The Log Cabin Restaurant

March 14, 2016

fork and knife on a wooden stand

Under 20 minutes away from the Historic Smithton Inn is one of the best restaurants in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The Log Cabin restaurant is a historic, lodgelike space that serves elegant American fare. Just five miles north of the City of Lancaster, it stands in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, surrounded by beautiful landscapes and countryside scenery on ground once occupied by the Nanticoke Indians. Here is what you need to know about The Log Cabin restaurant before your visit!

History of The Log Cabin restaurant

The original structure of The Log Cabin restaurant was built in the early 1900s out of oak logs cut by hand from the adjacent Lehoy Forest. During its early years, it was a speakeasy, circumnavigating the law during Prohibition because of its remote location. The original owner, C.L. Leicey, admitted that illegal alcohol was stored under the wooden booths that are still in The Booth Room today. After the Prohibition, The Log Cabin restaurant was hit by the Great Depression but maintained open. Then, in 1958, Charles DiSantis bought the property to combine his loves for cooking and art. Expansions and innovation ensued, and many of the wall portraits that still remain were painted by DiSantis himself!


The extensive wine list and delectable dinner menu at The Log Cabin restaurant will have your mouth watering in one read. Sparkling, blush, white, and red wines are available by glass or by the bottle for a night out. Follow up your pinot grigio or cabernet sauvignon with some delicious appetizers. Try the escargot or enjoy the classic American cheese board. Smoked trout, grilled shrimp, roasted beets, potato and leek soup, and a crab and avocado cocktail are a few other options.

After enjoying some drinks and appetizers, it is time to indulge in the main course. Entrees and from the grill options (the latter including a baked potato) are available. The pan seared Atlantic salmon over pearl pasta with mushrooms, scallions, herbs, and cream is at the top of the entree list, followed by crab cakes with sweet mashed potatoes, rainbow trout with fingerling potatoes and lemon parsley browned butter, and pan-seared duck breast with green lentil ragout. Grill options include the filet mignon in a red wine demi-glace, a NY strip steak with peppercorn butter, and a chicken breast with garlic, herbs, and a brandy mushroom cream. Whole lobster tails are also available with 24-hours advanced notice.


The sophisticated American fare from the kitchen is highlighted by the rustic Americana charm that The Log Cabin restaurant interior provides. With images of former stately pioneers and historical figures featured on the walls and open wooden beams, the restaurant is decorated for a past era. A stone wall accent as well as classy contemporary art and wagon wheel light fixtures are stunning features, whereas the bar and fireplace serve as prominent structures in the main dining space. The exterior includes an outdoor patio space perfect for nice weather on a summer evening.

Eat Before You Retreat

After a long day exploring Amish country, settle in for a nice dinner at The Log Cabin restaurant before returning to stay at Historic Smithton Inn for the evening. Follow up your historical meal with a night in another historical structure in Lancaster County! Historic Smithton Inn’s seven guest rooms are each decorated in historic charm. Be sure to rest up for a gourmet hand-cooked breakfast at the inn the following morning!