The pastoral Lancaster region has acres of farmland allowing restaurants to source seasonal ingredients with which to create mouthwatering farm-to-table cuisine. Patrons can share a meal in modern, elegant dining rooms, authentic log cabins, or historical Victorian mansions. Romantic eateries in the area take inspiration from all over the world. Guests will find a surprising selection of dining options including American contemporary, classic French cooking, Italian kitchens, Latin American fusion, and even flavors from Southeast Asia.
1.John J. Jeffries
© John J. Jeffries
Situated in a rural region of Pennsylvania, Lancaster County has ample farms in the area. John J. Jeffries serves dishes comprised of locally-sourced organic meats and vegetables from Central Pennsylvania. During a romantic evening, diners can indulge the senses with fresh, seasonal foods plated beautifully. The bar hosts a daily happy hour between 4 PM to 6 PM. Small plates include tasty delights like hickory smoked trout caesar salad or crispy pork belly with mac and cheese. Hungry diners can feast on grass-fed beef meatballs with mac and cheese or Keiser Farm turkey. OpenTable awarded the restaurant the Diners’ Choice 2016.
300 Harrisburg Avenue, Lancaster, PA, Phone: 717-431-3307
2.The Log Cabin
© The Log Cabin
Couples looking for an evening of fine dining can treat themselves at The Log Cabin. Flat wooden beams create a rustic, natural ambiance. First built in 1929, the restaurant consists of oak logs taken from the Lehoy Forest, a region formerly inhabited by the Nanticoke Indians. During the Prohibition Era, the historic building served as a speakeasy. Today, Chef Steven Painter creates an exquisite menu. The raw bar features east coast and west coast oysters plus king crab legs. Couples can feast on aged beef or house specialties like duck a l’orange. The kitchen also cooks seafood dishes like crab cakes or smoked bacon crusted cod.
11 Lehoy Forest Drive, Leola, PA, Phone: 717-626-9999
For a romantic Italian meal out in the Pennsylvania countryside, couples can head over to LUCA. Dinner starts with small plates of crispy fried squid, shaved cured pork, or homemade mozzarella. More adventurous eaters can try out Neapolitan-inspired delicacies like wood-grilled beef tongue, beef carpaccio, and chicken liver bruschetta. The wood-fired pizzas come out hot and perfectly baked in the brick oven. Handmade pasta arrives served with fresh shrimp, toasted garlic, or aged cheeses. Craft cocktails and Italian wines pair perfectly with any order. LUCA opens for dinner all week long. The Lancaster eatery also hosts private events to celebrate an anniversary in style.
436 West James Street, Lancaster, PA, Phone: 717-553-5770
4.Arthur's Terrace Restaurant
© Arthur's Terrace Restaurant
Out in the countryside, couples can enjoy a romantic meal at Arthur's Terrace Restaurant. Floral arrangements create the feeling of sitting in a garden with views through the large windows to Lancaster’s gorgeous greenery. The decadent dinner buffet lets guests indulge in all-you-can-eat carved prime rib, seafood, chicken, crab bisque, a salad bar, and desserts. During the daytime, guests can also sample the bountiful breakfast or lunch buffets or order from the selection of a-la-carte menu items served throughout the day. As a part of the Eden Resort and Suites, Arthur’s invites guests of the hotel or visitors in Lancaster.
222 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA, Phone: 717-569-6444
5.Bistro Barberet & Bakery
© Bistro Barberet & Bakery
While enjoying the bucolic landscape of the Lancaster area, visitors can sample French cuisine at Bistro Barberet & Bakery. The restaurant’s owner and operator, Chef Cedric Barberet, has over 25 years of experience cooking classic French food along with a Master’s Degree in Pastry from Patisserie Chereau in France. His background includes working as Executive Pastry Chef at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. At the Bistro Barberet, guests can feast on everyday dishes like quiche lorraine and croque monsieur to delicacies like foie gras and tartare. The bakery opens for breakfast, and diners can also come in for lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch.
26 East King Street, Lancaster, PA, Phone: 717-690-2354
6.Champagne Sunday Brunch
© Champagne Sunday Brunch
Who said date night had to take place during dinner time? Couples looking for a romantic meal together can treat themselves to the Champagne Sunday Brunch at the Eden Resort. For a flat price of $38.95 per adult, guests can feast on a delicious spread of breakfast, luncheon, and dessert items with mimosas included. Every Sunday between 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM, the kitchen serves up omelettes to order, eggs benedict, sausage, and bacon. Those looking for lunch items can help themselves to pasta, New York strip steaks, crab cakes, and seafood dishes. Desserts include chocolate truffle torte and seasonal pies.
