Posted: 04/22/2022 | by Katie

Outdoor Dining in Lancaster, PA

Where to go for outdoor dining in Lancaster County.


Dining al fresco is one of the many reasons we love Lancaster in the warmer weather. With so many patios and porches to sit on, you can pretty much find somewhere to dine outside for every meal. Below is a list of some of our favorite spots to soak up the sun while we savor every delicious bite. Be sure to make a reservation ahead of time to secure your table!

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Annie Bailey’s Irish Public House
Annie Bailey’s is a great place to drink and dine outdoors! Their deck is one of the best in downtown Lancaster- and so is their traditional Irish fare.

Appalachian Brewing Company

If you are looking for somewhere to enjoy locally brewed beer outdoors- Appalachian Brewing Company is a great place to go. Stop by for a burger and a brew after walking around Lititz.

Altana
If swanky cocktails and sunset views are your preference check out Altana’s rooftop lounge. Known as the luxury nightlife spot in Lancaster County this location serves up beautiful views of the city.

The Belvedere
A local favorite, the Belvedere has a great rooftop deck and a wonderful grilled Caesar Salads. This is the perfect stop for lunch or dinner alike. Plus, they serve delicious cocktails made with local ingredients.

The Brasserie Restaurant
Serving up American classics, the Brasserie was originally built in 1925 as the home of well-known Lancastrian Issacher Polk Reese of the Reese Padlock Company. Enjoy your meal in this historic property that was known for hosting grand dinner parties.

Bube’s Brewery
The outdoor biergarten at Bube’s Brewery is reminiscent of a drinking garden one may have found in Mr. Bube’s Bavarian home. In the middle of the garden you will find the original boiler and smokestack used to create the steam power necessary to run the brewery.

Bulls Head Public House and Lititz Springs Inn & Spa Restaurant
A traditional British Pub and PA’s best beer bar, the Bull’s Head Public House is located on Lititz’s Main Street. You will find a wide selection of beers to choose from here as well as many sites to take in around the town. If the seating area outside the pub is full you can also visit the Lititz Springs Inn & Spa. Here you can enjoy the outdoor bar, water fountain and twinkling outdoor lights.

Citronnelle
Enjoy Modern-French cuisine while dining under twinkling lights on a gorgeous patio downtown. Citronnelle offers locally sourced and sustainable foods without compromising flavor. If you plan on heading to Citronnelle, call ahead for a reservation.

Cork & Cap
Set in a repurposed cork factory established in 1865, this urban restaurant has both great indoor and outdoor spaces to eat. Try stopping by for lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch, or even just cocktails and appetizers.

Conestoga Restaurant

Located along the banks of the Conestoga, this is a lovely spot to dine al fresco. Perfect for grabbing drinks with friends, over pizza and Stromboli while you unwind with relaxing views of the river beside you.

Decades
Decades is a fun and unique restaurant in Lancaster City. Enjoy delicious cocktails and draft beers alongside your dinner outdoors, and then head in for arcade games and bowling!

El Serrano

El Serrano offers Latin-American favorites such as fajitas and tacos, as well as Peruvian specialties in their Peruvian hacienda-esque restaurant. Enjoy delicious food and drinks in the outdoor courtyard.

The Exchange

Rooftop dining is a fan favorite in Downtown Lancaster. This bustling cocktail bar overlooks the city and provides sky views of a thousand colors. The seasonal menu offers unique twists on classic cocktails and local flavors. Hop on the elevator and be transported to a whole new perspective of Lancaster City.Fiorentino’s Restaurant
If you have any aviation fanatics in your group, this is the restaurant to choose. Located right next to the Lancaster Airport’s runway, you can watch planes take off and land while you eat. We highly recommend the eggplant fries as an appetizer- they are delicious.

Fireside Tavern

Fireside Tavern is open for outdoor and indoor dining as well as carry-out. The Tavern is a great place to meet friends for a cold one after work or to bring your family for a delicious, affordable dinner. Visit their website for COVID-19 updates.

