TE'

4.6
182 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
TE' is located in the former Tea Parlor of the historic Inn at Leola Village, and has been awarded Forbes' coveted Five Star award for fine dining, putting TE in a group with some of the most elite restaurants in the world. The restaurant is surrounded by flower gardens and walking paths, as well as the chef's herb and vegetable gardens. Guests may enjoy an aperitivo in the courtyard garden or entrance lounge prior to dining in the romantic twenty seat dining room. The dining room is adorned daily with fresh flower arrangements by the Inn's resident florist. Typical dining time for the five course prix-fixe is two to three hours or three to four hours for the nine course degustation menu. Both menus are also available as vegetarian. The intimacy of the dining room is not conducive for children under the age of twelve, however, a private dining room as well as a five course children's menu is available upon special arrangement.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner Seatings: Friday-Saturday 5:00p-9:00p
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Phone number
(717) 556-8715
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Required
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Executive chef
John Calabrese
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Private party facilities
TE' offers a private dining room, "Enoteca" our wine room, that seats up to 12 guests for meetings or special events. The space has a beautiful atmosphere, nestled among our enchanting selections of wine, Enoteca creates the perfect ambiance for any occasion. A customized version of our five or nine course menu will be available for your event. Enoteca is perfect for family affairs, rehearsal dinners or corporate events. Enoteca is available for private functions Sunday through Thursday.
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Private party contact
Kelly Doutt: (717) 556-8705
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Cross street
Rt 23, 6 miles East of center city
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Parking details
Complimentary ample parking available.
Additional
Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 182 People Are Saying
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KS
Pittsburgh
19 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was intrigued by the location of this restaurant, in a medium-sized boutique hotel in a small town east of Lancaster, PA. Why would an AAA 5-diamond restaurant be located there? There is nothing else around. Having now dined there, I think it is one of those "build it and they will come" stories. The restaurant is very small, only 6 tables. The decor is what I would describe as rustic elegant Italian. The food was spectacular as you would hope for from an AAA 5-diamond restaurant. There were two tasting menus to choose from, a 5 course and a 9 course. We chose the 5 course, and even though the portions were small, there was plenty of food by the end. The dessert was spectacular, both in presentation and taste. I would highly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion. Expect to spend $350 to $500 for two depending on which tasting course, wine pairing, etc. Expensive (no surprise for AAA 5-diamond), but it does not disappoint.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful staff and even more wonderful food. Can't wait to come back

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RL
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

All five courses were bland in taste. Wines were fine. However, having paid for the wine pairing @ $60 total cost per person, an additional charge of $16 each was added for a flat glass of a Charles de Fere Brut. We were never informed that this was in addition to the standard wine pairing charge. Not impressed! Cannot recommend this restaurant. Also, the listing on OpenTable was not up to date, listing different hours of operation and had reviews that were 10 years old for items no longer available. Last, the cancellation charge of $50 each with less than 24 hours to cancel seems punitive/threatening in nature.

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GG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Remarkable dining experience where nothing was missed. Unparalleled level of service, impeccable timing throughout the evening. Food was over the top with presentation and flavors. It is not inexpensive but it is worth it. The amount of preparation that goes into dining at TE is rarely experienced in all but the most exclusive of restaurants. Finding it in Lancaster county was a surprise.

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LS
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

The restaurant is very bland in appearance nevertheless comfortable, quiet in a small area. The service was wonderful from the greeter to Skip the maitre 'd to the staff Ethan, Holly and Brian however, the food process interrupted any opportunity to have a continuous conversation. The food was very exotic in description but anything but in reality. I found the food process was annoying- 1-2 items on a huge dish sprinkled with graffiti. Because it was multiple small dishes, you were never able to have a continuous conversation without interruption. I CAN'T SAY ANY OF THE COURSES WOWED ME. We had a duck dish that was terrible and found when we met another couple (we were only 3 couples dining on that evening) that they felt the same about that item and the meal in general. We loved the wine choices and the knowlegeable staff but not very impressed by the food and presentation. We found the dessert presentation aweful and very unappealing. I don't find throwing scattered fruit and chocolate on a rubber mat exciting, interesting or an attractive concept. We were never given the option of whether we even wanted dessert. We have dined at restaurants in New York that were highly rated and equally expensive and went home feeling pampered, satisfied and spoiled. I did not feel the same way at Te. We love the Inn at Leola and would retun hoever would not return to this restaurant.

