Breakfast in Ephrata PA

June 1, 2018

You’ve probably heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it’s true! Early-morning eating fuels your body and gets you ready for whatever adventures may come your way. It’s also necessary when you’re on vacation. Luckily, there are plenty of options for breakfast in Ephrata, PA. Whether you’re looking for traditional Dutch cooking or a family-style feast, you’ll find it here! Read on to discover our favorite restaurants and start planning your trip today.

After you have breakfast in Ephrata, PA, let us help you with lunch and dinner! Check out our list of recommended restaurants in Lancaster PA for a carefully-curated list of restaurant recommendations. 

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You Won’t Go Hungry With These Places for Breakfast in Ephrata, PA


waffle If you're wondering how to pronounce the name, the emphasis is in the middle: "Ja-VA-teas".  Located in a historic stone barn that's been wonderfully restored, Javateas is a quaint, family-owned coffee shop that serves up delicious breakfast, lunch & dinner!  Breakfast sandwiches, coffee that doubles as art & out-of-this-world baked goods are just some of the things on the menu at Javateas.

The Wired Cup

Bagel For the best NY Bagels within 100 miles of Lancaster PA, you need to try Wired Cup Cafe!  In addition to wonderful house-made bagels & a wide variety of cream cheese flavors, they serve great coffee, tea and cold brew.  There are also other sandwiches and even breakfast burritos on the menu.

Griddle & Grind

coffee & crepe Griddle & Grind's specialty is fantastic crepes!  They serve both breakfast and lunch-style crepes in sweet & savory varieties.  In addition to their regular menu, they have a monthly list of creative specials to choose from.  If you're looking for a fancy-schmancy coffee drink the Griddle & Grind baristas can handle that too!

Scratch Bakes

porch The décor at Scratch Bakes is very "Martha Stewart" which is pretty wild considering the fact that Martha Stewart has actually eaten here!!  Scratch is open for breakfast and lunch and has a fantastic menu of sandwiches, soups, salads and drinks.  No matter what, save room for a cup cake because the ones at Scratch are second-to-none!!  You can eat in the cozy dining room, or sit on the front porch and watch the hustle & bustle along Main Street.

The New Cloister Restaurant

diner To get a taste of traditional Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, stop in at Cloister Restaurant. This eatery has been a staple in Ephrata for 40 years. The restaurant has a classic diner section where guests can enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and a quick breakfast. As the Cloister’s famous sign says,“Come in and eat yourself full!”

Pancake Farm

diner The Pancake Farm first opened in 1982 and has been a hotspot in Ephrata ever since! Try one of their daily specials or choose from 10 different types of pancakes on the menu. The restaurant also holds frequent fundraisers and donates a portion of sales to A Tail to Tell Puppy Mill Rescue.

Bright's Restaurant

dinerBright’s Restaurant might be famous for its old-fashioned, homestyle meals (including the broasted chicken), but their breakfast options are just as delicious! Customize an omelet or try the Dutch-style eggs. For a taste of traditional Lancaster County, we recommend the creamed beef on toast.

Gus's Keystone Family Restaurant

Ephrata Diner
Source: Historic Smithton Inn

If you’re in the mood for schnitzel, creamed chipped beef, or an amazing breakfast burrito, stop by Gus’s Keystone Family Restaurant. The diverse menu and generous portions have made this restaurant very popular. Be sure to check out the breakfast sandwiches and delicious sides!

Brickerville House

historic building The Brickerville House Family Restaurant menu features eight different omelets, from garden omelets filled with vegetables to ham, bacon, and sausage omelettes stuffed with your choice of cheese. For a unique spin on a breakfast sandwich, try Tony’s Hungry Man Hoagie. It’s a breakfast sub stuffed with three scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage, bacon, and cheese.

Historic Smithton Inn

Colorful breakfast dish

For our B&B's overnight guests, the best breakfast in Ephrata, PA, is right here at Historic Smithton Inn! Our delicious, complimentary breakfast is served every morning. It consists of a hot entrée (like Margarita Breakfast Pizza or Crunchy Baked French Toast) as well as fresh fruit & homemade muffins or breads. Of course we keep the coffee, tea & decaf flowing! We even use ingredients from local Lancaster County farmers and are more than happy to accommodate any dietary needs.


Book Your Stay at the Historic Smithton Inn!

Chair in the garden Historic smithton Inn Did you know that all of these delicious breakfast spots are close to the Historic Smithton Inn? Even though breakfast is included in your stay, if you'd like to try some of these other great places you're free to skip OUR breakfast any time you want.  It’s a great reason to stay with us during your Pennsylvania adventure! Plus, our relaxing B&B is in a great location for visitors to experience the unique charm of Lancaster County and features plenty of modern and elegant amenities.


Stone B&B Browse our sumptuous guest rooms and pick your favorite! Each has a unique atmosphere that will fit your needs perfectly. The Sage Room, for example, is beautifully decorated with antiques and handcrafted furniture. It has a private bathroom with a rain shower and a sitting area with a working fireplace. You’re going to love the ultra-comfortable bed! If you’re not up for going out to breakfast, enjoy our fresh dishes and signature juice blends before starting your next Pennsylvania adventure.


Book your stay today at the Historic Smithton Inn! We look forward to hosting you.


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