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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Lancaster County

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Lancaster County? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Josephine's restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1236)
$31 to $50
Modern European
Lancaster
About the restaurant
The Story of Josephine’s
The story of Josephine’s begins during our executive chef Daniel LeBoon’s childhood. At eight years old, working for his father’s catering company, Daniel discovered a passion for food. This love — and undeniable talent — saw him intern at Philadelphia’s prestigious Le Bec-Fin. He went on to work in Paris at the venerable Hotel Vernet working under the renowned chef’s Alain Solvere and Alain Ducasse. In 2004, Daniel purchased Josephine’s in Marietta and developed an extremely loyal following based on the combination of great food, great atmosphere and great hospitality. Although Josephine’s closed in 2011, the name and the experiences are fondly remembered by countless people.


Top review
RobertCvip
Dined 1 day ago
We gave dined several times at Josephine’s and have never been disappointed. The service was prompt and professional and the good prep and plating was as well. One question though…have to wonder why the entre special (wago) was not offered to all tables??? It obviously was not sold out as we heard it offered to tables after we had already ordered. Questioning the server we determined it was not an oversight, but rather a decision by mgmt to only offer it to certain groups….seems odd.
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4.8
4.8 (549)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Lancaster
About the restaurant
A luxury modern city steakhouse, located in Downtown Lancaster, PA
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 15, 2024
The second time was better than the first. Great steak in a great atmosphere. We will definitely be back
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4.8
4.8 (3748)
$31 to $50
American
Lancaster
About the restaurant
WELCOME TO THE BELVEDERE INN
The Belvedere Inn is an award-winning restaurant in Lancaster, PA, known for its delicious cuisine ranging from new age American to European styles as well as it’s elegant dining atmosphere. Come in, relax and have a great time. Enjoy our savory appetizers and entrees. Stop by for a cocktail after work or enjoy live jazz in our piano bar upstairs. There's something for everyone at The Belvedere, and our friendly staff will always make you feel welcome. We are committed to using the freshest local produce and organic ingredients from Lancaster County, plus unique foods from around the world. Join us anytime for dinner or drinks, and see what makes The Belvedere Inn such a unique dining experience in Lancaster City.

Please be aware, seating requests will be honored when possible, please call for special requests. For outdoor seating requests, please contact the restaurant directly.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Awesome experience all the way around and special shout out to our server Lindsay who was phenomenal!
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4.4
4.4 (876)
$30 and under
American
Lancaster
About the restaurant
A high-energy cocktail lounge amidst the Lancaster sky, The Exchange redefines your view of this historic yet Hip City. We are a 21+ establishment after 4pm. You must present a valid physical ID at the door.

Sip from an extensive craft cocktail menu complemented by thoughtful wine & local beer selection; savor a menu of inventive small plates by Chef Ryan McQuillan; and socialize at the The Exchange: Your favorite gathering place.

RESERVATIONS: Reservations are encouraged during peak times and weekends. Walk-ins are welcomed on a first come, first serve basis. If you're looking to make a reservation, please find us on OpenTable, or call during business hours.

INCLEMENT WEATHER: Please be aware that outdoor seating is not guaranteed; your reservation is subject to cancellation in any case of severe weather or unsafe wind conditions on the roof. If we are unable to move your reservation inside, we will contact you.

Top review
KenG
Dined 3 days ago
Never been to a Tapas restaurant before but it was fun. Our server Josh was very helpful explaining the process and reasonably attentive given how busy it was. The hummus appetizer was off the charts-never had such a delightful recipe. Ginger noodles & crab was good, not outstanding. Vegatable pizza was good apprciated more by my wife than me. Would definitely go again.
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4.7
4.7 (1813)
$50 and over
American
Leola
About the restaurant
The Log Cabin is an upscale restaurant specializing in fine farm-to-table cuisine, specialty cocktails and wines. The historic structure dates back more than 100 years and was once used as a Speakeasy before opening officially as a restaurant in 1933, after the Repeal of Prohibition. Since then, the Log Cabin has become a Lancaster County tradition, playing host to countless birthdays, anniversaries, business events and celebrations of all kinds.

For groups of 8 or more people, please contact the restaurant to discuss personalized seating and menu options.

