Fine Dining Spots in Lancaster, PA
Many know Lancaster for the hearty, home-cooked Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine that warms your belly and sticks to your ribs. While there’s a time and place for chicken pot pie and mashed potatoes, Lancaster also has a blossoming fine dining scene worth writing home about, like The New York Times, Thrillist, and Main Line Today have.
Passionate chefs are embracing the abundance of fresh produce and locally-sourced meats, grown and raised by the generations of Lancaster County farmers. They’re putting their own unique twist on global cuisine, classic dishes, and even PA Dutch recipes. While you’re in Lancaster, be sure to add one of these fine dining hot spots to your list, savor the flavors, and take home memories of an unbelievable meal here in Lancaster, PA.
Some of these spots are quite popular with locals and visitors alike. We recommend making a reservation in advance to ensure your spot at the table.
Ma(i)son | Contemporary American [Pictured above]
230 North Prince Street, Lancaster
Capturing the heart of farm-to-table, Ma(i)son is an intimate, urban cookery offering up the best local finds – from produce to proteins. Their menu is ever-changing, inspired by freshness, French, and American flavors.
Belvedere Inn Restaurant and Bar | American
402 North Queen Street, Downtown Lancaster
For those seeking a warm and elegant atmosphere paired with award-winning American dishes, a reservation at the Belvedere Inn is in order. May we suggest starting off with their signature grilled Caesar salad, followed by an expertly prepared, seasonal entrée and of course – dessert!
Citronnelle | French
110 West Orange Street, Lancaster
When date night rolls around, this intimate BYOB restaurant will both surprise and delight. At Citronelle, they’re creating modern French dishes inspired by global flavors and made from local ingredients. On Wednesdays, they take diners around the world, designing a special menu centered on a far-off city or region.
The Log Cabin | American
11 Lehoy Forest Drive, Leola
Recently rejuvenated by new owners, the Log Cabin provides diners with flavorful food and tasty cocktails, all served in the warmth of a cabin that dates back to the 1920s. With a variety of steak and seafood options, there’s something for everyone.
Checker’s Bistro | French American
398 Harrisburg Avenue, Lancaster
This popular Lancaster date night spot is perfect for those looking for classic cuisine served in an urban, elegant dining room. From small plates like Peking duck tacos to divine entrees like the coffee cured petite filet, Checker’s is a great spot to reconnect and refuel after a long week.
Amorette | French
405 North Prince Street, Lancaster
For diners seeking an elegant, upscale experience, look no further than Amorette. Their sophisticated plates are inspired by French and Asian cuisine, and are crafted by the world-class chefs.
POUR | American
114 North Prince Street, Lancaster
At POUR in Downtown Lancaster, tasty small plates and entrees can be paired with an unmatched selection of wine, craft beer, and cocktails. Enjoy their fresh, urban space or relax on the patio while you savor fine shared plates or creative entrees.
Té | Italian
38 Deborah Drive, Leola
Award-winning and upscale dining can be found at Té in the small town of Leola. Go on a journey through Italy with the five- or nine-course meal, and savor the simple, elegant flavors crafted by chef-owner, John Calabrese.
General Sutter Inn | English
14 East Main Street, Lititz
If you find yourself in the mood for fine food while in Lititz, make the General Sutter Inn your spot for dinner. Their menu features both casual and fine eats, inspired by English cuisine. It’s right next door to it’s sister restaurant, Bulls Head Public House, making for a great after-dinner drink stop.
The Pressroom Restaurant | American
26-28 West King Street, Lancaster
Whether stopping by before a show at the Fulton Theatre or a special date night, the Pressroom Restaurant is centrally located in Downtown. During the summer, diners can savor small plates, entrees and event pizza outside in Steinman Park.
LUCA | Italian
436 West James Street, Lancaster
Want to try Alton Brown’s favorite salad and dig into rustic Italian cuisine? Be sure to make your reservations at LUCA, celebrating the “Old Country” with pizza, handmade pastas and simple roasted meats made in their wood-burning hearth and Neapolitan oven.
Shot & Bottle | American
2 North Queen Street, Lancaster
New to the Lancaster’s dining scene, Shot and Bottle brought a large selection of PA’s finest spirits and market-fresh food to its central location in Penn Square. Both the food and cocktails are inspired by classic Lancaster cuisine with an upscale twist.
The Greenfield Restaurant | American
595 Greenfield Road, Lancaster
Since 1979, the Greenfield Restaurant has been pleasing diners with their fine dining menu, inspired by rich, classic American flavors. If you’re in the mood for jazz to pair with dinner, stop by on a Wednesday evening to catch live music.
Cork & Cap Restaurant | American
480 New Holland Ave, Lancaster
Located in the Cork Factory Hotel, Cork & Cap Restaurant is serving up classic and contemporary dishes inspired by fresh, local ingredients. With something for everyone, it’s a must-try in Lancaster for a date night, girl’s night out, or special occasion.
Bistro Barberet & Bakery | French
26 East King Street, Lancaster
Renowned Pastry Chef Cedric Barberet crafted the menu at Bistro Barberet to highlight classical French flavors with a modern twist. After a casually elegant meal, treat yourself to one of Chef Barberet’s almost-too-gorgeous-to-eat desserts.
Osteria Avanti | Italian
38 Deborah Drive, Leola
The essence of the Italian Countryside is brought to life at Osteria Avanti in Leola. Rustic Italian dishes can be paired a glass of wine from their award-winning wine list.
Carr’s Restaurant | Contemporary American
50 West Grant Street, Lancaster
Located across from Lancaster Central Market, Carr’s has been delighting diners for decades. This newly renovated spot offers fresh, American flavors to be enjoyed with good company.
John J. Jeffries | Contemporary American
300 Harrisburg Avenue, Lancaster
Serving up seasonal, sustainable, and farm fresh dishes, this restaurant, located inside the Lancaster Arts Hotel, is a fine dining staple in Downtown Lancaster. Ingredients are responsibly sourced and beautifully prepared for a memorable meal.
Gibraltar Lancaster | Seafood
488 Royer Drive, Lancaster
If seafood is what you seek, consider making a reservation at Gibraltar. Their thoughtfully put together menu features sustainable seafood, raw bar, pasta, and a well-rounded wine selection.
Hunger n Thirst | American Gastropub
920 Landis Ave, Lancaster
Exceptional craft beer and fine food are a match made in heaven, especially at Hunger n Thirst. The relaxed, urban atmosphere allows guests to focus on the flavors of both the beverages and the upscale gastropub bites.