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Hinkle's Pharmacy Restaurant

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American, Diner
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261 Locust St, Columbia, PA 17512-1110
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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harrisburg pa
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We started our rail trail ride in Bainbridge Pa 10 miles north of Columbia on the River Trail. It was located inside the Drug store. What a wonder place just out of the 1950's to eat breakfast before our ten mile ride back to our starting point.

Thank tbirney
Tucson, Arizona
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

This is a fun, old-school pharmacy lunch counter experience, with either booths or counter-top seating. The waitresses are buzzing around, taking orders and delivering delicious sandwiches, soups, specials, and desserts. It is hard to break the bank here! We enjoyed the variety of sandwiches and soups, some that are local specialties you won't find anywhere else. Everything was fresh and... More 

Thank Ponytail88
Baltimore, Maryland
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49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

I felt like I was back in the 60's, this Pharmacy has a old fashion counter/booths. They serve a great burger, with really home made french fries. The service was outstanding, our lunch was served by Doc Hinkle. He help out during the lunch break. He is the 3rd generation to own and run his Pharmacy. His son is tending... More 

Thank Judy C
Greensboro, North Carolina
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118 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

There isn't anything too special about Hinkle's but the food is tasty and served quickly. A good place to eat before you head to the Turkey Hill Experience.

Thank Rachel J
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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89 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

The place where the locals go...great home cooked meals and snacks. Sunday dinner is great..if you can wait in line

Thank Martha H
Severn, Maryland
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177 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

We are of the "boomer generation" and remember when every town had a pharmacy with a lunch counter. Eating at Hinkle's was a trip down memory lane for us. The menu offers so many choices it's hard to decide what to order. We opted for burgers and they were delicious. Service is very friendly and efficient, and the prices are... More 

Thank karen0706
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361 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016

Being a resident of Lancaster County I've eaten here many times but not recently. So on a recent weekday we stopped in for lunch. Wow - it didn't look like the place had changed in years - the same old cozy place where you always could get good food. My wedge sandwich with a small cup of potato salad was... More 

Thank TFopinion
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2016

Explored the town of Columbia over the weekend and based on reviews in Tripadvisor, we lunched at Hinkle's Pharmacy. Based on our experience, the other reviews are very much on the mark. What I would add is simply that at one time, there were many places like Hinkle's. Not so much anymore. So finding such a place with an old... More 

Thank JFKMaryland
Hagerstown, Maryland
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83 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

Got the switcher sandwich and my mom got the Susquehanna salad. I also got macaroni salad which is probably the best I've ever had. You won't be disappointed! Super friendly staff too!

Thank styxfanerin
New York
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72 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016

We went to Hinkle's on the recommendation of the woman in the National Watch and Clock Museum. This is a big independent pharmacy with a gift shop and a restaurant. We had lunch there, and it was fairly crowded. Our service was fast, our lunch delicious, and the price was modest. In addition, one worker came and gave us each... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 261 Locust St, Columbia, PA 17512-1110
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Lancaster County  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: 717-684-2551

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?