Carr's Restaurant

4.6
790 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Tim Carr is known as a quiet, confident man who prefers to let his work speak for him. Throughout his career, he has shown a rare combination of vision, ability and savvy. Carr comes from an extensive culinary background, bringing his talent from Lancaster Country Club and Bent Creek Country Club. We will surprise and delight your taste buds.



Carr, who is a proud Lancaster County native, offers a menu which is simple, direct, yet fine-edged, with respect for local suppliers of fresh meats, vegetables, fruit and fowl. A local favorite is chicken and waffles (local organic chicken confit/ cultured buttermilk/ seasonal vegetables). And how satisfying it is to go to a new restaurant and find something for everyone! Our offerings are best described as an eclectic combination of flavorful dishes, with regional tastes still dictating slight variations.
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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Busy, one server, everything went well

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ML
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Food was less then par. My husbands steak was served rare when it was ordered medium rare, only to be brought back well done. My filet was ordered medium rare only to be brought out well done.. Very disappointed..

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CO
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dine at Carr‘s for every special occasion on the calendar year and sometimes more often than that. We love the restaurant, the ambience, and the food.

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c
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great meal and drinks, fantastic location next to central market!

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BB
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Carrs restaurant. The food, drinks and ambiance are just perfect! The service is always with a smile.. We enjoy a seat on the street side with a window view. But occasionally we get a table in the lower level which is nice but a little quiet for our liking.
We've never had a bad meal and my favorite dessert is the chocolate creme brûlée.
Even though it's a little pricey we will continue to come back to a wonderful restaurant.

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JL
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carr's consistently delivers first class food and service. Recently had a nice dinner before the theater.
We love the Sunday brunch offerings, too. The best service in Lancaster!

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OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Apparently there's a new chef according to our server. Well, they are killing it! The food was outstanding. Great flavors and preparations on the scallops with crab and the ahi special. Also notable for the bar, the sour cherry old fashioned was the best I've EVER had. Even my wife liked it and she doesn't like whiskey at all. A great meal from start to finish.

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MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Carr's was a nice restaurent. The service was good and very prompt, but could almost be rushed. We enjoyed our evening and would recommend giving it a try, but would probably not go a second time.

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m
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

as usual everything was great, hostess, server, ambience and of course the food

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BV
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Dined here twice within a week. Excellent food. Eclectic menu. Service very good.
Very enjoyable time with good friends. Did not at all feel rushed. Even though it was First Friday.

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H
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and quality device. Very opened so it was noisy. Nice renovation of the space. Convenient location.

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TR
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal, first time trying The Wild Mushroom Ravioli and they were delicious, the tips added were like butter. My wife went with her favorite meal in Lancaster, Medallion of Tenderloin. Server was very attentive and the libations were very tasty.

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L
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Brought our family for a birthday celebration!
Our waiter was great but the experience was not as
Good as we had previously remembered. The birthday person wanted a Chardonnay to drink and there were only two choices....first choice was bad 2nd choice was just ok.
The food was ok but there were no specials and no bread for the table. Will most likely not return.

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FR
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Good food and excellent service. Quiet; the way I like it.

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PV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

When we first arrived (7pm), the noise level was intrusive and I was concerned that we wouldn't be able to have an enjoyable conversation with our friends who were meeting us there. Gradually, as the restaurant patrons left and the crowd thinned, conversation became easier.
My friend and I ordered the mushroom-stuffed ravioli, which we both thought was delicious! My husband said he enjoyed the swordfish but thought the portion (a rectangular cut out of a steak?) was small.
Our waiter, Crislyn (spelling?) was excellent!!! She definitely added to our dining experience. She was vivacious, personable, knowledgeable, and efficient!
We understand (from Crislyn) that the restaurant is changing ownership, and we would definitely try it again sometime.

