July 1, 2022
We are so lucky to have tons of great privately owned, non-chain restaurants in Lancaster County!! Despite the fact that Lancaster PA is landlocked, we have some terrific Seafood Restaurants in Lancaster PA. Some traits they all have in common – FRESH seafood, great vibe, engaged owners and truly delicious menus. Some are fancy, some are laid back, but no matter atmosphere you’re looking for, we think you’re going to love the delicious, well prepared seafood dishes.
This post is all about the Best Seafood Restaurants in Lancaster PA
Mr. Bill’s is a Lancaster City institution since 1973! I love combined “market / restaurants” because you know their specialty is fresh & absolutely delicious. For MANY restaurants who have seafood on their menu, this is where they’re getting it!! The Fat Crab Café has a casual indoor restaurant, plus there’s some outdoor seating as well. Dinner hours are limited to weekends but it’s a great place for lunch! From Blackened Seafood Sandwiches to Soft Shell Crab Platter or Steamed Seafood Platters, you can’t pick a bad dish!
PRO TIP: Bring a cooler with you and buy some seafood to take home & cook for dinner another night!
For anyone located in the northern part of Lancaster County, Kyma is a major go-to when you’re in the mood for fantastic seafood. Indoors it’s a bit “snazzier” than Fat Crab but more laid back than Gibraltar. An added bonus is a fantastic covered outdoor space called “The Dock”.
Gibraltar is the best fine dining, awesome wine list, truly professional servers choice for seafood restaurants in Lancaster PA. The décor and atmosphere is hip & trendy without being pretentious. The servers are attentive and knowledgeable, and the menu choices are as delicious as they are beautifully presented. We love this place for date nights, and special occasions… or just because!
PRO TIP: Try their signature Branzino dish (photo above), hand filleted tableside by your server, or take it upon yourself to fillet this impeccable dish.
If you’re looking for delicious fried or boiled seafood either to dine in (casual) or to take home, Juicy Crab is a great option. They have everything from fried fish (multiple types), oysters, shrimp, calamari and more to boiled seafood platters & seafood & rice dishes. If someone in your group isn’t into seafood, they’ve also got steak & chicken options.
Feel like combining great craft beer with delicious seafood? Then River Trail Brewing in Marietta is the place to be. Their mouthwatering menu has a New Orleans feel with options like Jambalaya and New Orleans Salmon, but they’ve also got fantastic Crab Cakes, Seared Tuna and Shrimp Carbonara, Wings & Burgers on the menu as well. We highly recommend starting out with the Spicy Crab Dip or the Creamy Crab Bisque.
PRO TIP: If you love biking, this place is situated just off the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail. Click the link to learn about this wonderful trail & all the other great things to see along it.
If you don’t mind a little drive outside of Lancaster County, there are a few more fantastic seafood restaurants you should check out! Every one of these seafood restaurants near Lancaster PA offers great high-end atmosphere and delicious fresh seafood.
There are plenty of fantastic restaurants in Lancaster PA that have really terrific seafood on the menu, even if you wouldn’t describe them as a “Lancaster PA Seafood Restaurant”. Here are our favorites where you can enjoy delicious seafood, steak, pasta burgers and more:
For seafood lovers, there are two specific dishes that I often see called out as “where can I find the best __________”. Lancaster’s Best Fish & Chips and Lancaster’s Best Crab Cakes are two such examples. If that’s what you’re looking for, then here are the best options in town:
With your dinner plans all settled, we hope you’ll choose to stay with us at the Historic Smithton Inn! Our cozy, colonial bed and breakfast is the perfect place to stay when you’re trying to see all the sites and take in the wonderful attractions that Lancaster has to offer. Our rooms are spacious, beautifully decorated, impeccably clean and decked out with luxurious amenities. Your hosts are known for their attention to detail and customer service. Take a look at our reviews and you’ll see that guests LOVE our breakfasts which are all home-cooked & delicious.
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We hope this blog helps you find the perfect Seafood Restaurant
in Lancaster PA during your visit to Amish Country!