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Hinkle's Pharmacy Restaurant

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261 Locust St, Columbia, PA 17512-1110
+1 717-684-2551
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
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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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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

Fun place, great food, love the old fashioned lunch counter. Would have liked bigger tables, we had to split our party of 6.

1 Thank Brad C
Lancaster, PA
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135 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed May 3, 2016

My wife and i stopped at Hinkle's while antique hunting in Columbia. We choose to sit at the lunch counter with the old time stools. A great blast form the past, but this place does not depend on nostalgia - the food is really good too. I had a very good hamburger cooked perfectly and my wife had a shifter.... More 

1 Thank lucasbear1104
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52 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed April 28, 2016

This is an old school place. Locals. They have a restaurant, complete with old fashioned swivel chairs. Kinda like a stainless steel diner in an old brick building. Seriously, go there. Everything is home-made. It is delicious. Soups, sandwiches, dinners, daily specials, killer breakfasts, good coffee. A nice vibe.

1 Thank Rick H
Wrightsville, Pennsylvania
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59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed April 25, 2016

This place has it all..from shoes to meds to some of the best comfort food served anywhere! Breakfast is a LOT of food for a TINY price. The staff is super friendly and eager to serve your needs. This place takes you back in time a little bit and has been in service of the community for 122 years!

Thank TonyaTraveler
Bourne, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed April 20, 2016

Recommended by a local antique shop and it was great. Old fashion diner style good eats. The Shifter is their classic grilled sandwich that the Penn RR men would grab on their way to work. It's the house specialty. We will make this a regular stop on our twice yearly trips to Penn Dutch area.

Thank Diane C
Philadelphia, Pa.
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190 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed March 31, 2016

My wife and I recently visited Lancaster County and on the advise of the Innkeeper at our B&B, we drove over to Columbia to explore the antique shops and have lunch at Hinkle's Pharmacy Restaurant. After exploring several shops we were ready for lunch. What a neat little business : ). A combo of pharmacy, gift shop and restaurant with... More 

Thank surfer02_10
Ellicott City
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed March 30, 2016

We took the girls to Columbia, Pa. for the Turkey Hill Ice Cream experience and had lunch at the "counter" at Hinkle's. A good experience for 11 yr. old and 14 yr. old, as they had never experienced the "eat at the counter" of long ago. Food was average, server was excellent, and the manager explained all about the 123... More 

1 Thank Anita D
Seattle, Washington
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 17, 2016

Very informal, causal down home old fashioned counter food. This is a bonafide drug store with all the touristy souvenirs and junk but the food is simple and simply good. Love eating there, reminds me of my childhood eating at the local dime store or Rexall Drug Store.

2 Thank midiart
Columbia, PA
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42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed March 17, 2016

Great place to stop if you have never been to a small town pharmacy. Food is okay, but the atmosphere is why everyone stops and the locals keep going back. After a visit to Hinkle's there is no need for a local paper!

1 Thank Tom S
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41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

Hinkles is a great pharmacy with a wonderful restaurant. The breakfast Omlettes are great. The waitresses are friendly and personable and you can tell they have a comraderie with the locals. The pharmacy itself is like an old time store but updated- they have everything from at home medical supplies to chic clothing.

Thank Mary S

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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, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Families with children, 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: +1 717-684-2551

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?