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Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord

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American, Dutch
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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Reviewed 2 days ago

In some ways it is your typical buffet, islands of food, grab your own plates, waitress gets your drinks and clears your table. But don't expect this to be a Vegas style buffet. The difference is the types of food. Ham balls, corn nuggets, zucchini...casserole, shoo-fly pie and so many of the more typical foods of the area. All that I tried (and it wasn't all of them) were tasty and had a 'home made' feel to them. It is well worth the price and a great way to get a sample of the different foods of the area.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The buffet was full. The quality of the food just wasn't up to par. Not our favorite meal. Our waitress was nice but not very engaging.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first time visiting. We are long time Lancaster visitors but always gave our business to Good & Plenty. With that location gone, we needed to branch out. Buffet is plenty and affordable. We waited about 30 minutes on a Saturday night. Food...overall was good. Not amazing, but good. The lack of a carving station for fresh meats was our biggest problem. Amazing server - super attentive.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had turkey dinner with salad $14.29 . Wife pork and sauerkraut about same. . Auce smorgasbord was $24 which was 40 minutes wait on Tuesday night, quite a bit more than Amish in Indiana. Didn’t see many Amish around Lancaster

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was the thing my husband and I were looking forward to most. We chose here because there was no wait, close to our Airbnb, and we found $2 off coupons. The staff was very hit or miss. Some were extremely polite, others glared at...customers and played around. There wasn’t a ton of variation. We had seen YouTube videos of other restaurants that offered double what this one did. Everything I tried was just okay, and I am not picky at all. With a tip, coupon, etc plus our 3 small kids (1 was free), we spent $76. Just did not feel worth the money at all and a total let down. We had planned on doing another smorgasbord on our trip, but decided not to, as this one scared us away.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My friend and I stopped here for a late lunch. I got the smorgasbord. It was very good. If you walked away hungry, it was your fault.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We recently stayed at the Bird In Hand Family Inn and came over to the restaurant for dinner during our stay, as it is conveniently located on site. The restaurant closes a tad earlier, so be sure to get seated before 6:30/7 for service. I...wouldn’t recommend the full buffet, as it was only half serviced and the kid’s section was fully closed. You can make a meal out of just the soup or salad bar, or order off the menu if you really want something in particular. Food was alright overall, though the locally made Shoo-fly pie is the standout star among the options.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate at three on this trip alone and this was by far the favorite. All the food, salad, and desserts were top notch and they had my shoofly pie! My wife ordered off the menu and her meal was very good also.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped in for breakfast, had the smorgasbord and wasn't impressed at all. The hash browns were very hard and oily tasting, the french toast strips were greasy, scrambled eggs were cold. I did like the waffles, sausage links, tater tots and creamed chipped beef. The...best part of the meal was the side order of toasted rye bread, the most delicious rye I ever had. On that note the staff was friendly and very quick.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 9, 2022 via mobile

Great Scenery Good Parking Awesome Staff Great Space Tasty Food Nice Price Family Oriented Buffet and Made to order food

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 3, 2022

The food was amazing and the service was Exellent. Will go again . A very nice and clean environment,the people was friendly.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 29, 2022

Pro: Friendly server, serviceable chicken nuggets, broccoli soufflé's. Cons: Everything else. Kids under 3 are free. Kids under 12 are .99$ times their age. We ate at the buffet. The food reminds me of hospital/nursing home food, tasteless, dry and likely from a box. There...were flies near some of the empty trays in the (empty/unused) children's buffet area. I was very disappiinted and will never return.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 19, 2022 via mobile

This was a terrible experience. The food was boxed mashed potatoes, boxed stuffing, greasy, flavorless, dry. Save your money and go somewhere else.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 15, 2022

On my most recent trip to the area I visited both the theater and restaurant and had a wonderful experience. The restaurant buffet has a wide variety of items and I especially enjoyed the sauerkraut and pork, an item very rarely found at a buffet....The show was very nice and all of the staff was friendly and efficient. It was very clean.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 7, 2022

The is a buffet or you can order from a menu. Very good good and staff is very nice. There is some Amish items to purchase that was made by people that live there. They also have a show. We didn't go to but, it...was sold out so must be goodMore

Date of visit: June 2022
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Response from vm2hot | Reviewed this property |
We had dinner and was all you can eat for under $25 . They had much to offer and the food was delicious.
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Carol H
September 29, 2020|
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Response from Kenn B | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry Carol. No, the reservations for Thanksgiving haven't gone live yet. They will be up soon. Keep an eye on our website, where we will make an announcement.
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Response from elleliving | Reviewed this property |
Hi there :) I checked w my contact at Bird-in-Hand and here is his answer about Thanksgiving:) Great question. Glad you asked. The Restaurant will be open, as usual, for indoor dining and take-out meals, the preparations... More
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Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4