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TB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I chose this restaurant, and hotel, as a place to take my wife, to pamper her, as a way to show my deep appreciation for her. TE' and the Inn at Leola Village did not dissapoint. We were highly impressed with the food and the service. For us, this was special experience; one that we'll remember.

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W
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was beyond expectations. 5 star. Expensive but worth it. Expect 4 hours but time went quickly with the wine parings and chefs additional presentations. Make reservations early. TrueType one of the best restaurants in the East.

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n
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing from start to finish. Magical experience for our 25th anniversary. The wine pairing with the 5 course tasting menu was unbelievable. The food was plated like works of art. The cheese trolley is a must. Wonderful accommodations for a gluten free guest. Carnival dessert was over the top and outstanding.

Staff was lovely, knowledgeable and professional.

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c
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very special 20th anniversary celebration at Te. The service and food were amazing! Highly recommend for a special occasion!

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KL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Be prepared for an incredibly excecuted evening! Not one aspect of this dining experience is overlooked. One of my date and I’s best evenings out yet.

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N
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michelin graded restaurant that lives up to the reputation. If you want fantastic food and absolute pampering, eat there. The 9 course wine paired menu was outstanding. The entire experience took over four hours. The dessert was truly amazing but a little much after so many preceding courses. Would pare that course down a bit. Will
Be back for next special occasion.

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c
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

They try very, very hard to make it a very special meal and it was appreciated.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The Degustation (tasting) menu was well well thought out. There were 9 main courses and 3 additional amuse-bouche (little bites) between the courses. The Carnivale course was very good, but the description seemed extensive or over the top.
The good: The ambiance was really good. The food presentation was very good, overall. Wine pairings were also very good.
The only so/so: The menu descriptions are extremely limited, so it is hard to know what you are getting. Food preparation was good, but there were a few items that were challenging to eat (and even cut). The Cuttlefish was nearly impossible to cut, as the knives were not sharp enough. There was rendered pancetta with the wild boar that were like little stones (read: way overcooked). There were a few times where children could be heard making noise in the hallway that was separated by a heavy curtain.
The disappointment: The first impression with the sparkling wine introduced as you sat down, seems wonderful, but it is certainly not part of the pricing, and should probably be. Additionally, generally with a tasting menu at a restaurant of this caliber, I would expect that the service be included in the price. This is not the case. Finally, two of the staff repeatedly stated mascarpone incorrectly. It should never be pronounced "marscapone" ever.
I would consider going again for the Prix Fixe menu.
Overall I would give it a solid 8/10.

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JA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I think the restaurant is overrated. Everything was good but this restaurant is rated on a par with those in NYC and it's not even close.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish is the best you have every tasted. It is culinary art! This restaurant is a wonderful experience. Well worth the price.

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KT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated a special birthday. We really enjoyed the white glove service and attention to details. Te is definitely a special occasion place but the food and wine are amazing. It's not just dinner, it's an experience. And totally worth it.

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F
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 5

Wines were great but food was ok...presentation of food was superb... servers tried too hard & seemed fake and was very expensive.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the time we entered until our check we felt like absolute royalty. Regal dining room; professional and attentive wait staff; with excellent food to boot. The intermezzo's were inventive and delicious as well as the main courses. We went for an anniversary and will certainly be back.

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New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

The food was very good- the service excellent. Holly was very knowledgable and very cordial.

