their foods, but pretty inexcusable when you're really just serving standard diner food and patrons like us hope that we might be able to create a meal for ourselves, even if we are vegetarians, or people with gluten-free diets. For example my wife wanted an omelette with avocado and wanted no meat in it. They were happy to take the meat out but to add spinach it was $3.25, which seemed pretty ridiculous, or in the terminology of the restaurant "crazy".

I had a cheese omelette made with egg whites. It was definitely large but nothing special. The egg whites were a little overcooked, the cheese didn't have much flavor, and the hash-browns were really just a bunch of undercooked potatoes, with no discernible seasoning.

The food did come out insanely fast, so I guess kudos for the quick service, if only any of it was any good. Please restaurants, take your time with my food and make it right.

My wife also ordered her hash-browns well done. They came out essentially burned and inedible. Considering the ones I had on my omelette were undercooked and under-seasoned I'm wondering if Crazy Otto’s could find a crazy medium between not cooked enough and potatoes served directly out of the sun.

I had a biscuit as my bread choice. I love biscuits and I've had them with breakfast at restaurants all over our fine nation. This was probably the worst biscuit I'd ever had. It was terrible! It almost had the flavor of a biscuit but the texture was awful. It says right on their menu they have the “best biscuits in town.” Well to be fair this is the only biscuit I've had in Lancaster, and I'd say, compared to what I've had in the rest of the United States of America, Lancaster really needs to up their biscuit game if this is the best they have to offer.

My wife added tortillas to her meal so she could have a gluten-free bread choice. She did kind of enjoy the spinach and avocado that she pulled out of her eggs, wrapped in the tortillas (A sort of roll-your own breakfast quesadilla) There was of course an extra fee for the tortillas and no other gluten free bread options available.

On the positive side our son really enjoyed his french fries and sourdough toast. Well done Otto’s as for not stirring up french fries and toast. Perhaps this can be a building block for your future success.

I can't speak much to the cleanliness of the restaurant either. The paper napkins they gave us actually stuck to the table. They were nice enough to come and clean it again and dry it off so that didn't happen a second time. But not really great first impression on their regular table cleaning process.

They did offer half sizes on their insanely large omelettes for just a dollar less. Which is cool though considering the amount of food that they gave you perhaps more than a dollar off would be warranted for these fairly expensive omelettes.

If you're considering eating at Otto's, I'd suggest you'd be better off just mailing the $20 to Otto and then eating somewhere else.

2. Lemon Leaf Cafe

653 W Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster, CA 93534-3126 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, American, Cafe, Greek, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 13 - SGD 33 +1 661-942-6500
Excellent
56%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 124 reviews

Lemon Leaf Cafe

Reviewed By Napunani - San Antonio, Texas

Arrived here around 530pm Wednesday for dinner in downtown historical Lancaster. The dining room wall mural of a lemon grove is beautiful. This restaurant is an ORDER AT THE COUNTER venue, but items are delivered to your table, which is identified by a table number marker.
Great menu with numerous selections. It was a tough decision to make a selection!
I began with an insalate mista which was tossed with a house vinaigrette. Very Good. Then for my main course I ordered the 12 inch BBQ chicken pizza. The 6 pieces of chicken on the pizza were paper thin, then those pieces of chicken were covered with BBQ sauce (not spread over the crust) and needless to say, every bite didn't have chicken or BBQ sauce. Onion, cilantro and smoked gouda cheese were also sparse. I would not recommend this pizza.
I couldn't resist the dessert display and selected the chocolate cake. It was VERY GOOD and the icing design was unique!

3. Black Angus Steakhouse - Lancaster

44690 Valley Central Way, Lancaster, CA 93536-6534 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Bar, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 661-942-5225
Excellent
49%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 101 reviews

Black Angus Steakhouse - Lancaster

Reviewed By BENelson - California

My friends took me out for a birthday dinner at the Black Angus because throughout the year they have heard me declare I have had a hankering for a prime rib dinner. Well, the Black Angus did not disappoint. My prime rib dinner was awesome, and I enjoyed it surrounded by great friends and a wonderful dining atmosphere.

