The Pressroom Restaurant
The Pressroom Restaurant

The Pressroom Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pressroomrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7173995400x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;
    Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm,

    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm,

    Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, American
  • Executive Chef: Matt Titter
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The private function room, The Publisher's Room, is the ideal location for a small or large gathering. This room, which overlooks Steinman Park, seats up to eighty guests: The perfect location for a rehearsal dinner, wedding reception or any special occasions.
  • Private Party Contact: Mr. Larry Hershey 7173995400x
  • Entertainment: Live jazz trios in the restaurant/bar each Wednesday 7:00 PM till 10:00 PM.
    Live Local, Folk, Blues and More each Saturday 9:00 PM till 12:00 AM

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Central Market
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free Parking for all guests is located in the Central Parking Garage, just behind The Pressroom at 29-31 West Vine Street.

    In Lancaster, take Prince Street South to Vine Street. Turn left onto Vine Street and look to your left for the the parking garage (1/4 block). The garage is located across from St. Mary"s Church.

    From East or West from US Route 30:
    Exit off at the Lititz Pike Exit (501 South). Follow South towards Lancaster. Follow signs to Prince Street.
A word from The Pressroom Restaurant
Located in historic downtown Lancaster, PA just a 1/4 block from Penn Square, Marriott/Convention Center and Central Market. The dining room, designed with a newspaper motive, maintains the beauty of the historic Steinman Hardware Building, dating to the mid 1700's. As you enter, the warm feeling of mahogany surrounds you as you are guided to a cozy booth or table by the window. Seasonal outdoor dining (May - September) is available in Steinman Park with a towering water fall. Our classic marble and mahogany bar offers happy hour specials, frosty beers, wines by the glass or bottle and a complete selection of cocktails. Enjoy our menu, which reads like a newspaper, includes appetizers, soups, salads, gourmet pizzas, burgers and full course entrees. We use the best quality seafood, beef, poultry along with specialty pasta features, daily specials and vegetarian options. The signature desserts will end your meal on a sweet note!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Pressroom Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
59 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (36)special occasion (20)neighborhood gem (19)romantic (15)scenic view (11)fit for foodies (9)great for lunch (9)good for groups (7)late-night find (7)great for brunch (6)vibrant bar scene (6)hot spot (4)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • New to this area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My wife and I have been dining and enjoying the food and music scene in Berks County for years. We recently moved to the Lancaster County area and have been pleasantly surprised with all the new places to visit. Our first visit to The Pressroom and Parking was easy in the Central Parking Garage. Signs in the garage led us to the Pressroom just next door. Walking up the walk way you can hear the sound of water from the fountain and water fall in the outside dining area. Service was great and the food, we both had a tomato salad and mussels, was delicious. The reason for the lower score on ambience is a good deal of noise from the beautiful fountain. Beautiful space and wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • vegetarian options
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I appreciate the addition of interesting vegan and vegetarian options. I would like to be able to Purchase a 10oz glass of beer instead of a pint.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely Outdoor Patio
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for her birthday and we were seated outside on the patio. The setting was romantic with the lights, waterfall, and brick patio, which is tucked away, removed from the city street. Very pleasant. We had a very nice waitress who took care of us throughout the night. I ordered the mussels to start, had the filet for my entree (my girlfriend had the BBQ Salmon), and finished with the blueberry creme brulee. I ordered my filet rare and it came out closer to medium rare, although it was still good. On the whole, the filet was definitely a good, I'm just not sure I would pay $34 for it again. Everything else was good. If you're in Lancaster, definitely consider stopping by The Pressroom, especially if you can sit outside!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • belleVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Pressroom had a lovely setting to eat in: on the patio with a waterfall going into a pool and lots of trees lit with white Christmas lights. My three companions all got sandwiches, where were OK, but nothing special. One got pulled pork. The sauce was tangy but there was no smokiness to the taste, and the meat seemed a bit dry. I had a "wild shroom" pizza. It may have had a total of 4 small mushrooms on it. A total misnomer for the dish. A mushroom pizza should have be covered in mushrooms. The dough was tough, and the promised truffle oil was there only in spots. I stopped after part of one piece.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Consistently
    BoiseBob
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We've been going to the Pressroom for many years and have always enjoyed our experience. Very good food and personal service. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Expeerience
    PhilT
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We recently moved to the Lancaster area and selected The Pressroom Restaurant to celebrate our 51st wedding anniversary. We chose outdoor dining, which was delightful. The weather that evening was perfect. The waterfalls and fountain added a nice touch to the neat outdoor eating area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our experience for birthday family
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Pressroom had always been family favorite. But the menu is more limited than ever and that was disappointing. We dressed up but servers were wearing khaki shorts and tee shirts? We were told "you'll be outside" even though I did not request that. Food is very good but portions smaller than remembered. Nice experience but not as good as times before. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Delightful Evening
    Anitagoodmeal
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The atmosphere, food, and service were top-notch during my recent visit to The Pressroom. The waterfall, the tree canopy and the delicate lighting create a beautifully tranquil dining experience. Our server, Mallory, was attentive and informative, and our only disappointment was that the scallops and two listed dessert options were unavailable. However, the Jambalaya and The Chesapeake Pig Pizza were outstanding. One of my best birthday dinner experiences ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Down to Business
