Pennsylvania Dutch Country Restaurants

Like the German cuisine that influenced it, Pennsylvania Dutch cooking is hearty and uses ingredients from local farms. Though their numbers are dwindling, there are still a few traditional Pennsylvania Dutch restaurants where you can dine family style. Lancaster County has numerous reasonably priced family restaurants, along with a number of eateries offering more exotic fare. The cuisine is changing and expanding to include many flavors beyond traditional Amish. Unless otherwise noted, liquor is served.

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  • 1. John J. Jeffries

    $$$$ | Modern American

    Named for a bygone tobacco inspector, John J. Jeffries is the dining anchor of the hip Lancaster Arts Hotel, which occupies a former tobacco...

    Named for a bygone tobacco inspector, John J. Jeffries is the dining anchor of the hip Lancaster Arts Hotel, which occupies a former tobacco factory (retaining its exposed brick and wood beams) in downtown Lancaster. Seasonal, local, and organic are the buzz words on a farm-to-table menu that often features dishes likegrass-fed, dry-aged steak tartare (sourced from a farm in rural Pennsylvania) and freshly-plucked greens dotted with county-crafted cheese.

    Lancaster Arts Hotel, 300 Harrisburg Ave., Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603, USA
    717-431–3307
  • 2. LUCA

    $$$ | Italian

    The owners of city favorite, Ma(i)son, debuted LUCA in a sun-washed barn of a space furnished with roll-up garage doors, taxidermy, and arbor...

    The owners of city favorite, Ma(i)son, debuted LUCA in a sun-washed barn of a space furnished with roll-up garage doors, taxidermy, and arbor-covered patio. The menu is built around a wood-burning oven that turns out impeccable Neapolitan pizzas and shareable proteins like chicken and swordfish. House-made burrata, wood-grilled vegetable antipasti, etheral pastas, and Italian cocktails round out an experience that already has a local cult following.

    436 W. James St., Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603, USA
    717-553–5770

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun.–Mon.
  • 3. Annie Bailey's Irish Pub

    $$ | American

    A bit o' the Emerald Isle in downtown Lancaster, this traditional Irish pub occupies a Victorian-era building that formerly housed the Sayers...

    A bit o' the Emerald Isle in downtown Lancaster, this traditional Irish pub occupies a Victorian-era building that formerly housed the Sayers, Scheid & Sweeton men's clothing store. The native Irish owners have decorated the pub with artifacts from Ireland, and the words "Cead mile Failte" ("A Hundred Thousand Welcomes") are inscribed in the stone inlaid doorway. The menu includes fish-and-chips, Irish stew, and plenty of Guinness and Irish whiskeys. Like most Irish pub-restaurants, Annie's feels more bar than restaurant weekend nights.

    28–30 E. King St., Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17602, USA
    717-393–4000
  • 4. Hershey Pantry

    $$$ | American

    The decor is warm and homey in this family-friendly restaurant that serves generous portions of simple food made with fresh ingredients. The...

    The decor is warm and homey in this family-friendly restaurant that serves generous portions of simple food made with fresh ingredients. The menu includes sandwiches, salads, and homemade desserts; the hearty breakfasts are notable.

    801 E. Chocolate Ave., Hershey, Pennsylvania, 17033, USA
    717-533–7505

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun.
  • 5. John Wright Restaurant

    $$ | American

    Enjoy a breathtaking view of the Susquehanna River while seated at the outdoor bar, eating wood-fired pizzas topped with ingredients grown on...

    Enjoy a breathtaking view of the Susquehanna River while seated at the outdoor bar, eating wood-fired pizzas topped with ingredients grown on-site. Directly across the river on the original ferry route from Columbia, this bar and restaurant also has a glass-walled dining room to enjoy the scenery minus the elements. The menu has a fresh and local focus; highlights include the pork chops with bourbon-barbecue glaze, or small plates like the bacon-wrapped scallops and chopped salad.

    234 N. Front St., , Pennsylvania, 17368, USA
    717-252–0416
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  • 6. Kling House

    $ | American

    This family home has been converted into a pleasant, casual restaurant serving innovative breakfast and lunch selections. Favorites include...

    This family home has been converted into a pleasant, casual restaurant serving innovative breakfast and lunch selections. Favorites include the creme brulee French toast for breakfast and the Lancaster County reuben sandwich (with housemade corned beef) for lunch. The complimentary appetizer of crackers with cream cheese and red-pepper jam is a treat, as are the homemade soups and desserts, such as luscious shoofly pie and extra fluffy coconut cream pie. A children's menu is available. In warm weather, check out the outdoor terrace.

    Kitchen Kettle Village, Rtes. 340 and 772, 3529 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse, Pennsylvania, 17534, USA
    717-768–2746

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun.
  • 7. Lancaster Dispensing Co.

