Outdoor Dining is Back!

Now that Lancaster County is in the yellow phase of reopening from the coronavirus shutdown, our local restaurants are able to offer outdoor dining.

In addition to outdoor seating at local restaurants, the City of Lancaster is temporarily shutting down some streets and setting out tables for patrons to enjoy take out. The streets will be open for dining from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. See map below for specific areas.

Photo courtesy of Lancaster City Alliance.

Although restaurants are allowed to reopen, there are some restrictions. According to Governor Tom Wolf, buffets/salad bars are not permitted, restaurant staff must wear masks at all time, no condiments are to be left out on tables and disposable (or digital) menus must be used. Here is how local eateries are adjusting post-shutdown.

Be sure to check with each restaurant regarding reservations and hours.


The Exchange, 25 South Queen Street, Lancaster. The view of Downtown Lancaster from The Exchange’s rooftop lounge is unbeatable. Stay warm by the fireplaces built into their tables while enjoying dinner and drinks. Reserve your spot on OpenTable.


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Phantom Power, 121 W Frederick Street, Millersville. Many businesses, like microbrewery/music venue Phantom Power, previously did not have outdoor seating, forcing them to make accommodations to open. Take a seat in their shaded beer garden and enjoy some brews and live music. Seating is first come, first served. Check their website and social media for specific details on live music.


Gibraltar, 488 Royer Drive, Lancaster. Enjoy delicious seafood and a glass of wine or craft cocktail under Gibraltar’s pergola decorated with string lights and hanging baskets. Call for reservations.



John Wright Restaurant, 234 N Front Street, Wrightsville. Photo courtesy of Amanda Naylor Photography. The Pizza Patio, which has its own bar, boasts a panoramic view of the Susquehanna River. Guests can relax and enjoy the atmosphere – or play cornhole – as they watch the river flow by. Call to make reservations. Their lawn is also available for customers to enjoy their take out.


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Exciting news John Wright Family! 🙌 Starting next Friday, June 5th, we are allowed to OPEN OUR OUTSIDE DINING! We will be able to open our Outside Dining Room along with the Pizza Patio for table service. We encourage guests to limit dining time to 1.5 hours so that we can allow other customers to enjoy the restaurant. We will still offer takeout options for those who prefer to social distance and we encourage you to use our lawn area to enjoy your takeout! We want to thank every who has supported us during this shutdown and we are so excited to serve you at the river! ☀️We will start to take reservations for next week starting on Wednesday, June 3rd. Please call the restaurant to make your reservations.

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Annie Bailey’s, 28 E King Street, Lancaster. Annie Bailey’s expansive deck has its own bar, plus a fireplace. Patio tables are placed under a large L-shaped pergola and are separated by partitions. Potted plants and ivy-covered latticework provide the feeling of being in a secret garden rather than the heart of downtown Lancaster. Visit their website to make a reservation on Open Table.



The Pressroom, 26 West King Street, Lancaster. Located in the heart of downtown, The Pressroom offers seasonal dining in its Park Bar. Here, you’ll find patio tables and chairs set amidst the beauty of Steinman Park. The brick patio is accented by landscaping; a waterfall plunges into a fountain at the rear. Reservations are required.



Decades, 438 North Queen Street, Lancaster. Although their bowling and arcade games are not yet open, Decades is offering patio seating on their front lawn. Reservations are required for dinner hours, but otherwise tables are first, come first serve.

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T.J. Rockwell’s800 Mount Gretna Rd., Elizabethtown.A visit to Rockwell’s is like a day at the beach. The deck is massive and is decorated with surfboards, boats, colorful lights and other beach-related memorabilia. A bar with a palm-thatched roof also provides seating. Tables are first come, first serve.


Check out our extended list of outdoor eateries here!


Have you been out to eat in Lancaster lately? Send us your outdoor dining pictures here or on Facebook to be featured in this blog. Also, feel free to tag us on Instagram @lanccountymag!

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