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T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner

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YR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time to Carr's and I must say that I enjoyed it very much. The food was great, the steak cooked to temperature perfectly and very tasty. Had a nice dinner- will be back.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wild mushroom ravioli was fantastic! I've had the lamb meatballs and scallops in the past as well, everything is top notch.

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent. Our server was attentive and polite. While the food was excellent, the kitchen was a little slower than it should have been, as there were not many patrons. Overall highly recommended.

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EF
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal. All four of us ordered different entrees and they were all delicious. Loved the option of 1/2 salad. Peanut butter chocolate dessert was wonderful!

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l
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were seated downstairs. Nice dining room. Server was attentive and busboy fast . Food was good but pricey.

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EM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I eat out often. I ordered the homemade mushroom ravioli. I have to say, it was one of the best tasting meals I ever had in a restaurant. Everything, down to the vegetable was cooked perfectly. The portion was small (maybe 3 to 4 raviolis) for the price (22.00). But, we ordered appetizers and salad, so, I didn’t leave hungry. The alcohol is pricey as well. My husband had a steak and it was a larger portion and cooked perfectly. All in all it was a wonderful meal.

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SO
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner at Carr's. The server was excellent, attentive and very personable. The ambiance was perfect and the room was quiet conducive to having a conversation at our table. We truly enjoyed our dining experience. Thank you.

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BR
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food! The mushroom ravioli is fantastic- so fresh and springlike!!!

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TB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was terrific!! But a bit loud so it was difficult to talk.

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KM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

It was a bit loud and bright for a dinner restaurant and I felt the menu was a little bit limited. We had calamari for an appetizer which was good, although the two dipping sauces were mixed together and I would’ve preferred them separately. We had the chicken corn pie which was very good, and salty (which I like). We then had the crab cakes which were very pricey and sub-par. Would recommend other restaurants around the city before this one

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GH
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was very slow and the wine cellar did not have the listed bottle we wanted. Food was fair at best. My companion had better luck with her salad and pizza.

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DR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice experience. Food was excellent.

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SC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, perfect spot to eat at before a show at the Fulton. Service was kind of slow and we ended up not having time for desert.

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a
Richmond
36 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We originally had reservations downstairs for 5:30 following a show. But we arrived early and the upstairs bar was open while downstairs restaurant was not. So we opted for a drink at the bar and service was so good that when the bartender offered us menus we asked her to alert the dining room that we'd be staying upstairs.

We enjoyed wonderful cocktails, delicious small plates, and an over- the- top chocolate creme brulee. Service was terrific! While we were there the upstairs filled up on a Thursday evening and everyone seemed quite pleased with their food and beverages.

It's open ceiling but they have done something to muffle the sound so it doesn't get cacophonous like at other places. Kudos, Carr's!!

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SS
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!

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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding! We loved our appetizers and dessert... the main course was good, yet we are extremely fussy (a chef and wife) so it was good, just not excellent. We would reccomend and try again.

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B
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carr is our go to place for our theater night in Lancaster. We find the service staff very personable and professional. We truly enjoy this restaurant or we wouldn't be repeat customers.

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RM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always treated with great service/food at Carr's. Great place to go prior to a show at the Fulton.

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KY
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! We would love to go back. Perfect place for us to celebrate our marriage.

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RB
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good food at a decent value. Staff was friendly and attentive. We enjoyed the ambiance of the downstairs dining room. Would be nice to have more non-meat options during the Lenten season. And a broader wine list is definitely needed.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful! The food was delicious! Our waiter, Chris, was affable and knowledgeable about the menu. They were all very accommodating with our request for wheelchair access and went out of their way to make us feel welcomed.

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b
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly professional service with food that was truly spectacular.

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B
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Usually excellent. Really looking forward to the Ancient Grains & Vegetables as I’ve had it before. This time it fell flat. No flavor at all. But I’ll be back as I think this was an exception. Service was very good. Maurice was great! Loved the coziness of downstairs.

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CL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was there for lunch....highly recommend. Everything was fantastic. A little pricey, but worth it!

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