4. Azteca Mexican Restaurant

47904 90th St W, Antelope Acres, CA 93536, Lancaster, CA 93536-9303 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 661-728-0288
Excellent
72%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 52 reviews

Reviewed By XSmojo - Atlanta

Probably the most attentive service I received anywhere and the food is good. Look past the fence, it is a nice place. I would definitely go here again if I were on this side of town.

5. Pour D' Vino

741 W Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster, CA 93534-3118 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Wine Bar, Bar Dinner, Lunch +1 661-723-8466
Excellent
61%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 78 reviews

Pour D' Vino

Reviewed By Go4Red - Huntsville, Alabama

We had a group of 15 people and reserved the second floor balcony for a Saturday night reunion and everything was perfect. Beautiful atmosphere, excellent food and Tina, the best server ever. Tina climbed up and down those stairs with all our food, drinks and special requests and never stopped smiling and being gracious to us. Truly unusual to find such a perfect server. The balcony sat all of us at a long table and there were also outdoor sofas and coffee tables for conversations away from the table. Nice outdoor fireplace and lovely ambiance overlooking the Blvd and quiet enough for good conversation. The food was excellent and we're eager to go back and try more good sounding things on the menu. They serve beer and wine, but don't have a spirits license. If you sit upstairs there's an 18% tip added to your bill. There were also a couple ashtrays available for the smokers off in the corner. Lovely experience and so glad we finally decided to try this place.

6. Giannini Bistro & Grill

858 W Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster, CA 93534-2342 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American Lunch, Brunch, Dinner +1 661-948-6380
Excellent
54%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
8%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 91 reviews

Giannini Bistro & Grill

Reviewed By Jef I - Chico, California, United States

Almost empty on a Tuesday evening, but I don't know why. Large selection menu. Server was knowledgeable and friendly with recommendations. I had the chicken parmesan. Lots of veggies (select a couple sides to go with dinner) that were perfectly cooked. Chicken was flavorful and had a crunchy topping. I asked for a marinara sauce on the side which complimented it nicely. My own criticism was the iceberg lettuce salad!

7. Marie Callender's

1649 W Avenue K, Lancaster, CA 93534-5929 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations American, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner +1 661-945-6958
Excellent
36%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
8%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 125 reviews

Marie Callender's

(661) 945-6958

Reviewed By Larry C - Brooklyn Heights, NY

Marie Calendar's serves a very large variety of contemporary American foods with a dash of Mexican cuisine. The steak tips I had were fatty, and the vegetables over-cooked. Their specialty, pies, were not exceptional. The prices were very reasonable, families are quite welcome. Careful selection of standard fare might avoid disappointment.

8. In-N-Out Burger

2021 W Avenue I, Lancaster, CA 93536-7202 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 26 +1 800-786-1000
Excellent
57%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 34 reviews

In-N-Out Burger

At In-N-Out Burger, quality is everything. Stop by to enjoy our menu of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, french fries and shakes. In-N-Out makes fast food the old fashioned way.

Reviewed By Pixelpanderer - Chicago

People talk about this chain. Rave about it. I finally went. The experience was worthwhile. The burger meal was very good. What I liked the most was watching the production line in the kitchen to see how everything was made. The store was very clean and the service fast and accurate.

9. Bex

706 W Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster, CA 93534-3158 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available American, Bar Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 661-945-2399
Excellent
43%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
8%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 115 reviews

Bex

Reviewed By WiscRNTraveler - Madison, Wisconsin

This is a very good barbecue place with a great selection of craft beers on tap. The food menu has a good variety of BBQ, burgers, seafood, pizza and pasta. The food is delicious. Service is friendly, but a little slow. Still, the place was good enough to stop by twice in one day (lunch and dinner)!

10. Kinetic Brewing Company

735 W Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster, CA 93534-3118 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 661-942-2337
Excellent
45%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 96 reviews

Kinetic Brewing Company

Reviewed By gerryclaud - Palmdale

Go for the beer, but the food is good ! They have a small menu but what's on it is good and the burger is amazing ! The Friday fish and chips is one of my husbands favorites !!

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