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Valentino's Cafe

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132 Rider Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603-4831
7:00 am - 2:00 am
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Mon - Sat 7:00 am - 2:00 am
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Pequea, Pennsylvania
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60 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016

This family owned place is hyper local and worth finding. No worries about street parking; they have big lot. I've had their soups and sandwiches which are delicious. Tuna sub and clam chowder are my favorites. Service is no-nonsense but friendly. The pace is laid back so allow a bit of extra time. NOTE: CASH ONLY!

Thank TWS-804
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53 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

I grew up in Lancaster and Valentinos was always the neighborhood spot for a drink with friends/family and it was never crazy busy. The night we went was a different story! It was like Lancaster found our tiny spot and claimed it as their own! So glad they offer outdoor seating now! Good spot with great drink prices and relaxed... More 

Thank Heather D
Orlando, Florida
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322 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

This restaurant has tons of character and history. It is family-owned, warm, and cozy. The burgers are good and the spaghetti is excellent. But don't go here if you are in a hurry. We arrived for dinner when they opened and there were only a handful of customers. It took 20 minutes to get our order taken and 40 minutes... More 

Thank TheOranges
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131 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2016

This is one of the few remaining Italian restaurants in Lancaster. It is quite small, not romantic, but is good authentic food at a reasonable price. One of my favorites.

Thank rick d
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
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266 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2016

This is a 3rd and 4th generation Italian cafe, founded by the Valentino family when they emigrated to the USA. Food is always good. Service is often by family members. It's a small cafe, maybe 10 tables of 4s, 6s, and 8s. It has a fun history and a nice old cafe ambience.

Thank Kent K
Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2015

We arrived on a Saturday night and the restaurant was completely empty except for the bar. The specialty on the menu is spaghetti. Other than that the menu consists of mostly sandwiches. We all ordered the spaghetti and it was the worst we have ever had including canned spaghetti. The sauce was dark colored and bitter. The noodles were over... More 

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Lancaster PA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2015

A piece of Lancaster's history. Great people, great food, low prices, big servings, I'm a regular almost every week. Love it!

Thank LancasterTwpGuy
Chicago, IL
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92 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2015

Simple family made food and fantastic value. Owned by the same family since before WW11. Egg salad sandwich for lunch was made just perfectly. Small bar attached to the café with the cheapest drinks menu I have seen since I arrived in the USA. Would love to be a local....

Thank Hammy59
Winchester, Virginia
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284 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2015 via mobile

A friend revisited a haunt from his past! And I got to come along! It is like the neighborhood bar 30-40 years ago with locals of all ages. We shared an eggplant parm which was very good. At about 8:30 a makeshift band with two accordians and a trumpet started playing! A real step back in time and so much... More 

Thank Peter B
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2015

They have lots of pictures on the walls that tells a lot about the owners and their siblings. They have specials every week. They make homemade waffles for chicken and waffles for a special. I haven't tried them yet and I plan too, because I heard they are excellent. They have outdoor seating now. Also serve a great breakfast. Great... More 

Thank Dianne M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Italian, American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
7:00 am - 2:00 am
7:00 am - 2:00 am
7:00 am - 2:00 am
7:00 am - 2:00 am
7:00 am - 2:00 am
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 132 Rider Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603-4831
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Lancaster County  >  Lancaster
  • Phone Number: 717-392-9564
Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Check website for operating hours.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?