Best Restaurants in Ephrata PA

February 8, 2019

group of young adults in a car with overlaying text download our free vacation guide Planning 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 wonderful 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.


12 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 other delicious breakfast restaurants. Try the Pancake Farm, for example! There’s no better place than this family-owned restaurant for an authentic Dutch breakfast. Take a seat in Ephrata’s airy, unfussy daytime kitchen and enjoy a cup of coffee with a signature omelet. It’s one of the local’s favorite meeting spots.

Do you prefer coffee shops to diners?  Then try one of our great coffee-shop eatieries.  Check out Javateas for amazing breakfast sandwiches or fresh pastries.  If you love crepes, you should stop in at Griddle & Grind for the best coffee with fresh crepes in town



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!

For anyone who loves delicious & flavorful soups, salads, sandwiches & wraps in a “Martha Stewart”-style charming venue, then Scratch Bakes is the place for you.  Be sure to save room for a cupcake (or three!), they’re the BEST!

The Pressed Plate is a vintage-modern eaterie known for their fresh crafted Hot “Pressed” sandwiches.  Everything they serve is fresh, organic and prepared with love!  Fries are hand cut, sauces are house-made and the beef for their burgers is locally sourced for freshness.  You can find vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options here as well.


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 Three Sisters Park! This authentic Khmir-Thai cuisine awaits at this premier Ephrata, PA, restaurant. The restaurant features flavorful dishes with traditional Thai influences. We highly recommend ordering the Pad Thai or Panang Curry.  Every dish can be seasoned according to your preference.  Let the kitchen know if you like your food mild or flaming hot and it will come out exactly the way you like it.  Then you can choose your protien:  beef, chicken, pork, shirmp or tofu.   After your delicious entree, finish the night with a mouthwatering fried banana sundae.

For anyone who asks, “where do the Ephrata locals eat” the answer is easy, The Hill!!  It’s not the fanciest restaurant in town, but the food is oh-so-delicious!  There’s a variety to choose from including Burgers, Sandwiches, Salads, Pizza and Entrees.  A few local favorites are “The Mush Burger” and “Top of the Hill” Hot Roast Beef & Provolone Cheese Sanwich.  And if you love great Chicken Wings, these are the best in the area!

On weekends (Friday, Saturday & Sunday), the best Mediterranean Bistro Cuisine in Lancaster County can be found at Weathered Vineyards Ephrata wine bar.  In addition to fresh and flavorful Mediterranean inspired appetizers, salads, wraps and desserts, they have a terrific craft wine list which pairs wonderfully with their dishes.  In season (approx April – October) they have live music in their courtyard too!


Sometime during your visit to Ephrata you really MUST head over to Fox Meadows Creamery for ice cream!  They were recently voted the BEST Ice Cream Shop in Pennsylvania and with good reason.  The mike for their ice cream comes from the farm immediately behind the shop.  Then all their ice creams are made right there on site… it just doesn’t get any fresher than that!  They offer all the traditional flavors, but if you’re feeling a bit edgy, try Honeyed Lavender or Spearming Macha!

Rest and Digest in Your Room at the Historic Smithton Inn

Breakfast at Historic Smithton Inn All 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!


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