Lancaster Restaurant Recommendations for a party of 45
Other places to consider.
The Pressroom just off the square in Lancaster has a nice room. I would consider it moderately priced, and think they have food options that appeal to lots of people. It is another place that has been doing rehearsal dinners and wedding as well as business functions for years in Lancaster (ok, not as many as the Stockyard.)
If you'd consider something ethnic, look into El Serrano. I think they have the space, their property is enormous. And the food is fun, kind of pan-Latin, the owners are Peruvian.
My husband recently threw me a birthday dinner for about 35 people at John J. Jeffries located at the Lancaster Arts Hotel and it was fantastic. However, this would be a higher end option.
The Lancaster Marriott would definitely be able to accommodate your group in one of their meeting/banquet rooms. I've been to several weddings/parties there, and they've all been quite nice, also a broad range in food options.
Checkers Bistro is a great restaurant off the beaten path in Lancaster. It has a private room, but not sure how many it can hold.
The Stockyard Inn could fit the request quite nicely. An Inn with a great bar, private rooms and a menu which will please all , from sandwiches to seafood and steaks, of course steaks. They have been doing business meetings, weddings and large groups for many years. Read their reviews and visit their website at www.stockyardinn.com . Can't miss with this Lancaster Lady!
I'm curious, which hotel. Also, since you've visited the area before, where else have you dined? Do you plan on being downtown, or are you going to be out in the countryside? I'm assuming, since it is a reunion that there are children that need to be accommodated? Do you have a general idea of what type of food you'd be interested in?
We stayed at Willow Valley 3 years ago. The food was so bad that basically all the plates went back into the kitchen barely touched. I know that Doubletree/Hilton has now taken over. They did say they have all new chefs. We are entertaining giving it another try for convenience. We will be there 2 nights and I would need at least one other dining option (or 2 if we decide not to try it again). There are children of all ages. American, Pub, Italian would probably be best. I would be open to inquiring from the group about Mexican or other ethnic type. I think finding a location for 45 people, moderate price range and good food will only offer a few options.