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Gibraltar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.gibraltargrille.com
  • Phone: (717) 397-2790
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Modern European, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Carl Vitale
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Call us! More than anything else, food has the power to make or break your event. That’s why people turn to Lancaster's top restaurant. We excel at everything from elegant weddings and formal events, to business luncheons and holiday parties, to casual mixers and outdoor picnics. Our approach is simple…You tell us what you want, and we make it happen, so don’t leave your next event to chance.
  • Private Party Facilities: Gibraltar offers a semi-private dining room with seating for up to 60 guests as well as seating for 160 for larger events.
  • Private Party Contact: Ray Shaffer (717) 397-2790
  • Entertainment: Be sure to check out AquaBar lounge for a great list of exquisitely prepared cocktails and a great selection of wines by-the-glass

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Race Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free Parking
A word from Gibraltar
New American, Mediterranean Influenced, Locally Inspired… Gibraltar delivers an extraordinary dining experience for any occasion or for no occasion at all. Offering smart, casual elegance in the relaxed manner reminiscent of a seaside Mediterranean resort, spacious, window-lined dining rooms and a beautiful garden patio provide the perfect setting. Boasting a near perfect ZAGAT food rating of (27/30 - ’10 Philly Survey) the cuisine at Gibraltar is as beautifully presented as it is delicious. Inspired by the seasons, utilizing the finest ingredients, at the peak of freshness, from the fertile PA Dutch Country and around the globe, line-caught, wild fish and shellfish flown in daily, prime beef, local organic poultry, lamb and fresh local produce, Chef Vitale and his staff create delicious and inspired dishes. A Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence” winning wine list offers nearly 350 selections to further enhance your experience at Gibraltar. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "We had not eaten here before, and chose it from Open Table. It was difficult to find a restaurant open on monday evening in Lancaster, but this one was, and what a great find! The menu was excellent, and was predominately seafood. We had a wonderful wait person, Virginia, who was peppy, personable, and provided excellent service without hovering. We had mussels as an appetizer, and as Virginia promised, the broth was delicious. Then as entrees we had scallops and crab cakes. Everything was delicious. We chose to eat inside, but the outside patio looked lovely and was probably delightful."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Me & my wife had dinner at Gibraltar on July 5. The service was good and the food great. I sat in the exact booth as last year and I noted the booths had been redone. Our food was excellently prepared. I hope they expand their menu selections to offer more great tasting meals. I would encourage anyone to have a dining experience here."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We celebrated our proposal by going here afterwards. We were treasured wonderfully and the food was out of this world. We will definitely be going back for more! If you are looking for an escape to luxury and perfection, try Gibraltar, you won't be disappointed. I am ecstatic knowing we have made this our special place to go."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I asked for a plate of mixed vegetables (not on the menu) and the waiter said no problem and brought a wonderfully tasty plate. It was so go, I almost ordered a second one! Thanks Gibraltar!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "When ever there is a need for excellent dining, we always pick Gibraltar, and are NEVER disappointed. The food, the service, and the ambiance are always the absolute best."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite restaurants, but I decided to try something different- and I did not like their arugula salad- was too much dressing on it, and it was soggy... The crab cakes and my hudband's filet mignon were pretty good though! Also, the dessert of chocolate and peanut butter cake was great!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I have been coming to this restaurant for 15 years and have not had a bad meal yet. Their food is consistently good. I highly recommend for anyone who loves seafood. The restaurant specializes in seafood, but always have dishes for carnivores and vegetarians alike."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "An all-around superlative dining experience. Perfectly-marinated fluke ceviche with a fine dice of bright-flavored salsa followed by nicely-textured gazpacho with a hint of heat leading to perfectly-cooked, creatively-crafted entries of salmon and snapper (w/wondrous sauce), artistically plated and served with cordially-knowledgeable old-world charm."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Excellent seafood restaurant with attentive and professional service. The mushroom soup appetizer was fantastic and loved the Citrus Fizz cocktail I would like to see a few more menu items that are not specific to fish like shrimp, lobster, etc They did have crab cakes but I was tentative about choosing since was not in an area known for them They could be great though Would like to see fish choices like sea bass and cod I selected halibut which was expertly prepared but not one of my favorite fish selections (not a fan of salmon or the red snapper special either) Definitely didn't want the whole. boned-in branzini from the Adriatic Still love this restaurant and have been numerous times"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "No better place for a special occasion with always unusual and excellent menu choices!