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The Exchange, Lancaster, PA

The Exchange

4.5
4.5
655 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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 and local beer selection; savor a menu of inventive small plates by critically acclaimed Chef Ryan McQuillan; and socialize at the The Exchange: Your favorite gathering place.

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

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

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 33 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (717) 207-4096

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ryan McQuillan

  • Neighborhood

    Lancaster

  • Parking details

    The Exchange offers a public parking lot, attached to The Lancaster Marriott.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 655 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Lancaster County

    Best Ambiance

  • Lancaster County

    Good for Groups

  • Lancaster County

    Outdoor Dining

  • Lancaster County

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Lancaster County

    American

  • Lancaster County

    Most Booked

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  1. S

    Sean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nate did a great job of taking care of our table.

    The ExchangeResponded 4 days agoThank you for the great review and we will be sure to pass your kind words along to Nate!

  2. KZ

    KellyZ

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and the view. Carly was an amazing server

    The ExchangeResponded 4 days agoThank you for taking the time to leave us wonderful feedback and we will be sure to let Carley know about your nice review!

  3. TW

    ThomasW

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    First off, the address is not 25 S Queen St. The entrance is actually on E King St. Quite confusing, and not enjoyable when it is 20 degrees outside. The food was good, but the service was slower paced that what I would have liked. We got the white pizza and the beef skewers. Both were good. I had noted on the reservation that this was a special occasion (birthday) but nothing was ever mentioned. Why even ask if the information isn’t going to be used to enhance the customer experience?

    The ExchangeResponded 4 days agoThank you for taking the time to leave us constructive feedback and we are sorry we missed the mark on some things for you. Unfortunately, because The Exchange is a part of the Marriott, the address is the same as the Marriott's address which is 25 S Queen St despite the entrance being on King St. Usually our host passes on the word to the server about any reservation notes such as a birthday or anniversary so we will be sure to touch base with them about communicating guest requests.

  4. DL

    DonL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice and quaint. Not overly busy. Service was able to remain steady and keep up with demand. Will be back.

    The ExchangeResponded 4 days agoThank you for the great feedback Don, we are glad you enjoyed your experience and hope you join us again soon!

  5. LJ

    LarissaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was a bit pricey & we were surprised by the menu change, but everything was delicious & the waitress was VERY helpful with picking things out I might enjoy (drink & food wise).

    The ExchangeResponded on November 19, 2022We are glad to hear that despite surprises you still enjoyed your evening with us! We do change our menu seasonally as we work with local vendors for the freshest produce; our new autumn menu premiered in October and we will have these selections for the next few months.

  6. MB

    MaryB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 43rd wedding anniversary. The server Lindsay was excellent, very personable.

    The ExchangeResponded on November 19, 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave us great feedback and we will be sure to pass your kind words along to Lindsey!

  7. SA

    SandyA

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed our Brunch with friends today. We'll be back

    The ExchangeResponded on November 17, 2022Thank you for taking the time to give us great feedback on your experience, we hope to see you again soon for another delicious meal!

  8. JW

    JohnW

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    Service was horrible! Our server was not present at all. We waited for drinks that we never recieved. Our table was never cleared and 45 minutes after we were finished we had to go asked the host find someone to give us a check. The server finally came and we asked her to separate our check into two parties, it was done incorrectly. The resturant was not busy at approximately 9pm so there was no excuse for being totally ignored. I would not recommend this resturant and we will not return.

    The ExchangeResponded on November 19, 2022We deeply apologize for the lack of hospitality you received on your recent visit, John. Our team strives to make every guest feel welcomed and attended to on every visit and it's always unfortunate when we miss that mark. We would love to invite you back for an appetizer and a round of drinks on us to make up for your issues on your most recent visit if you're willing to give us a chance!

  9. g

    goodbrewfellow

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Carlie was super attentive and made for a fun and great experience at The Exchange. We had friends visiting from Wash, DC. The food was delicious, esp the short rib sliders, the Brussels sprouts and the fries. Thanks for providing us with a customer-driven associate!

    The ExchangeResponded on November 17, 2022Thank you for the wonderful review! We will be sure to pass along your kind words to Carley.

