5 Restaurants in Lancaster to Try on Your Columbia Getaway

When you visit Columbia, a borough in Lancaster County, travel just 10 miles and take a side trip to try out the restaurants in Lancaster. This city is the county seat of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. BBOnline recommends the following restaurants.

John J. Jeffries
300 Harrisburg Ave
Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 431-3307
www.johnjjeffries.com

The John J. Jeffries restaurant highlights delicious organic food made from ingredients sourced out personally by the chef from small organic family farms in the county. The food is seasonal, sustainable and farm fresh. There are different menu choices for different seasons of the year. Menu items can include organic pastured chicken and classic grass-fed dry aged beef tartar. Healthy food lovers can dine starting at 5:30 p.m. daily.

Annie Bailey's Irish Pub and Restaurant
28 East King Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 393-4000
www.anniebaileysirishpub.com


One of the places you can try while staying at your Columbia Bed and Breakfast is Annie Bailey's Irish Pub and Restaurant. It serves soups and salads, sandwiches like turkey and provolone, grilled sandwiches and Panini's like aged gouda Panini or blacked hickory chicken sandwich. Highlights of the menu include Irish favorites like shepherd's pie and entrees like wild caught salmon or steak Diane. The place is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.

Carr's Restaurant
50 West Grant Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 299-7090
www.carrsrestaurant.com

One of the well-known restaurants in Lancaster is Carr's, formerly the Market Fare Restaurant. The food is made of the freshest ingredients from local organic suppliers. Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and includes pizza, pasta, salads, sandwiches, wraps and grilled specialties like shrimp burgers and grilled fish of the day. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and the menu has options like medallions of veal Oscar, and gulf shrimp with lobster macaroni and cheese. Sunday brunch at 11:30 a.m. has its own menu. This place has an extensive wine cellar which can be viewed through a glass wall.

Strawberry Hill Restaurant
128 West Strawberry Street
Lancaster, PA
(717) 393-5544
www.strawberryhillrestaurant.com

One of the unique restaurants in Lancaster, The Strawberry Hill opened in 1986 in a 19th-century Victorian building. The restaurant boasts of Philadelphia's most extensive wine list, with more than 1,000 selections. Its menu is well known for innovative modern American cuisine with frequent changes providing variation. Making use of the county's fresh produce and premium meat selections, the menu includes specialties like seared Atlantic salmon and grilled Delmonico steak. Leave your Columbia Inn a few minutes before the opening time of 5 p.m.

Gibraltar Grille
931 Harrisburg Ave
Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 397-2790
www.kearesretaurants.com/gibraltar

Owned by the Keares family, Gibraltar Grille has a menu that is contemporary American, Mediterranean-influenced and locally inspired. Menu choices include Prince Edward Island mussels, soy-glazed organic king salmon and Australian rack of lamb. Try the three choices of raw bar, fresh oysters and Maine lobster, and king crab leg cocktail. The window-lined dining room is spacious and elegant. It's open Monday through Friday for lunch and daily for dinner.