222 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA, Phone: 717-569-6444
© Checkers Bistro
Checkers Bistro invites couples to its dinner table for a taste of foods from around the world. In the evenings, the kitchen cooks up a blend of French, Asian, and American cuisines. A romantic meal can start off with French onion soup, lobster bisque, Peking duck tacos, or lobster mac and cheese. The seasonal plates rotate to ensure the freshest ingredients. Guests can dine on a unique menu selection including steak, pasta, and pizzas. From Monday to Saturday, the bar opens from 4 to 6 PM for happy hour with discounts on bar bites, beer, wine, and specialty cocktails. Checkers closes on Sundays.
398 Harrisburg Avenue, Lancaster, PA, Phone: 717-509-1069
Although Lancaster sits in a rural region of Pennsylvania, couples in town looking for a romantic meal while enjoying classic French cuisine can find it Citronnelle. The restaurant considers the many cultural influences found in France, as evidenced by its unique, international menu. Situated in downtown Lancaster, Citronnelle focuses on cooking styles from France but also infuses cuisine from Asia and Africa. During Global Nights, diners can tour the world through their taste buds. Specialty menus highlight recipes from different countries, whether Egypt in the Middle East or Ecuador in Latin America. This BYOB emphasizes using locally-sourced, fresh meats and produce.
110 West Orange Street, Lancaster, PA, Phone: 717-208-6697
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9.Cork & Cap Restaurant
© Cork & Cap Restaurant
Guests in town looking to experience a piece of American history should visit the Cork & Cap Restaurant. The eatery sits in the former Armstrong Cork and Kerr Glass Company, a factory built in 1865. If only those walls could talk! During lunch, dinner, or brunch, diners can admire the edifice and imagine the people who once worked there. The menu boasts plenty of American classics like lobster rolls, crab cakes, and burgers. Every Wednesday, Cork & Cap hosts a Prime Rib Night with specials on cuts. Sundays nights mean seafood, with a combination of lobster tail, snow crab legs, and sea scallops.
480 New Holland Avenue Suite 3000, Lancaster, PA, Phone: 717-735-2025
© El Serrano
El Serrano offers an exciting dining experience, bringing the tastes and culture of Peru to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The large dining establishment resembles historical architecture from 19th-century South America. On the first floor, couples can indulge in a full menu of Latin American food. The second-floor restaurant, Culturas, serves up lighter fare and focuses on traditional Spanish tapas with a Peruvian twist, perfect for sharing. For a truly decadent experience, El Serrano also hosts private dining on the second floor at Clementinas. The exclusive rooms can host groups of 2-4 people for an exquisite 5-course meal complimented by Latin-American wines and tapas.
2151 Columbia Avenue, Lancaster, PA, Phone: 717-397-6191
© Gibraltar Restaurant
Whether looking to sip on specialty cocktails or share a three-course meal during date night, Gibraltar has lots of menu items in store for couples. This Lancaster restaurant is a seafood lover’s dream. The menu features everything from grilled Spanish octopus and fried calamari to seared scallops and grilled swordfish. Filet mignon and locally-sourced aged black Angus NY strip are also on the Mains list. They say oysters are an aphrodisiac, and diners can test that theory at Gibraltar’s Raw Bar with clams, oysters, lobster, and shrimp sourced from different US coasts. Guests can wash that all down with a grapefruit or blood orange margarita.
488 Royer Drive, Lancaster, PA, Phone: 717-397-2790
12.Gypsy Kitchen at the Refectory
© Gypsy Kitchen at the Refectory
Gypsy Kitchen and Catering at the Refectory serves a mix of internationally-inspired cuisines all with one thing in common: fresh, local ingredients. Ed and Ellen Diller, the married couple who founded Gypsy Kitchen carefully choose quality seasonal foods when designing their menu. The whimsical dining experience features flavors from the Far East, roasted meats, American seafood favorites, and refreshing salads. During each season, Gypsy Kitchen compiles a-la-carte menus as well as multiple course tasting menus for a fixed price by reservation only. The eatery also hosts live music sessions. Guests will find the restaurant inside the Dietz Hall at the Lancaster Theological Seminary.
555 West James Street, Lancaster, PA, Phone: 717-824-2714
13.Himalayan Curry & Grill
© Himalayan Curry & Grill
Couples looking to taste the robust flavors of India and Nepal on a date night should book a table at the Himalayan Curry & Grill. Some like it hot: menu items like fish or vindaloo will surely wake up the taste buds. The tandoor cooks meats and naan bread to perfection, and Himalayan Curry & Grill features popular tandoori dishes like Chicken Tikka. The menu also features chicken or veg momos, the beloved Nepalese dumpling. Any diner new to these cooking styles can sample them all at the lunch and dinner buffets. For those celebrating a big anniversary, Himalayan accommodates large parties serving curries, meats, rice, and breads.