Funck’s Restaurant & Bar

Funck’s is the perfect date night spot- whether just the two of you or with a group. The restaurant features a great outdoor patio with firepits and a broad beer and cocktails menu.

Greenfield Restaurant

Offering an al fresco patio, a trellis lounge, and a balcony, the Greenfield Restaurant has many options for outdoor eating. Enjoy beautiful flowers, airy curtains and soft flowing ferns as you dine. They also offer live music on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

Hunger ‘N Thirst

Known for their beer selection, their cocktails, and their charcuterie, Hunger ‘N Thirst offers a great seasonal menu with a wonderful outside space. Their food is beautifully plated and uses many locally sourced ingredients.

John J. Jeffries
Located at the Lancaster Arts Hotel, John J. Jeffries is the perfect place for a special occasion. With a seasonally changing menu, you may never eat the same thing twice. Cocktails also change seasonally, allowing them to serve up refreshing flavors for you to sip in the shade of the patio.

John Wright Restaurant
Right across the Susquehanna River, this historical building offers indoor and outdoor dining, as well as a seasonally operated pizza patio. Stunning river views offer an amazing back drop to enjoy local foods, cocktails, and more.

Lancaster Brewing Company & Lancaster Brewing Company Taproom
With two locations and locally brewed beer, you can’t go wrong visiting Lancaster Brewing Company. The Kolsch is a local favorite summer brew, pair it with the Pittsburgh salad in the sunshine on the patio and you are in for a treat!

LUCA
Luca is known for their woodfire pizza perfection as well as rustic Italian cuisine and delicious cocktails. Their patio is equally as charming as the delectable dishes that they create. Be sure to order Alton Brown’s favorite salad as a starter. If you intend to eat here (which we recommend you do) be sure to make a reservation ahead of time.

Loxley’s
To call the structure of this restaurant a deck or a patio just doesn’t cut it, it feels more like you are dining in a tree house. You can order a drink at the bar with a tree growing right through the center! Loxley’s is perfect for families or big groups.

Lombardo's
Established in 1946, this Italian restaurant is deep rooted in Lancaster history and a local favorite. Dine in their outdoor garden and enjoy delicious family recipes. Reservations are highly recommended.

On Orange
Head to On Orange for a delicious breakfast surrounded by local art. Just a block away from Gallery Row, and from Central Market, this is a great stop on your way to explore Lancaster City.

Osteria Avanti
Experience a taste of Italy at Osteria Avanti, our rustic Italian inspired restaurant. Enjoy a delicious dinner, lite snack or a refreshing beverage, with farm fresh, and locally sourced ingredients. Outdoor dining, Italian cuisine, and house specialties which include infused cocktails, craft beers and an award-winning wine list, featuring over 450 selections. Whether you dine outside on our garden patio or indoors, you will find our farm fresh and locally sourced menu perfect for any occasion.

Rachel’s Creperie
Would you like to be transported to France without having to find your passport? We recommend eating at Rachel’s! Serving up delicious sweet and savory crepes with a side of cute décor, Rachel’s is a great spot for a girls night or a unique lunch.

Tobias Frogg
Kick back and relax at this beach-themed patio with an extensive food menu, plenty of cocktails, slushees, and beers for a great night!

Tomato Pie Café
Named for their signature dish, tomato pie, The Tomato Pie Café serves up a little food, a little coffee and a lot of charm in the heart of Lititz. Eat outside in the “tomato patch” and enjoy the ambiance of this small town. Specials change monthly, featuring seasonal ingredients.

Yorgos Restaurant and Lounge

Visit Lancaster City's elevated dining experience with a bite & drink at Yorgos Restaurant and Lounge. Enjoy casual pub fare while watching the game or indulge your palate with Greek-inspired dishes and classic American cuisine.

Zoetropolis
Enjoy delicious food, drinks, and maybe even catch a movie at Zoetropolis! Acting as a restaurant and a cinema stillhouse this is a local favorite.

551 West

Head to 551 West for delicious food, an extensive cocktail list, and over 20 draft beers. Enjoy inside-outside dining in the Sky Bar or dine outside on the roof-top patio.

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