A Guide to the Best Restaurants in Ephrata, PA

February 8, 2019

group of young adults in a car with overlaying text download our free vacation guidePlanning an exciting vacation often requires getting down to the little details, like figuring out where to have lunch between your hike and museum visit. We know how difficult that can be when you have no idea what the area offers. Don’t worry; at the Historic Smithton Inn, we take food very seriously! We’ve put together a list of the best restaurants in Ephrata, PA, just for you! Start your day with a mouthwatering breakfast, stop for lunch to grab a locally sourced sandwich, and take your sweetheart on an unforgettable date at these five local restaurants. As you take notes, make sure you also download our free Vacation Guide! It has even more great recommendations for things to do in the area, like museums, shops, outdoor activities, events, and more restaurants.  

5 of the Best Ephrata, PA, Restaurants



If there’s one meal you cannot skip, it’s breakfast! Not only is it the most delicious time of the day, but it’s also a great time to gain energy for the day. After enjoying our delicious homemade breakfast at the Historic Smithton Inn for a day or two, venture out in Ephrata and discover more amazing breakfast food. Try Cloister, for example! There’s no better place than this family-owned restaurant for an authentic Dutch breakfast. Take a seat in Ephrata’s oldest establishment and enjoy a cup of coffee with a signature omelet. It’s one of the local’s favorite meeting spots and will take you back in time with its 1950s retro style.  


It’s important to make some time for lunch between historical visits and sightseeing. When it comes to grabbing a bite in Ephrata, you have two options. Check out The Udder Choice for fantastic soups and sandwiches! All their ingredients are local, so you get the freshest products in Pennsylvania. Roasted turkey breast replaces the traditional deli meat, and we highly recommend ordering one of their flavorful ice creams for dessert! If you’re looking for home-style cooking, then Gus’s Keystone is perfect. The eggs are cooked to perfection, and the waffles are some of the best in town! The restaurant also offers a wide variety of daily specials, and the portions are more than generous. Make sure you try one of their charbroiled burgers!  


Are you traveling with your significant other? Take them out on a date in Ephrata! The Olde Lincoln House offers one of the top romantic dinners in town. You can choose to eat in the main dining room, the president’s room, or even in the tavern room for a more laid-back atmosphere. If the weather permits, you can dine out at the Tiki Barn, which features a full menu with daily drink and food specials. This summer treat is an added extension to an already superb restaurant experience. Savor exotic flavors at Aromas Del Sur! This authentic Colombian cuisine awaits at this premier Ephrata, PA, restaurant. The restaurant features flavorful dishes with strong Spanish influences. We highly recommend ordering the empanadas or yuca fritas, then proceed with the carne asada and Lengua a la Criolla. If you’re feeling more pork than beef, the lomo de cerdo and chuleta empanizada are to die for! Chicken plates such as arroz con pollo and pollo enchilado also make the menu! After your delicious entree, finish the night with a mouthwatering dessert like flan or rice pudding.  

Rest and Digest in Your Room at the Historic Smithton Inn

Breakfast at Historic Smithton InnAll that wonderful food will give you enough energy to explore the Lancaster area, but can also make you want to go home and nap all afternoon! That’s when you need a comfy bed to sleep in. Come home to a cozy room at the Historic Smithton Inn and unwind for the rest of the day! Our charming accommodations are the perfect nest for you and your significant other. Take our Red Rose Room for example! It’s ideal to relax in a historical setting while still enjoying access to modern comforts. Take full advantage of the beautiful glass rain shower, slip into one of our luxurious, complimentary robes, and snuggle by the fireplace with one of our special glasses of wine! Get a good night’s rest in your queen bed and wake up feeling fully energized. Did we mention our delicious homemade breakfast? Let’s just say it will turn any night owl into an early bird!   Book Your Fabulous Stay Now!