Olde Lincoln House

March 12, 2022

The Olde Lincoln House Tavern in Ephrata, PA, is a great restaurant and tavern destination. Whether you choose to eat in the main dining room, the special events President’s Room, or tavern room, there are some wonderful options. There is even a full menu and bar outside at the Tiki Barn, along with daily drink and food specials. This summer treat is an added extension to an already superb restaurant experience. Come for a delicious meal, a great atmosphere, or a summer vibe. We recommend the Lincoln House Restaurant to all our overnight guests and they always come back raving about their experience! Here are just a few reasons to love the Olde Lincoln House in Ephrata, PA.

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1- Lincoln Memorabilia & A Rich History

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Sure, the food is great! But, what makes the Olde Lincoln House in Ephrata, PA, unique is the Abraham Lincoln memorabilia. The dining rooms include some historic decorations featuring our late great president. The building itself also holds a deep history as the second building constructed in New Ephrata in the early 19th century. It was built as a log cabin house of public entertainment with a large adjoining kitchen. Now, its mission is still the same!  The main section of the bar is original to the 1800s, though many updates have been made over the years. The building has also held many names, when it offered room and board, such as Miller’s, Fair’s, and Spangler’s Hotel. Now, board is no longer offered, but food and entertainment are still at the forefront.

2- Original Bar Dating Back to the 1800s

antique stove One of the best features of the Olde Lincoln House, is the original bar which was constructed in the 1800s, along with the pressed tin ceiling.  Come check out the old Grander & Co Royersford Telephone No. 20 wood stove in the corner of the tavern. This wood stove was retrieved from old army barracks dating back to the late 1800s- early 1900s and heated the entire bar. Though it is no longer running, we do love the historic and cozy value it brings to the Olde Lincoln House.  These unique original features truly give such a resounding character to the building! Grab a seat at the bar and enjoy some modern brews in a historic place. You can also class it up with some great wines or specialty cocktails!

3- Tavern Fare, Dinner, and Banquet Menus

Hamburger with chips
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The Olde Lincoln House Restaurant in Ephrata, PA, offers a tavern fare, dinner and banquet menu. These offer guests some delectable options, no matter what mood you’re in. For some tavern fare, try the Lincoln Fries or Baked Crab Dip Pretzel.  Follow that with a Grilled Angus Burger or Blackened Chicken Wrap. The dinner menu offers some tasty dishes, such as the Flame Seared Delmonico, Chicken Chesapeake, Scottish Salmon, or Filet Mignon.  If you love Tomato Soup, then you HAVE to try the Lincoln House Roasted Tomato Soup which is served in a crock topped with croutons, parmesan & melted provolone cheese.  You'll find a similar menu item at other restaurants in Lancaster County, but this one is the "basis upon which all others are judged"!

If you're looking for a venue for a large gathering, the Lincoln House Restaurant has a 2nd floor that's perfect for parties and special events.  You can arrange a buffet event or plated meals.  Try their crab dip with baguettes, a cheese and cracker tray, an antipasta tray, crustini canapes, tomato basil skewers, crab stuffed mushroom caps, wings, or even mini tacos! No matter what option you select, your guests will leave happy!  Click here to see the Lincoln House Menu.

4- Healthy and Gluten Free Options

Lincoln House Salad
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If you're trying to eat healthy, the Old Lincoln House has plenty of options for you!  Try one of their delicious salads including the Ahi Tuna Salad which is out of this world!   Their vegetarian / gluten free grain bowl is also a tasty choice!  For a dinner option you can choose a wonderful flame seared Delmonico Steak or Peal & Eat Shrimp.  Make it low-carb by swapping out your starch for a double order of steamed veggies.

5 - Special Events & Food Specials

snow crab
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Wednesday is Trivia Night at the Lincoln House Tavern!  Trivia starts at 6:30 pm in the Tavern during cold weather months or outside in the Tiki Barn when the weather turns warm.  Your trivia host is none other than long-time Lincoln House server, Ken, who does a great job of tossing out fun, challenging & interesting questions for the crowd.  And the winner is rewarded with a Gift Certificate to the Olde Lincoln House!

In season and when supplies are available, Thursday night is a special treat for locals and visitors alike.  Enjoy a fantastic Crab Leg Special that will have you thinking you took a detour and ended up in Maryland!

6 - Late Night Dining Option

Chicken Wings
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While many local Ephrata Restaurants close fairly early, the Olde Lincoln House is open from 11 am - 10:00 pm, Tuesday through Thursday and 11 am - 11:30 pm on weekends.  The kitchen stays open until 9:30 pm on weekends and 9:00 pm mid-week!  So if you're craving some delicious chicken wings and a beer after a long drive into town, and don't feel like eating at a chain restaurant, then we recommend you choose the Lincoln House.  You can also purchase 6 packs of beer to take home with you in case your fridge is bare.  And did we mention the pickle chips with spicy sauce?  It's the perfect late-night appetizer... just sayin!









7- After Food at the Olde Lincoln House in Ephrata, PA

king bed
The Smithton Loft

After enjoying a meal at the Olde Lincoln House in Ephrata, PA, either walk or drive exactly 1 mile to come back to a relaxing retreat at the Historic Smithton Inn. Enjoy one of our nine historic themed rooms and wake up to a delicious gourmet breakfast. Book your stay in advance for the best availability and pricing.  Click on this link to take a look at all nine of our guest rooms or click here to BOOK NOW.

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