The Restaurant Scene in Lancaster City is Booming

Cover photo: Iron Hill Brewery


What new dining experience should come to Lancaster in 2019?

The food scene in Lancaster continues to grow and thrive. Whether you’re looking for brunch, a unique cafe, locally-roasted coffee, global cuisine, rooftop nightlife, or authentic comfort food, Lancaster continues to add an eclectic multifaceted foodie scene.

101NQ (find out more about the transformative destination here!) looks to add new dining experiences to Lancaster City in 2019. Is your restaurant the right fit?

101NQ will soon be bustling with shops, offices, residences, and a true favorite: restaurants. The Row at 101NQ will be the perfect spot to grab a quick bite or stay and dine for a few hours.

Lancaster City’s restaurant scene is booming, and we’re looking forward to getting in on the action. The City is becoming a foodie destination—and we at 101NQ are looking to add even more opportunities to dine local.

Chef Rafael from Citronnelle puts the finishing touches on his dish

Many of the current local Lancaster restaurants are getting national recognition. recently named Callaloo Trinidadian Kitchen as the “Restaurant in PA You Have to Try,” and according to the NY Post, “Young chefs are coming to the city in droves, opening new spots such as BYOB French bistro Citronnelle and wood-fire-oven Italian joint LUCA.” With a population of close to 60k (including an influx of younger generations) and 8 million annual visitors, Lancaster City is just the spot to open a new restaurant. just named Lancaster, PA one of the ten coolest cities to visit in 2018 so we have a feeling that 8 million visitors figure is going to continue growing. Tom Marchant, the co-founder and owner of Black Tomato, calls Lancaster one of the U.S.’s best-kept secrets. It looks like the cat’s out of the bag! Lancaster’s lively cultural and culinary scene is attracting people from all over.

Fresh produce, grains, and more, is available at Central Market right in the heart of the City

Chef and foodie Alton Brown visits Lancaster on quite a few occasions, frequenting LUCA and Ma(i)son for “old world cuisine crafted from local ingredients.” Lancaster’s flourishing agricultural scene makes getting fresh and local ingredients a breeze. Lancaster Central Market, the country’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market, is only two blocks from 101NQ. You can’t get much closer to farm-to-table in a city than that!

Let’s be honest—a great dining experience isn’t only about delicious food. A unique atmosphere and great company are a must, too! Try stopping by POUR and sit under twinkling lights outside or visit rooftops at Altana or Tellus360 for a beautiful view of The City. If you’re interested in grabbing food on the go, you can also find a few food trucks while exploring downtown. A few of our favorites are Souvlaki Boys, Lancaster Burger Co., and Lancaster Cupcake—which was featured on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars.

POUR - featuring craft food and drinks

Lancaster City isn’t only home to great restaurants. You can find breweries and distilleries all over the city that enhance the growing restaurant scene as well. If you are looking for uniquely crafted cocktails or an original craft beer, head over to Thistle Finch Distillery or Wacker Brewing for a drink before dinner. If beer isn’t your style, try a refreshing hard cider at Levengoods of Lancaster. Restaurants all over the city also offer cocktails, wine, and more for your night out on the town or afternoon brunch.

Wacker Brewing Co., Lancaster, PA

We want to bring restaurants to The Row at 101NQ that will continue this restaurant renaissance. Do you have a restaurant, café, or pub? If you would like more information on opportunities at 101NQ—this new transformative destination opening in Lancaster City in 2019—feel free to contact us!

What new dining experience will Lancaster have next? Could it be yours?

Annie Bailey's Irish Public House

For more information on 101NQ, browse our online guide, contact for information on retail, office, or living spaces, and follow 101NQ on Facebook and Instagram.

We want to thank the full 101NQ team for making this destination a possibility: PPM Real Estate, LeFevre Funk Architects IncWarfel Construction, Lusk & Associates, Community First Fund, Commonwealth Cornerstone Group, RGS AssociatesLancaster City Alliance, Zamagias Properties, and Fig.


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