Posted: 02/02/2023 | by Olivia

Historic Restaurants in Lancaster, PA

Enjoy a taste of history at one of these long-standing and historic dining establishments.

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Lancaster County takes immense pride in the wide variety of culinary experiences it can offer. Whether it’s a long-time Lancaster County fave or a more recent establishment located in a historic setting, there is something for every kind of foodie historian.

Many restaurants listed below are also part of the Lancaster County Craft & Cork Trail. Earn points, save on special deals, and win unique prizes!

Bube’s Brewery | 102 North Market St., Mount Joy | (717) 653-2056
In the mid-1800s German-style beer was the rage and young German immigrant Alois Bube took advantage. In 1876 he bought a small brewery in Mount Joy. Restoration of the complex began in 1968 and continues currently.

Bulls Head Public House | 14 E Main Street, Lititz, PA | (717) 626-2115
Since 1764, the Lititz Springs Inn and Bulls Head Public House has greeted guests and visitors from around the world.

Bully’s Restaurant & Inn | 647 Union Street Columbia | (717) 684-2854
Bully's has operated as a Restaurant and. Inn since is founding in 1903. The new owners decided to restore this old historic building and with 11 months of hard work Bully's Restaurant & Inn opened to the public again in 2000.

Cameron Estate Restaurant | 1855 Mansion Lane, Mount Joy | (717) 492-0111
Lots of rich history as followed since the 1780's throughout the Cameron Estate; it was once the home of James Stevenson’s descendants, Major William McKinley, who became the 25th President of the United States. In 1981 it became a full time restaurant and won many awards.

Conestoga Restaurant | 1501 E. King St., Lancaster | (717) 208-3265
With a unique structure dates back to the 1700s. Originally, the building served as an Inn. Today, Conestoga Restaurant has been renovated to have a modern, elegant feel inside but keeping the original stone facade.

Cork & Cap Restaurant | 480 New Holland Avenue, Suite 3000, Lancaster | (717) 735-2025
Located within the Cork Factory Hotel, used to be just that in the 19th century, a cork factory. This building onced houses the historic Armstrong Cork and Kerr Glass companies.

Horse Inn | 540 E Fulton St, Lancaster | (717) 392-5528
The Horse Inn was renovated the second floor hayloft into a speakeasy during the 1920s. Previously the building was used to house horses. Now has been updated to be enjoyed by everyone.

John J. Jefferies
| 300 Harrisburg Ave., Lancaster | (717) 431-3307
During renovations, workers found in the floor beams a signed inspection stamp — November 5, 1890 — with the name of tobacco inspector John J. Jeffries.

Lancaster Brewing Company | 303 North Plum Street, Lancaster | (717) 826-9555
Lancaster Brewing Company’s doors opened in the historic Edward McGovern Tobacco Building at 302 N Plum Street, where the Keares Family still operate to this day. Nearly 40 years ago Lancaster Brewing Company produced the first commercially brewed brew in Lancaster.

Lombardo’s | 216 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster | 717-394-3749
Since 1946, the Lombardo’s family has been sharing the most delicious, authentic home-cooked Italian dishes this side of Napoli.

McCleary’s Public House | 130 W. Front Street, Marietta | (717) 426-2225
In 1850 the site was the home of the Eckman’s and Indian Queen hotels. In 2000 the site was renovate to create an Irish pub.

Miller’s Smorgasbord Restaurant & Bakery | 2811 Lincoln Highway East, Ronks | (717) 687 6621 Beginning in 1929, Anna Miller served chicken & waffles to truckers as her husband repaired their rigs. It was a simple dish, but it was always served up with a smile, as they continue to do so.

S. Clyde Weaver, Inc. | 5253 Main St, East Petersburg | (717) 569-0812
S. Clyde Weaver has been In business of smoking meat, aging cheese and rolled out cookies by hand for over 100 years. A lot of the same recipes and smoking methods are still used from 1920.

Shank’s Tavern
| 34 S. Waterford Ave, Marietta | (717) 426-1205
Family owned since 1930, Shank’s Tavern was built in 1814 by a retired riverboat captain by the name of James Stackhouse. Lots of history, the owner even believes

Spring House Brewing Company | 209 Hazel Street, Lancaster | (717) 984-2530
Located in an over 200 year old barn Spring House Brewing Company has been in operation crafting brews since 2007.

The Greenfield Restaurant & Bar | 595 Greenfield Road, Lancaster | (717) 393-0668
The restaurant is the former home of the Clymer family, which farmed the land that eventually became Greenfield Corporate Center.

The Log Cabin Restaurant | 11 Lehoy Forest Drive, Leola | (717) 626-9999
This historical restaurant is filled with nods to it's past, The Log Cabin was a Speakeasy back in 1929. The restaurant is filled with historical and modern art, has outdoor dining and even live music on Friday's and Saturdays.

Thistle Finch Distillery | 417 W Grant St Lancaster | (717) 478-8472
The distillery is located in what was formerly the Walter Schnader Tobacco Warehouse. Built at the turn of the 20th century, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

Tomato Pie Café | 23 North Broad Street, Lititz | (717) 627-1762
Hiram Holtzhouse built a confectionery and ice cream parlor at 23 North Broad Street in downtown Lititz in 1900. Today, the Tomato Pie Cafe resides in this historic building.

Wacker's Roadhouse
312 Beaver Valley Pike, Willow Street | (717) 435-9295
Eagle Brewery, had been established in 1853 and at the time became one of the four biggest breweries in Lancaster County. Brought back to life in 1956, Wacker Brewing Company is taking back it's roots and supplying Lancaster County crafted beer.

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