  10. ND

    Ny2DCGal

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Definitely an overrated spot. Our server was super nice but her recommendations were terrible. The pizza was greasy. The drinks were ok. We tried to get in twice earlier in the evening but was told they were full. Happened to see an open reservation for 10 so when we finally got in we were shocked to see if was half empty despite the doorman telling people they were full.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    Had a reservation, but somehow got sat inside by the bathrooms and kitchen. The point of us going here was to sit outside. Also, was told upon arrival that it was last call at 9:30pm, which was the time of my reservation. Does that make sense? Maybe don’t let people book reservations 30 minutes before closing? As we were trying to quickly enjoy our drink, staff started moving furniture and vacuuming around us! I wouldn’t recommend this place, huge disappointment. We are Platinum status with the Marriott and were staying in the hotel so even more disappointing that we couldn’t get a drink past 10pm. We walked over to the Press Room - better service and atmosphere there. Don’t waste your time here.
  12. CK

    CarolineK

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    I’ve been to The Exchange twice now. First time everything was awesome. Second time was a mess. Food is decent. Drinks were ok. Service was abysmal.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Inspiring atmosphere. Great cocktail. Delicious small plate!

    The ExchangeResponded on November 10, 2022Thank you for the wonderful feedback, we are glad you enjoyed some great food and amazing service! We hope to see you again soon!

  14. C

    Christine

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dining experience was outstanding. Our first time there and we brought friends from out of town. It exceeded our expectations. Very attentive service too. Can’t wait to go back.

    The ExchangeResponded on November 10, 2022Thank you for the great feedback, we are glad you think of us as a spot to bring your friends who are visiting, you really can't get a better view of Lancaster!

  15. AL

    AidaL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    Views were spectacular, not crazy about service…took forever for waitress to return to table. Food was dok.

    The ExchangeResponded on November 10, 2022Thank you for the constructive feedback, we always try to give our guests attentive service and hate that we missed that mark for you. We hope you give us another chance once we have a chance to address this with our service staff.

  16. DG

    DebG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely night sitting outside and watching the sky change as the sun sets is one of my favorite things to do!

    The ExchangeResponded on November 10, 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave a great review, DebG! We never get sick of seeing the sunset from the rooftop!

  17. SV

    StevenV

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great place to see the city. I wish they had more places to eat facing the view. Couches and low tables faced away from the view and were so low you couldn’t see over the rail unless you stood up. The food was good, but not 5 star. The cauliflower dish was swimming in ketchup. The pizza was all crust with very little cheese in the middle. The shrimp dish was the best of the 3 plates we got. Our server was awesome!!! She was attentive and friendly. Come to the Exchange for drinks and the view. The food is secondary.

    The ExchangeResponded on November 10, 2022Steven, thank you for the great feedback. We are glad you enjoyed the view and the service, and apologies the food didn't wow you as much as everything else! We will definitely address your concerns with our culinary team and hope you give our dishes a second chance!

  18. RR

    RobertR

    Richmond

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Nice gathering space overlooking Lancaster PA in the top of the downtown Marriott. Food cheese and meat tray very good as was the Korean boneless wings. Drinks were superb. Prices reflect the hotel space and atmosphere.

    The ExchangeResponded on October 27, 2022Robert, thank you for taking the time to rate your experience with us! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your selections, and will pass along your compliments to our culinary staff. Have a wonderful day!

  19. EH

    ElizabethH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This place was extravagant! I would love to eat here again!

    The ExchangeResponded on October 23, 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience with us and hope you'll join us again soon!

  20. CT

    ConnieT

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the fire pits on a cool evening. The waiters were so good. The hostess well.. they might need to work on their people skills. Overall I would say it’s a nice place to go for a drink.

    The ExchangeResponded on October 24, 2022Thank you for the feedback and we are glad you enjoyed some delicious cocktails with us!

  21. VR

    ValerieR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, cocktails and service. Will definitely come back.

    The ExchangeResponded on October 24, 2022We appreciate the wonderful feedback and hope to see you again soon for drinks on the rooftop!

  22. ZL

    ZsLuv2Travel

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was good. Cocktails as well. Our server seemed a little bit stretched to handle all of her tables, but that was okay since we were just enjoying a casual time together with friends.

    The ExchangeResponded on October 24, 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback, and we apologize your server seemed a little stretched thin, but we are glad you enjoyed your food & drinks!