717-626-9999 | info@logcabin1933.com

Top review
HelenQvip
Dined 5 days ago
Such a delicious, elegant hidden gem! Well worth the drive. Beautiful old world setting. Extensive wine list. Innovative menu. Exemplary service. Everything we love in a fine dining establishment! We had the calamari, meat loaf special and the blackened salmon. Both were wonderful. We splurged on dessert with classic cheese cake and a mini chocolate caramel tart, both delicious. I love that they have mini desserts! Ebon our waiter, actually the entire wait staff, was friendly and knowledgeable. We can't wait to go back.
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4.8
4.8 (1696)
$31 to $50
French
Lancaster
About the restaurant
Bistro Barberet & Bakery pays tribute to the beloved French bistro, where good food, good wine and better company commingle to create an unmistakable joie de vivre.
This restaurant presents a sweeping cinematic interpretation of the French lifestyle. It also offer some flawless brasserie classics like steak frites, escargots and Bouillabaise the menu is wide enough to please, while remaining true to the traditions that inspired it.

Top review
BarbaraH
Dined 3 days ago
Great place for a leisurely dinner with a relaxed ambience. Staff well trained, excellent food made from scratch, known for high quality French patisserie. Very difficult to choose a dessert. Excellent wine and bar selections. Portion sizes may be considered small, but the result is that you can eat a three-course meal and feel very comfortable at the end. Good place for adults and special occasions.
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4.6
4.6 (549)
$30 and under
Pub
Columbia
About the restaurant
An authentic Irish pub experience in Marietta, Pennsylvania, McCleary's Public House offers historical and exciting menu items served with passion to all visiting guests. On the menu at McCleary's Public House, you'll find such items as fish and chips, bangers and mash, crab cakes, and pan-seared salmon.

At the bar at McCleary's Public House, enjoy a delectable array of beer, wine, and spirits to be shared with friends. Over 70 varieties of beer are available, including bottled and imported brews to pair with any meal. For a sweeter taste, choose from a humble list of red and white wines, indulge in a handcrafted cocktail, or sample something new with a whiskey flight.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 14, 2024
First time visit. Delicious food and drinks. Our waitress was amazing. Definitely will be back.
A photo of C'est La Vie restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1183)
$30 and under
European
Lancaster
About the restaurant
Casual Fine Dining…with Character
Life is made of the places you go and the people with whom you go there. C’est La Vie is a bistro that invites you to enjoy the small things in life, in the company of good friends. Our inviting, playful atmosphere along with our delicate yet satisfying cuisine makes for a place truly like no other. We invite you to experience everything C’est La Vie has to offer — and watch the world go by with us.
Artisanal, yet casual, and above all deeply enjoyable — that is the philosophy at the heart of our food. At C’est La Vie we craft both large and small plates meant to excite the senses and appeal to a wide range of tastes. As another way to pay tribute to life in Lancaster, we source our ingredients from the rich community of local farmers, butchers, and more. Discover our frequently changing menu.

Top review
GeorgeA
Dined 1 day ago
Had to ask for products (drinks) that were available but not on the menu.
A photo of El Serrano - Lancaster restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1581)
$31 to $50
Latin American
Lancaster
About the restaurant
The El Serrano Family of Restaurants has come a long way since its humble beginnings in the 1980s as a food trailer at the York Fair--and while it is thousands of miles from Owner Manuel Torres' native Peru, stepping though its hand-carved mahogany doors is like entering a Latin-American hacienda.
Come and discover why we have been in Lancaster since 1993...enjoy Tex-Mex favorites like chicken fajitas or Peruvian specialties such as Lomo Saltado.
Explore our new tapas menu with dishes like Chicken Empanadas and if you are over 21, ask for a sample of our own Finca de Torres selection of wines from our vineyard and winery in Spain.

Top review
lmelkovip
Dined 6 days ago
We wanted a quick dinner on a Monday night & El Serrano didn't disappoint! We both had the Mixto Limeno & 2 glasses of delicious red sangria.
A photo of Altana Rooftop Lounge restaurant
4.8
4.8 (647)
$31 to $50
American
Lancaster
About the restaurant
An evening at Altana is a night of comfortable conversation and refreshing libation in the ultimate urban escape. Indulge in the beautiful view of Lancaster City on our rooftop lounge while enjoying our refined selection of drinks and refreshments. Experience Altana, a relaxed and modern lounge.
Elevate your evening at Altana, our downtown destination for the luxury nightlife experience.

Inclement weather: We have indoor seating located on our 3rd floor. As the seasons change, if you prefer to sit indoors, Please let us know.

We look forward to serving you! Thank you!

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Amazing food and experience and wonderful view! It won't disappoint
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