Where to Eat in Lancaster: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Alice Mieles

Pennsylvania Dutch country is a fascinating destination to explore. Visitors will get a glimpse of farm life as it was in the early 1800s. Visit markets and farm stores for homemade shoofly pie and fresh produce, or shop for a handmade quilt. President James Buchanan's elegant home, Wheatland, is no less historic but contrasts sharply to the simpler Pennsylvania Dutch heritage sites in Lancaster. Consider a side trip to nearby Hershey, home of Hershey Park and the Hershey chocolate factory.
Things to do in Lancaster

1. Champagne Sunday Brunch

222 Eden Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601-4216 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Buffet American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 717-569-6444
Excellent
86%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 272 reviews

Champagne Sunday Brunch

Reviewed By lindaannie2 - Allentown, Pennsylvania

My husband and I have enjoyed Sunday brunch buffets at many fine hotels in America--this is one of the best. First, there is just the incredible variety of foods.. Second, the portion sizes make it easy to sample and then decide if you want more. Third, the waitstaff is quite attentive--we never waited long for a refill on our champagne nor for them to remove dirty plates. We treated our three grandfamilies to the brunch this last visit: everyone from the 4 year old to the teens to the adults were totally happy with their food and the experience.

2. On Orange

108 W Orange St, Lancaster, PA 17603-3845 Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Outdoor Seating American, Cafe, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 717-299-5157
Excellent
75%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 164 reviews

On Orange

Reviewed By grabo - Las Cruces, New Mexico

We ate here for several breakfasts while in Lancaster. I don't know that I've ever had a more perfect breakfast...great friendly service, perfect coffee, pancakes, eggs, potatoes, roasted tomatoes all the way that I like them. In addition, the prices are very reasonable. Can't wait to return

3. Himalayan Curry and Grill

22 E Orange St, Lancaster, PA 17602-2807 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Indian, Tibetan, Nepali, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner 717-393-2330
Excellent
75%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 353 reviews

Himalayan Curry and Grill

Reviewed By snorkelphamily - Lancaster, Pa.

Just got back from the buffet. It was OK. Nothing special. Hoping to get this great sampling of Himalayan / Nepalese food but really disappointed. Pretty much contained the basics. We got there just as it opened. Surprised how dry the Tandoori chicken was. Suggest ordering off of the menu if you go. Of course, everybody loves the naan, and rightfully so. I think we’ve come to the comclusion that this cuisine just isn’t our cup of tea.

4. Chick-fil-A

2467 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster, PA 17602-1445 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Fast Food Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 10 +1 717-205-2058
Excellent
75%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 257 reviews

Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A, home of the famous Original Chicken Sandwich, Waffle Potato Fries, and warm hospitality, loves to serve Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. If you're hungry for chicken, you've come to the right place. ;) Please tell us about your visit! We love serving guests both local and out-of-town, and are always looking for how we can improve!

Reviewed By dan l - lancaster pa

The restaurant is very clean, pricing is fast food average, the Staff is friendly and helpful. The faire is typical fast food, nothing stands out pro or con. Visited on a Friday about 1:30 PM, not too busy but a steady stream of Customers. If you like chicken and your want it quickly without any surprises, good or bad, then this restaurant is for you. If you want a better meal and are willing to trade some of your time you can do much better.

5. The Belvedere Inn

402 N Queen St, Lancaster, PA 17603-3014 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 41 - SGD 66 +1 717-394-2422
Excellent
65%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 490 reviews

The Belvedere Inn

Reviewed By tommyjohnsmom - New Jersey

Had a wonderful birthday dinner. Our server, Tate was wonderful. He was knowledgeable about the menu and very attentive. The special appetizer, Chicken and Waffles was out of this world. My cousin loved the Tuna Tartar. Everyone was really happy with their menu choice. You can tell the chef puts a lot of thought into the dishes. I recommend this place for a special celebration.

6. Silver Spring Family Restaurant

3653 Marietta Ave, Lancaster, PA 17601-1129 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 717-285-5974
Excellent
71%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 594 reviews

Silver Spring Family Restaurant

Famous for serving breakfast all day, including homemade buttermilk pancakes and outstanding traditional local fare, there is something for everyone. Always busy for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Agadis family looks forward to providing their customers with fast and friendly service, a great meal at a fair price in a warm setting in the beautiful Lancaster County landscape. We look forward to seeing you.

Reviewed By Diane M - Landisville

I like to try different dishes. This time it was Asian Ribs. Sauce was not bad, the problem was finding meat on the ribs. I never had ribs with more fat than meat. The meat I did find was good. Baked sweet potato was very good, but the 5 way vegetables were only frozen mixed vegetables. By the time I got to the vegetables, after rooting through fat to get some meat, they were almost cold. My husband had the Turkey, stuffing, baked sweet potato and 5 Way vegetables. That was good, as always.