  23. GG

    GregG

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A few issues with seating - lots of rules in a near empty venue - but it was an excellent overall experience!
  24. AF

    AlbaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for the view but will be back for the service and the food!
  25. B

    Brandon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there, such a great atmosphere, beautiful view and sunset. Drinks are very flavorful. Food is a little pricy but very good.
  26. SL

    SteveL

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, drinks and service. Love the decor and music. Amazing staff. Food was delicious!!! Exceeded my expectations.
  27. J

    Jakeswmr

    Philadelphia

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Had a great

    The ExchangeResponded on October 14, 2022Thank you for the great feedback and we will be sure to pass your kind words along to Carly!

  28. LG

    LourdesG

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    It was good, but I’ve been there before and food options have dwindled a bit. Also the drink I ordered was pretty watered down…maybe it’s just another pandemic result…still a cool place to go to.

    The ExchangeResponded on October 14, 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We will be premiering a new menu of delicious autumn inspired food and drinks in two weeks and hope you come back and give it a try!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience2
    It was incredibly empty on a beautiful fall First Friday at 8:15 pm! We love The Exchange but would have loved it even more if it wasn’t empty.

    The ExchangeResponded on October 14, 2022Thank you for the feedback, as we move into the chillier months, not everyone wants to sit outdoors so our hosting staff tries to exercise caution on taking lots of walk-ins to not displace our existing reservations.

  30. TH

    TimH

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Never get tired of the view. Cocktails are great and our server,Carly, was delightful!

    The ExchangeResponded on October 14, 2022Thank you for the great feedback and we will be sure to pass your kind words along to Carly!

  31. F

    Foodlover123

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Bianca pizza I ever had 😂. Very great place for a date night.

    The ExchangeResponded on October 14, 2022Thank you for your wonderful feedback, the Bianco pizza is one of our favorites! We hope to see you again soon for another great date night!

  32. M

    Mars

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great evening with friends in an outstanding atmosphere. Can’t be beat!

    The ExchangeResponded on October 14, 2022We are so glad you had a lovely night at the Exchange and hope to see you again soon for a fun night out with great company!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome experience as usual. Great cocktails and food!!

    The ExchangeResponded on October 2, 2022Thank you for the wonderful rating, we are glad you enjoyed your experience with us and we hope to see you again soon!

  34. SB

    SamuelB

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    One of my favorite Happy Hour spots. Service was outstanding- Carli was fantastic!

    The ExchangeResponded on October 4, 2022Happy to hear! Thank you for taking the time to rate your experience with us. We will be sure to pass along your kind words to Carley!

  35. L

    Laugh34

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    You need to reserve in advance. We were seated next to a large group who were extremely noisy and requested to be moved .we had a very nice and friendly waitress.My son and dil frequently go here and insisted that we give it a try. The food was good but very pricey. The drinks were appalling. The waitress suggest their special but guess what they could only make one glass and she split it between two of us. They should not have billed us for this but then they did. My husband ordered a beer Guess what he was given some other beer to taste which according to our waitress was similar. Fortunately he was not charged for tasting beer.. We ended up having water. It has a nice view.Thats it maybe good for young couples

    The ExchangeResponded on October 2, 2022Thank you for the constructive feedback and we hope to see you again for a better experience!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    204 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    204 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We went here with friends to celebrate a birthday. The restaurant was absolutely beautiful. Service was outstanding. What a great view from the rooftop. . I’m so glad we decided to go there. I would definitely recommended
  37. RP

    RaymondP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, Amazing Vibe and great food . Definitely top five favorites

    The ExchangeResponded on October 1, 2022Glad to hear you enjoyed your meal with us and hope you'll return soon!

  38. TS

    TSjos

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our time there but please bring back pork tacos and Brussels sprouts.

    The ExchangeResponded on September 28, 2022Thank you for the 5 star rating! The Brussel Sprouts will be making a comeback in October! :)

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a perfect place to catch up with friends with some shareable plates and excellent drinks. Our server Aaron was very attentive and helpful. It wasn’t my first time but it definitely will not be my last. Such a cool atmosphere over looking Lancaster city and they play awesome music.

    The ExchangeResponded on September 28, 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience with us and we will be sure to pass along your kind words to Aaron. We hope you'll join us again soon!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday love this place we come here all the time

    The ExchangeResponded on October 2, 2022We're glad you chose us to celebrate your birthday and hope to see you for many more!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

The Exchange is rated 4.5 stars by 655 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 33 times today
Google Map for The Exchange

25 South Queen Street, Lancaster, PA 17603

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Lancaster

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    The Exchange offers a public parking lot, attached to The Lancaster Marriott.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ryan McQuillan

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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