Best Diners in Lancaster PA

September 21, 2021

Looking to find the very best diners in Lancaster PA? There really is just something genuinely exciting about finding that hidden local hangout, isn’t there? Plus,  great diners are great for a reason – they have great food, great service, and draw great people. They’re the place to go to find the local specialties, get the inside scoop, landscape the area, and enjoy heaps of delicious food at an affordable price.  So, what are the go-to diners in Lancaster PA?  We’ve curated a list of our favorite diners throughout Lancaster County, with an emphasis on Ephrata PA and the surrounding area because there’s a fantastic concentration of GREAT diners right here!


Gus’s Keystone Diner

3687 Rothsville Rd, Ephrata, PA 17522

Gus’s is a very popular Ephrata Diner. It’s a Greek-American fusion restaurant, akin to the many Greek diners that are a feature of the Northeast food scene. The menu is huge and so are the portions.


The New Cloister Restaurant

607 W Main St, Ephrata, PA 17522

Breakfast is served all day at the New Cloister Restaurant. It has an expansive menu of pancakes, waffles, omelets, and specials. All are served with a huge pile of home fries, toast, and a three-egg omelet. The food is fantastic.


The Pancake Farm

1032 S State St, Ephrata, PA 17522

The Pancake Farm is an airy, unfussy daytime kitchen doling out its namesake dish, plus eggs, burgers and peanut butter pie.


Bright’s Diner

1025 S State St, Ephrata, PA 17522

Bright’s offers all the traditional breakfast dishes you’ll find at small diners, but they’re probably most famous for their “Broasted Chicken,” which the locals rave about.  They use a special technique to ensure the crunchy outside texture of fried chicken that keeps the inside tender and juicy without being greasy.


Evergreen Diner

325 N Reading Rd, Ephrata, PA 17522

If you’re a fan of diners, the Evergreen Diner will not disappoint.  They serve all the classics.  Portion size is huge, and the food is definitely tasty and reasonably priced.


Park Place Diner

2270 N Reading Rd, Denver, PA 17517

The Park Place Diner is the former Zinn's Diner.  Classic American dishes, burgers and breakfast are the forte of this relaxed diner with a counter.


Dave’s Diner

3036 N Reading Rd, Adamstown, PA 19501

Dave’s Diner in Adamstown is known to have the best blueberry pancakes anywhere and there can often be a line to get a table at this popular spot.


Park City Diner

884 Plaza Blvd, Lancaster, PA 17601

Park City Diner is a 24-hour diner near the Park City Mall, providing generous portions of traditional American fare in an easygoing atmosphere.


Lyndon Diner

1370 Manheim Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601

Lyndon Diner is a bustling diner with a bar serving up American eats such as pancakes & baked mac 'n' cheese 24/7.  Out of all the diners listed here, this is the only one that has a bar serving beer and wine!  This is also a great place to spot all the political movers & shakers in Lancaster County from US Congressmen & District Attorneys to State Representatives and County Commissioners.


Neptune Diner

924 N Prince St, Lancaster, PA 17603

Neptune Diner has a vast menu of classic American and Greek diner fare offered morning to night in a vintage setting.


City Star Diner

665 Lancaster Rd, Manheim, PA 17545

A classic diner with delicious food and friendly servers.  City Star Diner is open seven days a week.  Located on Lancaster Road in Manheim.  City Star Diner's most recent 'claim to fame' is that Justin Bieber at there while he was in Lancaster!!


We hope this curated list of diners is helpful. Please let us know what you think are the best diners in Lancaster PA and if we need to add a diner to this list!


Where to Stay in Lancaster PA

Best Diners in Lancaster PA, Historic Smithton Inn With so many wonderful Diners in Lancaster PA to try out, plus shopping, theater, outdoor activities and museums, you should definitely plan to stay for a few nights!!  We suggest you consider the Historic Smithton Inn Bed and Breakfast in Ephrata, PA.  Located in the heart of Lancaster County, this charming & historic B&B has 7 guest rooms & suites, plus a self-catering vacation rental house.  An added bonus is the on-site wine bar & restaurant that’s open to the public on Friday, Saturday & Sunday with live music scheduled year-round on Friday & Saturday nights.

Go online to tour the rooms and pick the one that’s best for you.  You can make your reservation online or call on the phone to speak to someone at 717-733-6094.


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