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MM
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My adult son (a foodie) and I had a cause for celebration, so we dined at Te. I was glad that we did: It was an outstanding meal. I ordered the 5 course meal (with wine pairings) and he had the 9 course. Our server apologized that our courses would not line up evenly, but I was prepared for that because I don't eat as much as he does. Actually, it felt like a continual feed, anyway, with all the courses that we ordered plus many "extra bites" that they served. Dairy products were omitted, as requested, from my son's servings, and that went well, too. We had a long, delightful dinner and left feeling quite satiated. We'll probably go back for our next extra special occasion.

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c
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is excellent - the desert is exceptional - the service is exceptional - the room was a bit too quiet. I would have liked music or something playing. It was hard to have an intimate conversation. But that is nit picking in an awesome meal

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b
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, Amazing, Amazing...beautiful AND delicious food. Nice to be able to have a price fixe menu with choices in every course and the added chef's surprises that came during the meal were also wonderful. Te and its staff make you feel very special!

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JS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magical. Delicious. FILLING. Simply amazing. Was is expensive? Absolutely. Was it worth it? 100%. A simply great way to spend an anniversary.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I believe Te' is the best over all food experience you could possibly have! The food is great ! The service and experience is so very special!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did not have dinner. We had a dining experience of a lifetime. The food was very well prepared, explained and presented. Wines were superb. Service was truly outstanding. The whole evening was elegant but not pretentious. Thanks to all.

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J
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dining experience! The service was top notch and the wait staff was very knowledgeable. One of the best meals I've had. We chose the 5 course Prix fixe menu with wine pairings and grand cheese trolley. All told it was more like 11 courses as the chef sent out an amuse bouche and intermezzi between each course. I marked it down 1 star because my duck had some gristle issues. I would have expected an adjustment in my bill but that didn't occur.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal! So much food that we couldn't eat it all and loved having different options for each course. Our server, Holly, was attentive and very courteous. We hope to return for another dining experience at TE in the near future. Well worth the drive and the price.

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B
Philadelphia
77 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dining experience. Bring your appetite and senses .. all will be satisfied at this special Resturant.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went to Te for my 17th wedding anniversary. We had the 5 course menu with cheese and wine pairing added. It turned out to be an 11 course meal, and took 3 1/2 hours (which I didn't mind).
We were greeted and escorted to our table near the fireplace, offered a glass of champagne, and given our personalized menus. All of our servers were knowledgeable and very nice. We were definitely full by the end- the 5 courses listed, plus cheese, plus 4 little bites in between courses, and dessert was really 2 separate courses- that equals 11 different presentations to the table!!
Plus there was bread service- a waiter walking around with a basket of breads (focaccia was amazing). We indulged in the bread three times. After all that plus 8 drinks (5 with courses, 1 with cheese, champagne in beginning, and they gave non-alcoholic fancy juice before dessert course!) we were stuffed! Everything tasted and looked very good, not AMAZING, but very good.
The presentation and experience were so worth it though! Definitely a once in a lifetime experience. We spent $500- including tip. They sent us home with the menus and 2 wrapped up biscotti. My only negative is they didn't mention our anniversary or do anything special, even though they call you a few days before to ask if you're celebrating anything. I thought they would write Happy Anniversary on the menu or on dessert. A few standouts for me were the scallop and pork belly, lobster risotto, and the cheese course!! You pick from a cart of around 16 cheeses from France and Italy. You choose 4 for each person and they are decent size chunks added to a plate with honey, nuts, crostini, dried fruit. It all tasted so good!! A lovely evening!!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I don't get many opportunities for alone time, so when we do we want it to be incredibly memorable. The ambiance, staff and especially food couldn't have been more exquisite. Every dish was the best we have ever had. Everything is fit for Royalty which you will feel like while there.

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A
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. It's definitely worthy of the official 4 star rating. We were pleasantly surprised by the number of extra dishes sent by the chef. We did not leave hungry at all. It's worth the money.

