Any suggestions for good food and service in East Petersburg, PA?
I'm looking for a local upscale (no chains) restaurant with excellent service as close as possible to the following address:
5400 Manheim Pike, East Petersburg, PA 17520
I would like to give a gift certificate for $50.00 and the hope is that amount will pay for about 60% of the bill. Food type might be steaks, American or Italian.
If anyone can help it will be greatly appreciated.
Well, the obvious choice is Hayden Zugs, right up the street at the corner of Main St (Manheim Pike) and Rte 722. Colonial American decor, excellent service, expensive (about $100 for dinner for 2, w/o alcohol).
The food is basic American, not particularly adventurous, but very well done. Steaks are ordered by the ounce, and there are whole or half portions available for most dishes. You can also combine two half-portions to create your own combination, a concept I liked very much. The lamb is excellent, and my wife loved the veal piccata. Almost everything comes with their "famous Saratoga potatoes," which are sliced and fried. They're good, but after eating there a couple of times, I would have liked something else. Desserts were creative and excellent.
We had several excellent meals there, and then one less than satisfactory experience when we booked through a web site to get a 20% discount. We haven't been back since, but I would not hesitate to recommend the place (as long as you're paying full price).
Haydn Zugs is probably the best choice. You may also consider Black Knight tavern in Landisville (about 3 miles away). It is in an old house and has a bar area. The food is decent steaks, sandwiches, pub type food. It is not quite as upscale as Haydn Zugs. The service when I was there the last 2 times was very slow but then both times I was there with a party of 15 or so.
Another choice about 3 - 4 miles away is Gibraltar on Harrisburg Pike across from F&M College. It is definitely upscale so you might not get quite as far with your money. The food was good and creative, especially the seafood. Again, I went with a large group for lunch and the service was poor but my friends have told me they always have had good service.
The last 2 times I was at Reflections the service was abyssmal. It was empty (a week night) and it still took us 20 minutes to get a table, 20 more minutes for drinks. It was over an hour after arrival before anyone took our order. And there were only 3 of us. I went back once more after that and, although not quite as horrible, it was still very bad. The food was decent but definitely not worth the wait.
Hopefully, their service has improved.
If I had to rank the restaurants in the above, it would be this order:
#) Gibraltar's: best choice, especially if your gift recipient likes seafood. Here's their website: http://www.kearesrestaurants.com/gibraltar/home.html
#2) Doc Hollidays: even though it is more casual than the others, the food quality deserves this second place ranking. The steaks are always great. The environment is fun. Good beer and margaritas.
#3) Haydn Zugs: Haydn's has been around FOREVER. They try to keep up with the latest trends, but you will find their clientele to be made up of retirees and sales people on business. Out of the several restaurants, this has the nicest ambience (IMHO) with dark walls, oil paintings, white linens and candle light. Though beware, the service is likely to call you "Hon." website: http://www.haydnzugs.com/zugsplash.html
#4) Finally, last in place is reflections. They try to be upscale, but ... eh. The bar is usually full of sports fans and smokers. The interior design hasn't been back since the early 80's. I mean, I used to sneak into this joint when I was 18 to drink. And, the food: in my opinion, not worth the price.