    NonFamilyVenue
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I have been here several times, mostly business lunches, which is the best timeslot. The venue is definitely not kid friendly. We came with the family for a celebration dinner. There are no children selections on the menu and the highchairs/tables are at mouth level for toddlers. Could you imagine your chair being so low that your chin rested on the table? Would not return with the family for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very poor
    rkcourt
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Worst service in years, we saw other diners also upset waiting for drinks and sending dinners back
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OOOPS
    seniorvanguard
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Because of an onion allergy in the group, guest ordered food that had no onions listed in description. Kitchen staff had decided to change recipe that day and add onions to the sauce. Food had to be remade and guest waited while everyone else at the table ate their dinner. Change to menu had not been communicated to the wait staff
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food; ok service
    Jamison
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    It took 10 for someone to get us up front. They asked if we wanted to eat outside or inside. It was nice so we said outside. We were told where to go. Once we got outside we were told we needed a reservation that night. So we went back in and waited another 7 min for someone to greet us again. The inside was pretty empty so they were able to seat us once they recognized we were there. It was colder than I would have liked. We ordered. I drink only water. I drank my husband's water and mine. No one came to fill the glasses and no one was around again. The food came so I asked for more water. I should have nursed those waters because the glasses were small. The food was good. We both got sandwiches. Probably won't be back though.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Maybe time for an entree upgrade?
    RonHinDC
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I love, love, love this place. In fact, it's on my summer bucket list of things to do in Lancaster County. That said, can you add just a little more to the dinner menu as far as the main entrees? The current menu is good, but needs to add a few new modern dishes. I actually had a difficult time navigating the online menu - I'm ashamed to admit. The dry rub brisket that we had was on the specials menu and was delicious. How about a nice surf and turf? A new twist on chicken picata?? Great service, engaging but not overbearing waiter. Would come back again in a minute, but a few new dishes would seal the deal!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent, but not memorable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I was down in Lancaster for a Business Trip, early summer 2014. Food at The Pressroom was good, but not overly memorable. (Some coworkers would be in Lancaster for a second week, and this was not one of the restaurants they were planning on revisiting.) There was a decent bottled beer list. The duckfat fries had good flavor and the Filet was tender and cooked to order. HUGE pad of garlic butter (barely melted) ontop of the filet, which was removed, but flavor stayed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BillyV
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Food was delicious, staff was friendly and attentive, service was outstanding
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor dining was lovely
    KknjVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We had a great night to dine outdoors, really nice! Service was very good, Morgan was very accomadating! Loved duck fat fries but burger wasn't as good as we thought it would be. Overall great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You want me to sit where?
    Caroldz
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We got to the restaurant and were told we only have an outdoor table for you. Now the weather wasn't bad, but we had spend the entire day outdoors in the wind. I wasn't really in the mood we to sit in a shady spot with the sun going down.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average Fare
    Dinesalot
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Nothing out of the ordinary here. American food with a few interesting beers. Reliable but not special.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible service
    Frequentdiner
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    What was planned as a celebratory dinner turned out to be a dinner to be remembered all for the wrong reasons. Outdoor seating was not available which was fine with our party of four. One hour after being seated we did not have a morsel of food to eat nor an explanation as to why. It even took 20 minutes before a drink was served. The food when served was good, not exceptional. No best wishes were extended to our friends and our parking ticket was not even validated. I spoke to the manager who apologized and offered to comp the meal. He returned with a $50 gift card to use in the future even though we spent well over $150. Too many fine restaurant, bistros, cafés, et al in lancaster to ever return to the pressroom even to use the gift card.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Changed the menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My husband and I have been going to The Pressroom every year for the past years for our anniversary. It has become a tradition. But apparently the chef has changed and so did their menu. The dishes that we look so forward to getting were no longer available: filet minion main dish and a filet minion and dollops of crab meat main dish. Yum. We each ended up choosing dishes that were not quite up to our liking. The chicken was very bland. But we understand that we are obviously not their only patrons to cater to, haha, that maybe those dishes were not selling well and that they needed to perk up their menu. It was still disappointing. Beautiful restaurant though. Staff was impeccable. Maybe we'll try their burgers next time.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent!
    jon4man
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Ate outside next to the fountain. It was beautiful. Food was really good. Try he crab bisque! Service was perfect.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful atmosphere
    eldiner
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We dined outside by the waterfall. Seriously the best lump crab soup ever! We will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food-great service-clean!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I had emailed the manager prior to my visit about my health-restricted diet and I was accomodated with no question. The food was fresh and tasty!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 108 reviews are from the The Pressroom Restaurant reviews archive.
  • In an effort to please everyone...
    tjbho