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I had not been to Gibraltar in over a decade and was impressed from beginning to end. The waiter made the night and reminded me of wait-staff from an earlier era where it was their joy and not just a job. The food was excellent and my companion's birthday was both noted and she was made to feel special. I will be returning again soon."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Dinner before a show. Took a 12 yr old and 85 yr old. All enjoyed the evening. Food was excellent. Drinks were fantastic too. Great selections. Had the tuna, crab cakes and scallops. Split the gnocchi too. Chicken fingers available for the child! Did not have time for dessert. Will definitely go back. Pricey but reasonable considering the food, drinks and atmosphere. Knew that going in! What a great evening."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We have not been to Gibraltar in a number of years, and we were very pleased with the evening. Our waiter was wonderful. The food... Heavenly. We will definately return."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Great food, drinks & wine. Thanks for an outstanding night."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Been here several times and have yet to have a bad experience. Food was very good as was the service."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I took my 97 year old Mom here for dinner. She isn't a big eater but I ordered the mussels for an appetizer and she said she would taste one. She ended up eating half of them. They were delicious. We both ordered crab cakes, which is on my hit list when I come to the east coast having grown up in Philadelphia. They were very good, and very crabby with little filler. My only ding is the ambiance is a bit sterile . They also have a water station where they were pouring in ice occasionally which I felt was distracting and little odd to have so close to the diners. But the food was very good and certainly I would return again."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We love to go to this restaurant when we are in Lancaster. It is elegant, friendly, has sophisticated presentations on the menu and the food is always fresh and interesting. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Good food- we had salmon and chilean sea bass. Portions on the small size. Waitress was very nice, but also taking care of a lot of other large tables-could use more wait staff-she was trying hard. One miss-creme brulee was not worth the calories=no crunch on top, bland with a tropical flair that didn't work. The bathrooms are in a corridor outside the restaurant and could have used some attention to keeping them clean given the business of the restaurant-one soap dispenser and one paper towel dispenser. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This has been one of our favorite restaurants for many years; usually a reliable pick in a town where restaurants come and go. We were sorry to see mussels AWOL from the menu (and no lamb??); so we went for a salad and tuna tartare. My Gibralter salad was perfect - crisp greens and a tasty vinaigrette with a little punch of strawberry that really worked. Husband said his tuna appetizer and Chilean sea bass were excellent as well; nicely plated with good looking veggies. The lobster fettucine - usually one of my favorites - just seemed a little flat and thin on the lobster. Disappointed. Gibralter has a well-deserved reputation of never missing a beat, but it may be time to look over its shoulder and see the competition sneaking up."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "My husband and I recently ate dinner here for our anniversary. We had tuna tartare and lobster ravioli for appetizers, and Lobster fettuccine and sea scallops for the entrees. We both ordered wine with the meal, a Mosel Valley Riesling and a Malbec. The wine list is divided into sections based on the quality of the wine so that it is easier to pair with your tastes or your meal. The wine, meal and service were spotless. For dessert, we had strawberry shortcake and the pineapple ginger creme brûlée. The brûlée was sublime and if it is on the menu when you go, and you like a good brûlée, you should order it. All in all, a wonderful meal on a very special occasion. I would recommend Gibraltar for a special night out for anyone. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The new seasons menu has some exciting meals that are outstanding!! Definitely worth a special trip."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Dining at Gibraltor is always a pleasurable experience! It has been a favorite restaurant for several years. The food is consistently delicious. Its presentation ... pleasing to the eye. Branzino is my favorite entrée. Wine pairings are offered. The raw bar offers a nice selection of fresh seafood. The servers are attentive, friendly, courteous and very knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. "