22 East Orange Street, Lancaster, PA, Phone: 717-393-2330
© JB Dawson's
Sleek decor and comfortable lighting create a warm, inviting atmosphere for a romantic meal at JB Dawson’s. Date night can start off with a happy hour available at the bar Monday through Friday from 5 PM to 7 PM. Guests enjoy special prices on appetizers, draft beers, wines, featured cocktails, well drinks, and wines. Wine lovers enjoy half-price bottles on Wednesdays. Well-known throughout the Delaware/Pennsylvania area, JB Dawson’s has locations multiple locations including in Lancaster. A local to the area, Jim Lukens founded the flagship restaurant in 1996. The Lancaster kitchen specializes in contemporary American cuisine with nods to Latin American, Italian, and international cooking.
491 Park City Center, Lancaster, PA, Phone: 717-399-3996
At Loxley’s, couples can enjoy a romantic meal under the stars taking in the fresh air. The rustic, natural materials of the building blend perfectly with the rural surroundings. Guests can sit for drinks at one of the three bars. From pan seared scallops and sage roasted chicken to maple bacon prime pork chop, Loxley’s serves up an extensive menu of contemporary American fare. The venue hosts weekly live entertainment along with trivia nights. The restaurant hosts a breakfast buffet, full lunch and dinner selection, and a late night menu. Diners can stay for the night as Loxley’s forms part of the Lancaster Heritage Hotel.
500 Centerville Road, Lancaster, PA, Phone: 717-898-2431
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The Lancaster region of Pennsylvania has ample farms in the area. Ma(i)son strives to showcase locally-sourced ingredients by creating seasonal menus. Owners, Taylor and Leeann Mason, named the restaurant by making a play on words: they combined their last name with the French word for home (maison), meaning Mason’s house. The “urban cookery” prepares soul food using age-old culinary traditions. Their menu consists of seasonal recipes based off of cooking styles from France and Italy. Couples can enjoy a romantic meal in a rustic, intimate setting. The BYOB allows customers to bring wines and 6-packs of beer for a $6 corkage fee.
230 North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA, Phone: 717-293-5060
17.Pasquale's Italian Garden and Pizzeria
© Pasquale's Italian Garden and Pizzeria
Melted cheeses and slow-cooked sauces combine for a mouthwatering meal at Pasquale’s in Lancaster. Pasquale's Italian Garden and Pizzeria serves traditional Mediterranean dishes. Couples can enjoy a romantic dinner sipping on a bottle of wine, as this Italian eatery lets customers bring their own bottle. The extensive menu has plenty of comfort food like stuffed shells, homemade lasagna, and baked penne. Customers can pick their own toppings and share a pizza. Seafood dishes like lobster ravioli or spaghetti with clams delight the senses. The take-out menu means lovers can have an easy night in and share delicious Italian classics at home.
1657 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA, Phone: 717-509-9921
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18.Stockyard Inn Steakhouse
© Stockyard Inn Steakhouse
Situated in one of the country’s oldest steakhouses, Stockyard Inn Steakhouse makes a romantic meal truly memorable. The historic inn was first built in 1750 on the edge of a farm that would grow into one the region’s largest stockhouses east of the city of Chicago. The welcoming atmosphere provides an ideal place to share dinner with a significant other. White linen tablecloths and polished silverware create an elegant, yet warm, dining atmosphere. Stockyard Inn opens for lunch and dinner. Guests should arrive dressed in business casual attire. The restaurant hosts happy hour on Fridays from 5 PM - 7 PM with complimentary hors d’oeuvres.
1147 Lititz Pike #501, Lancaster, PA, Phone: 717-394-7975
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© Sukhothai Restaurant
Lancaster couples can enjoy a flavorful Thai meal at Sukhothai Restaurant. Dark walls and exposed brick create an elegant dining atmosphere. Exotic flavors and colorful plates delight the senses on a romantic dinner. Date night begins with a choice of appetizers like crispy rolls, shrimp skewers, or spicy chicken. The menu has refreshing salads made with mango, apple, squid, and shrimp. Things really heat up with entrees, and guests can choose their own level of spiciness on popular dishes like Pad Thai, drunken noodle, or seafood curries. Hot teas infused with jasmine or ginger compliment any meal. Sukhothai opens for lunch and dinner throughout the week.