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This restaurant has put out the welcome mat for screaming babies and inconsiderate parents. Shame really. The food has improved dramatically over the past couple of years. It has often been one of many good choices in downtown Lancaster, and lately become our go-to choice for bar, appetizers and occasionally meals. We won't do meals again. Server was not attentive, never checked on our meals. When we expressed frustration with a screaming infant he demonstrated no empathy - saying the Chef wants anyone to be welcome, saying "we are no longer fine-dining". Parents - please be more considerate of others.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Entrees
    cndirector1
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We dined at the Pressroom for dinner prior to the theatre and were not disappointed. My husband had the Rigatoni Bolognese, my mother had the Chicken Murphy, and I had the Seafood Cioppino. All three entrees were properly prepared and very tasty. The service was excellent and timed perfectly for our other evening events.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The little things...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Had a fairly good experience at the Pressroom and enjoyed the short walk from the garage to the restaurant, very convienent. Unfortunately, the service ended up being the reason I'll try a few other downtown options before coming back. The first request after we got our food was never fulfilled (Parmesan) and then the waiter took forever with small things like the check and to go boxes. It was a nice enough experience to return, but left much to be desired in service
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just okay
    SophieD
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Not great - not bad - average. We ordered choppino "spicy" and it wasn't remotely spicy.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bridal Lunch
    SisteroftheBride
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I arranged a small bridal lunch (5 people) for my sister and the women in our family. We have eaten at the Press Room in the past and have always enjoyed it. This visit was no different. Wonderful atmosphere, pleasant service, and great food!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great friendly atmosphere.
    Patty
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Great friendly atmosphere. Very accommodating for a large group. Service was top notch and fast. Food was excellent especially the crab bisque with lots of crab meat. Would highly recommend this restaurant to family and friends!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for lunch or dinner
    1235
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Nice downtown location. Dining in the Park is wonderful in the Summer months. Had dinner before the show at the Fulton theatre. Shared that we needed to make the show and things moved along quite nicely. Also received a 10 percent theatre discount ! The waiter was very attentive and personable without being over done. Drinks were made to perfection. My husband started with a special appetizer - duck fried oysters - yummy. Then he had the short ribs - they fell off the bone. I enjoyed their special beet salad ( without the feta cheese) and the vegan spaghetti - loved that they had vegan choices. Saw lots of families, which surprised us but all children were well-behaved. Must be all the wonderful pizzas on the menu ! We will go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    Addy
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    My friend and I were attending an event in downtown Lancaster and ate at The Pressroom. Everything was very good. We enjoyed the experience and glad we chose The Pressroom
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was excellent. Huge burgers,
    RockOfAgesAttendee
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Food was excellent. Huge burgers, great O-rings, and dessert was fantastic. Nice to see they used a local creamery for their ice creams and sorbets.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perfect
    quilttable
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    This restaurant is conveniently located for days in downtown Lancaster. The service was wonderful! Very friendly staff. The food was delicious. All six of us ordered something different and we all loved the dish that we ordered. It was a very relaxed atmosphere that we all enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    MrsB
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Everything was great! The hostess was friendly and made us feel welcome. The music was sensational! Gypsy jazz by Rue de la Pompe!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch disappointing
    LNMSLN
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Hollandaise sauce much too tart. Service was poor. Frittata portion very small. No children's menu. Request for sour cream answered with "we probably don't have any in kitchen today" Really? Bloody Mary fix-it yourself bar was well done. They do dinner much better than brunch.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not as good as its reputation
    RichM
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    The Pressroom has been recommended to me by several people over the years, but I did not have an opportunity to find out for myself until now. Noise level is "loud" not "energetic" Especially problematic since it was a weeknight and only about half full. Later this was partially remediated by the live jazz band playing in the front. Server was pleasant and helpful, but it took too long to receive our food (3 personal pizzas and a salad) wait was a bit over 30 minutes....again problematic since restaurant was not tremendously busy. Flavor and portions of food were good, but too much crust (probably 2 inches of crust on an 8 inch pie). For the price and reputation that this restaurant gets, we expected much better.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Opportunistic
    Randyhod26
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Great fine dining restaurant to take your wife or "special someone". Prices are "not cheap" but worth the price. Great ambience and great service. The hostess and the servers are very accommodating. Go there and enjoy the experience. I will return to the Pressroom the next time we are in Lancaster.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service were very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Food and service were very good. Will definitely return!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Atmosphere
    foodhawk84
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The atmosphere was excellent. I had flowers sent to the restaurant earlier and they set everything up very nice. I would recommend this place to everyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Valentine's Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    My wife and I both enjoyed our experience with The Pressroom this weekend and would definitely come back again. I was very happy that my steak was cooked the way I asked. Great service and friendly people was a huge plus
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.