    $ | American

    Relaxed, fun, and casual, this eatery is next to Central Market and on the site of the Grape Tavern of 1893. Fajitas, salads, sandwiches, and...

    Relaxed, fun, and casual, this eatery is next to Central Market and on the site of the Grape Tavern of 1893. Fajitas, salads, sandwiches, and pita pizzas are served until midnight in a stylish, boisterous, Victorian-style pub. As the name implies, the selection of imported beers is extensive. There's live music on weekends.

    33–35 N. Market St., Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603, USA
    717-299–4602
  • 8. Miller's Smorgasbord

    $$$ | American

    This buffet-style eatery is a local institution, with views looking out onto Amish farm fields and enough food to sate any appetite. The spread...

    This buffet-style eatery is a local institution, with views looking out onto Amish farm fields and enough food to sate any appetite. The spread here is lavish, with a good selection of Pennsylvania Dutch foods at the daily smorgasbord. The breakfast buffet features omelets, pancakes, eggs cooked to order, fresh fruits, pastries, bacon, sausage, potatoes, and much more. An a la carte menu and even beer, wine, and spirits have recently been added. The attached shopping complex includes a quilt shop, a bake shop, a separate tea parlor, and an exhibit on Bible-based history.

    2811 Lincoln Hwy. E, U.S. 30, 2 miles east of Rte 896, Ronks, Pennsylvania, 17572, USA
    717-687–6621
  • 9. Plain & Fancy Farm

    $$ | American

    You can get heaping helpings of stick-to-your-ribs Pennsylvania Dutch food while getting acquainted with fellow hungry travelers at this family...

    You can get heaping helpings of stick-to-your-ribs Pennsylvania Dutch food while getting acquainted with fellow hungry travelers at this family-style restaurant. The rustic, country feeling is accented by the pine paneling in the dining room. Selections include fried chicken, roast beef, and chicken potpie. Also on the grounds are specialty shops selling everything from quilts to baked goods, and attractions like the Amish Experience.

    3121 Old Philadelphia Pike, Rte. 340, between Bird-in-Hand and Intercourse, Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, 17505, USA
    717-768–4400

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Jan.–Feb.
  • 10. The Cat's Meow

    $$$ | American

    In a restored 1869 railroad hotel, this eatery has the atmosphere of a speakeasy from the Roaring '20s. Newspapers from the era and gangster...

    In a restored 1869 railroad hotel, this eatery has the atmosphere of a speakeasy from the Roaring '20s. Newspapers from the era and gangster portraits add to the period flavor. Entrées include broiled crab cakes, seafood pasta, and excellent tenderloin tips with shrimp and mushrooms.

    215 S. Charlotte St., Manheim, Pennsylvania, 17545, USA
    717-664–3370
  • 11. The Pressroom

    $$$$ | American

    Menus look like newspapers at this casual bistro inside an old warehouse outfitted with a classic mahogany bar and an open kitchen with an exposed...

    Menus look like newspapers at this casual bistro inside an old warehouse outfitted with a classic mahogany bar and an open kitchen with an exposed baking hearth. There's a nice selection of burgers, salads, and sandwiches, as well as locally-sourced and seasonal dishes. In summer the brick patio is a pleasant outdoor dining spot.

    26–28 W. King St., Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603, USA
    717-399–5400
  • 12. The Ragged Edge Coffee House

    $ | American

    This homey café is a great spot to start your day with an egg sandwich or breakfast wrap, or take a history break with a coffee drink or fresh...

    This homey café is a great spot to start your day with an egg sandwich or breakfast wrap, or take a history break with a coffee drink or fresh-squeezed juice. Also on offer are a changing menu of soups, sandwiches, and salads served all day.

    110 Chambersburg St., Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 17325, USA
    717-334–4464
  • 13. Lily's on Main

    $$$$
    Closed Permanently

    The food is artistically presented in a stylish Art Deco setting; tables are draped with crisp white linens and topped with a single lily. Chef...

    The food is artistically presented in a stylish Art Deco setting; tables are draped with crisp white linens and topped with a single lily. Chef and owner Steve Brown welcomes guests with regional American fare that's known for its "flair," such as raspberry chicken with Chambord sauce, seafood deviled eggs, and grilled New Orleans-style meat loaf with Cajungravy. You can also dine on lighter fare, such as seasonal salads featuring locally-grown produce and regional cheeses. The gorgeous view overlooking town is another plus.

    124 E. Main St., Ephrata, Pennsylvania, 17522, USA
    717-738–2711

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun., Credit cards accepted
  • 14. Aromas del Sur

    $$
    Closed Permanently

    Colombian home cooking is on point in this welcoming café-style dining room, where the Buitrago family prepares and serves your meal. Don't worry if you're...

