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Plain & Fancy Farm & Dining Room

Rte. 340, Bird in Hand, PA
+1 717-768-4400
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Ranked #4 of 12 restaurants in Bird in Hand
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: American, Dutch
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

I recently had some friends come in from Baltimore and they wanted to eat here. Interestingly, I am a native of Lancaster and had never eaten here. So we decided to give it a try. First off, the dining room decor is hideous, these owners should be ashamed. Secondly, the food is bland. Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, corn. I call... More

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Jennifer B, Director of Sales at Plain & Fancy Farm & Dining Room, responded to this review

I'm sorry that you did not enjoy your meal with us. Our decor and scratch-made dishes are the Traditional PA Dutch style, and may not be to everyone's liking. We appreciate having had the opportunity to serve you, and appreciate your feedback. More

East Greenwich, RI
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I have been to P&F 2 nights (April 5&6) in a row and have really enjoyed both times. We have tried a variety of their offerings and have not been disappointed. Of course this restaurant was very convenient for us since we are staying at the Amish View Inn. (I will rate them separately). I'm still trying... More

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Jennifer B, Director of Sales at Plain & Fancy Farm & Dining Room, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. It sounds like you had another great meal with us during your stay at our hotel, Amish View Inn & Suites. It is true that we are seeking to transition ownership of our company in the next 3-5 years. Our family business has owners who are aging, and it is time to plan for this... More

Lakewood, New Jersey
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We have been eating here for many years but this trip we a couple of problems. I heard the restaurant along with the amish view inn and miller's restaurant are for sale and that may be the problem. We called for a reservation since we know how busy they get and were given one for 6:15pm when we arrived it... More

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Jennifer B, Director of Sales at Plain & Fancy Farm & Dining Room, responded to this review

I am so terribly sorry about your recent experience with us. You should not have had to wait for a table, having made an advance reservation, nor should a manager have spoken to you in this manner. I cannot apologize enough. I have passed your comments on to our General Manager to discuss with the leadership team. Again, I'm so... More

Vermont
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Twelve people in my family met here one Saturday night. It couldn't have been any better! The wait is well worth it. We decided on the family feast. Everything was delicious! The fried chicken was amazing, the potatoes were great, even the iced raisin bread was good. Desserts were good too, and there were many different options. Overall, a wonderful... More

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Jennifer B, Director of Sales at Plain & Fancy Farm & Dining Room, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! I'm thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your family-style feast with us over the weekend! Our scratch-made fried chicken is certainly something to behold, and it's wonderful to hear that you liked it so much. Please keep in mind that we take reservations, so next time give us a call ahead of time so that we... More

Atlanta, GA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

The food selections were fairly limited, but well prepared. Service was good, and friendly suggestions were appreciated. A little slice of the local life here..great for travelers.

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Chris G, Manager at Plain & Fancy Farm & Dining Room, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. I am glad you were able to enjoy a meal with us and tried some of our local fare dishes. Our all you care to eat Amish Farm Feast is a great way to try a lot of PA Dutch style dishes along with some traditional favorites (our golden fried chicken is wonderful!) and our ala... More

Baltimore, Maryland
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

This restaurant is absolutely amazing. My family and I decided to go for the family feast and it was worth every cent. Everything tasted so fresh and delicious. The fried chicken was to die for. I have never tasted chicken that good. Also the fresh baked iced raisin bread was warm and tasty. The staff was friendly and the atmosphere... More

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Chris G, Manager at Plain & Fancy Farm & Dining Room, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your recent review. Our Amish Farm Feast is a great way to try great PA Dutch style dishes along with some traditional fare options. Our ala carte menu also offers a lot of great options for you to pick from. I am glad you and your family enjoyed your meal with us and we look forward... More

Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

This restaurant is open on Sunday when a lot of other places are closed. We ate at a table by ourselves and the food was fine. Not my favorite place to eat in Lancaster but nice and convenient.

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Chris G, Manager at Plain & Fancy Farm & Dining Room, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your review. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again when you are in the Lancaster area. More

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

A great place to eat after a long afternoon on the road. The food and service were good and we didn't have to go far. Just a quick walk down the pathway and back. I give it an A.

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Chris G, Manager at Plain & Fancy Farm & Dining Room, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing your review. I am glad you were able to relax and enjoy a meal with us. Stop in again the next time you are in Lancaster County. Thank you for your review. More

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
122 reviews 122 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

So, we had a table of 14, reservations and were at least 20 minutes late being seated. One bowl of mashed potatoes, one bowl of filling and a tiny gravy boat started at the other end of the table. By the time others helped themselves, none was left. It took at least 10 minutes to get refills, so we didn't... More

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Chris G, Manager at Plain & Fancy Farm & Dining Room, responded to this review

Thank you for you review. I am so sorry to hear that your experience with us on Thanksgiving was disappointing. I will share your comments with our management team and again I am truly sorry. Thank you for sharing your review. More

Glendora
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

We ate the buffet, where food is brought family style and shared by other parties. As with any meal of this type, you will love some of it, some will be average, and some you will not care for. The fried chicken was excellent, as were the buttered noodles, vegetable medley, mashed potatoes and gravy, and others. Sausage and roast... More

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Chris G, Manager at Plain & Fancy Farm & Dining Room, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to share your review. I am glad you had the chance to try our Amish Farm Feast, it's a great way to try a variety of PA Dutch and traditional dishes while meeting new families from all over. Next time, try our ala carte menu...it's full of great choices! Thanks again for sharing your review. More

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