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "I had my first dining experience at Gibraltar, and I could not have been more impressed with the service. My girlfriend and I celebrate Valentine's Day on May 2nd (for historical reasons), and we both recognize the absurdity of that, but it's our own special evening. The food was outstanding and the waitress was wonderful in every way (and proved to be a very capable sommelier). What really left a lasting impression, however, was the dessert. Without requesting any special presentation, our dessert came out with a 'Happy Valentine's Day' message written in chocolate along the edge of the plate. This absolutely made our evening. It was such a small detail, but it made our special evening perfect, and we could not be more grateful. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Attractive decor, excellent service, creative menu was mouth watering. Appetizer was beyond expectation but the entree, Maine lobster fettuccine was fair at best."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Very good selection of appetizers and main course. Excellent wine and cocktails. The seat was a little too soft in the booth, but it was private and comfortable. The food was excellent and there was plenty of it. My date said her filet was the best she ever had, she could cut it with her fork! I highly recommend a visit to this restaurant, the entire staff was attentive and knowledgeable."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We were extremely pleased with the food and service at Gibraltar. The server was excellent, attentive, and knowledgable about the menu. The seafood entrees were beautifully presented, delicious and delivered to us hot. We will return often."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Great food. Fair service. Took 30minutes to take our order. Told mgr. he took care of it. Waiter had too many tables. We would go back. One entree wasn't great and they offered to remove from menu. Great wines"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "6 members of my family enjoyed a delicious Easter dinner at Gibraltar this past weekend. The lamb special sounded wonderful--and a very large portion. Great variety for all types of appetites. Nice children's selections. Great wait staff. Nice ambiance. Would definitely reccomend."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Second time we have eaten here. Last summer we loved the food, but service was slow. Easter Sunday the lamb was cold, the swordfish overdone, but the service was better. On both occasions, the restaurant's capacity was low, between 2 and maybe 10 occupied tables. They do have wonderful bread, which you can purchase by the loaf to take home."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Great food, really great survive! Would highly recommend!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We celebrated my wife's birthday, and it was a wonderful evening, the food was very good, hot, and fresh. Seafood chowder was out of this world. Can wait to we can go back again."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I like to go to Gibralter for any special occasion. It always makes the celebration special."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This was our first time at Gibraltar and we were immediately impressed by the attention to details beginning with Ray S., the Manager who greeted us at the main door. Our server, Majid, was very knowledgeable and courteous. The menu offered a fine variety of meals, specifically sea food, which is our favorite!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We were in Lancaster, PA for the weekend and were getting together with very dear friends who we don't get to see too often. We were excited to find that our stay coincided with restaurant week and we went online to look at various places and also checked them out against the Trip Advisor site. We lucked out and found that Gibraltar had room for us. All four of us loved the food and the waitress was unbelievably helpful and had a wonderful smile and great attitude."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This is a very good restaurant and although we didn't think it lived up to the ratings we would go again. The ambience was very upscale and our waiter was professional and very knowledgeable. We would have liked a little more attention but it seemed like all of the wait staff was watching our table to be sure we didn't need anything which I appreciate. We didn't get to the bar but it looked very inviting. I had the duck fixed four ways appetizer special and it was absolutely delicious. The manager on duty was very visible throughout the dinning room and stopped at our table twice to make sure everything was meeting our expectations. Over all our dinning experience at Gibraltar was very good and I would recommend it."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Had enjoyable evening. Service was great and food was very good."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We've always had excellent experiences at Gibraltar - the food and the service!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "A superb menu, superbly prepared. Excellent service."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Had the opportunity to visit Gibraltar and The Log Cabin the same week; Gibraltar wins in all categories hand down"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We were not very happy with our experience at Gibraltar when we went for my birthday dinner. It was during the week at 6:45pm , only 3 of us and the service was very slow. It took about 30 minutes for someone to come over and ask if we had been waited on and if we wanted water or drinks. It appeared that there was not enough wait staff because they were really running around. The food was good when it did come, but it took away from the experience that we felt treated as an after thought. Never have had that problem there before, always were very pleased. I don't know if we would go back, just appeared very disorganized. We were very close to leaving and we HAVE NEVER done that."
    Dined on 3/6/2014