398 Harrisburg Avenue, Lancaster, PA, Phone: 717-517-9422
20.The Belvedere Inn
© The Belvedere Inn
Couples can enjoy an elegant evening of fine-dining at The Belvedere Inn. The restaurant sits inside a historic Victorian mansion built in 1869. During a meal, guests can observe views of downtown Lancaster. The award-winning Lancaster restaurant serves up contemporary American cuisine. Soothing live jazz serenades diners throughout the week, and guests can view the music calendar on the restaurant’s website. The meal begins with tasty bites for sharing such as baked crab dip or shrimp cocktail. The menu features decadent dishes like grilled filet mignon, pan roasted scallops, and lamb tenderloin. Butterscotch bread pudding or creme brulee satisfies any sweet tooth.
402 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA, Phone: 717-394-2422
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21.The Greenfield Restaurant & Bar
© The Greenfield Restaurant & Bar
The Greenfield has won the Wine Spectator Award for Excellence for 10 years in a row, and wine lovers can choose from an extensive list. Every Wednesday, The Lovely Ladies of Jazz provide live dinner entertainment. Guests can gather for happy hour every Friday from 5 PM to 7 PM while enjoying discounts on beverages and live piano music. The menu features a range of American fare with international influences like aged prime cuts, jumbo shrimp cocktail, and shrimp and grits. The Greenfield hosts guests in one of several dining rooms including an outdoor patio, cozy dining room warmed by a fireplace, and lounge area.
17-19 Clayton St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5PN, UK, Phone: +44-19-12-33-09-90
22.The Loft Restaurant
© The Loft Restaurant
The Loft Restaurant serves a range of decadent American fare. Couples can dine on soft shell crabs, crab stuffed shrimp, filet mignon, or roasted duckling and add an order of bake mac and cheese. Perhaps patrons prefer delicacies like escargots. The Loft’s facility has remained a dining establishment since the late 1800’s. European Master Chef, Gunter Backhaus, purchased the place in 1879 and has since brought international experience to the kitchen. The historical restaurant has a rustic atmosphere with its exposed beam and stone walls lined with antiques and paintings. The Loft sits within walking distance from Lancaster’s Penn Square.
201 West Orange Street, Lancaster, PA, Phone: 717-299-0661
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23.The Pressroom Restaurant
© The Pressroom Restaurant
At The Pressroom Restaurant, couples can dine on internationally inspired cuisine from France, and Italy along with American classics. The Park Bar at The Pressroom has creative cocktails made with a mix of top-shelf liquors, aromatics, and hints of herbs and spices. Small plate options include 24-hour short rib that falls off the bone. The “From the Oven” selection features roasted Branzino or chicken thigh. The spice-rubbed pork tenderloin, duck two ways, or seafood bouillabaisse represent just a few of the mouth-watering entree options. The Pressroom closes Mondays but serves lunch and dinner throughout the week along with Sunday brunch.
26-28 West King Street, Lancaster, PA, Phone: 717-399-5400
23 Best Restaurants in Lancaster, PA
- John J. Jeffries, Photo: John J. Jeffries
- The Log Cabin, Photo: The Log Cabin
- LUCA, Photo: LUCA
- Arthur's Terrace Restaurant, Photo: Arthur's Terrace Restaurant
- Bistro Barberet & Bakery, Photo: Bistro Barberet & Bakery
- Champagne Sunday Brunch, Photo: Champagne Sunday Brunch
- Checkers Bistro, Photo: Checkers Bistro
- Citronnelle, Photo: Citronnelle
- Cork & Cap Restaurant, Photo: Cork & Cap Restaurant
- El Serrano, Photo: El Serrano
- Gibraltar Restaurant, Photo: Gibraltar Restaurant
- Gypsy Kitchen at the Refectory, Photo: Gypsy Kitchen at the Refectory
- Himalayan Curry & Grill, Photo: Himalayan Curry & Grill
- JB Dawson's, Photo: JB Dawson's
- Loxley's, Photo: Loxley's
- Maison, Photo: Maison
- Pasquale's Italian Garden and Pizzeria, Photo: Pasquale's Italian Garden and Pizzeria
- Stockyard Inn Steakhouse, Photo: Stockyard Inn Steakhouse
- Sukhothai Restaurant, Photo: Sukhothai Restaurant
- The Belvedere Inn, Photo: The Belvedere Inn
- The Greenfield Restaurant & Bar, Photo: The Greenfield Restaurant & Bar
- The Loft Restaurant, Photo: The Loft Restaurant
- The Pressroom Restaurant, Photo: The Pressroom Restaurant
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