7. Checkers Bistro

398 Harrisburg Ave, Champion Forge Center, Lancaster, PA 17603-2990 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, Highchairs Available French, American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night SGD 26 - SGD 66 +1 717-509-1069
Excellent
72%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 508 reviews

Checkers Bistro

Checkers Bistro has an eclectic menu, with American, French and Asian influenced dishes. We are passionate about Food, Wine, Craft Beers and Liquor. We purchase as many ingredients locally that are in season. Our goal is to deliver a fine dining experience in a friendly and consistent setting. We welcome your feedback through TripAdvisor and will respond to your comments. Live, Love, Eat at Checkers Bistro.

Reviewed By risserapp - Lititz, Pennsylvania

Located in a former factory building. Attractive interior,but seating is cramped. The menu was small but our entrees of beef and chicken were prepared as asked,were tasty and overall were excellent. We had wine at $12.50 per glass which is too high! Overall enjoyed the experience but probably not return due to high prices.

8. John J. Jeffries

300 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603-2938 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 717-431-3307
Excellent
69%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 652 reviews

John J. Jeffries

During renovations, workers found in the floor beams a signed inspection stamp--November 5, 1890--with the name of tobacco inspector John J. Jeffries. We named the restaurant after him.<br> <br> We’ve designed our menu based on local, seasonal, sustainable and organic agriculture and delicious recipes. Please join us and taste the difference of local farm-to-table sustainable cuisine in one of Lancaster&apos;s best fine dining restaurants. <br> As the Chefs and Owners of John J Jeffries, we believe you will find our passion for supporting local businesses and preserving the land we live on, to be contagiously obvious in how we run our restaurant. <br> All of our meats are raised locally, confinement-free on fresh green grass pastures. No hormones, antibiotics, steroids or forced-fertilization occurs. <br> <br>Our produce is local organic or chemical free. We use local grass fed cream, butter and eggs. <br> <br>We also provide sustainable seafood and support sustainable fisheries.

Reviewed By Valerie S - York, PA

My husband and I had dinner at John J Jeffries prior to going to a show at the Fulton Theater. We had heard so much about it, but were unfortunately disappointed in our meal.

Because it's farm to table, the choices are limited unfortunately. My husband had duck, I had a steak, which was fatty and chewy. I was not pleased.

Ambiance is wonderful - in the Lancaster Arts Hotel in Lancaster. However, the meal was very disappointing.

Sorry, we won't return.

9. Arthur's Terrace Restaurant

222 Eden Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601-4216 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Buffet, Accepts Credit Cards American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch SGD 17 - SGD 39 +1 717-569-6444
Excellent
66%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 389 reviews

Arthur's Terrace Restaurant

Seven days a week you can start your day off right — or keep it running — with a hearty breakfast or lunch in Arthur’s Terrace, our beautiful warm and inviting atmosphere. We offer both a bountiful Lancaster buffet as well as a la carte menu items. Light bites for the diet-conscious are also available at the best Lancaster restaurant, Breakfast is served: Mon-Fri 6:30am-11:00am, Sat & Sun 7:00am-11:00am Breakfast Buffet is served : Mon-Fri 6:30am-10:30am, Sat & Sun 7:00am-11:00am Lunch is served: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:00pmLunch Buffet is served: Mon-Fri 11:30am-1:30pm Dinner is served: Thur 5:00-9:00pm, Fri & Sat 5:00-9:30pm With an award-winning chef, Arthur’s Terrace tempts the most discriminating palate with its renowned prime rib buffet, seafood, pasta and chicken entrees in a casual yet elegant garden-like setting. Arthur’s Terrace adjacent Board Room is the perfect setting for a dinner meeting, featuring French doors to ensure privacy.

Reviewed By audave2018 - Lancaster, Pennsylvania

We visited Arthur’s as something special to celebrate our son’s 40 th birthday. We were treated like royalty. The waitress brought 6 of us prime rib done to each persons exact preference. The presentation of food at the buffet was very tastefully done. Dee, the waitress went out of her way to please us in every way. She brought a birthday piece of cheese cake with a wonderful berry sauce on the side. She topped it with a candle & led us in singing Happy Birthday. She even took an interest in our grand daughter’s pictures of an animal show she had seen that day. And since our grand daughter had been unable to get reservations for her birthday the month before, the waitress talked to the manager to get her a free birthday meal card for her birthday. This was to make up for her not being able to get in for her birthday. This was an especially pleasing experience.

10. Rice & Noodles Restaurant

1238 Lititz Pike, Lancaster Shopping Center, Lancaster, PA 17601-4340 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available Asian, Vietnamese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 717-481-7461
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 248 reviews

Rice & Noodles Restaurant

Reviewed By BerksPADad - Reading, Pennsylvania

Unfortunately we are not close to this place but when in the area we go back. Again a great meal this time trying a few different things. This time we tried different things then before and they great. I got a beef dish which included rice and a small salad, my wife got a similar pork dish. Again great flavors, and fresh food. We also got the ice tea with lime which is very good. Fun place.

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