We will be in Lancaster in about a month and are looking for a neat place for a good dinner. We are aware of Hayden Zugs and The Stockyard and would like some recommendations for something along those lines.
Not sure exactly what you're looking for, but my two favorite "neat" places right now are Blue Pacific for Sushi, and Gibraltar for great food.
I highly recommend Doneckers in Ephrata. In particular, their Crab Galette dish is simply outstanding. I've been there multiple times (both for lunch and dinner) and they've been very consistent. I've also been once to Lily's on Main, also in Ephrata. It was also quite good. Both places are a bit pricey, so if you're looking for something less than 20 bucks a person, look elsewhere!
I second the recommendation for Doneckers. If you are not on a budget, the chef's tasting menu is great!
Doneckers is quite traditional serving classic french cuisine. Gibraltar is truly impressive - by far the most stylish with the best food. Lily's is a waste of time. Hadn Zugs and Stockyard Inn are both solid, but both are seriously dated in style and ambiance in my opinion. Carr's is also pretty decent. FYI...Gibraltar holds the regions top Zagat rating 28.
If you're up for Latin-American cuisine, El Serrano has great atmosphere and good food (and Margaritas) at decent prices. It does get crowded and they are still finishing up a major addition, however.
The Log Cabin is a nice, intimate place. I also second Carr's.
I enjoy Bube's Brewery in Mount Joy. I frequent their bar for trivia nights. The food may not be on par with these other spots, but few can match the experience of eating underground in the Catacombs. Plus, great beer.