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G
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The setting and dining experience at Te' is definitely worth your while. We celebrated NYE with good food, great dining experience and listened to a Harp player which was exceptional. I would not recommend the wine pairing as I felt we would of done better ordering a bottle of wine instead.. portions were minimal...

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N
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing.
We celebrated my mother's birthday here and Te provided an unforgettable experience. We couldn't be more pleased. This is an absolute gold standard for service and quality.

The entire experience from start to finish was incredible. Every detail of your experience is prepped for and tended to. The personalized printed menus were a nice touch, as well as the parting gift bag.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Te' to celebrate my wife's fiftieth birthday. It was an incredible experience for her. She appreciated the great explanations of the food and wine pairings, the presentation, the attentiveness of the staff and the surprise cake prepared for her to take home. This place is expensive, but it is a special experience and, in my mind, worth the expense.

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YF
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow, this place is amazing. We were celebrating our anniversary and this was a special place to do it. We chose the 5-course prix-fixed menu with wine pairing. Each course was pretty small, but in addition to the 5 courses, the chef sent out a 1-2 bite canape in between the courses, so it was a lot of food for me. My husband wasn't full at the end of the meal, but he's a big eater. The food is all beautifully prepared and served and the ingredients were varied. The service was excellent and so incredibly polite. Because we were celebrating our anniversary, we were given an adorable small cake at the end that they boxed up for us (because I was too full to eat it) and they gave us some biscotti to eat in the morning. We gave the cake to my parents for watching the kids so I don't know about the flavor.

All in all, this was a great exprience. My only "complaint" is the cost. We spent about $450 for 2 people including food, wine, and tip. I have never spent so much on a meal in my life. But it was an experience. We were there for about 3.5 hours and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food presentation was outstanding and the quality of the food was right there too. Service was amazing. The staff was always available but never hovering. Sat at the chef's table so our experience was a little more unique. Amazing experience. Recommend trying the full nine course with wine pairings at least once.

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DB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

TE' is a remarkable restaurant near Lancaster PA . From the moment the uniformed doorman greets you by name till you depart 3 hours later you are transported to a land of luxury . Every detail is exquisite: impeccable service, extraordinary food with 10 plus courses and delicacies created right before your eyes, and a superb wine list . This is a special special place.

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KB
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food is impeccable. We did the 5 course pre - fixe menu, with the wine pairing for me. The various courses, tastings and inspirations were just wonderful.

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MD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an unexpected and very pleasant surprise in Lancaster County... a true foodie experience. From the presentation to the service to the absolutely creative and mouthwatering food, it was an evening that will not be forgotten.

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2016
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

No comparison to Inn at Little Washington or other great restaurants in NY, DC. All dishes lacked flavor, and every offering, less one, had an overly sweet sauce. Risotto was excellent but lobster froth topping was tasteless. Black truffle over escargot looked wonderful but again, no taste or fragrance. Lamb was dusted with fine Italian parsley but burnt to a black char and inedible. A large morel dressed one dish but again absolutely tasteless, probably rehydrated and at these prices this is certainly not a five star dining experience. Wines were good, but extra tiny treats from chef did not coordinate with wine, a timing issue. More effort on cooking, flavor and content, and less on the quantity of big white plates with microscopic servings would have been appreciated by diners as we noted by expressions on faces during our three hour stay. Servers were not the least concerned by our comments. Dessert was spread on a vinyl mat by the sous chef, the red sauce lacked flavor, the white was passable, but the other offerings were again lacking flavor, except the chocolate ball. Cookie offering was a nice touch but not when you choke on them due to being so dry and the pepper cookie needs to be served with a salad. We've just moved to the Lancaster area and were excited to try this so called 5 star restaurant, but will continue to make the drive to Patrick O'Connell's Inn at Little Washington, VA for a GREAT dining experience. If you don't care about great food and just want to dine in lovely surroundings then this is the place. Enjoy, sip a few good wines, but don't expect exception food.

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