    Colombian home cooking is on point in this welcoming café-style dining room, where the Buitrago family prepares and serves your meal. Don't worry if you're a first-timer, as the family goes to great lengths to describe the many classic dishes of their homeland on offer, from lomo salteado (a sirloin stir-fry) to pollo a la plancha (grilled chicken breast); tropical juices are also available, from passion fruit to soursop. There's a $5 corkage fee for BYOB.

    548 S. State St., Ephrata, Pennsylvania, 17522, USA
    717-738–0101

    Known For

    • Empanadas
    • Colombian chorizo
    • Lengua (cow's tongue)

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues.
  • 15. Aussie and the Fox

    $$$$
    Closed Permanently

    The name of this cool downtown spot references two of its proprietors: one is a transplanted Australian; the other's last name is Fox. The warm...

    The name of this cool downtown spot references two of its proprietors: one is a transplanted Australian; the other's last name is Fox. The warm setting is contemporary but playful with a mix of wire chandeliers, exposed brick, dark woods, and antique mantles, along with ornate arrangements of gold-framed mirrors, Victorian prints, and sumptuous, tufted upholstery. The menu is similarly balanced with a mix of Australian dishes like Australian tomato pie, the Aussie burger,and Lamington whoopie pies (chocolate whoopie pie with red raspberry and coconut cream filling) and more locally inspired (and sourced) fare like grilled half chicken with cornbread waffles, a Beet-L-T wrap, and birch beer-glazed ribs. Wash down with carefully crafted cocktails and (strong) Australian coffees.

    38 W. King St., Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603, USA
    717-826-4040

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.
  • 16. Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant

    $$
    Closed Permanently

    This family-owned diner has a good reputation for hearty Pennsylvania Dutch home cooking. The big attractions are the huge weekday lunch and dinner buffets with...

    This family-owned diner has a good reputation for hearty Pennsylvania Dutch home cooking. The big attractions are the huge weekday lunch and dinner buffets with selections that often include chicken pot pie, fried chicken, pork and sauerkraut, and oyster pie. No liquor is served.

    2760 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, 17505, USA
    717-768–1550

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun., Credit cards accepted
  • 17. Black Horse Restaurant

    $$$
    Closed Permanently

    With a growing reputation for fine seafood, this restaurant and tavern is just off the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Long setting the standard for certified Angus beef,...

    With a growing reputation for fine seafood, this restaurant and tavern is just off the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Long setting the standard for certified Angus beef, the Black Horse has expanded creatively, with dishes such as a roasted chicken mac-and-cheese, pan-seared crab cakes and a full vegetarian menu. There are also 74 rooms and suites in the adjacent Black Horse Lodge.

    2170 N. Reading Rd., Denver, Pennsylvania, 17517, USA
    717-336–6555

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun., Credit cards accepted
  • 18. Blue Parrot Bistro

    $$$
    Closed Permanently

    This bustling bar and restaurant is within walking distance of many attractions. The Blue Parrot serves an eclectic selection of creatively-prepared dishes, including salads, soups,...

    This bustling bar and restaurant is within walking distance of many attractions. The Blue Parrot serves an eclectic selection of creatively-prepared dishes, including salads, soups, and sandwiches. Innovative entrées include seafood stew and housemade pierogies.

    35 Chambersburg St., Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 17325, USA
    717-800-1863
  • 19. Cafe @ Ten Thousand Villages

    $
    Closed Permanently

    This delightful café in Ten Thousand Villages takes you to destinations far and near. The eclectic menu offers a mix of soups, sandwiches, and foods...

    This delightful café in Ten Thousand Villages takes you to destinations far and near. The eclectic menu offers a mix of soups, sandwiches, and foods from India, Mexico, Laos, Haiti, Ethiopia, Nepal, the Philippines, Tanzania, Indonesia, or Thailand. The cafe reopens for dinner on Friday nights with live music by local artists.

    240 N. Reading Rd., Ephrata, Pennsylvania, 17522, USA
    717-721–8400

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun. Dinner Fri. only, Credit cards accepted
  • 20. Carr's Restaurant

    $$$$
    Closed Permanently

    This refreshingly simple and appealing restaurant has the feel of a French café, serving fresh meats, fowl, vegetables, and fruits. Signature dishes are the organic...

    This refreshingly simple and appealing restaurant has the feel of a French café, serving fresh meats, fowl, vegetables, and fruits. Signature dishes are the organic grilled chicken or the jumbo lump crab cakes. There's also a stall at nearby Central Market.

    50 W. Grant St., Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603, USA
    717-299–7090

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.

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